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[–]cscolley 3760 points3761 points  (309 children)

A few months ago, we installed big, plexi-glass shields at each register.

So naturally, the customers just step around them and stand next to you.

[–]theeorlando 1297 points1298 points  (130 children)

We placed large physical barriers to block off areas, and people just casually push them out of the way to walk back. The store next to mine had someone just casually walk straight into the employee area, which was similarly blocked off. They don't care in the slightest about any of the restrictions

[–]Stuckinablender 639 points640 points  (50 children)

I remember once having a pre-shift meeting at a restauarant and watching a guy climb over the patio barrier, and then push past the door inside, all while the entire staff silently sat at the bar and watched. I figured something really pressing was happening.

He could barely get his whole body through the blocked off door and he asks "hey can I get a table for 3 on the patio?"

dude the patio is clearly closed, we clearly aren't open yet, which should have been clear to you considering you literally just had to break in to talk to us.

I feel truly privileged that I haven't had to tend bar for these fucking yahoos during lockdown.

[–]Naesme 55 points56 points  (5 children)

When I was working at a retail store before the pandemic hit, we used to have people pry open doors and push past security gates and then act surprised when we said we were closed.

I can't imagine the sheer stupidity during the pandemic.

[–]TheSlav87 138 points139 points  (28 children)

Wtf lol. What happened after? Was the dude drunk?

[–]Stuckinablender 295 points296 points  (26 children)

We had a manger who was like a walking powder keg who went up and kindly explained that we weren't open. We've had the exact same thing more than once, people know that we would only do walk ins on the patio so they tried to get in as early as possible. More than once she would roll over and sit them on the patio, but it was always a slippery slope. The second they're seated suddenly they need a drink, and I being the bartender was expected to make it despite my bar not being set up. Give a mouse a cookie, as they say.

He was not drunk, just entitled. We also had some drunk boomers walk in after close and complain about the "entitled millenials" who wouldn't serve them. Like, dude, you're the one who feels entitled to walk into a restaurant and demand service despite the fact that they are closed.

I now work at a nicer and more expensive place with a better base pay. Rude people are much more the norm, but knowing that I can call security if I have to is an absolute game changer. The bartenders I work with now won't take shit and aren't afraid to cut people off, despite the threats and "don't you know who I am"s. When you get people coming at you like that frequently enough you start to see it for the childish act that it is.

[–]colour_fun 118 points119 points  (18 children)

My favorite phrase in the world is "i dont know who you think you are, but you ain't it"

Never got the chance to use it but my superhero fantasy brain is going wild lmao

[–]Ar-cee 246 points247 points  (7 children)

I regularly have customers walk around a chain barrier with signs that say 'employees only past this point' to then lean on the top of our reception desk which is covered in signs reading 'do not lean on this surface.' Old blokes who walk in to a repair shop to tell a story give zero fucks what you think unless it's what they already think.

[–]BearWithHat 107 points108 points  (2 children)

I worked at a drive thru place that was getting it's drive thru redone. There were cones blocking it and clear signs of construction, and a sign saying the drive thru was closed for repairs. People would drive OVER cones, then we would watch on the camera as they got frustrated when they encountered a huge hole instead of a drive thru

[–]Coldspell 62 points63 points  (1 child)

When I used to manage a McDonald's, we had a similar thing. The drive through was shut down and we even put barriers up. Some genius in a lifted truck decided to reverse into the drive through and began knocking on the window to get our attention

He wasn't happy when I told him we weren't serving through the window no matter how you made it here.

[–]mshriver2 34 points35 points  (0 children)

"I'm hErE ArNT I?"

[–]alex_doesnt_bake 100 points101 points  (19 children)

I’ve had people get pissy and ask me to check the back for something and they literally follow me back there. If customers were allowed in the back, I wouldn’t need to check for you!

[–]DigitalAxel 65 points66 points  (8 children)

I had someone lady years ago walk into the kitchen when I was alone. We were closed by that point and everyone had left but me for their break (dishroom at our college) . She wanted to say thanks for the meals (week-long summer event) which was nice but... please don't wander into the kitchen.

[–]professor_evil 12 points13 points  (4 children)

Lol I once had a toddler run into my kitchen, he was like laughing and screaming and shit and the mom was totally mortified. Lol. It all ended well. I know this isn’t an oblivious person story but I thought I’d drop.

[–]jojogogo6868 23 points24 points  (2 children)

I got one for that! I was working in a pretty nice family-owned restaurant, and the owner's four year old would run around everywhere. One night during service she was on the expo line and I told her to go find her mom (the owner's wife) because it wasn't safe for her in the kitchen.

This fucking toddler looks at me and says, "My dad is your boss." Oh fuck no. I tossed her over my shoulder and walked her to the bar and set her down at her mom's feet, gave her an nasty glare and just walked away.

You would think they would have learned after they lost the child for an entire hour once before someone thought to check the fucking walk-in. She had followed her dad in there and he wasn't paying attention, and she wasn't heavy enough to open the door herself and the cook found her in there crying.

I got better at wrangling kids when I worked in food at a zoo. Those kids running behind the line was never as irritating as that little ginger bitch telling me her dad was my boss! (I'm also a ginger bitch and the child is an adult now lol)

[–]DigitalAxel 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I totally read that last part wrongvand interpreted it as "I could wrangle the kids better because I worked at a zoo". Well they are basically mischievous monkeys lol!

[–]frozenfade 37 points38 points  (7 children)

A long time ago I worked in a bookstore. The computer could tell me if we had a book in the store even if it was in the back still in a box.

I loved when people asked me to check the back. I would go fuck off in the storeroom for 10 minutes or so then tell them I searched long and hard for it but no luck.

[–]sportsfannf 25 points26 points  (1 child)

That's what we did at a hardware store I used to work at. Go "check the back" meant go take a break and then come back and tell them you were sorry but also didn't have any in the back.

[–]Xeteh 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I worked in the meat department of a Safeway and I was the one that was restocking the coolers each morning and putting away all the shipments that came in, I did the exact same thing. I would legit tell people that I tried find some to fill the spot or whatever and they'd still ask me to go check. So okay, you wait here while I go twiddle my thumbs for 5 minutes in the back.

[–]mcnabb100 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I need to start doing this.

[–]random1212121221 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I've appreciated it once from a regular because I work a gas station at night and am half deaf. Was doing dishes in the back and forgot to lock the back room and didn't hear the door chime go off nor him calling for me ( sweet elderly man who's never been anything but respectful and patient every time he comes in) and checked the bathroom to find it unlocked and no one inside and tried calling through the cooler in case I was back there and upon not getting a response being it's a gas station at night was worried there might have been a robbery and I could have been bleeding out in the back or something so was trying to find me to make sure I was okay and even upon finding me told me to take my time and he would happily wait for me to finish up he was simply concerned. The one I had that was annoying is while working a different location someone called the cops because I was in the bathroom and had the door locked.

[–]Nice_Willow3564 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Story top I had a lady move my cones so she could try to drive under a snapped off power pole hanging over the road with a tree on it that I was trying to clear up. Luckily I worked for the power company and I can scream at someone and call them a stupid fucking bitch while commanding them to move this pile of shit before you do it for them. Fucking dumb asses will kill anyone old enough to die.

[–]CaptainOktoberfest 168 points169 points  (18 children)

People get a smugness from flaunting the rules. It makes them feel special because they stand out from the pack, and they think they are above others by doing this.

[–]BigDaddyFatStackss 163 points164 points  (12 children)

Also some people are just idiots.

[–]BrFrancis 57 points58 points  (7 children)

Even more people do idiotic things some percentage of the time, despite not truly being idiots.

The amount of idiocy in the world is greater than the sum of it's idiots and there just doesn't seem a good way to avoid it yet.

[–]Donbutters86 13 points14 points  (2 children)


[–]BrFrancis 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Aaand I need more coffee. Yep.

Was just trying to say that some people are fools all the time, but all people are fools some of the time.

[–]SacriPudding 267 points268 points  (51 children)

I feel like there is some human instinct that doesn't want something blocking the way between the person you are talking to. I don't think any thought was put into the action, they just do it.

[–]SandyBouattick 150 points151 points  (9 children)

I think it would normally be considered a bit rude, or at least odd, to speak with someone while standing behind a barrier. I guess decades of social conditioning to move around barriers to politely and effectively interact still have some force despite the pandemic.

[–]Caltosax 42 points43 points  (2 children)

I laugh at videos of people ducking under barriers or leaning around them, but then I have caught myself subconsciously leaning around barriers too... I blame it on habit and social conditioning. I do my best to follow the public health measures, but I will sure be glad when this is all over...

[–]loeded185 39 points40 points  (3 children)

This is true I've caught myself multiple times talking to the cashier around the barrier instead of through.

[–]RedSandman 145 points146 points  (21 children)

To be fair, I’ve done this without thinking, then looked at it and realised why it’s there. I think some of it may just be the urge to not have a barrier in between you and the person you’re conversing with. Although, once you realise, you should definitely move back behind it.

[–]bdoubleD 59 points60 points  (18 children)

For me, I have terrible hearing and normally rely on reading lips to assist me. Now everyone is covering their lips and muffling the sound waves with the mask and the plexiglass. I wear my mask everywhere regardless of if anyone else is or not, but I feel like sometimes I come off as an antimasker or something cause I'm just trying to hear what they are saying to me.

[–]Cassandra0004 20 points21 points  (1 child)

Right?! I can barely hear anyone anymore. I had a hard enough time being able to read lips and follow facial expressions for context but now I just hope that nobody tries to talk to me

[–]ItsAllInYourHead 116 points117 points  (15 children)

Go read "The Design of Everyday Things" and you'll stop blaming the user and realize that this is the fault of the implementation.

People instinctively don't want that barrier. It's not like they are actively thinking "oh fuck this dude and his covid protection". It's just that naturally when you are interacting with someone you don't want barriers.

[–]Fantastical_Brainium 67 points68 points  (0 children)

This is important, people like to pretend humans are more evolved and self aware than we actually are. So much of what we do is instinctual and goes against what we'd do if we made an effort to think about it.

Our brains aren't built for the world we live in.

[–]butatwutcost 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Or leaning over and around the barrier...

[–]LowDownDirtyMeme 313 points314 points  (22 children)

I work with a woman who speaks with a lisp and soft r's. These masks make her very difficult to understand. When we ask her to repeat herself she yells and gives everyone the silent treatment. Problem solved?

[–]fernshanks 140 points141 points  (11 children)

Similar thing with my husband, haha. He often mumbles or trails off at the end of his sentences (totally unintentionally, I know) but he HATES being asked to repeat himself. It really annoys him.

Now I just ignore him if I haven't heard what he said. I figure if it's something important that he needed me to respond to, he'll repeat it anyway when I don't answer.

[–]FlappyBoobs 116 points117 points  (1 child)

Be careful, that's how my wife got surprised by our new boat!

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    [–]fernshanks 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    It is. Luckily he's a fantastic man and this is one of his very few faults. No-one's perfect, I have ADHD and am probably super annoying to him in lots of ways too so I reckon I can deal with this minor thing, haha.

    [–]blergherder 5 points6 points  (1 child)

    Holy shit, are you me? This is a constant struggle in our house!

    [–]RapedByPlushies 100 points101 points  (7 children)

    Change the request:

    “Could you speak louder? I’m having trouble hearing.”

    This shows it’s a volume problem. Saying “can you repeat yourself” could imply that one wasn’t listening.

    [–]Karmasita 16 points17 points  (0 children)

    Damn that's so true. I never thought of it that way.

    [–]MisterSlosh 1969 points1970 points  (124 children)

    My favorite pre-covid customer quote ever was 'You'll have to speak up, I'm wearing glasses.'

    Working retail is it's own special kind of hell, working it during covid must be a kind of super hell I can't even imagine.

    [–]GetYourKhlavKalash 661 points662 points  (21 children)

    You'll have to speak up, I'm wearing a towel.

    [–]Freljords_Heart 76 points77 points  (0 children)

    Exactly same level lmao. Was looking for this one

    [–]highcaffeinecode 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    The only reason I came to the comments was to see this.

    [–]BrickellE_ 33 points34 points  (2 children)

    At least you know where your towel is

    [–]Snip3 13 points14 points  (0 children)

    He's a real hoopy frood

    [–]Le3e31 63 points64 points  (12 children)

    i started working in retail when covid started so i dont know how it normally is.

    [–]essdoubleU 53 points54 points  (9 children)

    Stopped working in retail in 2018. I feel so lucky.

    [–]GekiKudo 36 points37 points  (4 children)

    I left my job at a restaurant literally 2 months before lockdowns started. I never felt so lucky before.

    [–]HitmaNeK 188 points189 points  (39 children)

    'You'll have to speak up, I'm wearing glasses.'

    That's because if you have hearing problem you're supporting voice recognition with mouth movement. This is real problem right now for many people.

    [–]MrDude_1 72 points73 points  (18 children)

    Tinnitus and hearing loss right here. If it's loud in the store, I'm not going to be able to pick out your voice and understand what you say.

    I rely on seeing your face/lips.

    [–]Errohneos 25 points26 points  (4 children)

    lips moving


    [–]MrDude_1 29 points30 points  (3 children)

    It's more like the Wah-wah trumpet voices in Charlie Brown. I know that you're saying something, and I can hear about 70% of it, but I can't make out what the hell it is over the noise.

    [–]psilorder 37 points38 points  (10 children)

    Shouldn't that be when they're not wearing glasses then ? People have to speak up when the person can't see properly ?

    [–]offu 36 points37 points  (6 children)

    I’ve had this happen to me as well. They cannot read lips when they have reading glasses on to pay/find coupons etc. So you have to speak up until their glasses are off and they can read your lips again.

    [–]PSYHOStalker 8 points9 points  (0 children)

    Maybe glasses for long distance while also having bad vision close (don't know correct english terminology)

    [–]CubanLynx312 875 points876 points  (214 children)

    This is nothing. I’ve seen at least a dozen people pull down their masks to sneeze/cough.

    [–]LittleMangoBoy 257 points258 points  (9 children)

    I Work in health care....see this on a regular

    [–]Runmoney72 114 points115 points  (3 children)

    When I was getting my first shot of the vaccine, the person administering it did this... Absolutely floored.

    [–]SyrusDrake 387 points388 points  (15 children)

    Take off the condom as soon as you're about to nut.

    [–]ActualWhiterabbit 29 points30 points  (0 children)

    Just like the movies.

    [–]Torcal4 95 points96 points  (0 children)

    This is the best analogy I’ve seen so far, thank you.

    [–]esoteric_enigma 37 points38 points  (2 children)

    I don't want my penis stuck in the condom with all that nasty jizz in it!

    [–]raps1992 57 points58 points  (24 children)

    My boss consistently does this on the regular along with spewing anti-vaxx shit to customers. We've gotten into many many arguments and at this point I've given up. This is so exhausting, I can't get out of retail soon enough

    [–]Hexegesis 34 points35 points  (9 children)

    Saw a man pull down his mask to wipe his running nose with his bare fingers and then put the mask back in place immediately after.

    [–]Somewhat_Kumquat 19 points20 points  (1 child)

    Seeing customers pull down their mask to pick their nose, bite their finger nails, or lick their fingers so they can count notes easier is a daily occurrence for retail workers.

    [–]DJlocker2 2614 points2615 points  (131 children)

    For the same reason i need to turn the music down to see when I'm driving.

    [–]InfTotality 1120 points1121 points  (39 children)

    Isn't that so your brain isn't trying to process more than one thing at once?

    Try reading a book when construction work is going on or if people are shouting - if it can't fade into the background, then your attention is divided.

    [–]phadewilkilu 281 points282 points  (26 children)

    [–]wiiya 244 points245 points  (24 children)

    Makes sense. Same reason you lay down in the closet to wank because standing only diverts your attention.

    [–]LastScreenNameLeft 405 points406 points  (15 children)

    Money bags here with a wank-in closet

    [–]regoapps 38 points39 points  (7 children)

    Probably keeps a coconut in there

    [–]wiiya 35 points36 points  (5 children)

    I wish. Half of me is hanging out in the hallway just hoping nobody comes by.

    [–]dontdrinkdthekoolaid 21 points22 points  (1 child)

    Which half

    [–]thinkinboutthembeanz 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    Like some kinda of weird horny ironing board

    [–]bufordt 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    If you can't see them, they can't see you.

    [–]milkofthehash 7 points8 points  (1 child)

    You can focus on them all at once with the help of psychedelics

    [–]wiiya 13 points14 points  (0 children)

    I can barely focus on collecting highlighted yellow orbs in games on psychedelics let alone reach completion nervous on the closet floor.

    [–]-Sinful- 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    Look at Richie Rich over here wit' his "Cum Closet." Damned rich guy...

    [–]elephantphallus 19 points20 points  (1 child)

    Yes. It's about removing distractions and focusing.

    [–]matrix325 8 points9 points  (5 children)

    Im so bad at this like i cant really study/read while listening to music

    [–]peyzman 29 points30 points  (4 children)

    And then there is my dad, who tried to mask the smell of his fart by turning up the volume...

    [–]DavidBits 130 points131 points  (23 children)

    There's research from about a decade ago showing this is a legitimate thing. Auditory stimulation can distract you enough to affect your visual perception, it's mostly noticeable while driving since looking for something in a moving car takes a lot of focus.

    [–]MrDude_1 97 points98 points  (14 children)

    Yup. There's also plenty of research that shows that we will naturally show by example when we want someone else to do something. For example in this comic somebody who isn't thinking about it, might pull their mask down as an example of how it's easier to hear them with their mask down and they would like you to repeat it.

    Of course the comic hits me hard because I truly cannot understand what they're saying as a combination of tinnitus and hearing damage makes me rely partially upon looking at their lips/face while they talk... Especially if it's loud in the store.

    Since I can't do that I don't know what the fuck anyone is saying anymore.

    [–]MrDude_1 21 points22 points  (0 children)

    Thanks for the award. As a follow-up I'll tell you that I went to explain my reddit rant to my wife, and started by holding my arm up over my head at an awkward way, and just said hold your arm over your head. Of course she naturally mimmicks me. And I used that to explain my point to her.

    It's just natural human behavior to show what we want by example. So when you're going to interact with hundreds or even a thousand people a day in a retail environment you will of course get people who act naturally without thinking about it first.

    [–]Mikernd 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    Can confirm, have 5 loud children. I have had to grab my noise canceling headphones to be able to function while cooking dinner when they decide it is time to be a drum core with pots and pans. Weirdest thing I had experienced, I almost could not collect my thoughts enough to think to get something to cut out the noise.

    [–]CostaRica92 185 points186 points  (30 children)

    While I agree it sounds stupid on paper, i always assume my brain work similar to a PC and therefore it can only process a fixed amount of threads at the same time. And turning the music down reduces the processing power on my ears so my brain can distribute more processing power to my eyes.

    [–]CountCuriousness 76 points77 points  (15 children)

    “Music is distracting”

    [–]Physics101 36 points37 points  (6 children)

    Hey kid. I'm a computer.

    [–]mk2vr6t 12 points13 points  (0 children)

    Stop all the downloadin'

    [–]elmo85 5 points6 points  (1 child)

    why waste time say lot word when few word do trick

    [–]BaconWithBaking 39 points40 points  (6 children)

    Ever go into a room and forget what you went in for? This is as your brain just loads the assets and relative information for the area you're in. Close your eyes and try and remember what you where doing in the previous room and it should come to you.

    [–]Ciri2020 33 points34 points  (2 children)

    Will this be hotfixed in future updates?

    [–]BaconWithBaking 29 points30 points  (0 children)

    Unfortunately not due to memory limitations, particularly for the older models.

    [–]ILoveRegenHealth 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    That's normal, especially when I'm in an unfamiliar area and need to concentrate, and I don't need to listen to shit radio being annoying.

    [–]SacredAnchovy 1056 points1057 points  (118 children)

    I'm thinking the logic behind this is if he can't hear you, there is an equally good chance you can't hear him. Whether there is any truth to whether you can hear him or not, probably doesn't actually register.

    [–]thebereaver 70 points71 points  (4 children)

    Also, just subconsciously. Like wearing headphones and shouting instead of talking normally.

    [–]poindexterg 37 points38 points  (2 children)

    I think it's something that you don't even realize you do. It's like pulling down the mask and coughing into your arm. It's so ingrained for you to cough into your arm that you pull the mask down and do it without realizing it. There was a video of a soccer coach doing it, and we all derided him. Then one day I caught myself doing it, and I was like "WTF is wrong with me?"

    [–]wampipap 13 points14 points  (0 children)

    The other day I had a customer who did this and while she was doing it she shook her head, I could just see her thinking "why the fuck do I do this?!".

    Had to really try to not laugh

    [–]thebereaver 10 points11 points  (0 children)

    Exactly. Instinct is so complex and overwhelming to most. I hate to say it, it really does apply to literally everything. Like people with an addiction. "I wouldn't ever do that, why doesn't he just stop doing it?" His chemical balance now makes him think he needs it. We all know, even the addict, that he or she is killing themselves but people just blame and blame and blame.

    [–]Rustedcrown 4978 points4979 points 35& 6 more (543 children)

    Suffering from a severe hearing impairment, mask had made it a pain to understand people since I can no longer read lips. Gotta constantly ask people to repeat themselves.

    Edit: so many people telling me "well you don't need to remove your mask to hear!" I never said that. BUT if you really wanna go down this rabbit hole

    1. In sign language a majority part of your vocabulary is in facial expression and lip reading, not just signing. Signs are just words, your expression is how you say those words. I'm not saying dont wear masks but this does make things difficult.

    2. There should be a plastic screen between them anyways

    3. Many people are still having difficulties adjusting, more so older people, not really appropriate to call struggling people idiots just because they are having a hard time.

    [–]Jaelia 1522 points1523 points  (257 children)

    Mine is moderate but I also struggle. I never actually knew I could lip read, until it was taken away. I work as a cashier and we got covid perspex screens up then people started wearing masks. The screens already deaden the sound. First customer wearing a mask, standing behind the screen, talking to me - I've never been so mindfucked. I could "hear" her, but I couldnt understand her. Had to get someone else to serve her because I legit had nfi what she wanted because to my ears she could've been speaking Estonian for all the good my ears were doing.

    [–]Metal-Butterfly 963 points964 points  (134 children)

    Today I learned that “no fucking idea” is now being shortened in text.

    [–]Ancient-Mariner 486 points487 points  (106 children)

    TIL that NFI is now BSIT

    [–]xCaptain_Jacobx 143 points144 points  (78 children)

    lmao whats that even mean

    [–]LouisLeGros 242 points243 points  (50 children)

    Today I learned that "no fucking idea" is being shortened in text.

    [–]plipyplop 251 points252 points  (43 children)

    Ahhh thanks, I had NFI what they were saying.

    [–]TiaxTheMig1 225 points226 points  (31 children)

    Same here. This happens to me in my personal life all the time. I've actually reached the point where everything I watch has to have subs or I miss 30% of what's being said.

    I didn't realize I was relying on lip reading in face to face interactions as a supplementary aid until I couldn't rely on it anymore.

    I'll admit that if I ask you to repeat yourself 3 times and I still don't understand you, I'll just pretend I finally understood you. Thank God I don't work in retail or anything similar. Most of my important info comes in written format. I had my hearing checked and they said there's slight impairment but not enough for aids so I don't know what I'm supposed to do about it.

    [–]MayaIngenue 100 points101 points  (3 children)

    People used to think that I didn't make eye contact when talking because I was insecure. I mean, I am totally insecure, but I also didn't realize I was doing it to read lips until masks came along. One the one hand, I make eye contact now, on the other I can't hear a damn thing you are saying to me.

    [–]Ipuncholdpeople 27 points28 points  (2 children)

    I've had people think I was attracted to them because I was looking at their lips. Nah I'm just trying to understand you

    [–]PrismInTheDark 5 points6 points  (1 child)

    I don’t have hearing problems (that I know of officially) and I understand why we look at eyes, but looking at the mouth to listen to someone makes more sense to me, even if you can’t really read lips without hearing. I also use subtitles when I watch shows just so I don’t miss anything if something around me happens to be louder than the tv, or something in the show is garbled somehow or whatever. Also retail work is really noisy sometimes (or most/ all the time) so I often have trouble hearing customers even without an impairment or a mask. Especially when the customer turns away while they’re talking, like to get things out of their cart.

    [–]starfries 27 points28 points  (16 children)

    I use subs for everything too and need people to repeat themselves. I don't think I have hearing impairment, I just have a hard time processing what's being said.

    [–]Jellybean_94 29 points30 points  (11 children)

    I'm not a doctor, but it's possible to have auditory processing disorders where you physically hear the words fine but your brain has trouble processing it correctly, like you said. If you have the time and money, you may benefit from seeing an audiologist anyway.

    [–]Over-Painter 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    I’ve always struggled with this. I have very little auditory processing ability. My reading comprehension was always through the roof so I did well in school because I would ignore the teachers and professors and just read the text book. I do the same thing with tv and movies- subtitles are required in our house because I essentially read the story to keep up with it.

    So thank you for the info- I always wanted to get checked out and see if there’s anything I can do to improve this but also felt embarrassed about it and didn’t want to ask.

    [–]prairiepanda 9 points10 points  (2 children)

    Same. I went to a hearing clinic and was told that my hearing is perfectly fine, but I have some kind of processing issue that makes it difficult to understand spoken language.

    [–]UnlinealHand 151 points152 points  (39 children)

    You might have Auditory Processing Disorder. Doesn’t mean your hearing is bad it just means your brain has trouble putting together sounds if they are muffled or there is background noise.

    My mom had my hearing tested a lot as a kid and I always passed, but I could never hear her talking to me unless we were face to face in the same room. Turns out the better explanation was that I could hear her, I just had no idea what she was saying to me.

    [–]love_marine_world 49 points50 points  (19 children)

    I have had partial hearing loss all my life and finally got hearing aids. Although I can hear all the sounds now, I still can't process it as fast or as efficient as I should be. My husband aska if I heard a certain sound, and THEN my brain fits the pieces of the puzzle and goes, oh yeah, you heard that earlier. Wonder what's a solution for this.

    [–]Peterx2112 32 points33 points  (4 children)

    I noticed I frequently ask “what?” when someone talks to me and then a few seconds later figure out what was said.

    [–]ConiferousMedusa 7 points8 points  (2 children)

    I do this too, it drives my husband crazy. "Why would you ask 'what?' if you heard me?"

    I guess it's an instinctive response? Maybe to indicate you know they said something, but don't yet know what, and standing in silence for too long is socially weird.

    [–]starfries 10 points11 points  (3 children)

    My hearing is fine but I keep needing people to repeat stuff or replay recordings slower. But since you have hearing aids maybe they'll come out with ones that can slow down what you hear or replay it.

    [–]tourmaline82 9 points10 points  (1 child)

    I have this, and it’s a pain in the butt with masks and telehealth. Either I can’t see your lips or the microphone is distorting your voice just enough to confuse my brain. Mom had me tested as a little kid and my ears work fine. My brain just doesn’t interpret my ears’ data correctly all the time.

    [–]destin325 16 points17 points  (0 children)

    I never actually knew I could lip read, until it was taken away.

    Neat fact, we use visual cues to aid in language processing. wearing a mask in conversation leads to mishearing info that would otherwise be understood when there was no mask...see Mcgurk effect on how seeing the mouth movements can change what you hear.

    [–]hedgecore77 38 points39 points  (15 children)

    You want a real mindfuck as an English speaker?


    They're Italian but are mimicking English singing. There aren't any real words in the song but your brain think there are.

    [–]NoAdmittanceX 272 points273 points  (33 children)

    Masks have certainly made it obvious who needs to speak more clearly it definitely makes the mumblers of the world harder to understand and I have fairly good hearing

    [–]MrChivalrious 113 points114 points  (15 children)

    As a mumbler ... mumble mumble mumble

    [–]NoAdmittanceX 28 points29 points  (12 children)

    Sorry can you repeat that again

    [–]RedDemonCorsair 22 points23 points  (10 children)

    He said mumble mumble mumble

    [–]NoAdmittanceX 13 points14 points  (8 children)

    Still not getting it sorry

    [–]suppow 25 points26 points  (2 children)

    Try removing your mask, so you can hear better.

    [–]SaltMineForeman 11 points12 points  (1 child)

    Not only do I speak softly in general, but I felt a pandemic would be the BEST time to get braces. Hardly go outside and when I do I wear a mask so no one would even be able to tell, right?

    Why am I so stupid?

    This was a horrible idea.

    [–]NoAdmittanceX 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    No that's fine normally I am fairly soft spoken but with masks I have started using my "phone" voice that is a bit louder and more clear than my default voice and accent

    [–]mrchipslewis 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    I even take this further sometimes I purposely mumble and barely pronounce words under my mask just to troll people. It's like trying to have a conversation with Kenny from South Park

    [–]piecat 73 points74 points  (13 children)

    My ears work fine, but I have bad ADHD. Something about my audio processing just isn't right.

    I never realized how much I use lip reading to comprehend. I hear you, just takes me extra time to parse.

    Edit: not an office reference, this actually happens to me. But I just realized how this sounds like something Nate says.

    I don't technically have a hearing problem but sometimes when there's a lot of noises occurring at the same time, I'll hear them as one big jumble

    [–]KittyCatTroll 26 points27 points  (0 children)

    Same here! Auditory processing disorder, its a thing, and is absolutely attached to ADHD. I struggle with it too, I can't have music on while I'm talking to someone for example, its just too much.

    But I still don't want people taking their masks off to talk to me, lol

    [–]Arpytrooper 4 points5 points  (1 child)

    I got the ADHD too and it took way too long to stop asking people to repeat themselves after everyone started wearing masks.

    [–]KurageSama 8 points9 points  (1 child)

    There’s a customer of mine that’s deaf and he’s the only person I take mine off for. We don’t really think about how it’s made things harder for those that read lips.

    [–]Zabuzaxsta 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    The worst is soft spoken people who do nothing to compensate for it. I’ve run into a few who speak very low and quiet under their mask and at a certain point I have to tell them they need to speak up and they look at me like it’s a personal affront. Sorry, mousey, but that speech pattern doesn’t work behind a mask.

    [–]OnceMoreUntoDaBreach 32 points33 points  (3 children)

    I'm right there with you and it's stupid frustrating.

    New Co workers think I'm a dick. Nah, after asking you to repeat yourself for the fifth time, I can tell were both irritated and if were just attempting to shoot the shit, it isn't worth it.

    It doesn't help when I tell them I'm extremely hard of hearing and they immediately respond with "me too!". No, I can pretty much promise while it may feel like it at times, your hearing is within normal ranges..

    [–]The_Wack_Knight 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    it doesnt help that it not only makes it harder to read their lips, but also slightly muffles the "crispness" of their voice. Making it even HARDER to hear..

    [–]SnooLentils7546 59 points60 points  (16 children)

    I think the problem in the image was that removing your own mask won't help you with reading the lips of the seller. Yet lots of people do it.

    [–]MadEb-bones 206 points207 points  (38 children)

    The best part is when they remove their mask & lick their finger to separate their money.

    [–]hollyleggy 80 points81 points  (2 children)

    Sorry we can't take that bill you licked

    [–]X-istenz 52 points53 points  (9 children)

    I'll do you one better, I've got a customer who frequently walks in with his wallet in his mouth for some reason, but occasionally just has money in there. A tenner, in his mouth, that he then drops on the counter, moist and glistening, during a pandemic. I just asked him to leave it there while I went and got some cleaner and wiped it down in front of him. (Australia, so "plastic" notes, if you, dear reader, were wondering).

    [–]aardw0lf11 12 points13 points  (1 child)

    Every time I see people lick a finger before thumbing through paper, I want to ask them what Ian McShane's character from the show Deadwood asked:

    "Would you mind licking a fucking stump?"

    [–]project_seven 38 points39 points  (0 children)

    I had a guy yesterday who literally took his mask off to grab his wallet and hand me his credit card. He put his mask back on, and said, "stupid masks!" All i could think, was, yeah, it's the masks that are stupid.

    [–]Batman_Owl 10 points11 points  (0 children)

    You'd be amazed how angry they get when you say this.

    [–]Mylittletony86 29 points30 points  (3 children)

    Licking a finger to do anything with paper should be a crime. Bills, book pages, everything. It's fucking disgusting.

    [–]thefirstscooge 20 points21 points  (5 children)

    Who actually licks their fingers for that? Seems so pointless.

    [–]GrovesNL 9 points10 points  (0 children)

    I think you can get in trouble for kicking money out of a customer's hands!

    [–]CDWigglesworth 281 points282 points  (35 children)

    I had a customer complain that she felt unsafe with so many customers being in the store for their vaccines. They were social distancing and properly wearing masks. Meanwhile she pulled her mask down while at the register so she could see her phone better...

    Edit: The phone was already unlocked and she did not wear glasses.

    [–]chewyboots 36 points37 points  (0 children)

    At the deli a few months ago and a guy goes up to the counter and pulls his mask down and squints to see the bread better

    [–]simonjester523 8 points9 points  (0 children)

    I also have a plastic shield in front of my desk and people will lean their stupid heads around it, pull down their goddam mask, and breathe straight in my face to ask, "Where was the bathroom again?"

    [–]imStrongPlayzYT 9 points10 points  (0 children)

    I work at a retail store mixed with a furniture store. As a tall bulky black guy I often find myself having to lift the heavy furniture. So this guy comes in 15 minutes before closing and has me take down 2 massive rugs. (To do that I have to use a drill to bring down the hooks that hold the rugs in the air and then roll them up and tape them.) so I’m doing this as fast as possible and manage to get the first one to the guy. (I have to walk across the entire store to get to the entrance/exit). He doesn’t say anything and is just staring at me blankly. I was expecting a thank you so I could give him a nice response and things wouldn’t be awkward. Mind you he’s the last one in the store. So I bring him the next massive rug (I have to throw them over my shoulder and there like wooden logs because of how big they are) and the guy says “give it to me big boy” and I responded with “you got it brother?” And he starkly responded with “your not the only one that’s strong buddy”. So I squat down and lean the rug onto his shoulder (he’s fairly short) and once I pass the rug over to his shoulder he immediately stumbles due to the weight. I helped him get it back on his shoulder but he was definitely having a hard time. I didn’t say a word and let him figure it out. Meanwhile a couple of co-workers who were standing nearby just looked at me and laughed about it.

    [–]JustUsetheDamnATM 75 points76 points  (14 children)

    It's not just retail either. At my bank I've had to arrange stuff on either side of my plexiglass shield so the customers have to stand behind it if they want to be able to see me, because they were constantly standing to the side of it and leaning over the counter.

    Last week I saw a woman pull down her mask in order to look up her PIN on her phone. WHY.

    [–]aidanc_ 50 points51 points  (10 children)

    Passwords and private stuff are locked behind face ID locks. I hate it. Just use your damn passcode

    [–]Aeolian_Leaf 10 points11 points  (4 children)

    If she's having trouble and needs to look up her 4-6 digit PIN, what makes you think she can remember a pass code? Heck, the code to unlock it would probably the same as her PIN.

    [–]spinfire 95 points96 points  (2 children)

    A few months ago I was in a pizza place waiting to pick up a pizza. There was a customer in there chatting quite loudly with the staff behind the counter while he was waiting for his food to be done. They were a bit behind schedule so I was waiting too. He was one of those loud personality types where you can literally see spit flying out while he talks because he’s projecting his voice like a stage actor even though he’s just making small talk.

    Anyway, the entire time this guy is at the counter chatting, literally visible spraying spit across the counter, paying for his food, picking it up, he has his mask pulled down so it’s only around his neck/chin.

    When he finally turns around to leave and walk back outside what does he do? Finally pulls his goddamn mask back up. Some people are just below the basic level of common sense understanding required to function in society.

    [–]rathalas 8 points9 points  (0 children)

    Not that it's a contest, but at least that customer is wearing a mask in the first place.

    If only I were that lucky.

    [–]orphanea 8 points9 points  (0 children)

    I just said to a lady the other day that I could hear her with her mask on 🤦‍♀️ every time she talked she pulled it down

    [–]FlyingTerrier 103 points104 points  (4 children)

    You’ll have to speak up, I’m wearing a towel.

    [–]nonsignifierenon 339 points340 points  (31 children)

    Probably because the costumer thinks you can't hear him well either. Which actually is the case for me if the costumer is a mumbler and we get a lot of mumblers.

    [–]SamoakinJoe 8 points9 points  (1 child)

    Speak up, I’m not wearing any pants.

    [–]LyricGrandmont 8 points9 points  (0 children)

    Every. Single. Day.

    [–]Ruraraid 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    I really don't know why but for some reason if you work retail its just the kind of job that attracts stupidity.

    2 years of working retail was enough for me to never want to work that kind of job again. Certainly didn't help that my store manager was a fucking moron who got his position due to someone higher up that he was related to.

    [–]Gouranga56 153 points154 points  (31 children)

    Yeah I hear a ton of this shit from my daughter. She works retail for the last 12 months has repeatedly been asked "Why are your changing rooms closed?!?!?!". Despite the well known pandemic, them being closed the last YEAR, the signs on the doors saying "Due to COVID, fitting rooms are closed".

    My favorite is after being total assholes, they think they are punishing her by telling her they are leaving and never coming back.

    The only punishment is they do in fact come back.

    [–]Add1ctedToGames 45 points46 points  (4 children)

    Honestly something I hate is this idea that workers for a company care THAT MUCH about a sale, like bro they just wanna pay the bills, they're not a salesman

    [–]monicarp 11 points12 points  (0 children)

    When I worked in retail, people would get mad that I couldn't sell them alcohol without ID. Then they'd tell me "I'll shop at X store". As if I cared and as if that store isn't also going to require ID. You live in NY, you know you need ID to buy alcohol. It's not a surprise.

    [–]GForceHangover 22 points23 points  (0 children)

    The sheer number of people who think we get commission for basic retail jobs astonishes me.

    [–]SyrusDrake 29 points30 points  (1 child)

    You'd be surprised how many people just...don't read signs, no matter how large and obvious they are. In fact, since I can't not read a sign when I see it, I'm fairly sure this means that a surprising amount of people can barely read at all...

    [–]fxf35t 20 points21 points  (0 children)

    Once a customer who was trying to get his notes out of his wallet starts to lick his finger to get grip but his mask was obviously in his way. After three or four attemps he realizes that and continues by pulling of his mask and starts sucking his thump in order to proceed getting his note to pay... I cant even tell if he was serious or just plain stupid

    [–]gggctoa 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    I used to work in retail earlier in the pandemic. One of my customers thought it was okay to lean right around the perspex screen so I could hear them better. Another one nearly popped their head through the gap in the screen while taking their mask down...

    [–]LegionMk1 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    Knowing how fucking stupid most people seem to be I couldn't work in retail, I'd end up punching someone.

    [–]brattybeee 20 points21 points  (2 children)

    I work in a coffee shop and just yesterday we had an old man insist we re use his paper cup for a refill. I politely declined and told him we’d give him a clean cup. He yelled back “I don’t care about COVID, the case numbers are low.” I am pregnant and unvaccinated. This guy didn’t even think that maybe I COULD get sick from touching dirty cups all day. Tired of my co workers giving-in to these assholes to avoid confrontation.

    [–]evro6 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    Yeah people pull masks down to talk all the time, even other workers do that. Why put the mask on in the first place then?

    Retail workers should get the vaccine right after medical staff, change my mind.

    [–]Banalfarmer-goldhnds 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    Fuck a mouth Berkah

    [–]nickstl77 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    Why it gotta be a man? And if you hate retail so much, find a new job and quit trying to find company for your misery.

    [–]stulew 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    For those hearing impaired (old age), they need to see your lips move to understand what you are saying. Hearing decibels decreased by 75% of that of 20 year old. Yelling out loud helps a lot, though.

    [–]FPSanalyst9000 4 points5 points  (1 child)

    So she could hear him. It’s common sense.