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Those special guests

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So you all have to have those special guests that always come in.

I have a woman who comes in every day. I mean she. comes. in. every. day! And she can talk :wacko:. Don't get me wrong she is nice but gosh I wonder sometimes if she thinks we are friends who meet at Target.

We have the guy who collects toy cars, the woman who only shops clearance, and the woman who knows when I will be couponing my meat. Then you have the regulars who just do their daily grocery shopping with us or use our racetrack for daily walks.
 

redeye58

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I have a trio of mentally disabled elderly ladies from a group home that come in twice a month for a little shopping excursion who stop by SB while waiting for their shuttle. They're very chatty & always make a point to ask me how things are going. I always top off their coffee before they go.
We also have 'the complainer' that most of us run into the back when we see her approach.
Loser has to wait on her.
 
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Oh yeah...we have a BUNCH of them in pharmacy!!! We have the lady who will only deal with "certain" people, the ones who drop curse words like they're going out of style, the "so disgustingly foul smelling, you almost lose your cookies so we keep Febreeze by the register to spray after they leave" family, those that just make you cringe when you see them because you KNOW there's going to be a "problem", and there's one older gentleman that comes in that is a total grump to everyone else, but as sweet as pie to me.
 
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We have one lady who comes in, uses a scooter. First she goes to FA for her popcorn. Then she goes to Starbucks for her coffee. This is a half hour process. Before this, she has announced to every TM she sees that she will be buying toilet paper, paper towels and water in bulk so will need "assistance" with a cart.

While she is off annoying our food service people, the TMs scurry around and warn each other she is in the store. Loser spends at least two hours helping her shop. Then the cashier loser spends another half hour checking her out and getting everything in the exact right bag. Then the carry out loser spends another 20 minutes loading her trunk exactly right while continuing to listen to her life story.

And this time of year, losing a TM for that long of a period can make or break the evening entirely.
 

buliSBI

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During the grill days at Food Ave, I used to get a handful of the same couples daily wanting a special order breakfast combo. I am talking every Pizza Hut topping with bacon, and breakfast sausage.

There was one guy that came into one of my stores almost every couple weeks to apply for a job, and would always make a scene. He claimed that he was a war veteran and fell under the ADA conditions to have special privileges and refused to do the electronic application himself because of severe arthritis in his hands. He either wanted to interview immediately or have a TM walk through the application with him. And would have to offer him a position where it would not aggravate his hands. If we didn't, he was going to sick his lawyers on Target.

How can you work in retail and not ever use your hands....I think an ETL finally told him they would hire him if he had a doctors note to state he was able to do the minimums of the position; lift and handle boxes and use a keyboard/PDA. He never came back.

Then I always loved the guests that roll up in the car while I am collecting carts demanding to meet them with an electric cart out to handicapped spaces. Sorry the electric carts cannot exit the building. Some even bribbed me.
 
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Oh yesterday I had our elderly couple in. He always says he married the wrong woman to me while she rolls her eyes at him and laughs. They are proud to tell me they have been married 68 years. He is in his 90s and carries all the groceries in a hand basket.
 

DMNDZ bruhh

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theres a guests who comes in every morning and shops for action figures, i see hime literally EVERY truck day for the past 3 years ive worked at target.
 

redeye58

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theres a guests who comes in every morning and shops for action figures, i see hime literally EVERY truck day for the past 3 years ive worked at target.
We got a couple of those.....
 

MorurDreamcat

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there is a man that comes in several times a week when we have Pay as you Go phones on sale and buys at least ONE and then asks for us to check other stores for more. He he very moody and last week we too RAN into an aisle when we saw him coming. Our unsuspecting Entertainment "Specialist" just stood there a bit dumbfounded for a moment and then caught on that we left her out in the "cold". LOL
Both, I and the other TM had unpleasant run-ins with this guy before and he speaks with a very heavy accent so he's hard to understand when he gets demanding...
We all got a good laugh out of the whole situation that day ... probably one of the FUNNEST moments I've had at Target in a long time.
 
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We have one lady who comes in, uses a scooter. First she goes to FA for her popcorn. Then she goes to Starbucks for her coffee. This is a half hour process. Before this, she has announced to every TM she sees that she will be buying toilet paper, paper towels and water in bulk so will need "assistance" with a cart.

While she is off annoying our food service people, the TMs scurry around and warn each other she is in the store. Loser spends at least two hours helping her shop. Then the cashier loser spends another half hour checking her out and getting everything in the exact right bag. Then the carry out loser spends another 20 minutes loading her trunk exactly right while continuing to listen to her life story.

And this time of year, losing a TM for that long of a period can make or break the evening entirely.
Haha. This is the game my electronics TMs play when our annoying Nintendo rep comes in. Loser has to listen to him talk about new games and such for a while.
 
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We have some guests who call the pharmacy and we all DREAD talking to them. Whenever we see their name come up on Caller ID, we cringe because we know it's either going to be a 10-minute call or some "problem". That's when we "have to get the counter", check an NDC or ANYTHING to keep from answering the phone~LOL! One name comes up and we just tell the pharmacist to answer it (if they're not on the phone) because we know it's going to be a question for them about "side effects"
 
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A long time ago, we had an elderly man we called "The Preacher" that would come in. He was always dressed in a brown suit, like he had just come from church or something. He would walk around with one hand up to the side of his head, mumbling. He would occasionally give out the loud, unintelligible yell. He never did any harm and rarely actually talked to anyone. (Although he did ask me a question in the men's department once.) New people thought he was talking to someone on his phone because of the way he would hold his hand to his head, but he had no phone. I was out getting carts one time and saw him in his car. He was at the front of the store, near the entrance. He was stopped while people were crossing in front of him and he honked the horn and scared them. Not sure if he was honking at them or just honking because of his issues.

Other than that, I have a guy who comes in and does grocery shopping there quite often. I say hello to him each time and he recognizes me as the grocery guy. (I try to make sure we have the MP Fat Free half and half for him.) Another lady who comes in and always buys up all the frozen Archer Farms petite quiches we have. (She won't be happy that we've clearanced them out and won't be getting more.) And another lady who would come in and get the Archer Farms cheese straws. (She was already upset that we quit carrying them.)
 

redeye58

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We have a blind guest who comes in once a month & requests a TM to assist him in his shopping. The cashiers used to draw straws to see who'd get stuck with him because he'd berate them if they didn't know where everything was.
One cashier, a sour old broad, volunteered. After they were done, he thanked & said he'd be back to shop with her next time. The ETL asked her how she tolerated it. She said that, when he started to berate her, she threatened to 'lose' him in the parking lot.
 
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We have a blind guest who comes in once a month & requests a TM to assist him in his shopping. The cashiers used to draw straws to see who'd get stuck with him because he'd berate them if they didn't know where everything was.
One cashier, a sour old broad, volunteered. After they were done, he thanked & said he'd be back to shop with her next time. The ETL asked her how she tolerated it. She said that, when he started to berate her, she threatened to 'lose' him in the parking lot.
ha! Reminds of a customer from years ago at the video store-borderline completely blind, a real talkaholic, and as sour and bitter as a bag of lemons rolled in salt...

One day when I'd finally just had it with him ( and life in general ), i got really quite testy with him. He went on to ask me what the bleep my problem was and so and so on....

And I told him I had tourette's syndrome, I had been recently diagnosed, and the meds dose hadn't yet been properly calibrated.

No, no, NOT the mature, sensible, sensitive, right thing to do.

Not my finest hour at all.

He fell for it, though.

And after that, he not only specifically requested my help every time, but he was also, suddenly, as kind, polite, pleasant, and even concerned about my well being ( !!! ) as you could want a person to be, so I always made sure to treat him in kind, having unexpectedly met the sweet man underneath the crusty curmudgeon.

Told you I was going to hell...
 
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We have Susan. Susan used to come in all the time but I think I scared her off by being extra, extra cheery around her. She would always come in and ask for "Six nice bananas" or rarely she would change it up and ask for "six nice apples." Many of my coworkers ride the bus and apparently she would walk up to people on the bus, point and shake her finger at their nose, and go "DA DEE DA DEE DA DEE!" This was around the time Justin Bieber's "Baby" was popular so my coworker theorized she was trying to sing that.

One day she decided to sing her version of Bieber in the store. She was looking for "six nice bananas" and up comes this woman also trying to pick some nice bananas for herself. Susan starts pointing to the woman's nose doing her Beebs impression. All of a sudden I hear "GET THE F$%@ OUT OF MY FACE." "IF YOU DON"T GET THE F%#@ OUT OF MY FACE I'M GONNA SUCKER PUNCH YOU!"

I saw her a few months ago asking me for something different. She always says "You remember me, don't you?" then ignores whatever I reply to her. Then she goes up to random people and does her thing.

We also used to have Boston Cream Pie yogurt lady. She would come in and buy all of it and ask us to hold cases of it. One day I got a phone call from her. The day before we had a transition where it was not on the new planogram. She got mad and came in. When she didn't see a spot for it she cried.
 
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We have a guy that does that too, he buys all of the transformers. But he buys them all at our store, and returns them all at the store down the road so our store will always be getting "restocked" cause he wants the new ones or whatever.
 

doxie71

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We have this one particular girl who will call several times a week looking for specific Monster High dolls. She has been calling for at least a month or so know. Has the DPCI and everything at this point. We just never have the ones she is looking for....and this girl sounds no older than like 8 on the phone.
 
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We have a lady who ALWAYS decides to come in 2-5 minutes before the store closes. You would think she'll try to rush to get out quick but she doesn't. She'll go to electronics and starting asking a bunch of questions about certain items or she'll be in market going down the isles trying to figure out what she came in to buy. It can be 20-25 mins after the store closes and she'll barely be making her way out.
 

mrknownothing

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We have a lady who ALWAYS decides to come in 2-5 minutes before the store closes. You would think she'll try to rush to get out quick but she doesn't. She'll go to electronics and starting asking a bunch of questions about certain items or she'll be in market going down the isles trying to figure out what she came in to buy. It can be 20-25 mins after the store closes and she'll barely be making her way out.
Wanna borrow my ETL-Hardlines? He doesn't let anyone stick around after closing.
 

pzychopopgroove

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We have a lady who ALWAYS decides to come in 2-5 minutes before the store closes. You would think she'll try to rush to get out quick but she doesn't. She'll go to electronics and starting asking a bunch of questions about certain items or she'll be in market going down the isles trying to figure out what she came in to buy. It can be 20-25 mins after the store closes and she'll barely be making her way out.
Wanna borrow my ETL-Hardlines? He doesn't let anyone stick around after closing.
Technically, I (or anyone else working at the time) am not allowed to kick a guest out of my store after closing, but the bottom line comes if the fucking ALARM COMPANY calls the store asking why we haven't armed the store yet...
 

GlobalJ

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We have a lady who ALWAYS decides to come in 2-5 minutes before the store closes. You would think she'll try to rush to get out quick but she doesn't. She'll go to electronics and starting asking a bunch of questions about certain items or she'll be in market going down the isles trying to figure out what she came in to buy. It can be 20-25 mins after the store closes and she'll barely be making her way out.
We were told at my store that anything after 10 minutes (maybe 15 minutes) past close is considered trespassing and the police can be called.
 
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redeye58

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We just send a TM with a walkie on loud enough for the stragglers to hear that we're CLOSING THE LAST REGISTERS.
Anyone after that gets the "So sorry" smile as they're let out.
 
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