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    The Tip Was The Tipping Point

    | Toronto, ON, Canada | At The Checkout, Bad Behavior, Employees, Money

    (My friends and I are eating at a Japanese restaurant for a spontaneous lunch. The food was decent but service was almost nonexistent. We all agree not to tip. I go to pay.)

    Cashier: “Your total is $16.”

    (I give her $15 in bills and a $2 coin.)

    Cashier: *pockets coin* “Your total is $16. You didn’t give me enough.”

    Me: “Actually, I did. That’s why I gave you the coin.”

    Cashier: *combination of surprise and annoyance* “Ooohh, okay. That’s enough money now.”

    (She gave me my change and I met my friends outside. Turned out she didn’t want to give my friends their change either.)

    Got On The Wrong Side Of The Bus This Morning

    | Lansing, MI, USA | Bad Behavior, Employees, Health & Body, Ignoring/Inattentive, Money, Transportation

    (I am very sick with tonsillitis. It is so bad that my throat occasionally will swell to the point where it nearly blocks my airways. I can’t get the surgery I need until the end of my semester, so I have to wait a few months for treatment, while being treated with steroids. I wake up one morning having some breathing problems. I figure I would have time to get to the hospital if I took the bus (I can’t afford an ambulance). The following exchange occurs with the bus driver.)

    Me: *extremely hoarsely* “Excuse me, does this bus go to the hospital?”

    Driver: “Pay your 60 cents.”

    Me: “Sir, please, I need to know if this goes to [Hospital] emergency room.”

    Driver: “Pay.”

    Me: “Hospital…?”

    Driver: “PAY.”

    Me: “…fine.” *drops coins in slot* “Does this go to the emergency room?”

    Driver: *ignores me*

    Passenger: “Excuse me, miss. Yes, this bus goes past the hospital. I’m headed there myself.”

    Me: “Thank you, sir.”

    Passenger: “No problem. I don’t see why this jack-a** won’t do his job and tell a young lady who is clearly in a lot of pain and struggling to speak if she’s on the bus to the emergency room!”

    (He made sure to pull the cord and help me off the bus. Thank you, kind bus passenger! And bus driver, I hope you were just having a bad day.)

    Brain At A Low Dollar Value

    | Winchester, VA, USA | At The Checkout, Employees, Extra Stupid, Money

    (I’m at a well known pet store looking at fish since I have recently upgraded my aquarium. I notice that one of the fish that I’m looking at is currently running under a 5 for $5 deal with the store card.)

    Me: “Okay. So I think I’ll go ahead and get some of these since they’re 5 for $5. But I want 10.”

    Employee: “What? No. You can’t do that. It’s 5 for $5. Not 10 for $5.”

    Me: “I understand that. I want 10 fish for $10.”

    Employee: “No! It’s only 5 for $5! You can’t do 10 for $10!”

    Me: “Just go ahead and give me 10. Let’s just see what happens at the registers.”

    (Sure enough when we go to the registers, I am right and I get my 10 for $10. She seems extremely confused by this.)

    Employee: “I really didn’t know it worked like that.”

    Price War Stories

    | USA | At The Checkout, Employees, Money

    (I recently went into a shop to exchange a bag I bought for a similar, but larger one. I’ve chosen my replacement bag and get to the customer service till.)

    Clerk: “If there is a price difference between these products, are you willing to pay it?”

    Me: “Is there a story behind this question?”

    Clerk: “Several.”

    Able To Get Love For Money

    | Surrey, BC, Canada | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Ignoring/Inattentive, Money

    (I’m at a clothing store where my friend works. I see my friend, so we start chatting. We chat for a good few minutes, until his manager comes over.)

    Manager: “Hey, you, I need you to get out of my store. You’re distracting my employee from his work, and I don’t appreciate it.”

    (The manager had a valid point, so I leave. About a week later, I receive a phone call.)

    Me: “Hello?”

    Caller: “Hello, is this [My Name]?”

    Me: “Yes, that would be me.”

    Caller: “This is [Caller] from [Friend's Workplace]. I’ve called you today to let you know that your order has arrived. Feel free to come in anytime to pick it up.”

    Me: “Okay, cool. Thanks!”

    (I go back to the same clothing store to pick up my order. The first staff member I see happens to be the manager.)

    Manager: “Hey, I thought I told you to get out of my store!”

    Me: “Yeah, but that was last week. You just told me to come back in like 20 minutes ago!”

    Manager: “Wait. You’re [My Name]?”

    Me: “That’s riiiight!”

    Manager: “Aw, d*** it! Fine.”

    Me: “Money has a funny effect on people, doesn’t it?”


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