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    Category: Geeks Rule

    An Interesting (Dead)Pool Of Applicants

    | Ottawa, ON, Canada | Bizarre/Silly, Geeks Rule, Politics

    (I work for a non-profit that mainly focuses on advocacy for middle to low income people. We work like a community union and I go out to find members to sign up by knocking in rougher neighbourhoods, going door to door. I should note I am a female in my mid twenties.)

    Me: *knocks on door*

    Male Voice: “I got it!”

    (The door opens and a guy in a Deadpool hoodie that zips up into a mask is towering over me. I’m also a bit of a nerd.)

    Me: “Oh, my god, I love it! Sorry, that was unprofessional, Deadpool. My name is [My Name], and I work for [Non-Profit]. We get people together to fight back and make change. Things we want are safer communities and better wages, but right now we want stricter punishments for bad landlords so we can have healthier homes. What do you think?”

    Deadpool: “Cool.”

    Me: “The city hasn’t been enforcing the by-laws because if they do they don’t get paid and they would have to give the money to the province. We want them to update the by-law because then they would actually have an incentive to do the freaking work. Can I get you to sign in support, Deadpool?”

    Deadpool: “Okay. Do I have to put my real name?”

    Me: “We will not tell your secret identity. We take our member confidentiality seriously.”

    (He didn’t become a full member but he made my night.)

    Human Contamination At An All-Time Low

    | Italy | Coworkers, Geeks Rule, Movies & TV

    (We’re inspecting a tube bundle and have ordered the tubes by rows and columns.)

    Coworker: “Okay, so the next tube is in row 23, column 19…” *suddenly screaming* “23-19! WE HAVE A 23-19! WE HAVE A 23-19!”

    Me: *leaps three feet in the air* “WHAT?”

    Coworker: “You never watched Monsters, Inc., did you?”

    1.21 Gigawatts Of Laughter

    | Augsburg, Germany | Bizarre/Silly, Coworkers, Geeks Rule

    (I’m responsible for a 24/7 tech-hotline we provide for one of our customers. We recently made contract with an external call center to take our calls during the night. To check out, if everything works, I test the call center and play one of our customers – an IT company.)

    Agent: “[Our Company]. My name is [Agent]. How can I help you?”

    Me: “Hi, this is [My Name] from [Other Company]. My Flux-Capacitor is defective.”

    Agent: “Mhm.” *suspicious* “Your Flux-Capacitor is not working?”

    Me: “Right. I need a technician right now.”

    Agent: “Mhm, well, let’s see. So, you said your Flux-Capacitor is not working?”

    Me: “Yes! And as I already know that you know what the Flux-Capacitor is, for your information: this is a test call to check if everything works.”

    Agent: “Ah, I see. Well, let me see if I can get a technician for you.”

    Me: “Thanks!”

    Agent: “You’re welcome. I hope your DeLorean will work again quite soon.”

    Me: “I hope so!” *giggling*

    (He then called my technician and told him what the call was about and transfers me to him. Seconds later I had a laughing technician on the phone, joking about how I could fix my Flux-Capacitor.)

    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.)


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