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I'm Genuinely Curious Whether You Think It's OK To Ask For A Manager In These 11 Unfortunate Scenarios

Wrong orders, rude staff, long lines, and more unfortunate scenarios.

It's the question that every restaurant and retail employee absolutely dreads hearing from your customer: "Can I speak to a manager?"

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And, let's be honest here, sometimes asking to speak to the manager is PEAK "Karen" behavior. But is it ever justified? Let's find out.

Taylor Swift dressed as a Karen on SNL
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Tell me whether you'd ask to speak to the manager in these 11 scenarios.

  1. 1. You're at a restaurant, and your server gets your order all wrong. Even worse, it takes 20 minutes for them to return to the table to fix the issue. When the check comes, there's no discount given for the inconvenience.

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1. You're at a restaurant, and your server gets your order all wrong. Even worse, it takes 20 minutes for them to return to the table to fix the issue. When the check comes, there's no discount given for the inconvenience.
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    I'd let it go. Shit happens, and it's not worth making a fuss over.
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    I'd ask to speak to a manager.
  1. 2. You're trying to return something at a store, but the clerk informs you that you're one day outside the return window. You had 30 days to return the item, and today is day 31.

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2. You're trying to return something at a store, but the clerk informs you that you're one day outside the return window. You had 30 days to return the item, and today is day 31.
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    I'd let it go. It's my fault for not returning it in time.
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    I'd ask to speak to a manager.
  1. 3. You want to order the Cobb salad at a restaurant, but you ask to substitute a different dressing. The server explains that the restaurant has a policy against any substitutions.

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3. You want to order the Cobb salad at a restaurant, but you ask to substitute a different dressing. The server explains that the restaurant has a policy against any substitutions.
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    I'd let it go. If that's the restaurant's policy, I'll follow it.
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    I'd ask to speak to a manager.
  1. 4. Before driving to a store, you check their website to make sure the item you want is in stock. The website says it is...but when you get there, they're all sold out. The associate shrugs and tells you the website was wrong.

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4. Before driving to a store, you check their website to make sure the item you want is in stock. The website says it is...but when you get there, they're all sold out. The associate shrugs and tells you the website was wrong.
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    I'd let it go. It's annoying, but there's nothing to be done about it.
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    I'd ask to speak to a manager.
  1. 5. You're out at a bar, and your bartender is ridiculously rude. He rolls his eyes at you, tries to ignore you whenever you need something, and is just generally a dick in all of your interactions with him.

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5. You're out at a bar, and your bartender is ridiculously rude. He rolls his eyes at you, tries to ignore you whenever you need something, and is just generally a dick in all of your interactions with him.
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    I'd let it go. People have bad days.
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    I'd ask to speak to a manager.
  1. 6. You're at the grocery store, and you have five coupons for half-off cereal. You try to use all five, but the cashier informs you there's a limit of one per customer. It doesn't say that anywhere on the coupon, though.

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6. You're at the grocery store, and you have five coupons for half-off cereal. You try to use all five, but the cashier informs you there's a limit of one per customer. It doesn't say that anywhere on the coupon, though.
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    I'd let it go. Not worth making a fuss over.
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    I'd ask to speak to a manager.
  1. 7. You have a dinner reservation at 8, but when you show up to the restaurant, your table isn't ready. You end up waiting 30 minutes before being seated.

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7. You have a dinner reservation at 8, but when you show up to the restaurant, your table isn't ready. You end up waiting 30 minutes before being seated.
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    I'd let it go. We all make mistakes sometimes.
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    I'd ask to speak to a manager.
  1. 8. You're headed to a store that closes at 7. But when you arrive at 6:55, the doors are locked. An associate explains that they're closing a bit early, and declines to let you inside.

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8. You're headed to a store that closes at 7. But when you arrive at 6:55, the doors are locked. An associate explains that they're closing a bit early, and declines to let you inside.
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    I'd let it go. It sucks, but whatever.
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    I'd ask to speak to a manager.
  1. 9. You inform your server of your severe tomato allergy, but when your burger arrives, there's tomato AND ketchup on it. Your server has it remade after you point out the issue.

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9. You inform your server of your severe tomato allergy, but when your burger arrives, there's tomato AND ketchup on it. Your server has it remade after you point out the issue.
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    I'd let it go. At least I caught the problem before anything happened.
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    I'd ask to speak to a manager.
  1. 10. You're in line to check out at the store. Only one checkout lane is open, and the line is long. Meanwhile, you can see several associates hanging out in a corner, doing nothing.

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10. You're in line to check out at the store. Only one checkout lane is open, and the line is long. Meanwhile, you can see several associates hanging out in a corner, doing nothing.
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    I'd let it go. Not my business how they run the store.
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    I'd ask to speak to a manager.

And finally...

  1. 11. You watch your server cough into your pasta before delivering it to your table. When you point it out, he denies it and walks away.

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11. You watch your server cough into your pasta before delivering it to your table. When you point it out, he denies it and walks away.
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    I'd let it go. But I might not eat the food.
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    I'd ask to speak to a manager.