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    Two Difficult For Them

    | MA, USA | At The Checkout, Employees, Extra Stupid, Money

    (I’ve just handed the cashier, a teenaged girl who’s sitting on the counter and reaching around to scan items, a $10 and a $2 bill for my $11.75 in items.)

    Cashier #1: “I… What is this? It’s so cool! But what do I do with it? [Cashier #2], where do these go?”

    (She hands the other cashier the $2 bill.)

    Cashier #2: “I don’t know. Hey, [Cashier #3], are these real?”

    Cashier #3: “I don’t know. What the h*** is that? I don’t think it’s real.”

    Me: “…”

    Cashier #1: “I don’t know what to do. I’ll have to get a manager.”

    Me: “Okay…”

    (15 minutes later, the five of them decided to just put the $2 bill in the drawer for ones.)

    Didn’t Drink This One Through

    | Auckland, New Zealand | At The Checkout, Employees, Food & Drink, Money

    (This particular sandwich restaurant has a $6 meal combo which includes a sandwich, small drink, and cookie. Separately, a sandwich and cookie come to $6.50. As a poor University student I’m trying to save money any way possible, so I usually get the combo. However, this day I already had a drink with me and didn’t need another one.)

    Me: “I’ll have the sandwich and a chocolate chip cookie please.”

    Cashier: “That comes to $6.50. Would you like to upgrade to the $6 combo and get a small drink for 50 cents less?”

    Me: “I only want the sandwich and cookie, but can I get the deal and just not have the drink?”

    Cashier: “No, you have to pay $6.50 if you’re not getting the drink.”

    Me: “Well, I’ll take the deal then and just ‘forget’ the cup.”

    Cashier: *getting frustrated* “No, you must take the cup and have a drink if you get the deal.”

    Me: “Fine. I’ll take the drink.”

    (The cashier hands me a small cup and straw.)

    Cashier: “That’s $6 please.”

    (Immediately after I paid I turned around and put the empty cup and straw in the bin next to me and walked off with the rest of my meal. He looked furious!)

    For A Few Dollars More

    | Australia | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Crazy Requests, Criminal/Illegal, Money

    (I decide to shut down an account at the bank. The teller completes the transactions and gives me the balance of the account in cash. Later that day, there’s a knock at my door. My mother opens the door to see two police officers and an angry looking man in a suit demanding to see me.)

    Police #1: “Were you in [Bank] today?”

    Me: “Yes. What is this about?”

    Police #1: “The bank manager here says that you took money.”

    Me: “I closed an account; the teller gave me my balance.”

    Manager: *shouting* “YOU TOOK MONEY! YOU STOLE IT!”

    Me: “No. I only got what the teller gave me. I didn’t count it as it was so little.”

    Police #1: “So little? How much is so little?”

    Me: “I don’t know. I didn’t check the balance, but it was under $10.”

    Bank Manager: “It was supposed to be $8 but you took $9.”

    Me: “I had no idea the teller gave me $1 more.”

    (I pull a dollar note out of my pocket. The manager snatches it.)

    Bank Manager: *to police* “Aren’t you going to arrest him?”

    Police #2: “HIM? H***, NO! You, on the other hand, have wasted valuable police time over a measly dollar. You were acting as if it was thousands. H***, I would have given you a dollar myself if I had known. And, it was the bank’s fault.”

    (After apologising to me they took the red-faced manager out, promising to report him to his superiors.)

    Has No Interest In True Interest

    | UT, USA | At The Checkout, Bizarre/Silly, Employees, Money

    (A customer and her boyfriend are checking out.)

    Customer: “Looks like I’m short on change, [Boyfriend] do you have six cents?”

    (The boyfriend hands six cents to the cashier.)

    Cashier: “Now don’t let her forget she owes you money. And be sure to charge her, like…100% interest so by tomorrow she’ll owe you $6!”

    Fraudulent Claims

    | UK | At The Checkout, Employees, Extra Stupid, Money

    Me: “I need to pull out £500 for my mum; she’s sick and can’t get here. I have her card and PIN but her daily limit from the cash machine is £250.”

    Cashier: “You can’t make transactions on someone else’s account. That’s fraud.”

    Me: “Okay, but she gave me her card and she can’t get here.”

    Cashier: “Well you can always pull out £250 today and £250 tomorrow from the cash machine. That would work.”

    Me: “Okay… Why can’t I do it over the counter? You use the PIN to verify the transaction.”

    Cashier: “Because that’s fraud.”

    Me: “So, it’s not fraud for me to get exactly the same amount out of the machine?”

    Cashier: *fixing me with a hard stare* “Bank customers should NEVER reveal their PIN to ANYONE.”

    Me: “But you just told me to get the money out of the machine…”

    Cashier: “That’s FRAUD.”

    Me: “Okay, then… Bye…”

    (I got the money from the machine with no problem at all.)


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