There are good customers. There are bad ones. And then there are these people — customers who are such jerks, and so rotten inside that it makes you freeze and do a double-take because you can’t believe your eyes.

From people who leave negative tips for servers after a meal or leave a dirty diaper on the table to customers who throw actual cups of pee at cashiers (no, like, this happened for real), there are some jerks who go out of their way to be mean to the people serving them. Bored Panda compiled the best examples of jerk customers showing off their inner jerkiness, so grab a seat, get comfortable and get ready for some righteous anger at how some people can be incredibly self-absorbed. Upvote your fave pics, and share with your friends! And be sure to scroll down for a double Bored Panda interview!

If you’re still in the mood to read about bizarre customers after you’re done with this list, then have a read through our previous posts about employees sharing their worst client stories and the stupidest things customers have ever said.

#1

Local Pet Supply Store Gets Real

Local Pet Supply Store Gets Real

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Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
1 year ago

My most favorite sign anywhere showed up at an independent bookstore in San Francisco in the 1990s: Any child found unattended will be given an espresso and a free puppy.

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#2

This Woman Who Stole The Shop Cat From A Local Flower Shop

This Woman Who Stole The Shop Cat From A Local Flower Shop

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Steph Lindsey
Community Member
1 year ago

Okay, this legitimately pissed me off.

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#3

Time To Find Better Customers

Time To Find Better Customers

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Monday
Community Member
1 year ago

But what if I was doing it to disappoint my mother?

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One place on the internet that collects astonishing examples of customers being some of the biggest jerks in the world is the humongous ‘Trashy’ subreddit which has more than 1.6 million members. This is how the community describes itself on Reddit: “Trashy stories, trashy glamour, all things fake, plastic, and downright trashy, low-class, no-class, white trash, bimbos, and damn proud.”

Bored Panda reached out to the ‘Trashy’ subreddit and talked to one of its moderators, Siouxsie_siouxv2.

“I was not around when this sub was created but I am certain it was born from the same IRC social circle that created r/drama,” one of the community moderators said. “This particular group is vicious, but often very funny, and that would be our mission statement here now that I think about it.”

#4

A Wall Of Notoriety At My Favorite Gas Station, There's About 35 Of These Covering The Front Of The Store

A Wall Of Notoriety At My Favorite Gas Station, There's About 35 Of These Covering The Front Of The Store

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Demi Zwaan
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh, I LOVE this! Would be illegal here in NL, privacy bullshit and all :(

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#5

The Shade

The Shade

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BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

I think some people would steal anything that is not tied down. Those employees worked hard for those tips.

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#6

Customers Assaulted Me With Drinks And Food. My Back Is Bruised By How Hard A Grown Man Threw His Drinks At Me. Can I Press Charges?

Customers Assaulted Me With Drinks And Food. My Back Is Bruised By How Hard A Grown Man Threw His Drinks At Me. Can I Press Charges?

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similarly
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes. That's assault.

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When asked why some customers behave like incredibly rude jerks, the subreddit moderator had this to say: “Some people want the best value for their money. And that includes total deference and subservience.”

“Also, we feel emotional sometimes about the small things that bring us comfort in a chaotic world. To have that disrupted can feel outrageously unfair. Sure, I could get a chicken sandwich somewhere else, but I need Popeye's to pay for the damage done to my chicken sandwich lifestyle.”

“People often mistakenly believe our sub is the place to post news articles about horrible crimes or governments oppressing people. We really wish people would stop posting that stuff here. It's depressing and not really what we are about,” the moderator explained what their community isn’t about.

#7

Lying Customer

Lying Customer

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A B C
Community Member
1 year ago

Please, do not get a cat. Cats deserve decent people, too.

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#8

Cafe Provides Boardgames Free Of Charge To Customers; Customers Destroy It In Less Than A Week

Cafe Provides Boardgames Free Of Charge To Customers; Customers Destroy It In Less Than A Week

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Foxxy
Community Member
1 year ago

and those inconsiderate assholes ruin it for the decent people who would love to use the games.

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#9

I Never Walk Out If This Store Without A Story

I Never Walk Out If This Store Without A Story

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George Digamma
Community Member
1 year ago

''Money has no smell''. ‎Titus Flavius Vespasian.

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If jerk customers are getting you all riled up, here are several modern Stoic tips to manage your anger, courtesy of philosopher Massimo Pigliucci who wrote a fantastic essay about the subject on Aeon:

  • Engage in preemptive meditation: think about what situations trigger your anger, and decide ahead of time how to deal with them.
  • Check anger as soon as you feel its symptoms. Don’t wait, or it will get out of control.
  • Associate with serene people, as much as possible; avoid irritable or angry ones. Moods are infective.
  • Play a musical instrument, or purposefully engage in whatever activity relaxes your mind. A relaxed mind does not get angry.
  • Seek environments with pleasing, not irritating, colors. Manipulating external circumstances actually has an effect on our moods.
  • Don’t engage in discussions when you are tired, you will be more prone to irritation, which can then escalate into anger.
  • Don’t start discussions when you are thirsty or hungry, for the same reason.
  • Deploy self-deprecating humor, our main weapon against the unpredictability of the Universe, and the predictable nastiness of some of our fellow human beings.
  • Practice cognitive distancing – what Seneca calls ‘delaying’ your response – by going for a walk, or retire to the bathroom, anything that will allow you a breather from a tense situation.
  • Change your body to change your mind: deliberately slow down your steps, lower the tone of your voice, impose on your body the demeanor of a calm person.
#10

A Customer Wanted To Return Some Produce Because "It Was Too Ripe." I Asked Him If He Had Already Tried Eating It Anyway And He Said "Does It Look Like I Touched It?"

A Customer Wanted To Return Some Produce Because "It Was Too Ripe." I Asked Him If He Had Already Tried Eating It Anyway And He Said "Does It Look Like I Touched It?"

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Tara
Community Member
1 year ago

This one is actually quite funny. Who does this thinking no one will notice?

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#11

This Coffee Shop Closed Itself Due To Repeated Abuse From Vegan Extremists

This Coffee Shop Closed Itself Due To Repeated Abuse From Vegan Extremists

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Lotus Flower
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like it was an Australian cafe supported by the owners farm. Crazy activist stole their goats in 2018 and even after tons of abuse, only got $1 fine. https://www.farmonline.com.au/story/6008846/you-have-won-gippy-goat-cafe-closes-down-following-activist-attacks/

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#12

Wandering Through The Store, When Suddenly I Smell Piss. Stay Trashy Salt Lake

Wandering Through The Store, When Suddenly I Smell Piss. Stay Trashy Salt Lake

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jip 879
Community Member
1 year ago

This is beyond rude

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What’s more, Mind Tools explains that it’s important to distinguish between rude customers and unhappy ones. It’s far easier to deal with the latter. Mind Tools suggests you stay calm and don’t be provoked by rude customers’ words; you should also avoid taking things personally, but you should stand your ground when you want to get a particular message across. And if worse comes to worst, there’s always the ‘Trashy’ subreddit where you can get sympathy from strangers online.

#13

When Parents Let Their Kids Destroy The Thrift Store

When Parents Let Their Kids Destroy The Thrift Store

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JenniG
Community Member
1 year ago

The people who staff these stores likely have their own kids to pick up after, let alone tidying this kind of mess repeatedly. Have some respect people!

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#14

Store Clerks Had To Lock The Freezers After The Recent Trashy Trend Of People Going Around Stores, Opening Containers And Licking The Top Of The Ice Cream Before Putting It Back

Store Clerks Had To Lock The Freezers After The Recent Trashy Trend Of People Going Around Stores, Opening Containers And Licking The Top Of The Ice Cream Before Putting It Back

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Steve Barnett
Community Member
1 year ago

Ergo, I never buy any contained food product that hasn't got a protective seal.

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#15

I May Have Chuckled When I Saw This At The Grocery Store, But Still Trashy. This Would Be About $2

I May Have Chuckled When I Saw This At The Grocery Store, But Still Trashy. This Would Be About $2

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Full Name
Community Member
1 year ago

This is pretty funny.

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#16

Girl Wants Some Company To Go Steal From The Dollar Store

Girl Wants Some Company To Go Steal From The Dollar Store

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Michael D
Community Member
1 year ago

Whoever submitted this... Print her post up and bring it to local police station. Also, give a copy of it (with her name and picture) to all the local dollar stores so they can ban her from their stores.

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#17

Ripping Off The “Bad” Lettuce From Each Head Until She Finds One With Enough Left Over To Keep

Ripping Off The “Bad” Lettuce From Each Head Until She Finds One With Enough Left Over To Keep

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Full Name
Community Member
1 year ago

I caught a guy in a store just like this who dropped bulk foods onto the ground and then put them back in the bin. I called him out, nicely. He was in his 50's, well put together and honestly looked ashamed. I hope he learned his lesson.

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#18

Just Chillin At The Coffee Shop

Just Chillin At The Coffee Shop

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Full Name
Community Member
1 year ago

He need to be comfy while working on his screenplay. It's about a hipster with smelly feet and a man bun who doesn't give a shit about others.

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#19

People Testing Spray Paint At Ollies

People Testing Spray Paint At Ollies

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Eirik Johnsbråten
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't understand how people can think this is ok!

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#20

Customer Throwing Cup He Peed In At Me Because I Didn't Let Him Use Our Employees Only Bathroom

Customer Throwing Cup He Peed In At Me Because I Didn't Let Him Use Our Employees Only Bathroom

Bored Panda spoke to Samson about an incredibly uncomfortable situation that happened to him one day at work. Samson stressed the fact that he is a guy, even though some people think he looks like a girl in the video.

“So this guy came in to buy some stuff and asked if he could use our bathroom. The one we have is only for employees and located in our back office, so I just told him we don't have one, which is usually my answer,” Samson began his tale. “Before he left he grabbed a paper cup from the front and said "I guess this will have to do" (at the time I thought this was a joke) and I apologized that I couldn't help and he drove off.”

“About 10 minutes later he drives back, storms in and throws the cup at me and starts cursing me out, yelling something along the lines of: "This is for not giving me the courtesy of using your bathroom, I know you have one." And he mentioned having to pee in the cup. I should mention that the cup wasn't full and there wasn't that much pee in it (my coworker thinks he might've spilled it on himself and that's why he was so angry), but there was definitely still some pee in it and it got in my eye.”

“I was completely stunned and again I apologized and explained that the one we have is just for employees and my coworker backed me up (you can see him turning to curse her out too in the video). Then he left and tried and failed to slam the door. I got his license plate and reported him, but the police said that they can't prove it was pee and it's only being treated as harassment, not assault, so I doubt he's gonna get any serious punishment. [All of] his happened around the beginning of August.”

“I was pretty shocked, I worked at a 7/11 for a little over a year before this and worked at this deli for about a month and a half, and never in a million years did I expect anything like this happen to me. This was also 3 days before my last day there (since I had to leave for college again), so I kept asking myself why couldn't this happen the next week instead. Also police not treating this as assault felt insulting,” Samson said.

“I feel like this guy had to have some serious mental problems and/or extreme entitlement to do something like this to a minimum wage college kid, and people who treat workers like this are incredibly rude.”

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similarly
Community Member
1 year ago

"but the police said that they can't prove it was pee" ... this is not true. They can easily prove it if they try. Sounds like they just didn't want the paperwork.

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#21

How People Leave The Aisle In Forever 21...

How People Leave The Aisle In Forever 21...

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M.J.
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't understand how people can behave like that. I used to work at h&m and Zara a few years ago and it drove me crazy how it looked even 10 min after I put everything back in place.

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#22

Customer Being Jerk

Customer Being Jerk

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Debster
Community Member
1 year ago

Soooo notlegal

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#23

People Keep Stealing Little Buddha Figurines From This Store At My Local Mall

People Keep Stealing Little Buddha Figurines From This Store At My Local Mall

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Lotus Flower
Community Member
1 year ago

I would never want that kind of Karma.

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#24

Spotted Some Opened Up, Upside Down Nail Polish Bottles At Our Local Target

Spotted Some Opened Up, Upside Down Nail Polish Bottles At Our Local Target

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Holosexual
Community Member
1 year ago

Why? I fail to comprehend this. Who hurt them?

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#25

This Is How A Table Left The Tip For One Of My Servers

This Is How A Table Left The Tip For One Of My Servers

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Tara
Community Member
1 year ago

I hate people that think they’re clever, but they are just jerks.

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#26

Nothing Screams Parenting Win Like Letting Your Kid Stand On The Bar And Play With The Taps For A Half Hour

Nothing Screams Parenting Win Like Letting Your Kid Stand On The Bar And Play With The Taps For A Half Hour

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Monday
Community Member
1 year ago

This...doesn't seem legal.

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#27

Bringing Your Kid With You To An Adult Toy Shop

Bringing Your Kid With You To An Adult Toy Shop

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Lotus Flower
Community Member
1 year ago

Didn’t think this was legal. At the very least, incredibly awkward.

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#28

Someone Put Out Their Cigarette In A Dog Dish Outside This Local Shop.

Someone Put Out Their Cigarette In A Dog Dish Outside This Local Shop.

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ravina nimje
Community Member
1 year ago

So mean

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#29

Decided They Didn’t Want Their Bag Of Frozen Chicken Breasts So Why Not Leave Them Here To Drip Over Everything Below It

Decided They Didn’t Want Their Bag Of Frozen Chicken Breasts So Why Not Leave Them Here To Drip Over Everything Below It

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Lotus Flower
Community Member
1 year ago

All of that is now contaminated and has to be thrown away. Humans can be such garbage.

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#30

Happened To A Co-Worker Today. If You Can't Afford Diapers Why Are You Out Drinking?

Happened To A Co-Worker Today. If You Can't Afford Diapers Why Are You Out Drinking?

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M.J.
Community Member
1 year ago

As if the tip would be a big difference, like 1,5 or 2$. Don't use your baby for an excuse.

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#31

Sitting On Raw Chicken While Chatting With A Comcast Rep At Walmart

Sitting On Raw Chicken While Chatting With A Comcast Rep At Walmart

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Debster
Community Member
1 year ago

Idiot

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#32

She Was Blocking The Handicapped Space At The Convenience Store With Her Toddler's Stroller Drinking Mountain Dew And Crushing Her Cut-Rate Cigarettes Out On The Sidewalk And Throwing Them Into The Parking Lot

She Was Blocking The Handicapped Space At The Convenience Store With Her Toddler's Stroller Drinking Mountain Dew And Crushing Her Cut-Rate Cigarettes Out On The Sidewalk And Throwing Them Into The Parking Lot

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Tim Bijlsma
Community Member
1 year ago

She looks like a follower of nurgle.

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#33

Customer Leave This Note Instead Of Tip

Customer Leave This Note Instead Of Tip

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A B C
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks pretty normal to me *shrug* people are very inventive when it's about not giving tips.

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#34

When You Steal A Bra From The Store, But Replace It With Your Old One

When You Steal A Bra From The Store, But Replace It With Your Old One

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Debster
Community Member
1 year ago

Gross!!!

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#35

What My Coworker Was Given Tonight

What My Coworker Was Given Tonight

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Orillion
Community Member
1 year ago

The P.S. says it all, really

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#36

A Customer Tried It On Their Dog And Put It Back On The Shelf

A Customer Tried It On Their Dog And Put It Back On The Shelf

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Yvonne Blau
Community Member
1 year ago

They wanted to test if it's really self-cleaning... which obviously it isn't :D

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#37

Customer Leaves Dirty Diaper On Restaurant Table For Waitress To Clean

Customer Leaves Dirty Diaper On Restaurant Table For Waitress To Clean

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Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
1 year ago

This would warrant bringing back putting people in stocks and then the public can throw rotting cabbages or what have you at them. Maybe they'd actually learn...

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#38

Someone Just Made This Mess, Dropped A Few Napkins On It, And Left The Store

Someone Just Made This Mess, Dropped A Few Napkins On It, And Left The Store

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Debster
Community Member
1 year ago

Ugh. The only reasonable excuse was someone having a heart attack and needed to leave quickly after knocking over their drink.

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#39

Please Stop Being A Thot In The Gas Station Ice Machine

Please Stop Being A Thot In The Gas Station Ice Machine

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Full Name
Community Member
1 year ago

Step one: push. Step two: close door.

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#40

Walmart Shoppers Using Handicapped Spaces As A Cart Drop-Off

Walmart Shoppers Using Handicapped Spaces As A Cart Drop-Off

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Zenozenobee
Community Member
1 year ago

In this is why, in France (and probably elsewhere) , you have to use a coin to unlock your cart, and can only get it back when you lock it back....

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#41

What Is It In Your Cleavage... At The Grocery Store?

What Is It In Your Cleavage... At The Grocery Store?

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nanashi
Community Member
1 year ago

some questions you just don't want them to be answered, believe me.

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#42

Trashy Customers

Trashy Customers

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Hope Floats
Community Member
1 year ago

What is so inconvenient about trying on shoes, putting them back in the box and back on the shelf? It takes literally seconds! Can you imagine the poor retail assistant, having to check that all the shoes are in their right boxes? Seems like these days, if it's somebody elses problem,nobody cares.....

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#43

The Letters A,w,s And D On Your Gaming Keyboard Are All Worn Out Or You Hit The Keys Too Hard? Just Go To The Next Store And Steal Yourself Some Key Caps

The Letters A,w,s And D On Your Gaming Keyboard Are All Worn Out Or You Hit The Keys Too Hard? Just Go To The Next Store And Steal Yourself Some Key Caps

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BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

Maybe their kids pried them off and the cats ate them.

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#44

This Customer’s Car Smelled Exactly Like You Would Imagine

This Customer’s Car Smelled Exactly Like You Would Imagine

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R L
Community Member
1 year ago

On the upside he's not littering.

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#45

A Customer (21 Yr Old F) And Her Boyfriend Thought It Would Be Funny If They Left Me A Drawing Of A Dick Instead Of A Tip

A Customer (21 Yr Old F) And Her Boyfriend Thought It Would Be Funny If They Left Me A Drawing Of A Dick Instead Of A Tip

Boyfriend’s bill was $40 of alcohol and I didn’t get tipped on that either.

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Tara
Community Member
1 year ago

They can barely draw a penis.

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