Retailer's conversation with the worst customer in the world went viral.
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Holy moly, get ready to read what has to be one of the craziest exchanges ever between someone selling something and their potential client. A little haggling is sometimes to be expected, but this person went above and beyond.

It seems a man wanted a blanket crocheted for his sick girlfriend, but his attitude left much to be desired. Twitter user @Forexposure_txt tweeted screenshots of the whole text conversation, and you can read the exchange below.

He's rude right out of the gate when the person crocheting the blankets doesn't get back to him as quickly as he'd like.


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Everything seems to be going along well (except for his statement about "business practice") until they get to the price.

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So this guy thinks $400 is way too much to pay for a custom, handmade blanket, because he can get a blanket at Walmart much cheaper. Sure, that makes sense.

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It turns out that, after subtracting the cost of the materials, the crocheter would be making approximately $2 an hour to make the blanket. That doesn't seem like too much to ask, does it?

Aside: Gotta love him saying "I'll tell you what. Here's what we are going to do." This is a man who must be used to getting what he wants. Although he's certainly not a charmer. Does this type of stuff work on any vendors?

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By the end of the exchange, the man is threatening to ruin the woman's crochet business (not that he has that kind of power, but still). When the woman explains that she only does this as a side gig and doesn't even really want commissions, the man decides she should do it for free because she doesn't "need the money."

How much do you want to bet that his girlfriend is getting that $15 blanket from Walmart?

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A few years a go, American singer-songwriter Yebba Smith shared a solo a capella version of a part of "Bridge Over Troubled Water," in which she just casually sits and sings it on a bed. It's an impressive rendition on its own, highlighting Yebba's soulful, effortless voice.

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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

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When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

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