Picking up your clothes at a dry cleaner is rarely a noteworthy experience, but for one man, the typically mundane encounter turned out to be nothing if not memorable.
Alex, the infuriated customer whose tale was posted on the website the Consumerist this week, went to collect his clean clothes and was stunned to discover that the dry cleaner called him an a**hole in the receipt.
‘Were they commenting on his behavior as a customer, or was it some kind of terrible phonetic mistake,’ writes Consumerist.
Offensive: A customer named Alex said he went to pick up his dry cleaning when he noticed that an employee at the store printed the word ‘a**hole’ on the ticket instead of his name
After Alex complained, the owner of the business paid him back the money for the wash, but failed to identify the employee responsible for the tasteless prank.
According to the man’s co-worker, Alex dropped off his clothes a few days earlier and was given a ticket, but did not give it a second glance.
It was not until the day of the pickup that he took a closer look at the scrap of paper and discovered that an employee at the dry cleaner printed, ‘A**hole, Alex,’ as if the profane epitaph was his last name.
Alex’s co-worker pointed out that the spelling of his name does not come close to the expletive.
He also mentioned that Alex has never had any problems with the dry cleaner, except for a minor misunderstanding over a suit alteration which was resolved without incident.
When the annoyed patron returned to the dry cleaner to complain about the insult, the owner claimed that it was an honest phonetic error, and that she did not realize the word was offensive.
Alex told the woman that he feld disrespect, and eventually reiceved an apology, along with $18 he was supposed to pay for the service.
As Huffington Post has reported, it is not the first time that workers in the service industry have let their customers know what they really think of them.
Recently, a woman who ordered food at a fast food eatery was surprised to read that she’d received a $0.02 ‘Best Butt’ discount.
And in January, a customer at a Papa Johns pizza joint in New York City got back a receipt that said ‘lady chinky eyes’ in the customer name field.