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    The Daddy Of All Trust Issues

    | Reno, NV, USA | Coworkers, Technology, Themed Giveaway

    (Our computer system has been having trouble lately, causing messages to pop up on some computers regarding the computer’s lack of ‘trusted network connection.’ While at work one day I see an out-of-order computer with a sign on it.)

    Sign: “Out of Order: Trust Issues.”

    (There is a note scribbled below the sign.)

    Note: “Better than daddy issues…”

    Don’t Know What They’re Playing At

    | Australia | At The Checkout, Bosses & Owners, Employees, Ignoring/Inattentive, Lazy/Unhelpful, Technology

    (In the middle of the year, I pre-ordered and paid for a PlayStation 4 for my husband’s Christmas present. Because of my schedule, I asked for pick up the week before Christmas. On the 23rd of December I finally get an email saying it is in store and ready to go.)

    Me: “Hi. I’m here to pick up a pre-order. Here’s my receipt.”

    Cashier: “Uh-huh. We’re sold out of PlayStations.”

    Me: “No, I pre-ordered it. I just got the email saying it was in store this morning? So, I’m here to pick it up.”

    Cashier: *still holding my receipt* “Look, it’s a popular console. Maybe you should think ahead next time? I mean, seriously.”

    Me: “Excuse me? I want to speak to a manager. Now, please.”

    (The cashier huffs, rolls her eyes, and throws my receipt on the counter, and then finally pages for a manager.)

    Manager: “What’s up?”

    Cashier: “This girl’s looking for a PS4 and demanded to see you when I told her we were sold out.”

    Me: “Um, no. I have a pre-order. I can even show you the email on my phone saying it’s ready to be picked up. I asked to see you because your cashier was rude.”

    Manager: “Look, we sold them. All of them.”

    Me: “Even the pre-orders? Like, my pre-order? That I was told to come and pick up?”

    Manager: *shrugs* “Yeah?”

    Me: “Are you kidding? I just got the email saying it was here! Look, can you at least try other stores?”

    Manager & Cashier: “They’re sold out too.”

    Cashier: “Look, next time just be prepared. They’re back ordered till February.”

    Me: “Look, I’m not trying to buy one. I am here to pick one up I purchased six months ago!”

    Manager: “We sold out. [Cashier] is right. You really should’ve thought ahead.”

    (On the plus side, my cousin’s girlfriend, who works at another location of the same store, saw my Facebook update about the situation. She said they had some at her store and put one aside for me. I made her brownies.)

    I’ll Have The Package She’s Having

    | Mississauga, ON, Canada | Employees, Language & Words, Rude & Risque, Technology

    (I am shopping around for a new phone and am chatting to an employee regarding new providers. The provider she is trying to convince me to switch to is called ‘Virgin Mobile.’)

    Employee: “So have you heard about all the perks you get?”

    Me: “Enlighten me.”

    Employee: “Well, as a Virgin, you get more music, more deals, and even discounts at stores!”

    Me: *snickering already* “Really now?”

    Employee: “Yeah, I’m a Virgin, too. Why wouldn’t I? So many benefits!”

    Me: “So I guess you’re screwed if you’re not a Virgin…”

    Employee: “You’re definitely screwed if you’re not a Virgin!”

    (A customer walks by.)

    Customer: “D*** straight you get screwed if you’re not a virgin. That’s the whole point!”

    (The employee then realizes what she’s been saying and blushes redder than a tomato,)

    Employee: “God, that’s the third time this month I’ve said that…”


    I’ll Go Where He’s Going


    , | SC, USA | Bosses & Owners, Coworkers, Family & Kids, Liars/Scammers, Technology

    (Most of our younger employees work night shift because of school. We’ve had some inclement winter weather, but are still open. I am setting things up for shift change when my manager gets a call.)

    Coworker: “I can’t work tonight. I can’t get a ride there, especially with the roads like this!

    (The manager grudgingly accepts her calling out and is about to start trying to cover her shift, when he gets a text. He starts laughing hysterically and, at my look of confusion, shows me the screen.)

    Text From Coworker: “Hey, Dad, [Restaurant] doesn’t need me at work tonight. Can you give me a ride to [Friend's Place]?”


    | USA | Employees, Technology

    (I am watching TV, when a telemarketer calls me. I decide to have some fun, and hold the phone up to a youtube video of someone rage-quitting a very frustrating video game, curses and all.)

    Telemarketer: “Hi this is— ohhhh.”

    Me: “That will happen every time you call.”

    (They never called me again.)

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