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    The Harsh Realities Of Management

    | Rockwall, TX, USA | Bizarre/Silly, Bosses & Owners, Holidays

    (I work at a 24 hour diner. It’s about 4 am Christmas morning.)

    Me: “Thank you for calling [Diner]. Merry Christmas.”

    Caller: “Um, hello?”

    Me: “Yes, thank you for calling [Diner]. Merry Christmas. How may I help you.”

    Caller: “Oh, making sure you are a real person. I take it you are open?”

    Me: “Yes, ma’am. We never close!” *customer hangs up*

    Coworker: “What was that about?”

    Me: “It sounded like [Manager], but they asked if I was a real person?”

    (A couple hours later, the manager walks in.)

    Me: “Hey, [Manager]. Did you call here earlier to ask if I was real?”

    Manager: “Umm… possibly.”

    Bringing Them Up To Date On The Date

    | TN, USA | Coworkers, Holidays

    (It is the week before Thanksgiving. I am having a conversation between two of the cashiers. One, despite being a bit scatterbrained, is a valued member of the team.)

    Coworker #1: “Is anyone working on Thursday?”

    Coworker #2: “Nope.”

    Coworker #1: “Am I working on Thursday? I should check.”

    Coworker #2: “Honey, Thanksgiving is on Thursday. Don’t come to work. No one will be here. Come in Friday.”

    Coworker #1: “Is Black Friday next week?”

    Coworker #2: “Yep. It’s the day after Thanksgiving.”

    Coworker #1: *surprised* “Black Friday is on Friday this year?”

    Coworker #2: “Yes. It’s Black Friday.”

    Coworker #1: “Oh… My brain’s not working tonight.”

    Coworker #2: “Honey, your brain’s not working any night.”

    Enforcing Good Change

    | Schiedam, Netherlands | At The Checkout, Awesome Customers, Employees, Holidays, Money, Themed Giveaway

    (While looking over my receipt, I notice that the cashier has given me 45 cents in change instead of the 15 cents I should have received in return. The cashier has already closed his register and disappeared into the store again, so I hail the store guard and explain to him what happened.)

    Guard: “So what do you want me to do?”

    Me: “If you could get the cashier back please? I worked in retail myself and I know how annoying even a small discrepancy in the register can be.”

    Guard: “Sure.”

    (The guard leaves, while I continue packing my groceries into my bags. I look up to see the bewildered face of the cashier standing beside me.)

    Cashier: “The guard said I gave you too much money?”

    (I nod and point out the amount on the receipt versus the amount I physically received.)

    Me: “It’s only 30 cents, but I know how even small amounts can mess up the daily tally.”

    (The cashier stares at me, but slowly holds out his hand to receive the two 20 cent coins I received from him, with me holding on to the 5 cent coin. He quickly turns around to open his register and gives me a 10 cent coin back.)

    Cashier: “That should do it. Right? I mean, thanks?”

    Me: “Not at all. I hope you have happy holidays!”

    Guard: “More people should be like you.”

    Me: “Well, it was only a small amount. But I was taught that a better world starts with your own actions. Happy holidays!”

    Guard: “Happy holidays!”

    Unable To Process Your Request

    | Perth, WA, Australia | Employees, Holidays, Ignoring/Inattentive, Technology, Themed Giveaway

    (I’m trying to buy my mum’s Christmas present but can’t decide between a food processor and a cake mixer. I walk around in circles in the electronics section of the superstore for 10 minutes. One of the sales assistants finally stops chatting to his coworkers long enough to see me trying to catch their eye. He seems very nervous and shy so I try to be cheerful and friendly to put him at ease.)

    Sales Assistant: “Do you need help?”

    Me: “Yes. I’m trying to decide between a processor and a mixer. Do you know much about them? My budget is around the $300 mark, so if you can show me the best I can get for that price…?”

    Sales Assistant: “Yes. I can help. You could always get a multi-processor that does both.”

    (I’ve never heard of a combination mixer-processor before. I let him lead me to where they are.)

    Sales Assistant: “See this one? It’s a food processor but it’s also a blender too.”

    Me: “Oh, no. Not a blender. I mean a mixer like that.”

    (I point to one of the huge cake mixers on the other side of the aisle.)

    Sales Assistant: “Oh. Well, I don’t know. I think that’s your choice really.”

    Me: “Yeah, I figured. I was looking at this mixer. I’m curious why it only has one whisk instead of two like they usually have?”

    (I point clearly to the single whisk of this brand and then to another machine that has the two whisk system I’m used to. He picks up the box for the machine and looks at the back.)

    Sales Assistant: “Oh… No, look. It comes with a whisk, a dough hook, a—”

    Me: “No, no, no. I know they come with lots of attachments. I mean is there a reason this one only has one and this other one has two?”

    Sales Assistant: “Oh! Uh, I don’t know.”

    Me: “Never mind, then. I don’t want to get her something if I’m not sure it’ll be the right thing for her. How about these processors? I haven’t used one in a while so I’m not sure exactly what the difference between them is or what they all do.”

    Sales Assistant: “Well, your processor is basically… It does all your food preparation like… chopping and cutting and processing…”

    Me: *facepalm* “No. I know what they do. I know what they’re for. I just need to know which is the best model in my price range.”

    Sales Assistant: “Oh, uh… I don’t really know.”

    (The sales assistant then proceeds to look at the boxes for the few models in my price range and literally read their details out to me, which I could have done myself. In the end I just chose the one I was looking at in the first place and hoped for the best!)

    Not All The Cards Are Stacked Against You

    | Nottingham, England, UK | Awesome Workers, Employees, Holidays, Movies & TV, Themed Giveaway

    (I am a member of a card scheme which gets me unlimited free entry to movies. A few weeks ago, I lost my card and had to order a replacement for £10. I then lost the new card. Since I wanted to go to the cinema that night, I have to contact customer services.)

    Customer Service: “Hello. [Cinema] customer service. How may I help?”

    Me: “I lost my card. I’m going to the cinema this evening so I need a temporary pass.”

    Customer Service: “Not to worry. I need your postal code and date of birth.”

    Me: *gives them*

    Customer Service: “Is your name [My Name]?”

    Me: “Yes.”

    Customer Service: “Good gracious! Is this the card we sent you a couple of weeks ago?”

    Me: *embarrassed* “Yes. It is.”

    Customer Service: “All right. I’ll just send a temporary pass to your mobile.”

    Me: “Thanks. I’ll pay for the replacement on my next bill.”

    Customer Service: “Oh, no. Don’t worry about that. I’ve waived the fee.”

    Me: “What?!”

    Customer Service: “You don’t have to pay a thing.”

    Me: “Oh, my god! Thank you so much!”

    Customer Service: “No problem. Happy Christmas!”

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