Category: Bad Behavior


I Want A Money-Order And Make It Snappy

| PA, USA | At The Checkout, Bad Behavior

(My boyfriend is trying to do a money order, and I have gone with him. Note that he is a very well-mannered British man with no patience for impoliteness. He has also never done a money order before.)

Boyfriend: “Hi, I’d like to get a money order.”

(The cashier glares at him but says nothing. There is an awkward pause.)

Boyfriend: “Um, sorry, I said I’d like to get a money order.”

(Another pause. The cashier glares at him again. Finally, she snaps at him.)

Cashier: *loudly and rudely* “For how much?!”

Boyfriend: *taken aback* “Sorry, for $[amount].”

(He then turns to me with a very calm look on his face.)

Boyfriend: *in his very level, polite British accent* “I have never met someone so rude in my entire life.”

(Though I am bad at confrontation and have nothing to reply with, the cashier freezes. Her tone and demeanor immediately change.)

Cashier: “Would you like cash back?”

Boyfriend: “No, thank you.”

(The transaction finishes with the cashier being much meeker, and as we walk away:)

Me: “Some people just like to take their misery out on others. Sorry, love.”


Not Even Sugar-Coating It

| England, UK | Bad Behavior, Employees, Food & Drink, Health & Body, Ignoring & Inattentive

(I need to reduce my sugar intake for health reasons and was looking at drink options in a café. I didn’t want a hot drink, so I was looking at the cans available, all behind a glass counter where customers couldn’t reach one. I wanted to check whether a supposed “health” drink was high in sugar.)

Me: “Hi. Do you mind if I check the nutrition information on [“Health” Drink]?”

(The guy behind the counter gets the can in question and immediately opens it and pours the drink into a glass.)

Me: “Apparently not, then.”

Guy: “What?”

Me: “I asked to see the nutrition information.”

(The guy looks annoyed and hands me the can. The drink has a ridiculous amount of sugar in it.)

Guy: “That’s [price].”

Me: “I’m sorry, I can’t drink this.”

Guy: “You ordered it. You need to pay for it.”

Me: “I didn’t order it. I asked to look at the nutrition information to see if I wanted to order it but I can’t drink this because it has over 30g of sugar in this can.”

Guy: “Like you care about eating sugar, fat b****.”

(That’s when I walked out.)


No Point Crying Over Unsold Milk

| Ireland | At The Checkout, Bad Behavior, Employees

(Sample stands aren’t terribly common where I live, but every few months a major brand will have one for promotional materials. I spot the stand for a rather expensive brand of milk which I don’t buy unless it’s my only option, but having already found the coupons being given out in my trolley I don’t go too close. The stand worker comes up to me when I am very clearly looking at the shop’s own-brand cartons…)

Representative: “Excuse me, would you like some coupons for [amount] off [Brand]?”

Me: *politely, but not making eye contact* “No, thank you.”

Representative: “Okay. Just wanted to save you some money…” *walks back to stand*

(How she thought that passive-aggressive comments would help convince someone looking at milk that was less than half price — and just as good as what she was flogging, without useless additives — is still beyond me…)


Trump Telemarketing

| NC, USA | Bad Behavior, Bigotry

(My parents immigrated to the US a few years before my sister and I were born and went through all the red tape to get their citizenship legally. Even though it’s been twenty plus years my mom still speaks with an accent and some broken English when stressed. One afternoon a telemarketer calls and my mom, in a hurry to go pick up my youngest sister from school, answers without looking at the caller ID.)

Mom: “Hello?

Telemarketer: “Hello, are you interesting in improving your home security?”

Mom: “No, thank you, ma’am. Can you please no call here? Good bye.”

(Not a minute later the telemarketer called back, but this time got the answering machine. She screamed and cussed at my mom for hanging up; she then started threatening to call immigration and get her “Mexican a**” deported. My older sister called the company back later and reported the woman. I’m not a hateful person, but I hope she was fired.)


Should Have Just (Stereo)Typed It

| Wrightsville, PA, USA | Bad Behavior, Coworkers

(I used to work as a busboy. One day, I’m writing the daily specials on the chalkboard. One of the waitresses nearby watches me, and out of nowhere asks me this.)

Waitress: “Wow, you have better handwriting than a girl. Are you gay?”