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    The Reference Was Not Super-Effective

    | NJ, USA | Geeks Rule, Theme Of The Month

    (Almost all of my t-shirts have some sort of fandom-related design on them, some far less obvious that others. At my physical therapist’s it has become sort of a joke that he will always try to guess what my shirt is referencing, and is almost always wrong. He also has an assistant who jokes around with both of us. Today I’m wearing a water-fire-grass-water effectiveness cycle shirt, a ‘Pokémon’ reference. When my physical therapist sees it…)

    Physical Therapist: “I have no idea on that one.”

    Assistant: “Oh, come on. It’s easy!”

    Physical Therapist: “Then what is it?”

    Assistant: “Earth, Wind, and Fire! Right?”

    Me: “… It’s Pokémon.”

    (There’s a beat, and then my therapist and I both start laughing.)

    Physical Therapist: “Yes, you’re right, [Assistant]. It was very easy!”

    You Have Failed For The Last Time

    | Italy | Bosses & Owners, Geeks Rule, Theme Of The Month

    (We are a team of about 40 people. We have four supervisors, one of which is very nasty to us and the occasional customer who asks for escalation to managers. I have music on in my unit room. The playlist moves to the Star Wars Imperial march.)

    Coworker #1: “You’re so tempting fate.”

    (As if on cue, the nasty supervisor enters the room.)

    Supervisor: “[Coworker #2], next time you escalate such a dumb b**** to me, I’m going to strangle you!”

    (The supervisor made a pretend strangle motion and exited, oblivious to the background music. We all cracked up, and nicknamed her Darth henceforth.)

    Wrong Answer, Princess

    | UK | Coworkers, Geeks Rule

    (My colleague is looking for iced tea but can’t appear to find any.)

    Colleague: “Do we have any peach?”

    Me: *unable to find any* “Looks like it’s in another castle.”

    Colleague: “What?”

    Me: “…never mind.”

    He Who Shall Not Be Planed

    | Canada | Family & Kids, Geeks Rule, Tourists & Travel, Transportation

    (I am working at the security checkpoint for staff to enter the baggage hold area. It’s right by one of the baggage claim carousels. Nearby is a large group of kids wearing identifier vests for a local charity camp. We tell them to wait right by us while they wait for their luggage to arrive. One curious kid can’t resist the opportunity to ask a few questions. My male coworker didn’t how to answer the little guy so it was up to the geek girl to answer everything.)

    Kid: “Hey, what do you do?”

    Me: “We protect the planes and baggage from bad guys.”

    Kid: “Cool! Do you know Batman?”

    Me: “Not personally. He lives in Gotham city. That’s a long way from here.”

    Kid: *lists off a couple other superheroes and villains, and I correctly identify their locations* “So, how do you stop bad guys from getting in?”

    Me: “By being bigger and meaner than those coming in.”

    Kid: “But what if they drink a potion to become bigger?”

    Me: “They would get their head stuck in the ceiling here.”

    (I’m six foot and I can easily touch the low hanging ceiling.)

    Kid: “But what if Voldemort returns?”

    Me: “He would be in England so we would be pretty safe here.”

    Kid: “You can’t know that! You must be prepared for anything!”

    (That gets a chuckle from me and he turns to a friend, apparently done questioning me.)

    Kid: “They don’t know Batman!”

    Call Center Dementor

    | Seattle, WA, USA | Coworkers, Geeks Rule

    (I’m am employed in a inbound retail call center, but am on loan to a buying office to cover medical leave. I have just received word that the person I am covering for is coming back almost a week early.)

    Me: “I don’t want to go back to the call center.”

    Coworker: “I always picture the call center like Azkabhan.”

    Me: “From ‘Harry Potter?’”

    Coworker: “Yeah.”

    Me: “A dark, soulless place where people suck all the joy and happiness from your life. Sounds about right.”


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