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Think Before You Ink, Part 3

| Right | July 1, 2014

Me: “Hi! How can I help you today?”

Customer: “I’m looking for plain black drawing ink. I want the best quality you have here.”

Me: “Wonderful! We have [Good Brand] here, and we have it in plain black as well. These are the most popular inks we sell as they are of such good quality. Are you working on a project?”

Customer: “Oh, well, kind of. I am going to give myself a tattoo tonight! This should do the trick.”

(Shocked, and thankful to myself that I asked, I suddenly stop putting my thoughts together as to what to say next and just blurt out the first thing that falls out of my mouth out of feeling the urgency of the situation.)

Me: “Yes, it should do the trick if you WANT TO DIE! THIS IS NOT TATTOO INK, MA’AM. It will KILL you, like DEAD, if you use it in your skin! Please DON’T use this for tattoos! It’s for art and craft projects only!”

Customer: *taken aback and gasps* “Oh, my gosh! I had no idea! I just thought ink was ink! So glad you asked. You saved my life! Thank you!”

(After explaining to her where she could look into purchasing tattoo ink and recommending she also look into the best tattoo artists in town, as well as carefully putting into less-stressed words about why you don’t use drawing inks for tattoos, she leaves, white as a ghost but very thankful.)

Coworker: “And that just happened… Lucky you asked what the ink was for!”

Related:
Think Before You Ink, Part 2
Think Before You Ink


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