We had a jar of 'cottonmouth candy' on our front counter. It was marketed as something to fight the dry mouth you can get when smoking. The candies were $0.50 each, which was a massive ripoff because it's just sugar free candy that dentists will give away for free.
A guy came in to the store and poked around the DVD room for an hour or so then returned to the front empty handed. As he walked past the counter the colorful candy caught his eye and he grabbed a few pieces. Before I could say anything, he opened the wrapper and popped the candy in his mouth.
MSB- "Dude, you have to pay for that first."
Candy Thief- "These aren't free?"
I looked at the 3 blaze orange and prominently displayed stickers that said $.50.
MSB- "Nope, that'll be $.53 with tax."
CT- "I didn't bring any money in, let me go dig around in my car."
MSB- "I saw you pull into the parking lot. On your bicycle."
CT- "I'm homeless, I don't have any money."
$.53 is nothing. I wanted to ban him from the store for sheer stupidity.
MSB- "Sir, if you don't pay for that candy, you're banned from the store and you'll be arrested for trespassing if you ever come back."
Apparently these words magically made a few dollars appear in his pocket. He reminded me that he was homeless as I rang him up.
Surprisingly, this did not magically make the candy free.
I read a post on here that reminded me of an anonymous caller situation we had, at part-time job I had a couple of years ago.
I live in a touristy/party type city, if you will. I was working part-time at a lingerie shop.
So basically the "don't judge" aside from regular policies like having to call security, returns (hygiene) and such. I only mention this because some of my coworkers would act weird when they'd help cross-dressing customers. I attempted my best to help them.
Or sometimes men would call to inquire something they saw online and wanted to put it on hold for their lady.
I answer the phone.
ME: "Store name" how may I help you?
MAN: Hello I'm looking for this "crotch less" two piece "such and such" color in X size.
ME: Ok let me check... We do have it in stock. Would you like me to hold it for you?
MAN: Do you think a woman X lbs with a big a** and t*** would look good in it? She's X tall...
ME: Uh... Do you want me to set this item on hold?
MAN: How tall are you?
MAN: Actually I found this other garment "name of item we don't carry or heard of" do you think a woman X lbs with a b** a** and t*** would look good in it? She's X tall...
ME: Is it okay to put you on hold while I check for "name of item we don't carry"?
I go and tell manger what's happening cause I'm starting to feel uncomfortable after a few similar questions about certain type of garments he was looking for, and being very graphic with his descriptions (I did my best to play dumb up to that point). She asked me if it was an UNKNOWN caller on the caller ID. Of course it was. She's says not to answer unknown calls anymore (I guess there was a history with an unknown caller being pervy that I was never told about). I get back on the phone...
ME: We don't carry "said item" at this location, and I'm not able to find any "said item" on our website. I think you're calling the wrong shop."
MAN: [heavy breathing] Oh! Come on don't be a b**** like the rest of them!