Category: Geeks Rule


A Flying Charm-ing Employee

| USA | Geeks Rule

(I am the customer in this story. I am looking to buy a broom. It should also be noticed that I am a Harry Potter fan.)

Me: “Hi, could you please show me where the brooms are?”

Employee: “Sure! We have some here.”

(He leads me to a section with tons of brooms.)

Me: “Wow, there sure are a lot of options!”

Employee: “That’s right! If you want my advice, take this one. It’s like a Nimbus 2001, and the others are like Nimbus 2000s.”

(I laugh.)

Me: “Do you have any Firebolts?”

Employee: “We do have an excellent broom over here.” *leads me to another section that is empty* “Uh-oh, I think someone left their invisibility cloak over the brooms.”

Me: “That’s fine; I’ll take the Nimbus 2001.”

Employee: “Excellent choice. Happy flying!”


Almost The Droids You Are Looking For

| Vista, CA, USA | Bosses & Owners, Geeks Rule, Movies & TV

(In my office, we often abbreviate our names with our initials and then the number 3, i.e. DK3. My supervisor is writing something down, then whites out her initials, which are CS.)

Me: “Oh, you’re not [Supervisor] today?”

Supervisor: “Nope.”

Me: “Who are you, then?”

Supervisor: “CS3-PO.”

(We laugh.)

Me: “You know, if [Coworker whose initials are RD] cloned himself, he’d be R2-D2…”

(It’s nice to have fellow geeks in the office.)


Needs To Make War To Get A Refund

| OR, USA | Bizarre/Silly, Geeks Rule, Money

(After a long, arduous affair, I decided to finally put my online gaming account down. I’ve already preordered the next expansion and so I thought I’d put in a ticket to get a refund since I will literally never use it.)

GM: “Greetings! This is Game Master [Name]! I see you’re leaving us and you’d like a refund. Sorry to hear that.”

Me: “It’s okay. It’s been a long time coming, I think, and this is for the best. I figure since it’s digital and not even out yet maybe you can help me out.”

GM: “Unfortunately, we can’t. The pre-patch is out now and we can’t do refunds for it any longer as a result.”

Me: “That seems a little arbitrary. Most people didn’t even know anything about gameplay until this pre-patch, right? Plus, I mean, it’s digital. It’s not like I have a copy waiting for me on a shelf.”

GM: “I understand your frustration. Unfortunately we do have to protect our interests. I see you were even civil in your ‘reason why you’re quitting.’”

Me: “Well, it’s not your fault I’m frustrated. What, if I would have been angry would you have given me the refund?”

GM: “Erm, I can’t directly discuss our policies, but we are usually told to rush problem customers away however we can…”

Me: “Did I just need to cuss you out? F***in’ f*** mother*** f***?”

GM: “That’s unfortunately going to end our conversation. I do wish I could have helped.”

(I’m totally on the GM’s side, but man, what a policy.)


Here We Pokémon Go Again, Part 2

| Brisbane, QLD, Australia | Bosses & Owners, Coworkers, Geeks Rule, Technology

(I work in the IT department of a university. Pokémon Go has just been released, and we are discussing the potential it could have for overloading the computer network when semester starts.)

Colleague: “It seems that one of the buildings on campus is a Pokémon Gym. We’re going to have all sorts of congestion.”

Me: “I noticed quite a few Pokéstops around the campus on my way in, too.”

(At this point, I have to explain to Colleague #2 what a Pokéstop is. For those who don’t play Pokémon Go, Pokéstops are locations where you can get items like Pokeballs, potions, etc. to help in the game. As I finish, my manager comes up.)

Manager: “What’s going on here?”

Colleague: “We may be getting some wi-fi traffic from this Pokémon Go game.”

(We explain what we’ve discussed.)

Manager: “Well, what would you recommend?”

Colleague: “If it becomes an issue, we could identify which ports Pokémon Go uses and block them in the firewall.”

(My manager gets a bit of an evil grin.)

Manager: “A different kind of Pokéstop.”

(Turned out, my manager’s son had downloaded it and been playing it over the weekend.)



Here We Pokémon Go Again


Here We Pokémon Go Again

| CT, USA | Bizarre/Silly, Bosses & Owners, Geeks Rule

(My boyfriend and I work in different departments of the same place. On a night we are both closing, I finish my closing tasks before he does, so I go to sit and wait for him. I open up the new Pokémon Go game and see something.)

Me: “Babe! There’s a Squirtle outside! I’m gonna go walk around the building to see if I can find it!”

Boyfriend: “Here, I don’t have one yet. Take my phone, too!”

(Our manager couldn’t stop laughing at us.)

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