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19 people share secret 'codes' to keep customers in the dark when something bad happens.

19 people share secret 'codes' to keep customers in the dark when something bad happens.

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Inside jokes are always fun in an office or work environment, but when things get serious: it's time for codes.

In school, most of us probably remember lockdown drills with certain code phrases or colors such as "Mr. Blue please report to the office." However, hospitals, theme parks, cruise ships, public transportation and stores also use a series of codes to protect their customers from sensitive information. Shout out to the soap store I used to work at that made us say there was a "spill on the pumpkin soap shelf" if a customer was endangering the safety or the staff or other customers, shoplifting, or being a generally crazy retail shopper. Unfortunately, the shop ended up getting pumpkin soap for Halloween and things got pretty confusing for awhile. Choose your codes wisely.

So, when a Reddit user shared, "When I worked at Disney World, if one of the guests threw up, we had to call it a 'protein spill' over the radio, to keep any possible guest overhearing from being uncomfortable. What weird alternate phrases/euphemisms have you had to use at work to keep the customer in the dark?" people were ready to share their secrets of the trade.

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