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    The Sad State Of Kate

    | OH, USA | Employees, Ignoring/Inattentive, Language & Words

    (I’m a female with a typically male name, and people often get confused when I tell them what it is. In this instance, I’m at a restaurant where I have to give my name.)

    Employee: “And what name should I put on the order?”

    Me: “Caden.”

    Employee: “Katie?”

    Me: “C-A-D-E-N.”

    Employee: “That’s a weird way to spell Katie.”

    Make Room For A Close Working Relationship

    | USA | At The Checkout, Employees, Tourists & Travel

    (My father is a doctor, and is going out of town to a meeting along with two other doctors, one male and one female, from the hospital where he works. They arrive at the hotel where they are going to stay and the other male doctor checks in without a problem. He leaves to go to his room, and the female doctor checks in. My dad then goes up to check in, at which point its discovered that because of a technical error, my dad’s reservation was cancelled.)

    Employee: *with a worried look at the computer, then at the female doctor, then at my dad* “So, how well do you two know each other…?”

    Spanking For Attention

    | Baton Rouge, LA, USA | At The Checkout, Bosses & Owners, Employees, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (I’m in line at the express lane of a local grocery store, which happens to be located right by the liquor section. The cashier on duty is a teenager and the guy ahead of me has alcohol, which she cannot sell him.)

    Cashier: “Hold on. One moment.” *turns to Coworker* “Hey, can you ring this guy through? He has some beer and I’m not allowed to do it.”

    Coworker: *ignores her and starts acting busy*

    Cashier: “Okay, then…” *getting on the intercom* “Paging [Coworker #2] to the express lane. Assistance required.”

    (Nobody comes. She pages three more times, even paging other coworkers, but no one comes. At last she spots the manager at the customer service desk and calls to him, again getting ignored.)

    Cashier: “I am so sorry everyone. I am trying.”

    Customer: “You want me to go over there and slap him on the butt?”

    Cashier: *calling the manager one last time; this time he hears her* “If he hadn’t responded just then I would’ve said yes.”

    (I hope her night got better!)

    I’ll Drink To That

    | MO, USA | At The Checkout, Employees, Food & Drink, Ignoring/Inattentive, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (I’ve just finished eating lunch and take my ticket to the woman at the counter, still holding my fountain drink which I have not finished.)

    Cashier: “One burger combo. Is that it?”

    Me: “Yep.”

    (I notice that she rings me up for my drink as well as my combo meal.)

    Me: “Oh, I didn’t get a refill or anything, so its part of the combo.”

    Cashier: “Drinks aren’t included in the combo.”

    Me: “Yes, they are. A combo is a burger, fries or tater tots, and a 24 oz drink.”

    (I point to the sign that is literally right behind her that lists what’s in the combo meal.)

    Me: “See?”

    (She stares at me for a moment, looking annoyed.)

    Cashier: “Fine.”

    (Without even looking at the sign she voids the order and just rings me up for my combo.)

    How To Win The War Against Telemarketers, Part 6

    , | Tampa, FL, USA | Crazy Requests, Employees

    (My fiance comes in the house on the phone with someone who we assume is a bill collector. He has already been on the phone with the guy for 25 minutes and the bill collector is clearly annoyed, but has yet to hang up. My fiance puts the phone on speaker.)

    Bill Collector: “Sir, we just need to verify your name and address.”

    Me: “Why do you need his name and address?”

    Bill Collector: “We have already been through this. I cannot tell you why until I verify who I am talking to.”

    Me: “So, you’re a collection company?”

    Bill Collector: “No. I’m from [Collection Company] and I just want to verify an address.”

    Me: “It says online that you’re a collection company.”

    Bill Collector:“We have a collections department, but I’m not in the collections department.”

    Me: “You know we’re on the ‘Do Not Call List,’ right? If you’re not a bill collector then you’re a solicitor and shouldn’t be calling us.”

    Bill Collector: “None of this is relevant. We can end this conversation now if you just tell me if you are [Fiancé] and what your address is.”

    Me: “Well, you still haven’t told us why you need to know this information.”

    Bill Collector: “I told you. I cannot tell you this until I know if I am speaking to [Fiancé].

    Me: “Funny. The only legal reason I can think of for you needing to know whether you’re speaking with [Fiancé] is to collect on a bill.”

    Bill Collector: *irate* “We’ve been through this. I’m not calling from a collection company. Just tell me if you’re [Fiancé] and what your address is and we’ll be done here.”

    Me: “So, you still haven’t told us why you need that information.”

    Bill Collector: “Tell you what, I’m going to take you off our list.” *hangs up*

    Fiance: *looking at his phone* “33 minutes.”

    Me: “I was impressed by his dedication.”

    How To Win The War Against Telemarketers, Part 5
    How To Win The War Against Telemarketers, Part 4
    How To Win The War Against Telemarketers, Part 3

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