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    User Confuser

    | Los Angeles, CA, USA | Coworkers, Extra Stupid, Technology

    (I work in IT for a particular high end women’s fashion site. One day I get a call from one of our designers in the studio.)

    Caller: “I forgot my password again.”

    Me: “That’s all right. Let me just reset it… and your temporary password is “TempPass1″. Capital ‘T’ and ‘P.’”

    Caller: “It’s not working.”

    Me: “That’s okay. Make sure to capitalize the ‘T’ and ‘P’ and try again. It’ll prompt you for a new password when you login.”

    Caller: “Well… I mean… I don’t know my username either.”

    (I know this particular person, so I’m sure this isn’t a malicious social engineering attempt.)

    Me: “It’s your name.”

    Caller: “Yeah, I don’t remember my username.”

    Me: “It’s your name. First name, dot, last name.”

    Caller: “Yeah, I don’t know it.”

    Me: “[Caller], you know your name. I know you do. I’m calling you by your name right now.”

    Caller: “Wait… Oh, yeah! Okay, hold on… Nope, I don’t think I remember my username. Can you reset that too?”

    (I walked down to the studio and watched her try to login to her computer with her personal email address.)

    Instructions Aren’t So Clear

    | Chattanooga, TN, USA | At The Checkout, Employees, Extra Stupid, Technology

    (While we’re being checked out, an item buzzes. The register clearly displays the error, ‘BUFFER FULL – PRESS CLEAR.’)

    Cashier: “Huh. This isn’t working.”

    (She slowly reads the message, then ignores it and tries again without pressing clear. Same buzz, same error. So she tries again. And again. And again.)

    Wife: “It’s saying, ‘Buffer full – press clear.’”

    Cashier: “Yeah, that happens sometimes. Don’t worry, it’ll take.”

    (She tries it again. And again. And again.)

    Me: “You know, maybe just in case it helps, try pressing clear?”

    (She does. The error message goes away. The item rings up just fine.)

    Cashier: “Huh. He’s pretty bright, for a gentleman.”

    Wife: *under her breath* “Yeah, he’s been reading for years now…”

    Not An Apples To Apples World Anymore

    | Winnipeg, MB, Canada | Employees, Extra Stupid, Food & Drink

    (I’m buying some fruit, and I’ve brought my own re-usable cloth bags.)

    Cashier: *stares blankly into my bag, which contains Macintosh apples*

    Bagger: “What’s the matter?”

    Cashier: “I’ve never seen anything like this before.”

    Bagger: “The cloth bags? Yeah, they’re not that common.”

    Cashier: “No, man. These APPLES, man! What the heck are they? I’ve never seen apples like these in my life.”

    Bagger: “Uh, they’re Macintoshes. We sell a lot of those.”

    Cashier: *shaking his head* “There are so many different types of apples, man, and I can’t keep up.”

    Lacks The Power For The Job

    | AB, USA | Employees, Extra Stupid, Technology

    (My husband is at a home improvement store which will cut for free tile you purchase from them.)

    Tile Cutter: “This machine is great! It’s about $750, but we’ll cut your tile for free with it right in front of you! It’s so cool!”

    (He turns the saw on and immediately uses the saw to cut through its own power cord, shutting it off and creating a burning smell.)

    Tile Cutter: “Um… We’ll call you when your tile’s ready.”

    Giving You The Ringaround Runaround

    | TN, USA | Crazy Requests, Employees, Extra Stupid

    (I walk up to the front counter of a hotel which is hosting a convention I’m going to. They aren’t busy and there are multiple employees there.)

    Me: “Hi, I’d like to get a room for tonight, please.”

    Employee: “Do you have a reservation?”

    Me: “Nope.”

    Employee: “Okay, we can’t get you a room here. Walk further into the lobby, turn down that hall, and at the end there is a red phone. You have to pick up the phone and call us from that.”

    Me: “What?”

    Employee: “You have to call us on the phone. We can’t give you a room at the desk.”

    Me: “So, I have to walk away from you, use your hotel’s phone to call you, who is currently standing right in front of me, to get a room.”

    Employee: “Yup!”

    (They really made me walk around the corner to call them to get a room. Most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. Haven’t been back.)

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