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    The Employee And The Hummus Have A Code

    | ACT, Australia | At The Checkout, Employees, Technology

    (My husband and I are shopping for groceries and find my preferred hummus is on sale, with a weird really long barcode on it. I wonder if it will cause problems at the checkout, but grab two anyway. When we are done shopping we head to the self-serve checkouts. Note there is one staff member for nine of these checkouts.)

    Me: *gets up to hummus and it won’t scan* “D***, it doesn’t like my hummus!”

    (I try scanning it a few more times and then give up. I look around for the staff member. Just then the staff member walks by me and tells her nearest colleague that she is ducking out. My hand is up to signal her but I drop it, presuming she hasn’t seen me. On her way out she looks back and makes eye contact with me before hurrying away.)

    Me: *deflated* “Well, what the h*** do I do now?”

    (The machine, which had been mostly silent, suddenly speaks up…)

    Machine: “Type in the code, or look up item.”

    (My husband and I look at each other before bursting out laughing. I type in the massive code, and it works. I then have to repeat this for the other hummus. Luckily the sale price is applied properly and I don’t have to retype it. We finish up, pay and collect our groceries. As we are walking out, the staff member comes back into the store, and quickly averts her eyes.)

    Me: “Did she somehow intuitively know my hummus was a problem and avoided us?”

    Husband: *shrug* “It doesn’t matter; the machine knew what was going on.”

    Catatonic About The Cat Tonic

    | Glasgow, Scotland, UK | Employees, Ignoring/Inattentive, Pets & Animals

    (I’m in the pharmacy section of a large supermarket. I’m visiting my parents for the weekend, and I’m having some trouble with their cat. This story takes place in the evening, when all other pharmacies in the area are closed.)

    Me: “Excuse me, do you know if any of these are better for cat allergies, or if they’re all pretty much the same?”

    Pharmacist: “They aren’t for cats.”

    Me: “Oh. None of them?”

    Pharmacist: “No. You can’t buy those, sorry.”

    Me: “I don’t understand; they’re just anti-histamines. Why can’t I take them?”

    Pharmacist: “I can’t sell you them. It could be dangerous.”

    Me: “What?”

    Pharmacist: “You’ll have to go to a vet.”

    Me: “What?! I won’t be able to sleep without them, and everywhere else is closed.”

    Pharmacist: “I’m sorry, but as I said, you’ll have to take your cat to a vet. You can’t just give it these. The dose would be too strong. If it’s an emergency, you can call [local animal clinic].”

    Me: *blinks for a moment* “They’re for me. For me to take. I am the one with the allergy. I am allergic to cats.”

    Pharmacist: “…”

    Me: “…”

    Pharmacist: “…oh. Right.”

    Coworker Not Coworking

    | NJ, USA | Coworkers, Math & Science

    (I am waiting to punch in for the day. As I am, one of my coworkers is having a issues with an item. Another coworker is helping her out.)

    Coworker #1: “So, do you know how to do this?”

    Coworker #2: “I have not done this type of math since like the 5th grade! No. Hey, [Coworker #3] get over here!”

    (Coworker #3 goes over, and he is having issues. I walk over, still not punched in.)

    Coworker #1: “Oh, [My Name] is here! She is good at this stuff!”

    Me: “What is the issue?”

    Coworker #1: “So, the customer bought three things of meat. It is on sale saying that if you buy them, one will be $1.99 per pound, and the rest $2.99. It took off for the $1.99 but not the $2.99.”

    (I grab a calculator and walk over to the customer’s cart. I look at the meat to see how much per pound it is so I can do math. It is already $2.99 per pound.)

    Me: “Hey, [Coworker #1], get over here!”

    (She comes and I point it out to her.)

    Coworker #1: “Haha, oops. This is why you are here!”

    Me: “Really, like what do you guys do when I am NOT here?”

    Coworker #3: “Pray and hope for the best.”

    A New Hire Level Of Respect

    , | Edmonton, AB, Canada | Coworkers, New Hires

    (At my work, the new hires all get a large blue ribbon to wear with their nametags that says ‘NEW HIRE’ on it in large letters. Most people try to get rid of it as soon as possible, usually within two weeks. So far I’ve been there about two months.)

    Coworker: *looking at my ribbon* “When are you going to take that thing off?”

    Me: “When someone in management tells me to.”

    Coworker: *looking and sounding very confused* “Why?”

    Me: “Because everyone’s so much nicer to me when they think I’ve only had a handful of shifts. I keep getting complimented on how well I’m doing and how quick I am. Plus, I haven’t had a single rude or impatient customer yet.”

    Coworker: “… now you’re making me want one.”

    Your Concerns Are Just A Drop In The Ocean

    | MA, USA | Bad Behavior, Employees, Food & Drink

    (Employees of this particular chain are upset about certain management decisions and are holding a job action. Shelves are not being restocked, and action at the distribution centers has halted the delivery of fresh produce, meats, and seafood.)

    Customer: *seeing the empty seafood display* “Where is all the seafood?”

    Worker: “In the ocean!”


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