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    This Coffee Is Flat-line

    | Inland Empire, CA, USA | Bizarre/Silly, Coworkers, Food & Drink

    (I am at a well-known coffee chain getting my personal tumbler filled with my favorite new summer drink.)

    Me: “I’ll have a Cold Brew.”

    Cashier: *to barista making drinks* “She wants a Code Blue!… Wait, did I just say that?”


    About To Go Bananas Over The Chocolate

    | USA | Bizarre/Silly, Bosses & Owners, Food & Drink

    (I work in a call center. We are allowed to eat at our desks so long as it is a snack, not a meal, and it cannot be during a call. We have some down time so I pull out a snack and shortly after my supervisor walks by. I’ve been trying to snack more healthy, but tend to have a serious sweet tooth.)

    Supervisor: “Are you really just hanging out eating a banana?”

    Me: “No. I am hanging out eating a banana and chocolate chips so that it’s like I am eating a chocolate covered banana.”

    Supervisor: “…That is such genius that I can’t even say anything about it.”

    Not My Cup Of Tea

    | England, UK | At The Checkout, Employees, Food & Drink, Lazy/Unhelpful

    Me: “Hi, can I get a small latte and a small cappuccino please to take away.”

    Barista: “Yeah, sure.”

    Me: “Oh, sorry, do you have small cups?”

    Barista: “…Well, yeah.”

    (He makes the coffee, but uses the medium cup.)

    Me: “Sorry to be a pain but can you put it in a small cup please?”

    Barista: “What? No, just take it.”

    Me: “Look I don’t want to be a pain but, medium cups don’t fit in the cup holders in the car.”

    Barista: “Well, I made it in a medium cup so…”

    Me: “So… can I have a small cup, please? I don’t want to spill my hot coffee all over my lap.”

    (Silence falls over the coffee shop; the customers are staring at the barista, who is just giving me a blank look of confusion.)

    Me: “Fine, I’ll do it myself.”

    (I manage to reach over the counter, just managing to reach a paper cup. I slowly pour the coffee into the smaller cup.)

    Me: “I don’t think that was too much to ask, was it?!”

    Barista: “Idiot.”

    Next Customer: *loudly* “Can someone else serve me, please?”

    (I saw that same “barista” cleaning tables but never behind the counter again.)

    Burning To Try

    | Denver, CO, USA | Bosses & Owners, Food & Drink

    (My boss is known for being extremely difficult. This particular morning she is explaining how the breakfast buffet works even though I have been in catering for ten years and worked at this venue for three months.)

    Boss: “The scrambled eggs need to be replaced every 45 minutes or they will dry out.”

    Me: “Okay, I can handle that. I have made my fair share of scrambled eggs.”

    Boss: “No, you can’t touch them; there is a certain technique. You get one of the chefs or wait until one is available.”

    (As she walks away one of my coworkers bursts out laughing.)

    Coworker: “Yeah, the technique is don’t let them burn. That’s it.”

    (Now every time I do anything extremely simple my coworker yells at me about my technique which has gotten us some very strange looks as we collapse into giggles.)

    What An Alco-Hole

    | Port Townsend, WA, USA | Employees, Family & Kids, Food & Drink

    (I’m only a witness to this encounter. While checking out at a self check out, another pair of customers is using the one to the side of me. They are obviously father and daughter, she looks very young. The father is buying a six pack of beer.)

    Employee: “Sir, I don’t need to see your ID but I do need to see hers.”

    Customer: “She’s my 10 year old daughter!”

    Employee: “You can’t buy alcohol for a minor!”

    Customer: “I’m not buying it for a minor; I’m buying it for myself. She’s 10 years old and my kid. Are you serious right now?”

    Employee: “Sir, I cannot let you buy this alcohol for your daughter. She’s under-age.”

    Customer: “Are you even listening? I am buying it for ME, not my 10-year-old daughter. What kind of person do you think I am?”

    Employee: “I need to call my manager to figure out what to do here.”

    (Several minutes later, the customer is fuming, and the manager turns up. At this point, I am just watching curiously.)

    Manager: “What seems to be the problem?”

    Customer: “Your employee here refused to sell me alcohol and accused me of trying to buy it for my daughter!”

    Employee: “No, he said it was for her!”

    Me: “What? No, you said that you didn’t need to see his ID but that you did need to see hers. When he responded that she was his 10-year-old daughter, you said you couldn’t sell it to him. He has repeatedly told you that the alcohol was for himself, not her.”

    Manager: “Really, [Employee], this is the third time we have gotten similar complaints. People are more than allowed to buy alcohol in the presence of their kids.”

    (The employee and manager then argued for several minutes about what was and wasn’t allowed. I haven’t seen the employee in there since.)

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