“The customer is always right,” reads customer service rule number one, popularized back in the early 1900s. Is this slogan truly correct, though? I’m pretty sure that anyone who’s ever worked in this field has had the pleasure of encountering at least a few customers that were being rude to them for no apparent reason. I mean, we’ve even made a list of times customers acted like total jerks and got shamed for it.
And even though in such situations, the staff are expected to suck it up and stay collected, there’s always a sneakier and a more subtle way to get back. Recently, TikTok user @officialtbw asked fellow customer service workers to share things they’ve done to a customer who has been rude to them, and started it all by revealing how he sometimes gives people cold butter instead of room-temperature, because he knows that cold butter will rip up their bread. Since then, thousands of TikTok users have jumped on the bandwagon by sharing their own little stories.
Without further ado, We invites you to look through a list of some of the funniest, most savage and passive-aggressive ways customer service workers have gotten revenge on impolite customers. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite ones and share your own stories in the comment section!
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someone paid me $17 in change while laughing to their friend that I’d have to count it so I lost count 6 times right as I was about to be done countin
Serves them right
7 7points reply #2
As a delivery driver I once spent the entire drive en route to a chronically rude customer’s house shaking the bottle of soda they’d ordered
lol i wonder what they did to deserve it
that’s… really smart
when I was a teacher I had a parent was constantly rude. I told her her baby started walking so she missed her first steps
117 117points reply #5
Under blend their smoothies so the little chunks block their straws
I hate when that happens
I’m in heating & air and if they’re rude…I tell them it’ll take 3 days to get the part for their heater..even though I have the part. be cold karen
0 0points reply #7
Sprayed fart spray in the isle because they didn’t wear a mask and cussed me out when I told them we required a mask
Modern Problems, require Modern solutions.
When I was a cashier if anyone came to my register on the phone I always talked to them loudly to make it harder for them to talk on the phone
allow them to put their card in to pay and hit escape so they have to do it again. repeat until I feel better
i think i’ve had this done on me…
If they threw their money at me to pay, I’d throw their change back at them, smile and walk away
Final score: 255points
You can feel the karma in this one
93 93points reply #11
I “accidentally” forget to take the sensors off so they have to come back and I can waste their “precious time”
42 42points reply #12
Be nice to the wedding photographer. If you’re not I include all the awful photos of you & sometimes even add some weight in photoshop
77 77points reply #13
booked their airplane seat on a 10+ hour flight right next to the bathroom
ok… that’s not an inconvenience that’s just torture
Used to work at a grocery store, if people were extremely rude to me I would squash their loaf of bread in my hand while packing it in a bag
yikes flat bread
59 59points reply #15
I put extra, extra hot sauce in their salsa then do not refill their drinks
This is just evil lol
If someone was being very rude to me I would save their number at the end of the day and put it in insurance offers and stuff so they would get calls
I worked in the drive-thru at a Wendy’s. rude people got broken straws for their sodas. because nothings more annoying than a cracked straw
well… except maybe them.
she payed me in ones…. i checked each and everyone up to the light
Instant revenge XD
1 1point reply #19
Sometimes if they get kids meals, I’ll give each one a different toy so maybe the kids will fight over it and annoy the parents
I’ve given a tip back and said ” you clearly need this more than I do”
EVERY SERVER’S DREAM!!!
I work at a deli and when I customer is being a Karen I’ll squish the cheese together after I slice it so it’s impossible to separate later
49 49points reply #22
One time I gave someone their 99 cents change back in nickels and pennies because “that’s all we had in store at the moment”
Final score: 179points
7 7points reply #23
I put them on my “don’t take cake from her” contact list so when they call, i always tell them I’m booked
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That assumes you can afford to lose money just to screw them .. and maybe you can
I worked at Verizon and I would make sure a little dust got under their glass screen protector on their phone
Sinister, I like it muhuhahahahahhaha
70 70points reply #25
give them decafe espresso shots
37 37points reply #26
I work at a restaurant and I made a lady wait the entire 40 minute wait time we quoted her even tho her table was ready in 20 minutes
What if they go to a different restaurant?
I used to work at a coffee shop and if someone was rude to me, I wouldn’t stir their coffee so that all the sugar would just sit at the bottom!
or you could over-sweeten their coffee. because they could stand to be a whole lot sweeter.
Grocery store worker here and when rude asking To see if a product was in the back politely told him it had been recalled cuz people died
Subtle revenge! I’ll remember that one
8 8points reply #29
I used to purposely put the french fries at McDonald’s upside down so it would spill as they pulled them out
o_o they hold all the power
67 67points reply #30
Nonchalantly break their candy bars in half as I bagged them
If this is Kit Kat or Hershey then you are helping them, any other candy and it is just what they deserve
Not offer whipped cream on their hot chocolate because it’s the best and they’re the worst
I’m honestly not a huge fan of whipped cream. I know a lot of people that love it though; it’s always the most popular thing with the Thanksgiving dessert.
I don’t say a word to them and the person after them I’m alway extra and hyper with them. the look back like huh
What if the next person is rude, too?
If a customer spells their name out to me rudely, I spell it wrong just to make myself feel better
Everyone always spells my name wrong so I’ve gotten used to it.. I’m not a rude customer btw
2 2points reply #34
When I worked at a grocery store & ppl would throw their money onto the moving conveyer belt instead of my open hand, I’d let the belt eat the money
too bad for you losing money?
I work at a bqq restaurant and someone ordered $150 worth of food with no tip and I “forgot” all their bqq sauce oopssss
Your boss is the real assh0le here for not paying you an honest salary.
* chugs syrup* I’ll come there and ask for extra :3
In a hotel… put them in a room above the parking garage entrance/valet. Also scheduled 4am wake up calls
22 22points reply #38
Left them on hold or mute until they hung up
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I am a Customer Service Manager – I would kick your ass. If you are not able to deal with a rude customer, transfer the call to your boss.
I’m an ultrasound tech…I used the COLD gel even though we have gel warmers
I feel like this is a bit rude, as it’s someone’s body you are being rude to. Also, if it’s a pregnant lady, as a women, I know that hormones tend to skyrocket when we are pregnant.
Leave them on hold….. for a long time…. and then *accidentally* hung up and turned off my phone for lunch
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