I am on a regular register and this lady and her mother come up. I ring up her mother and she pays.
I start on her daughter and she has 3 different transactions, one being a WIC.
I ring up her other ones and she is super friendly about it and stuff. I go to ring up her WIC and I notice that her check calls for 1% milk. She has 2% milk.
I tell her that she has to go back and get the 1% milk but she gets all upset and says that it's fine that I can go ahead and scan it anyway.
Um, excuse me, I work here and you don’t. Don’t tell me what is and isn’t fine.
So I go and ask my manager and she says the same thing: that it has to be 1%. I go back and tell the lady this and she goes off about how she was here the other day and it scanned.
I told her that no, we can’t do that. She was really pissed off. She threw her gallon across my belt at me and stormed off.
I avoided the milk by leaping back all the way to my coworker's register and vaulting onto the belt, squashing some lady's bread. (Sorry lady!) Best guess as to "how" likely involves copious amounts of adrenaline and survival instinct.
Liquid + Electricity = No fucking way!
I escaped the actual impact. The register wasn't so lucky.
It should come as no surprise that the gallon exploded when it hit my register. It soaked me, the poor lady, and of course my entire register, with milk. Impressive Area Of Effect range.
My register got very angry about this white liquid getting into its internal machinery. It made funny and disturbing noises, and gave off a bad smell as the milk sizzled.
The woman who chucked the milk in the first place was even more upset to be detained by security, then charged by actual police for chucking a heavy object at me, and for completely obliterating the register. (We joked for a loooong time about how the register failed being "float tested" in a gallon of milk.)
For the record, no... WIC doesn't cover Destruction Of Property charges.