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    The Cake Coupon Is A Lie

    | North Bay, ON, Canada | At The Checkout, Employees, Extra Stupid, Food & Drink

    (There is a page for a manager to the checkout, which I take.)

    Me: “What’s the issue here?”

    Customer: “Your cashier is refusing to use my coupon.”

    Me: *examining the coupon* “So this is a dollar off for pound cake… It isn’t expired… and the product is correct. [Cashier], why aren’t you accepting this?”

    Cashier: *puts the cake-mix down on the scale with an exaggerated, exasperated sigh* “Look, this ISN’T a pound of cake!”

    World Peace: A Shoot ’em Up

    | Sioux Falls, SD, USA | Employees, Extra Stupid

    (While browsing at game store:)

    Clerk: “Are you looking for anything in particular?”

    Me: “World Peace.”

    (I’m a smart-a** and expected a smart-a** reply.)

    Clerk: “Let me check the computer.”

    (I followed to see what happens next while her coworker looks on in bemusement. She checks the computer.)

    Clerk: “Do you know what system it’s under?”

    (She was serious.)

    Not Determined On Terminology

    | The Netherlands | Coworkers, Extra Stupid, Language & Words, Technology

    (I’m presenting a user interface design to my team.)

    Developer: *pointing at imagery* “So, this is an overlayer?”

    Me: “That’s an overlay, or a modal screen, indeed.”

    Developer: “Ah, so, an overlayer.”

    Me: “It’s overlay, not overlayer.”

    Developer: “No, it’s overlayer.”

    Me: “Overlayer sounds like a combination of overlay and layer to me. ‘Overlay’ is a word, and a ‘layer’ is a Photoshop term. Overlayer is not commonly used in this field. Just call it an overlay, or modal.”

    Developer: “Whatever, it’s just an overlayer to me.”

    Me: “Can we just stick to one word to avoid confusion? Overlay is the right word for it. Just use it.”

    Developer: “It’s overlayer.”

    Me: *facepalm*

    (This provided for a lot of confusion in the following meetings with team members, managers, and even stakeholders. The same happened for ‘throbber’, which is a little-known, but short and simple word for ‘thingy that spins when you are waiting for something to load’ – the term they insisted on using…)

    Didn’t Apply Themselves To The Application

    | St. Louis, MO, USA | Extra Stupid, Job Seekers

    (A customer approaches me at the counter and hands in his job application.)

    Customer: “So, do I just go in back now and find out when I work next week?”

    Me: “What? No. Handing in an application doesn’t make you an employee. There’s interviews that have to be done assuming your application is even picked, bud.”

    Customer: “Oh…”

    The Keys To Stupidity

    | Australia | Bizarre/Silly, Coworkers, Extra Stupid

    (I work at a reception desk and am often handed lost property. An employee approaches me with a car key.)

    Employee: “I’ve just emailed you a picture of a car. I found these keys in the door.”

    (After sending the email to the staff, Employee and I realize the keys may not belong to a person that works in our building, as we share parking spaces with other businesses. Employee writes a note and leaves to stick it on the car. Meanwhile I take a closer look at the keys.)

    Me: *to Employee when he comes back* “These keys have an address and home phone number attached to them.”

    Employee: “Really?”

    Me: “As well as another key that’s probably to their house. I’ve just realised that if we were less that honest people, we’d have everything we need to break into their house.”

    Employee: “Oh, my god.”

    Me: “We could even call ahead to make sure no one’s home.”

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