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(As my husband and I are checking out with a very friendly cashier, her radio beeps on, and we hear her coworkers speaking.)
Coworker #1: “Hey, [Name]! Are you going to come help me with this customer or not?”
Coworker #2: “I’m in firewood with someone.”
Coworker #1: “My God, you light it on fire! Hurry up! D*** it!”
(The cashier puts a hand over her mouth.)
Cashier: “I am SO sorry you had to hear my coworker swear.”
Me: “Oh, it’s fine. I’m sure—”
Coworker #2: “Yeah, well, why don’t you tell my customer that, you a**?”
Cashier: “I beg your pardon.”
(She pulls her radio from her vest to speak into it.)
Cashier: “Okay. Let’s be nice, children. MY customers don’t appreciate hearing you swear over the radio. Thanks.”
(The store is quiet for an afternoon. We are looking over the department lottery, where I notice something strange on the sheet.)
Me: “[Coworker], why is your name down twice?”
Coworker: “Well, my husband wants to take part as well, but I’m bringing the money in for it anyway, so it’s easier if I just put mine down.”
Me: “I guess that makes sense…”
Coworker: *a little excitedly* “Yep, so I’ve got two balls!”
(Almost immediately, she realised what she said loud enough that a few customers and coworkers turned round. She hid in the corner and refused to come out for a few minutes while I was bent over in laughter!)
(I’m at the bank, where the teller is recounting my deposit to verify its accuracy, but she has difficulties taking the paper wrap off a bundle of one dollar bills.)
Me: “Uh-oh, did I wrap it too tight? I’m sorry!”
Teller: “Just a little, but that’s okay! Better to be tight than loose!”
(Her coworker beside her bursts out laughing and I fail to suppress a giggle. The teller looks confused for a moment before she realizes what she’s said.)
Teller: “Well, it’s true!”
(I work in the office of a very large supermarket. Across the room from me are two very chatty colleagues, whose job it is to page customers and employees and make store-wide announcements. They have just finished announcing a sale we are having to the whole store, and then start gossiping between themselves again.)
Coworker #1: “Did you hear what happened to [Name]?”
Coworker #2: “I did! His girlfriend caught him looking at porn!”
Coworker #1: “And he was naked and everything!”
(The conversation then descends into a very graphic description of what kind of porn this guy had been looking at. Suddenly, my phone rings. Before I can even speak the manager is screaming down the phone at me.)
Manager: “Can you please tell those yabbering potty-mouths to remember to turn OFF the f****** microphone! I’ve got parents screaming over it so their kids can’t hear any more!”
(I looked over at the two coworkers, who were still nattering away. I was tempted to wait a few seconds more before I calmly revealed to them that every single employee and customer in the store was now privy to their dirty conversation.)