From Hamdurrgur, Tales From Retail:
This just happened tonight and I can't help but to laugh at how ridiculously normal this happening is. I was walking around with some gift givers that were trying to buy a last minute gift for a bridal shower tomorrow. As I walked around with them and going through every single thing on the wedding registry, I noticed one of the sales associates having to deal with a woman who didn't understand what a sign meant by "50% off namebrand Christmas merchandise."
SA = sales associate, CC = clueless customer
CC: [walks up to SA] What is 50%?
SA: Of what?
CC: I don't know.
SA: Where are you reading this?
CC: It's on a sign somewhere.
SA: Where is the sign?
CC: [walks away, brings SA sign]
SA: Ah. All namebrand's Christmas items are 50% off their original price.
CC: What does that mean?
SA: ...The...items are half priced.
CC: From what?
SA: The original price.
CC: [looks at SA skeptically] ...Ok. [looks at Christmas stuff from namebrand] How much is this from $40?
CC: What about this thing that's $50?
CC: .....Are you sure that's 50%? What about this item? It's $20.
CC: I don't think you know what you're talking about. I'm going to speak to someone else that knows. I just don't think you get it.
And off she went with no items in hand. I couldn't help but to laugh with the customers I was helping. The poor sales associate nearly lost her head.