By Merith2004 - 04/02/2014 05:18 - United States - Spring Branch

Today, while at a funeral for a distant family member, I was giving my condolences to the family. When one of them asked how I was doing, I replied with, "I'm still alive!", which is one of my standard responses due to being a cashier and being asked that question a hundred times a day. FML
I agree, your life sucks 45 872
You deserved it 12 683

Merith2004 tells us more.

hey everyone. thanks for being understanding for the most part. this was just one of the "I wasnt thinking" kind of things. dont worry though: I got several slaps on the back of then head from cousins who were in earshot.

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Poor choice of words under the circumstances, although you meant no harm

Well, at least you are alive !

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Poor choice of words under the circumstances, although you meant no harm

And here I was under the false impressions that the cashiers are being genuine...

it's obvious that OP meant no harm, but I still don't see how this is not a YDI...

I don't think OP deserves an "YDI." OP didn't mean any harm. As soon as OP realized his words, he knew he made an inappropriate comment. I'm sorry for your loss, OP.

23 - If a cashier is being genuine, it'll be pretty obvious. If they're having a really good day, they'll be pretty bubbly. If they're having a shitty day, either you'll hear generic responses or they won't talk at all. If they're having a REALLY shitty day, they might start being honest!

Apologize and explain why you accidentally said that. I'm sure they'll understand.

Really? You don't say

@36 Or they work at Walmart.

or if they work at a pet store, like me, and I'm two minutes from clocking out a cat lady comes up with 550 cans of assorted cans of cat food, you may see a very fake smile on your face, but with eyes saying "f--- you"'

76, I work at a convienent store on a college campus and something like that happens to me EVERY SINGLE DAY. I hate it.

Well, at least you are alive !

hmmmm... auch. How did they take that?

Don't be too hard on yourself. I don't think you meant it maliciously. It was awkward though.

I feel bad for the family more than I feel bad for the OP here. You really have to be careful in a situation like that.

Sometimes things slip, you know? We can't all be perfect every single second of every single unfortunate situation we find ourselves in. Hence FML :P

As a cashier myself I always just say "I'm doing well, thanks" but when some customers actually question me about it like "are you really?" I am always taken aback so your response might be better haha. I'll just be sure to keep that response at the store :p

Your standard reply is the same as mine, I use OP's when I'm feeling a bit crabby while around my regulars, sometimes I'll actually be honest if it's really good or horrible and I know they can handle it (otherwise response #1 or #2 apply). It's hard to come up with a different response to repeat questions like that... easier to just turn it around. We retail people feel for you OP!

my usual reply on good days is "Im okay. you?" on crappy days I say "Could be better but could be worse. you?" on hell days I just smile and dont reply.

"I'm doin' better than the guy in the box! HARDEE HAR HAR!!!"

Atleast you didn't say something incredibly rude about the dead person.

Well, at least you're correct, for the mean time.

Appreciate life