Category: Geeks Rule

Going Into Uncharted Territory

| ID, USA | Family & Kids, Geeks Rule, Technology

(I’m the employee in this story. I spot a woman who’s having a difficult time getting her son to pick a book, so I go up to help.)

Me: “Can I help you find something?”

Woman: “Oh, he’s just having a hard time finding something to read.”

Me: “I can help.” *to the boy* “What do you like to read?”

Boy: “I don’t really like to read.”

Me: “Okay, then… What kinds of things are you interested in?”

Boy: “Video games. Do you have Minecraft books?”

Woman: “Oh, honey, I’m sure they don’t have video game books…”

Me: *wicked grin* “We actually have a whole section of Minecraft books… Oh dear, it looks like they’re all checked out. They’re pretty popular right now.”

Boy: “Do you have any World of Warcraft books, then?”

Me: “Sorry, we don’t.”

Woman: “[Boy], let’s find you a book that’s not about video games, okay? You need to expand your horizons.”

Boy: “One more, Mom!” *to me* “Do you have any Uncharted books?”

Woman: “I’m sure they don’t…”

Me: *eyes light up* “We have ONE Uncharted book! Let me go grab it for you!”

(I grabbed it and handed it to the boy. He was ecstatic. His mom was less than ecstatic… and I feel just a little bad for going against her wishes. But if it gets a kid who otherwise doesn’t like to read to read something, even if it’s a video game novel, then that’s better than nothing, right?)

Humored Your Dark Soul

| Los Angeles, CA, USA | Employees, Geeks Rule

(A friend of mine has given me his copy of a video game notorious for it’s difficulty. I already own a copy so I decide to sell the game. I am at the electronic store.)

Me: “Hello, I would like to sell this game.” *holds up the game*

Cashier: “Sure, one second.” *begins ringing a bell* “WE HAVE A QUITTER!”

(Soon enough other cashiers start joining in the chorus of “WE HAVE A QUITTER!”. It dies down after a few seconds. The cashier at this point is nearly on the verge of tears from laughing.)

Cashier: “Oh, god, sorry. We’ve been planning that for months now. We just been waiting for someone who seems like they can take a joke.”

Me: “Don’t worry, I’ve might have done the same thing myself.”

(In the end I got a $20 gift card as “compensation.”)

Harry Potter And The Game Of Thrones

Alphen, The Netherlands | Coworkers, Geeks Rule

Intern: “I wish I could live in Harry Potter’s world for real.”

Me: “Really?”

Intern: “Yeah, or wherever. Every fantasy world is better than the real one.”

Me: “Well, I wouldn’t recommend Westeros.”

Intern: *pause* “What the h*** is that?”

Becoming Batwoman

| OH, USA | Geeks Rule, Movies & TV

(I’m seeing the Dark Knight with my coworkers.)

One Of The Characters: “BRUCE!”

Coworker: *screaming at the screen* “IT’S CAITLYN NOW!”

What Are You Tolkien About?

| CO, USA | Awesome Workers, Coworkers, Geeks Rule

(My coworker and I are total nerds, and we have been good naturedly messing with each other via sticky notes for a while. My coworker has several boxes of ‘Star Wars’ marshmallow cereal in his cube, along with lots of other nerdy toys and such. He is also the Dungeon Master for a Dungeons and Dragons game that my husband and I are part of. There has been a lull in sticky note exchanges, until today.)

Me: *via sticky note* “The computer gnomes demand sacrifice. Cereal will do… for now. Do not disappoint us again, human.”

(The rest of the conversation carried on over IM.)

Coworker: “How am I supposed to know that the computer gnomes are displeased?”

Me: “How should I know? You’re IT. That’s your area of expertise, no?”

Coworker: “The magic blue smoke inside the computers still eludes me… and I never learned gnomish… Apple Products and such… PCs are clearly goblin infested, not gnome infested.”

Me: “Must have been carried over when that auditor brought in her Apple laptop.”

Coworker: “Oh crud, cross contamination… Soon we will have gnoblins!”

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