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    An Urgent Lack Of Urgency

    | Manchester, England, UK | Coworkers, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (I work on the help desk at a hospital. A friend of mine in another department is on her last day with the organisation, and as she can’t be replaced, the clinical service she runs is being shut down. She calls me about 30 minutes before she’s due to leave forever because she can’t access her voicemail. She needs to record a new message to tell any patients who call that her service has been discontinued. There is no one else who can leave the message after she’s gone, so I call  the telecoms guy on his mobile and after telling her to ring me back if there’s any other issues I put her straight through. I tell my colleague my friend’s name, how urgent it’d be if she rang back, and why. About 20 minutes later, I hear this…)

    Colleague: “Okay, so your name is [Friend]? Okay… and you were just talking to [My Name]?”

    (I assume something’s gone wrong, so I get up, walk across the office and stand right next to my colleague so I can take the call from her.)

    Colleague: *completely ignoring me* “Okay, so the telecoms guy said he’d sorted it but it’s still not sorted. I’ve logged that job for you. … [My Name]? No, he’s not in the office right now. Okay, have a good day, bye!”

    (She turns to me then, big proud smile on her face.)

    Colleague: “And that’s how you fob someone off!”

    (I just stand there speechless for a moment.)

    Me: “But I told you she was my friend, and there’s literally only 10 minutes left to solve her problem, why did you do that?!”

    Colleague: “Oh, I forgot.”

    (She goes back to looking at her screen, not a care in the world.)

    He Swore It Was On Aisle Three

    | Cordova, TN, USA | Bad Behavior, Employees, Language & Words

    (I am looking for something in the organic section. I am in the store at around 12:15 am. I walk up to a night stocker.)

    Me: “Can you tell me where to find organic coconut oil?”

    Him: “That mother-f***** is going to be on aisle three.”

    (I walked away dumbfounded, headed to aisle three, and finally found it on aisle five.)

    That Age-Old Taboo

    | CA, USA | Employees, Language & Words, Movies & TV

    (I’m autistic, and despite holding a customer service position, I’ve never been very good at conversing with people (I was hired primarily for my extensive knowledge of our products). After watching one of my coworkers easily strike up lively conversations with customers, I decide to try practicing my social skills with a customer who’s purchasing a DVD.)

    Me: “Oh! I really need to watch this one. I’ve heard it’s excellent.”

    Customer: “Yeah, it’s great! I first watched it back when I was, like, thirteen. I didn’t get most of the references back then.”

    Me: “You saw it when you were thirteen? Wow, I didn’t know it had been around that long!”

    (The customer was suddenly less enthusiastic for the rest of the transaction. I didn’t figure out what could have gone wrong until after he left. Then I decided it’d be best to stop practicing for the day.)

    A Late Bloomer

    | Delta, BC, Canada | Job Seekers, Theme Of The Month, Time

    (I have a job interview at 2:30. Wanting to make a good impression, I arrive to the interview early, around 2:10.)

    Me: “Hello,.I’m here to see Mr. [Name], for my interview.”

    Receptionist: “Okay, he’s just right around the corner. Good luck!”

    (I go to meet my interviewer, who isn’t looking very happy.)

    Me: “Hi, I’m [My Name]. I’m here for my job interview.”

    Interviewer: “Nice to meet you. Now, shall we get started?”

    Me: “Really?”

    Interviewer: “Of course I mean really. Let’s get going!”

    (He takes me to his office and conducts the interview inside. Just as we’re finishing…)

    Interviewer: “All right, Mr. [My Name], thank you for taking the time to come here. Before you leave today, mind if I give you some advice? For future reference, if you have a job interview, try to arrive on time.”

    Me: “Sir, I do not know what you’re talking about. I was supposed to have an interview at 2:30; we started too early, if anything.”

    Interviewer: “Wait, YOU’RE my 2:30?!”

    (He begins to flip through a notepad and scans through his list of interviews. I took a quick peek, and saw my name on the 2:30 line.)

    Interviewer: “Well, okay then. This changes everything! Sorry about that!”

    (With some impeccable timing, the office door swings open, and a disheveled man rushes in.)

    Disheveled Man: “Sorry I’m late! I’m [Name Above My Name On The List] and I’m here for my interview!”

    (Since my interview was done, all that was left for me to do was leave. About two weeks later, I got a callback and I was hired! When I started working, I haven’t seen that other guy.)

    Going Going Gone

    , | Rosemont, IL, USA | Bizarre/Silly, Employees, Food & Drink, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (I’m in the DRIVE-THRU.)

    Cashier: “So that was a number five with a sweet tea. Anything else?”

    Me: “No, thanks. That’s all.”

    Cashier: “Will that be for here or to go?”

    Me: “to… go…?”

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