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    Category: Bad Behavior

    A Bad Response To The First Response

    | Westfield, IN, USA | Bad Behavior, Coworkers, Health & Body

    (I am talking to some customers while wearing my fire department sweatshirt. It’s not uniform compliant but it is a VERY cold winter.)

    Customer: “Are you a firefighter?”

    Me: “No, I’m—”

    Coworker: *interrupting* “No, she’s the EMT who waits outside for the firefighters who were stupid enough to run into a burning building!”

    Customers & Me: *shocked faces*

    (After the customers left I gave my coworker a ‘corrective interview’ about how first responders risk their lives to save others and should be shown the proper respect!)

    A Memorable Transaction

    | England, UK | Bad Behavior, Employees, Liars/Scammers, Technology

    (We’re looking for a new digital camera. I find one I like and go to reserve it.)

    Salesperson: There is a deal today: when you buy this camera you can buy this 8 gigabyte memory card for only £14.99.

    Me: “No, thanks.”

    Salesperson: *a bit rudely* “You have to buy a memory card, or it won’t work.”

    Me: “Really, that’s okay, thank you. I know what I’m doing.”

    Salesperson: “How about you buy it and if you don’t like it you can return it?”

    Girlfriend: “Maybe we should buy it then, if we need it anyway?”

    Me: “Trust me; we don’t want that one.”

    Salesperson: “Suit yourself, then!”

    (The camera turns up just a few days later. When I go to collect it I see the same salesperson standing there. She motions her colleague, as if to ‘show off’ what she is going to do next.)

    Salesperson: “I remember you.” *hands me the camera* “It’s still not going to work if you don’t put a memory card in it.” *I can hear her coworker laughing at this point*

    Me: “Yeah. You see…” *I open the box* “I do know a little about cameras. and this…” *I pull a SDHC card out of my pocket* “…is not only double the size, not only two models faster, but it was also £5 cheaper than the one you tried to bully us into buying.”

    (The salesperson stood there for a few moments, with an open mouth, then rushed our transaction through in complete silence. When I got it home the memory card worked brilliantly, and it turned out the camera had an internal memory that wasn’t listed, meaning that she was completely lying about it needing a card in the first place.)

    Got On The Wrong Side Of The Bus This Morning

    | Lansing, MI, USA | Bad Behavior, Employees, Health & Body, Ignoring/Inattentive, Money, Transportation

    (I am very sick with tonsillitis. It is so bad that my throat occasionally will swell to the point where it nearly blocks my airways. I can’t get the surgery I need until the end of my semester, so I have to wait a few months for treatment, while being treated with steroids. I wake up one morning having some breathing problems. I figure I would have time to get to the hospital if I took the bus (I can’t afford an ambulance). The following exchange occurs with the bus driver.)

    Me: *extremely hoarsely* “Excuse me, does this bus go to the hospital?”

    Driver: “Pay your 60 cents.”

    Me: “Sir, please, I need to know if this goes to [Hospital] emergency room.”

    Driver: “Pay.”

    Me: “Hospital…?”

    Driver: “PAY.”

    Me: “…fine.” *drops coins in slot* “Does this go to the emergency room?”

    Driver: *ignores me*

    Passenger: “Excuse me, miss. Yes, this bus goes past the hospital. I’m headed there myself.”

    Me: “Thank you, sir.”

    Passenger: “No problem. I don’t see why this jack-a** won’t do his job and tell a young lady who is clearly in a lot of pain and struggling to speak if she’s on the bus to the emergency room!”

    (He made sure to pull the cord and help me off the bus. Thank you, kind bus passenger! And bus driver, I hope you were just having a bad day.)

    ’twas Beauty Killed The Beastly Employee

    | England, UK | Bad Behavior, Employees, Health & Body

    (It’s a very hot day and I’ve popped into town shirtless. I really need to use the toilet so walk over to the public toilets nearby. A sign says that they are open until 6 pm, however the doors are locked despite it being only 5.15pm. The maintenance man is nearby.)

    Me: “Excuse me, can you unlock the toilets? I really need to go.”

    Maintenance Man: “Sorry, you’ll have to use [nearby Supermarket].”

    Me: “I don’t have a shirt on so I doubt they’ll let me in.”

    Maintenance Man: “[Nearby Supermarket] has toilets. Use them. I’ve just cleaned these.”

    (Being desperate, I have no time for arguing, so I’m about to start walking away to find another toilet when a beautiful blonde woman approaches the man.)

    Beautiful Blonde Woman: “Excuse me, can you open the toilets up for me?”

    Maintenance Man: *smiling* “’Course I can, sweetheart.”

    (He unlocks the disabled toilets.)

    Beautiful Blonde Woman: “Oh, thank you so much. Now, you can let my friend here use them.” *to me* “There you go, sir!”

    Me: “Thanks so much!”

    (The look on the maintenance man’s face was worth it as I ran into the toilet! Thank you so much, Beautiful Blonde Woman!)

    Caught Red Ink Handed

    | Portland, OR, USA | Bad Behavior, Coworkers, Liars/Scammers

    (I work in a parking garage, and the parking officers are notorious for stealing our pens. Half of what we do is hand written, while they rarely hand write anything. They give us our breaks sometimes. This happens when I am coming back from a break. At the time, I am using my own pen.)

    Me: “Hold on. Where’s my pen?”

    Officer: “It was right there. Maybe it fell?”

    Me: “That was my own pen because the one in here vanished earlier. The main office is closed and I don’t have anything to write with. Do you have an extra?”

    Officer: “No, just the one, and I need it.”

    Me: *catching on* “Can I see it?”

    Officer: *hands it over*

    Me: “Funny, I didn’t realize they provided pens with my full name on it.”

    (I’d never seen one of those guys run so fast.)

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