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    Receiving A Rum-Punch

    | Scotland, UK | At The Checkout, Employees, Food & Drink

    (I’m at the supermarket about three minutes from my flat, doing a weekly shop, and grab a bottle of rum for a party I’m going to that night.)

    Cashier: “ID, please?”

    (I go to get it out my wallet, but it’s not there. After a brief moment of panic, I remember I took it out earlier while applying for a new job, and I’d left it with some paperwork in my bag at home.)

    Me: “Crap, sorry, I left it in my bag—”

    Cashier: *interrupting* “Then I can’t sell this to you.”

    Me: “That’s all right. I’ll come back later.” *smiles*

    (She gives me a funny look and I finish up, pay, and go home. About 15 minutes, later my flat-mate and I stop in at the same shop to get booze on our way to our friends’ party. I grab a bottle of the same rum and we go up to the checkout, with the same cashier from earlier.)

    Cashier: “You were here earlier!”

    Me: “Aye—”

    Cashier: “Hope you’d get a different person on the til!?”

    Me: “What? I—”

    Cashier: “—and HE can’t buy it for you!” *gestures at my flat-mate, who’s looking quite amused*

    Me: “He doesn’t need to—”

    Cashier: “You can’t buy alcohol without an ID proving you’re over 18!”

    (I’m normally a very patient person, but she’s interrupted me so much at this point, I lose my patience.)

    Me: “Which is in my hand! I told you earlier I’d come back with my ID, which I have! As you can see I’m 21, so will you please just sell me my rum?!”

    (She looks at the ID I’d been trying to give her for the entire interaction.)

    Cashier: “Wait, you’re- you’re not under-aged! Most people who’ve ‘forgotten’ their ID are kids chancing it!”

    Me: “Some, yes; not all. Now can I please buy the rum?”

    (She finished the transaction looking a bit embarrassed, with my flat-mate giggling through his own purchase – ID and all.)

    Acting Like A Complete Cock-tail

    | Sydney, NSW, Australia | Food & Drink, Health & Body

    (I work in the bar of a nice hotel in Kings Cross and one of the “guests” (a highly arrogant and condescending man) comes in with what appears to be an “escort.” They come up to the bar and are about to order drinks when the gentleman guest (and I mean that in the broadest definition) asks:)

    Guest: “I want you to make the strongest drink you know.”

    (As I have spent several years trying to create the world’s strongest cocktail that tastes non-alcoholic, I take the challenge with pleasure. After she is about half way through the drink she is becoming very friendly, so the guest takes it that he should try one of these drinks I have created, but in his supreme arrogance at being a bit of a high-flyer, says:)

    Guest: “I want that drink too, but you should make mine even stronger!”

    (There are laws in Australia about how much liquor you can put in a cocktail which I, in the previous creation, have disregarded, and so now I am excited to see how far I can push it. Both guests are somewhat peaked. They leave and I close the bar for the night. The next day arrives, and I have set up the bar, and who would be the first person to walk in? None other that our “guest,” no escort this time. He approaches the bar and seems a little worse for wear. He leans over the bar and in the most gruff and threatening almost whisper says:)

    Guest: “If you ever make me a drink like that again, I will have you fired.”

    Whip Them Into Shape

    | NC, USA | Employees, Food & Drink, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (I’m at the tiny Chain coffee shop on campus, which employs students. Many of them are new to both working in general and food service in specific. Due to my dietary restrictions and general weird taste preferences, I tend to order what I think of as ‘expert level’ drinks.)

    Cashier: “What can I get for you today?”

    Me: “A large green tea [iced drink] with soy and raspberry syrup.”

    Cashier: “No whip?”

    Me: “No whip.”

    (I pay, and wait a couple minutes for my drink. I see the barista overfill the top of a large drink with whipped cream, and the cashier swoop in and make him remake it. Meanwhile, there are more and more students filling up the area waiting for their orders.)

    Barista: “Green tea with raspberry!”

    (I grab the drink, pop the straw in, and take a sip.)

    Me: “Wait, this has coffee in it.”

    Barista: “Yeah, you ordered a [iced drink].”

    Cashier: *sigh* “I told you, there’s coffee-based and then there’s cream-based.” *to me* “I’ll remake your drink.”

    Me: “Sorry, yeah, this one’s kinda ugh.”

    (This happens at least once at the start of each semester. I wonder if anyone’s ever quit because of me.)

    Unable To Find The Easter Feaster

    | Europe | Coworkers, Food & Drink, Holidays

    Coworker #1: “Hey, [My Name], will you be at your parents’ place for Easter?”

    Me: “Yup.”

    Coworker: “What are they going to serve?”

    (Coworker #1 and I can hardly stand to be in the same room, so this sudden interest makes me suspicious.)

    Me: “Uhm, light soup, roasted lamb, salad… the usual. Why do you ask?”

    Coworker #1: “Oh, it’s that I’ve been invited by my sister and I was wondering what to bring.”

    Me: “You can’t go wrong with roasted lamb.”

    Coworker #1: “Eh, but lamb for Easter is boring. What else could I cook?”

    Me: “Well, there’s not much choice. Something in theme with the spring: veal, maybe.”

    Coworker #1: “But veal is expensive and I don’t want to spend too much.”

    Me: “Roast a chicken, then.”

    Coworker #1: “Chicken is an everyday food and I was looking for something different.”

    Me: *tired of getting nowhere* “What about rabbit?”

    Coworker #1: *glaring* “Don’t you know I have pet rabbits?”

    Me: “Why don’t you stew the neighbour’s cat, then? It won’t be boring, it won’t be expensive, it will be different, and it won’t be your pet.”

    (Coworker #2, who had been listening in silence, lost it at this point.)

    Another Basket Case

    | Poughkeepsie, NY, USA | Bizarre/Silly, Employees, Food & Drink

    (I’m part of a church and we have a religion class during the week for young adults. A group of us usually go out to a nice burger chain restaurant after the class is over to eat and enjoy each others company as most of us only see each other once a week.)

    Friend: “Can I get some fries?”

    (The fries come out with the rest of our meals. It’s important to know that this restaurant has unlimited fries once you order a basket.)

    Friend: “Can I get another basket?”

    (Instead of bringing out another basket of fries, the waitress just brings out an empty basket and sets it on the table.)

    Friend: “Oh. Well. Okay, then…”

    Me: “Well, you did ask for another basket,”

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