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    | Houston, TX, USA | Employees, Ignoring/Inattentive, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (We are a young married couple. Both of us employed and reasonably well paid, but my wife and I have hit some financial hardships due to unexpected medical bills. We go to a credit counseling service to see about consolidation and other services. After looking over our paperwork for a few minutes, the lady helping us speaks.)

    Counselor: “Well, I see what the problem is.”

    Me: “Uh, ‘problem?’”

    Counselor: “Yes. You need to make more money.”

    (We left.)

    Knows No Better Than Letter

    | OH, USA | Coworkers, Extra Stupid, Technology

    (I work correspondence for a department in a call center. I do both emails and letters, but I do them at different parts of the day. When an employee sends a letter or email request to the wrong place, it slows both me and their mail down. After several in the same day, I send a communication to my coworker to remind him of the procedure.)

    Me: “Hey, [Coworker], please remember to send all letters to [letter inbox location].”

    Coworker: “Some of them automatically go to [email inbox].”

    Me: “Okay, which? I can get that fixed.”

    Coworker: “All of the emails.”

    Me: “But which letters?”

    Coworker: “All of the emails, it’s just the way emails go.”

    Me: “But which letters automatically go to [email inbox]?”

    Coworker: “All of the emails.”

    Me: “… I am not talking about emails. I am talking about letters. You know, print them out, fold them up, put them in envelopes?”

    Coworker: “When I send an email letter, it goes to [email inbox].”

    (At this point, I grabbed a letter off my desk, got up, and walked over to his desk to explain the difference between emails and letters. I wish it was the first time I had to explain something that simple to a coworker.)

    First Place And Out Of Place

    | USA | Bad Behavior, Coworkers

    (I have a new coworker who has to turn everything into a competition. He also has a condescending attitude towards me because I’m a girl. This is starting to get on my nerves, as we are on the same level and are supposed to be working as a team. We are having a meeting with our boss to go over results from the previous couple weeks.)

    Boss: “…and [My Name], your average sales per customer was the highest in [State] market over the last two weeks.”

    Me: “It was?”

    Boss: “Congratulations!”

    Me: “Thank you! ”

    Boss: “And-”

    Coworker: “—WAIT A MINUTE! Why is mine so low?”

    Boss: “Yours was above the average for our market. That’s great!”

    Coworker: “When I worked at [Previous Bank] I was always first! How is this calculated?! I don’t understand.”

    Me: “But you’re still above the average. That’s good.”

    Boss: “Both of your efforts are appreciated!”

    Coworker: “BUT I WAS ALWAYS FIRST!”

    (At this point, I’ve had enough.)

    Me: “Are you just mad because I beat you?”

    Coworker: “No, I’m just used to being first! I should be first!”

    Me: “You’re mad because a girl beat you.”

    Boss: “OKAY! Let’s move on. [Coworker], if you’re that concerned, go back and see how many sales you had over the last couple weeks and see if you come up with the same number [Sales Manager] did.”

    Coworker: *muttering* “I should still be first…”

    Removed The Wool From Their Eyes

    | VA, USA | Bizarre/Silly, Employees, Money, Pets & Animals

    (I am at a bank to open an account for my business.)

    Banker: “What type of business is this?”

    Me: “Sheep shearing.”

    Banker: “What?”

    Me: “I shear sheep. You know: cut the wool off… of sheep…? The white fuzzy things that go ‘baaa?’”

    Banker: *incredulous* “And then what do they do with it?!”

    Me: “Do you have any clothing made out of wool?”

    Banker: “Yes…”

    Me: “That. That’s what they do with it.”

    Banker: “Oh! I never thought about where wool came from before.”

    (Fortunately I was still able to open an account.)

    Taking Your Sweet Time

    | Boston, MA, USA | Awesome Customers, Awesome Workers

    (I am in a temp job. I am asked to run to the bank to deposit some checks. I am second in line at the bank.)

    Rep: “Don’t worry, ma’am. Just a few more minutes.”

    Me: “No problem. Not in a rush to go back to the office.”

    Rep: “Oh? So, you are being paid for running to the bank?”

    Me: “Yup.”

    Rep: *all this said with a smile* “Very good. Please help yourself to the candy. We have water over there if you need a few more minutes.”

    Me: “Thanks!”

    (Nice when people can just go with the flow.)


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