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Put That In Your Pipe And Drink It

| Portland, OR, USA | Employees, Ignoring & Inattentive

(The difference in age for buying cigarettes and alcohol is three years, and I am 19 at this time, I had a lot of issues because of it, but this one was the funniest.)

Me: “May I get [pack of Cigarettes]?”

Worker: “Do you have ID?”

Me: “Yes, I do.” *hands her ID*

Worker: “This says you’re under 21.”

Me: “I am.”

Worker: “Then, why would I sell to you?”

Me: “Those are cigarettes, not alcohol.”

Worker: “Oh, oops.”

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Playing The Irony Card

| WA, USA | Criminal/Illegal, Food & Drink, Job Seekers

(I am standing in line while the person in front of my is asking about the job offering. I didn’t catch the whole conversation.)

Cashier: “Yeah, probably the most important part of the job is making sure you card.”

Customer: “Oh, of course. I don’t want to get anyone in trouble.”

Cashier: “Wait, we are only hiring people over 21. Are you old enough?”

Customer: “Well, you did just sell me beer, so I hope so.”

(Cue a laugh from everyone in earshot.)

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Tea-tering On Falling Asleep

| Fort Wayne, IN, USA | Coworkers, Crazy Requests, Time

(It is one am after my day off. I am finally admitting I’m tired and have relocated to my bed to read just a little bit more before I pass out. Suddenly my phone rings, and it’s my work. I answer expecting it to be some sort of emergency. I am the associate manager.)

Coworker: “I have a customer who just bought a can of [Tea], but it wasn’t until they opened it and took a drink out of it that they realized it was the wrong flavor. Can we trade it out?”

Me: *not quite believing I am called at one am for THIS* “No.”

Coworker: “Well, I thought I’d ask before saying no.”

Me: “If it was unopened, or something wrong with the product, yes, but not just if the customer wasn’t paying attention and messed up.”

Coworker: “Oh.”

Me: “Also, this is NOT something to make a one am phone call about. I was going to sleep.”

Coworker: “Oh. Well—”

Me: “Goodnight.”

(This wasn’t the first time he had called during third shift about such things, but not on things that would make his cash over or short be more than the allowed amount. I think he panicked when a customer complained about things and he didn’t give them their way, so he called me to relay the message to the customer instead of standing his ground. Grow a backbone! And if you wouldn’t call the manager about it at one am, don’t call me either!)

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