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Needs More Train-ing

| UK | Employees, Extra Stupid, Transportation

(My mother is booking a train ticket over the phone.)

Mum: “What’s the earliest train time?”

Employee: “Well, the earliest is at 05:30. It gets you there at 10:30. They then run every hour after that.”

Mum: “I only need to be there by midday. 06:30 should be fine.”

Employee: “Okay, I’ll just key that in.” *types* “Right, your ticket is booked for 17:30.” *suddenly realizes* “Oh, hang on. I’ll correct that.” *more typing* “Okay, your ticket is booked for 18:30.”

Putting The Brakes On This Scam

| Atlanta, GA, USA | Employees, Family & Kids, Liars/Scammers, Technology, Transportation

(My car is making a terrible grinding noise when I turn. I take it in to a national car repair chain to have it looked at. I am female and 19 at the time. My father is visiting from 600 miles away.)

Me: “Hey there. My car is making this weird grinding, popping noise when I turn. I was hoping you guys could take a look at it?”

Employee: “No problem! We’ll have it looked at shortly.”

(Over two hours pass, the employee approaches me.)

Employee: “We found the problem. Your brakes need to be replaced: pads, rotors, drums… We can get you in today and it will be [outrageous price].”

Me: “Um… okay. But I’d like to hold off on that. I need to get my father’s permission before I authorize that charge. I’ll be back in tomorrow, though!”

(The employee tries to argue how important it is to get my brakes replaced, to the point he prints out a recommended repairs list and hands it to me. Little did he know I’d had the brakes done less than four months prior at a different location. The next day, my father brings the car in to the same store. The same employee is there.)

Father: “I need this car looked at. It’s making a terrible noise when I turn.”

Employee: “Okay! We’ll have it looked at shortly. Have a seat while you wait.”

(Less than an hour later:)

Employee: “We can’t seem to pinpoint the exact cause of the noise, I am sorry to say. Everything looks good. It could just be something rolling around in the trunk.”

Father: “Even the brakes?”

Employee: “The brakes on the car are fine. They look like they were replaced recently.”

Father: “Really, now?”

Employee: “Yeah, they’re fine.”

My Father: “Funny, because I have a work order from you, dated yesterday, that says they need to be replaced when my daughter brought the car in for this same issue.” *shows the work order*

(The employee visibly sputters. There are at least six other customers in the store and my father spoke loud enough for them to hear.)

Employee: “Uh— Oh! I remember her! Yeah, she just needed a new rotor on the car. I don’t know why the guy put down all that other stuff.”

Father: “I’m sure. Now, you listen. My daughter is 19, and I live 600 miles away. I told her to come here because I have [Company credit card] and can pay for the repairs while she’s in school. She is going to call me every time there is an issue, and if it feels like you are trying to rip her off again, I will drive the 600 miles it takes to come down here and deal with the problem myself. Do we have an understanding?”

(I didn’t have a problem at the location after that. The employee in question recognized me whenever I brought the car back in, and made sure to call my father to approve any repairs that were needed. Now that I’m out of college I occasionally go back for minor maintenance. He still recognizes me.)

He Who Shall Not Be Planed

| Canada | Family & Kids, Geeks Rule, Tourists & Travel, Transportation

(I am working at the security checkpoint for staff to enter the baggage hold area. It’s right by one of the baggage claim carousels. Nearby is a large group of kids wearing identifier vests for a local charity camp. We tell them to wait right by us while they wait for their luggage to arrive. One curious kid can’t resist the opportunity to ask a few questions. My male coworker didn’t how to answer the little guy so it was up to the geek girl to answer everything.)

Kid: “Hey, what do you do?”

Me: “We protect the planes and baggage from bad guys.”

Kid: “Cool! Do you know Batman?”

Me: “Not personally. He lives in Gotham city. That’s a long way from here.”

Kid: *lists off a couple other superheroes and villains, and I correctly identify their locations* “So, how do you stop bad guys from getting in?”

Me: “By being bigger and meaner than those coming in.”

Kid: “But what if they drink a potion to become bigger?”

Me: “They would get their head stuck in the ceiling here.”

(I’m six foot and I can easily touch the low hanging ceiling.)

Kid: “But what if Voldemort returns?”

Me: “He would be in England so we would be pretty safe here.”

Kid: “You can’t know that! You must be prepared for anything!”

(That gets a chuckle from me and he turns to a friend, apparently done questioning me.)

Kid: “They don’t know Batman!”

A Not-So Delightful Driver

| Cork, Ireland | Employees, Transportation

(I overhear this conversation as people are getting on the bus.)

Passenger: *asking the driver if it is the right route* “Hi, I’m going to [Place].”

Driver: *without missing a beat* “I’m delighted for you, love.”

(It took a lot for me not to laugh.)

Flights Of Fancy

| South Africa | Coworkers, Extra Stupid, Geography, Tourists & Travel, Transportation

(I am a pilot. On this particular overseas flight, a very common route, about 90% of the flight is over the ocean. An air hostess comes in with my breakfast.)

Hostess: “Good morning. Ooh, it’s quite bright in here, isn’t it?”

Me: “Yeah. Good weather today.”

Hostess: *leaning over to look out of the cockpit window* “Oh, wow, we’re over the ocean!”

(She puts down my breakfast and leaves the cockpit. My co-pilot and I look at each other.)

Co-Pilot: “Did she just say what I think she said?”

Me: “Yeah. For a moment I wasn’t sure I heard that right, either. If we weren’t over the ocean, I would be seriously concerned about where we were going to end up!”


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