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Egg On Your Face, Bikes In The Lake

, , , , , , , , | Friendly | September 11, 2021

A couple of teenage boys have been annoying the neighbourhood, mostly doing stupid kid stuff: knocking on doors and running, shouting and being stupid in the road, hanging around the shops making stupid comments to people, etc.

All the people who’ve complained have been labeled as entitled and dismissed. The police can’t do much to minors.

As time has gone on, it seems getting away with stupid stuff long enough has made these boys feel a bit braver and untouchable. Now there are reports of the kids egging houses, letting down car tyres, and chasing other kids on their bikes, threatening to run them over. Still, no complaints can get past the Entitled barrier.

One comment on social media has stood out. A pensioner is getting constant harassment. They ring her doorbell several times throughout the night, throw stones at her window, take her milk, anything to get a reaction. Still, the ignorant don’t care. They say, “That’s what we did as kids,” and, “Don’t you have real problems to deal with?”

Then, the pensioner comments one more time, tagging her sons, two burly men.

“My sons saw two bikes, two pairs of trainers, and some keys thrown into the lake. If anyone has a concern with this, my boys will be with me for the near future. You can find my house; it’s the one covered in egg.”

The boys must have learnt their lesson, as all antisocial behaviour stopped after that.

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My Mother The Monster

, , , , | Right | September 4, 2021

CONTENT WARNING: ABUSE

My mother is the worst customer. She’ll argue with you for half an hour over a $10 refund until you either call the police or give it to her just make her go away. My earliest memory at the age of four was her inside of a restaurant repeatedly screaming at someone “Give me my money back! Give me my money back!” over and over.

My mom has irresponsibly left me (age eight) and my sister (infant) unattended in a car parking lot while she goes inside and shops alone. The store manager notices us and instead of calling the cops and having her arrested as she should have, she approaches and sweetly coaxes us to come with her inside the store and find our mom, stating that it wasn’t safe out here and that she didn’t want any “bad people” to take us.

I go with her, and she takes my sister out of her car seat and leads us into the store office. She gives my sister (who is screaming her freaking head off) to another employee, who gently rocks her while the manager gets my mom’s name from me and pages for her to come to the office.

When that woman appears and sees us, she turns a sinister rainbow palette of rage-induced colors that I never knew was humanly possible, while screaming a litany of profanity at eardrum-shattering levels. She rips my sister out of the employee’s arms, grabs me by the arm, and marches us out of the office and onto the main floor.

The manager follows and tries to explain that not only was she looking out for our interest, but she also didn’t want her to get arrested and have us taken away. My mom screams that poor woman’s face off right in front of everyone in the store until the whole place was so quiet you could have heard a mouse sneeze. For the first time ever at the age of eight, I genuinely felt sorry and embarrassed for an adult and almost wanted to give that woman a hug!

When we got home my mom kicked my butt all up and down the house like it was my fault for going with the woman and letting her take my sister instead of being grateful she didn’t leave her off the premises in handcuffs.

33 years later, none of us siblings have anything to do with her for obvious reasons. She actually asked my sister for money to save her house from IRS foreclosure–my sister laughed at her and hung up!

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Staff Are One Bad Mood Away From Burns

, , , , , | Right | August 27, 2021

A lot of places have put up plastic barriers in front of pickup counters and cashiers for health reasons.

I’m in line waiting for my tea and muffin. A lady ahead of the line has just gotten her latte and has wandered off to sit at a table. Before someone can pick up their order, she comes back in a huff and yells at the employee that’s handing out the orders.

Customer: “This latte isn’t hot enough! Why can’t you people do anything right?!”

Before the employee could say anything, the lady proceeded to throw her latte at the employee, who was blocked by the barrier. The drink hit the barrier, and the latte splashed all over the place, landing on the floor, display, and customers.

The lady realized what she had done and just ran out of the place, leaving the mess and the now annoyed customers.

The employee apologized for what happened, but the others and I told them it wasn’t their fault. I got my tea and muffin after that, but it does make me think that they should keep the plastic barriers after this is all done.

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People Like This Are Going To Get Arrested Eventually

, , , , | Right | August 24, 2021

I’m a manager at a fast food restaurant. It is Australia Day, which is a public holiday, and because we are located near a river and it’s a really hot day, it is super busy. The front counter is full of people wanting to be served. Every register is opened and another person and I are running the orders. The store manager is helping the drive-thru team and the front as well. People are moving and the wait isn’t that long.

A mother walks in with a young boy, sees the line, and whispers something to him. The boy goes up and starts asking people in line to let him in as he only wants a drink; however, no one budges. Everyone tells him to get to the back of the line.

While he is asking the person at the front of the line, the mother pushes past to the front right as another family gets their meal. Acting like we haven’t noticed her scheme, we politely tell her:

Me: “Please go to the back of the line, as this customer was next.”

Customer: “This is a joke. I’ve been waiting for over an hour. Hurry up and take my order!”

Me: “No, you haven’t. You have been here for five minutes trying to get your son to help push in. Back of the line.”

Customer: “Why I never! This is disgraceful! I demand the manager! This is an outrage!”

Me: “I am a manager. Back. Of. The. Line. Or leave.”

Customer: “No! I want the store manager! I have been waiting for two hours! I’m not waiting no more!”

The store manager, who has been keeping his eye out the whole time, steps in.

Store Manager: “I don’t need customers like you. Get out!”

Customer: “This is no way to treat a customer! You will all go broke; everyone, look at how badly they treat us!”

She starts waving her arms around like she’s talking to the line.

Customer: “We will all leave! Everyone out!”

Meanwhile, no one is moving and there are a few snickers in the crowd. Without getting the required reaction from people, she takes a swing at the store manager!

Store Manager: “[My Name], [code for calling the police].”

I’m on it.

Store Manager: “I suggest you leave right now.”

Customer: “Not without my food!”

The customer then proceeded to snatch a bag of food from another family, run to the door, and kick it. Hard.

It shattered.

The whole place went quiet in shock. The woman ran out with her son chasing behind her. They seemed to run off down the road so I couldn’t get a car plate. Luckily, we have two entry points, so we closed that one, boarded it up with cardboard for now, and cleaned the glass.

The police arrived fifteen minutes later and we explained what had happened, but without anything else besides camera footage, there was not much they could do.

However, a couple of weeks later, at the shopping centre close by, there was an incident involving a lady walking out without paying for her groceries because the shop apparently “owed” them for poor service. The police picked her up and it was the lady we’d dealt with. She was fined a lot of money and had to serve out community service cleaning rubbish on the side of the road.

I know this because I saw her while driving to and from work for a few weeks!

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If They Can’t Make Change Then Change Your Attitude

, , , | Right | August 22, 2021

It’s 5:37 in the morning and we have been open for all of seven minutes. A few of my regulars are in, have gotten their coffee/food, and are seated when in walks this older guy who tries to buy food with a 100$ bill. Like most fast food places we don’t keep a bunch of twenty’s in our safe or registers, which of course means that we normally can’t break any large bills until we’ve been open for a while.

Me: “I’m sorry, sir, we can’t take 100$ bills this early. You’ll have to use smaller bills or use a card.”

He throws a full-on tantrum, yelling and cussing me out.

Customer: “How dare you not take my money, you f****** idiot!”

Me: “Sir, you can go to the grocery store, and get change from them.”

He won’t stop yelling so I finally tell him:

Me: “Sir, there’s nothing I can do. If you’re going to carry on like that then you need to leave because you’re disturbing the other customers.”

Customer: *Yelling louder.* “No! What are you going to do about it?”

Fortunately, one of my regular customers steps up, gets in his face, and tells him:

Regular: “If you don’t leave right now the cops will be called and/or I’m going to physically throw you out.”

Apparently, while it was ok to berate a twenty-something girl the jerk customer quickly backed down in the face of a man bigger than him, and he quickly left, but still cussing and yelling.

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