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    I’ll Drink To That

    | MO, USA | At The Checkout, Employees, Food & Drink, Ignoring/Inattentive, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (I’ve just finished eating lunch and take my ticket to the woman at the counter, still holding my fountain drink which I have not finished.)

    Cashier: “One burger combo. Is that it?”

    Me: “Yep.”

    (I notice that she rings me up for my drink as well as my combo meal.)

    Me: “Oh, I didn’t get a refill or anything, so its part of the combo.”

    Cashier: “Drinks aren’t included in the combo.”

    Me: “Yes, they are. A combo is a burger, fries or tater tots, and a 24 oz drink.”

    (I point to the sign that is literally right behind her that lists what’s in the combo meal.)

    Me: “See?”

    (She stares at me for a moment, looking annoyed.)

    Cashier: “Fine.”

    (Without even looking at the sign she voids the order and just rings me up for my combo.)

    Great Scott!

    | Harrisburg, PA, USA | Bosses & Owners, Coworkers

    (I have come in on my day off to drop off my boyfriend’s dinner. He works at the same store.)

    Me: “Hey, could you call Scott up?”

    Cashier: “What?”

    Me: “Can you call Scott?”

    Cashier: “What?”

    Me: “Call Scott.”

    Cashier: “What?”

    Me: “Call Scott.”

    Cashier: “What?”

    Me: “Call the manager!”

    Cashier: “Oh!” *picks up paging system* “Scott to the front please.”

    Me: *sigh*

    Driven Insane

    | ME, USA | Bizarre/Silly, Employees

    (It’s about 2 am and a friend and I are driving on the interstate. It’s about a 16-hour drive to New York and we couldn’t leave until after 5 pm so we just planned to drive through the night. We stop at a generic convenience store. The clerk inside is a very peculiar looking individual: greasy hair plastered to his head, a tight shiny company shirt that has seen better days, dirty black jeans, and a pair of army boots. He appears to have bad vision and a tic. We load our purchases on the counter and he starts to make conversation.)

    Clerk: “So yas aren’t from around here, are yas?”

    Us: “No, we’re from Canada.”

    Clerk: “So you’re driving this late at night, all ALONE?”

    Us: “Um, yes. There are two of us.”

    Clerk: “Anything could happen to yas out there, these roads… Could be just anybody waiting to run you off the road and take yas…” *laughs strangely*

    Us: *nervously* Yeah, well, we have cell phones… and we’re good drivers.”

    Clerk: “Ain’t got no reception out here usually… Little car like that…” *indicates my compact hatchback* “… Why, that would fit just about anywhere to hide it. S’black, too. Nobody’d see it.”

    Us: “Well, thanks for the tip…”

    Clerk: “Nice to have met yas. You wouldn’t believe the weirdos that I usually see in here this time of night.”

    Doesn’t Have The Energy To Argue

    | South Yorkshire, England, UK | At The Checkout, Bosses & Owners, Food & Drink, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (A young customer comes to my till. I serve him, take his money, and he leaves. My supervisor comes over.)

    Supervisor: “[My Name], did you just serve that customer without asking for ID?”

    Me: “Well, yes. But—”

    Supervisor: “You know the rules, if the customer looks under 25 we have to ID, and he was clearly younger than that.”

    Me “But—”

    Supervisor: “You need to be more careful. You know both the store and you personally would have to pay a fine if you’re caught selling alcohol to minors?”

    Me: “I know that, but—”

    Supervisor: “I know you’re usually very thorough with IDs, but if I see you doing that again, I’m going to have to write you up. We can’t risk having our alcohol license removed.”

    Me: “[Supervisor]!”

    Supervisor: “Yes?”

    Me: “I didn’t ID him because he wasn’t buying alcohol. He was buying an energy drink.”

    Supervisor: “Oh.” *short pause* “Okay, keep up the good work.”

    The Customer Is Not Always Bright

    | GA, USA | Bosses & Owners, Extra Stupid

    (I am a clerk at a convenience store. The district manager just happens to be at the store today. We have had a lot of stupid customers. During a slow period I turn to him.)

    Me: “We need to install devices on the perimeter of the property that doesn’t allow people in unless they have an IQ of at least 70.”

    District Manager: “We can’t afford to lose all the business.”

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