Category: Extra Stupid


Flagging Down Some Tech Support

| USA | Bosses & Owners, Extra Stupid, Technology

(For a couple of summers, I worked for an older woman who ran her own landscaping business, mostly planting flowers and organizing things that the men on the crew could not be counted on to put away properly. As a fairly tech-savvy college student I offered minor tech support even after I found a more year-round job. On this occasion, I answer a slightly hysterical phone call regarding important emails.)

Boss: “[My Name], oh, you’ve got to help me. I had this really important email from [Client] but now I can’t find it!”

Me: “Are you sure you’re checking the right email? Or the right inbox?”

Boss: “It’s my work Gmail and it’s so important. It has all the details of what I need to do and I flagged it but now I can’t find it!”

Me: “I could come over, if you need—”

Boss: “No, no. I must be getting senile. I mean it was RIGHT HERE and I flagged it so I could find it again but now—”

Me: “Wait, you FLAGGED it? Check your spam folder.”

Boss: *half an octave higher* “My SPAM FOLDER! Why would it be there?!”

Me: “Flagging it isn’t a good thing. You told your email that you didn’t want to see that message, and probably every message from [Client]. It’s a warning. Like “red flags,” you know?”

Boss: *skeptical* “No, I don’t know. Where did it go?”

Me: “Please, check your spam folder.”

(She checked it and, lo and behold, there was all the important messages from Client that she’d been going crazy looking for, among other business emails. She definitely knows what she’s talking about when it comes to planting and designing gardens, but put her in front of a computer…)


Has No Beef With Chicken, Part 2

| San Antonio, TX, USA | San Antonio, TX, USA | Coworkers, Extra Stupid, Food & Drink

(It is lunchtime, and I am eating batter-fried chicken tenders and French fries, which my coworkers had teased me about loving since I tend to bring it in often. I am talking with two coworkers about food.)

Coworker #1: “I really like lamb, from the restaurant that [Coworker #3] recommended. I think it was [Restaurant]?”

Me: “Oh, really? My dad eats lamb, but I’m not a fan of it.”

Coworker #2: “Why not?”

Me: “I just don’t like the texture.”

Coworker #1: “Huh, really? The texture is just like beef.”

Me: “Ah, I actually don’t eat beef, either.”

Coworker #2: “You don’t— Wait, you’re vegetarian, aren’t you?”

(I point at my plate of chicken tenders while Coworker #1 breaks into laughter.)

Coworker #2: “Wait. I know but I was thinking that—”

Coworker #1: “You weren’t thinking at all! We just teased her for loving fried chicken!”

Coworker #2: “…You’re right. I didn’t think.”


A Seriously Delayed Case Of The Mondays

| Dallas, TX, USA | Employees, Extra Stupid, Ignoring & Inattentive, Time

(I’m calling to schedule a follow-up appointment for my son.)

Me: “Hi, this is [My Name]. My son, [Son], was there last Thursday, but we did not set up his next appointment at that time. I’m calling to schedule his follow-up appointment.”

Receptionist: “Your son has an appointment on Thursday?”

Me: “No, he had an appointment last Thursday. I just need to schedule a follow-up.”

Receptionist: “Oh, okay. What is your son’s name?”

Me: *again* “[Son].”

Receptionist: “Hmm… I don’t see him on this Thursday’s schedule.”

Me: “No, he was in LAST Thursday. We’re calling to set up a new appointment.”

Receptionist: “Hang on… I still can’t find him in our system…”

(Several minutes go by.)

Me: “Are you still there?”

Receptionist: “Yes, I just can’t… Oh, wait, here he is. He came in LAST Thursday.”

Me: *slow burn* “Yes, that’s what I said.”

Receptionist: “Is there anything else I can help you with?”