Category: Employees


Quoting Gandalf

| USA | Employees, Geeks Rule

(I’m buying some items while wearing a Hogwarts shirt.)

Employee: *pointing at my shirt* “Ooh! May the force be with you!”

Me: “Yup…”


Mayo-No-No, Part 2

| NJ, USA | Employees, Food & Drink, Ignoring & Inattentive

(I am hungry, so I decide to stop at a rest stop on the turnpike for food. I order from a place that is known for its burgers.)

Me: “I’ll have a burger with cheese and only lettuce.” *meaning, none of the other stuff that comes on it*

(Several minutes pass, and I get my food. I unwrap the burger, only to discover…)

Me: “Excuse me, I asked for cheese and lettuce, and I got mayo and lettuce.”

Cashier #1: “Oh, sorry. Give it to me; I’ll throw it out.”

(Several minutes later, I’m given another burger. I go to my seat to unwrap it, only to find…)

Me: “I think the person who is making burgers is in love with mayo… This time I got cheese, mayo, and lettuce.”

Cashier #2: “Give me that.”

Cashier #1: “She wanted NO mayo!”

(Several minutes later:)

Cashier #2: “Unwrap this here so you don’t have to go back to your seat.”

(I unwrap it, to find that put mayo on the burger, then tried to wipe it off and failed.)

Cashier #2: “I’m just going to make it myself this time.”

Cashier #1: “He does this ALL the time…”

(The fourth time, the burger actually had cheese and lettuce and no mayo! Those poor cashiers deserve a raise.)



Maybe The Operator Was Young

| Milwaukee, WI, USA | Employees, Ignoring & Inattentive

(My father and I are driving home one night when he sees a driver driving erratically down the road. He is concerned that there is an accident risk, so he calls 911 using the car’s phone linkup. Note for the record that my father used to be a cops reporter and is very familiar with emergency services.)

Operator: “911, what is your emergency?”

Father: “I’m driving down [Street] and there’s another car swerving on and off the road and between lanes. I think the driver might be drunk. It’s a black [Brand] SUV, license plate [Numbers] WVY; William Victor Young.”

Operator: “You know this person? How long have you known Mr. Young?”

Father: “Really?”

(To our knowledge, they never did catch that driver!)


More Taxing Than It Should Be

| Iowa City, IA, USA | Bad Behavior, Employees, Transportation

(I call a local taxi service on a Sunday when buses aren’t running. A man answers.)

Man: “Do you need a taxi?”

Me: “Yes, I do—”

Man: “Too bad!” *hangs up*


A Spark Of Stupidity

| Northern Ireland, UK | Employees, Ignoring & Inattentive

(I live in a ground floor flat. The flat above mine has the same landlord I do. I walk into my hall to see an absolute torrent of water cascading out of my bathroom ceiling. I panic, hit the main fuse switch and turn all the electrics off, then run upstairs and hammer on the door of the flat above mine to get them out of the shower. Some hours later, the fire brigade have been out and told my landlord that I need an electrician out to sort out the bathroom fixtures… and my landlord has sent out a plumber.)

Plumber: “It turns out your neighbour has a leakage problem in the shower stall. We’ll come out at some point to fix that, but we can’t do it today. We’re on overtime.”

Me: “Sure, whatever. Where’s the electrician?”

Plumber: “You don’t need an electrician.”

Me: “Uh, yeah, I do.”

Plumber: “Look, it wasn’t that much water. Everything’s fine. They won’t send an electrician out just because it’ll make you feel better.”

Me: “…”

(My bathroom had been left in water several inches deep by the time the torrent had stopped, and it had come through the ceiling in two specific places – the light fitting itself, and the pull switch. The whole argument went back and forward and back and forward for ages before I left my dad to argue with him, and switched the main fuse back on. I stand at the door next to the light pull.)

Me: “So, we don’t need an electrician, right?”

Plumber: “I told you already. Everything’s fine.”

Me: “Cool.”

(I pulled the switch to the light that he was standing underneath. It immediately started sparking before I turned it back off again. I didn’t have to say another word; he agreed to get an electrician then and there. When the electrician turned up, I told him what had happened. His words: “People can be really f****** stupid.”)

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