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    Saved The Day, And The Email

    | England, UK | Bosses & Owners, Extra Stupid, Ignoring/Inattentive, Technology

    (My boss is a technophobe but also an old friend, so when he has a computer issue, be it his daughters IPod or a work related issue, it normally falls down to me. Also note that I have no training or experience with IT.)

    Boss: *yelling* “[My Name], come here, please.”

    Me: “Yep?”

    Boss: “How do you do that thing with your Hotmail?”

    Me: “The what with the what?”

    Boss: *getting stressed* “The code thing. I can’t get into my account!”

    Me: “Sounds like a security issue. Let me see.”

    (He types Google into the search bar, then Hotmail into Google, before clicking the link to the main site instead of the ‘log in’ option.)

    Me: “Okay, so log in.”

    Boss: “No, it wont let me.I don’t think you can do it.”

    Me: “Just log in.”

    Boss: *still irate* “See! See! It needs a code. You won’t be able to fix it. I knew it.”

    Me: “Okay, click this.”

    Boss: “You do it.”

    Me: “Okay, so we need to set up a secondary email.”

    Boss: “No. I don’t want to lose my emails.”

    Me: “No, you won’t. It states there that you can still access your emails. I will use your work email.” *does it* “…Okay, you should get an email soon.”

    Boss: *high fives me* “Oh, you are good!”

    Me: “We’re not there yet. Open the email, and okay, it should direct you…”

    (The link eventually opens into the account page, titled ‘account’.)

    Boss: *head in his hands* “No, this isn’t it. I knew it.”

    Me: *I struggle with the navigation; he gets more worked up* “Just click out and sign in.”

    (It worked!)

    Me: “Okay, so that is set up. You will get another email soon with the code information. All you have to do is follow the instructions.”

    (What felt like the longest five minutes of my life was over when…)

    Boss: “So, how do I do my wife’s account?”

    Me: “You wife had the same message?”

    Boss: “Yes.”

    Me: “Well, you do what we have done here. Set up a secondary email and wait for the code.”

    Boss: “No. No, I will call you.”

    (It was even harder the second time. He had learnt nothing from me showing him, but this time I couldn’t take over.)

    Be The Change You Want To Give

    | FL, USA | At The Checkout, Employees, Extra Stupid, Money

    (My fiancé and I are going through a check-out with a small amount of food so I decide to pay with cash, which I have never done at this store before.)

    Cashier: “Your total is $12.56.”

    (I hand the cashier a $20 bill. He hands it back to me. I think it’s odd, but I don’t say anything, assuming that’s how they handle cash at this location.)

    Cashier: “And $7.44 is your change.”

    (The cashier hands me the change and I try to hand him the $20 bill, but he doesn’t take it.)

    Me: “Sir, the $20?”

    Cashier: *genuinely confused* “What?”

    Me: “You need to take the $20.00.”

    (The cashier just stared at me uncertainly.)

    Me: “You handed me the $20 back after I gave it to you and now you have handed me the change too. Please, take the $20.”

    (He finally took it but still seemed completely unconvinced.)

    Me: *to my fiancé, after we leave* “I really don’t think he believed me. I never had to work so hard to convince someone to take my money before.”

    Fiancé: “I don’t think he believed you either, but he will when his register isn’t short that $20 at the end of the night!”

    Our Resident Idiot

    | Jensen Beach, FL, USA | Coworkers, Extra Stupid, Food & Drink, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (We are dining room servers preparing for the dinner rush. Because the residents can be demanding and we are pressed for time I try to have their specific requests on the table by the time they sit down to eat. This has led to the residents feeling accustomed to this type of service, and my newer coworkers somehow being under the impression that I am the only one qualified to serve things such as salad and wine. It is ten minutes into the dinner when my coworker approaches me for this conversation.)

    Coworker: “Hey, [Resident] says you forgot his wine. How do I give it to him?”

    Me: “Oops. There are glasses in the back of the kitchen, and wine is in that cooler.” *points*

    Coworker: *blank stare* “Okay?”

    (He doesn’t move, and appears to be waiting for further instructions.)

    Me: “Go get a glass and pour in the wine. Serve the resident.”

    Lutherans Have Changed Religion

    | GA, USA | Employees, Extra Stupid, Religion, Theme Of The Month

    (Back in the 1990s I was at the hospital registering for the upcoming birth of my baby. The nurse was asking me questions and completing a form on the computer. I’m not native to the USA.)

    Nurse: “Religion?”

    Me: “Pagan.”

    Nurse: “…What?”

    Me: “Pagan.”

    Nurse: “Pay what?”

    Me: “P-A-G-A-N, Pagan.”

    Nurse: “I don’t have that on my list. Is it like Lutheran?”

    Me: “No, not at all.”

    Nurse: “So, what’s your religion?”

    Me: “Pagan.”

    Nurse: “I don’t have that. What do you want me to list your religion as?”

    Me: “Pagan. Or whatever you like. ”

    Nurse: “So… Lutheran?”

    Me: *sighs* “Whatever…”

    Birthing New Stupid

    | RI, USA | Employees, Extra Stupid

    (I’ve recently gotten married and I took my husband’s name. I’m at the bank to update my name on my bank account. The teller goes through the standard questions, verifying my name and new address and then:)

    Teller: “And is your date of birth still the same?”

    (I just chuckle thinking she’s joking, until I notice she’s still staring expectantly at me.)

    Me: “Umm, yes, that hasn’t changed.”


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