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    What A Total D#

    | KY, USA | Bizarre/Silly, Bosses & Owners, Employees, Theme Of The Month

    (During college, I had a summer job as a cashier in a grocery store.  I got along well with most of the staff, so they let me goof around a little bit. My last shift there before I went back to school, I had someone that the training warns you about.  If you work there, you couldn’t take checks unless they had their driver’s license or if they had a store card with a C# denoting they had check cashing privileges there. Having an unsecured card meant you had a D#.)

    Me: “All right, your total is [amount].”

    Customer: “Here you go.”  *hands me a check with a D# on it*

    Me: “Uh, ma’am, does your card have a C# on it?”

    Customer: No, a D#.”

    Me: “Do you have your driver’s license?”

    Customer: “No.”

    Me: “I can’t take a check with a D# on it.”

    Customer: “They’ve always taken it before.”

    Me: “They weren’t supposed to.”

    Customer: “Well, I don’t have it.”

    Me: “Ma’am, I can’t take a check without one or the other.”

    Customer: “Well, my card has a D# and I didn’t bring my driver’s license.”

    Me: “Well, I…”

    Customer: “Listen, you little son of a *****, you take that **** check or I’ll call your manager.”

    (At this point, knowing it’s my last shift, I decide I’m going to win this one.  I whip off my vest and name tag, and throw them on the floor.)

    Me:  ”FINE. If I’m going to be treated like this, I QUIT.”

    (I walk off to the break room and sit down.  A few minutes later, a manager walks in, laughing.)

    Me: “You don’t seem upset.”

    Manager: “No, that was great.”

    Me: What did she tell you?”

    Manager: “She said you threw a fit and wouldn’t take her check.  When I went through the number thing with her, she said that’s what you said.”

    Me: “I did.”

    Manager: “I figured.  I told her she made one of my best cashiers quit, and suddenly, she had her driver’s license.”

    Washing Their Hands Of The Problem

    | SC, USA | Employees, Ignoring/Inattentive, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (I am a resident in this apartment complex and the management constantly makes excuses when you need a handyman.)

    Me: “Hi. My dishwasher seems to be holding water and not draining. Could you send someone up?”

    Management: “Oh, well, you probably aren’t letting the cycle finish. It will pause for about 15 minutes. Just leave it and it will drain.”

    (I am all kinds of lazy; I definitely do not try and unload my dishwasher within 15 minutes of hearing it stop. Usually, it will be the next day before I even remember I ran it.)

    Me: “I don’t think that is the problem. It happens every time and I haven’t been opening it.”

    Management: “I will send someone up to show you how to use it properly.”

    (I didn’t even know how to respond, so I just hung up.)

    Can Make Your Head Swim

    | Fort Collins, CO, USA | Bizarre/Silly, Employees

    (I go in for a haircut shortly after washing my hair. My shampoo is scented with ylang-ylang flower.)

    Stylist: “Are you a swimmer?”

    Me: “What? No, it’s been years since I went swimming, actually.”

    Stylist: “Your hair smells like chlorine. Too much of that can turn your hair green, you know. Swimmers need to be careful with their hair.”

    Me: “I’m not a swimmer.”

    Stylist: “But your hair smells like chlorine!”

    Me: “I don’t see how it could. I just shampooed my hair before driving here.”

    Stylist: “Shampoo isn’t always enough to get all the chlorine out.”

    Me: “Okay, listen, there isn’t any chlorine. I’m not a swimmer. I haven’t been in a pool. There’s no chlorine. My hair doesn’t smell like chlorine because it hasn’t come into contact with any chlorine. Okay? It smells like my shampoo.”

    Stylist: “Well, then your shampoo has chlorine in it.”

    Me: “No, it doesn’t. It’s scented with ylang-ylang, which you’re probably not familiar with, but I don’t understand how you could mistake a tropical flower smell for chlorine.”

    Stylist: *muttering* “Smells like chlorine. Need to be careful with chlorine. I’ve seen green hair.”

    Me: “I also don’t chemically treat my hair, so it’s not likely to turn green.”

    (She finally shut up about it, but her single-minded insistence that I was a swimmer on her way to having green hair was just incomprehensible to me.)

    There’s A Crack In Their Window

    | Detroit, MI, USA | Criminal/Illegal, Employees, Liars/Scammers, Technology

    Scammer: “Hello Ma’am. This is Microsoft Tech Support. We have a report from your internet service provider that your computer has been hacked and is sending out viruses.”

    Me: “Oh really?”

    Scammer: “Yes, Ma’am. Your ISP is giving this tech support assistance absolutely free to all their customers. I just need you to sit down at your computer and I’ll give you directions so on how to fix the problem.”

    Me: “And who did you say is calling?”

    Scammer: “This is Microsoft Tech Support. And the call is absolutely free. If you will just turn on your computer, I’ll walk you through fixing the problem so that we can stop the hackers from using your machine.”

    Me: “No, you’re not.”

    Scammer: “Excuse me?”

    Me: “You aren’t Microsoft Tech Support. This is a scam.”

    Scammer: “No, Ma’am. Windows is from Microsoft, and I’m calling because your Internet Service Provider contacted Microsoft about your computer being hacked. Your ISP is paying for this call; therefore, we here at Microsoft can help you fix your computer free of charge.”

    Me: “I don’t think so. You’re hacker and you’re trying to get access to my computer. And it won’t work because I already know it’s a scam. I use Linux.”

    (Very long silence… *click*)

    Very Bad Reception, Part 7

    | Adelaide, SA, Australia | Bad Behavior, Criminal/Illegal, Employees, Family & Kids, Health & Body

    (I am 16, and have a condition that I’m currently getting treated with ultra-violet light. I have to stand in a light box. On this day, I finish up and go to reception to pay my bill. There is no one there. I ring the bell, and end up waiting about 10 minutes. No one comes to the desk. I call my mum.)

    Me: “Mum, I’ve been standing at reception in the doctor’s office for 10 minutes, and no one is here. No other patients, no one. I don’t know what to do. Could you please drive past on your way home and pay the bill for me? If I stay any longer, I’ll miss my bus to work.”

    (My mother reported this next part of the story to me.)

    Mum: “Hi, I’m here to pay the bill for [My Name]. She was here earlier today and no one was around when she left.”

    Receptionist #1: “Oh, HER. We’ve been talking about that disgraceful girl all day. You should be ashamed.”

    Mum: “Excuse me?!”

    Receptionist #2: “Fancy running out without paying. She claims there was no one here? What a load of rubbish. I hope you are proud, raising such an irresponsible girl.”

    Mum: “I’m here to pay her bill. Now, how would I know to do that if she hadn’t have called me, upset, worried that she couldn’t pay?”

    Receptionists: “Um…”

    Mum: “That’s right. I’m here because, after waiting here for 10 minutes to pay, she called me, upset because she was going to miss her bus to work. I’m here because she did the only thing she could do. Would you like to rethink your accusations?”

    (The receptionists went about the rest of the transaction in an angry silence. What they didn’t know is that my mother was friends with one of the casual staff at the surgery. We found out later that the receptionists had gone out for lunch and forgotten I was there. The big speech about me doing a runner was so that the doctors wouldn’t know they’d left the desk unattended. Nothing says guilt like an aggressive overreaction!)

    Very Bad Reception, Part 6
    Very Bad Reception, Part 5
    Very Bad Reception, Part 4

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