View Full Version : Weird gifts from customers

02-28-2007, 03:15 PM
Giving someone a gift is obviously not an example of sucky behaviour, but in the past I've been presented with some odd items that caused a great deal of awkwardness.


Hideous pink and orange striped sweater in a child's size, presented to me as a "tip" from a lady whose kid had outgrown it.
Tickets to a Christian revival weekend.
Handmade candle that looked decent until I lit it and nearly set my home ablaze.
Five pounds of moose meat.

Somehow, saying "Thank you" seems inadequate in cases such as these. :)

Anyone else ever get presents from customers? Did you like them?

02-28-2007, 03:20 PM
Moose meat? :confused:

We had a woman bring us cookies once after we had gone above and beyond for her. I forget what we had done but she was really grateful and it was Christmas time, so she brought us cookies (store-bought, sealed package, for any paranoids out there). We liked that. Occasional tips for gift wrapping, which I normally wouldn't take but some people (usually guys) insisted. One guy gave me 5 bucks for wrapping one book. :)

Weird gifts, no, can't say that I have...

02-28-2007, 03:40 PM
Finished an addition for a restaurant. They sent us cookies, pies, and the like as a thanks. Got a fruit basket a few times too.

02-28-2007, 03:42 PM
I had a regular customer bring me two 24-oz cans of Old English. It's a not-so-great malt liquor flavored like beer.

That's gotta be the weirdest thing I've ever gotten. He even brought it to me at work. Of course, drinking isn't allowed there, so I had to wait until I got home to consume it. Although, my city doesn't actually have an open-container law, so I could have drank (drunk?) the things while on my way home.

02-28-2007, 03:46 PM
I had a regular customer bring me two 24-oz cans of Old English. It's a not-so-great malt liquor flavored like beer.

Gee, I thought Old English was furniture polish..;)

02-28-2007, 03:49 PM
Gee, I thought Old English was furniture polish..;)

It sure did taste like it. Of course, I know better than to waste good (or bad) alcohol, so I consumed them both. What really amazed me about it was that while drinking them both didn't get me drunk at all (a mild buzz, but nothing significant) I was extremely hungover the next day. That's when I swore off of malt liquor forever. At least, the cheap malt liquor.

02-28-2007, 03:51 PM
That's when I swore off of malt liquor forever. At least, the cheap malt liquor.

Yeah, I'm more of a malted milk kinda gal, myself. Love me some Ovaltine!

02-28-2007, 04:09 PM
We had a "customer" (and I write it like that cuz he never was made to pay anything...for reasons that will soon become obvious) who would bring us

Large bottles of booze
Deli sandwitches and pizza several times a week
Cool gifts from exotic countries (for instance, I once scored a handmade Bedoin pillow cover)
Large bowls of assorted candy and treats
Cans of assorted sodas
Did I mention large bottle of booze?

Needless to say, this guy rocked.:D

02-28-2007, 05:19 PM
aol discs
mandatory character lengthening

02-28-2007, 05:31 PM
Not me, but my b/f, got a housewarming party at a house he helped remodel. The customers were snowbirds, and living in FL during the remodel. Once the job was finished, they flew up to see and were so impressed, they hired a caterer and DJ, and told everyone on the work crews to invite their friends and family over for the housewarming party. Of course there ended up being a blizzard that weekend, and I didn't get to go, but b/f says they must have spent over $1000 on booze and everything was fantastic.

They were one of the very few customers he talks to me about. They are also very popular in the neighborhood, since then b/f has gotten 6 more jobs in that neighborhood by referral from these fine folks.

02-28-2007, 05:39 PM
My co-worker managed to get some discontinued LEDs to a small-time customer in New York.

He sent her a cheesecake.

The great thing is?

She doesn't like cheesecake, and I'm her best work friend. :3

02-28-2007, 05:54 PM
-Wooden inlaid replica of Da Vinci's "Last Supper", very badly done

-Huge (3 feet/1 meter tall) ceramic lighthouse with a little light inside, intended to be painted & glazed as a "craft" project. Instead it was just spray-painted with red glitter paint. Still have glitter in my area from it.

Best gift: a bottle of Laphroaig!! Woot!!!

02-28-2007, 07:47 PM
I've only ever recieved normal tips from customers unfortunately; chocolate cake from a baker, ten bucks from a grateful stock broker, and I got taken to applebees by a businesswoman from Maryland on my break.

I thought the last one was weird -- all I did was transfer her files from one hard drive to another :rolleyes:

02-28-2007, 08:05 PM
I've had the usual cash tips you get delivering newspapers (we do several rounds ourselves as can;t get paperboys). On the Big Round, we do 15 miles round all the farms and outlying villages and usually get bottles of wine, spirits and the like.

Last birthday, word got round the village and all the old dears came in to see me. I wound up with 17 assorted cakes, 6 ties and 12 pairs of socks.

The weirdest is probably the farmer who, to thank me for setting up his daughters computer at uni for her (she was cute, i wasn;t going to say no ;) ) brought me a turkey to have for tea on the sunday. The problem was it was still live!

My favourite is the retired chap who ever month brings in some form of game he has trapped/hunted or whatever for me and the boss. We have had to ask him to bring it in well wrapped after he walked in clutching two rabbits by the ears just as we had several children in the shop. :eek: :eek:

02-28-2007, 08:14 PM
- 1 Month of free Yoga lessons. The woman was some new age type that said "It looked like you needed them" (she actually came back with them after her purchase) and "Your job must be stressfull"

- A six pack of Sam Adams

- Gift Certificates to local eateries (always a favorite)

- A barstool. This one was really great, the guy hand made them for a living. It was padded, had a back, and was just the right height for our service counter.

02-28-2007, 08:19 PM
When I was just a young'un of 15 I worked at a locally owned grocery store. Sadly it wasn't one of those cool, close-like-family grocery stores, it was amore of a creepy-inbred-dysfunctional-family kinda' store. Anyhow, since we were so small and Wal-Mart was killing our business I would sometimes carry peoples groceries to their house, especially one old lady that always came in who lived about a block away. Anyhow, whenever I carried groceries for this lady she insisted on giving me something, sadly she was always broke (which was a sad disapointment for me, since I knew her son was a lawyer) so she tipped me in cookies, or whatever strange concotion was lying around her house. One day it was popsicles. However, unlike the typical grandmotherly stereotype, this woman made awful cookies, and they were always oatmeal raisin cookies (which I think are God's way of saying he's mad at us) so it was a double-bad taste whammy to my sense. BUT SHE ALWAYS WANTED TO SEE ME EAT IT!

I'm skinny. Consequently everyone with motherly instincts insist on trying to get me fat, this works well most of the time, but when it makes an old lady force me to eat her hideous cookies, it's very depressing.

So I would have to stand there, chewing the cookie slowly, her watching my adams apple to make sure it bobbed with each swallow.


David Lynch creepy.

02-28-2007, 08:55 PM
I guess this could be considered a gift from a customer -

At my last legal secretary job I worked mostly in estate probate and often developed good working relationships with the clients. It was actually quite satisfying to be able to help people who were not only grieving the loss of a loved one but also trying to navigate the waters of probate. Anyway, we had a client who was an elderly widow and just a lovely woman. She and I developed a really good rapport and one day I happened to mention that my husband and I were looking to purchase a good used car for my use. She was somewhat well-to-do and she had been purchasing her Oldsmobiles at a local dealer since the beginning of time. She was just about to purchase a new one and was going to trade in her garage-kept beauty, and she decided she wanted me to have it at a very reasonable price - $5000.00 for a pristine sedan with 30,000 (mostly local) miles on it. So she told the dealer that she would give them this car as her trade-in but wanted them to sell it to us at this price or she wouldn't buy a new one from them. Since she was such a great customer they agreed to it, getting us a sweet deal that we wouldn't have been able to get anywhere else. (As an homage I named the car after her - yes, we always name our cars!)

02-28-2007, 09:20 PM
The ones I can remember...

I changed a wheel for a young lady who had a puncture outside the shop. She'd called the AA for that, so I just popped out, made sure her car had the requisite gear, and then changed the wheel for her on the spot. She turned out to be the daughter of a very good customer of ours, and promptly bought me a four-pack of Stella (lager or something). I'd gone teetotal two weeks previous to this.

Later that year, christmas happened. I usually got a bottle or two of wine from regular customers, but I think they knew I was teetotal by then and gave me six.

A few months after that, I managed to cut a frozen gammon in half for someone, and yet another bottle of wine made it over the counter.

I set up the broadbad connection for a very good customer of ours and he bought me a two-pound bar of chocolate.

The chocolate was nice.


02-28-2007, 09:25 PM
I think they knew I was teetotal by then and gave me six.

I'm not even going to say what I thought that said when I first glanced at it, but I did do a double-take. :lol:

Somewhat on topic, I never received gifts from actual customers, but I did get some goodies from friends that I did computer work for. I never asked for anything, even money, they were my friends and I was happy to help them out. However, they always gave me something, usually food and/or beer. In fact, I cleaned up two spyware-ridden computers for two different friends, and they both showed up at the bar the following weekend and kept buying me beer. In fact, I don't think I paid for a single drink that whole night. :cheers:

02-28-2007, 09:31 PM
Some guy handed my 11 year old son $20 for pointing out where the bathroom was. A woman gave my husband two bottles of Charles Shaw wine as a tip after installing her tire chains. (and several women have offered him sex if he'd install their tire chains for free ;))
A Pink CD from a guy who claimed he managed several artists.
A scarf from Ireland from someone who came in to talk to my mother-in-law every day of their vacation.
One of the locals sent $20 in the Christmas Card they sent us as a thank you.

That's all that comes to mind...

02-28-2007, 09:34 PM
we've never gotten anything i'd consider weird, but mostly nice/touching things:

people with special fans have gotten floral arrangements

the rest of us get:

candy (homemade and specialty store types)
sweetbreads (banana, strawberry, etc.)
cakes, including a cheesecake one time

all of them were good and all were appreciated! :D

02-28-2007, 09:56 PM
She turned out to be the daughter of a very good customer of ours, and promptly bought me a four-pack of Stella (lager or something). I'd gone teetotal two weeks previous to this.

Later that year, christmas happened. I usually got a bottle or two of wine from regular customers, but I think they knew I was teetotal by then and gave me six.

A few months after that, I managed to cut a frozen gammon in half for someone, and yet another bottle of wine made it over the counter.

if this should ever start happening again, please don't hesitate to call me, and i will happily remove all offending bottles of wine from your house and dispose of them in a controlled piss-up...er, I mean, orderly fashion !

02-28-2007, 09:59 PM
Will any of it touch the sides of your throat?

Just curious.


02-28-2007, 10:39 PM
well it could be cosidered weird but i rather enjoyed it,one of the many 7-11s i was employed at was next to a strip club,apparently a stripper had taken a shine to me,because she came in bought me a rose,and proceeded to lift her shirt so i could examine her *ahem* generous assests,lovely woman

02-28-2007, 10:57 PM
I got a fridge magnet in the shape of flowers that was also an air freshner.

All I did was send an email. I don't even think I was nice in that email.

Spiffy McMoron
02-28-2007, 11:06 PM
Will any of it touch the sides of your throat?

Just the back of the throat, I'm thinking. :D

02-28-2007, 11:09 PM
I've gotten good ones and bad ones.


lots of good turkey (we had a deli guy that used to come into the bar for lunch. When I was pregnant with Jimmy, I really craved that deli's turkey, so he would bring me some)
a teddy bear
a My Little Pony for my daughter
books for my kids
a drawing of me with "lady of water and fire" in Gaelic and all these celtic designs around it. It was GORGEOUS
shoes and clothes (she was my size and would give me stuff she didn't want anymore when she cleaned out her closet)


an engagement ring (creepy guy, no I didn't keep it)
shoes (ugly ones)
a Karma Sutra (no thanks)
a stuffed panda bear that was bigger than me
random notes and drawings and poetry

I got more good ones than bad (c:

02-28-2007, 11:29 PM
an engagement ring (creepy guy, no I didn't keep it)

That happened to an ex-coworker of mine, it turned out the guy was just trying to get citizenship.

03-01-2007, 12:57 AM
I've gotten the occasional tip at various jobs I've done. And there are a few gifts that come to mind...nothing weird, fortunately. ;)

1) A little frog statue (from my camp councilor days)

2) A box of chocolates from a photo-studio customer.

3) Two guys bought me lunch during my lunch break. (also at a photography job)

4) some parents have brought me pizza or cupcakes :D

03-01-2007, 01:23 AM
The best gift:

-I mentioned to a customer at the CD store I worked at that I had a big date that night. Even though I couldn't track down the CD she wanted (after calling all my special order sources for about an hour, turns out it was only made on LP & cassette, never on CD) she had a delivery guy stop by with a dozen roses and a note wishing me well on my date. Turns out she was the owner of one of the local florsits.

The weirdest gift:

-As I've mentioned previously, one of my lease company customers was a porn star, who sent me a Christmas card of her doing a lot more than kissing Santa Claus.

Other gifts:

one of those large plastic pretzel barrels, scotch, cigars, a ridiculous knock-off No Limit "tank" chain (those who know the record label know what I'm talking about), wine, and a poker set.

walking with scissors
03-01-2007, 02:17 PM
Just yesterday I got a big bag of Starburst candy packed into a box of some computer supplies I had ordered for work. They were free, but were listed on the invoice as CANDY PACK STARBURST with a quantity of 1. Cracked me up.

And there was once an unintentional gift: I had ordered a box of file folders and received 3 pairs of women's leather dress sandals size 7. Nobody could track them, so they're technically mine. Naturally, they are not my size.

03-01-2007, 02:46 PM
I forgot some of the cutest gifts I was ever given- they were from my campers in my Camp Days.

* the froggie statue I already mentioned. Our camp mascot was a frog. :)

* a little girl (who was absolutely one of my favorite campers) gave me a little fuse bead horse that she made herself. She remembered that my favorite thing to do is be with horses, and she even went so far as to try and make it look like my favorite horse at the barn! :)

* At the end of the week, my one group of campers all made a card and pooled their change together so I could buy an ice cream at the end of the day. I think that is the sweetest "tip" I have ever received.

* One little girl made me a fish out of plastic lanyard string.

* a few girls drew me pictures

* one really little girl (maybe 4) made me a necklace out of beads

I have kept all these things- excpet the dollar- I did buy ice cream at the end of camp that day :lol: I miss summer camp...

03-01-2007, 06:58 PM
We had a regular "studio audience member" on a series we shot at public television who used to bake the crew brownies. She was a little charmingly eccentric, but she made a tasty brownie. The brownies were a little bit of a bribe...the lady liked appearing in audience shots. I think it was a little "hint, hint." ;)

When working as a fortuneteller, I've been paid, tipped, or gifted in interesting and useful things, such as booze, jewelry, and fancy candy. Probably the coolest thing I got was a silver-plated pinecone that a someone who was a member of a silversmithing group gave me.

03-01-2007, 07:10 PM
When I worked in the flower shop portion of my store, I used to help an old gentleman get flower arraingements for ladies at his local hospital. He liked to visit the nurses station and bring them things. So, my co workers and I would freshen up any old arraingements we had and sell them at a vastly discounted price to him. One day, he brought in 1/2 pound boxes of Godiva chocolates for each of us!
I've also gotten tips from male customers for fixing up flowers with engagement ring centers for their (presumedly) future fiances. That was always nice, and the guys were always in such a good mood!

Sigh. Don't get tips or any gifts any more, no matter how much I help folks... Oh well, it's my job! Even a sincere 'thank you so much' is good, really!

03-11-2007, 07:23 AM
How do you polish a silver-plated pine cone?

03-11-2007, 08:01 AM
How do you polish a silver-plated pine cone?

Very carefully, with Pine Sol. ;) :p

Okay, I really need to go to bed now.

03-11-2007, 02:24 PM
I had a guy try to give 5 pounds of marijuanna one time... If he had gotten it to me a few years earlier it would have been a great gift but at this point I had quit smoking pot.

03-11-2007, 03:45 PM
and they were always oatmeal raisin cookies (which I think are God's way of saying he's mad at us)

What's wrong with oatmeal raisin cookies? If they're soft and fresh, they ROCK!!

Peanut butter cookies, on the other hand...:(

Back on topic, I have yet to get a tip, weird or otherwise. :cry:

03-12-2007, 02:50 AM
At my first store we had a sale every 6 months on kid's pyjamas.
You had to have a coupon, and it was only from this date to this date.
Well the day before the sale a man came in and asked if he could get the pyjamas for the sale price.
Jokingly, I said 'No, but we accept chocolately bribes!!'
We all had a good laugh and I gave him the sale price anyways.
Well he came in the next day with a box of chocolate for us! And it was an expensive $25 box!
Sadly, nothing like that since.

03-12-2007, 08:25 AM
When I used to work in fast food, we had this weird old customer who was always bringing us "presents." The thing is, he did dumpster diving and that's how he got the stuff he brought in. He brought in candles, a watch, some broken makeup, and who knows all what else. o_O Weird.