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    Valet Delay

    | PA, USA | Crazy Requests, Employees, Tourists & Travel, Transportation

    (A few friends and I take a road trip. We’re all young-ish professionals (late 20′s to early 30′s). We drive my friend’s very nice, but certainly not ‘exotic’ car. The hotel rooms are in my name. My friend drops his car at valet and we head up to our rooms. I discover I’ve forgotten something, and decide to drive to a store and buy a replacement so I can get the brand I prefer.)

    Me: “Hi. Sorry to do this to you since we just dropped it off, but I need to get our car out.” *hand the valet the ticket*

    Valet: “It’s really no problem, ma’am. Can I see your ID to confirm this is your room?”

    (I show it and he checks it against the computer.)

    Valet: “I’ll have it up front for you in just a minute.”

    (He walks back into the valet office and I walk out to the front driveway of the hotel. A minute later, the valet appears out front, on foot.)

    Valet: “Ma’am, could you please describe the car for me?”

    Me: “Sure, it’s a black [make and model], it has a [State] vanity license plate that reads [license plate].”

    Valet: “Uh, huh. And this is your car?”

    Me: “Well, no, it belongs to the friend I’m sharing a room with. But it should be booked in under [room number], which is under my name. We can call my friend to confirm it’s okay I take it out, if you need to. He’s in the room.”

    Valet: *taking a very snarky tone* “Uh, huh, sure. I think I’m going to need your ‘friend’ to come down here in person and confirm that.”

    Me: “That seems like a bit of an inconvenience given that it’s booked in under my room number and I’ve shown you my ID, but I guess I can ask him to do that.”

    (I pull out my phone to text him and ask him to come down.)

    Valet: “Make sure to tell him to bring ID so I can confirm that car belongs to him.”

    Me: “Um, okay. I know it’s a nice car, but this is also a luxury hotel, so it shouldn’t be all that surprising to have guests driving that kind of car. You have several nicer cars waiting to be parked right here in the driveway.”

    (While I pace around waiting for my friend to come down, I notice two guys in suits standing a few feet away watching me very carefully. Slowly it’s dawning on me that the valet thinks I’m trying to steal the car. My friend arrives after a few minutes.)

    Friend: “Hey, man. That’s my car she’s trying to take out. Here’s my driver’s license, as you requested. There are four of us on this trip, so could I just register their names with you so that any of us can take it out without me explicitly allowing it every time, or at least register that anyone in a room under her name has permission?”

    (The valet nods, and the suited dudes walk up to us.)

    Suit #1: “Sir, please let me see that ID. Is the registration for the car on you or in the vehicle? You say you’re a guest here?”

    (Unfortunately for all these guys, my friend is kind of a drama queen, and ALSO a young self-made entrepreneur.)

    Friend: “You bet your ass I’m a guest here, but I’m also a GUEST of my friend here, who just happens to be a premiere member of your loyalty club and has three rooms under her name in your hotel right now. So I suggest you stop harassing us and start treating us like the valued guests we both are, before I have your jobs. If I gave my clients this kind of attitude after they’ve proven their bona fides TWICE, I’d never be able to afford that really nice car you won’t go and fetch for me. NOW!”

    (We got the car, as well as a note in our room later indicating that the hotel had waived our parking fees for our stay for our troubles. The valet didn’t mess with us again, but he did miss out on some nice tips!)

    Mugged Of Their Green Credentials

    | NJ, USA | At The Checkout, Employees, Extra Stupid, Food & Drink

    (There’s a coffee shop in the library on my college campus. There are signs advertising a school mug as a way to be more green, by using fewer paper cups. My friend goes there one day with one of these mugs.)

    Friend: “I’d like a [coffee].”

    Cashier: “That’ll be [price].”

    Friend: *handing over payment card* “I have one of these [College] mugs. Do I give it to you to fill?”

    Cashier: “Oh, no. You fill the mug yourself after we give you the drink in one of the paper cups.”


    | Australia | Employees, Health & Body, Rude & Risque, Technology

    (I’m in a hospital waiting to get my X-ray done. Eventually it’s my turn and the X-ray tech is getting me changed in a little cubicle with some folded hospital gowns on the bench.)

    Tech: “So I’ll need you to take everything off, including the bra, but you can leave your underwear and socks. Once you’re done just come into the room.”

    (The tech starts to leave but quickly turns back.)

    Tech: “Oh wait. I mean, put on a gown so it’s open at the back, and then come in!”

    (We both laugh and she closes the door. After I get changed I walk in and she gets me seated on the X-ray bed.)

    Tech: “Sorry. I know you probably knew what I meant, but you always need to be specific when you get people changed. You’d be surprised how many people come out completely naked!”

    I Tire Of Your Ploy

    | VA, USA | Employees, Liars/Scammers, Transportation

    (I am at a mechanic’s to get an oil change. I have been going to this place for a few years, but this is the first time I have seen this employee.)

    Employee: “I need to go to your car to get the mileage and VIN number.”

    (When we reach my car, he starts to check out the tires.)

    Employee: “You’re going to need all your tires replaced. Where did you get them?!”

    Me: “From you guys, about six months ago! What kind of s*** did you sell me?”

    (Funny, how the quality of the tires improved in a matter of seconds. I might not know a lot about cars, but I do know when a scam is coming my way. He never tried to pull anything like that on me again, and the rest of the staff always treated me like a valued customer.)

    Read Them Their Rights

    | ON, Canada | Employees, Ignoring/Inattentive, Lazy/Unhelpful, Money

    (In my province, you receive a check every month or so for taxes if you make under a certain amount per year. As a student, I regularly receive these so I go to my bank to deposit one and various other items. The bank has been offering increasingly worse service every time I visit.)

    Me: “Hello! I’d like to deposit this into my account today, please.” *slides check over*

    Teller: “Can’t you read?!”

    Me: “Excuse me? Yes, I can. Is there a problem?”

    Teller: “What day is listed on here?”

    Me: “The tenth.”

    Teller: “And today is the seventh, you have to wait three more days.” *calls to the next person in line* “I can help you over here!”

    Me: “I’m sorry, but I’m not done. Can YOU read?”

    Teller: “Of course I can!”

    Me: “Okay. Well, what is the month listed on the check?”

    (The teller rolls her eyes but reads as if she’s humouring me. All of a sudden she looks embarrassed.)

    Me: “If you had bothered to take two seconds out of your day you would have seen that this is the previous month’s check. Also, before you rudely cut me off and called to the next person you never asked if I had additional banking I needed to do, and I have a few more deposits to make.)

    (The teller finishes up my deposits without saying anything to me or even looking at me. I closed my account with them shortly after.)

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