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    Completely Sale’d Out

    | Milwaukee, WI, USA | Employees, Lazy/Unhelpful, Money

    (After determining that the Blu-ray player I want doesn’t have outputs that will work with my old TV, I’m trying to decide whether to wait two weeks, when I’ll be able to get a new TV also, or buy the player now, because it’s on sale.)

    Me: “So, how long is this sale good for?”

    Employee: *looks at shelf tag* “Wednesday. But don’t worry; it’ll be the same price.”

    Me: “How’s that possible? Are you saying it’s not a real sale?”

    Employee: “It’s a real sale. But these are always on sale.”

    Me: “If it’s always the same price, it’s not really on sale.”

    Employee: *backpedaling* “It’s not always the same price. Once this sale is over, it’ll be a different sale.”

    Me: “So what will the price be after Wednesday?”

    Employee: “It could be higher or lower. But it could be the same.”

    Me: *laughing* “Well, that pretty much covers it.”

    Dealing With The Cable Guy

    | England, UK | Bad Behavior, Employees, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (I am working 12-hour night shifts, so I am exhausted from start to finish, but I need some bits and go to an electronics store, straight from work. I wander around the store half asleep.)

    Worker: “Can I help you?”

    Me: *still half asleep* “Yes, I’m looking for some cable. I—”

    Worker: *interrupting me* “Well, yes, I think we do sell cable here. Do you know what type of cable you might be looking for?”

    Me: *deadpan* “Audio cable.”

    Worker: *with attitude* “Well, that doesn’t narrow down very much! ”

    Me: “Look, just fetch me six meters of paired bell wire, a male to female coax, a pack of cable pins, and drop the attitude.”

    Worker: *stands there motionless, mouth open*

    Me: *sweetly* “Now, please.”

    Sales Fails

    | Yorkshire, England, UK | Bizarre/Silly, Employees

    (My boyfriend and I briefly visit a popular electronics chain to pass some time whilst we wait for a bus. We don’t want to buy anything, and are just looking at laptops.)

    Salesperson: “Hey, guys, need any help?”

    Boyfriend: “No, we’re fine thanks. Just looking.”

    (We turn to the other side of the aisle and look at tablets. The same salesman sidles up to my boyfriend.)

    Salesperson: “You wanna buy a [Brand], mate?”

    Boyfriend: “Er… no, I don’t, thanks. I’m just looking. I’d be more likely to get something like this [gestures at tablet].”

    Salesperson: “Oh, well, the [Brand]’s the best thing, so that’s what you want to get.”

    (My boyfriend gives him a polite smile.)

    Salesperson: “Yeah, I’m a salesman, but I’m not a very good one.”

    Charged With A Battery Assault

    | Piacenza, Italy | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Employees, Technology, Top

    (It is 1997. My boss decides it is time to buy a new cell phone, so we go to the small store owned by a friend of his. He ends up paying the equivalent of $1000 for two phones with new plans. Since my boss and the owner know each other, he doesn’t feel the need to put a sticker with their logo behind the battery of the phones, which they usually do as proof of being purchased there. The next day, my boss’s phone is faulty, so he gives me the phone to get sorted at the store. I go and speak to the clerk:)

    Clerk: “This phone is clearly faulty, but I can’t exchange it as it wasn’t purchased here. There is no sticker behind the battery.”

    Me: “I was here yesterday with my boss. Your coworker actually sold us two phones in the owner’s office. He said that the stickers were not necessary. You can ask your coworker.”

    Clerk: “He’s on his day off, and you didn’t buy this phone here.”

    Me: “May I speak to the owner?”

    Clerk: “He’s not here, and this phone does not come from here.”

    Me: “Listen, I was here yesterday with my boss. He paid for two phones and activated two new plans.”

    Clerk: “You haven’t bought this phone from us. Now, please leave.”

    Me: “Okay, I’ll call my boss and we’ll try to figure out what to do. Have a nice day.”

    (While standing on the sidewalk in front of the store windows, I call my boss and explain the situation. Suddenly the store door slams open…)

    Clerk: “Still here? Not convinced? Maybe I should call the cops to convince you to go away?”

    (My boss hears what the clerk says and gets quite angry.)

    Boss: “Is the owner there?”

    Me: “No, he’s not—” *the owner suddenly walks in front of me* “— Oh, he’s here now!”

    Boss: “Good. Wait two minutes, then go inside and… enjoy.” *click*

    (A couple of minutes later I go inside. The clerk sees me, and in front of about six or seven other customers, starts shouting at me.)

    Clerk: “WHAT DID I TELL YOU? DO YOU REALLY WANT ME TO CALL THE COPS? I’M TIRED OF—”

    (Suddenly, the boss comes out of his office and approaches the clerk.)

    Boss: “COME. WITH. ME. NOW.”

    (They go to the back. A few minutes later the clerk comes back with a pale face and his boss standing four feet from him, very angry.)

    Clerk: “I’m sorry from the inconvenience, sir. Here’s a new phone for your boss…”

    Made The Wrong Call

    | Reno, NV, USA | Employees, Family & Kids, Ignoring/Inattentive, Technology

    (Dad and I go to a store to get my failing smartphone switched with his fully functioning one and to get him a new phone. Please note: my dad is 63, I’m 24, and we have similar features. I approach the tech help desk and two techs come up to help me while my dad looks at phones.)

    Older Female Tech: “So, you want to switch out your phone with your… husband’s phone?”

    (My jaw drops in shock and horror.)

    Me: “What?! No! Not even close.”

    (The other tech, who’s male and around 30, looks uncomfortable and walks to the other end of the counter.)

    Older Female Tech: “So, he’s your… dad, right?”

    Me: “Yes. He is my father.”

    Older Female Tech: “Sorry, you guys came in together, I just thought…”

    Me: *shaking my head* “No…”

    (She walked away from me to go help another customer. I just sat there horrified. After we got dad’s phone set up and walked out, I told him what she said. He said he was flattered that she thought a “young thing” like me would marry a guy his age.)


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