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    This Scam Has Been Going Around

    | PA, USA | Coworkers, Criminal/Illegal, Employees

    (I work at an insurance agency for the summer doing random tasks around the office. The office is in a converted house, with a few desks in each room and large open doorways in between to talk to each other. There is also an upstairs that is technically another business but employs the same people. I start answering phones because everyone else is busy.)

    Me: “[Insurance Agency], how may I help you?”

    Caller: “Hi! I’m calling from your copier supply company. We just need to update our records. Can I please have the model number of your copier?”

    Me: “Um, sure. Hang on a second.”

    (I place the call on hold and tell one of the ladies next to me what’s going on. She laughs and tells me it’s a scam and I should just hang up, which I do. A few days later…)

    Me: “[Insurance Agency], how may I help you?”

    Caller: “Hi! I’m calling from your copier supply company. We just need to update our records. Could you tell me the model number of your copier?”

    Me: “I’m sorry; I’m not the person you want to speak with. Please hold, I’ll transfer you.”

    (I transferred the call to the desk next to me. After speaking to the caller, my coworker put the caller on hold and transferred him. We managed to transfer him to six different people, including people upstairs, before he hung up. It became our favorite game. Our record was 10 transfers, including back to the original person who had answered.)

    The Drugs Don’t Work And Neither Do You

    , | Nashville, TN, USA | Criminal/Illegal, Extra Stupid, Health & Body, Job Seekers, Theme Of The Month

    (A woman sits down across from me at Starbucks, at an interview for a teaching position. Before I can even get a word in, she bursts out with this…)

    Woman: “Do y’all drug test? Because I can’t pass one and I don’t plan on being able to anytime soon.”

    Me: “I think we’re done here…”

    (Shortest. Interview. Ever.)

    Failed The Draft

    | Richmond, England, UK | Bosses & Owners, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (I’ve drafted a report, which I hand to my supervisor to proofread. He scribbles down some annotations in red pen and hands it back to me. I go back to my desk to update it. Quarter of an hour later, he comes over to see how I’m progressing. He promptly picks up the draft copy off the desk.)

    Supervisor: “Why is this covered in red pen? You need to keep reports neat!”

    Me: “Er… that’s the draft you’re looking at. You put the red pen there.”

    Supervisor: *ignores me* “I told you to extend this section here. Why haven’t you done it?”

    Me: “I have, if you’ll just look at the computer screen.”

    Supervisor: *continues reading the draft* “Why haven’t you moved this paragraph to here?”

    Me: “Again, I have, could you please look at the copy I’m actually working on.”

    Supervisor: “If you’re not going to listen to me, there’s no point in me checking it. Now get on with updating it!”

    (He actually did this several times while I was working there. I suspect he was doing it deliberately.)

    An Overriding Sense Of Fashion

    | OH, USA | Awesome Workers, Employees, Food & Drink

    (I go to a clothing store often enough that most employees know my face. I come in one day looking rough.)

    Employee: “Hey, girl, what’s got you down?”

    Me: “Got dumped this morning. Didn’t wanna be stuck home and miserable. Got any sales this week?”

    Employee: *hugs me* “Girl, you’ll find someone better. Here, let’s pick out a couple things.”

    (We went through different shirts, pants, and other things before I decide on a complete outfit. We head over to the register to check out.)

    Employee: “Your total is $17.”

    Me: “Wait… the shirt alone is over $20…”

    Employee: “Well, I did an override and gave it the clearance pricing.”

    Me: “What? Why?”

    Employee: “You got dumped, that’s why. Hey, go on over to [Chocolate Store] and buy yourself something good.”

    (I thank her and leave. I go back a couple weeks later with my new girlfriend. The same employee is working, and I wave.)

    Employee: “Hey- Oh my god, is she your girlfriend?”

    Me: “Huh? Oh, yeah. She’s been here a bit—”

    Employee: “See? I told you that you’d find someone better! Now, what are you two looking for?”

    (I’ve been back several times, and the same employee has been happy to see me.)

    Unsure How To Insure, Part 5

    | TX, USA | Employees, Extra Stupid

    (We left our insurance company for one month and are now going back to them with a slightly different policy. The insurance company needs proof of prior coverage from our previous insurer, which is them. But they can’t just get this from their records.)

    Me: “Let me see if I have this straight. You want me to call my previous insurer – which is you – and request that you fax me proof of my prior coverage… with you. I will then send that proof of prior coverage back to you to prove to you that we did in fact have coverage with you, 30 days ago.”

    Insurance Agent: “Yes, if you wouldn’t mind.”

    Me: “Mind? It’s awesome. I’ll be telling this story for years!”

    Related:
    Unsure How To Insure, Part 4
    Unsure How To Insure, Part 3
    Unsure How To Insure, Part 2


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