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    | TX, USA | Coworkers, Extra Stupid, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (I have sent an email to a sales rep asking for more information before I can set up a user to the website. The first message asks for the following: First Name, Last Name, Email, and if the customer should be invoiced. The following is a two-day email thread that continues after the initial message.)

    Sales Rep: “Is it done yet?”

    Me: “No. You still need to fill in the information I have requested. I can’t create a login until I have the info.”

    Sales Rep: “My customer wants to place an order. Are you done?”

    Me: “I need the customer’s First Name, Last Name, Email Address, and if the customer wants to be invoiced.”

    Sales Rep: “Yes.”

    Me: “Okay… Yes, what? That did not answer any of the questions. Let me call you and ask for the info.”

    (I call and leave voicemails on the rep’s office line and personal cell phone. She never calls me back, so this continues to the next email.)

    Me: “You did not answer your phone, so I am emailing again. I need the customer’s First Name, Last Name, Email Address, and if we need to invoice the customer.”

    Sales Rep: “Yes. Do that.”

    Me: *sadly realizing that I have to spell it out* “What is the customer’s first name?”

    Sales Rep: “Jeremy.”

    Me: “Okay. What is his last name?”

    Sales Rep: “[Last Name].”

    Me: “Great. Now, what is his email address?”

    Sales Rep: “It is [Email Address].”

    Me: “All right! One more question. Does the customer want to be invoiced?”

    Sales Rep: “Yes.”

    Me: “I can set up the account now. Here is the login information…”

    Sales Rep: “About time! Why did you take so long?”

    You Coulomb Make It Up

    | Laval, QC, Canada | Employees, Extra Stupid, Math & Science, Technology

    (I go to an electronics store to buy an adaptor for a LED strip I recently bought. An employee welcomes me as I ask to be shown where in the store they keep the various adaptors. They kindly ask me what I need, and as I am saying I need a 6 amperes adaptor, they quickly grasp a package and proudly state:)

    Employee: “Here, this is what you need.”

    Me: “Huh… This reads 600 mA?”

    Employee: “Yes, that’s it: mA is a fraction of an Ampere, and 600 mA is 6 A. It’s like the litres; 500 ml is a litre…”

    Tell Them ‘NO’

    | NC, USA | Coworkers, Extra Stupid, Language & Words, New Hires

    (As the assistant manager of a game store, I joke that we need to make sure our employees know their alphabet, as we could never find what we were looking for (usually misplaced on the shelves). One holiday season, I am helping a seasonal employee, who incidentally is a high school senior, work the shelves:)

    Seasonal Employee: “Hey, [My Name], does ‘R’ come before or after ‘V?’”

    Me: “Uh… before. You know, there’s even a song about it.”

    Seasonal Employee: “Yeah, but after I reach ‘M’ I just fake it.”

    Me: “…?”

    Doesn’t Quite Cut(lery) It

    | Phoenix, AZ, USA | Employees, Extra Stupid

    (We are seated at our table promptly. The table is clean, yet missing place settings. I turn to the waiter, as he is filling our glasses, and request more ‘cutlery.’ A few minutes later he came out of the kitchen with a (very sharp) paring knife.)

    Waiter: *laying the knife in front of me* “Can you all share the knife? We only have this one.”

    Me: “No, I wanted place settings. You know, dinner knives and forks.”

    (After turning red, he grabs the knife and flees to the kitchen, apologizing.)

    Me: *to my dinner group* “I’m never using the word ‘cutlery’ again.”

    (Later, another of the kitchen staff come out and handed out butter knives to everyone. The rest of the meal was a laughable mess.)

    There Is No Spoon

    | Greenbelt, MD, USA | Employees, Extra Stupid, Food & Drink

    (I had just bought chili, and was gathering my utensils to sit down and eat.)

    Me: “Can you refill the spoons, please?”

    Cashier: “We’re out of spoons.”

    Me: “So, how am I supposed to eat my chili?”

    Cashier: *blank stare, then points at manager*

    Manager: “What’s up?”

    Me: “How am I supposed to eat my chili if you don’t have any spoons?”

    Manager: *blank stare*

    Me: “Maybe you shouldn’t sell chili if people can’t eat it.”

    Manager: <blank stare>

    Me: “Never mind. Give me my money back. I don’t want to eat here anymore.”


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