Working in retail, restaurants, hospitality, and the like is always… definitely… something.

Besides the long work hours, the tedious duties, and the very often inadequate pay, there’s all these clients to deal with, and not all of them are pleasant and civilized. That’s not say they’re the polar opposite, necessarily, but they are surely far far away from what makes a 5-star client because of their aggression or awkwardness or just flat-out bizarreness.

Image credits: TheBlackNerd

Whatever the case may be, there are loads of stories of less-than-favorable clients from people working in these industries, and one former Starbucks barista has sparked a bit of a story-fest with his tweet recalling a customer interaction that still haunts him to this day.

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Space Whale
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6 months ago

Wow

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Space Whale
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6 months ago (edited)

I read the last bit first and I am 𝓼𝓵𝓲𝓰𝓱𝓽𝓵𝔂 disappointed

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MyOpinionHasBeenServed
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6 months ago

This isn't weird at all.... just sweet and sad.

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Writer, reviewer, and host of the @LowStakesShow, Terence Wiggins, also known as The Black Nerd, went to Twitter to share an interaction with a customer he won’t forget anytime soon because of how haunting it was.

Back when he was working at Starbucks, one day he was cleaning the restrooms and knocked on the women’s restroom door to check if anyone was inside. Lo and behold, there was, but instead of casually saying it’s occupied or something among those lines, he got a very angry “WHO IS IT?”

He also asked folks who worked similar jobs to share their haunting conversations with clients. And boy, did Twitter deliver!

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Gaby Almodovar
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6 months ago

Speaking from experience....

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KitFrey
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6 months ago

Wow I wouldn't have been able to hold the laugh that long!

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Nathaniel
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6 months ago

Not that I am defending this man, but it is some kind of stupid to bring your wife and your mistress to the same places. Keep everything separate.

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“I usually check my Facebook Memories first thing in the morning and I'm constantly reminded of the years I spent working at Starbucks,” Terence explained the origins of his tweet in an interview with Bored Panda. “I don't remember which memory made me ask the question but I'm sure it was something bad.”

Needless to say, when the tweet started racking up likes left and right, Terence was very surprised when the counter nearly reached 10,000 for both quoted tweets and likes. While he does have a modest follower base, the tweet went beyond the usual metric.

“It just exploded and I started seeing replies and quote-tweets from celebrities,” elaborated Terence.

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Space Whale
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6 months ago

Awww. This was nice

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Nathaniel Nganga
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6 months ago

damn anger issues

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MyOpinionHasBeenServed
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6 months ago

Yeah... You possibly dodged something bad there.

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Space Whale
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6 months ago

That is not ok

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Stories from workers in retail, restaurants, and the like often circle around customers from hell as most of these places are very accessible to anyone and so the chances of running into a difficult clientele are high. But that’s not the only reason, as explained Terence:

“I think there's a certain type of person who views customer service workers as less-than or someone that they can boss around without any consequences. It's really not most customers, 90% of customers are fine but there's a 10% that have a brain that's a jar full of angry bees and they have to let it out on someone who can't do anything about it.”

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real_izuku
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6 months ago (edited)

Little game of tug of war.

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El muerto
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6 months ago

and at that day the pyramids became very sad

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El muerto
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6 months ago

next time jesus comes around, he will turn chicken into cheese...and sprite to tequila

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henry weston
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6 months ago

oh no! thats really sad

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Nathaniel
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6 months ago

Slick!

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As mentioned previously, Terence’s tweet inspired quite a lot of people to share their experiences.

These included everything from exposing mistresses to customers discussing wounds to elderly people shouting gun violence hypotheticals.

And then there was this 6-tweet story by a guy who used to work at a Taco Bell and had a client who was described as a satanic cowboy who took half his order before storming off, then returning after about 20 minutes, getting upset about his other half of the order, which he wrongly remembered, and then chanting in Spanish, while his bodyguard counter-chanted something as well. That one also received over 8,000 likes.

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R Carson
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6 months ago

She was

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E B
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6 months ago

Yankee Candle has the same problem.

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El muerto
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6 months ago

I always get a little irritable when possessed

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sofacushionfort
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6 months ago

He must have had an X to grind

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E B
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6 months ago

In the USA, the answer is yes.

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Now, in some cases these difficult customers might just have interesting personality quirks or could just be tired, but in other cases they could also be inherently angry, sad or straight up weird if they act that way in public. So, we asked Terence what his take on this was, and he had this to say:

“I think it could be both. There's harmless people who have weird personality quirks or are tired or some such thing and they will definitely say something weird that'll stick with you. On the other hand, there are people who have some inherent anger or sadness that they've decided to take out on other people and that other person is usually an employee getting paid minimum wage and can't possibly fight back.”

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HarriMissesScotland
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6 months ago

Self-entitled moron.

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Space Whale
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6 months ago (edited)

Where is the second part of the post?

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henry weston
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6 months ago

thats not good... hope it ended well.

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E B
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6 months ago

Yeah, corporate apparently has no idea what customers actually want.

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E B
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6 months ago

Cow squeezings, ma'am!

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OK, PSA time.

“Employees are people. They have about as much power in the situation as you do and unless the employee is being an a-hole for no reason, just cool your jets about small things. Your food or drink will eventually get made, you'll eventually get that product you want, there's no such thing as the mythical ‘back room’ where we're just hiding products from customers,” said Terence.

If anything, be kind to your waiters, store clerks and everyone else who makes your life easier.

You can check out everything we talked about in context here, and you can also take a look at Terence’s socials like his Twitter account and his Low Stakes Show podcast as well as his Ko-Fi shop.

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Moezzzz
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6 months ago

Yes, because everyone knows that gay equals pedophilia. (My eyes cannot roll far enough into my head for this train of reasoning....)

Kiss Army
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6 months ago

After our nephew came out, my brother asked me if I was concerned about him being around my son. I told him absolutely not. Then he admitted that he was concerned about him being around his daughter... I was like #1 Being gay doesn't make you a pedophile and #2 He likes guys so your daughter is DOUBLE safe don't be an a$$h@t!

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Valerie Smart
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6 months ago

stupid people everywhere and they are breeding

Jennifer Wright
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6 months ago

But some straight people are stupid, and you seem to be stupid too, since you think they're saying that all straight people are stupid. (This is directed toward Charlie)

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Paulo José
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6 months ago

And kids kneeling in front of catholic priests is just fine... No pedophiles at all in the catholic church

Jaguarundi
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6 months ago

Thank goodness that "gentleman" had never heard of "Drag Queen Storytime". Yes, that's a very cool thing and the children loved it!

Mrs. Jan Glass
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6 months ago

Conservatives regularly get them shut down. They're scared of everything, sure, but men in lipstick just really makes their heads explode. I wonder why? I'm sure the fact that they're not secure re: sexuality has nothing to do with it. /s

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Claire Stanfield
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6 months ago

???? please tell me this is not the assumption people make.

HarriMissesScotland
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6 months ago

sorry, but yes.

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Robin Diamond
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6 months ago

The answer is "I'm gay, not a pedophile. What's your excuse?"

BasedWang
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6 months ago

f*****g people

E B
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6 months ago

Why yes, my girlfriend doesn't mind at all, sir.

Bacony Cakes
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6 months ago

Both of them.

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Neir Lucan
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6 months ago

The thing is, gayness is contagious. Hell knows I caught it from a particularly virulent strain /s

Insert Generic Username
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6 months ago

Homophobic piece of s**t. I wish we'd come up with a word other than homophobia, though, because people aren't afraid of gay people, they're just assholes.

Lexi Lazo
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6 months ago

I'm straight and completely agree with this. I'm like, look I'm a Christian. I don't support it but it's not my life, its yours. None of my dang business. GOD himself doesn't force people to accept his ways, who the hello am I to treat you poorly or say mean things? That ain't Christian, that's evil. I love everybody, I pray for everybody, and we're all imperfect people. Idc who you sleep with or what your pronoun is, you're a human being. They means I'm gonna show you love and respect to the extent possible.

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Redwood Rebelgirl
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6 months ago

Ohh, that LIE & GARBAGE BIGOTRY (& every scumbag who perpetrates it )equating gay with paed*phile enrages me. At this point in life, I would just say "GET. OUT."

Jason Henninger
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6 months ago

Should have said, why not? Yes you have a BF. You're gay not a priest.

Rad Roxxy
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6 months ago

I almost missed this, I saw the photo was a guy and was like "ohhh...wait huh?" And then the comments before me show that he was worried about the gay...I'm still confused, like who cares 😂

Pollywog
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6 months ago

Ass

Nolasaurous
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6 months ago

I learned about WWII and am yet to invade Poland!

Myxomatosis
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6 months ago

As a child, I was HAPPIEST with my flamboyantly gay cousin and while in elementary school, my flamboyantly gay music teacher who was my first vocal coach. He was a professional opera singer and helped me learn how to sing the right way.

J L
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6 months ago

I should be used to it by now, but the depth of ignorance some people show never fails to amaze and sadden me.

Holly Reynolds
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6 months ago

Many years ago, when my children were very small, we had a visit from a social worker. At the time, we had myself & my husband, our best friend (gay male), and our 3 kids (ages: 1 year, 2.5 years, & 4 years) living in a 4 bedroom home. It was her deeply held belief that ALL MEN (all father's, brothers, grandfather's, etc) are natural predators. She confided this to me in a way that said I should take my kids and run. Our kids were so lucky to have grown up with a huge family & chosen family. They are all grown now (27, 25, 23) and frequently say how thankful they are for the village that still rallies for them.

Jane W.
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6 months ago

90+ % of pedophiles are straight white males.

Wednesday
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6 months ago

Most pedos consider themselves to be straight and most are male...

Gypsy Lee
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6 months ago

More so than a priest, I say.

Dawn Rodriguez
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6 months ago

The Audacity of some people. Make me uncomfortably angry. I won’t even get into what I would’ve said. I’d be banned from posting

Sii Gabb
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6 months ago

I would of quipped back ' Are U speaking from experience?'

Amery
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6 months ago

Sacha .. you are AMAZING. Yes, the CHILDREN NEED the lessons you have FOR them, DANG!

Nadine G
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6 months ago

Never understood the logic behind this. Homophobes REALLY stretched for that one, to the point where a lot of very logical people will ignore the colossal lack of logic in this problem

Sarah Jo Robinson
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6 months ago

My eyes just rolled so far back I checked out my own butt!

Elizabeth Molloy
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6 months ago

Jeeezuz p*****g crisstt

Rose Reign
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6 months ago

The f**k? A partner doesnt make you a pedo.

Sonia Shanzer
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6 months ago

Thats not right.

Beks Czar
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6 months ago

"Oh no, why? Are they contagious" It's all on the kids. Damn kids. No one can work around them. Note: meant as sarcasm

Asteroid Impact
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6 months ago

Yeah well, stupidity is unbeatable...

Margie Baudry
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6 months ago

Man is certainly not aware that it isn't his business. Not sure discussing it at work is/was a great idea. I'm sorry that happened.

Cherries and Lace
Community Member
6 months ago

I hate this. Same thing happened with BSA when they started "allowing" gay leaders. Like, abuse was already a MAJOR issue before this with a bunch of straight leaders, and women are attracted to "males" so why are you okay with female leaders? And these same idiots never have issues with male sport coaches being over female teenage players.

Jen F
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6 months ago

...I didn't even realize homeboy meant he was gay until I read the comments. Lol.

Melody Clark
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6 months ago

😳🧐😳🧐

Mike Sergio
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6 months ago

is true

Carilyn Shupe
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6 months ago

I don't get it. Why not?

CL Rowan
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6 months ago

Some people are absolute idjits.

Just Me
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6 months ago

I was thinking why can't should someone in a relationship work in the children section. Should he be married first?

Just Me
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6 months ago

Sorry, I mean: why can't someone in a relationship work in the child section?

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Sefra Wilson
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6 months ago

I mean I'd like to think this was some what unfair judgement but I also know several men now who were molested by gay men as children 😔 and I know several gay and Trans who were molested and say that's why there sexually confused and more comfortable being Trans or gay now I don't think I've net 1 gay person or Trans who wasn't objectified and or in some sort of trauma or abuse as a child :/

Samuel Goodin
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6 months ago

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Good question.

Rebecca Hauck
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Bible says homosexuality is perversion. So asking whether children should be around perverts is a valid question. Every gay man I've known "learned" they were gay when they were molested by a man as boys. For awhile my best friend was a gay teenager. But of course I hated him. Or I loved him and defended him as a person while not buying into the notion that he was born gay. I have not actually known many gay women but each one I've talked to "learned" they were gay after a trauma perpetrated by a man. But not wanting those situations to happen to people means that I'm the one that hates them? A lot of people out there need to be introduced to logic. Go ahead with the down votes. Truth is super unpopular these days. But some of us don't poll the general public before changing our minds.

human?
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6 months ago

yo we got someone from the 1600s here ok

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Maybe not pedo but mental health? Didnt Dsm4 consider it a disorder?

Everyone Is Lying
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6 months ago

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I'm guessing that there's more to this story than just that. Perhaps he was using profanity. Not buying it.

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I know an individual who grew up in a bad home situation. They had two gym coaches in highschool that were gay. They became like parental figures to them. Both of us are very religious and neither of us believe that same gender intimacy is right, but neither of us see gay individuals as bad people. I don't think most people see them as pedophiles. People simply fear what they don't understand. Fear makes people act irrationally. I have anxiety. Trust me. I know. People naturally want to shield children from things they are afraid of. Maybe the best response would be to smile and ask what they think? Give the person an opportunity to shift their perspective a little.

K Witmer
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6 months ago

Jacob there's so much to unpack w your comment. I feel a little sad for you. I hope you find your way.

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6 months ago

entitled parents much?

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6 months ago

Wow, what an a s s h o l e!

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Bedlamite
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6 months ago

I was in the hospital after appendix surgery, there was another woman in the same room, she was nice enough, but Sunday came around and a whole gaggle of Church ladies came to see her. I was trying (pretending) to sleep until one of them came over to me and laid hands on my head while praying. I'm non-religious, and don't have anything against people who are, but keep your bleeping hands off me. I felt so violated. That was over 25 years ago and I still get pissed when I think about it.

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LAS
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6 months ago

What a c*nt!

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Claire Stanfield
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6 months ago

Had a regular who would send back the first side of fries claiming they were 'greasy'. We prepared another side of fries exactly the same way, and they were fine. Every time.

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Francesca Annoni
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6 months ago

I worked for years in a shop... an Italian luxury underwear brand.. You don't know how many time we had to tell the customers you must try the bottom piece of underwear and swimwear OVER your own underwear... and sometime I found underwear stained..why try underwear if it's this time of the month? Without your underwear?? It was unbelievable ...and disgusting...

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Space Whale
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6 months ago

What just happened

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real_izuku
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6 months ago

i don't think we have that brand in this store sir

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real_izuku
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6 months ago

I'm sorry sir, I'm just the delivery driver

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