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    Not A Pretty Picture Of Salesmanship

    | England, UK | Employees, Ignoring/Inattentive, Lazy/Unhelpful, Technology

    (I’m shopping for a new digital camera. I’m looking through the cameras they have on section.)

    Me: *tries to turn on the first one* “Hmm.” *tries to turn on the second one* “O… kay.”

    Worker: “Can I help you, sir?”

    Me: “Yes, I hope so. I’m looking for a camera. It needs to take decent quality photos and be in [price range].”

    Worker: “Well, we have lots of very good cameras here.”

    Me: “Yes, but none of them turn on! How can I decide on a camera if I can’t see what pictures it takes?”

    Worker: “Well, if you go online you can see sample pictures.”

    Me: “Yes, but then again, if I go online I can buy cheaper cameras from your competitors. I really wanted to see it working.”

    Worker: “Well, if you do that you won’t get reward points.”

    (Needless to say I bought from somewhere else, somewhere I could actually try it first and see the picture quality.)

    A Howler Of A Caller

    | KY, USA | Bizarre/Silly, Employees, Pets & Animals

    (I work as a receptionist at a hotel. A friend of mine was recently hired as a receptionist at the sister hotel across town, and I help train him. The first night my friend is working the night shift alone I decide to have some fun.)

    Receptionist: “Thank you for calling [Hotel]. My name is [Receptionist]. How may I help you?”

    Me: *in a stereotypical redneck accent* “Hey, do y’all accept pets?”

    Receptionist: “Yes, we do, sir. We are a very pet-friendly hotel.”

    Me: “Well, that’s good. Now let me ask you something. Are there any pets you won’t accept?”

    Receptionist: “Uh… badgers?”

    Me: “Okay, okay. Now I have a little bit of a situation. Let me see if you can help me out. Me and the missus, see, we’re really into that Eastern mysticism stuff. Now we went on a vacation to India and… and well, my wife died.”

    Receptionist: “Oh, no! I am so sorry, sir.”

    Me: “Oh, well now, that’s okay. But I appreciate it. Now see, my situation is that my wife got herself reincarnated as one of those howler monkeys. And now we’re goin’ on vacation, me and my wife, and I was wonderin’ if you could accommodate us, seein’ as how she’s a howler monkey?”

    Receptionist: “…”

    Me: *normal voice* “Hey, [Receptionist], this is [My Name].”

    Receptionist: “Oh, thank goodness! All I could think was ‘I can’t wait to tell you about this!’”

    A Memorable Transaction

    | England, UK | Bad Behavior, Employees, Liars/Scammers, Technology

    (We’re looking for a new digital camera. I find one I like and go to reserve it.)

    Salesperson: There is a deal today: when you buy this camera you can buy this 8 gigabyte memory card for only £14.99.

    Me: “No, thanks.”

    Salesperson: *a bit rudely* “You have to buy a memory card, or it won’t work.”

    Me: “Really, that’s okay, thank you. I know what I’m doing.”

    Salesperson: “How about you buy it and if you don’t like it you can return it?”

    Girlfriend: “Maybe we should buy it then, if we need it anyway?”

    Me: “Trust me; we don’t want that one.”

    Salesperson: “Suit yourself, then!”

    (The camera turns up just a few days later. When I go to collect it I see the same salesperson standing there. She motions her colleague, as if to ‘show off’ what she is going to do next.)

    Salesperson: “I remember you.” *hands me the camera* “It’s still not going to work if you don’t put a memory card in it.” *I can hear her coworker laughing at this point*

    Me: “Yeah. You see…” *I open the box* “I do know a little about cameras. and this…” *I pull a SDHC card out of my pocket* “…is not only double the size, not only two models faster, but it was also £5 cheaper than the one you tried to bully us into buying.”

    (The salesperson stood there for a few moments, with an open mouth, then rushed our transaction through in complete silence. When I got it home the memory card worked brilliantly, and it turned out the camera had an internal memory that wasn’t listed, meaning that she was completely lying about it needing a card in the first place.)

    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.)

    Got On The Wrong Side Of The Bus This Morning

    | Lansing, MI, USA | Bad Behavior, Employees, Health & Body, Ignoring/Inattentive, Money, Transportation

    (I am very sick with tonsillitis. It is so bad that my throat occasionally will swell to the point where it nearly blocks my airways. I can’t get the surgery I need until the end of my semester, so I have to wait a few months for treatment, while being treated with steroids. I wake up one morning having some breathing problems. I figure I would have time to get to the hospital if I took the bus (I can’t afford an ambulance). The following exchange occurs with the bus driver.)

    Me: *extremely hoarsely* “Excuse me, does this bus go to the hospital?”

    Driver: “Pay your 60 cents.”

    Me: “Sir, please, I need to know if this goes to [Hospital] emergency room.”

    Driver: “Pay.”

    Me: “Hospital…?”

    Driver: “PAY.”

    Me: “…fine.” *drops coins in slot* “Does this go to the emergency room?”

    Driver: *ignores me*

    Passenger: “Excuse me, miss. Yes, this bus goes past the hospital. I’m headed there myself.”

    Me: “Thank you, sir.”

    Passenger: “No problem. I don’t see why this jack-a** won’t do his job and tell a young lady who is clearly in a lot of pain and struggling to speak if she’s on the bus to the emergency room!”

    (He made sure to pull the cord and help me off the bus. Thank you, kind bus passenger! And bus driver, I hope you were just having a bad day.)

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