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    Putting The Brakes On This Scam

    | Atlanta, GA, USA | Employees, Family & Kids, Liars/Scammers, Technology, Top, Transportation

    (My car is making a terrible grinding noise when I turn. I take it in to a national car repair chain to have it looked at. I am female and 19 at the time. My father is visiting from 600 miles away.)

    Me: “Hey there. My car is making this weird grinding, popping noise when I turn. I was hoping you guys could take a look at it?”

    Employee: “No problem! We’ll have it looked at shortly.”

    (Over two hours pass, the employee approaches me.)

    Employee: “We found the problem. Your brakes need to be replaced: pads, rotors, drums… We can get you in today and it will be [outrageous price].”

    Me: “Um… okay. But I’d like to hold off on that. I need to get my father’s permission before I authorize that charge. I’ll be back in tomorrow, though!”

    (The employee tries to argue how important it is to get my brakes replaced, to the point he prints out a recommended repairs list and hands it to me. Little did he know I’d had the brakes done less than four months prior at a different location. The next day, my father brings the car in to the same store. The same employee is there.)

    Father: “I need this car looked at. It’s making a terrible noise when I turn.”

    Employee: “Okay! We’ll have it looked at shortly. Have a seat while you wait.”

    (Less than an hour later:)

    Employee: “We can’t seem to pinpoint the exact cause of the noise, I am sorry to say. Everything looks good. It could just be something rolling around in the trunk.”

    Father: “Even the brakes?”

    Employee: “The brakes on the car are fine. They look like they were replaced recently.”

    Father: “Really, now?”

    Employee: “Yeah, they’re fine.”

    My Father: “Funny, because I have a work order from you, dated yesterday, that says they need to be replaced when my daughter brought the car in for this same issue.” *shows the work order*

    (The employee visibly sputters. There are at least six other customers in the store and my father spoke loud enough for them to hear.)

    Employee: “Uh— Oh! I remember her! Yeah, she just needed a new rotor on the car. I don’t know why the guy put down all that other stuff.”

    Father: “I’m sure. Now, you listen. My daughter is 19, and I live 600 miles away. I told her to come here because I have [Company credit card] and can pay for the repairs while she’s in school. She is going to call me every time there is an issue, and if it feels like you are trying to rip her off again, I will drive the 600 miles it takes to come down here and deal with the problem myself. Do we have an understanding?”

    (I didn’t have a problem at the location after that. The employee in question recognized me whenever I brought the car back in, and made sure to call my father to approve any repairs that were needed. Now that I’m out of college I occasionally go back for minor maintenance. He still recognizes me.)

    No Springtime For This Scammer

    | Sydney, NSW, Australia | Bizarre/Silly, Employees, Liars/Scammers, Technology

    (I’m studying music theatre at university and therefore am a huge theatre geek. ‘The Producers’ is one of my favourites. One day, I’m at home alone when the phone rings.)

    Me: “Hello?”

    Scammer: “Hello, miss. I’m calling about your Microsoft computer.”

    (I have a Macbook Air. My mother uses a Dell PC. Clearly this is a scammer.)

    Me: *innocently* “Our computer? What’s wrong with it?”

    Scammer: “Oh, your computer is badly infected, ma’am. You need to—”

    Me: “Infected? Listen, you broken down old queen. He was drunk. He was hot. You got lucky. DON’T EVER CALL HERE AGAIN! ” *hangs up*

    Acting Like A Complete Jerky

    | England, UK | Bad Behavior, Coworkers, Food & Drink, Liars/Scammers

    (I work with a rather attractive 20-something woman. She is okay, but gets away with murder and often gets tea or coffee brought for her as she is the only attractive woman in the office.)

    Coworker: *to me* “Wow! What’s that?”

    Me: “Oh this? It’s jerky. Really good stuff.”

    (The attractive coworker’s head pops up.)

    Coworker: “Let’s see.”

    (I throw the closed packet over.)

    Coworker: *as he throws it back* “Hmm, looks really good.”

    (The attractive coworker hasn’t stopped listening.)

    Me: “Yeah, bit pricy but tastes great. Texture is soft really good.”

    Attractive Coworker: “Are you going to share it out, then?”

    Me: *a bit put back* “Well, I wasn’t opening it yet. Maybe …later?”

    (I forget about it for a few days. The next week I open it up and leave it out of sight on my desk. I leave the office and come back to see the attractive coworker quickly walking back to her desk.)

    Me: “Hey, [Coworker], I’ve opened up the jerky. Want a piece?”

    (I can just see out of the corner of my eye the attractive coworker, stuffing something in her mouth.)

    Me: “It’s bit spicy, though.”

    (I hold the bag out to the attractive coworker, who waves me away as she is struggling to chew ‘something’.)

    Me: “…and it only gets hotter as you chew.”

    (At this point the attractive coworker’s eyes are watering at she almost dives for the bin, spitting out the jerky she stole before running out the door.)

    Coworker: “Serves her right, silly cow. She is always trying to get something for free even if she doesn’t like it.”

    (Now, every time I bring something in, I’m always quick to mention that it is a bit spicy. I haven’t caught her taking anything since.)

    Think Before You Ink, Part 2

    | CA, USA | Bosses & Owners, Coworkers, Lazy/Unhelpful, Liars/Scammers

    (We have a coworker who always ‘forgets he has somewhere to be’ a couple days before working a day that will be especially packed. Our manager, fed up with this, makes coworker have his photo taken every place he “goes” to prove he’s actually gone. Two days before the big local wine festival starts he does it again.)

    Coworker: “Hey, boss. I know I’m supposed to be working the mid shift Saturday and Sunday, but I have to go down south for my cousin’s wedding.”

    Manager: “You better not be lying to me. Anyway, you know the drill.”

    (Friday afternoon, a couple hours after coworker said he would arrive, our manager sends out the text.)

    Manager: “You and your cousin in the pic.”

    Coworker: “Will this suffice, sir?”

    Manager: *after glancing at the photo for a minute* “Where’s your tattoo?”

    (Turns out, the photo he sent was actually taken about a year prior, before he got his tattoo on his left arm. Coworker was actually still at his house and right after he was fired he admitted he had done this at least five times before.)

    Think Before You Ink

    Needs To Get Something Off Your Chest

    | FL, USA | Bosses & Owners, Liars/Scammers

    (My boss is a true salesperson as well as a compulsive liar. I am working with a couple who want a media chest for their bedroom.)

    Customer: “We really like this style, but prefer another finish. It’s shown in the catalog.”

    Me: *to boss* “Do we have any in stock?”

    Boss: “No, but that I just ordered a bunch of pieces, including that media chest, and that it will be here in two weeks.”

    (Excited, they buy the media chest from me. After they leave:)

    Me: “I didn’t know you had placed an order with [Manufacturer].”

    Boss: “I didn’t.”

    Me: “Then why did you tell my customer that you did and that their media chest would be here in two weeks?”

    Boss: “Well, I had to tell them something.”

    (Not only did my boss not order that media chest, but the manufacturer had stopped making that suite altogether. Convinced that he could somehow come across one from somewhere else, my boss waited a month before he told me to refund my customer, who had called several times by that point.)

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