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    Solving Your Cash Flow Problem

    | WI, USA | Employees, Money

    (I have a check that I need to deposit at my bank, but I need it to pay a bill online immediately. I head inside.)

    Me: “Hey, there! Just wondering, is there any way I could cash this check, then deposit the cash into my account so it’s immediately available?”

    Teller: “No, I’m sorry. You can either cash it or deposit it. It will take 1-3 business days to clear if you deposit it.”

    Me: “Oh, okay. Well, just cash then I guess.”

    (I then get the bright idea as I’m leaving to just go through the drive through and try and deposit it there. I think I’m being extremely clever and have beaten the system. But, I’m called out.)

    Teller: *now on drive through speaker* “Ms. [My Name], I already told you that you can’t do this.”

    Me: “I guess I just don’t understand. You just gave me the cash. All you have to do is put it in my account.”

    Teller: “I really can’t do that.”

    Me: “Well, hang on a minute. I can’t do that here… but doesn’t that mean I can just take this exact same handful of cash you gave me to the downtown branch and deposit it there?”

    Teller: *speechless*

    Me: “I’ll take that as a yes. Thanks!”

    (And of course, the downtown branch had no issues.)

    Someone Should Have Studied More

    | CA, USA | Employees, Ignoring/Inattentive, School

    (I’m on a well-known PC company’s website trying to decide if I want to replace my laptop with their tablet or a third party one with the same operating system. I see an online chat button and click it.)

    Rep: “Hi. Thank you for visiting [Company] Website! My name is [Rep]. How may I help you?”

    Me: “Hi! I just had a few questions. I need a tablet for university and I’ve been thinking about the [Company-Specific tablet], but I’m not sure if that’s the best one for me. I’m wondering if one of the other [same OS] tablets would be a better choice, since I’m kinda on a student’s budget.”

    Rep: “I see. I’ll be happy to answer that question for you. Before we proceed, may I please have your first and last name, and your email address?”

    Me: “[My Name] and my email is [email]@university.edu.”

    (We have a very brief chat where the rep is thrown off by my need to run a somewhat obscure software program, so they tell me to call tech support directly.)

    Me: “Thank you very much. I just have one more question. When I was browsing the [Company] site a few days back, I saw student discounts were offered. I can’t find it again. Is there a direct link, or did I just miss out on a limited time thing?”

    Rep: “Are you a student?”

    Sick Of Your Mismanagement

    , | USA | Bosses & Owners, Food & Drink, Health & Body, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (My sister has recently developed an allergy to artificial sweeteners. She works at a fast food restaurant, but since the store’s owner really likes her as an employee (because she is prompt and very bright), he arranges for her to only be scheduled for the shift role where she bags food and answers the phone. He tells all the managers that she is not to do any of the other jobs because it risks her touching even the residue from diet drinks. One night she is working and the staff is short-handed. The manager on duty has not worked with my sister in a while, and so never has heard that her issue has been diagnosed.)

    Manager: “[Sister], go cover the drive thru window so [Coworker] can go on break.”

    Sister: “Sorry, I can’t. [Owner] said I don’t have to do that role because I get sick from touching the cups.”

    Manager: “Look, we need someone there, and I’m telling you to do it.”

    Sister: “Remember how I used to leave early all the time? It’s because I can’t physically do the jobs where I have to touch the cups! I will get sick and have to go home. That’s why [Owner] said for me to only do this job!”

    Manager: *clearly not believing her* “[Coworker] needs to go on break, and I told you to cover for her. Now do it.”

    (My sister finally just gave in, figuring the manager will learn the hard way when she got sick. Sure enough, the next day, she had to call in because she was too sick to work. Thankfully, the owner found out what happened and had a talk with that manager. It hasn’t happened since.)

    Toying With His Gender Issues

    | Brisbane, QLD, Australia | Employees, Family & Kids, Food & Drink

    (I’m taking my six-year-old nephew to a popular family restaurant that sells kid’s meals with toys. We get there and he starts going on a rant about how he has to have a boy’s toy because last time he got a girl’s toy and he’s a boy. The whole restaurant can hear him and just think it’s cute.)

    Me: *to cashier* “As you might be able to tell he’d like a kid’s meal with a boy’s toy.”

    Cashier: “It’s okay. I understand the struggle.”

    (I order the rest of the meal and my nephew keeps ranting.)

    Cashier: “Oh, can’t I just give him a girl’s toy… Just to screw with his brain?”

    Bet Your Bottle Dollar I Won’t Come Back

    | CA, USA | Employees, Money

    (A major grocery chain’s store near my house has recently changed owners. A customer notices the store’s ads say that Gatorade is $0.67, so she gets a bottle and takes it to the cash register.)

    Customer: “Why is this $1.72? The ad says it’s $0.67.”

    Cashier: “The bottle costs $1.05.”

    (Between this and the fact that they didn’t have enough cashiers and I had to stand in line for a long time, I don’t think I’m going back there anytime soon.)

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