This is from a couple years ago when I was still working at Hellmart. This is a college town, so the bulk of the customers are often the fresh faced kid just out of high school.
I was in the deli, and had worked a couple of past Thanksgivings since we tried to do a rotating holiday schedule. In the past it has been one of the slowest, mind numbing days imaginable for a deli slave. We're talking two customers for an entire eight hour shift one time. I thought this one would be no different.
The day was mostly calm, but had a steady flow of customers. They all seemed to be shopping for Thanksgiving dinner, on Thanksgiving day. I was asked for help finding stuffing, gravy mix, pumpkin in a can, and basically every other component of a traditional holiday meal. The weirdest part was I don't recall any item being asked for more than once. Every person seems to have forgotten a distinct part of dinner.
My favorite though, was one young man who came up to the deli case while I was stocking it. We have full chubbs on display in the case to show which meats we have. I was putting fresh chubbs in when this customer starts eyeing the case in a confused way.
I asked if he needed help, and he shook his head, looking even more bewildered. He then started to open the case to take out a chub of turkey breast, asking at the same time if the full thing was only $5 something. I explained to him that no, it was the per pound price, and he looked at me with his head cocked like a puppy. So I proceeded to explain to him that the cost was per pound and we could slice it however he wanted. This seemed to confuse him more.
This is when realization hit me. "Are you looking for a turkey to have for Thanksgiving dinner?"
The poor kid started nodding excitedly. I took him over to the actual meat department and showed him the turkeys and turkey breasts. He looks much less panicked and confused when I left.
Have the feeling this was the first time he was trying to manage a holiday dinner and just remembered his parents had turkey on the table. Hope he managed to cook something without injuring himself in the process.