Customer Slur-vice

| Washington, DC, USA | Working | December 3, 2012

(I am working as a cashier in a well-known thrift store. One day, the manager flops into a sofa and starts loudly mocking the customers using racial slurs, even though the store is full of paying customers.)

Coworker: *to my manager* “You’d better watch out. Some customers are right behind you.”

Manager: “Nah, they don’t know English, so they don’t know what I’m saying.”

Customer: “Excuse me? I understood perfectly what you were saying and it was disgusting! Rest assured, I’m going to complain and hopefully get you fired! You are a very bad man!” *storms out*

Manager: “Why? What did I do?!”

(One by one, the other customers leave, giving dirty looks to him. I throw down my apron and leave for good too. He got fired soon after that, I’ve heard.)

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Don’t Judge A Bull By Its Cover

| Bakersfield, CA, USA | Working | June 25, 2012

(I am at an animal charity thrift shop. They are passing out vouchers to help get dogs and cats spayed and neutered. An employee approaches me.)

Employee: “Hello, how many pit bulls do you have?”

Me: “I don’t have pit bulls. I need the vouchers for two male cats.”

Employee: “Okay, and what’s your address?”

Me: *I give her my address*

Employee: “…and how many pit bulls do you have?”

Me: “I do not have pit bulls. It’s for two male cats.”

Employee: “What’s your name?”

Me: *I give her my name*

Employee: “How many pit bulls did you say you have?”

Me: “I do not have any pit bulls. It’s for two male cats.”

Employee: “Okay. Well, you can take your pit bulls to—”

Me: “Ma’am, I DO NOT have pit bulls! Why do you keep asking me that?”

Employee: “Well, you just look like you do!”

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Caught Red-Handed, Part 3

| Chicago, IL, USA | Right | March 26, 2012

(Note: I work at a thrift store. It’s quite common for people to pull off price tags in an effort to get a lower price. Most of the time it works, but occasionally we’ll catch someone doing it. This night, my boss approaches me holding a tag that says “$6.99”.)

Boss: *hands me a tag* “I just watched a family in housewares pull this tag off of a metal basket. So, if they ask what price it is, it’s $6.99.”

(Just as my boss predicted, the family comes up ten minutes later with the metal basket, just before closing. The husband begins talking to me.)

Customer: *feigning ignorance* “Oh, so what’s the price on this basket?”

Me: “It’s $6.99.”

Customer: *indignant* “Really?!”

(I pull out the $6.99 price tag they ripped off earlier.)

Me: “Yeah, really.”

Customer: “Oh, s***.”

(I love my work sometimes.)


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| Virginia, USA | Right | April 4, 2010

Customer: “Does this printer use ink?”

Me: “Yes.”

Customer: “And I have to buy the ink separate?”

Me: “Yes, once the ink runs out. It actually costs quite a bit compared to the two dollars this used printer is priced at.”

Customer: “Oh, well I don’t want that. Where can I get a printer that doesn’t use ink?”

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Ouch… Sorry, Fido

, , | | Right | May 27, 2008

Customer: “Are there any thrift stores around here that support cancer research?”

Clerk: “No, I think the only ones in town support the humane society.”

Customer: “Oh, we have asthma. We don’t want to support that.”

Clerk: “…”

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