Category: At The Checkout

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Repeatedly Making A Meal Out Of It

| NS, Canada | At The Checkout, Food & Drink, Ignoring & Inattentive

(Around noon during a day out, my mother and I stop at a fast food place on one half of the building; the other half is a popular Canadian coffee shop. My mother doesn’t want anything to eat, so she goes to get coffee for herself and me while I buy myself a burger. While she is getting the drinks, I go up to the counter to make my order.)

Me: “I’ll have a [Burger] and fries, please.”

Cashier: “And what would you like to drink?”

Me: “Nothing. Just the burger and fries, please.”

Cashier: “But the meal comes with a drink!”

Me: “I don’t want a drink, though. Just the burger and fries.”

Cashier: “But you need to drink something!”

Me: “My mother is getting drinks from [Coffee Shop] right now. I don’t need two drinks.”

(She doesn’t really argue too much after that, and rings me up. My mother has gotten the coffee drinks by the time my food is ready, and when I go to get my order I am holding the drink in my hand.)

Me: “This is my food, right? Thank you. Have a nice day!”

Cashier: “Your drink hasn’t been made yet. What was it you wanted, again?”

Me: “I don’t need a drink. I have a drink right here.”

(I show her my coffee cup, and then take my food and go to sit down at a table. As I walk away, I hear the cashier calling after me…)

Cashier: “THE MEAL COMES WITH A DRINK!”

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If At First You Don’t Succeed, Chai Again, Part 4

| MT, USA | At The Checkout, Bad Behavior, Food & Drink

(I live in an area where tiny, locally owned coffee shacks are incredibly common. Darn near every establishment has one in their parking lot or built into their business one way or another. Unfortunately, this does not guarantee that whatever barista you’re ordering from knows what they are doing, so I’ve learned to ask what more experienced coffee buyers would consider no-brainer questions. Sometimes I’m still painfully disappointed. This particular shop is part of a flower shop that also hosts the weekly farmer’s market, and I stop in to get drinks while at the market to reduce my number of stops that afternoon.)

Me: “Okay, we’ll do a small hot chocolate, but for a kid so not so hot. A large quad mocha. And I see you have chai, is that in a latte or black?”

Barista: “Oh, no, sweetie. Chai is actually a kind of tea and doesn’t have coffee in it!”

Me: *taken aback slightly because while I’m not old, I’m definitely not young enough to be called “sweetie” by the early 20s barista* “I know it’s tea. I just want to know if you serve it in a latte or black?”

Barista: “I don’t get it. Are you wanting me to add a shot of coffee and make it a latte?”

Me: *confused, starting to catch on to where this is going* “Latte means it has milk in it…”

Barista: *suddenly extremely condescending* “No, it means COFFEE. Like a mocha latte is a coffee drink.”

Me: “Actually latte comes from same root word as lactose. It means it’s a drink with milk in it.”

Barista: “Well I don’t know how to tell you this, but latte means it’s a coffee drink. But, yes, our chai comes with milk in it, and I can add coffee if that’s what you want, but it’s 70 cents per shot…”

Me: *finally snapping after having a bad day, I turn and start toward the door while trying to remain as cold as possible* “You know what? I changed my mind about getting my coffee here. I’ll just go now.”

Barista: *sarcastically* “Wait! Don’t go! I was learning SO much from you!”

(While I heard she didn’t last long, I haven’t had the heart to go back there even for flowers after that exchange.)

Related:
If At First You Don’t Succeed, Chai Again, Part 3
If At First You Don’t Succeed, Chai Again, Part 2
If At First You Don’t Succeed, Chai Again

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Hopes To Be Carded Every Time

| Bowling Green, KY, USA | At The Checkout, Awesome Workers

(This particular retail store has a store credit card that offers you a discount on your purchases. Most cashiers casually offer it, but don’t push it too hard. There is one cashier, however, who made it his personal mission to promote this card.)

Cashier: “And will this be going on your [Store] card today?”

Me: “No, I’m afraid I don’t have one.”

Cashier: “But you’ve got the reusable [Store] bags! You obviously love [Store] enough to get the bags! Why not get a [Store] card to complement them?

Me: *laughing* “That’s a good point! I just don’t need an excuse to spend any more money here.”

Cashier: “The [Store] card is like the Gandhi of store credit cards! Except instead of ending British Imperialism, it saves you 10% on your purchases!”

Me: *dying of laughter at this point* “I still won’t, but thanks for the encouragement! Maybe someday!”

(I now make it a point to go through his line whenever I see him working. Kudos to him for making his job as fun as possible, both for him and his customers!)

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Reached Your ‘T’ Total

, | Jacksonville, FL, USA | At The Checkout, Food & Drink, Funny Names

Me: “I’d like three soft tacos with no lettuce, and a medium drink.”

Cashier: “A T8?”

Me: “What?”

Cashier: “A T8.”

Me: “I’m sorry; I still don’t understand what you’re saying to me.”

Cashier: “A T8.”

Me: “You’re just repeating that over and over.”

Cashier: “Do you want a T8?”

Me: “I don’t know what that is.”

Cashier: *pointing to the menu* “A T8.”

Me: *squinting to read the print describing the meal* “Um…”

Cashier: “Three tacos and a drink.”

Me: *rolling my eyes* “Then, yes, call it that if you want.”

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