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    Grown Out Of Growing Into Things

    | NS, Canada | Employees, Health & Body

    (A young male clerk is helping me shop for sneakers.)

    Me: “Hmmm, I like these sneakers but I think they might be just a little bit too big. Do you have them in a half-size smaller?”

    Clerk: “Well, how old are you?”

    Me: *confused*

    Clerk: “…because you might still have a bit more growing to do.”

    Me: “Uh, I’m 35.”

    Clerk: *awkward silence*

    (He then went out to the back to find a different size shoe. I was left feeling completely baffled.)

    Don’t Sweat It

    | USA | Bosses & Owners, Crazy Requests, Health & Body

    (I overhear two employees talking. It’s mid-July and it has been extremely hot and humid this particular week.)

    Employee #1: “So I was pushing carts outside and [Boss] saw me and told me to stop sweating so much.”

    Employee #2: “Sooo… [Boss] wants you not to work so hard?”

    Employee #1: “I guess?”

    Weight Gain Equals Job Loss

    | TX, USA | At The Checkout, Bad Behavior, Employees, Food & Drink, Health & Body

    (I have always been on the small side. At this time I had just gotten over the flu, and so I was a bit skinnier than I normally am. I was really craving a chicken sandwich, so I decided to get one.)

    Me: “Can I get a chicken sandwich with no lettuce and no mayo, but add tomatoes? And a small diet coke.”

    Worker: “No.”

    Me: “Sorry?”

    Worker: “I’ll get you a large regular coke and a cheeseburger, because you need to gain weight, anorexic freak.”

    A Salted With Spit

    | PA, USA | Bad Behavior, Employees, Food & Drink, Health & Body

    (My family had finished moving furniture into my cousin’s house. Afterwards we all go out to eat at a well known restaurant. Everything is fine until after we get our food. Our salt shaker seemed to be clogged, and we flagged down a waitress to help us.)

    Dad: “Excuse me our salt shaker is clogged. Can you get us a new one?”

    (The waitress takes the salt shaker and instead of getting a new one, she blows into it, spits on it, and rubs it with a napkin.)

    Waitress: “It should be fine now.”

    (We haven’t gone back since.)

    Not Quite Nuts About Your Allergies

    | Dubai, UAE | Employees, Food & Drink, Health & Body, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (I am 14, and my family and I go out for dinner.)

    Waiter: “Here is your food: two 1/2 pound burgers with chips, one serving of sticky pork belly with salad, and one seafood curry.”

    Dad: “The buns on the burgers have sesame seeds.”

    Waiter: “So?”

    Dad: “We said that my son here is allergic to sesame seeds.”

    Waiter: “No, you didn’t.”

    Dad: “Yes, we did. I can assure you of that.”

    Mum: “He did; trust me.”

    Waiter: *sarcastically* “Oh, okay, I’m very sorry. I’ll have his food re-made.”

    (He gives my dad an annoyed look as he walks off. We wait another 20 minutes, at which point my brother’s food arrives again, this time without a sesame seed bun.)

    Waiter: “Terribly sorry, sir. Won’t happen again.”

    (We enjoy our drinks and meals while listening to the music in the background. A little later on we order desserts, and my brother orders a sorbet with a strawberry liquorice strip. At this point we also say that he’s allergic to nuts and eggs as a reminder. Dessert arrives, and there are little beige pieces all around the sorbet, much to my worry.)

    Dad: “Are these nuts?”

    Me: “I don’t know. Let me try one.” *I can’t tell; it’s tasteless*

    Mum: “Maybe you should check with the waiter?”

    Dad: *sigh* “All right.”

    (We call him over and ask him to check. My brother has already eaten a few of the pieces. Waiter comes back.)

    Waiter: “The sorbet does not have egg, but, um… those little pieces are nuts.”

    Dad: “Wait… What did you say?”

    Mum: “What?”

    Waiter: “I said those pieces are nuts.”


    Mum: “Did you eat any of those pieces?”

    Brother: *crying* “Yes!”

    Dad: “Get a doctor or something! Get his epipen too! This is outrageous!”

    Waiter: “Sir, I’m sorry…”

    Dad: “I don’t want to hear it. You should have listened to us!”

    (My brother doesn’t have an allergic reaction, and the restaurant manager and doctor are called in. Thankfully they weren’t nuts, but actually little biscuit pieces, to which we were all relieved.)

    Manager: “I’m really sorry about all this.”

    Dad: “It’s all right now, but he hasn’t paid attention to how my son here has allergies!”

    Manager: “Seriously? We take that very seriously here. I shall speak with him.”

    Me: “Thank you very much.”

    Mum: “Yes, thank you.”

    Manager: “It’s all good now. How about I give you all free drinks to say sorry? On the house!”

    Brother: *sniffling* “I’d like that. Yes, please…”

    (So, we got free drinks and had half the price of our meal slashed off. Meanwhile, we have no idea what happened to the waiter. Maybe he got fired.)

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