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    That Age-Old Taboo

    | CA, USA | Employees, Language & Words, Movies & TV

    (I’m autistic, and despite holding a customer service position, I’ve never been very good at conversing with people (I was hired primarily for my extensive knowledge of our products). After watching one of my coworkers easily strike up lively conversations with customers, I decide to try practicing my social skills with a customer who’s purchasing a DVD.)

    Me: “Oh! I really need to watch this one. I’ve heard it’s excellent.”

    Customer: “Yeah, it’s great! I first watched it back when I was, like, thirteen. I didn’t get most of the references back then.”

    Me: “You saw it when you were thirteen? Wow, I didn’t know it had been around that long!”

    (The customer was suddenly less enthusiastic for the rest of the transaction. I didn’t figure out what could have gone wrong until after he left. Then I decided it’d be best to stop practicing for the day.)

    A Late Bloomer

    | Delta, BC, Canada | Job Seekers, Theme Of The Month, Time

    (I have a job interview at 2:30. Wanting to make a good impression, I arrive to the interview early, around 2:10.)

    Me: “Hello,.I’m here to see Mr. [Name], for my interview.”

    Receptionist: “Okay, he’s just right around the corner. Good luck!”

    (I go to meet my interviewer, who isn’t looking very happy.)

    Me: “Hi, I’m [My Name]. I’m here for my job interview.”

    Interviewer: “Nice to meet you. Now, shall we get started?”

    Me: “Really?”

    Interviewer: “Of course I mean really. Let’s get going!”

    (He takes me to his office and conducts the interview inside. Just as we’re finishing…)

    Interviewer: “All right, Mr. [My Name], thank you for taking the time to come here. Before you leave today, mind if I give you some advice? For future reference, if you have a job interview, try to arrive on time.”

    Me: “Sir, I do not know what you’re talking about. I was supposed to have an interview at 2:30; we started too early, if anything.”

    Interviewer: “Wait, YOU’RE my 2:30?!”

    (He begins to flip through a notepad and scans through his list of interviews. I took a quick peek, and saw my name on the 2:30 line.)

    Interviewer: “Well, okay then. This changes everything! Sorry about that!”

    (With some impeccable timing, the office door swings open, and a disheveled man rushes in.)

    Disheveled Man: “Sorry I’m late! I’m [Name Above My Name On The List] and I’m here for my interview!”

    (Since my interview was done, all that was left for me to do was leave. About two weeks later, I got a callback and I was hired! When I started working, I haven’t seen that other guy.)

    Going Going Gone

    , | Rosemont, IL, USA | Bizarre/Silly, Employees, Food & Drink, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (I’m in the DRIVE-THRU.)

    Cashier: “So that was a number five with a sweet tea. Anything else?”

    Me: “No, thanks. That’s all.”

    Cashier: “Will that be for here or to go?”

    Me: “to… go…?”

    Can’t Quite Pin Down That Line Of Thinking

    | Pasadena, MD, USA | Employees, Extra Stupid, Technology

    (I’m a manger in my store and every manager has their own alarm code so the company knows who turns on/off the alarm. After working nine days in a row, my brain is fried and I have forgotten my code number. After having the store manager close the store I call the alarm company to get my code.)

    Alarm Tech: “Thank you for calling [Company]. How may I help you?”

    Me: “I am calling about my alarm system.”

    Alarm Tech: “Is there a problem with the alarm?”

    Me: “Actually there’s a problem with me, I can’t seem to remember my alarm code.”

    Alarm Tech: *chuckle* “Okay, we can help with that. Now can I have your four-digit pin?”

    Me: “Um, you mean the pin for the alarm?”

    Alarm Tech: “Yes, that’s the one.”

    Me: “The alarm code I am calling to get because I don’t remember it?”

    Alarm Tech: “Yes, if you can just confirm your pin, we can continue from here.”

    Me: “You want me to give you my pin that I don’t remember, so you can then just repeat my pin number back to me?”

    Alarm Tech: *silence*

    Me: “Could you give it to another manager, who can then give it to me?”

    Alarm Tech: “I think that may be best.”

    (I hand the phone to my store manager, who gives his pin and then gives me mine. Not sure how the tech thought asking me for the pin I forgot was going to work.)

    Acting Very Cross(Dressing)

    | England, UK | Bad Behavior, Crazy Requests, Employees

    (I have been clothes shopping with my wife. This is the fourth shop we have been in and I am truly fed up. While she is trying something on [again], I find a seat, and begin to play with my phone. A woman in her late 40s dressed as a teenager approaches me.)

    Employee: *barking an order* “You can’t sit there.”

    (I almost don’t look up as I am not paying attention.)

    Me: “Huh, sorry?”

    Employee: “You. Can’t. Sit. There.”

    (I look around to see if there are any signs, I see nothing.)

    Me: “Why?”

    Employee: *with attitude* “Because this is a changing area, obviously!”

    (The area I am sat in is not enclosed or private in any way. This woman obviously works here and has a problem with me, so I decide to have a little fun.)

    Me: “So, what if I wanted to try something on?”

    Employee: “What?”

    Me: “I don’t see any ‘women only’ signs. What if I wanted to try something on?”

    Employee: “Well, that isn’t going to happen…”

    Me: “Are you telling me what I can and can’t wear?”

    Employee: “What! No, I…” *she gives me a look like a deer in the headlights*

    Me: “So, you are telling me that you personally don’t allow men in your store and you don’t support the trans community?”

    (She starts to look around. I realise she didn’t see my wife go in to the changing room. For all she knew there could have been a guy in there changing as we spoke. People are starting to stare at her.)

    Employee: *turning white* “I, er, I….” *leaves sharply*

    Wife: “You are so embarrassing. I can’t take you anywhere!”


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