“I worked in a certain mall store that retails massage chairs. A very, very pregnant lady comes in and beelines for the hardest hitting massage chair we have. She starts to turn on the remote to turn on the massage and my manager sees this and heads on over.
He says, ‘Hello ma'am, feel free to use the leg massager for 15 minutes or so, but I'm going to set up the remote in a way that it does not cause medical complications for you or your child.’
She asks, ‘why can't I get a full massage?’
‘Well, there is a possibility that it could induce labor prematurely’ he says,
“I work as a cashier for a small garden/general old lady knick-knack store. It was a very busy spring day and an old woman wearing a rainbow, sequined dress, leather clogs, and a brown fedora walked up to my register with one small plant. She had stubble and white hair. She was very friendly, and I rang her up as normal. I like to decorate the registers sometimes and had placed a small bird statue on the corner of it, facing the customers. As I handed her the receipt, she picked up the bird statue, audibly bit it's head, said, ‘Oh, that's hard,’ put it down, and left.” - Fiftydollarvolvo
“I was bagging groceries last night when a lady came through with a baby in a car seat in the basket of her cart. She had a LOT of groceries so when I bagged them I was putting them back under and around the car seat. It's not like I could put them on top of the baby, right?
Well. As I'm placing stuff carefully under Baby, Baby's mom says ‘oh hon, you can just put some of this stuff on top of him’ and pats the canopy. The phrase ‘but ma'am that's a baby’ almost escapes me but I choke it down, nod, and continue putting stuff under the baby, under the cart, in the seat of the cart, etc.I got all but a bag of chips squared away, and there was just no more room, so as they walked away I set the bag of chips on top of the car seat, turned back to the cashier and whispered in horror ‘I put the chips on the baby.’ Which I believe is the most absurd thing I've said on the job so far.” - occipital_spatula
“A little old lady came in right before 12. She came right up to the register and since I was by myself I rang her up. She wanted a gift card for $5.She looks directly at me and says, Want to know why it's $5?’
She said, ‘I'm giving my friend a birthday gift, it's six different gift cards for $5 a piece at different stores. It's not enough to actually buy anything so it should annoy her.’
‘Oh ok.. Well have a nice day.’
She said, ‘I will. She's going to be so pissed.’ She looks absolutely delighted and walked out.” - Catalystic_mind
“During one of the busiest nights I’ve ever seen one of the customers leans in over the counter and asks me (while interrupting me while I was finishing the purchase with the other customers ahead of him) in a whispering ‘Is it okay to have Sex in the store?’ I asked him to repeat the question because i could not fathom what he was asking. I told him no, and he actually looked surprised…”
What do you mean I can’t bang in your workplace? Rude!
“I work at a fairly popular paint supply store. I'm allowed to have my tattoos showing, as long as they're not offensive or obnoxious. On this particular day I had a long sleeved shirt on under my work shirt which covered my tattoos. Well, as I was helping one particular contractor, I decided to roll my sleeves up because it was getting warm in the store from all of my running around, trying to get this order done. He takes one look at my arm tattoos and flips out on me, calling me a hippy and so many other insults. Now, I can take some heat for it because I'm a pretty well-mannered dude. However the best insult came as I was ringing him out. This guy told me ‘Go get a job’ as I was ringing him out. He told me to go get a job, while I was at my job, taking his money.” -bonswansonite
“My small store has one men's and one women's washroom available for use by both staff and customers. I was utilizing said facilities one day when I hear someone try the door. Then knock.
Me: ‘Someone is in here!’
Me: (louder) ‘Just a minute! Someone is in here!’
A few moments later, what do you know, more knocking and rattling of the doorknob! Then silence. About 30 seconds later I'm washing my hands when I hear a key in the lock and my manager opens the door!
Manager: ‘Oh I'm sorry! These ladies told me the lock was stuck!’
I look over and they are muttering
Rude ladies: ‘It was taking forever!’
Then they see me exiting the restroom and one of them exclaims, ‘Can you believe it?! It was an employee !!!’” - CappuccinoBreve
How dare that employee use the restroom. Disgusting!
“Back in my poor college days when I worked at Walmart we had a fight break out over a bike. Fists were thrown and there was some blood. Eventually one guy got ahold of it and managed to get away from the crowd, he rode the bike out of the store to flee his pursuers (without paying).”
He obviously wanted the bike more. Let him have it.
“I work in a big box retail store. A few months ago, a man came in and wouldn't speak to me. Wouldn't answer any questions, wouldn't look me in the eyes - again, I work in an unusual part of town, and I just assumed he was being a jerk. I know he could hear me - he responded properly to swipe his card and followed through with the pin pad questions. Twenty minutes later he came back in and bought a pack of gum, looked me in the eyes, and said, ‘I'm sorry about my behavior earlier. I have panic attacks, and this was too much for me. I called my wife because I felt so terrible, and she told me to come back in and apologize.’ I told him no biggie, I understand, I've had them my entire life.
But even sweeter - 2, 3 months go by. This man and his teenage son come through my line yesterday and he says, ‘You don't remember me, but I remember you. I had a panic attack and you understood. I try to come through your line every time you're here.’ Idk, sometimes there is a silver lining in retail.” - pettylittlebombs
Not everyone is horrible. Even though it sometimes feels like that when you are working in retail.