First off, if you're here for the Internal Conflict Blogfest, it's down below this post. That's two weeks in a row now that a blogfest has fallen on Retail Wednesday. What are you gonna do?
This will be a short post. I took Friday off for the epic NY trip and then yesterday came down with some sort of stomach bug and so I lost 2 whole days of retail insanity. *sigh*
I am feeling better now and I figure a short post is better than none, amiright?
Idiotic Customer Award:
A woman came in looking for The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle. We had a few copies in stock, but the batteries had worn out and so the little lights didn't flicker anymore. A customer approached coworker A to address the problem.
Lady: These don't work anymore.
A: If you would like we can order you a brand new copy and have it shipped for free right to your house.
Lady: Can't you just replace the batteries in one of these?
A: I'm sorry, we don't have those kind of batteries here.
Lady: Well, go to a store and buy them and bring them back here and replace it for me.
A: We can't really do that. Like I said I can order it for you.
Lady: Well, I have the book at home and the batteries don't work in that one either.
A: You could buy replacement batteries instead of a whole new book.
Lady: I tried that and it isn't working.
A: I'm not understanding what you want.
Lady: I want you to buy batteries and put them in here so I can be sure that they work before I buy a new one.
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Most Annoying Award:
We have a regular customer. He is an older man and comes in pretty much every day, but rarely buys much. About six months ago he randomly called me ReeBee. I didn't even know he was talking to me at first and he repeated it until I turned around. He said, "Does anybody ever call you that?" I said, "No, I don't really like nicknames. I prefer to be called Rebecca." He nodded his head and I thought that would be the end of that.
Since then he's gone out of his way to call me ReeBee every time he sees me. Usually it's just "Hey there, ReeBee, how are you?" and I nod and smile a tight lipped smile.
But then Monday just took the cake. He was actually looking for a book. In the less than 5 minutes it took me to find it for him he managed to call me ReeBee about thirty or forty times. This is how the conversation went.
"Hey there, ReeBee. How are you today, ReeBee? I'm looking for this book, ReeBee. Do you think you have it, ReeBee?"
"It looks like we might."
"Well, ReeBee, if there's anyone, ReeBee, that can find this book, it will be you, ReeBee."
"Here you go."
"Thanks, ReeBee. ReeBee, that's great. You actually have the book, ReeBee."
It makes me so angry!
And in case any of you are getting any ideas, I'm totally unfollowing anyone that calls me that EVER. Plus, I will blow up the earth. Just sayin'
Strangest Topic Award:
A woman came up to the information desk.
Woman: Excuse me. Where would I find books on the best cemeteries?
Me: I don't think I've seen something like that. Let me check. Nothing comes up. What exactly do you mean? Like the best places to be buried or cemeteries that are good places to go visit, like historical cemeteries?
Woman: No, just like the top 100 cemeteries.
Me: Nothing comes up.
Woman: Well, there should be. I guess I'm going to have to write it. (laughs maniacally and leaves)
Me - totally wigged out.
(P.S. I actually like going through old cemeteries. Here's a picture that I took of one my brother, Dave, found in the woods. But she was so vague! and weird!)
And that's it for this week. Next week I'm on vacation, so unless some really crazy stuff happens in the three days before I leave, it's going to be a retro or missed week. Just to warn you so you can prepare yourself.