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    Making A Fractionally Better Coffee

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

    (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?”

    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.)


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