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Burst Their Bubble Tea

| Working | February 6, 2016

(I attend a college with a high population of Asian students, which means that the surrounding commercial area has a lot of Asian shops and restaurants that are usually staffed by Asian workers. A new bubble tea place opens, so I decide to stop by on my way to my boyfriend’s apartment one day. Bubble tea can come with “bubbles,” which are very chewy and round, or “jellies,” which are firmer and rectangular. Note: I am white, and my boyfriend is half-Asian and speaks perfect Mandarin.)

Me: “Hi, can I get a mango green tea with bubbles, please?”

Cashier: “We can’t do that. All of our drinks come pre-made. The mango green tea comes with jellies.”

Me: “Oh, um… Can I add bubbles with the jellies, then?”

Cashier: “It’s $0.50 extra.”

Me: “Okay, whatever.”

(They make my drink and I take it back to my boyfriend’s place. I explain to him what happened, and tell him what I’d like to do next. We go back to the tea shop the next day. My boyfriend goes up to the counter and orders in Mandarin while I lurk out of sight. A couple minutes later, he brings me my drink.)

Boyfriend: “I asked for a mango green tea with bubbles and they just asked what size. And their drinks aren’t pre-made; they make them in the back from scratch!”

(Now every time I want a bubble tea, my boyfriend has to order it for me or the workers try to give me something I don’t want!)

Not Your Cup Of Tea

| Right | October 15, 2015

(I work in a small tea merchant that sells about 200 different varieties of tea. A customer and his girlfriend come in. The girlfriend walks over to my coworker.)

Customer: *approaches me and leans in uncomfortably close* “Do you have any teas for men?”

Me: “Could you be a bit more specific, sir?”

Customer: “You know? For MEN!” *begins miming masturbating*

Me: “Err…”

Customer: *continues miming* “You know, a tea to make your d*** BIG and STRONG!”

Me: *stunned silence*

Customer: “No? Okay.”

(The customer and his girlfriend left the shop. My coworker and I looked at each other and just began laughing hysterically.)

Quit When You Reach Your Tea Total

| Working | June 28, 2015

(I worked in the tea house but quit because of our boss’ made up a lot of new crazy rules I wasn’t willing to obey. One day I went to see my former co-workers and this happened.)

Boss: “Hey, [Coworker], why did you rearrange the boxes with tea again?”

Coworker: “It was arranged according the types of tea for ages. Why did you change it?”

Boss: “I want it according the colours of boxes. Now it looks better.”

Coworker: “They are under the counter, no one sees that, and I can’t find a thing that way.”

Boss: “Doesn’t matter.”

(5 minutes later:)

Boss: “[Coworker], you gave that man three pieces of tomato with his couscous. I told you to give two.”

Coworker: “It was really small tomato so I gave him three.”

Boss: “I don’t care about the size of tomato. You gave him three!”

(10 minutes later:)

Boss: “[Coworker], ask that woman if she wants to order something.”

Coworker: “She just finished her coffee.”

Boss: “Doesn’t matter. If she doesn’t order something make her go away.”

Coworker: “There are only four people. You want me to kick her out because of that? She is talking to her friend who has a tea. They are paying customers.”

Boss: “I don’t care. Get the order or kick her out.” *walks away*

Me: “That’s why I quit.”

Coworker: “One more thing and I’m out. Pay isn’t good either.”

(15 minutes later:)

Boss: “[Coworker], you talked with those ladies for seven minutes!”

Coworker: “What’s the problem?”

Boss: “You can talk with customer for three minutes max.”

Coworker: “Eh? Why? They are here for the first time and asked me about our menu. I tried to help them choose the tea they would like.”

Boss: “You can’t chit chat with the customers. You have to be behind the counter and look professional.”

Coworker: “I can’t change my shift, I can’t take a break when I need, and now I can’t even talk to the customers?”

Boss: “Right. And don’t forget to update our Facebook so people know about our new menu.”

Coworker: “Okay. I quit. [My Name], let’s go.” *he takes off his apron*

Boss: “You can’t do that! You have to finish your shift! I can force you to finish your shift!”

Coworker: “Make me.”

I’ve Been Mugged

| Right | January 26, 2015

(There are a number of customers in the store, including a younger woman and older woman who are looking at many of the same things. I see the older woman take a mug from the younger woman and bring it to the counter with a few other items.)

Me: “These mugs are great! Did you find everything today?”

Older Woman: “Yes, thank you.”

Me: “That’ll be [price]. Would you like anything else today? A cup to go?”

Older Woman: “No, thank you.”

(She pays and leaves the store. I think it’s a bit odd that she didn’t wait for the younger woman. The younger woman comes to the counter, with a different mug, some tea and some more gift items.)

Me: “Hey! I really do love these mugs! Great choice. Did you find everything okay today?”

Younger Woman: “Well, no. I wanted the green mug but that woman grabbed it out of my hands…”

Me: “Oh, my god! I thought you guys were together and she was buying it for you! I’m so sorry. I should’ve said something!”

Younger Woman: “Yeah; I was pretty stunned. I didn’t know what to say.”

Me: “I’m so sorry. Here the mug’s on us today since she took the last one in that design.”

Younger Woman: “Oh! Thank you.”

(I felt so bad, but we definitely don’t have training on what to do about customer to customer theft!)

Wishing For Pun Tea-Total

| Working | January 19, 2015

(I am in a tea store the other day checking out some white tea. The employee helping us was very nice and knowledgeable, but she made some AWFUL puns.)

Employee: “So this tea used to be reserved for the Imperial Family of China. I guess you could say it’s… Royal-Tea!”

Us: *groan*