So last night I was stocking up the shelves as usual, I turn around a corner and there's one of our regulars at the herbs. He's picking up packs of parsley, chopping off the top half, putting the bottom half in a box, removing the rest of the packaging and putting the top half in a gravy tub. My first thought is "This guy is just using our bakery stand as a workshop to chop up all the parsley and blocking the entire aisle." Because he's just tossing out the packaging I ask him if he's paid for it yet.
Customer: No, and I'm not going to either.
This was a joke, but the way he said it really irked me. I know he's harmless, but I'm half keeping an eye on him and I went to let the super know about it. She just kinda looked at me like I pissed in her cornflakes and turned away. So after that he walks up to the counter and pays, my super served him. As he's walking out he comes up to me and says
Customer: Did you ask (supervisor) if I paid? I have my receipt here if you don't believe me. I'm cutting off the bottom to plant and the top part to eat, I still have some common sense about me.
To me, it feels like he was trying to make me feel bad for him damaging a product before he paid for it.
Me: I know I probably came off as rude, but that wasn't my intention. It was because you were cutting it all up on the shop floor that I asked.
Customer: It may have been rude of me but I'm nowhere near as rude as you.
He then walks out. And there's my first rude complaint I've had in 17 months, by an old man who blatantly says "I don't care" whenever you challenge him on anything that goes against policy.