I tell her to make sure it is correct, I don’t speak Italian. She insists it is correct. I draw up some nice script, tattoo it with no issues, bandage, pay and she leaves. She comes back in hysterical and tells me I spelled it wrong. I hadn’t thrown out the paper. I spelled it exactly how she spelled it. I asked what she wanted to do, and she decided “eh no one I know speaks Italian”. That was about 15 years ago, I often wonder if she ended up getting it covered up.
I was relieved she took it well and also that the blame was off of me! I worked in a big street shop for 9 years. The spelling mistakes I saw from everyone else made me check, double-check and then check once more. Three of us had to go to our boss mid-tattoo to let him know he was about to put “sweetheart” on someone.