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  • Underwear Is Overwhelming

    | Reno, NV, USA | At The Checkout, Bizarre/Silly, Rude & Risque, Themed Giveaway

    (I’m shopping at a large chain clothing store for essentials (shirts, pants, etc.). I gather my things and head toward the checkout where a young, attractive female cashier is working. I set my things down on the counter, and start digging through my purse for money.)

    Cashier: *begins folding clothes* “Hi. How are you today?”

    Me: “Fine, thanks. And yourself?”

    Cashier: “Doing great!”

    (The cashier picks up on of the pairs of underwear I’m purchasing and looks them over before she folds them.)

    Cashier: “Oh, these are cute!”

    Me: “Yeah. That’s why I picked them.”

    Cashier: “I don’t suppose there’s any way I’ll see them on you…”

    Me: “Umm…”

    (I have no issue with anyone’s sexual preferences, but it was such an odd come-on that I just laughed, bought my things, and left.)

    Cuts No Ice With The Cashier

    | Richfield, MN, USA | At The Checkout, Crazy Requests, Employees, Food & Drink, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (It is a blistering hot summer and my mother doesn’t want to get out of the car’s A/C, but we need ice. So she gives me $10 and sends me into a local liquor store to pick some up. I am 18 at the time, but only buying ice.)

    Cashier: “ID, please.”

    Me: “Uh, I just want to buy this.” *holds out the $10*

    Cashier: *visibly annoyed* “ID!”

    Me: “I know you sell liquor mostly, but I’m just here for ice. I don’t have my ID on me.”

    Cashier: “No ID, no sale!”

    Me: “Uh… okay, then.

    (I put the ice back and walked out to the car my mom laughed at me the whole way home. A few years later my 21st birthday card read ‘Congrats! You can now buy ice!’)

    Spoon Feeding You An Exit Strategy

    | Fairbanks, AK, USA | At The Checkout, Employees, Themed Giveaway

    Spoon Feeding You An Exit Strategy

    Superstore

    Fairbanks, AK, USA

    (My husband and I have just moved in together. I brought my dishes with me which include some pretty cheap spoons with plastic handles. My husband, as a result, keeps snapping the handles off when he uses them because the plastic is so useless. Because of this I decide to just replace all of my spoons with solid metal ones.)

    Clerk: “Hi. How’s your day going?”

    Me: “Oh, not too bad.”

    (As I continue loading my groceries and spoons onto the conveyer belt, the clerk begins to flirt with me. I smile politely and casually mention one of the items I am buying is for my husband. Undeterred, the clerk continues to flirt with me until the spoons get down the belt to him.)

    Clerk: *holding up five packs of spoons* “Wow, that’s a lot of spoons. You having a party or something?”

    Me: “No. My husband keeps breaking my spoons in half so I figured I should buy some extras.”

    Clerk: “Oh… well. Have a nice, uh, day!”

    (He avoided me after that.)

    Working Antisocial Hours

    | Berlin, Germany | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Liars/Scammers

    (I’ve recently started to work at a different store of the same company. These company’s stores always open at 10 am, and I’m used to checking in at 9:30. The first day at work, my new boss calls me over.)

    Boss: “[My Name], your behavior is unacceptable. I’ll let it slide since it’s your first day here, but don’t let it happen again.”

    Me: “I’m sorry, what?”

    Boss: “You were way too late. I and [Two Other Colleagues] always arrive at 8 AM to do our make-up and eat breakfast.”

    Me: “I usually do all of this at home.”

    Boss: “No. You have to do everything I say. You have to arrive at 8 AM and eat here and talk to everyone. Socializing is very important in this company.”

    (The next day, I arrive at am and eat my breakfast in the store.)

    Boss: “No, no, no, [My Name]. Don’t just sit there! You have to clock in first. I don’t care that you’re not actually working, just do it. You’ll get paid for nothing! We’ve been doing this for years. Great, huh?”

    (I politely refuse since I think it’s some sort of test. The boss is furious and calls our upper management.)

    Boss: “[My Name], pack your things and go, NOW. We won’t tolerate this sort of antisocial behavior in this store. You’re making me and the others feel bad!”

    Me: “Wait, you are firing me because I’m clocking my hours correctly and I am NOT lying and wasting company time and money?”

    Boss: “Yes. We all do it! Stop being antisocial!”

    (I left and found a much nicer job. The last time I heard of this company, there were closing many stores due to financial issues, and the one in this story was the very first one to go.)

    Dropped The Ball On That One

    | Newton, MA, USA | At The Checkout, Employees, Rude & Risque, Themed Giveaway

    (I frequented a store and have had a few run-ins with a strange male employee. He speaks in a monotone and wears a plastic glove on only one hand. I’m buying two chocolate eggs and some sleeping medicine.)

    Me: *puts items on counter and one egg rolls quickly toward the cashier* “Oh, no!”

    Cashier: *catches the egg from falling* “Don’t worry. It didn’t fall on the floor.”

    Me: “Awesome!”

    Cashier: “And it didn’t hit my balls either.”

    (I am speechless and cannot make eye contact. After the rest of the transaction is completed, I go to leave.)

    Cashier: “Goodbye… for now.”


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