Discount? DENIED

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Before I tell you what happened, I must make something clear. I work
at a pizza place my dad opened a few years ago, it’s a good job and I
get good money, but there are the customers who will do anything to
get a cheap meal, like this one. Also, I live in Scotland, so we use
pounds as our currency.

This customer comes in with a group of his friends. He sits in my
section, so, since I’m not busy, I get there almost immediately after
they’ve all settled.

Me: Good afternoon sirs! Welcome to -name of restaurant- Would you
like to order your drinks?

Customer: Is Pat (My dad’s name) around?

Me: I’m sorry, but he’s out right now. Would you like me to tell him
you were looking for him?

Customer: No, it’s okay. It’s just I’m Pat’s older brother and he
usually gives me discounts.

Now this is a complete shock. Last time I checked, my dad was an only
child and I didn’t have an uncle.

Me: Sir, what is your name?

Customer: John.

Me: Well Uncle John, I don’t know how neither me or my dad knew about
you, but it’s nice to meet a new family member!

The customer immediately realizes he’s been caught and gets very
embarrassed, especially since his friends burst out laughing at him.
He stays in the restaurant though and I get a £50 tip on a £100
bill. A good night, and it gave my dad a good laugh when he got back
and I told him the story.

– Lizzie

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  • TMS

    December 9, 2010

    I love hearing stories like this, where the customer claims to be a friend or relative of the manager/owner to someone is who is an ACTUAL relative of the manager/owner.

  • Lizzie

    December 11, 2010

    TMS ~ It may not surprise you, but this sort of thing has happened a few times, to me at least. It’s always a good laugh, and the ones that stay usually give good tips out of embarrassment!

  • TMS

    December 11, 2010

    Doesn’t surprise me at all Lizzie.

  • Eric

    January 25, 2011

    Had almost the reverse situation happen to me once. I pulled up to a drive-in diner, pulling my dad’s fishing boat. Apparently, the gal working the cars that had an uncle who drove a truck exactly like mine, and owned a boat exactly like my dad’s. And from 20 feet away, I looked enough like her uncle she thought I was him, and announced excitedly to her fellow carhops “Hey, my uncle’s here!” When she realized differently, she went through seven different shades of red. I think my total bill was only $7, but if I remember right she got a $10 tip on the deal.

  • Lizzie

    February 11, 2011

    Eric ~ Wow, that sounds like something I would do by accident…. But, it was a very funny story! Thanks for sharing!

  • MOL (meow out loud)

    June 18, 2011

    LOL I used to run the cash register at this restaurant one time and this man comes up and tells me to give him money from the register. I tell him I can’t (no gun, no word from management, no clue who he is) and he got pissed. He asked if I didn’t know who he was and I said no. It was the owners son and he needed it for something but I was fairly new and I was supposed to know him. They said it was a good thing I didn’t just hand over the money when they called from the office but the guy was offended. I wasn’t someone out of school and I didn’t know him.

  • Samir

    July 21, 2011

    I know a former nightclub owner, and he has told us about how seemingly every night someone would go to the bouncers and see that he is the owner’s cousin, to the point wehre they would always turn people away. Then one day a guy came and said that he was the owner’s dad, the bouncer looked at him, pounded his fist in his hand and said, “I haven’t heard that, I’m not even going to risk it,” and let him in. It actually was his dad.

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