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A Disability Of Decency

| Hastings, East Sussex, England, UK | Bad Behavior, Employees, Health & Body, Popular

(My girlfriend and I have just become engaged so we decide to go have a weekend away to celebrate. My girlfriend has to use an electric chair as she is unable to walk long distances but gets very self conscious about it. It’s lunch time so we decide to go get something to eat in a cafe we are going past, and as we go through the door everyone stops and looks at us.)

Waitress: “Will she be staying in the chair?”

Me: *shocked* “First of all ‘she’ is disabled, not deaf. And second, that’s hardly a suitable greeting to a potential customer which you, my dear, have just lost out on with that remark. Goodbye.”

(We went to another cafe across the street and as we entered, everyone carried on like on like normal and the waitress talked to my girlfriend as if the chair wasn’t there.)

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Being The Change You Want To See In The World

| MN, USA | At The Checkout, Employees, Ignoring & Inattentive, Money

Cashier: “Your order is $8.93.”

Me: *gives the cashier $10.03; a ten and three pennies*

Cashier: *with emphasis this time* “Your order is $8.93.”

Me: *looks at what I gave her, counts it up in my head again, and decides that it was correct* “That is correct.”

(The cashier sets the pennies down, opens the cash drawer, puts in the ten, and takes out a dollar bill plus seven cents. They then pick up the three original cents and hand all of it to me.)

Me: *stunned* “Actually, can you exchange this ten cents for a dime?”

Cashier: “Sure.”

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They Are Totally Out Of Tune-a

| London, UK | Employees, Food & Drink, Lazy/Unhelpful

(I have just started a new job, and have been trying out a few local cafés for lunch. I find one I like, and start going there once or twice a week. They have a menu written on a big blackboard with various sandwiches, toasted panini sandwiches, salads, and other hot food.)

Girl: *working behind the counter* “Hello, what can I get you?”

Me: “A tuna pasta salad, please.”

Girl: “Sorry, what?”

Me: “A tuna pasta salad.”

Girl: “Tuna…? Salad…?” *looks dubious and goes to get the owner*

Owner: “Yes? What would you like?”

Me: “A tuna pasta salad…”

Owner: “Tuna? We have tuna and sweetcorn?”

Me: “No, sorry; I mean the tuna pasta salad. The one from the salad menu.” *points to blackboard*

Owner: *speaking as if he thinks I might not be understanding him* “We have tuna. Tuna and sweetcorn, for a sandwich. You want a tuna and sweetcorn sandwich?”

Me: “No, no, on your salad menu. Look, it says ‘Tuna pasta salad.’ I presume you don’t have any?”

Owner: *looks at menu* “No. We don’t have that.”

Needs Some Change In Training

| Sweden | At The Checkout, Employees, Money

(This happened when I was paying for coffee and cakes at a fairly upstanding coffee shop. I have just handed over 150kr – approx 14$, for a 113kr bill.)

Cashier: “Do you want the receipt?”

Me: “No, thanks.”

Cashier: *goes to make the coffee*

(I wait, even though coffee is usually served to the tables.)

Cashier: *sees me* “Did you want something else?”

Me: “Uh, yes. I handed you 150, so my change please?”

Cashier: “Oh!” *counts out 4kr and tries to give them to me*

Me: *I’m feeling pretty awkward, so I motion to the till where the last total is shown* “My bill was 113.”

Cashier: *blank stare*

Me: “…That’s 37kr in change?”

Cashier: “Oh!”

(Eventually she got it right. Normally I’d pay with a debit card at this place, and I think I’ll stick to that method from now on.)

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