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Retail Hell Memories: The Crazy Bag Man

 

Carolanne 023g

From u/SLOPTART69 Tales From Retail:

I work as an assistant manager in a very popular drug store. I had heard tales of this guy from coworkers and people from other stores, but I always thought they were exaggerating.

They weren't. On this particular day I was helping out in the pharmacy which was very busy so there's a line of people waiting to pick up scripts, there's people in the drive thru, there's people dropping off scripts, it's pandemonium.

I will call him BagMan (BG)

I was counting pills for someone who was waiting when I hear someone yell

(BG) "PURCHASE TRANSACTION, PURCHASE TRANSACTION!!"

So I'm thinking "Wtf is going on" and I stop counting and look up to see that this guy has walked passed the entire line of people already patiently waiting for their turn and is now standing in front of a register that has a "this register is closed" sign in front of it and is waving a gift card above his head. He also has a reusable grocery bag around his neck, wearing it like a necklace. I'm the type of guy that usually just tried to pacify people like this so they can get out of the building. Not only for my benefit but for the benefit of all the reasonable Customers that are becoming uncomfortable. Also he had been pacing manically around the store for like 20 mins at this point and I just wanted him to GTFO. So I stop what I'm doing and ask how I can help him. He pushes like 5 gift cards in my face and wants to know the balance on each one. First of all, this is the pharmacy so it's kind of weird to walk all the way to the back of the store to ask a question that doesn't regard medication. Secondly, I had always been told that we didn't have a way of doing that and the customer needed to call the number on the back of the card. I explained that to him and he immediately exploded.

(BG) "THE STORE DOWN THE STREET KNOWS HOW TO DO IT. THEY DO IT FOR ME. WHY DONT YOU KNOW HOW TO? MAYBE YOU SHOULD CALL THEM TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO DO YOUR JOB!"

My patience is wearing so thin at this point, but I actually did call them, and to his credit he was right. There is a way to do that, it's just really counterintuitive. So I go back over to him with a smile and calmly check the balances of each gift card. As I hand back the last one, he sets an Arizona tea on the counter. So I ring it up, tell him his total is 1.06 and he pays in cash. He didn't even use a single one of the damn gift cards. I take the money and go to hand him his change when he says, literally yelling,

(BG) "PLACE THE CHANGE ON THE COUNTER, NOT DIRECTLY IN MY HAND FOR BETTER EASE OF PICKING IT UP!"

or something blatantly ridiculous like that. So I did, then I asked him if he wanted a bag for that, to which he replied

(BG) "NO THANKS, IM WEARING ONE." Then he put the tea in his necklace bag and left. It was all so bizarre. After thinking about it more I'm wondering if he has schizophrenia or something.

--u/SLOPTART69

 

 

 

 

 

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