By idiots - 29/11/2014 03:36 - United States - Fort Worth

Today, I had to explain to a customer that 50% off a $50 item did not make the item free. FML
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Math is a skill that not everyone possesses :/.

Common sense is a skill that not everyone possesses

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Math is a skill that not everyone possesses :/.

I'm no "math-lete" but I know if something is $50, 50% off would be $25

Nor, apparently, is common sense.

And I thought *I* suck at math! At least I'm better than this customer. :)

Try explaining "up to 50% off"..

Do you think this guy believes that if he buys something cheaper than 50€ with 50% off he gets actual money in return?

Am I the only one entertained by the amount of E's and S's in 'possesses'....

retail sucks

The idols that you have to deal with can make you question your sanity.

Those idols... smh

I laughed way too hard at this.

Retail only suck because people do

I worked a seasonal job at Macy's once during the holidays. After that I decided working retail was the Devils work.

I MEANT IDIOTS. Auto correct screwing me over once again. But it was kinda funny.

Someone here should try pushing carts, not only do you deal with idiots, but you also deal with lazy people, garbage in the carts, and people almost hitting you because their driving abilities are bad.

maybe you should get a better job.

I actually enjoy working at bath and body works. food industry is the worst.

Common sense is a skill that not everyone possesses

...Neither basic mathematics

^ Or basic English for that matter.

Sad but true

There's no cure for stupid. I'm sorry you have to deal with that OP.

Was this customer an adult?

I really hope not

50 bananas?

Hey kid, ya blow in from stupid town?

No I drove here, thanks for asking though :-)

I just sat here and reread that smooth comeback multiple times.. it's brilliant!

Time to bring out some pictures, diagrams, and visual aides...

Sure :) Why not show her a 3D visualization of the function f(x,y) = y - xy/100 where y is the price and x is the numerator of the percentage. She could clearly see that the function touches 0 only if the initial price is 0 or when the percentage reaches 100%.

Too much math for a weekend...

Well the function computes the final price depending on the initial price and how much the price is reduced. For example if the initial price is 50 and you get 50% off of it then to calculate how much you'll pay you do 50(initial price) minus 50% of the initial cost(50) which is 50 - (50/100)*50 or 50 - (50*50)/100 which is the exact same formula as the function I gave above. Only when you compute the function on a certain range of prices you get the general idea what's happening. You can always take a slice of the 3D graph for example when the price is 50 and you'll have a normal 1 variable function. The good thing about computing the multivariable one is that you can clearly see the behavior of the final price and the zeros are clearly visible. Of course in OP's case a normal 1 variable function would be enough but c'mon how can you miss the opportunity to use 3D graphs :D

Oh OP could also use a calculator

#43, I acknowledge your mathematical superiority, now I am begging you, please no more math!!!

It's really quite sad that #43 is being downvoted for being smart and mathematically superior to the rest of the FML community. I am ashamed of you folks for being so ashamed of yourselves to put someone down. Yet I'm not sure if he's right because math isn't my forte. Still ashamed of something nonetheless

Who's putting him down, (in the comments anyway) we're just highly mathphobic. We just don't want to have to think math-y...

You can't discount their creativity.

Cmon people, its realy simple...

Well that might be stupid, but it's also dumb.

i see what you did there