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    Can’t Get Pasteurized Past Her Eyes

    | Jerusalem, Israel | Employees, Extra Stupid, Food & Drink, Theme Of The Month

    (My wife is a big fan of specialty cheeses, and she likes when I surprise her with new ones she’s never tried before. She’s currently pregnant, so I need to be careful not to buy her unpasteurized cheese.)

    Me: *pointing to a random cheese I’ve never heard of* “Is that cheese pasteurized?”

    Deli Worker: “It’s goat cheese.”

    Me: “Yes, but is it pasteurized?”

    Deli Worker: “It’s goat cheese.”

    Me: “I know it’s goat cheese. I’m asking if it’s pasteurized or not.”

    Deli Worker: *stares blankly*

    Me: “Some cheeses are pasteurized, others aren’t. I need to know if that one is or not.”

    Deli Worker: “I don’t know what ‘pasteurized’ is. It’s goat cheese.”

    (I give up and just buy some brie, because unlike most of the cheeses in the display I could read its ingredient label through the glass. How somebody who’s been selling cheeses for years doesn’t know what pasteurization means, I have no idea!)

    Their Custom Is Sai-Gone

    | USA | Bigotry, Employees, Geography, Language & Words

    (My girlfriend and I are on a trip to the south of the US and decide to stop at a sandwich shop for lunch. I am a white Canadian and she is Vietnamese, both born and raised in Canada.)

    Me: “Hello! I’ll take a 12-inch [sub] meal.”

    Girlfriend: “I’ll t—”

    Server: “I’m sorry, I don’t speak Chinese.” *turns to me* “To save time, can you just order for her, please?”

    Me: “Well, first of all, she’s not Chinese. She’s Vietnamese—”

    Server: “Same thing. I don’t speak the language!”

    Me: “Second, she does speak English if you let her.”

    (My girlfriend is shy and always tries to avoid conflict, so I have to nudge her to order. After we both do and I have my sub extensively customized, with added items, extra cheese, and toasted. We get to the register.)

    Server: “That will be [total].”

    Me: “You know what? Naaah, I changed my mind. Have a nice day. Bye.”

    (We left the server holding the wrapped subs and walked out without a word.)

    The Correct Etiquette For Baggage

    | USA | At The Checkout, Employees, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (I am an Australian tourist who is buying some food and stuff for my stay in America. I am at the checkout counter.)

    Me: “Could I please get these in a plastic bag?”

    Worker: “In AMERICA, we call them SHOPPING BAGS!”

    Me: “In Australia, we have etiquette!”

    A Total Basket Case

    | Pigeon Forge, TN, USA | At The Checkout, Employees, Extra Stupid, Food & Drink

    (My family and I decide to stop at a moon pie store.  They are running a special: 12 mini moon pies from a bushel basket of assorted flavors with a specialty commemorative box purchase.  It seems like a good deal, but the bushel basket is running low on the chocolate ones.  There are a lot of full cardboard boxes next to the basket (12 to a box), so I pick up one of the chocolate full boxes and carry it with the commemorative box to the counter.)

    Me: “Since the basket is running low and I want all chocolate, can I just take the full cardboard box and empty commemorative box for the deal price?”

    Clerk: “No, the mini pies need to come from the basket.”

    Me: “Yes, but there aren’t 12 chocolate pies in the basket.”

    (The clerk then proceeds to take the cardboard box from my hand, open it, and then dump it in the basket.)

    Clerk: “There, there are now there are enough in the basket.”

    Me:  *facepalm*

    The One That Can Hear Is Not Listening

    | UK | Bosses & Owners, Employees, Health & Body, Language & Words, Religion

    (A friend of mine is deaf, and has conversations with people by reading their lips. The bank teller is a woman wearing a burka which covers her mouth.)

    Teller: *begins talking*

    Friend: “I’m sorry; I can’t understand you. I’m deaf.”

    Teller: *keeps talking*

    Friend: *louder* “I can’t understand you without seeing your lips. Can I talk to someone else please?”

    Teller: *shouts for manager*

    Manager: “My employee tells me you wish not to make contact with her because of her burka. We do not tolerate racism in this bank.”

    Friend: “I have nothing against this lady’s choice of religion, it’s just that I need to read her lips. I’m deaf.”

    Manager: “This is your final warning! One more racist slur and I am closing your account.”

    Friend: *nearly in tears* “Please, I can’t understand her. I’m deaf!”

    Manager: “That’s it. Get out of this bank or I’m calling the police.”

    (My friend had to run out crying. Amazingly, she was more upset about feeling like she’d insulted someone than how she was treated!)

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