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    Can’t Daylight Save This Order

    | Storrs, CT, USA | Employees, Extra Stupid, Food & Drink, Time

    (It is the night Daylight Savings time ends. Around 1:40 am, Daylight Time, I order some food for delivery and they tell me it will arrive in 30-45 minutes. An hour and a half later, it still hasn’t arrived so I call the restaurant to complain. Note that because of the clocks turning back at 2:00 am, it is now only 2:10 am.)

    Me: “Hello, I placed an order for delivery an hour and a half ago. You told me it would be here in 30-45 minutes and it’s still not here.”

    Employee: “I see here that you ordered at 1:40 am. It’s now 2:10 am. It’s only been half an hour. It should be there in about 15-20 minutes.”

    Me: “No, I ordered it 90 minutes ago, before the clocks were set back.”

    Employee: “So you’re telling me the timestamp our computer automatically prints out is wrong and you didn’t order at 1:40 am?”

    Me: “No, I did, and then 20 minutes later Daylight Savings Time ended and it went back to 1:00 am. It’s now 70 minutes after that.”

    Employee: *sarcastically* “Right…. So our employees time-traveled back an hour to avoid making your food?”

    Me: “Do you understand how Daylight Savings Time works?”

    Employee: “I really don’t care. You ordered half an hour ago. We’re very busy right now. Unless you’re going to stop lying, just wait for your food.” *hangs up*

    (The food finally arrived after another half hour, and was cold. How do people not know how Daylight Savings Time works?)

    This Conversation Is Going South

    | Catonsville, MD, USA | Employees, Extra Stupid, Geography

    (This takes place before ordering items over the Internet was popular. I am about to travel abroad and need an outlet adapter to plug in electronic devices and, given that each country has its own wiring system, I’m unsure of what to order. This happens when I am on the phone with a popular electronics store.)

    Me: “I’m traveling to Africa and I need to know which outlet adapter I should buy.”

    Salesperson: “Which country in Africa?”

    Me: “South Africa.”

    Salesperson: “Yes, but which country in South Africa?”

    Me: “South Africa.”

    Salesperson: “What’s the name of the country you’re going to?”

    Me: “The name of the country is South Africa.”

    File This One Under Stupid

    | Singapore | Bosses & Owners, Extra Stupid, Technology

    (My boss is not very tech savvy; I am the best at IT and related things in the office so he often asks me for help. I have tried many times to explain everyday computer terminology to him to no avail.)

    Boss: “[My Name], could you come over here?”

    Me: *walks over* “Yes?”

    Boss: “I just did something and now all these files have ended up in the wrong folder! Can you help me move them back here so I can rename them properly?” *waves mouse over an area of the desktop, which is already almost filled with file and folder icons*

    (I look; there are over 20 files in a “New Folder”. Note that my boss’s concept of moving files is to do them one by one; no matter how many times I’ve tried to teach him how to select multiple files and drag them to move them, he never seems to learn.)

    Boss: “They were here just now and now can you move them back.” *again gesturing vaguely at the desktop with his mouse*

    Me: “So just to be sure, you want me to move your files onto the desktop, where they will end up here?” *gesturing outside of the screen, which is the only way I’ve found that he understands that the file icons can’t be seen anymore because they are too many and can’t be all displayed on the desktop*

    Boss: “Yeah.”

    Me: “You sure?”

    Boss: “Just do it!”

    Me: Okay.” *clicks and drags all the files to the desktop, where, predictably, half the file icons can no longer be seen*

    Boss: “What did you do? I told you to move them to a separate folder so I can rename them all together!”

    Me: *sighs internally*

    This Is Not The Android You Are Looking For

    | Hong Kong, China | Bosses & Owners, Extra Stupid, Technology

    (I work for a company that manufacturers Android devices. The CEO doesn’t know much about his market.)

    CEO: “I want to preinstall this software on our Android devices.”

    (I check out the software only to find out it is outdated.)

    Me: “The software runs on DOS and requires floppy disks to be installed. It also hasn’t been updated for 15 years.”

    CEO: “So? Can we have it on our Android devices?”

    Me: “No, I’m afraid our devices don’t have a floppy disk reader or DOS…”

    Don’t Leave Me Drowning

    | Bristol, England, UK | Coworkers, Extra Stupid, Language & Words, Pets & Animals

    (This is my first office job, and whilst the office is generally staffed by middle aged ladies, they’ve recently employed quite a few of us “youths” to try and energise the business, apparently. This discussion takes place between I and two coworkers, all aged 19.)

    Coworker #1: “Ugh, I don’t understand this client email. What does ambiguous mean?”

    Coworker #2: “Isn’t that them animals that can breathe underwater?”

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