Friday, March 26, 2010

It's Friday, Go Away

Here I am, another day at the register.

Customer: "Excuse me, miss, do you have a tire gauge that I can use?"

Me: "No, sorry, we don't." Is it time to go home yet?

Customer: "How am I supposed to check the air in my tires if you don't have a tire gauge?"

Me (what I want to say): "I don't know, I just work here, asshole. Pull the one out of your ass and use that."

Me (what I really say): "We have them for sale, sir."

Customer: "That's bullshit. I'm not going to pay for one. This is a gas station, you should have them here for us to use."

And so goes my Friday. If this guy wouldn't have been such a shithead, I would have explained to him that we USED to have tire gauges that customers could use, but they end up taking them.

We've probably gone through hundreds of tire gauges over the years because people ask for one and never bring it back in. So what does that mean? We've stopped letting customers use them. And that means that if you want to use a tire gauge, you will have to pay $1.99 and buy one yourself.

Please don't let this be an indication of how my weekend is going to go.


  1. Oh lord, I so thought of you when the cashier where I work told me she just had a customer put her finger to a nostril and blow a huge booger on the floor. who lets these people out?

  2. I know it makes me a sexist but I would have had to fight the urge to say "you're a MAN and don't have your own tire gauge? Seriously?" (And a skinflint, too, if they're less than $2 and he still wants to (steal) use one for free...

    Hope you have an awesome weekend.

  3. Oh yes, and I always loved it when they would come in and say they ran out of gas. Can I borrow a gas can so I can go fill up my car? Buy your own fucking gas can. We did have one, but we would make them put a deposit on it. And the customers would get pissed about that too? I mean, really?

  4. I hope your weekend goes much better..where do these nasty people come from, they are like little bitty ants..everywhere and they make life stink for others!

  5. hope your weekend is better... It's been a while since I worked retail but I remember the inane questions... thanks for stopping by my blog today! I have to say that $2 is not unreasonable for a tire gauge... although my gas station has one surgically taped to the air hose, so I can check just by pulling up to the air.. its a nice convenience (although hubby makes me carry one in the glove box with the rest of my emerg kit...)

  6. lol. I bet you hear some interesting stuff. :)

    Stopping from SITS.

  7. Geez what a butt! its $1.99 calm down lol Hope your weekend was better =D

    Stopping by from SITS!

  8. And this is why I keep a tire pressure gauge in my car. People are so drives me crazy! My husband works in retail and brings home the most evil customer stories. I don't know how you guys do it.

    Uggg I hope you've had a much better weekend. Stopping by from the Lady Bloggers Tea Party and I love your blog!

  9. I can relate. I use to work retail and crazy people ask crazy things but to them the question is normal it's YOU that has the problem. lol.

    Found you through LB

  10. Great post! I don't know how you deal with stupid people on a regular basis. I have a hard enough time with the few idiots I deal with when I'm out and about each day. lol
    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog the other day. :)

    Kristi, Live and Love...Out Loud

  11. That is pretty sad indeed that he doesn't have a tire gauge himself. Wow. Ha.

    I do NOT miss working a cash register. Man o man.

  12. Siren: Um, that is disgusting. If I saw that I would have told the customer to get the fuck out of my store before I called the cops. That's gotta be considering littering, right? :-)

    MsCleanSlate: Yeah, I was surprised he didn't have one either. He probably would have stolen ours if we'd had one.

    Mee2: Yeah, we do that. We let them use the gas can in exchange for holding on to their credit card. And yes, they complain about that too, saying they don't have it on them. Well where is it? You're driving!

    Shannon: I agree. I think some of them are tucked away for a long time and are just coming out now.

    Acting Balanced Mom: We tried putting one on a chain at the air pump, but someone stole that too.

    Crystal: Yes, I keep thinking I'll run out of material, but I'm not sure I will anymore. :-)

    Nicole: I agree. :-)

    Salt: I think every one of us retail workers has TONS of evil stories. Thanks for reading. :-)

    Adrienne: Yes, you are definitely right. Some people have no idea how dumb they sound.

    Kristi: You learn to adjust, that's all I can say. :-)

    The Wifey: I hope one day I can say the same. :-)

  13. People always want something for free.




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