Zooniversity’s “Top” 10 Ridiculous Requests

When you deal with the general public (and mothers planning birthday parties), you just never know what you’ll hear when you answer the phone. Some of the requests have been so ridiculous, that I started writing them down a few years ago. For your enjoyment, and to borrow from David Letterman, here is Zooniversity’s "Top 10" all time favorite, ridiculous Zooniversity requests:

#10 – "Do you have any storks? I thought it’d be cool to have one walking around my baby shower."

#9 – "Hello. I’d like to rent an elephant for a wedding."

#8 – "I’m having a party for 3-year olds at a facility that won’t let you bring your animals onto their property, so could you do a show without animals?"

#7 – "I need a cheetah for a movie opening so people can pet it."

#6 – "I’m doing a Curious George party for my 3-year old. Do you have some kind of small monkey, like a chimpanzee?"

#5 – "I’ve read all your safety rules on your website, but I’m calling to see how many of them are negotiable."

#4 – "I’m looking for a vulture, an owl and a dragon for a Harry Potter party. And, can you dress-up like Hagrid?"

#3 – "I want a special party picture of each guest with a snake wrapped around their neck."

#2 – "But, my 2-year old REALLY wants a lion at her party."

And, drum roll please…the #1 most ridiculous request:

#1 – "I don’t want a whole party, just 20 minutes or so…and maybe 10 minutes or so when everybody gets to snuggle with the animals…oh, it’s at a play gym, some kids can play if they don’t want to listen to you…I’ve rented a cotton candy machine too…all the kids are 2-3 years old…I’ve only invited 30 of her friends…on a Sunday night…oh, and I want to pay half price because it’s a shorter party on a Sunday night…what do you mean you don’t want to do the party…what else have you got to do?"

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4 Responses to Zooniversity’s “Top” 10 Ridiculous Requests

  1. Kay Brouse says:

    Oh my goodness! Those are just priceless!
    We got some of the strangest questions, too. Like:
    “Can we get Belly Dancers with that, too?”
    “I’m planning a huge birthday bash for my soon-to-be 3 year old at his daycare. Can you bring 5-10 animals and 35 cupcakes?”
    The best one came from a church. “We’d like to rent a snake for a program we’re doing on Adam and Eve, but we don’t want a snake that has anything to do with Satan.”
    What does that MEAN??? LOL

  2. Allison says:

    Those are great ones too, Kay! You just never know what you’ll hear when you answer the phone!

  3. Michelle says:

    At least you aren’t open to the public everyday :).

  4. Allison says:

    So true, Michelle. I’m sure you can top some of these with your customer tales!

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