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Here Are 13 Controversial Things People Do As Customers β€” Are They Obnoxious Or Reasonable?

Expecting a free slice of cake on your birthday...

  1. 1. Asking to speak to a manager when you don't like the answer you're getting from your server or retail associate.

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1. Asking to speak to a manager when you don't like the answer you're getting from your server or retail associate.
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    That's reasonable. Sometimes you just have to go higher up the chain to get what you want.
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    That's obnoxious. Unless the situation is REALLY messed up, don't be the person who asks for a manager.
  1. 2. Trying to return something a few days past the 30-day return window. (Let's assume the item is unused and unopened.)

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2. Trying to return something a few days past the 30-day return window. (Let's assume the item is unused and unopened.)
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    That's reasonable. If the item is still good as new, the store should have some leeway with their policy.
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    That's obnoxious. The rules are there for a reason. If you're outside the return window, the item is yours.
  1. 3. Sending a dish back at a restaurant because it wasn't to your liking. (Let's assume nothing is wrong with the food β€” you just ordered something you'd never tried before, and then realized you didn't like it.)

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3. Sending a dish back at a restaurant because it wasn't to your liking. (Let's assume nothing is wrong with the food β€” you just ordered something you'd never tried before, and then realized you didn't like it.)
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    That's reasonable. Going out to eat is expensive. The restaurant should make sure you have a meal you'll actually enjoy.
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    That's obnoxious. The restaurant still had to pay for the food, and it's not their fault you don't like it.
  1. 4. Expecting a free slice of cake from the restaurant at your birthday dinner.

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4. Expecting a free slice of cake from the restaurant at your birthday dinner.
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    That's reasonable. Restaurants should do something special for people on their birthdays!
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    That's obnoxious. If the restaurant decides to give free cake on a birthday, that's great! But don't expect it.
  1. 5. In a dressing room at a store, leaving all the clothes you don't want with the attendant instead of putting them back where you got them.

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5. In a dressing room at a store, leaving all the clothes you don't want with the attendant instead of putting them back where you got them.
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    That's reasonable. It's part of their job to put that stuff back.
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    That's obnoxious. Put them back yourself.
  1. 6. Not tipping your server when the service is terrible. (Let's assume the issues are all within the server's control β€” rudeness, forgetfulness, etc. β€” and not things that could be the kitchen's fault, like an order made incorrectly.)

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6. Not tipping your server when the service is terrible. (Let's assume the issues are all within the server's control β€” rudeness, forgetfulness, etc. β€” and not things that could be the kitchen's fault, like an order made incorrectly.)
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    That's reasonable. If the server is really awful, I might not tip them.
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    That's obnoxious. You should always leave at least something. Servers rely on those tips to survive.
  1. 7. Not tipping anything on takeout orders.

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7. Not tipping anything on takeout orders.
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    That's reasonable. Tipping should only be required when you're dining in.
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    That's obnoxious. You should at least leave something for the person who took your order and packaged the food.
  1. 8. Sitting down at a restaurant for dinner 10 minutes before they close.

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8. Sitting down at a restaurant for dinner 10 minutes before they close.
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    That's reasonable. If they're still seating people, then it's fine.
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    That's obnoxious. You're going to keep the staff there late.
  1. 9. Using the "12 items or less" express checkout line when you have more like 15 items.

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9. Using the "12 items or less" express checkout line when you have more like 15 items.
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    That's reasonable. If you're close enough to 12, it's fine.
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    That's obnoxious. The limit is there for a reason.
  1. 10. Being an "extreme couponer," aka someone who uses hundreds of coupons while checking out to maximize every possible discount.

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10. Being an "extreme couponer," aka someone who uses hundreds of coupons while checking out to maximize every possible discount.
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    That's reasonable. If the store is offering those deals, it's fair game.
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    That's obnoxious. It completely holds up the line.
  1. 11. Saying, "I come here all the time," or, "I'm a regular here," when you don't like the answer you're getting from your server or cashier. (Let's assume you're being truthful β€” you actually do frequent the establishment often.)

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11. Saying, "I come here all the time," or, "I'm a regular here," when you don't like the answer you're getting from your server or cashier. (Let's assume you're being truthful β€” you actually do frequent the establishment often.)
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    That's reasonable. They should know that they might lose a repeat customer.
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    That's obnoxious. You don't deserve special treatment just because you come around often.
  1. 12. Trying to tip a host so that you don't have to wait for a table on a busy night.

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12. Trying to tip a host so that you don't have to wait for a table on a busy night.
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    That's reasonable. No harm in trying it, at least. It's the host's decision to accept it or not.
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    That's obnoxious. You'd be cutting others in line.

And finally...

  1. 13. Asking for a side of ranch or hot sauce, and expecting it to be free.

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13. Asking for a side of ranch or hot sauce, and expecting it to be free.
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    That's reasonable. If you're buying a meal, they shouldn't charge you for side condiments.
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    That's obnoxious. The restaurant has to pay for those condiments β€” the customer should too.