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This is a question Foot in Mouth Syndrome

What's the worst social gaffe you've ever made? When you know you've said the wrong thing to the wrong person and wish the ground would swallow you up. In other words you've just contracted a bad case of foot in mouth syndrome. Tell us your stories and we'll share your pain.

(, Tue 20 Apr 2004, 22:27)
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'twas but a few years ago
when I was a checkout operator at Morrisons. My current customer was a middle-aged woman and a group of three or four mentally disadvantaged people - yes, spackers.

Putting her products through the till, I was desperately trying to stop myself from bursting into laughter at one of them sort of pointing at the ceiling lights in wonder and going "Ooooo".

Anyway, I picked up a bag of parsnips - the ones where the checkout operator has to weigh them to get the correct price. Too busy concentrating on the pointing spack, I accidentally type in the product code for carrots instead, a more expensive item at the time.

Ever vigilant, the middle-aged woman (their carer) says "You've put those in as carrots, they're parsnips.".

I reply with "Oh, I'm terribly sorry.", taking the parsnips back from her to reweigh them.

It was then that I said what surely ranks as one of the worst things ever in my life. It just popped out.

"I don't suppose it matters really though, they're only vegetables."

I hasten to add that I did mean the parsnips. I wasn't being derogatory. She sort of gave me a scathing look and no more was said after that.
(, Thu 22 Apr 2004, 23:42, Reply)

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