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    A Window To The Captain’s Sense Of Humor

    | Japan | Employees, Transportation

    (On a flight departing in the middle of the night:)

    Captain: *after taking off and going through the routine speech given after reaching cruising altitude* “Now then, before I go, would the passengers sitting in the window seats quickly look out the windows? What do you see? That’s right, clouds and ocean. Now, since there’s nothing to see, there is no reason to open the windows. Thank you and enjoy the flight.”

    Won’t Be Kidding Again

    | Raleigh/Durham, NC, USA | Employees, Family & Kids, Transportation

    (My daughter and I are visiting my parents in NC when she falls seriously ill and must be hospitalized. I’m forced to return home for work reasons while she’s still in the hospital and I’m upset about leaving her. I’m in the very crowded security line at the airport, looking somber, when a TSA agent leans in.)

    TSA Agent: “Smile! At least you don’t have kids with you.”

    (At this point, I lose my composure and burst into tears.)

    Me: “My daughter’s in the hospital!”

    TSA Agent: “…”

    (I hope in the future he thinks twice before making insensitive comments to people he doesn’t know.)

    Let Him Get His Bearings

    | Saint Louis, MO, USA | Employees, Ignoring/Inattentive, Transportation

    (A wheel bearing goes out on my truck, so I borrow the shop truck to get the parts I need.)

    Employee: “How can I help you today?”

    Me: “I’m looking for wheel bearings for a 2003 Ranger.”

    (I give him all the info on my truck and after a few minutes of staring at the computer he looks up at me.)

    Employee: “What do mean by ‘wheel bearing?'”

    (I give him a look of disbelief and proceed to explain it to him as simply as possible.)

    Employee: “Oh… that’s what you mean.”

    (I bought both even though I only needed the one, just in case. Turned out the one I didn’t need wasn’t even right. Out of fear of having to explain it all again I just let it slide.)

    Your BS-Sensor Is Working Just Fine

    | England, UK | Employees, Liars/Scammers, Transportation

    (I’ve been using the same garage for a few years. I even get a discount as my company partially owns it, so they are pretty trustworthy. This time I drop my car off with a new worker. I get a phone call to tell me that my car is ready.)

    Me: “Hi, it’s [My Name]. You have my car ready for me?”

    Mechanic: “Yeah sure; one second.”

    (He disappears for ages. I can actually see my car keys through the window, so I have no idea what he is doing.)

    Mechanic: “Okay, so we had to do a bit extra work to get it sorted for you.”

    Me: “Extra work? I didn’t agree to any of that.”

    Mechanic: “Well, it is easier for us to fix it whilst we had the car in pieces then it would have been to put it all back together again and do it later.”

    Me: “Okay, so what is the damage?”

    Mechanic: “Your total is here.” *points to the figure with his pen, it is £600 more than I was told*

    Me: “Whoa, wait, wait, wait. What is all this?!”

    Mechanic: “Well, we had to replace several parts and it took us most of the day. The sensor we changed cost us 200 bucks alone.”

    Me: “Okay, first you have only had the car for half of the day, secondly I didn’t agree to any of this, and thirdly if you check your records you will see that last year you replaced that sensor and didn’t charge me anywhere near that much.”

    (The mechanic’s mouth is wide open.)

    Me: “So what is it going to be? Are you ripping me off, or is your work last year so shoddy that it fails every year?”

    Mechanic: “I just have to speak to my manager…”

    (He disappeared. Later he told me that due to my circumstances my whole bill would be free. I’ve been there since and never got served by him again.)

     

    Needs To Readdress The Address Issue

    | Lebanon, NH, USA | Employees, Transportation

    (I get home from work to find a message on my answering machine that a delivery company has a package for me but they are missing information they need to deliver it. I call back.)

    Employee: “Yes, we have a package for you but the address is wrong. Can you give us your correct address so we can deliver it?”

    Me: *gives address*

    Employee: “No, we already have that address. That street doesn’t exist. What’s your actual address so we can deliver it?”

    Me: “It’s [Address]. The address is right on the package.”

    Employee: “No, that street doesn’t exist.”

    Me: “…Yes, it does.”

    Employee: “In [Town]? There’s no such street.”

    Me: “I’m pretty sure several hundred people live on this street. I’m on this street right now. It does exist. It’s right off [Other Street] off of [Main Road through town].”

    Employee: “Please just give me your real address.”

    Me: “It’s [Address].”

    Employee: “I don’t know what to tell you. I’ll give the driver your number and he’ll have to call you again tomorrow to find out where you actually live.”

    (The driver showed up the next morning and had no trouble finding me.)


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