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    Car Repair Despair

    | Denver, CO, USA | Employees, Lazy/Unhelpful, Transportation

    (It is winter, and we notice our car is having trouble starting, despite being a newer model. We decide that eventually the bad weather could possibly damage our car further, so my mom calls our usual repair shop.)

    Mom: “Hi, my name is [Mom], and our car is a 2012 [Model and Brand]. We’re noticing that it’s starting to have troubles starting up, and we’re thinking it may get worse as the cold increases. We’re wondering if we can come in to get it checked out.”

    Representative: “Hi, [Mom]! Yes, I can see if I can schedule an appointment for you! Unfortunately, I’m a little backed up on the phone right now, but I can call you back in an hour at the most to get a spot sorted out!”

    (My mom agrees, so the representative hangs up promising to call back later. A day goes by, and no call back. My mom leaves a message.)

    Mom: *via message* “Hi, this is [Mom] calling! I called yesterday concerning a visit with my car, which is [Model and Brand], and was promised a call back. I did not get one, and was hoping you can call me back soon! Thanks!”

    (Keep in mind, my mom was polite and calm, thinking this was just a small mistake. We still get no call back, and my mom sends the same message. After a week, we get no call backs. Finally, we call a different repair shop who manage to get an appointment the day after the call! Our car is fixed, and we get awesome service from the mechanics that turn them into our usual repair shop. A year later, my mom gets a call…)

    Representative: “Hi, [Mom]! I’m calling about an appointment we can make for your car!”

    Mom: “Um… check the date on the messages I sent you…”

    Representative: *confused* “It says you sent them over a year ago.”

    Mom: “Exactly…”

    Representative: “So… concerning your car repair?”

    (My mom hung up, and we never called that repair shop again.)

    You Were Tagged The Moment He Saw You

    | San Francisco, CA, USA | Employees, Transportation

    (I’m waiting for my bus and notice that a piece of graffiti that I saw a week or two ago on the glass of the bus stop shelter is still there. Since I’ve been able to get rid of similar graffiti by just wiping it off, I try to do the same with this. I use my coat sleeve and work on rubbing it away while I listen to music on my MP3 player. Smoking isn’t allowed within 20 feet of the shelter; but most people, including a man who stands nearby to wait for the same bus, do so anyway. The bus arrives, so I stop my cleaning and the man who was smoking and I get on.)

    Bus Driver: *says something, but I can’t make it out through my earbuds*

    (I assume he asked me to swipe my monthly pass, so I do so and then find a vacant seat. Once I’m seated I’m surprised to see that the bus driver has gotten up and followed me back. I remove my earbuds so I can hear what’s wrong.)

    Bus Driver: “Don’t tag my bus.”

    Me: “Huh?”

    Bus Driver: “Did you tag the bus stop just now?”

    Me: “No, sir. I was trying to wipe it off.”

    Bus Driver: “I saw you tag it.”

    Me: “Sir, I was trying to clean graffiti off of it.”

    (The bus driver goes over to the man who had been smoking near the bus shelter.)

    Bus Driver: “Did he tag it?”

    Man: *shakes his head emphatically*

    Bus Driver: *scowls at me before sitting back in his seat*

    Guy Sitting Beside Me: “Don’t worry, man. He’s been in a bad mood the entire ride.”

    Out Of State, Out Of Mind

    | NJ, USA | Employees, Transportation

    (I am working in NJ. I have just bought a used car for my fiancé’, who lives in IN. This is a Monday, she’s due to arrive that Friday, and will be driving it back that weekend. I am at the NJ DMV to get a transport tag, so she can drive it legally back to IN and then get an IN plate. The clerk has just passed the tag to me, and I’m reading it to make sure it is what I want. It specifically states that it is valid in the state of NJ, the other 49 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico for 10 days from the date of issue.)

    Me: “Great, that’s what I want. She’ll be able to drive the car home on Sunday and get her IN tag on Monday.”

    Clerk: “So the car will be here until Sunday?”

    Me: “Yes.”

    Clerk: “That’s illegal. You have to leave NJ today. If the car is still in NJ after midnight tonight it will be impounded for not having valid registration.”

    Me: “But it says right here that it is valid in NJ for 10 days from the date of issue.”

    (This goes back and forth a couple of times, but she refuses to believe that the text on the tag is correct, and keeps insisting that I MUST get the car out of NJ that day, and if I’m not going to do that, she can’t sell me the tag.)

    Me: “Okay, I’ve got a friend in Philly.” *which I actually do* “I guess I’ll take it to his place, and she can take it from there.”

    (The clerk sold me the tag, and I kept the car in NJ until my fiance’ left with it the following Sunday.)

    Needs Better Train-ing

    | UK | Employees, Ignoring/Inattentive, Lazy/Unhelpful, Transportation

    (I’ve organised a company trip to Europe, going by train. The minibus has picked us up and shortly into our journey drives into a truck. We’re all ok but have to wait for a replacement bus. This means we’re running late for the group check in, so I phone the train operator:)

    Me: “I just wanted to check what I should do as we’re unlikely to make our group check in time: our minibus was in an accident so we’ve been delayed.”

    Operator: “If you miss check in then there’s nothing we can do.”

    Me: “Can you not let someone know we’re going to be late? It’ll only be about 10 minutes or so.”

    Operator: “I’m sorry, there’s nothing we can do. This is why we advise people to set out in plenty of time, to avoid situations like this.”

    Me: *a bit shocked* “You want me to allow extra journey time just in case our bus hits a truck?”

    Operator: “You should prepare for any eventuality.”

    Me: *by now I’m heavily sarcastic* “I’m sorry, I thought allowing an extra hour would be sufficient. It was so thoughtless of me not to anticipate that we’d be in a car accident.”

    (I then hung up on her. We made the train after I spoke to the station directly and they let us check in late. The train operator then sent me a survey to fill in on their customer service…)

    Plucky About Being Lucky

    | Bremen, Germany | Employees, Transportation

    Announcement: “Ladies and Gentlemen, our train will shortly call at [Next Station]. Please note that our onward journey to [Destination] will be delayed by about ten minutes. If you’re leaving the train at [Next Station] consider yourselves lucky because you won’t have to wait.”

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