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    Category: Liars/Scammers

    Swear Off These Calls

    | Needham, MA, USA | Employees, Liars/Scammers

    (We’d been getting some scam-calls from a company that claims to be our copier repairmen, but as I know that our copier repairman speaks with a heavy accent, I can screen them out easily and avoid wasting time. Then one day:)

    Caller: “Hi, this is Steve, the repair guy for your copier. Could you read me the model number off the back of the machine?”

    Me: “I’m sorry, which company did you say you were with?”

    Caller: “F*** you, c***!”

    Me: “EXCUSE ME?!”

    Caller: “You heard me, you c***!” *continues verbal abuse as I hang up*

    (I tell my coworker what happened. She calms me down, saying the same thing had happened to her once. Then, a few hours later:)

    Caller #2: “Hi, this is Josh calling about the copier. Could you tell me the model number? It should be on the back or the side.”

    Me: “Actually, I think I spoke to one of your coworkers earlier, and he swore at me when I asked which company he worked for. I think you’d better take us off your list.”

    Caller #2: “Really?”

    Me: “Really. Which company are you calling from?”

    Caller #2: *hangs up*

    The Schedule Of Lies

    | MI, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Liars/Scammers

    (An hour before my shift, my phone rings. It’s work and I assume they want me to come in early.)

    Manager: “Hey, where are you?”

    Me: “At home, why?”

    Manager: “Your shift started an hour ago and you’re never late.”

    Me: *looks at schedule, which this manager, who is in charge of making the schedule, printed off for me* “It says I’m not scheduled for another hour.”

    Manager: “That’s not what my schedule says. If you don’t get here soon I’ll write you up.” *hangs up*

    (Figuring I got the unofficial copy of the schedule, I head in. As soon as I walk in the door, this happens:)

    Manager: “So, you really were scheduled for later but someone didn’t show up, so I lied to get you here.”

    Me: “…What?”

    (The next manager on shift sent me home early and let me take home an extra meal to make up for it. I don’t work there anymore but last I heard the manager who lied to me still does the schedule and still pulls that stunt when they’re shorthanded.)

    The Terrible-Two Scam

    , | TX, USA | Family & Kids, Liars/Scammers, Technology

    (I get a phone call from a private number. I answer it.)

    Caller: “Hello, I am [Caller] from Windows Tech Support. I am calling about your Windows computer. Our system shows it has many viruses and I am going to help you work it out.”

    Me: “Oh, no! Well, I don’t know much about computers, so I’ll put you on with my daughter. She knows way more about computers than me so she should be able to work with you.”

    Caller: “Yes, that will be fine.”

    (I put the phone on speaker and hand it to my daughter so I can listen in.)

    Daughter: “Hello!”

    Caller: “Hello, I am [Caller] from Windows Tech Support. I am calling about your Windows computer. Our system shows it has many viruses and I am going to help you work it out. Okay?”

    Daughter: “Okay.”

    Caller: “First I need you to click on the start button.”

    Daughter: “Start button!”

    Caller: “Yes, could you tell me what you see?”

    Daughter: “You see?”

    Caller: “Ma’am? No, I can’t see. You have to tell me.”

    Daughter: “Tell me!”

    Caller: “No, ma’am. You have to tell me. What is it you see on your screen?”

    Daughter: “Okay, bye bye. I love you. I go on the swing now.”

    (Then my very articulate two-year-old daughter hung up, handed me the phone, and went and played on her swing.)

    Getting Charged With False Battery

    | USA | Employees, Liars/Scammers, Transportation

    (I’m at my dealership getting my routine oil changes, sitting in the customer waiting area. It’s mid-winter and my car is starting up just fine except when it gets really cold.)

    Tech: “So, you’re battery is testing bad and you’ll need to replace it soon.”

    Me: “Okay, and how much will that cost?”

    Tech: “About 110 plus tax.”

    Me: “Well I don’t have that right now. It will have to wait.”

    (Fast forward to the summer time and I’m doing another oil change.)

    Me: “So, the last few times I’ve been here, I was told the battery was testing bad. I took it to another shop and had it tested; they said it was fine.”

    Tech: “We’ll test it and make sure.”

    (I go to the waiting room and the tech comes out a while later.)

    Tech: “The battery is still testing bad. You’ll need to replace it.”

    Me: “Funny how I have two other reports telling me that the battery is fine. Do not tell me the battery is testing badly. The car has a hard time turning over when it gets cold but now because it’s warm, it’s fine. Don’t tell me that it’s bad again.”

    Tech: *shuts up and goes back to desk*

    (When I went back for my next oil change, surprise, surprise, the battery tested just fine. This is why I call them car-stealerships.)

    Giving Great Import To The Price

    | Minneapolis, MN, USA | Employees, Food & Drink, Liars/Scammers

    (The menu on the wall lists two prices for beer: domestic and imported. It doesn’t list the brands, but I see through the glass door of the cooler that they have Anchor Steam beer, from San Francisco, so I order that. When the clerk rings up the sale, I notice he has charged me the ‘imported’ price.)

    Me: “Hey, that’s a domestic beer!”

    Clerk: “Yeah, I know, but we call it imported because it’s expensive.”

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