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    Couldn’t Care Less Than Thirty

    | Tampere, Finland | At The Checkout, Employees, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (I’m a 22-year old woman, picking up a packet of cigarettes. In Finland you can buy them at 18, but in order to spot underage buyers there’s a new government policy encouraging cashiers to check the IDs of anyone that looks under 30.)

    Me: “Could I have a [Brand of cigarettes], please.”

    Cashier: *rings it up* “That’ll be €4.50.”

    Me: *pointing to the counter between us with a sign explaining the under-30 policy* “Umm, do I look like I’m 30 to you?”

    Cashier: “…I don’t really care.”

    Bringing Down The House

    | England, UK | Employees, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (We are looking for a new property. Rather than get sent everything on the estate agent’s books, I write an email detailing my exact expectations. My phone rings.)

    Estate Agent: “Hi, is this [My Name]?”

    Me: “Yes.”

    Estate Agent: “Okay, great, how are you doing? So, I’ve got a property you might be interested in.”

    Me: “Okay, well—”

    Estate Agent: “—It’s in the popular area of [Area], two bedrooms, and a terraced house. How does that sound? When would you like me to set up a viewing? I have Tuesday or Thursday.”

    Me: “Wait, wait, wait. Firstly, I asked to only be contacted outside office hours, and—”

    Estate Agent: “—Well, you know you do have to jump on these opportunities or you will miss them.”

    Me: “I also asked to only be contacted about [Area on the other side of the City], and for a completely different price range.”

    Estate Agent: “Well, there is no harm taking a look at this one. How about that viewing?”

    Me: “What do you think? Don’t bother calling me again.”

    (I thought the matter was resolved until I got a call from the same office, a man this time, asking why I was no longer looking for property and why I was so ‘angry for no reason.’ I explained my side of the story and he couldn’t apologise enough. He didn’t quite hang up in time for me not to hear him shout at the woman who served me first.)

    Safe In No Knowledge

    | Czech Republic | Crazy Requests, Employees

    (I am in the rummage sale joint, which sells anything from artwork to farming equipment. The staff has next to no training, which is usually no problem and it´s fun to shop there. I spot a small safe for a really low price. Having two teenage nephews and owning a gun, I see it as opportunity to make my family safer from accident. I grab the safe and take it to the counter.)

    Me: “I´d like this!”

    Teller: “Okay. I should probably tell you, though, that we do not have the combination to open it.”

    Me: “Uh… how come?”

    Teller: “We kinda lost it. The safe was here over a year.”

    Me: “Maybe the shop owner has the combination?”

    Teller: “Maybe, but he has expressly forbidden us to ever call him.”

    Me: “Well, I can’t take it, then. Sorry.”

    Teller: *thinking for a while* “Wait, you can pry it open yourself!”

    Me: “Uh, that´s not the use I had in mind for it…”

    Completely Sale’d Out

    | Milwaukee, WI, USA | Employees, Lazy/Unhelpful, Money

    (After determining that the Blu-ray player I want doesn’t have outputs that will work with my old TV, I’m trying to decide whether to wait two weeks, when I’ll be able to get a new TV also, or buy the player now, because it’s on sale.)

    Me: “So, how long is this sale good for?”

    Employee: *looks at shelf tag* “Wednesday. But don’t worry; it’ll be the same price.”

    Me: “How’s that possible? Are you saying it’s not a real sale?”

    Employee: “It’s a real sale. But these are always on sale.”

    Me: “If it’s always the same price, it’s not really on sale.”

    Employee: *backpedaling* “It’s not always the same price. Once this sale is over, it’ll be a different sale.”

    Me: “So what will the price be after Wednesday?”

    Employee: “It could be higher or lower. But it could be the same.”

    Me: *laughing* “Well, that pretty much covers it.”

    Their Service Skills Don’t Cut (Out) The Mustard

    , | Denver, CO, USA | Employees, Food & Drink, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (It’s been a long day, and I just want some quick dinner so I pull into the drive-thru.)

    Me: “Can I get a pretzel burger with no mustard, please?”

    Worker: “That doesn’t come with mustard. It comes with lettuce, tomato, onion and honey mustard.”

    Me: *facepalm* “No honey mustard then, please.”

    (Sure enough, when I get home and take a bite out of my burger, it still has honey mustard on it.)


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