So, it's a busy day at work a couple days ago. I'm out in the front of the store and the phone rings. Naturally, I answer it.
"Store Where I Work, this is Amanda. How may I help you?"
"Yes, I just have a simple question. Do you have sweet paprika?" Now, I should have had a clue here that this was not going to be "simple". Nobody prefaces a simple question with saying it's simple.
"Yes. I have Hungarian sweet, California sweet, and Spanish smoked sweet."
"How much is it?"
"Well, that depends on how much you get."
"I want about a cup's worth."
"Alright, that will be about $8."
"Okay. Is it cheaper if I don't get in the jar?"
"Yeah, I can put it in a plastic bag. It'll be $1.75 less."
"But you don't have a bag I can put it in?"
For a brief second I pull the phone away from ear and look at the phone, blinking. "Well, I can put it in a jar but, as I said, that is more expensive."
"I understand that. So you can't put it in a bag."
"I can, it's a plastic bag." Maybe you can see where this is headed. I couldn't. I was purely confused.
Exasperated sigh from her, "I heard you. So there's no bag."
I bite my tongue to avoid screaming, "I have a glass jar or a plastic bag. It zips closed and is plastic. They come in various sizes."
"Honey, that's called a baggie. Say it with me: baggie."
"As I said I can put it in a bag-"
"Bag. Or a glass jar."
Loud, unnecessary sigh, "I'm trying to avoid plastic."
"I have the glass jar-"
"You don't have a paper bag to but it in."
"Not that's food grade, no."
"What if I bring in my own container?"
"Unfortunately, I can't fill something that came from outside the store. Health department regulations."
Another LOUD sigh, "You don't even have a paper cup?"
"Not that's going to hold a cup's worth. I have Dixie cups."
HUUUUUUUUUUUGE sigh, "FINE. I'm just going to have to think this through and contemplate my options since you are so unwilling to help me. Is there a manager there I can speak to?"
"Actually, ma'am, I am the manager here."
Long pause. "Well, I'm still going to have to think this through."
And she hung up.