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    Give This Bedside Manner The Cold Shoulder

    | Australia | Employees, Family & Kids, Health & Body

    (I have recently had a baby, and am having a conversation with the nurse.)

    Me: “I’m a little terrified. I mean… what if I drop him or something?”

    Nurse: “Babies are relatively parent proof. You could drop him from waist height and you’d be fine! From shoulder height you may have a problem, though…”

    Me: *clings to newborn*

    Not A Morning Era Person

    | Canberra, ACT, Australia | At The Checkout, Bizarre/Silly, Family & Kids, Pets & Animals

    (I’m working an early morning shift at the checkout. It is not my regular shift and I am not a morning person so I’m not very clear headed. My register is next to the door that leads into the mall. I’m ringing up a customer when there is a really loud high-pitched shriek from outside.)

    Me: “Pterodactyl!”

    (I then realise its just one of the small children outside.)

    Customer: “I’m sure that’s what their parents think sometimes.”

    Me: “No, no. I actually thought it was a pterodactyl. That was the first thing that came into my head.”

    (The customer looked at me funny for the rest of the transaction.)

    Treating Them Warm Gets A Cold Treat

    | Nelson, New Zealand | Awesome Workers, Employees, Family & Kids, Food & Drink

    (I am 10 years old and my brother is a year younger. My grandparents take us to a dairy to get ice creams.)

    Me: “Can I please have a scoop of vanilla and one of chocolate, please?”

    (My brother also orders. My grandparents pay and the cashier makes the ice creams and hands them to us.)

    Brother & Me: “Thank you.”

    Cashier: “Wait. Can I please have your ice creams back for a moment?”

    Me: “Okay…”

    (We hand over the ice creams. The cashier takes mine and adds an extra scoop, and then does the same for my brother.)

    Cashier: “There you go. You know, you are the only people to say ‘please’ or ‘thank you’ all day.”

    Me: “Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

    Childhood Cheer

    , | Australia | At The Checkout, Awesome Workers, Employees, Family & Kids, Food & Drink

    (At our supermarket, it’s common for parents to ask if their child can have a single cocktail frankfurt (which are often called cheerios) to nibble on while they shop. We also offer them freely to most customers with children. They love it. On this day, I’m serving a middle aged woman and her twenty-something daughter.)

    Me: “And will that be all today?”

    Mother: “Yep, thanks.”

    (I turn away to wrap their purchases and I overhear the next part.)

    Daughter: *mumbling something*

    Mother: *laughing* “I used to be able to get you a free cheerio when you were four, but they’re not going to give you one now!”

    (I turn back to hand them their items.)

    Me: *to the mother* “Has your little girl been good enough for a cheerio?”

    (The mother face-palms as the daughter literally jumps up at down with excitement.)

    Daughter: “Yay, yay, yay!” *stuffs entire cheerio into her mouth* “Fankoo!”

    Mother: “This hasn’t happened for almost 20 years and now I’m going to have to do it every time!”

    (This made my day. Never lose your inner child!)

    Really Gets The Kids True Blood Pumping

    | Little Creek, KY, USA | Employees, Family & Kids, Geeks Rule

    (There is a book series I like reading that has illustrated covers that look more like children’s books. Unfortunately, this store has a bad habit of putting them in the section for kids rather in the adult or sci-fi sections that they normally go in.)

    Me: “Ma’am, this book doesn’t belong in the children’s section.”

    Manager: “What? Why? Its cover looks like a child’s book.”

    Me: “Well there’s the sex scenes for one.”

    Manager: “The vendor places those, but I’ll ask about it.”

    (The following year the same thing happened with the next book in the series.)

    Me: “Ma’am, this book isn’t a children’s book.”

    Manager #1: “Oh? The cover looks like a children’s book.”

    Me: “The sex isn’t that graphic in this one but it’s pretty obvious where he’s touching her.”

    Manager #1: “What?!”

    Me: *shows page*

    Manager #1: “Follow me!” *brings me to Manager #2* “Tell her what you found.”

    Me: “This book was in the children’s section even though it has some very adult sexual situations.” *shows page*

    Manager #2: “What? This is in the book? Get [Manager #3].”

    Manager #3: “What’s the problem?”

    (I don’t know if they moved the books out of that section or not, but I do know all three managers looked VERY interested in the book after reading that page! I can only hope, now that HBO has turned the books into a popular show called ‘True Blood,’ that the vendors aren’t trying to shove them into the kiddie sections anymore!)


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