Kurt McKee

lessons learned in production

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People say crazy things

Posted 8 July 2008 in quote, toy store, and work

I interact with all sorts of people on a daily basis. Many of them say foolish and surprising things.

The racist mother
A woman came in with her mother, and they began looking at doll house products.

Mother : Do you have any regular dolls?
Me : I'm sorry?
Mother : Well I see the Asian dolls, and the...whatever these things are, but do you have any regular doll families?
Me : I'm not sure I understand what you mean by "regular".
Mother : Do you have any white doll families?
Woman : [Appalled] Mom!
Mother : What? I can say that! It's my prerogative.

The Japanese wunderkind
A woman came in, looking for toys for a 12-month-old, and found children's chopsticks.

Woman : These look great!
Me : I don't think those are appropriate for a 12-month-old child.
Woman : Oh, but she's fantastic with her hands!
Me : I seriously doubt that she has the dexterity to handle chopsticks.
Woman : Maybe for some children, but she's Japanese. And her father is Korean! She's probably already using real chopsticks.
Me : Really. I would be very surprised by that.
Woman : Maybe you're right. These sure are cute, though.

The two-and-a-half-year-old nymphomaniac
An older couple had just bought presents for their toddler granddaughter and baby grandson.

Me : Okay, let me just get these wrapped up for you.
Man : Great. You know, the next thing I'll be getting our granddaughter is a sex manual.
Me : That's very progressive of you.
Man : Listen, I raised three sons. I know how this works.