Category: Language & Words


Let’s Hope He Has Onion Representation

| NJ, USA | Extra Stupid, Language & Words, New Hires

(I am training a new cashier. He has yet to learn most of the produce codes, so he often looks them up in an alphabetical list provided to us. The list can be somewhat confusing, as something like “red peppers” would be listed as “peppers, red,” and so on. He comes upon red onions.)

New Cashier: “Are these under ‘R’ for red or ‘U’ for onion?”

(I’m not sure how long he’ll last.)


How To Win The War Against Telemarketers, Part 11

| UK | Bizarre/Silly, Employees, Language & Words

(The phone rings. I answer.)

Telemarketer: “Can I speak to the homeowner, please?”

Me: “I’m not gay.”

Telemarketer: “No, I said ‘homeowner.'”

Me: “And I said I’m not gay.”

(The telemarketer on the other end had such fits of laughter she hung up on me.)

How To Win The War Against Telemarketers, Part 10
How To Win The War Against Telemarketers, Part 9
How To Win The War Against Telemarketers, Part 8



| Canada | At The Checkout, Health & Body, Language & Words

(I’m a customer service manager at a large department store. Part of my job is running to check prices if the cashiers can’t get ahold of anyone on the floor. One of the cashiers waves me over.)

Cashier: “I need you to check the price on those placentas in the middle aisle.”

Me: “Excuse me?!”

Cashier: “The placentas! Check the price on the placentas!”

Me: “Do you mean the poinsettias?”

Cashier: “Yes, the placentas!”


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Needs Better Protection From Those Kinds Of Slips

, | Winona, MN, USA | At The Checkout, Language & Words, Rude & Risque

(I’m the embarrassed employee in this incident. I am taking orders on the counter and feeling kind of tired when a good looking guy comes up to order.)

Guy: “Can I get a [combo meal]?”

Me: “Would you like a medium or large condom, COMBO, oh, my god, I’m sorry.”

(I was so bright red and I just thank goodness he didn’t laugh at me.)



| MO, USA | Bad Behavior, Employees, Language & Words

Me: “Thank you for calling [Pizza Place]. Will this be delivery or carryout?”

Caller: *to someone in the background* “Ya’ll need to shut the h*** up! Seriously, ya’ll need to calm the f*** down! Little f******! G*****n it!” *to me* “Hello? You there?”

Me: “Um, yes?”

Caller: *laughs* “Sorry about that. I’m at work. Ya’ll deliver to [Daycare]?”