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    Thinking Outside The Boxes

    | Sydney, NSW, Australia | Coworkers, Geeks Rule

    (We are stocking a new store right in the centre of Sydney. As each truckload of stock comes in we have to unload it very quickly as a public laneway is blocked. We then have to stuff as much of it into a lift as possible.)

    Coworker: *slotting a box into a space* “To think my parents said all those hours I played Tetris were just a waste of time.”

    Very Bad Who-mor

    | Denver, CO, USA | Coworkers, Geeks Rule

    (I’m putting store stickers on merchandise when I pull out a hoodie that has the TARDIS from Doctor Who.)

    Me: *turns to coworker* “It’s a Doctor Whoodie!”

    Coworker: *snorts in amusement*

    A Different Brand Of Stupid

    | Melbourne, VIC, Australia | At The Checkout, Employees, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (I’m in a very popular chain store that sells things like makeup, medicine, perfume etc. There are “Three-for-Two” signs plastered over a lot of the merchandise. None of the signage mentions that the sale is brand-specific, so I pick three items from different brands and take them to the counter.)

    Me: “Hi! I have a question about your ‘buy two, get one free’ sale. Do the items all have to be from the same brand, or is it just anything in the store marked Three-for-Two?”

    Sales Assistant: “…”

    Me: “…”

    Sales Assistant: *blankly staring, as if I’m stupid* “Three-for-Two.”

    Me: “Yes, the Three-for-Two sale.”

    Sales Assistant: “Yes… Three-for-Two.”

    Me: “…can they be from different brands?”

    Sales Assistant: “Three-for-Two.”

    (She is continuing to blankly stare at me as if I can’t grasp the concept of the sale. I make my purchases and then decide on the way out to double check the receipt. Nothing had been discounted. I return to the same sales assistant.)

    Me: “Hi again! I just came through your register before, and one of my Three-for-Two items didn’t get discounted.”

    Sales Assistant: “It has to be from the same brand. You bought things from different brands.”

    Me: *inner face-palm*

    Always Comes In Threes

    | IN, USA | Employees, Family & Kids

    (I’m stocking shelves near the electronics section as my coworker talks to a father and daughter about tablets.)

    Coworker: “Well, you could probably get away with the smallest model, seeing as you’re, what, 16?”

    Daughter: “Er, actually I’m 19.”

    Coworker: “…oh. Sorry, you looked younger.”

    Daughter: “Haha, that’s okay. It happens all the time.”

    Coworker: *turns to me* “You’re 19, right? What kind of tablet do you think would be best for her?”

    Me: *in mock outrage* “I’m 22!”

    Coworker: *face-palm*

    Father: *laughing* “At least he’s consistent!”

    No Risk Of A Hairy Situation

    | ON, Canada | Awesome Workers, Bizarre/Silly, Bosses & Owners

    (A bunch of my coworkers and I are sitting at the counter since it died down for an hour.)

    Manager: “Hey, [Seasonal Employee], were you drawing pubes on the mannequin upstairs?”

    Seasonal Employee: “Well… maybe.”

    Manager: “Maybe?”

    Seasonal Employee: “Well, only a couple.”

    Manager: “I see… Good. I didn’t want anyone to take credit for something I started.”

    (And people wonder why I love working here.)


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