Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Failure to communicate

The following exchange occurred at work last night while I was at the front to the store

Customer enters, looks around, spots me and walks over

Me: Hello! Welcome to "Big Box Office Supply Store"
Customer looking confused "Pants?"
Me eyebrow raised: "Pardon me?"
Customer loudly: "PANTS!"
Me trying to distinguish his heavy accent "Paint? Paper?"
Customer hopping up and down "No Pants! Need Pants!"
Me really confused: "You want pants?" pointing to my own legs
Customer excited and peering over my shoulder into the store: "Yes! Pants! Where?"
Me: "Uh you're in 'Big Box Office Supply Store'. We sell electronics and office stuff"
Customer looking very sad: "No pants?"
Me: "No sorry, all out of pants"
Customer: "No pants?"
Me: "NO PANTS! GO NEXT DOOR!"
Customer takes one last look over my shoulder: "OK No pants." stares at me for a moment to determine if I might be lying to him, sighs heavily and leaves.

I sent him to the drugstore next door. Let them have fun with that.

This is what I get paid the big bucks for folks. :) I should have told him to head down aisle 15 {which doesn't exist just to see what happened}.

Sadly that was the highlight of my evening.

9 comments:

  1. Was he wearing pants to begin with?!

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  2. At least he had pants on at the time... sounds like that could have gone either way. :)

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  3. hahahahaha! When I worked at a bank... I had a girl come in and asked to cash another banks check... i was like, "ummm... that's the bank down the street"

    I know, but can you cash it? she says.

    "Ummmm do you have a bank account here?"

    No. she says.

    "Then No I can't cash it."

    Why? She asks.

    Yea... I get ya!

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  4. The best customer I ever had involved a blind lady who spoke Hindi translating for me as I tried to explain to an old man who was waving a vacuum cleaner at me that he was at the wrong store.

    I get all the wack-jobs.

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  5. Looking around, how could this person possibly have thought there were pants to be had there? I am constantly surprised, although at this point you wouldn't think so, by people's stupidity.

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  6. Man, I love your work stories...

    People are weird.

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  7. Did he need pants b/c he was not wearing any?

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  8. He had pants. Guess he wanted more?

    LOL!

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  9. Pants at an office supply store eh?? lmao.

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