Much A-Poo About Nothing

| London, UK | Language & Words

(Our games are priced with the stickers in the top right hand corner. If there is a special offer sticker, this goes directly below the normal price sticker. A customer approaches me holding an old PS2 game which has the aforementioned stickers.)

Customer: “How can you sell this filth?”

Me: “What game is that you’re upset about, sir?”

Customer: “POO PARADE! Sick filth!”

(I take the game from him and remove the two price stickers.)

Me: “There you go sir, now you can see the whole title. This game is called Pool Paradise. It’s simply a snooker and pool simulation game.”

Customer: *leaves quickly*

The Strong Arm Of The Law

| Baton Rouge, LA, USA | Criminal & Illegal, Liars & Scammers, Top

(Our store buys used video games to resell. It’s not uncommon for people to try to sell stolen merchandise, so we have a “bad trader” list. Two teens walk in, and one of them is on our list. I recognize them immediately.)

Me: “Hi, welcome to [store name]. How can I help you?”

Customer #1: “Yeah, I want to trade some games in.”

(Customer #1 hands me a stack of games, but it’s just discs…no cases.)

Me: “Are you over 18 with a valid picture ID?”

Customer #1: “No, but he is.”

Customer #2: *hands me his ID*

(I quickly look through the games. I take Customer #2’s ID and verify he is on our bad trader list.)

Me: “I’m sorry, but we can’t take these.”

Customer #1: “Man, why not?!”

Me: “We just don’t need these in stock right now.”

Customer #1: *getting aggressive* “I trade in here all time! You gotta take my games. There ain’t nothin wrong with ’em!”

Me: *stalling* “We can’t take them. I can check the computer and tell you what they’re worth, but I can’t take them.”

Customer #1: “Okay, yeah…check ’em.”

(While I’m checking the games, a really big, burly guy walks in.)

Burly Guy: *to me* “Ma’am, don’t give them any money for those games! I saw them steal those games from [retailer] across the street and take them out out of their packaging before coming in here.”

(At this point, Customer #1 starts edging towards the door. The burly guy reaches out and grabs him by his collar with one hand.)

Burly Guy: *whips out his police badge* “If you take one more step, I WILL taze you!”

(The two thieves were arrested right then and there!)

Weekly Roundup: So Long, Sexism

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So Long, Sexism: This week, we feature five stories of employees dealing with (and often overcoming) sexist remarks from customers!

  1. The Estrogen Empire Strikes Back:
    A sexist fast food customer faces women in power–everywhere!
  2. The Land Of Milk And Money:
    Don’t have a cow, man–ladies understand farming, too.
  3. Cross-Platform Chromosomes:
    Games may be platform-specific, but video gamers are gender neutral!
  4. Now Accepting Immigrants From Femmerica:
    News flash from Bigotland: half of America ain’t American.
  5. The Spice Girls Have A Lot To Answer For:
    Yes, “Ladies go first”–except when they’re cutting in line!

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