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    Small Business, Big Difference

    | Melbourne, VIC, Australia | At The Checkout, Awesome Workers, Food & Drink, Money

    (I’m the customer in this story. I am just returning home after taking my fiancée to the tram stop in the morning and decide to stop at a café nearby.)

    Barista: “Here’s your large mocha.”

    Me: “Could I pay by card please?”

    Barista: “Sorry the minimum is $10.”

    (I go to grab some chocolate to bring up the total.)

    Barista: “Don’t worry about it. Just pay next time you come in.”

    Me: “Are you sure?”

    Barista: “Yeah. You’ve been in half a dozen times. We know who you are.”

    (Made my day! One of the reasons I love going to small businesses.)

    Makes You Smile Like The Cheshire Cat

    | Decatur, GA, USA | Awesome Workers, Pets & Animals

    (I am a 20-year-old college student, and have noticed a small black kitten around our campus. After watching him for a while, my friend and I confirm that he is a stray. We decide to trap him and take him to a shelter to get him looked at. We have just been told that they can’t take him, but they will give us some medication to give him.)

    Me: “So, these two today and the other in a week?”

    Employee: “Yeah. Just be careful giving it to him.”

    Me: “I will! So, how much do I owe ya?”

    Employee: “Nothing.”

    Me: *stunned* “R-really?”

    Employee: “Yeah. It’s a good thing you’re doing. Most people wouldn’t, especially if they’re a college student.”

    Me: “W-well… I couldn’t just leave him! He’s a kitten. But… thank you so much!”

    Employee: “It’s no problem. Good luck!”

    (We got the little kitten to a shelter the next day. He was named Midnight and got looked after and rehabilitated. As a broke college student trying to save a kitten’s life, I couldn’t thank this guy enough. He restored my faith in humanity!)

    That’s What They Both Said

    | LA, USA | At The Checkout, Awesome Customers, Awesome Workers, Food & Drink, Rude & Risque

    (I have just got off work on the overnight shift at a big box store. I am picking up a few grocery items before heading home. Among my items are a few cucumbers. The cashier ringing me up is a lady I was friendly with when I was a cashier a few years prior.)

    Cashier: “Oh, you making a salad when you get home?”

    Me: “Yeah. I like to eat something kinda light for my ‘dinner.’ I know its seven am but it’s dinner to me!”

    Cashier: “True. Wow, these cucumbers are huge!”

    Me: “Aren’t they? And those are two of the small ones. I don’t really like the big ones. The seeds are too big.”

    Cashier: “And see, me? I like the big ones! I like a lot of seeds in mine!”

    Me: “Well, go get you some when you get off. They are huge. I’m sure they’re full of seeds. And leave some little ones for me. These big ones are too much for me.”

    Cashier: “Oh, yeah, I was just thinking I’m gonna have to go get some of these big boys.”

    (I pay and gather my bags.)

    Me: “Thanks, you have a good day. Oh, and by the way… I can’t believe we just had that conversation with straight faces!”

    Cashier: *eyes get wide and bursts out laughing*

    Will Gladly Pay For The Lip Toupee

    | Hampton, VA, USA | At The Checkout, Awesome Workers, Money, Movies & TV

    (I am working in the box office, sporting a nicely waxed handle-bar moustache. A couple of older ladies come to buy tickets to a movie.)

    Lady #1: *to me* “Do you have a senior discount?”

    Lady #2: *to Lady #1* “They don’t have a senior discount. [Other Theater] has a senior discount.”

    Me: But [Other Theater] doesn’t have me.”

    Lady #2: “Are you worth the extra $5?”

    Me: *pointing to my moustache* “The moustache alone is worth the extra $5.”

    (Both ladies walked into the show smiling.)

    An Internal Decision

    | England, UK | Awesome Workers, Bosses & Owners

    (The manager in our store usually works the shop floor on weekends when we’re busy as if she were a normal staff member. It’s worth noting that she is always running around, never standing still. She comes into the lab where I am sorting orders, stops still, and smiles at me.)

    Manager: “You know sometimes you get really mean, rude, horrible patients?”

    Me: “Yep, all the time.”

    Manager: “Well, the one I’m with is as bad as I’ve ever seen. She waited for five minutes to get her glasses, and so now she wants something for free.”

    Me: *confused* “Well then, what are you doing in here?”

    Manager: “I told her I’d ask the manager.” *giggles* “I think I’m going to say no!”

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