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    How Em-Bra-assing

    | Fairbanks, AK, USA | At The Checkout, Employees, Rude & Risque

    (I work as a barista and generally get tips between $0.50-$3 depending on the order. As such I usually have a ton of $1 bills in my wallet. Thanks to a new birth control pill I was on around the time of this story my chest has gone up two sizes and none of my shirts fit properly. I try to cover what I can but I still end up with plunging lines and belly shirts. It should also be noted I live in a small city that has two strip clubs and that’s the extent of our ‘red light’ district. I am picking up groceries late after a shift.)

    Male Cashier: “Hey how are you doing today?”

    Me: “Oh, doing all right. Just got off work, and yourself?”

    Male Cashier: “Doing good. About to get off shift myself.”

    (We continue chatting with his occasionally looking at my chest which is unfortunately bulging in my too small bra. I’m uncomfortable but just ignore it. The time comes to pay.)

    Male Cashier: “Okay, that will be [total].”

    (I hands him a stack of $1 bills.)

    Me: “Sorry. Like I said, I just got off shift and this is all I’ve got.”

    Male Cashier: *looks me up and down* “Funny, I think I’d remember you performing. Do you work at [Strip Club #1] or [Strip Club #2]?”

    Me: “Uh… [Coffee Shop]. I’m a barista.”

    (The cashier at least had the grace to blush and mumble out an apology before I grabbed my receipt and bolted.)

    Two Difficult For Them

    | MA, USA | At The Checkout, Employees, Extra Stupid, Money

    (I’ve just handed the cashier, a teenaged girl who’s sitting on the counter and reaching around to scan items, a $10 and a $2 bill for my $11.75 in items.)

    Cashier #1: “I… What is this? It’s so cool! But what do I do with it? [Cashier #2], where do these go?”

    (She hands the other cashier the $2 bill.)

    Cashier #2: “I don’t know. Hey, [Cashier #3], are these real?”

    Cashier #3: “I don’t know. What the h*** is that? I don’t think it’s real.”

    Me: “…”

    Cashier #1: “I don’t know what to do. I’ll have to get a manager.”

    Me: “Okay…”

    (15 minutes later, the five of them decided to just put the $2 bill in the drawer for ones.)

    Sadly The Whine Will Dine

    | West Midlands, England, UK | At The Checkout, Bad Behavior, Employees, Theme Of The Month

    (The supermarket is unusually busy, with long queues at the tills. I only have a dozen items in my basket, and walk up to the shortest queue.)

    Cashier: *looking up at me* “Sorry, I’m closing this lane after this lady.”

    Me: “Oh, fine.”

    (I move to the next queue along. Another customer with a trolley full joins the short line.)

    Cashier: “Sorry, I’m closing this lane after this lady.”

    Customer: *whining, sighing, making a childish fuss* “Oh, but, oh please… I just … oh… please…”

    Cashier: “Okay. Go on, then…”

    (I hate it when whiners and complainers get special treatment. It’s a kick in the pants for polite, respectful customers!)

    Didn’t Drink This One Through

    | Auckland, New Zealand | At The Checkout, Employees, Food & Drink, Money

    (This particular sandwich restaurant has a $6 meal combo which includes a sandwich, small drink, and cookie. Separately, a sandwich and cookie come to $6.50. As a poor University student I’m trying to save money any way possible, so I usually get the combo. However, this day I already had a drink with me and didn’t need another one.)

    Me: “I’ll have the sandwich and a chocolate chip cookie please.”

    Cashier: “That comes to $6.50. Would you like to upgrade to the $6 combo and get a small drink for 50 cents less?”

    Me: “I only want the sandwich and cookie, but can I get the deal and just not have the drink?”

    Cashier: “No, you have to pay $6.50 if you’re not getting the drink.”

    Me: “Well, I’ll take the deal then and just ‘forget’ the cup.”

    Cashier: *getting frustrated* “No, you must take the cup and have a drink if you get the deal.”

    Me: “Fine. I’ll take the drink.”

    (The cashier hands me a small cup and straw.)

    Cashier: “That’s $6 please.”

    (Immediately after I paid I turned around and put the empty cup and straw in the bin next to me and walked off with the rest of my meal. He looked furious!)

    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*


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