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    Coworker Not Coworking

    | NJ, USA | Coworkers, Math & Science

    (I am waiting to punch in for the day. As I am, one of my coworkers is having a issues with an item. Another coworker is helping her out.)

    Coworker #1: “So, do you know how to do this?”

    Coworker #2: “I have not done this type of math since like the 5th grade! No. Hey, [Coworker #3] get over here!”

    (Coworker #3 goes over, and he is having issues. I walk over, still not punched in.)

    Coworker #1: “Oh, [My Name] is here! She is good at this stuff!”

    Me: “What is the issue?”

    Coworker #1: “So, the customer bought three things of meat. It is on sale saying that if you buy them, one will be $1.99 per pound, and the rest $2.99. It took off for the $1.99 but not the $2.99.”

    (I grab a calculator and walk over to the customer’s cart. I look at the meat to see how much per pound it is so I can do math. It is already $2.99 per pound.)

    Me: “Hey, [Coworker #1], get over here!”

    (She comes and I point it out to her.)

    Coworker #1: “Haha, oops. This is why you are here!”

    Me: “Really, like what do you guys do when I am NOT here?”

    Coworker #3: “Pray and hope for the best.”

    Wasn’t In The Top Percentile Of Her Class

    | Cardiff, Wales, UK | At The Checkout, Employees, Extra Stupid, Math & Science

    (My mother goes into a store and buys a pair of leggings. In addition to being on sale, there is a further 10% off.)

    Employee: “The sale prices are not in the tills, so we have to work out the prices manually.”

    (She started typing into a calculator. My mother thought she was doing something else, but then she realised that this girl actually needed a calculator to figure out 10% of £3.00.)

    Needs A Change Of Job

    , | Clearwater, FL, USA | At The Checkout, Employees, Math & Science, Money

    (I go through the drive-thru for a burrito and my total cost is $1.06.I hand the cashier $10.10. After about 30 seconds of staring at the money in the drawer…)

    Cashier: “How much did you give me?”

    Me: “Ten dollars and ten cents.”

    (She hands me back $9.)

    Cashier: “Is that right?”

    Me: “Close enough.”

    You Coulomb Make It Up

    | Laval, QC, Canada | Employees, Extra Stupid, Math & Science, Technology

    (I go to an electronics store to buy an adaptor for a LED strip I recently bought. An employee welcomes me as I ask to be shown where in the store they keep the various adaptors. They kindly ask me what I need, and as I am saying I need a 6 amperes adaptor, they quickly grasp a package and proudly state:)

    Employee: “Here, this is what you need.”

    Me: “Huh… This reads 600 mA?”

    Employee: “Yes, that’s it: mA is a fraction of an Ampere, and 600 mA is 6 A. It’s like the litres; 500 ml is a litre…”

    Making A Fractionally Better Coffee

    , | BC, Canada | Coworkers, Food & Drink, Math & Science, Top

    (I work at a popular fast food chain that is known for their coffee. In order to make a drink that is part one drink, and part another, we have modifiers that come up as 1/2, 1/3, and 1/4. I’m making the coffees at the drive thru when I see and order for a French Vanilla come up, but the person taking the order hit the 1/3 coffee modifier three times.)

    Me: “Uh, so, what am I making here?”

    Coworker: “A medium French vanilla with three-thirds coffee.”

    Me: “So… a coffee?”

    Coworker: “No. French vanilla, with three-thirds coffee.”

    Me: “But that’s just 100% coffee.”

    Coworker: “No, it isn’t. It’s three-thirds coffee.”

    Me: “Three-thirds is one whole. Three over three is one. It would be completely coffee.”

    Coworker: “I don’t think you know what you’re talking about.”

    Me: “I’m an engineering student. Math is kinda my thing.”

    Coworker: “I still think you’re wrong.”

    (By now it’s taken long enough so that the customer has made it to the window.)

    Me: “So sorry. What was in your drink?”

    Customer: “It’s a medium French vanilla with one-third coffee.”

    Me: “Ah, gotcha! The person taking the order put three-thirds coffee!”

    Customer: *laughing* “But that would just be a coffee!”

    Me: “See?”


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