You Sir are an Asshat!

It is not often that I allow a customer to get under my skin.
I no longer take things personally.
Yes I might get a little annoyed such as when I had a customer swear at me.
Or who snapped at me with regards to my asking for about making a donation.
By the way I saw that customer yesterday and he would not even look at me.
Pretended not to see me as he passed by.
But I digress.
Yesterday was my first shift in Customer Service since March.
I only made two huge gaffes trying to charge two separate customers 100’s for their lotto.
When we enter in a quantity for the lotto tickets it is 1,2,3 etc.
I entered 400 once instead of 4 and 100 instead of 1.
Shook my head on those two.
It was a really good day.
11-7:30.
Weird shift let me tell you.
Despite being slow my day whizzed by.
I am finishing up emptying the pouches when a customer approaches with his bag.
He has two beautiful roasts.
Both in the $50-55 range.
I am cringing inside thinking that he purchased them by mistake and was returning them.
Which meant we would have to throw them out.
But no that was not it.
A couple of weeks ago we had a special on these roasts for $8.80/kg ($3.99/lb) and he had had a rain check.
When he went through the till his cashier was one of our newer girls and instead of calling for help she entered in each roast as $8.80.
That is right $8.80 per roast.
Great I am thinking that he is coming back so that I can correct the error.
I thank him and tell him that I can help him.
I can return the first amount and weigh them at the correct price.
No.
That is not why he had come back in.
He had come in as a courtesy.
He really did not need to have come back in at all.
I am standing there staring at him not quite able to comprehend.
Not because I did not understand but the fact that he is arguing that because he did not have to come back in and let us know of this error.
In his head it equated to getting his roasts for the wrong price.
Even when I said human error does occur he disregarded that.
Making himself out to be the saint coming back in and pointing this error out to me.
Finally I had enough.
Staring directly into his eyes voice lightly laced with sarcasm I said:
Sir if you feel that it is right to take them at that price than by all means take them.
Really I can do that?
If you feel that it is right to take them for the wrong price than yes.
Okay thank you.
Tight smile from me.
I can go home and sleep well tonight. Not feel guilty for not coming in and telling you.
No sir you came back in looking for absolution.
And sir while you think that I gave it to you I did not.
Nor did the customer behind you think very highly of you.
You are a thief.
Pure and simple.
You knew at the till the amount was wrong.
You knew when you went outside that it was wrong.
You knew coming back in that you should pay the correct price.
When I said if you felt that that was right to take them at that price I was not giving you permission.
When I wished you a good weekend I did not mean it.
What I was doing in my head was hurling curses at your smug asshat face.
Already thinking about writing this episode up.
For my blog.
Putting your asshattery out there for all and Karma to read.
I was livid.
So livid that when I spoke of it to my supervisor I swore.
I swore!
It has been a long long long time since that has happened.
I do not swear at work.
I may say damn/hell/shit but never ever do I use the word ‘fuck’.
A little of my aggravation bled through at home.
Discovered that Tember’s idea of cleaning the litter box and mine are two different things.
First he was just putting the cat litter into the genie without looking to see if there was a bag.
🤦🤦🤦🤦🤦
Ugh.
So get a garbage bag and give it to Tember to clean up.
Next thing I know he is hollering.
He had not opened the garbage bag so everything was just sitting on top.
I lost my temper slightly.
I did not yell.
But I let him know that I was not impressed.
Like the customer he tried to make me give him absolution for doing a crappy job. (No pun intended)
I did not.
He is going to be cleaning the litter boxes today.
As in scrubbed with cleaner.
And he agreed quite readily to this last night.
Like the customer he knew.
I am writing this on the couch Saturday morning with my coffee and my Thomas cuddling at my side.
When he purrs he rumbles against me.
Yesterday’s annoyances are just that yesterday’s.
Today is whole new day.
Have a wonderful Saturday loves.
©Oct. 3/20
Picture via Pinterest

Rules for Customers

I have been working in Customer Service for 28 years. That is a long time to work with the public. I do not even know how I ended up in a career that deals with actually serving and talking to people on a daily basis, for 40+ hours a week.  And it does not even stop there.

I live in a city of approximately 15,000 or so. It still has a small town feel to it, and the grocery store where I work is one of three.  There are multiple times that I have been in doing my own grocery shopping, dressed in street clothes (as opposed to the uniform that graces my body all week long) and will be stopped in the aisles. And asked for help finding items. They all say the same thing ‘Oh I know that you are not working but it would save me time.’

Sure. Alright. I will smile and send you off in the right direction because it is the appropriate thing to do.

But I wonder what makes someone think that it is okay to ask me a question about work when I am clearly not working?

It is one thing when my staff do so, I understand and even applaud them for asking me questions when I am in shopping so we are all working from the same page. But customers? That would be like me expecting the gas attendant to pump my gas solely because he is there and it is his job. This, despite the fact that he is clearly putting gas into his own vehicle and wearing street clothes.

Working the Front End and being the last line of defense before our customers leave the store is not an easy job. We are the last ones that can turn around a bad experience. We are the ones who make sure that you have found everything that you are looking for. If you haven’t, we will do our best to find out if it is in stock and on the shelf. We are always smiling and laughing and even if our day is crap, you will never know.

But there are things, things that all customers do and they must stop. For the sanity of all cashiers please please stop.

Rules all customers need to follow (in no particular order):

  1. Do not ever say to your cashier when an item does not scan: Well if it does not scan it must be free . Than chortle like you are three and just discovered knock knock jokes. Not funny. We hear this statement over and over again. Have you ever looked up and your cashier is staring at you unblinkingly? That is because he or she is trying to summon up enough energy to smile as though it is the first time ever hearing that. Usually you get a grin full of teeth, gritted together so any smartass comments are kept in the vault.
  2. Please make full use of the conveyor belt on the till. Once the person in front of you has moved forward, please to unload your groceries. Believe it or not, but I am the one who is going to be yelled at by the five customers behind you because now they are late for some appointment or other. Also if tap is available on your card, use it. It makes life faster and easier for us all.
  3. When you are asked how your are paying, we actually need to be informed of the card type. I do not want to play guess my card type with you.
  4. I can understand your concern with how your groceries are packed. Bread and eggs should not be squashed. Pizzas should not be turned upside down. I know that cold stuff goes with cold stuff. I have been bagging groceries for 30+ years having done so when I went shopping as a kid with my mom.  (I know that there are going to be those of you who think that I am exaggerating. Here is one example: A gentleman came through my till and I was trying to talk to him. I get to the pizza and he yells at me ‘put that pizza in a bag upright will you!’ My eyes blinked rapidly and out shot: ‘Oh I am sorry sir but the only way I know how to bag pizza is upside down so all the toppings fall off.’ Yes he still shops in the store. And he still comes through my till when I am in one. But now he smiles and talks to me.)
  5. In reference to #4 please also refrain from saying to me ‘oh you do know what you are doing.’ I do believe that you might think that this is a compliment but it is not. As well I have been bagging your groceries for well over five years on a weekly basis.
  6. When using your own bags, please have them out before your order. Do not hand them to me at the end of your order and expect me to repack them from the plastic that I just put everything into.
  7. I know that you are in a hurry. And so are the other 20 people who are patiently waiting in the line ups. We are working as hard as possible to get you through. Please do not now by-pass everyone waiting in the express line up and think that I am going to serve you because you can not manage your time. You will be sent to the back of the line up and made to wait. (Again you think I exaggerate, I wish. I have customers who throw tantrums because they have to wait. And we work very quickly to get through the line ups. I have had more than one customer also thank me for the way that we handle our express lines and the fairness rule. LOL)

I spend a lot of time censoring what comes out of my mouth at work. And despite the above rules I absolutely love my job. The company I work for is wonderful. My boss whom I have written about in regards to my depression is fabulous. He makes me a better manager to my staff. I may be a little biased, but I believe I have the best staff ever. And I am always laughing and smiling.

Honestly, I love my customers too. I have so many regulars. I cannot walk through the store without someone saying hello and wanting a chat. Those are the people who make my job a pleasure to do.

My rules are really for that 1% who labor under the delusion that they are the most important people around.