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    Got Them By Hook Or By Crook

    | England, UK | Bizarre/Silly, Bosses & Owners, Coworkers, New Hires

    (New starters are often sent on fools’ errands as a method of hazing: shopping for tartan paint, rubber nails etc. If you were smart, you wouldn’t fall for it. If you were smarter, you would pretend to go along with it and instead have a coffee break. My coworker was neither.)

    Maintenance Team Leader: “[Coworker], can you go to the stores and pick up some skyhooks. DO NOT leave without at least a half dozen.”

    (My coworker goes off.)

    Me: “‘Skyhooks’? I haven’t heard of that one before.”

    Maintenance Team Leader: *looking smug* “Oh, hooks that hold up the sky. He might struggle to find them…”

    Me: “Poor sod. They will probably go along with it as well.”

    (An hour passes, and my coworker comes back,. The maintenance guys look thrilled that they have fooled another one.)

    Coworker: “They didn’t have any skyhooks in stock… so they had to order them.”

    (Quiet laughter can be heard.)

    Coworker: “They were £300 each, but I assured them that you had to have them.”

    (Smiles turn to confusion, which turn to concern.)

    Maintenance Team Leader: “What did you order? Exactly?”

    Coworker: “Skyhooks. They are for the conveyor, apparently.”

    (The team leader rushes off without another word. It turns out the mythical ‘skyhooks,’ are also a term for a rather expensive piece of equipment. The order was stopped and all fools’ errands were stopped along with it.)

    Number One In The Queue

    | Devon, England, UK | Bad Behavior, Employees, Health & Body

    (I get a letter through telling me to call a number to book a routine eye exam for my four year old. I call the number and wait while it rings, when a woman answers.)

    Woman: “I need a wee.” *click, dial tone*

    Me: “Seriously!?”

    (I called back and waited on hold for 15 minutes despite apparently being ‘first in the queue’ with an expectant wait of ‘three minutes.’ That was some wee!)

    Doesn’t Want To Interrupt Work With Work

    | NC, USA | Employees, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (I’m looking for a particular hair product and having trouble finding it. I see a woman in a red shirt and khakis in the next aisle, apparently stocking shelves.)

    Me: “Hi, I was wondering if—”

    Woman: “I don’t work here.”

    Me: “Oh, I’m so sorry.”

    (After shopping for a while, I go to the front to make my purchases, and the same woman is working at one of the cash registers.)

    Me: “I thought you didn’t work here?”

    Woman: “I just didn’t want to stop what I was doing. Sorry.”

    Must Be A Dothraki Gathering

    | IA, USA | Bizarre/Silly, Employees, Theme Of The Month

    (I overhear someone at the meat counter, completely out of context, say:)

    Employee: “It’s not a real party unless someone dies!”

    Security Going All ‘Full Metal Jacket’

    | Orange County, CA, USA | Coworkers, Criminal/Illegal, Family & Kids, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (A mother and father are helping their young daughter put on her hoodie jacket before leaving the store.)

    Security Guard: “Folks, can I just see your receipt real quick?”

    Father: *handing over the receipt* “Sure, here you go.” *turns back to helping his daughter*

    Security Guard: “No, I need to see the receipt for the jacket.”

    Father: “But we came in with this jacket.”

    Security Guard: “So, if I go into the family restroom I won’t find the tags to that jacket in the garbage?”

    Mother: “NO! We came in with this jacket. It’s not even a jacket from this store.”

    (At this point the guard insists the little girl take her jacket off so he can examine the brand label.)

    Security Guard: “Well, now I know you’re lying. If this isn’t from our store then why does the label show our brand?”

    Father: “It came from [Competitor]. You don’t even sell this brand!”

    Security Guard: “[Store] has something called ‘owned brands’ which means we’re the only ones that sell certain brands. This is our brand. There’s no way this came from [Competitor]. You want to try this again, or should we check the surveillance video and call the police?”

    Father: *getting visibly angry* “WE ARE NOT SHOPLIFTERS. CHECK YOUR D*** VIDEO!”

    Security Guard: “You know what? Just go to the service counter and pay for it and I’ll just let this slide.”

    (The mother must have a light-bulb moment, because before the father can flip out she quickly agrees.)

    Mother: “Okay, okay. We’ll pay for the jacket.”

    (The family comes to my counter, followed by the very smug security guard. They hand the jacket over to me and ask if I’m able to ring it up.)

    Me: “I’d like to help you, but this is obviously old and worn. Not to mention it’s not even from [Store]. This is [Competitor]’s brand.”

    Security Guard: “This is ours. I buy this brand here all the time for my girls.”

    Me: “Even if this were ours, I doubt we would have sold a jacket with stains. Plus we don’t sell this brand.”

    (This unfortunately goes on for several minutes, the guard insisting that the family had stolen it. Finally, fed up, the family leaves the hoodie at my counter and storms out. Later that day a lead finds the jacket under my counter.)

    Lead: “Does this need to go to lost and found?”

    Me: “No. [Security Guard] ‘busted’ a family shoplifting it.”

    Lead: “… but we don’t sell [Brand]. How were they stealing it if it’s not ours?”

    Me: “I don’t know. Ask [Security Guard].”

    (She calls the guard over to ask him what happened. He recounts the story, pretty much exactly as it happened, only completely oblivious to his mistake.)

    Lead: “You know this isn’t our brand, right? Plus it’s totally trashed. Who the h*** would buy a nasty, worn sweat shirt like this? Let alone steal it?”

    Security Guard: “…”

    Lead: “So, let me see if I understand. You stopped a family for shoplifting a shirt that didn’t come from our store, is obviously old, and made a little girl leave without her jacket?”

    Security Guard: “Well, how was I supposed to know?!” *turns to me* “Why didn’t you tell me?”

    Me: “Seriously?”

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