They’re Going To Pay For That Later

, , | Right | December 14, 2018

(I work in a cable office. I’ve just finished closing up my station for the day. I’ve put my drawer in the safe and closed out of the payment system. I can still swap equipment or answer basic questions if I need to. I come out of the back room at the office and see my coworker on the phone doing a complicated name change on a customer’s account, which usually takes half an hour to compete. There is a line of half a dozen people stacking up, and since my coworker is going to be by himself after I leave, I decide to hop back on quickly to help do anything but payments.)

Me: *to line* “I can help the next person not making a payment?”

Next Customer in Line: “Ooh! That’s me!”

(I look down at his hand, and I see what looks suspiciously like a payment slip wrapped around cash.)

Me: “Okay, so, not making a payment?”

Next Customer in Line: “Yeah, I’m just making a payment.”

Me: *pause* “The next customer not taking a payment.”

Next Customer in Line: *head drops and shoulders slump* “Oh…”

Customer #2: “I don’t have to make a payment!”

Me: “Great! Come on over!”

(That wasn’t so hard, was it?)

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