TalesFromRetail: I thought he was joking
I’ve posted a couple of stories from my grocery store days, but here’s one from my later retail days of hell.
I was on one of the bigger checkout lanes, and we were short baggers that day. So, me and another cashier were helping each other bag between our own customers. I’m helping her bag a certain order when I get a customer. She was almost done ringing up items anyway, so I went back to my lane.
Me and the guy had been joking around the entire time, until I moved to go back to my lane.
Guy: “Where do you think you’re going? You’re not done bagging my groceries.”
I laughed along, thinking he was joking. Until I saw the deadpanned expression on his face and that one vein in his forehead starting to bulge.
Me: “Well, sir, seeing as how we’re shorthanded I was helping you and the cashier out. I have another customer waiting for me, so have a good day.”
Guy: “Excuse me? You started bagging these groceries and I expect you to finish them.”
It was one of those moments I debated on how badly I actually needed this job, and decided to go for it.
Me: “I’m sorry you feel that way, but if you need to have your groceries bagged right now, you have two functional arms and are more than capable of finishing the job. Again, have a good day.”
He sputtered and did end up finishing bag his own groceries, and left rather quickly. I have another story that is much more satisfying than this that I will post sometime soon.