I… I have no words.
I was on my lunch break on the 4th, lamenting no fireworks this year, when PJ ran past me. She stopped and came back with this story. I… have no words.
A woman came in with one of our Next E-Go Electronic kits. Let me start this by saying that we carry two brands. One is this kit, and the other is an electronic cigarette. To differentiate them, we refer to the Electronic Cigarettes as ‘E-Cigs’ and the Next E-Go Electronic as the ‘Hookah’.
The woman brings it in, clearly confused. She says she needs a part for it, ‘The top part’. Okay, whatever, PJ asks to see the item to make sure she gets the right thing and they open it up. It looks as though the tank that holds the liquid has exploded there was so much plastic crap around it. She picks it up to see what happened and this was when the little hamster in her head stumbled on the wheel.
This woman has brought in a Next E-Go Electronic cigarette, yes. This has, however, BEEN MODIFIED INTO A METH PIPE!
We call them the ‘Hookahs’ or the ‘Crack Pipes’ out of humor, AND SOMEONE HAS GONE AND TURNED THIS IN TO ONE FOR REALS!
PJ had no idea what to do. She should have called security, but this is a moment where you can say ‘That’s EXACTLY what I would have done!’ all you want, but unless you’re in that situation, you don’t know. She dropped it back into the case.
PJ: Ma’am, I’m sorry, but… this looks like someone has turned it into a pipe.
The woman clearly had no idea what kind of pipe, and thought PJ meant for, like, tobacco. PJ sold her a brand new kit and went over the instructions for it with her, and made sure to stress that the ONLY THING that can be smoked in it is the liquid, which we sell and another store sells.
The woman made sure to get her name and Chatty Cat’s name and left, that was when she found me and related the story.
This afternoon, I went in and told the manager, because PJ and Chatty Cat were off and I thought it was hilarious. I have a warped sense of humor like that, I guess. I tell the story because Shift Leader 1 couldn’t remember and I tell the tales of the store all the time. The manager looked at me and got frustrated.
Manager: Well, Terah, why didn’t you take a picture of it?! I want to see it!
Terah: [Manager]… there’s a camera over the registers.
She stared at me, then turned around asking which camera it was. We watched the tape and I got to see the entire thing.