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    Making A Song And Dance About Rent

    | NSW, Australia | Bad Behavior, Employees, Ignoring/Inattentive, Lazy/Unhelpful, Money

    (I’m a university student. I am out of town to stay with family for a few weeks, and my house that I rent was sold from a previous owner to a real estate firm, where I now need to pay my rent. Because I’ve been out of town, I didn’t get a letter from them and I was a few weeks behind on rent, so they called me.)

    Realty: “Hello? Is this [My Name]?”

    Me: “It certainly is! How can I help you?”

    Realty: “You need to give us three weeks of rent NOW!”

    Me: “Um, excuse me? I was told I’d be contacted regarding my new rent agreement…”

    Realty: “Didn’t you get a letter?! We need the money now!”

    (It turns out my housemate didn’t tell me about the letter either, so I was in the wrong there and agreed to pay the missing weeks plus rent for the next fortnight, which came up to over $700, almost all of my savings from my student payments. I transferred it that day to the account they gave me in an email. The next day…)

    Realty: “Hello? Is this [My Name]?”

    Me: “Yes it is. How can I help?”

    Realty: “You still owe us over 21 days of rent! When will you be paying us?”

    Me: “Now, hang on; I paid all of my rent to you yesterday. I even sent a receipt in an email as proof.”

    Realty: “Well, I haven’t seen that email!”

    Me: “You sent me a reply of ‘thanks.’”

    Realty: “Um… well, that should be in order then.”

    (And now today…)

    Realty: “Hello? [My Name]?”

    Me: “Yes, that’s me.”

    Realty: “Your rent is still overdue! When are you going to pay us for the missing 21 days?!”

    Me: “I’ve sent it to you! I sent both you and another employee that called! I don’t owe you any more money for the next fortnight!”

    Realty: “Where did you pay it to?”

    Me: “I sent an Internet transfer to the account YOU emailed me!”

    Realty: “You mean [Account Number]?” *pauses* “Oh. I see your email. You put in the wrong number! Didn’t you check the number?! It has a two after the first digit and you left it out!”

    Me: *checks her email* “There’s no two anywhere in this account number you sent me.”

    (There is a silence as I assume she checks the email.)

    Realty: “… I’ll mark your file as ‘not your fault.’ Make sure you pay us when the payment bounces back to you. Have a nice day.”

    (Hopefully they leave me alone and I actually get that payment back! I’m moving out to a different realty next month!)

    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.”

    This Is Why We’re In A Recession, Part 33

    | USA | Bosses & Owners, Extra Stupid, Money, School

    (I work in a warehouse with my boss and a few other employees. My boss has been wealthy her entire life. I am working when she starts to chat me up about college.)

    Boss: “I don’t understand why you’re going to [Local College] instead of one two hours away. It’s a life experience.”

    Me: “Oh, yes, I know. I’s just much cheaper for me to live at home and go to [Local College] until I graduate. I don’t want to be in debt like most college students.”

    (My boss gives me a dumbfounded look.)

    Boss: “Why?”

    Me: “…why?”

    Boss: “Why don’t you want to be in debt?”

    Me: “…”

    Boss: “Debt is the American way. I was $38,000 in debt when I graduated, and I paid it off just fine. It was stupid of you to go to [Local College].”

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    Small Business, Big Difference

    | Melbourne, VIC, Australia | At The Checkout, Awesome Workers, Food & Drink, Money

    (I’m the customer in this story. I am just returning home after taking my fiancée to the tram stop in the morning and decide to stop at a café nearby.)

    Barista: “Here’s your large mocha.”

    Me: “Could I pay by card please?”

    Barista: “Sorry the minimum is $10.”

    (I go to grab some chocolate to bring up the total.)

    Barista: “Don’t worry about it. Just pay next time you come in.”

    Me: “Are you sure?”

    Barista: “Yeah. You’ve been in half a dozen times. We know who you are.”

    (Made my day! One of the reasons I love going to small businesses.)

    Not The Most Gifted With The ID

    | Corvallis, OR, USA | At The Checkout, Employees, Extra Stupid, Ignoring/Inattentive, Money

    Me: *pays with VISA gift card*

    Clerk: “I’m going to need to see some ID.”

    Me: “But it’s a gift card.”

    Clerk: “I’m still going to need to see some ID.”

    Me: “… I don’t have my ID on me because I planned to pay with a gift card.”

    Clerk: “It’s a VISA so I need to see your ID.”

    Me: “But even if I showed you, how would it help you determine the card owner?”

    Clerk: “JUST SHOW ME YOUR ID!”


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