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    Take A Swipe At An Easy Purchase

    | IL, USA | At The Checkout, Bizarre/Silly, Money

    (I’m making a small purchase at a local food store.)

    Cashier: “That’ll be one dollar, please.”

    Me: “Really? One dollar flat?”

    Cashier: “Yes sir, just one dollar.”

    Me: *swipes dollar bill, then hands it to her* “Here you go.”

    Cashier: “Thank you.” *swipes receipt* “Have a great day!”

    Best To Wash Your Hands Of It And Walk Away

    | Winnipeg, MB, Canada | Employees, Health & Body

    (I am in a local grocery store that isn’t very nice, but the prices are low. I need to use the washroom. While in there, an employee comes in, does her business, and leaves without washing her hands. Totally grossed out, I leave without buying anything and send a letter to the corporate office. A couple of weeks later, I receive this reply:)

    Letter: “Please accept our apologies for the incident that occurred at [Store]. Enclosed is a gift card for $10.”

    (That was fine and all, but I wasn’t looking for a freebie – I was hoping they’d say that they’d have a talk with their staff about the importance of good hygiene, especially if you’re going to be working with food. The kicker was that the ‘$10 gift card’ was actually for $5!)

    Not A Happy Beer-Camper

    | Westchester, NY, USA | Employees, Food & Drink, Ignoring/Inattentive, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (A special, one-time-only 12-pack has been released by Sierra Nevada. It contains brewing collaborations with 12 different brewers across the country, and is aptly named “Beer Camp Across America”)

    Me: “Hi, I was wondering if you had a specialty item in stock. It’s a new 12-pack called ‘Beer Camp’.”

    Employee: “You said it’s called ‘Beer Camp’?”

    Me: “Yes, that’s right. By Sierra Nevada.”

    Employee: “Do you know what section that would be in?”

    Me: “…Beer?”

    Sorry Seems To Be The Easiest Word

    | NJ, USA | At The Checkout, Awesome Workers

    (There’s a particular brand of spicy sauce I really enjoy, but there have been a number of issues lately; one bottle was unsealed when I got it and visibly missing some, another was already expired despite being well inside the date, and the third one had the entire plastic cap shatter while opening it. Fed up, I decide to just get my money back and try another brand.)

    Employee: “Oh no! I’m so sorry that all happened, sir!”

    Me: “Oh, it’s not your fault; I’d just like my money back.”

    Employee: “Of course, right away, and again I’m so, so sorry!”

    Me: “No, it’s all right! No worries, not for you guys anyway.”

    Employee: “All right, sir. Thank you, and again, I’m sorry!”

    Me: “It’s fine!”

    (This continues through the whole transaction, with her apologizing 2-3 times for each step. Eventually, the manager working alongside takes notice and comes up.)

    Manager: “Is there a problem here?!”

    Me: “No! I mean, not any more. I’ve just had to exchange something a few times, and finally I just gave up and wanted my money back. I’ve been telling the poor girl I’m not angry at anyone but she’s been apologizing constantly.”

    Manager: “Oh! Well, I’m sor—”

    Me: “OH, NO, not you too!”

    (I throw my hands up in a fake-dramatic flare, which thankfully gets the manager laughing, and the other girl looking confused.)

    Me: “I worked the register at [Department Store] for three years, and do the customer-contact end of warehouse shipping now. I know all about getting yelled at for someone else’s goofs!”

    (Turns out, it was the employee’s FIRST day on the job past training, and it had been a long succession of people yelling constantly even after they got their way. She’d been almost panicked and was just waiting for me to start doing it, too!)

    Promoting Their Level Of Understanding

    | AB, Canada | Coworkers, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (I’m a cashier in a grocery store, and have recently been promoted to shift supervisor. One of my coworkers — a very bratty 16-year-old — is jealous that she didn’t get the promotion. She undermines me at every opportunity and even pretends to be the supervisor to a few customers. One Friday I’m in the back office doing some paperwork, when she barges in.)

    Me: “How did you get in? You don’t have a key.”

    Coworker: “I had [Store Manager] let me in. I have very important work to do back here.”

    Me: “No, you don’t. Now get back to your register.”

    Coworker: “No! I have to be in here to do this!”

    Me: “What’s so important that you need to be back here?”

    Coworker: “I don’t want to work on Sunday. I need someone to cover my shift.”

    Me: “The schedule as to who’s available to cover and their phone numbers is under cash register #5. Get the information from there, and do it on your break.”

    (She ignores me, and grabs the master copies of the schedule and the cashier contact information off the shelf and starts leafing through it.)

    Coworker: “I bet [Cashier] will cover for me. She’s only works on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. I’ll bet she’ll be appreciative to get another shift.”

    Me: “I highly doubt that. She only works those three days because she has a second job over at the saw mill. In fact, if you call her, I’m guessing she’ll be pretty pissed off for you trying to make her work on her only day off.”

    Coworker: “Oh, you think YOU KNOW EVERYTHING because you got the promotion and I didn’t! Well, guess what, a******? I’m WAY more qualified than you to do this! Just you watch! I’ll call her, and she’ll do whatever I tell her to because I’ve got something you don’t: natural leadership skills!”

    (She lunges for the phone. I step back and let her make the call. When the other cashier answers, my coworker starts demanding she cover for her on Sunday. My coworker goes silent, and I can hear the cashier yelling from the other end of the line. Eventually, my coworker hands up, and is silent for a few minutes.)

    Me: “Well? What did she say?”

    Coworker: “She said that she only works three days a week because she’s got a second job over at the saw mill. She was actually pretty upset that I was ordering her to work on her only day off for the week… just like you said.”

    Me: “Now, get back to your cash register, and you can keep trying to find someone to cover your Sunday shift when you’re on your break.”

    (She left the back office in stunned silence and returned to her cash register. And she never questioned why I got the promotion again.)


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