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    Not The Right Four-titude For Service

    | Brisbane, QLD, Australia | At The Checkout, Employees, Extra Stupid, Food & Drink, Math & Science

    (I am at a small takeaway store with my boyfriend getting dinner. We decide on our orders and it begins time for me to place my order.)

    Me: “Hi. How are you? Can I please get a small chips and eight cheesy nuggets?”

    Cashier: “I’m sorry. We only have packs of four nuggets.”

    Me: “Yes.”

    Cashier: “So, you can order four if you would like?”

    Me: “What’s four plus four?”

    Cashier: “Eight.”

    Me: “Correct! So I would like eight cheesy nuggets.”

    Cashier: “I can’t. I’m sorry.”

    (Giving up, I asked my boyfriend to order four so I could have the eight I wanted.)

    Some People Are Unable To Change

    , | Sydney, NSW, Australia | At The Checkout, Employees, Extra Stupid, Math & Science, Money

    (I am going through the drive-thru of a burger place. The total comes to $7.20, I hand the cashier $10.20.)

    Cashier: “Here’s your change” *hands me $5 note*

    Me: “No, that’s not right” *hands back note* “I gave you $10.20 and the change is $3.”

    Cashier: *looking confused at the note* “Um, but you gave me…”

    Me: “$10.20, I get $3 change.”

    Cashier: *hands me three coins snootily* “There you are, then.”

    Me: “You gave me three $2 coins…”

    I Am My Own Person

    | OK, USA | At The Checkout, Employees, Math & Science

    (I eat breakfast by myself at a local chain restaurant, and I have a coupon good for either $5 off two entrees and two beverages, or $2.50 off one entree and one beverage. I hand the cashier my check and the coupon. She scans the bar codes on each but looks puzzled after scanning the coupon. She scans it again and still looks puzzled.)

    Me: “Having problems?”

    Cashier: “Well, it keeps scanning for $2.50.”

    Me: “That’s fine. I’m just one person.”

    Cashier: *looking sheepish* “Oh. I knew that.”

    Kill Till Bill

    | TX, USA | At The Checkout, Employees, Lazy/Unhelpful, Math & Science, Money

    (I work at a small bookstore. Our manager rewards us for every week the till is perfect. We’d been having issues with the till at the end of the day: we’d be short anywhere from .50-10.00 USD. The manager tells me to keep an eye on the other girls.)

    Coworker: “Ma’am, your total is $5.35.”

    (The customer gives Coworker $6.00.)

    Coworker: “Your change.”

    (She hands the customer a dollar bill. The customer looks confused and leaves.)

    Me: “The correct change was $0.65.”

    Coworker: “Yeah, but the change is so heavy and I don’t want to make the customers carry it around. Plus, I don’t like to count the change.”

    Me: “Wait… What?”

    Coworker: “It makes customers happy to have bills, not coins. And it’s a lot of work to count change.”

    Me: “…”

    (Needless to say, she got a lecture and didn’t work the till for the rest of her tenure there.)

    Metric Can Be A Tall Order And Weighty Issue

    | Gainesville, VA, USA | Employees, Health & Body, Ignoring/Inattentive, Math & Science

    (My wife is applying to a graduate school overseas. She has to have a medical form done over the spring. It asks for weight and height in kilograms and meters, but the doctor missed that and filled the form in for pounds and feet. She returns to the doctor’s office to get this and some other details corrected or explained by someone at the reception desk, but is intercepted by someone else at the doctor’s office, probably a supervisor.)

    Supervisor: *condescendingly* “Can I help you, Mrs. [Wife]?”

    Wife: “Yes, I was taking a look at this form, and it looks like the doctor made a mistake.”

    Supervisor: *takes the sheet* “How so?”

    Wife: “Well, she’s listed my weight as 145 kilograms, which I’m clearly not. I’m probably 145 pounds, not kilograms.”

    Supervisor: “Listen, dear. I don’t know what to tell you. The scale doesn’t lie: That’s your weight.”

    (For those not exactly privy to Imperial/Metric conversion, 145 kilograms is about 320 pounds.)

    Wife: “Excuse me?”

    Supervisor: “The doctor put 145 there. I’m sure she knows what she’s doing.”

    Wife: “And I’m sure it’s a mistake. Can I talk to the doctor?”

    Supervisor: “She’s not available at this time.”

    Wife: “And what about my height?”

    Supervisor: “What about it?”

    Wife: “I’m five-and-three-quarters meters tall?”

    (Again, my non-metric friends, that’s nearly nineteen feet tall.)

    Supervisor: “I have no idea.”

    Wife: “So, will you have someone fix it?”

    Supervisor: “That’s what the doctor put down!”

    Wife: “And the doctor’s not available?”

    Supervisor: “Correct. Goodbye, Mrs. [Wife]!”

    Wife: “Wait, but… err, nevermind.”

    (Eventually, my wife decided to mail in the form with ‘kg’ and ‘m’ crossed out, replaced by ‘lbs’ and ‘ft,’ respectively. Our fingers are still crossed that the school understands that some people don’t understand metric.)


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