Racist Lady: I’m in a nursing home in Staten Island, and I need your help. There are Arabics working here. When I was younger I was abducted by an Arabic and forced to marry him. I luckily escaped from him but I know these Arabics are out to get me.
Me: Have they done anything to threaten you?
RL: No, but they will, because they are Arabics. All Arabics know each other. I can tell they are out to get me.
Me: But they haven’t done anything to hurt or threaten you.
RL: No, but I can hear them talking in their own language. I’m sure they are talking about me and what they’re going to do to me.
Me: Ma’am, if they haven’t done anything to you, we can’t do anything to help.
RL: But they’re going to get me! I know they are plotting!
Me: Maybe you should change nursing homes.
RL: I can’t. They will find me there too. Arabics are everywhere. You need to help me.
Me: We can’t do anything to help you. If you feel like your life is in danger, you should call the police.
RL: Okay. I’ll call the police.
(This took place the day after New Year’s Day)
Garbage Guy: I’m calling because I didn’t get my garbage collected yesterday. You didn’t say anything on the news about garbage collection being suspended.
Me: Sir, yesterday was a holiday. I’m pretty sure they don’t collect on New Year’s Day.
GG: Well there’s garbage everywhere! No one told me there wasn’t collection.
Me: They never collect on holidays. Hold on, let me check.
(Within five seconds I googled and found that garbage collection had been suspended the previous day)
Me: I just checked. There was no collection yesterday because of the holiday.
GG: Well, you didn’t say that on the news!
Me: I’m sure we did. We always announce that stuff. Maybe you just missed it.
GG: No, that’s not right! You didn’t say it! And now there’s garbage everywhere! Next time you have to say it!
(The guy had started screaming by this point…so I decided not to tell him that it’s not the news’s job to tell him when to put out his garbage, and that he could have checked himself by looking it up)
Me: Okay, thank you, goodbye.