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Children at my counter

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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I understand, dear parents, that you want your children to be independent and brave and that they need to learn how to talk to the nice lady at the snackbar counter by themselves eventually, but if you're going to insist on sending them out to get food for the whole gang alone, at least glance over our prices to make sure you gave them enough money first.

It inevitably happens that a small child waits patiently in line, rattles off a huge order to me, and then when I finish it, realizes that he's short money. It happens literally ALL THE TIME. And this isn't just short a few cents or a couple dollars, this kid was short ten bucks. Ten whole dollars. Because his parents failed to realize that this is a movie theater and our prices are jacked through the roof and you sent him out with ten dollars but he ordered twenty dollars worth of food.

And then he stares at me for a minute as if I'm going to magically pull ten bucks out of my ear and give it to him. (The worst part is, some parents try this intentionally, thinking we can't say no to a cute little kid. They're wrong.)

Needless to say, he ran off without any food at all, meaning I had to throw his entire order away. :stare: It's a gigantic waste of food, my time, the kid's time, and the time of the people stuck waiting behind the kid.

tl;dr
Don't send your kid to buy food if you don't give him enough money. He's nine, he ain't got a job, he ain't paying for that shit by himself.
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Stormofshadows Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank goodness that kind of thing really didn't happen much in my old job(I no longer work retail). I feel sorry for kids whose parents use them in this manner, these kids are lucky if they don't grow up thinking scamming people is an acceptable thing to do.
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Nicolettethestrange Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
=( how annoying for you and I feel horrible for the kids whose parents subject them to that. The parents should really be going with them to the counter :| have you every seen a kid spill half the food whilst trying to carrying it away from the counter by themselves?
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Only EVERY DAY. GAH. Poor itty bitty toddlers can't hold a tray of popcorn steady and yet mom and dad insist that they carry it and then look so shocked when it ends up on the floor. I'm just like "Why you lookin' at me? You made him hold it."
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Mitoma Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
I work at a grocery store that's within walking distance to some neighborhoods and apartment complexes, so we get kids sent on errands all the time. Except once in a while they get sent with food stamp cards, and I guess the parent neglects to tell them how it works. They either have no idea what a PIN number is, or don't know what they can get with it. I had two kids try to buy dog treats. And every time there's a problem, they just look at me. :saddummy:
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
That's really annoying. :C
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Puccoon Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fucked up.
... Working at a movie theatre sounds like balls.
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
It has good perks and it's not terrible work, I just wish it payed better.
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Puccoon Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you get free candy or soda? I'd be fat as he'll if I was around that food all day.
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I get free drinks and popcorn, as well as free movies. Any candy I have to pay full price for, but I usually bring my own in so that's not a problem.
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xRooke Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's actually pretty stinking good. O: Definitely worth it.
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
It's a really nice perk. It almost makes up for the really crummy pay.
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xRooke Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Especially if you really like going to the movies. Saves a lot of money on the tickets. (:
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Puccoon Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, wow 0: Sweet!
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Land-Shark17 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I had crippling shyness as a kid (still have some left over, though I've gotten MUCH better). I'd probably never make it within 10 feet of the counter. :blush:
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Sapphire-Ashesx Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Crazy parents..
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Colbatros Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Writer
It's always been on of my fears. You know, just going to the counter, with your stuff, then you realize you don't have enough money. Then the lady behind her register just gives you the look because she has to throw away your food because you were a dumbass and didn't realize that you had 10 bucks instead of 20. Then you start hearing the sighs of the people waiting in line behind you, because they know they're going to have to wait another 5 minutes.

I shudder at the thought. That's why I always make sure I at least have 10 dollars more than what it would be supposed to cost me, just so that if I fucked up, I still got a little extra. Though seriously, you could have told him to go get his parents to bring more money before he ran off. I know that when I was little, some cashiers would just be dicks and yell at me for forgetting about taxes and stuff. Bad experiences.
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I'd never yell at a kid, but I have gently suggested to them to ask their parents for more money before. This kid did say he was going to bring more money, but then never returned.
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Colbatros Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Writer
Oh, well that's another story.
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Sliv-Pie Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
My pet peeve is parents who make their children order when they're too young to speak properly (missing baby teeth, etc). I had this one lady get really annoyed at me, because I couldn't understand her child. I can usually understand children speaking but this one was just impossible to understand. The lady was like, "HE SAID HE WANTS A HOT DOG WITH CHEESE." in a tone that implied it was so obvious that I must have something wrong with me if I didn't understand. I just said, "If you say so." and went to make it.

Also, (not that it has anything to do with children ordering,) [link]
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This video made me happier than it should have.
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Sliv-Pie Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
I'm glad to hear it (I think)!
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Shantella Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so tired I read that as "Chicken at my counter." :lmao:
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81984 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
:iconangelishi: go spam her fucking page!
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Why the Hell would I do that.
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Agent-Sarah Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Because that user has a grudge boner for her.
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
What makes him think I care enough about him to spam someone at his behest? I have shit to do, man.
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Agent-Sarah Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No idea. And he/she does knows that we'll shower her with love or not give a crap just to piss this user off even more?
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:iconcindarellapop:
CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I guess we'll have to stay tuned to see how this drama unfolds!
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Agent-Sarah Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Until we see the "!" next to his username.
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Most likely.
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Fullmetal-Animator Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Oh Christ on a bike. :lol:

What kind of lazy ass feckin' parents are these?
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JessaFlux Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013   Photographer
Wasn't it more of a waste to throw food out instead of just giving him $10 worth of it and tell him to have his dad give him more money?
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I could have done that if he stuck around to take the food he had money for instead of running away.
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Ebonsong Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
I'd have had a staff member follow the kid straight to the parents and request they pay for their order or they'll be kicked out of the movie theater with no refund. It's just plain rude for parents to try to use their kid to get free stuff, and teaches the kid it's okay to mimic this behavior.
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I wish my managers would do the same.
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Ebonsong Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Yeah :(
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Spudfuzz Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not entirely related but I used to work at a fast food store when I was 15. I had to mop a bit of floor between the tables because some coke had spilt on it. I put one of those huge bright yellow "THIS IS A WET FLOOR MUTHAFUCKA" signs on it as per our obligation. 10 minutes I'm at the counter and my manager calls me in because some fuckass parent was letting their kid run around the crowded store inside instead of the playground and guess what - the kid slipped and fell and hurt their head. So it was my fucking fault it happened apparently. Sometimes I wish restaurants just operated on the laws of natural selection and companies were in no way liable for any sheer stupidity exercised by parents.

Oddly enough I never had kids try to pay for meals alone though, they were always supervised and even then the parents ordered it but the kid just handed over the money and got the change.
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Similar situation happened at the store I used to work at. Some dumbass kid was climbing on a clothing fixture and fell, clipping their head on one of the shelves and causing said dumbass kid to bleed like a motherfucker everywhere. Just because it's a children's clothing section, it doesn't mean that it's a playground.
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alzircon Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The yellow sign is there specifically to protect the company. If someone falls over a wet floor, but the sign was there, they can scream and shout all they want, they'll get no money from the restaurant.:D
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Spudfuzz Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know, I just hate that it can't stop parents from being dickheads about it. :stare:
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alzircon Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
People seem to think they're entitled to shit for no good reason.:lol:
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h-irsch Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
My parents used to try to do this shit with me when I was a child. I would refuse because I was scared the money wouldn't be enough.
Turns out I was right.
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Bunnylicious Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I was so terrified of that happening. I'd insist my mom gave me $10 more than I needed because "WHAT IF THERE'S A LOT OF TAX, MOM!?"

Not having enough money at the register was my biggest fear.
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megstiel Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh man, that is still like my worst fear. :lol:
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Tales-of-Haven Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
I've seen parents send their little kids to go get a beer for them at fairs and such. :stare:
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
:lol: Oh man, that's just beyond dumb.
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Tales-of-Haven Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
The scary thing is that the vendor actually looked like he was considering giving the kid the beer.
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Lawleitspuppy Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
haha I like your signature.
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Tales-of-Haven Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Thank you~
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kitsumekat Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
This is why people should teach kids about taxes and stuff.
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