You Say Tomato, I Say “Check Your Car”

| SA, Australia | Right | November 30, 2016

(I am cashing my till up at work right as I was about to clock off, and this customer I’d served a couple of hours before comes storming in.)

Customer: “You! You forgot to put my tomatoes in my bag!”

(She proceeds to throw her ripped receipt onto the counter and points out the apparent missing tomatoes.)

Me: “Uh, I see. Well, that doesn’t sound very much like me, and I put away the dump stock earlier and there wasn’t any tomatoes there. I’ll just have to get my supervisor to help you out.”

(I explain the situation to my supervisor as the lady continues to rant about how “she took a shower and had to come back in her track suit.” The supervisor tells the lady to go and get herself some more tomatoes, and she does so. While she’s gone my supervisor asks the manager on duty what she should do.)

Manager: “Just give them to her; it’s not a big deal.”

(Even though I probably should’ve just let it go, I couldn’t stand the thought of this lady so bluntly accusing me.)

Me: “Can you please just check? I won’t be able to sleep tonight never knowing if I was right.”

(He begrudgingly complies. As I’m about to leave he calls us on the phone from upstairs and I pick up.)

Manager: “Hey, you totally did put them in her bag. Don’t let her have them.”

(Satisfied, I say to the lady who has now returned to the counter with her new tomatoes and a few other items.)

Me: “According to the cameras I actually did put the tomatoes in your bag; are you sure you didn’t drop them on the way to your car? Or they didn’t fall out in your car?”

Customer: “I obviously already checked my car. I’m not stupid.”

(My supervisor is over it at this point, and just lets the lady have the tomatoes. As she’s leaving she says:)

Customer: “If I find them I’ll come back!”

(I go upstairs to clock off, and come back down again to leave through the front doors. As I’m about to exit, my supervisor calls my name, and points to the bag of tomatoes on the counter.)

Supervisor: “Yeah, they were in her car.”

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