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    Introducing the Theme Of The Month: Overheard!

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    1. Submit a funny or interesting story about this month’s theme: Overheard. Share a story about a memorable conversation you’ve overheard at work!
    2. At the end of the month, we’ll feature our favorite Theme Of The Month stories in a roundup!

    The Price Of A Lift

    | Tucson, AZ, USA | At The Checkout, Bosses & Owners, Money

    (I have just finished working graveyard one night, when my boss offers me a ride home. When I accept, she asks if I am willing to do a favor for her.)

    Boss: “Before I take you home, I was wondering if you’d be willing to go to [Competitor] to get the price of cigarettes to price match for me? As they know me.”

    Me: “Uh, sure.”

    (We drive to the other store.)

    Boss: “Now, [My Name], just ask them and make sure they don’t think you’re from our store. The manager there knows me.”

    Me: “Not a problem.”

    (I button up my jacket to hide my work shirt and get the prices.)

    Me: “The prices were [prices].”

    Boss: “Good work, [My Name], but did you realize you took [Company]’s fountain cup in with you?”

    The Key Is To Not Panic

    | Muskegon, MI, USA | Bad Behavior, Employees

    (I am having a full dental exam, and shortly after I am seated in the chair, I realize that my keys are poking me in a rather uncomfortable way, and mention this to the dental assistant. She kindly suggests I place them on a countertop in the room, and I do so, along with some insurance papers. At one point during the visit, another male employee in a white coat walks into the room briefly and then leaves. Cut to the end of the visit and I am preparing to leave, when I realize that although my insurance papers are still on the counter, my keys have disappeared!)

    Me: “Excuse me, where are my keys? Remember, I left them here?”

    Dental Assistant: “Yes, I do, and I don’t know. Are you sure you didn’t pick them up?”

    (I check my pockets, we both check the floor, and she even looks in the waste container, but they are nowhere to be seen. By this point I am about to have a panic attack because I am miles from home and have no way to get into my car, or assuming I can get home somehow, to unlock my door.)

    Dental Assistant: “Hold on and let me check to see if someone picked them up.”

    (She disappears in the back for about three or four minutes, and all the time I am dreading the worst and wondering how I will get home, since there is no public transportation where I live. Finally she returns, keys in hand, with this explanation…)

    Dental Assistant: “Another employee thought they were my keys, so he thought he was playing a joke on me by taking them!”

    (Needless to say, I had a little chat with the clinic administrator before I left, who seemed genuinely horrified that one of their employees would behave in such an unprofessional manner. I certainly hope that employee at the very least got a good lecture on the inappropriateness of his behavior – after all, for all I know he could have copied my keys while he had them in his possession!)

    Didn’t Score A Perfect 100

    | VA, USA | At The Checkout, New Hires

    (I’m grabbing some cigarettes for my dad at the gas station we always go to. A guy I haven’t seen before is working.)

    Clerk: “Hi, how can I help you?”

    Me: “Hi, how are you?”

    Clerk: “Good! How are you?”

    Me: “I’m great! Can I just have a carton of [Brand] normal, not 100s, please?”

    Clerk: *grabs pack of 100s* “These?”

    Me: “No, the regular ones, please. A carton, please, not pack.”

    Clerk: *grabs for pack of regular* “Here you go.”

    Me: “Yes, those, but can I have a carton? The one with a lot of those in it?”

    Clerk: “Oh, packet!” *hands me a carton of 100s*

    Me: “…Can I have the regular ones, please? Not 100s?”

    (He starts looking around and finds some behind him. With a big smile he puts them on the counter.)

    Clerk: “Here you go!”

    (I hand him $100.)

    Clerk: *looks at his boss* “Is this legal?!”

    (I eventually get my change and head out to the car where my dad is waiting.)

    Dad: “What took so long?”

    Me: “New guy.”

    (The people there are always very nice. I hope he was just having an off day!)

    That’s The Practice Call

    | Yorkshire, England, UK | Employees, Health & Body, Liars/Scammers

    (Really early in the morning, my dad gets a call from a number he doesn’t recognise.)

    Dad: “Hello?”

    Caller: *sounding really ill* “Hi, Steve…” *cough cough* “…I don’t think…” *cough* “…that I can come in today.” *cough cough*

    Dad: “I’m sorry, I think you have the wrong number.”

    Caller: “Oh!” *suddenly bright and cheery* “Oh, no. Sorry to bother you about that! Thanks, bye!”

    (Some people have no dedication to their acting at all! I wonder if it fooled his real boss.)

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