Hi, so before I write this all down this is my first time writing a story on IDWHL so if this is incorrect please delete and I’ll upload to the correct subreddit but I’ll be back because working in this shop, I have many stories but this one has been a highlight.
So here’s the cast list: Me = Me / Customer = C / Manager = M / Head Of Shopping Mall = Dickhead
So I used to work in a store that sold a lot of gadgets and gizmos for techy/geeky people and I’ll admit, before I was transferred and promoted, I enjoyed this store more but that’s another story. We had ‘Demo’ items which we were to play with in the store to promote and sell them. These included toy drones, kinetic sand, Mobile phone VR goggles and my favourite, the Crossbow!
So one evening I was working with my manager and since it was quiet and an hour before close I had stocked up and decided to have a chat with manager whilst playing with the crossbow and shooting sucker darts at a target which was facing AWAY from the store entrance (It was placed right next to the tills but we didn’t mind the darts) this was when a lad around the age of 18-20 comes in and he seems like someone who would have fitted in well with us and so I greeted him into the store and he asked if he could have a go of the crossbow to which I obliged because that’s what it was there for but obviously I had to supervise him in case he tried to do anything silly but he didn’t.
Anyway, he was firing the darts and I went around to the till area to collect the ones that both stuck to the dart board and ones that fell on the floor. Just so it’s clear, our tops are black with the store’s name on and I usually wore a black long-sleeved top underneath since I was body-conscious about my arms and the customer was wearing a long-sleeved black top (This is the confusion). So the customer and I are chatting about some new games that have just come out and as I go around to the tills to pick up the darts I get on the floor to fish for one that’s rolled underneath them and I hear this conversation:
Dickhead: “Give me that! This is promoting violence and I’ve had many complaints!”
Me: “Excuse me, what’s the matter?”
Dickhead: “I’ve told him before that I don’t want to see this being used as it’s a weapon”
Me: “Right, he doesn’t work here so I don’t know if you’ve confused him with another employee. Also I don’t understand how a bit of plastic that shoot sucker darts is classed as a weapon”
Dickhead: “I’ve seen him working in here plenty of times and I’ve warned him on occasions to put this away as it promotes violence”
So at this point I’m flabbergasted at the sheer arrogance of this man and he’s supposed to be the owner of the shopping mall our shop is situated in. As I’m questioning him as to why a toy crossbow is promoting violence my manager walks in to dickhead saying:
Dickhead: “Because this looks like a weapon and fires projectiles. Regardless of whether they’re plastic, it’s still promotion violence and weaponry and I don’t want this in the mall!”
M: Ok then, so what about the armed police that walk around here daily? Or the game shop that’s currently promoting Call of Duty? Or even shops that sell films, games and music relating to violence, wars and weapons?
Dickhead: Well…They’re licensed to sell those products…
M: “No. You’ve harassed my staff many times now for petty reasons. You have just spoken rudely to a customer and I will happily back him up when he makes a formal complaint about you”
At this point, the dickhead threw the crossbow onto a table and walked away. My manager just looked at me and customer and said “What a prick” which we both laughed at. I apologised to the customer about the situation but he saw the funny side of it and was confused why dickhead targeted us to which manager and I shrugged. The customer bought a crossbow and target to which I knocked 10% off and he left happy.
EXTRA: Customer came in plenty more times and we became friendly with each other and are still good friends to this day. He brought the situation up to me yesterday which I said I had to post to IDWHL.
EDIT: Thanks for taking the time to read my story. I love reading scenarios on this subreddit and I honestly didn’t think mine would be all that interesting! I have to say thank you to everyone who’s recommended other subs this could be posted in, I’ll check them out! Keep smiling everyone!