Monday, November 24, 2008

So close, yet so far away. . . .

From Not Always Right, a website I recently discovered. I've been reading through the archives (avidly!) and found this gem:


(I overheard a coworker trying to help someone choose a plant.)

Coworker: “Hi, how can I help you today?”

Customer: “I’m looking for a nice plant for the front of my house.”

Coworker: “Alright, we have a number of excellent options to choose from. What kind of sun exposure does the spot get?”

Customer: “Well… it’s light all day, then dark at night.”

Me: *losing hope*

If I'd known about this site sooner, I could have submitted a lot of very similar conversations. You would be astounded. (No, seriously. It's actually kind of depressing sometimes.) My favorite, though, is still the conversation I saw in a Garden Web thread, where "tasdevil" (also from Ontario, so possibly the same person, or the same garden center, at least) related this one:
Me: What direction does your window face?
Customer: To the left.

Unrelated picture of Gaillardia aristata 'Arizona Sun,' for decorative purposes.


Zoƫ said...

Beggars belief!

I do hope you manage to recall a few more though, had me giggling.

Anonymous said...

Ha!!! Oh, mercy. I'll bet you've heard 'em all!

themanicgardener said...

Oh! Oh! It's so funny, yet so painful--my eyeballs hurt from rolling.

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

I still like the nursery customer holding a plant in a 1 gallon pot and asking "Can I grow this in a container?"

telipogon said...

Sometimes i think it's better to just send them towards the silk flowers (i did once have a customer ask me for growing instructions for a silk acer, and not a connvincing one either).

Andrew said...

I think maybe it's just an Ontario thing? I also work at a nursery near Toronto... I don't know how many times I've been trying to figure out light level and been told it's "at the front of their house" or similar.