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* AcceptableTargets: Stories about the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' franchise and clueless fans of it abound. Most of them are named "[[TakeThat The Twilight of Our Literacy]], Part X".
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation:
** The well-mannered boy who takes his mother on a "date": naturally sweet and charming, or raised so tightly and harshly that he was effectively forced into those manners?
** In [[http://notalwaysright.com/this-is-why-were-in-a-recession-part-19/30215 this story]] about a cashier trying to get enough money out of a customer who is setting up a cable account for her friend, said customer says at one point "All right, fine, but now Iím giving you ''my'' money!", implying part of her stubbornness with making the full payment was because she'd been given only the original $40 from her friend and was frustrated that she had to pay the remaining $83 out of her own pocket.
** The wife in [[http://notalwaysright.com/a-lack-of-branding-understanding-part-2/40283 this story]] is probably from a part of the US where "Coke" actually is used to refer to soda in general, making her dismay over actually being given Coca-Cola a case of culture shock rather than stupidity[[note]]That said, simply asking for soda then being dismayed when the wrong kind of soda is brought out is still not a very bright thing to do, no matter what term you use for "soda"[[/note]].
*** There are actually quite a few anecdotes where the Extra Stupid tag ''only makes sense'' if they're from the same culture they're currently in and/or if they have a certain assumed baseline education that may not be a fair standard to call people stupid about. It makes sense to tag it stupid if they're in Advanced Studies of X and fail to grasp basic 101 information about X; in the absence of that context, it makes far less sense if they simply don't know a particular word, or a particular detail of biology, or if they confuse a couple of minor wars or the like.
** [[http://notalwaysworking.com/40545-2/40545 There's a story]] about a man who gets some grief from a server who notes that he said he was allergic to tomatoes, but was eating his fries with ketchup. The man responds that it's only raw tomatoes he's allergic to--the substance that triggers a reaction is destroyed during cooking/processing. Perhaps that was also the case in [[http://notalwaysright.com/natural-selection-in-action/530 this story,]] where a man describes himself as deathly allergic to tomatoes but orders a sandwich with extra ketchup, to the bemusement of the submitter.
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/a-little-nuts-about-the-naming/49148 This woman]] repeatedly asks for peanuts, but what she really wants is cashews. But she calls them peanuts. Is she just being stubborn, or does she think peanuts and cashews are the same thing with different names?
** [[https://notalwaysright.com/nil-by-brain/53883 One person who needed to fast before some tests at the hospital]] answered "No" repeatedly when asked multiple times if he'd eaten or drank anything, including medicine. Then he finally says at the end he drank milk to take his medicine, then ate a plate of eggs. Did he really, or was he being sarcastic because he got annoyed with being asked the same thing over and over again?
** [[https://notalwaysright.com/wouldnt-want-shoes-2/51699 The mother in this story.]] Was she an overprotective mother trying to teach her son about "stranger danger", or was she just at the end of her rope after listening to her kid's non-stop talking?
* ArchiveBinge: Combined with a mild case of BileFascination, this site can occupy you for ''days''. But if you want to pick up where you left off in the archive, read it by month. The /page [=URLs=] aren't stable because the site presents newest posts first. [[UpToEleven And then there's the spin-off sites...]]
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: A fair few stories are essentially someone's RealLife BLAM experience.
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/fighting-crazy-with-crazy-part-2/1749 For example,]] a customer at a dog grooming salon enters with one blind cat, one shaved, and one dressed like a clown, believing that the salon is a military school where they can leave the cats for one year, refusing to take them to the kennel since it supposedly contains penguins and bacteria. The manager responds by offering some sea ice from the e. coli farm.
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/for-the-sake-of-demonstration/15732 This]] customer orders ice cream, then asks the worker if they believe in unicorns, then puts the ice cream cone on his head and leaves.
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/disco-stu-gets-our-approval/22175 A case of suddenly bursting into dance, and then just getting back to what you were doing before.]]
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/whoever-said-easter-isnt-egg-citing-is-hopping-mad/22955 This guy]] rides into a donut shop wearing an Easter Bunny costume and riding a unicycle. He makes his order, slams his head on the counter, dropping an egg, and rides out, donuts in hand, without another word. The egg contained exact change and a big tip!
** [[http://notalwayslearning.com/the-course-is-strong-with-this-one/30932 One from Not Always Learning]] courtesy of a Star Wars geek teacher.
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/sends-you-a-kiss-by-wire/36508 This customer]] took the [[WesternAnimation/OneFroggyEvening Michigan J. Frog]] approach to telemarketers.
** A student on Not Always Learning [[http://notalwayslearning.com/never-was-there-a-tale-of-more-woe/35004 interrupts a discussion of Shakespeare]] for [[ZombieApocalypse more pressing matters]]. The ending clinches it as a BLAM:
--->''We then resumed our discussion like nothing had ever happened.''
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/this-call-is-temporarily-frozen/45270 This person]] called a wireless support center just to [[Disney/{{Frozen}} sing about snowmen]].
* BrokenBase: Some people aren't fond of the more obviously fake stories, claiming they ruin the site's integrity or are just poorly written (said stories usually follow the same generic framework of "narrator or their manager calls out an asshole, they get applause/tips from everyone else"). Others enjoy them as pure SnarkBait.
** Any issues are, however, mitigated a bit by the fact that the most obviously fake stories are kept in the 'Unfiltered' section and don't end up on the main site.
** The addition of the comments section is a hugely divisive. Some visitors are happy that they get to share their thoughts on the stories, while others hate how much of a Troll magnet the system can be.
* CrazyAwesome
** Combined with a big old shot of HotBlooded [[http://notalwaysright.com/lt-ripley-vs-the-wasp-queen/8007 here]].
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/bird-brained-part-6/6853 This]] married couple uses loud bird calls to find each other in case they get separated in large stores.
** The unicycling Easter bunny mentioned under Big Lipped Alligator Moment counts.
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/when-customers-actually-give-a-jam/23895 The young man in this story.]]
* CrossesTheLineTwice: [[http://notalwayslearning.com/the-power-of-a-kenya-do-attitude/30445 The security guard in this tale]] had his home in Kenya burn down not once, not twice, but ''three times'' by the age of 22 due to faulty wiring, so he learnt how to diagnose wiring in order to prevent it from happening again. [[spoiler: Pity that when he was 23 it burnt down ''again'', but this time due to a drunk driver in a truck, not bad wiring. Cue him doing a ScrewThisImOuttaHere and moving to the United States.]]
* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: A lot of people are turned off by the websites because of the sheer amount of stories about ignorance and cruelty. This could be why the latest site(as of March 2016) is "Not Always Hopeless" which focuses on more cheerful, heartwarming stories. And even that [[DownplayedTrope isn't completely immune to this]] because a lot of stories, even if they all have heartwarming endings, have depressing beginnings involving jerks that wouldn't be out of place on the other sister sites.
* DesignatedHero: While the homophobe in [[https://notalwaysright.com/fixing-for-a-fixing/40978 this story]] certainly warranted some kind of retribution, the little girl decides the best solution is to walk up to him and start kicking him repeatedly without trying to talk him down or him even acting violent first. When he defends himself by restraining her (which he has every right to), the other patrons tackle him to the floor, then call the cops on him, lying about how he "assaulted a little girl" when all he did was grab her arm to stop ''her'' from assaulting ''him.'' And then [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop the little girl gets rewarded for escalating a verbal conflict to a physical one.]]
*** [[WarpThatAesop Also:]] nobody bats an eye at harassment, only the CrimeOfSelfDefense is punishable.
** [[https://notalwaysworking.com/little-devils-little-angels/45272 This mother,]] guilt-tripping the cashier about her grief the cashier had no way of knowing about, to punish the cashier for making small talk.
** [[https://notalwaysright.com/punishments-real-heart/55416 This OP,]] picking on a child for not feigning enough enthusiasm/not being extroverted enough.
** [[https://notalwayshopeless.com/they-were-all-good-sports/43284 The girl in this story.]] The story makes her out to be the victim because her teammates were angry with her, seemingly ignoring the fact that she bailed on them in the middle of a baseball game to go get ice cream.
* DisproportionateRetribution: [[https://notalwaysright.com/cooking-up-some-trouble/54575 These employees.]] Yes, the lady was obnoxious, but was it really necessary to withhold her car keys as revenge?
* HilariousInHindsight:
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/upgrading-faster-than-a-fox-in-a-fire/8067 This one.]] When this was posted, the latest version of Firefox was at most 4, and major releases were very rare. Since then, they have started being released much faster; as of May 2015, the latest version is ''34''. And no, we don't have hover-cars yet.
** [[http://notalwaysromantic.com/wrestling-with-the-concept/19892 This story]] about [[AcronymConfusion getting the World Wrestling Federation mixed up with the World Wildlife Fund]] given that it's now the [[{{Wrestling/WWE}} World Wrestling Entertainment]] due to such confusion.
** [[https://notalwayslearning.com/didnt-planet-way/43882 This story's punchline]] is that the submitter was a decade ahead of the whole "Is Pluto a planet or not?" debacle.
* IdiotPlot: [[https://notalwaysworking.com/real-tv-bad-guy/45552 This story.]] The manager could have been more understanding, but it took a long series of abysmally bad decisions on OP's part to get into this situation in the first place.
* InferredHolocaust:
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/knocking-the-door-of-opportunity/8470 If you think about it too much]], it may become horrific.
** Along with [[http://notalwaysright.com/it-turns-out-you-can-be-too-safe/2001 this one.]]
** Arguably, any story where a customer tries to get their kids involved. Delinquency of a minor is a ''major'' offense, and if the offender already had a criminal record, the reports could have DCS take them away from their family (though if things were that bad, it would be for the better).
* InformedWrongness: [[https://notalwaysright.com/read-fine-printer/56173 This customer]] is shamed for complaining because the photo lab advertises service with a device which doesn't function reliably with a guarantee which is void whenever it would come into force.
* NauseaFuel:
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/life-is-stranger-than-the-fiction-section/30405 One story on the site]] mentions a pair that were once thrown out for vandalism in a library, because they refused to pay late fees. How were they vandalizing it? They were ''pissing and shitting all over books, and had been at it long enough for each of them to destroy an entire section while the police were on their way.''
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/avoiding-spring-bathroom-break/38553 Another story]] has a customer who lowers their pants only to reveal that they are wearing an adult diaper that is soggy and yellow like popcorn butter.
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/no-point-gagging-over-spoiled-milk/41970 This story]] has a customer trying to get a refund for a jug of spoiled milk without the receipt. To "convince" the cashier that it's bad, she ''dumps the rancid milk all over the counter''.
* ParanoiaFuel: It's bad enough when a robber enters your store and threatens you with a gun. Now we gotta deal with people who like to [[http://notalwaysright.com/another-darwin-awards-candidate/1852 pretend they're robbers!]]
* StrawmanHasAPoint:
** In [[http://notalwaysright.com/fickle-over-a-nickel-part-2/37648 this story]], a customer in a Maryland Dollar Store gets wound up over being presented with a Canadian nickel instead of an American one for her change. Although the small denomination and the customer screaming at the cashier certainly didn't help the issue, the cashier's claims that foreign currency "is still worth five cents" and that "any store will accept it" simply aren't true.
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: [[http://notalwaysright.com/retract-the-tract/44453 This atheist couple]] are clearly meant to be the "good" customers in contrast to the stingy religious customers, but considering that the only reason they would mention they're atheists would be to compare themselves to religious people and their idea of "everything worthwhile about religion" is "nothing", they come across as incredibly smug and self-righteous {{Hollywood atheist}}s.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: [[http://notalwaysfriendly.com/rated-rolling-r/35248 The submitter's mom]] wants to know if ''Film/PansLabyrinth'' would be a good movie to show to kids asking on behalf of her friend. Thankfully after the submitter explains how violent the film is the submitter's mom says she will tell her friend not to show it to them.
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' inspired a whole recurring series of these, [[http://notalwaysright.com/?s=Grand+Theft+Innocence "Grand Theft Innocence"]].

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