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    Some People Are Unable To Change

    , | Sydney, NSW, Australia | At The Checkout, Employees, Extra Stupid, Math & Science, Money

    (I am going through the drive-thru of a burger place. The total comes to $7.20, I hand the cashier $10.20.)

    Cashier: “Here’s your change” *hands me $5 note*

    Me: “No, that’s not right” *hands back note* “I gave you $10.20 and the change is $3.”

    Cashier: *looking confused at the note* “Um, but you gave me…”

    Me: “$10.20, I get $3 change.”

    Cashier: *hands me three coins snootily* “There you are, then.”

    Me: “You gave me three $2 coins…”

    Delta Uniform Mike Bravo

    | Kent, England, UK | Coworkers, Language & Words

    (Two of my coworkers have decided to learn the phonetic alphabet and are looking at a website with a list on it.)

    Coworker #1: “Why is Z ‘zulu’? It doesn’t make sense!”

    Coworker #2: “Yeah, it would be better if it was zebra.”

    Coworker #1: “Or xylophone!”

    Me: “… Xylophone starts with an ‘X.’”

    Coworker #1: “Oh, yeah…”

    Both Are Fulfilling Their Calling

    | Mexicali, Mexico | Bad Behavior, Employees, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (We’ve been getting calls from a rather pushy collector regarding the boss’ daughter’s cell phone bill, to the point where we hang up on him the moment we recognize who it is. This time I answer the phone.)

    Caller: “I called yesterday wanting to speak to [Boss' Daughter] but the person who answered didn’t know what she was talking about. I demand to speak to her immediately.”

    Me: “Sorry about that, but [Boss' Daughter] is not in right now.”

    Caller: *getting pushier* “At what time can I find her.”

    Me: “Not sure. I think she is out of the city.”

    Caller: *even pushier* “Then transfer me to someone who knows.”

    Me: “I can transfer you to anyone else here, and they will all tell you the same thing. She is not in, and we don’t know if or when she will be back.”

    (This same particular conversation goes on for a bit: he demanding I transfer him to someone else, or to speak with the boss’ daughter directly, and me refusing to transfer him as everyone else is tired of dealing with him at this point.)

    Caller: *getting exasperated* “Can you at least transfer me whoever is in charge of the bills?”

    Me: “Again, sorry, but she called in and won’t be in today.”

    Caller: *threatening* “Well, I’ll just keep calling until you transfer me to [Boss' Daughter].”

    Me: *suddenly cheery* “That’s cool. One of my duties is answering the phone.”

    Caller: “Yeah, well one of my duties is to keep calling, even if you guys keep hanging up on me.”

    Me: “Cool, we both keep on calling and answering the phone which is what we get paid to do.”

    Caller: “Don’t you have other things to do?”

    Me: “Well, I can do both my regular work and answer the phone at the same time, so it’s a win-win for me.”

    Caller: “Uh… well, let [Boss' Daughter] know we called and that we are expecting her payment.”

    Me: “Sure thing! I’ll let her know you guys called as soon as she gets in. Goodbye.”

    (The caller hangs up for good.)

    The New White-Bread America

    | Cincinnati, OH, USA | Coworkers, Extra Stupid, Food & Drink

    (I like to bake and I often make home-made bread. I like to make a loaf or two on the weekends and then I have bread for toast all week. I’ve done it for years. But at one office where I worked, I’d come in early and eat my toast in the employee lunch room and one coworker would force me into this conversation almost daily.)

    Coworker: “Where did you get that bread?”

    Me: “I made it.”

    Coworker: “Oh, do you have a bread machine?”

    Me: “Nope, made it without one.”

    Coworker: “That’s not possible. You HAVE TO have a bread machine to make bread.”

    Me: “How do you think your grandmother made bread before they invented bread machines?”

    Coworker: *deer in headlights look*

    (This went on over and over because she simply refused to believe it was possible for someone to make bread without using a bread machine.)

    Sadly It’s The Same Old Yarn

    | Sydney, NSW, Australia | At The Checkout, Bad Behavior, Employees, Money

    (I am the customer, shopping a yarn and knitting shop that is rival to the one I work at. I notice a knitted cardigan on display in the yarn aisles and approach a lady at the counter. I really like it and want to start on it that day.)

    Me: “Excuse me. Could you tell me where the pattern is to the blue cardigan hanging in the yarn aisle?”

    Cashier: *snapping at me* “You can’t have it for free.”

    Me: “I only asked you where it is.”

    Cashier: “Well, you can’t have it for free. You HAVE to buy that pattern.”

    Me: “I didn’t ask for you to give to me for free. I asked you where it was.”

    Cashier: “It’s in a book and I’m not about to give it to you for free.”

    Me: “Okay, will you tell me which book it is in?”

    Cashier:  *points to book on display BEHIND the counter*

    Me:  ”Can I see it, please?”

    Cashier: “It’s not free. You have to buy the whole book.”


    (I go off to look for the recommended yarn. Another staff member walks through the yarn section.)

    Me:  ”Excuse me. Do you know where this yarn is?”

    Staff Member: “I don’t know anything about the yarn section.” *walks off*

    (I head over to counter and pull my out phone to ring my work.)

    Me: “Hey, [Colleague]. I’m at [Rival Store] and am being given shocking customer service. Can you check to see if we carry this knitting book and yarn please?”

    (It turned out we did. I just had to wait a couple of days till my next shift.)

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