Welcome to Bored Panda, how may I help you? Ah, I see. So, you Pandas work in the food, retail, and services industries and started the week off dealing with some incredibly dense customers. Denser than the core of Planet Earth, you say? Well, don’t worry about it, plenty of us have been there.

In fact, our team has collected a whole bunch of examples of the dumbest things that customers have said and done, to make you feel better. Trust us, you’re not alone in this. Of course, this isn’t to say that all customers are dumb: most are polite and decent. However, a small proportion of them are nightmare material and don’t even know what chicken wings are. And here’s the proof. Grab a soul-healing cup of tea, scroll down, upvote the situations that made you laugh, and share your own retail nightmare scenarios in the comments.

Bored Panda reached out to Save the Student, a British project that advises students on how to make their money go further, about how the pandemic affected the job market and what to do if you feel like you're stuck at a job where you feel demeaned. Jake Butler from Save the Student said: "It does depend on location and other factors, but finding a job during the pandemic, specifically lockdown, has been extremely difficult for students. It's true that some businesses, such as supermarkets and delivery companies, have increased recruitment, but large student employing sectors such as retail and hospitality have really stuttered due to being closed for many months."

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Janus Sanders
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6 months ago

this is iconic lol

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TmKhr
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6 months ago

I too want to lemonade some important papers while I drink some laminate soda

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Michele Ferretto
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6 months ago

Staff are slaves to that kind of lady. So "no people" in her mind.

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Jake from Save the Student added that while some retail and hospitality jobs are returning, many students are "shunning them as there are worries about job security and also working conditions." According to Jake, one of the main worries that many have is that the market is weighted towards the employers and not the employees.

"For those that feel demeaned in their current job, I would suggest it's worth studying the rights you have as an employee," Jake told Bored Panda what we can all do if we find ourselves being treated less than humanely at our workplace. "Even during the pandemic, there is no excuse for an employer to break the law at your expense. And if you feel you're being treated especially poorly I would suggest looking to switch jobs, but doing so wisely."

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Mihai Mara
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6 months ago

How dare you ask such questions?? :)))

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TmKhr
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6 months ago

A woman in a Finnish Facebook sales group didn't want to tell her clothes' size because she didn't want anyone to know how big she was.

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Otter
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6 months ago

Is "BLT with cheese" going to be the new "See you next Teusday"?

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It’s easy to stay professional when the customers who you deal with are nice, pleasant, and see you as a human being. But the challenges start when you come face to face with someone who demeans you, acts overly entitled, or simply asks incredibly dumb questions. All of which makes you question why the nation’s education system has set the bar so low.

Earlier, I’d spoken about how to deal with difficult customers with Alexander Kjerulf. He’s the founder and Chief Happiness Officer at ‘Woohoo inc.’ and knows a lot about helping keep employees motivated, happy, and using their skills at their best.

Alex put it very simply that if you feel like you’re forgetting that you’re a human being worthy of humane treatment at your job, then you should seriously consider moving on. “Quit, and find a better place to work, where they actually care about their staff. And quit sooner rather than later. The longer you stay, the more they will grind you down until you lose all the energy and optimism you need to move on and find a better job,” he told Bored Panda.

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TmKhr
Community Member
6 months ago

You're right, there's no one here, it means you've broken in and police are on their way to arrest you

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Michele Ferretto
Community Member
6 months ago

This is gold!

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WildHoneyPie
Community Member
6 months ago

Meanwhile, the dog's at home going "alright!..."

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

Plus “Whew! Dodged THAT bullet! Now where’s that trash can at?”

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Bow, I’m a Slytherclaw
Community Member
6 months ago

This doesn’t seem like a ‘terrible customer story’. We all have off days where we forget stuff.

Stephanie Keith
Community Member
6 months ago

Totally agree. This doesn't belong here. Maybe under the cute forgetful moments?

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Viva Patata
Community Member
6 months ago

This one is both funny and relatable :-)

Pernille Dyre
Community Member
6 months ago

This is sweet at least....

Eva the Egg
Community Member
6 months ago

😂😂😂 thats actually hilarious 😂😂😂

Andy Acceber
Community Member
6 months ago

We've all had off days. That one is hilarious though.

Louloubelle
Community Member
6 months ago

I can actually imagine doing this.

María Hermida
Community Member
6 months ago

A boss I had years ago went to the car-wash to have his car washed.... on foot. He left the car at home. No comments!

Persp Gold
Community Member
6 months ago

this makes sense. especially if she's a mom

Ola Polowczyk
Community Member
6 months ago

This one is cute :)

Amy Cohen
Community Member
6 months ago

What do you mean you forget to take your dogs home? Do you just leave your dog places?!

Kim Bush
Community Member
6 months ago

I wondered if anyone would comment about that...

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Kay blue
Community Member
6 months ago

My mum did the same with my daughter, she drove down to the nursery then went to get my daughter out of the car!

Mark Edenfield
Community Member
6 months ago

Ok, this is a good one!

Eric Forster
Community Member
6 months ago

I wonder how the dog feels.

Poosh
Community Member
6 months ago

oopsy-daisy

Holes2Heaven
Community Member
6 months ago

Haha what drugs is she on??

Frank Pajea
Community Member
6 months ago

Once I didn´t recognize MY dog after a bath and haircut. There was my lovely Chucha wagging his tail at my feet...

Hugh Cookson
Community Member
6 months ago

I once had a couple, many years ago, who dined at my rather lovely, out of the way restaurant with another couple who had recently had their first child; delightful kid, in one of those bouncy / sleeper thingys that they left beside the table on the floor whilst they ate (this is in the days before mobile phones btw). Anyway, they had a couple of hours over lunch, finished up and left. After 10 minutes, my lovely French waitress found me and asked me to come to the restaurant, where we found the baby, still asleep in his sleeper .......... the parents turned up 30 minutes later, having driven about 10 miles, then realised that they'd left their new little bundle of joy behind !!! Mortified was one way to describe them, embarrassed is another ... They became regular diners and the last time I saw them was when they brought their 5 year old son to the party I had when I sold up and moved away.

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
6 months ago

her mind was elsewhere..LOL

Chloe *Leah* Pheonix
Community Member
6 months ago

Everything is looking good from the dog's POV

kate kat
Community Member
5 months ago

😆

Luuta
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

Hahaha! I've don't stuff like this plenty of times, liked ordering fish'n'chips and not realising I'd left my wallet at home until they placed the wrapped up meal in front of me. Or going into town to buy one specific thing costing less than £1 and coming away with a huge bag costing £50, and getting home to realise that the one thing I really needed I'd forgotten to buy.

Donald Holder
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

This is comical. At least she left the dog safe. As a supervisor, I've had people at work(12+hour shifts) say they had to go check on their dog and walk him, could I have Little bit longer break because it's such a "far walk to her car". It's 100° outside! Can you imagine inside the car?

Cammy Wesson-Cohen
Community Member
6 months ago

Oh, I could do that!!

Vicki Perizzolo
Community Member
6 months ago

at least she didn't leave it in the car

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
6 months ago

Love it!

Margaret Knight
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

I might be that person since 2020…🤔…😂

Suzanne Haigh
Community Member
6 months ago

Love this

Kaguya
Community Member
6 months ago

I once accidentally took my dog with me to my psychiatrist because my brain was off

Claire
Community Member
6 months ago

Well, you were heading to the right place for help at least.

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Kim Lionessa
Community Member
6 months ago

welcome to menopause

Kim Bush
Community Member
6 months ago

Write notes, lots and lots of notes (I do lol)

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Znaya
Community Member
6 months ago

This is clearly a symptom of our society, multi-multi-tasking 😀

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He said that it’s common in restaurants to treat their customers like kings. And some places complement this by treating their employees badly. However, this is far from all right! It shouldn’t be the norm.

“99% of people are nice, but the occasional rude client is unavoidable," Alex noted that you will have to deal with difficult customers sooner or later. It’s not something that you can avoid forever and ever, no matter how good (or lucky) of an employee you are. "You can learn tricks to deal with them, and that's great, but no one should have to put up with mistreatment."

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Mihai Mara
Community Member
6 months ago

The rule "an eye for an eye" should have been applied: "here's your HOT latte!" *splash*

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
6 months ago

And that's the only possible way to deal with morons.

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Ancsuri
Community Member
6 months ago

Do you have to give a tip in the US? How does it work? Cause by us, you can give a tip if you want to, but you can choose to pay just the price of the food.

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Working in the service industry doesn’t mean that you have to be a doormat, however. If you find yourself constantly being walked over, belittled, and demeaned, you have to reach out to your manager for help. They should be willing to step in and help you deal with anyone who isn’t acting like a human being should.

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Mihai Mara
Community Member
6 months ago

You break it, you buy it

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TmKhr
Community Member
6 months ago

"Can't you resurrect one real quick?" *facepalm*

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Catlady6000
Community Member
6 months ago

I remember replying something about how if nobody came in to shop, they wouldn't open, and the customer continued to sympathize and wonder why they opened on a holiday

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“You have to remember that in many cases a customer who behaves badly is not necessarily a bad person—it can be a good person having a bad day and that’s why they’re acting out. But the sad truth is that some customers act this way because they’ve learned that it works and will get them discounts or preferential treatment,” Alex said that some customers might be nightmare material by accident while others are very Slytherinish and sneaky.

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Michele Ferretto
Community Member
6 months ago

This is not the first time I hear a pregnant lady be called fat by other woman. For the love of God, what's in their mind!?!?

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Eric Law
Community Member
6 months ago

I've had a number of restaurants ask me what kind of dressing I wanted on my Caesar salad...

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Pamela H.
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

Yes there is no "grass fed" chicken meat at the store, but Chickens do eat grass. Obviously you don't own a chicken.

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Michele Ferretto
Community Member
6 months ago

Since you were there you could make him notice the size of the chip, so it could very hardly be injected with any vaccine (I bet he believes that too).

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Janus Sanders
Community Member
6 months ago

wtf is wrong with people?

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Mihai Mara
Community Member
6 months ago

9?

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TmKhr
Community Member
6 months ago

I would like to know how the woman would've "made it correctly"

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Jo Johannsen
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6 months ago

Hoping to trip you up and get extra.

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Tabby_Sohee
Community Member
6 months ago

WHAT ELSE ARE YOU GOING TO DO?! STEP ON THEM?!

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Helenium
Community Member
6 months ago

lmao osmosis lol

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Mihai Mara
Community Member
6 months ago

"I'm not at home? Omg, you kidnapped me!!!!"

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Znaya
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6 months ago

She was just showing off how knowledgeable she was 😀

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Ty Stratton-Quirk
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6 months ago

"Waiter! Can you take this water back? It's wet!"

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Mihai Mara
Community Member
6 months ago

Cody, you didn't answer the question!!! :)))

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Mihai Mara
Community Member
6 months ago

Make sure you never run out of blinker fluid. It's very important in traffic!!

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KatHat
Community Member
6 months ago

The full original phrase is: "The customer is always right in matters of taste". ie, if they want to paint their house screaming purple or buy a gold sequin pantsuit, you say YES that's wonderful. It was never supposed to mean what it's come to mean.

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Cecilia Herrera
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6 months ago

I hope she was charged for a quesadilla.

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Michele Ferretto
Community Member
6 months ago

You should actually have said that, just to see her face!

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Vermillion Ace #443
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6 months ago

When pigs fly south for the winter? 😖

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Mihai Mara
Community Member
6 months ago

Now I am curious how you explained it and what the customer finally understood.

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
6 months ago

It's the entitlement of "I orderded a cheeseburger without cheese and that's what I'm getting and paying for. You do not chance my order without my divine consent, you underpaid wage slave."

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Sleazy Weaver
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6 months ago (edited)

This is obviously a joke...

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Michele Ferretto
Community Member
6 months ago

It's always nice to come across positive people...

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Shelp
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6 months ago

??!

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RaroaRaroa
Community Member
6 months ago

The guy's an idiot, of course, but who ever cuts anything in quarters at Subway? Sure, if someone asked, but they don't normally do that do they?

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