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    Should Have Been Childs-Play

    | Melbourne, VIC, Australia | Employees, Family & Kids, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (This story takes place a few years ago, when my eldest child was only a few months old. I have just returned to work, and my husband is out of the state at a conference. I am picking my daughter up from her childcare centre, and am still nervous about leaving her for the day. I arrive to find a carer locking the main gate.)

    Me: “Oh, my god! What are you doing? My baby’s in there!”

    Carer: “Excuse me, ma’am, but all children have been picked up all ready. I’m locking up.”

    (I’m obviously extremely distressed by this.)

    Me: “Please, my daughter! You have to let me in!”

    Carer: “Please step back, ma’am. All children have been picked up. You need to calm down.”

    Me: “But I haven’t picked her up yet! She’s still here. Let me in!”

    Carer: “Your husband probably picked her up and forgot to tell you. It’s not my fault. Take it up with him.”

    (By this point I am in tears and screaming.)

    Me: “My husband’s out of the state. Either let me in or I’m calling the police.”

    (The carer eventually let me in, and, surprise, surprise, we found my daughter sitting in the playroom, perfectly happy on her own. Needless to say, I never left her there again.)

    Not Getting Carried Away With Customer Service

    | Toronto, ON, Canada | Employees, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (It is just before Christmas and I’m heavily pregnant. I’ve also injured myself to the point where I need a cane to walk. I’ve ordered all my shopping online to avoid unnecessary travel. This occurs when the delivery guy shows up. The man rings my doorbell and drops a heavy box on my porch. I waddle over to get it. We make eye contact as I struggle to lift the box inside. The guy quickly turns around back to his van.)

    Me: “Hi. Could—”

    (He’s back at the van at this point, looking very much like he’s trying to ignore me. Suddenly he heads back again.)

    Me: “Could you please hel—”

    (He thrusts the invoice at me, barely looking.)

    Delivery Guy: “I forgot; you need to sign this.”

    Me: “Okay, but could you help me carry—”

    (He grabbed the signed order and rushed off, leaving me to handle the package alone. The best part? A few days later, another package arrived. The woman who delivered it went out of her way to help me move the box inside to a convenient spot. Same company and everything!)

    Service Request Is Stalled

    | Redmond, WA, USA | Bizarre/Silly, Employees

    (I am the receptionist at a local office park. Today an employee came down with a very embarrassed grin on her face.)

    Employee: “Hello. Uh, could I please ask you to submit a service request?”

    Me: “Sure, what’s it concerning?”

    Employee: “Uh, could I write it down on a post-it note for you?”

    (I’m confused by this but oblige her. She manages to write down a few words

    before breaking down into hysterical laughter.)

    Me: “Ma’am, are you okay?”

    Employee: “Yes, fine! Just… Oh, you are not going to believe this.”

    (She starts writing again, and then breaks down in laughter again. Seeing my increasingly perplexed expression only makes her giggle harder as she finishes her note and hands it back to me.)

    Employee: “You can use my exact wording there if it’ll help. I need to go home and change clothes.”

    (She bolted out of the lobby, and on the way out I noticed several dark stains on her pants. I looked at the note which read, “1st floor ladies’ toilets. 3rd stall lock is broken and toilet overflowed. (I literally had to crawl through s*** to get out!) Miss [Coworker] can bear witness.” I later asked said coworker who told with much amusement how she indeed happened to be using the sink when the poor employee scrambled out from under the locked stall door Indiana Jones style, with a tide of dirty water chasing after her.)

    Toast Of Sandwiches Past

    | Vancouver, BC, Canada | Employees, Extra Stupid, Food & Drink

    (I’m calling in a take-out order to a restaurant that I order from frequently.)

    Me: “Can I please get a club sandwich on whole wheat bread?”

    Cashier: “I’m sorry; we don’t have whole wheat bread.”

    Me: “Really? Did you stop carrying it? I ordered the same thing last week, and you had whole wheat bread then.”

    Cashier: “No, we don’t have whole wheat bread. We just have whole wheat toast…”

    (I have no idea what to say to that without sounding like a smartass, so I sit in silence for a moment. I can practically hear the wheels starting to turn in her head.)

    Cashier: “Oh. I guess we can probably use that bread to make your club.”

    Me: “Sounds good.”

    Uncooked Pigs Don’t Fly With Me

    | NY, USA | Employees, Food & Drink, Health & Body, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (My friend and I decide to eat at a Russian restaurant we have never eaten at before. We order some dumplings and a ‘Georgian sausage.’ The sausage, which is made of pork, is a very large one, which we share. It is when I cut into the center and try it that I realize it is still quite raw on the inside. We call over the waiter.)

    Me: “Excuse me, this sausage is undercooked, it’s still raw in the center.” *show the sausage*

    Waiter: “This is fine. It is cooked.”

    Me: “No, it’s not, and this sausage is made of pork, which is dangerous to serve undercooked like this.”

    Waiter: “The sausage is cooked. If you wanted it well done, you should have asked for it well done!”

    (We left without tipping, as we shouldn’t have to ask for pork to be ‘well done’!)


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