Here Are 25 Absurd Requests Customers Made to Service Employees
If you work in a customer service position, you know that dealing with ignorance and idiocy is an unavoidable part of the job. There are always people in the general public who have unrealistic expectations, don't appear to be operating in reality, or don't want to bother figuring out basic things for themselves. While these exhausting experiences gradually turn into a part of the daily grind, it is unavoidable that you will have interactions with customers that'll leave your mind numb to stupidity. Many frustrated and taken-for-granted employees share their stories on social media, where any discomfort or horror they felt at the time can now be shared with others, many of whom understand. @WrittenByHanna asked people to share their most bizarre customer interactions, writing, "What's the most outlandish thing a customer has ever asked you?"
What's the most outlandish thing a customer has ever asked you?— I Could’ve Just Sat On In With Massa (@WrittenByHanna) August 27, 2022
1. Artichoke dip
me when a customer asked me if the artichoke could be removed from the spinach and artichoke dip pic.twitter.com/efQpTmrhrz— yves (@SNTLRNTSTNR) August 27, 2022
2. Eggs are dairy free
Got asked how the dairy-free cake we sold could be dairy-free if it had eggs in it.. pic.twitter.com/koOmlLkriY— aliya🍓🌙 (@strwberryclouds) August 27, 2022
3. "Clean it up your self"
retail- this ladies daughter peed on the floor.Then she asked me “ would you mind cleaning that up, sally does this often”I looked at the lady walked to the back room , grabbed the mop and bucket & said “you can surely clean it up your self” and walked away 😂 almost lost my job— 🪄Integurl ✨ (@Breeze_Please) August 28, 2022
4. Reserve the poo
We had super long lines around Christmas at my old retail job. A woman in line with her like 3-4 y/o son had him take a shit on the floor so she wouldn't lose her spot in line.— Belle of the Bog (@Belleofthebog) August 28, 2022
5. How many pretzels
How many pretzels came in the container. Got mad when I said I didn't know.— Hooked On Ebonics® (@kel_te) August 27, 2022
6. 'Least curly' fries
worked at Arby’s; woman wanted me to dig around in the curly fries & select for her the ‘least curly’ ones for her large order.— flamer. 🥽 (@lifethruglasses) August 27, 2022
7. "How much is the $5 footlong?"
Back when I worked at Subway this man looked me right in my eyes and asked,— Michael James (@mvchaeljames) August 27, 2022
“How much is the $5 footlong?” pic.twitter.com/d3xhu75jJZ
8. Acted weird too
Lady came through the sbux drive thru and said she ordered a coffee yesterday morning and it “tasted weird” so she wanted us to remake it for her. A full day later with no receipt either like…— B (@britt_knee17) August 27, 2022
9. Movie theatre lobby = popcorn smell
i work at a movie theater and a lady wanted to speak to a manager to complain and ask “why does the lobby smell like popcorn?”… i— 🤖 (@rbots2000) August 27, 2022
10. Corn dogs without hotdogs
Why we’re grown folks asking teenage me at the concession stand for corn dogs without the hotdog in the middle pic.twitter.com/34pNmDoT5V— Candice Crutchfield (@whatcandicesays) August 27, 2022
11. Prophecy bearer
When I used to sell skates people would always ask me if their kids would fall🙄— -ˏˋ⋆A-PøP⋆ˊˎ- (@ay_aasia) August 27, 2022
12. "Is butter a carb?"
“Is brown rice wheat?”— jonathan majors’ little cup. (@kamstasupreme) August 27, 2022
13. Tea latte and expresso latte
I don’t think it’s that outlandish in the grand scheme of things but most recently someone assumed a latte at my work was a tea latte not an espresso latte? And she came back ready to fight about it because she was mad we didn’t tell her it was not in fact tea?— autumn cs (werewolf sjw) (@Akitron) August 27, 2022
14. One diet water with no ranch, please
not a question but a customer came in once and ordered a diet water with no ranch— Homey D. Clown (@VlRGEAUX) August 27, 2022
15. "Jonkingly" we hope
- decrepit old yt man came in Whole Foods the day before Thanksgiving and “jokingly” asked me if I could come home and clean his collard greens that he was buying.— Rob Milton (@therobmilton) August 27, 2022
16. How "rude"
A lady asked me to pull a waiter out of the bathroom to come back and chat with her, and when I said I'd wait until the waiter was finished she screamed at me that I was being "rude"— King Johnman, 1'87'' IQ 63 (@Krasdale) August 27, 2022
17. Mold or rind
Demanding to see my manager because the brie in their turkey and brie sandwich had "mold" on it (it was the rind)— eastriverpearl (@eastriverpearl) August 27, 2022
18. Do we sell books in the book store?
Worked at a Barnes & Noble Booksellers, a customer walked in past all the tables with books and their prices straight to the cashier counter and asked, "Do you sell books here?"— Rose Ford (@RoseColoredFact) August 28, 2022
19. A cheater on the go, please
At Kinkos a repeat customer asked me out for lunch, thinking I could get a better job I went, and he asked to enter into a long term, extramarital relationship with me.— average (@averages_of) August 27, 2022
20. Return after five years
if they could return a 5 year old bed set. macy’s took that shit back too 😩😂— jo. (@xoitsjo) August 27, 2022
21. There is no "back"
if we had "any more in the back" as i stood in a small kiosk— uncle jaahm's muse (@ersatzfusillade) August 27, 2022
very angry when I turned in a circle and said "no"
22. Can we bag them up?
"can you bag my things individually in plastic and then put those bags in a paper bag then put those bags in a reusable bag and then put that bag in my other reusable bag" pic.twitter.com/7HW23AJKpM— holly'zorah vas qwib-qwib™ (@h0lly_blue) August 28, 2022
23. "Can I use it?"
Dude came up to me and said “how much of a discount do you get working here?” I told him, assuming he was going to apply. He then said “can I use it?”— jade (@WifexOfxAgony) August 27, 2022
24. No direction for this plane
My sister works at the airport and someone asked in which direction do the planes fly 😭— ycats (@yourfavetaurus2) August 27, 2022
25. Brain fart
“How many pieces of fish come in a 2 piece fish dinner?” was by far our most FAQ 😬— Frankie Mermaid (@_Miss_Rey) August 27, 2022