Code Red

| USA | At The Checkout, Extra Stupid, Technology

(A customer comes in with his son to purchase Xbox currency. At our store, whenever someone buys any DLC (downloadable codes) a screen pops up on our pin-pad that lets the customer know they cannot return DLC once it’s purchased and to verify that it’s the correct item for the correct system. We also voice what the pad says, to save the customer time from reading it. The customer must hit accept before we can continue the purchase.)

Me: “Okay! All that’s left is to hit accept on the pad, which is just letting you know once you purchase this item, you can’t return it.”

Customer: “But I haven’t swiped my debit card yet…”

Me: *confused* “No, this is for the currency that you are buying. We have a policy where you can’t return it since it’s just a code, and we just need you to accept that you understand that.”

Customer: “But… I haven’t swiped my debit card yet.”

(His tone of voice by this point makes it sound like he thinks I’m dumb and don’t understand what he’s saying.)

Me: “Right, we haven’t gotten that far yet. Before you can pay for it, you need to accept this message here, as I said.”

(He continued to tell me the same thing, until his son chimed in and told him what he needed to do. We were finally able to finalize the transactions. The kicker? He came back the next day trying to return the code saying it wasn’t working. After my manager called our customer service number, who told us the code had been redeemed, the son told his dad that they had already redeemed the code. The father looked pissed and left in a huff.)

Helplessly Explaining Being Helpful

| WI, USA | Bizarre

(I regularly go to a local game store. I’m rather well-versed in video games, consoles, etc, so I’m helping an old lady decide on a game for her son. After we decide on a few games, she thanks me and goes to pay. Someone else comes up, thinking I work there.)

Customer: “Excuse me, dear?”

Me: “Yes?”

Customer: “Do you work here? Could you help me?”

Me: “I don’t work here, but I’d be happy to help.”

(With that, I help explain the differences between the Xbox 360 and the PS3. Another customer is watching this entire exchange, and comes up as soon as we’re done.)

Customer #2: “Okay, I got what I wanted, so could you ring me up?”

Me: *thinking she’s joking* “No, sorry. I wish I worked here.”

Customer #2: “But I saw you helping others!”

Me: “Yes…?”

Customer #2: “So you MUST work here!” *she stomps her foot a little with this*

Me: “No, ma’am, I don’t, but the man at the cash register can help you when he’s finished with the others.”

Customer #2: “Why would you help people if you’re not getting paid for it?”

Me: “…”

Put A Freeze On PS3 Returns

| TX, USA | Extra Stupid, Technology

(I’m manning the cash register when a customer comes in with a PS3 box.)

Customer: “Hey, I bought this from you guys new a couple of weeks ago and it’s overheating. Could I get an exchange?”

Me: “Sure! Let me just test it out so I can give our refurb guys an exact account of what happens.”

(I take out the system out of the box to find that it’s pretty cold and a bit damp.)

Me: “Um, sir, is there a reason your PS3 is wet?”

Customer: “Oh yeah. I stuck it in the freezer for a little while to cool it down when it got hot.”

Me: “…You stuck your PS3, an electronic device… in the freezer?”

Customer: “Yeah, because it was hot.”

Me: “I’m sorry, sir, but this system is now water damaged by your own actions. I can’t exchange it.”

Customer: “What?! Why the h*** not?!”

Me: “Even if it was faulty before, because you put in the freezer your warranty is void.”

Customer: “That’s stupid! What the h*** am I supposed to do now?!”

Me: “You could maybe try calling Sony tech support, but they’ll probably just tell you the same thing.”

Customer: “So you’re saying I just spent $200 dollars for nothing! Can’t you do anything?!”

Me: “The only thing I can do is to advise you to NOT put electronics in the freezer. Maybe put a fan on it next time.”

(I smiled sweetly and he glared at me and stormed out with his overheated and frozen PS3.)

‘X’ Marks The Spot-Box

| Toronto, ON, Canada | Bizarre, Technology

(I’m working in a mall at a well-known video game store and I’ve been there for a few years. We have a policy that if someone buys a warranty for their system we will replace it, no questions asked.)

Customer: “You know the system warranty?”

Me: “Yep, covers everything, no questions asked.”

Customer: “No questions asked… Are you sure?”

Me: “Sure, that’s the policy.”

(Customer reaches into his bag and pulls out an Xbox with an axe embedded in it.)

Customer: “I’d like a replacement.”

Me: “How did that happen?”

Customer: “You said no questions.”

Me: “Uuuh… would you like to take back the axe?”

Customer: “No questions!”

(He proceeds to attempt to yank out the axe, but fails to do so.)

Customer: “New one?”

(I look at him incredulously.)

Me: “Yep”

(I replaced his Xbox. Later, I brought it up with a coworker from another store. He beat my story with a Dreamcast that he replaced that had bullet holes.)

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Playing The Bad Customer Game

| Toronto, ON, Canada | Crazy Requests, Money

(An older man comes in to buy some games for his grandson. He picks out three games, buys them, and leaves. The next day, when I’m working, an older woman comes into the store.)

Female Customer: “I’m looking to buy some games for my grandson. My husband came here yesterday and bought him some, so I don’t want to get the same ones.”

Me: That’s understandable. Which games did he buy?”

Female Customer: *gives me a look like I just spoke to her in another language* “How do I know?! Look it up on your computer!”

(We have a computer system that is able to go through past transactions, so I tell her I can look it up, but since I wasn’t there the day before, I had no idea what to even look for.)

Me: “I just need to know what system the games were for, and what time approximately he came in.”

Female Customer: “How am I supposed to know any of that?! That is YOUR job!”

Me: “Well, I wasn’t here yesterday, so I have no idea what to even look for. Maybe you can call him and ask him if he can tell you which games he bought, or at least the system and what time he came in to buy them?”

Female Customer: *making sighs of annoyance and looking super frustrated* “Fine, hang on.”

(She proceeds to call her husband, and he tells her the system he bought them for and around what time he bought them. I start going through the system and find a transaction that matches that, so I help her find a few games for the system that are different from the ones her husband bought, but with the same kind of theme. She buys the games and leaves. A few hours later she comes back with the games and her receipt.)

Female Customer: “I want to return these.”

Me: “Okay, that’s fine. But can I ask why you’re returning them?”

Female Customer: “I found a better deal on them at [Big Box Store]. They were all $44.89 as opposed to your $44.99. You guys have the worst prices.”

(I return the games for her and she leaves.)

Coworker: “Did she actually come all the way back here to save 10 cents a game…?”

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