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    An Unwarranted Warranty Pitch

    | OH, USA | Family & Kids, Money, Transportation

    (I’m just about 30 though I look younger. I’ve never had to own a car before due to living, until recently, in a city with great public transport. My dad goes with me to help me buy my first vehicle, and all goes very well until the very final step where the dealership tries to ‘hard sell’ various extra warranties and bells and whistles. The employee who handles this is a woman who only looks to be less than ten years older than I am, but she treats me incredibly condescendingly the entire time.)

    Employee: “All right! Welcome to adulthood. It all goes downhill from here! Ha ha!” *proceeds to look at my credit reports* “Well! You’re really lucky to have such great credit.”

    Me: “What?!”

    Dad: “Yeah, luck’s got nothing to do with that. That’s a lot of hard work.”

    Employee: “Uh… anyway, these are our warranty packages. We have [super expensive extra warranty], [kind of expensive extra warranty], [expensive extra warranty], and [basic but still extra warranty]. Which one can I put you down for?”

    Me: “Er, I just want the basic. The one that comes with it.”

    Employee: “All right! That’s this one, and it’ll put your payment up to [amount way over my budget and higher than the established monthly payment I’d already negotiated].”

    Dad: “No, I think she means she doesn’t want an extra one at all.”

    Me: “Yes, that’s right; I don’t want any extra warranty. I just want the one that comes with the vehicle. I’m not paying for anything extra.”

    Employee: *flustered* “Well, you know, that’s not a very good idea. We really can’t do anything for you on that one, and these are so much better. Like this one, [pushes one of the more expensive warranties at me].”

    Me: *firmly* “No, I don’t want to add anything to my monthly payment. I’m fine with the basic warranty it comes with.”

    Employee: *angrily, to my dad, for some reason* “And what are you going to do when she wrecks it within the first two months!?”

    Dad: “Then we’ll pay for it.”

    Employee: *gives me death glare* “Well, that must be REALLY NICE. That’s just great. Can I get adopted into your family?”

    Me: “With an attitude like that?!”

    Don’t Ever Call Him Daddy

    | Dover, DE, USA | Employees, Family & Kids

    (I’m 23, and I meet up with my father to have our eye doctor’s appointments on the same day because money’s tight for me and I’m still under his insurance even though I’ve moved out. When we meet up inside the waiting room at the sign-in desk, we chat for a bit and I say “hey dad” upon seeing him walk in. This happens once I’m taken back to an exam room and am waiting for the doctor.)

    Assistant: *opens up the door and leans in* “Your husband’s getting his pupils dilated, but the doctor will see you soon.”

    Me: “My dad, but thanks.”

    Assistant: “Oh, my God, I’m sorry! I just saw you two together chatting and was thinking ‘She’s awful young for him’, but I wasn’t going to say anything.”

    (I assure her that it’s okay, but after my appointment ends I’m waiting for him since he’s offered to take care of my copay and I wanted to chat with him more because I don’t see him that often.)

    Receptionist: “Is your husband taking care of the copay Mrs. [Last Name].”

    Me: “My FATHER is taking care of it, yes.”

    (Now I don’t know if my dad looks good for being in his mid 50s, or if I look bad for being in my early 20s…)

    Won’t Be Kidding Again

    | Raleigh/Durham, NC, USA | Employees, Family & Kids, Transportation

    (My daughter and I are visiting my parents in NC when she falls seriously ill and must be hospitalized. I’m forced to return home for work reasons while she’s still in the hospital and I’m upset about leaving her. I’m in the very crowded security line at the airport, looking somber, when a TSA agent leans in.)

    TSA Agent: “Smile! At least you don’t have kids with you.”

    (At this point, I lose my composure and burst into tears.)

    Me: “My daughter’s in the hospital!”

    TSA Agent: “…”

    (I hope in the future he thinks twice before making insensitive comments to people he doesn’t know.)

    Not Exactly Dying To Work Here

    | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Family & Kids

    (I have worked in retail management for many years, and have taken a lot of crap from higher managers. I receive a phone call early in the morning that my grandmother is not going to make it through the night due to her ongoing illness. Frantic, I call my assistant manager to see if she can cover my shift, because I need to be with my family. About five minutes later, I get a phone call from my boss.)

    Boss: *angrily* “I want to hear in your own words why you think it’s okay that you call off for your shift today.”

    Me: *explaining the situation between tears*

    Boss: “I cannot believe that you feel it’s okay to call off for your shift. You called off a day last week as well.”

    Me: *still through tears, but remaining calm* “First off, last week was because I was sick, and I still came to work the next day even though I was still sick.”

    Boss: “When my father died, do you know where I was? At work where I was needed, and do you know where [Other Associate that worked at my store] was when her mother died? At work where she was needed.”

    Me: “And right now where I am needed is with my family. I am sorry you felt that your place was at work instead of being with your family. I, on the other hand, wish to be with my family during this time.”

    Boss: “Get your a** to work right now! This is retail and you know what you signed up for!”

    (I start to laugh, more so because of how cold-hearted she is being.)

    Me: “Well, if that’s the case, I will be turning in my keys. Thank you for the opportunity to work for the company, but perhaps I am not the right fit for you or the company.”

    Boss: “Now wait a moment. Let’s think on this. I’ll give you the day off, but you had better be at work tomorrow.”

    (I hung up the phone, and needless to say, left that company, and am now with a much better company that actually cares about their employees.)

    Grandma Will Understand

    | CA, USA | Bosses & Owners, Family & Kids, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (My father calls me at work, which he never does, to tell me my grandmother is dying and could go at any time. After time to compose myself, I go to warn my boss I would need bereavement leave some time soon and I would tell him as soon as I had word.)

    Boss: “I hope she doesn’t die the first week in December. We’re going to be really busy the first week in December.”

    (Thanks for the support, boss!)


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