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    Too Lazy To Get A Pizza The Action

    | England, UK | Employees, Food & Drink, Lazy/Unhelpful, Top

    (It’s a national holiday meaning that most places are either closed, or only open for a reduced amount of time. Unfortunately I am at work along with nearly 100 other workers. Because we are all working the holiday, my boss has offered to buy pizza for all of us. He asks me to call and arrange.)

    Pizza Place: *all in one tone* “Hello. Welcome to [Pizza Place]. How may I take your order?”

    Me: “Hi. I need to place an order for 10 pizzas, some snacks, and drinks. When do you think you could deliver that by?”

    Pizza Place: “Sorry, we don’t have a driver today.”

    Me: “Okay, I suppose I could arrange someone to leave work for a bit. When could I pick them up?”

    Pizza Place: “Sorry. We are too busy to place an order of that size.”

    Me: “What?! It’s 11:01am. You have literally just opened. How can you possibly be too busy?”

    Pizza Place: “Sorry. We don’t have the staff today. Is there anything else I can help you with?”

    Me: “Anything else? No, I don’t think so.”

    (I give it five minutes. I ring again.)

    Pizza Place: *all in one tone* “Hello. Welcome to [Pizza Place]. How may I take your order?”

    Me: “Yes. Can I place an order for five pizzas for [First Name], for collection, please?”

    (I ring again.)

    Me: “Yes. Can I place an order for five pizzas for [Last Name], for collection, please?”

    (I go to collect and the shop is empty apart from the staff. As I’m early and the pizza is a little late I’m there for a good 10 minutes. No customers come in and the phone doesn’t ring once.)

    Me: “I’m here for a collection for [First Name] and a collection for [Last Name].”

    Cashier: “Er, why didn’t you order them together? You would have got a discount.”

    Me: “Apparently you were…” *I look around at the empty shop* “…too busy”.

    Cashier: “You are the first customer we have had all day.”

    Having The Finale Word

    | USA | At The Checkout, Employees, Ignoring/Inattentive, Movies & TV

    (I’m window-shopping when I see a small row of DVDs of one of my favorite shows. I pick up the newest one, seeing as it’s the last copy on the shelf and it’s a fairly popular show. As a note, the most recent season was split into two parts, A and B. This happens at the checkout.)

    Employee: *sees ‘Part 1′ on the DVD case*  ”Aren’t you going to pick up part two?”

    Me: “I know you guys don’t have it, so I wasn’t going to look for it.”

    Employee: “Of course we do! It’s in the TV on DVD section.”

    Me: “I know for a fact you don’t. Nobody has it. Can you not pressure me into trying to buy something you don’t have?”

    Employee: “Well, how do you know we don’t have it if you’re not even going to look for it?”

    Me: “Generally DVDs don’t go on sale until after the season’s finished, and the finale airs tonight.”

    Sign Of A Changing Disposition

    | Vancouver Island, BC, Canada | At The Checkout, Employees, Food & Drink, Money

    (My good friend and neighbour has invited me out to coffee and lunch, her treat. We go to a place in the mall I hadn’t known about before, and both order the $5.99 beef dip and fries. We get to the till…)

    Cashier: “That will be $17.86.”

    Me: “Wait, what? How does that work?”

    Cashier: “These meals are $7.99.”

    Me: “No, they’re not. It said $5.99!”

    Cashier: “It’s $5.99 for the beef dip, and $2 for fries.”

    Me: “The sign didn’t say anything about fries being extra. It just said ‘Beef dip and fries: $5.99!’”

    Cashier: “The beef dip is $5.99, but with the fries it’s $7.99.”

    Me: “Your sign says $5.99.”

    Cashier: “Well, it’s $7.99.”

    (While we have been arguing, my friend has paid for the meals, and we gather our trays to leave.)

    Me: “You should really change your sign, then. That’s false advertising. We wouldn’t have ordered this if we’d known it would be more.”

    Cashier: *annoyed shrug* “I don’t have any control over the signs.”

    (When we reach our table I say to my friend how we should go up to the person who served the food, who was directly next to the sign, and figure out what was going on. She realizes she didn’t get a receipt from him, and asks me to get it for her, since she plans on pushing for her $4 back. When I get to the counter, another woman is checking out who had ordered the same thing as us, and I catch the tail end of their conversation.)

    Customer: “Well, it had better be special, because that’s why I ordered it!”

    Cashier: “Oh, you mean the beef chili.”

    Customer: “No, the beef dip.”

    Cashier: “The beef chili is on special today.”

    Me: “No. The sign says ‘beef chili or beef dip, and fries, $5.99.’”

    Cashier: “What? Why didn’t they tell me?”

    (At this point, the cashier leaves the till to check with the kitchen, muttering about not being told. When he comes back…)

    Cashier: “They didn’t tell me! They never tell me anything! I’m sorry. That is $6.71.”

    (The customer pays and leaves, so I step up.)

    Me: “My friend actually did want her receipt, so could you either print her off a new one or find it in the pile there?”

    Cashier: *searches through a couple of discarded receipts* “I’m sorry. I’m not sure I’ll be able to. It’ll take forever. Could I offer you a… a slice of pie, as an apology?”

    Me: “I’ll have to check with my friend. I think she might just want her $4 back.”

    Cashier: “Well, I can’t process a refund without a receipt. I’m very sorry. I’ll search for it when I’ve got a moment.”

    (I return to our table and relay the encounter to my friend. We continue with our meal, figuring we would go back to check about that receipt when we were done. About halfway through, the cashier approaches us.)

    Cashier: “Hi. I’m very sorry. I can’t find your receipt. But here, I’ll give you this card for 2 free dinners. I’ll write my name on it so they know it’s from me.”

    Friend: “Thank you. That’s very nice.”

    Me: “Oh, thank you.”

    Cashier: “You’re welcome. Again, I’m very sorry about that.”

    (The cashier leaves, and my friend turns to me.)

    Friend: “Wow, that was personality change, huh? He was so apathetic and uncaring when we paid, but now he’s really nice and apologetic.”

    Me: “Well, I guess maybe because now he knows we weren’t just trying to scam free food.”

    (So, despite the original frustration, we actually ended up on top, and have a dinner date scheduled for next week.)

    Interview Boo Hoo

    | Seattle, WA, USA | Employees, Ignoring/Inattentive, Job Seekers

    Caller: “Hello, is this [My Name]?”

    Me: “It is.”

    Caller: “We’ve found your CV online and wanted to get in touch as we think you’d be a perfect fit as one of our consultants at [Insurance Agency].”

    (While the caller continues their spiel about how the job will suit my skills I check the company online, and find they’re actually the same company that called me several years earlier offering the exact same position when I was last looking for work.)

    Caller: “…and so we’d like to have you come in for an interview this Friday. What time would work for you?”

    Me: “Oh, I’m sorry; I’m not available on Friday.”

    Caller: “Not a problem, sir! What time on Monday can you come in?”

    Me: “I can’t do Monday either.”

    Caller: “Okay, we’ll see you Tuesday then.”

    Me: “Can’t do Tuesday.”

    Caller: “Wednesday?”

    Me: “Nope.”

    Caller: “Thursday?”

    Me: “Nope.”

    Caller: “Why not?”

    Me: “I’m in the process of moving out of state. I actually stated that in the cover letter I posted with my CV.”

    Caller: “Really?”

    Me: “I also put my new address on my CV, which is not anywhere near where you said you were located.”

    (I hear key taps over the phone.)

    Caller: “Oh… uh… so you did. Funny, it says on your profile you’re still in Washington.”

    Me: “Well, I am, for another two weeks or so. I must have forgotten to change that as well.”

    Caller: “Well, that’s no problem! We also have offices near your new residence so you can come in and interview next week at—”

    Me: “Okay, let me stop you right there. You guys actually called me about a consulting position before, three years ago, and hassled me that it’d lead to a promotion and the likelihood of running my own office in six months. I gave you the benefit of a doubt and attended one of your interviews… whereupon you made me and twenty other people sit through an endless lecture of how successful you are and how we’d be idiots not to work for you. Then, when you actually took me aside to speak with me privately, you told me I’d have to first shell out $1,500 for my insurance license before I could even be hired and agree to work on commission. Yeah, thanks, but unless you can guarantee this is not going to be another complete waste of my time I’m not interested.”

    Caller: *hangs up*

    Didn’t Plan That One Through

    | Pickering, ON, Canada | Employees, Ignoring/Inattentive, Money, Theme Of The Month

    (I am buying a micro-SD card. I live at home and work retail, so I don’t have lots of extra money to spend and am still on my parent’s phone plan. This company has recently started up a phone service and have tried to get people to sign up for it. I’m at the check out when the cashier speaks up.)

    Cashier: “So, how much do you pay for your phone bill each month?”

    Me: “Um… about $40 a month? I don’t know. I don’t pay the bills.”

    Cashier: “$40 is a lot. You should sign up for our phone bundle; you’ll save money and have great service.”

    Me: “Thanks, but I’m on my mom’s plan.”

    Cashier: “Are you sure? [Coworker] here just signed up for it, and she likes it.”

    Me: “I’m sure.” *deciding to change the subject* “So, would this card work in my phone?” *hold up my Blackberry*

    Cashier: “Yeah, it should fit in there. Which company are you with?”

    Me: “I’m with [Phone Company].”

    Cashier: “Is your phone unlocked?”

    Me: “Yes, it is.”

    Cashier: “So do you, like, love Blackberry? Because if you do, if you sign up for our phone service you can keep your phone, or we can upgrade you to a new one for free.”

    Me: “No, thank you. Like I said, I don’t pay the bills.”

    Cashier: “But you could save a lot of money!”

    Me: *losing patience* “Yes, but like I said, I’m on my mom’s phone plan. I can’t make a decision to switch providers without her here.”

    Cashier: “Oh, right…”

    (He didn’t bother me about the phone plan again.)


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