So-duh Can Make You Pop

, | Wichita Falls, TX, USA | Working | February 20, 2013

(My family and I are in Wichita Falls, visiting my aunt and uncle. We’re thirsty and decide to swing by a popular fast food place to get drinks since we’re going to drive by it anyway. Note: There are six of us in the car.)

Drive-thru Worker: “Hello, welcome to [restaurant]. May I take your order?”

Uncle: “Yes, we’d like two medium Cokes, two medium Diet Cokes, a medium Sprite, and a medium Dr. Pepper with no ice.”

Drive-thru Worker: “Uh-huh… so, three Cokes?”

Uncle: “No. Two medium Cokes, two medium Diet Cokes, a medium Sprite, and a medium Dr. Pepper with no ice.”

Drive-thru Worker: “Oh. So, four Cokes?”

Uncle: “No! Two medium Cokes, two medium Diet Cokes, a medium Sprite, and a medium Dr. Pepper with no ice.”

Drive-thru Worker: “Okay. So four Cokes and Sprite? Five drinks?”

All Six Of Us: “Six!”

Uncle: “It’s two medium Cokes, two medium Diet Cokes, a medium Sprite, and a medium Dr. Pepper with no ice.”

Drive-thru Worker: “Oh! And Dr. Pepper with dry ice?”

Aunt: *groans and facepalms*

(We eventually got the drinks, but we’ve decided to just buy soda at the gas station from now on.)

The Constantly Cold Co-Worker

| Working | February 20, 2013

Drugged Up By Honesty

| Norway | Working | February 20, 2013

(I place a bottle of lactase enzyme on the counter.)

Me: “Hi, I just need this, please.”

Employee: “Sorry, we don’t have that.”

Me: “Uh, what?”

Employee: “We don’t have that in stock at the moment. I could order it for you, though. We’ll probably have it by next week.”

Me: “Actually, I got that from the fridge just now. I just want to pay for it.”

Employee: “Oh!” *laughs* “I’m so sorry! I thought it was an old one you’d brought with you to show me what you needed. That’ll be [price].”

Me: *grins* “One of those days, huh?”

Employee: “Oh, you bet. I’m just glad you’re honest. You could have walked out of here with that bottle and I would never have suspected a thing!”

 

Sub-Par Subterfuge

, | Glasgow, Scotland, UK | Working | February 19, 2013

Brother: “I’d like a [drink] with no ice.”

Cashier: “You have to have put ice in it.”

Brother: “I don’t want ice.”

Cashier: “Yeah, but you have to have ice.”

Brother: “Right, I’ll bite… why do I need to have ice in it?”

Cashier: “The ice has a chemical in it that makes the drink go longer.”

Brother: “What?”

Cashier: “Yeah! It’s called subterfuge.”

(My brother catches on immediately.)

Brother: “Can I speak to your manager, please?”

Cashier: “Alright, is there a problem?”

Brother: “Oh, there could be…”

(The manager comes along.)

Manager: “What’s the matter?”

Brother: “Right… when you’re training your juniors, you should make sure they understand what you’re telling them. He just told me there’s a chemical called subterfuge in the ice that makes the drink last longer, as opposed to an act of subterfuge by adding ice to make it appear as if there is more.”

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Out Of State, Out Of Mind, Part 2

| Austin, TX, USA | Working | February 19, 2013

(I am from Illinois, and I go to visit friends in Austin, Texas. My friend and I attempt to buy a case of beer. We are both 23, so both of legal age to buy alcohol. The clerk asks to see our IDs.)

Clerk: “We can’t accept out of state IDs.”

Me: “Well, I have some other things with my name here, if that helps.”

(Note: Restaurants and such where I live will ask to see a credit card with your name just to compare a signature to the ID for verification.)

Clerk: “No, you’re going to be here you have to get a Texas ID.”

Me: “I don’t live here. I’m only here for the week.”

Clerk: “If you’re going to school here, you have to get proper ID.”

Me: “I don’t go to school here. I’m already finished with college. I’m just visiting.”

Clerk: “You students coming from out of state need to learn if you live here, you need to get ID!”

Me: “I’m not a student here. I live in Chicago. I’ll be going back there in a few days. I. Do. Not. Live. Here.”

Clerk: “You need to get a Texas ID if you’re going to be attending university here!”

(Realizing that we weren’t getting anywhere, my friend and I slowly back away. The clerk was still yelling as we were walking out the door.  We picked up some beer at the grocery store, where they didn’t have any such rule about not accepting valid out of state IDs.)

 

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