There are rude and unpleasant people everywhere, and being able to handle them is an art of its own. Yelling at them seldom helps – instead, try a witty comeback!
So I finally landed a job as a Wal-Mart greeter, which is a good find for many retirees, but my first day was certainly a trial by fire.
About two hours into my first day on the job, a very loud, unattractive, mean-acting man walked into the store with his two kids. He kept yelling obscenities at them all the way through the entrance, repeatedly telling them to “shut the hell up”, causing all the customers to stare at the man in embarrassment.
Per my greeter training manual I said pleasantly, “Good morning and welcome to Wal-Mart.”
I then added, “Nice children you have there. Are they twins?”
The ugly man stopped yelling long enough to say, “Hell no, they ain’t twins. The oldest one is 9, and the other one is 4. Why the hell would you think they’re twins? Are you blind or just stupid, you idiot?!?”
I looked at him calmly and replied, “I’m neither blind nor stupid, sir. I just couldn’t believe someone slept with you twice. Have a good day and thank you for shopping at Wal-Mart.”
The whole store started cheering!
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