Category: Lazy/Unhelpful


Still Hoping It Will Just Be An iFad

| Oscoda, MI, USA | Employees, Lazy/Unhelpful, Technology

(While on a trip with my mom and cousin, I go into a secondhand shop in my former hometown. When I still lived near the store, I knew that they only accepted cash, so I am happy to see a sign stating that they now accept credit cards. There is only one employee in the store, an older man. I pick out a few items and take them to the register, but as soon as I take out my card…)

Employee: “Sorry, I can’t take that. I can only take cash.”

Me: “But your sign says…”

Employee: “I know. If my daughter were here she could help, but I dunno how to run this thing.” *he points to an iPad with a card reader plugged into it*

Me: “That’s easy. I can show you, since I don’t have any cash on me.”

Employee: “Naw, I’m never gonna figure it out.”

(I had to go back out to the car and ask my cousin to lend me some money.)


Breaking With Procedure

| Fort Pierce, FL, USA | Lazy/Unhelpful, New Hires

(I am the service desk associate. We have just had a huge rush at the checkouts and are down a register because we can’t locate one of the newer cashiers. After a manager goes looking for her, she comes back and says nothing. When we don’t have any customers, I pull her aside.)

Me: “[New Girl], what happened? No one could find you!”

New Girl: “I was on break.”

Me: “How? [Previous Service Associate] said she didn’t know where you were! Who told you to go on break?”

New Girl: “No one. I was hungry so I told her I was going. She may not have heard me; she had a line at the desk.”

Me: “What?! You can’t do that!”

New Girl: “Why?” *she is starting to give me attitude after being completely polite before*

Me: “[Other Cashier] was supposed to go next! And WE tell you when to go on break. You can’t just decide! We have to send you in a certain order based on who came in first and who’s leaving! And you certainly can’t go when we get a rush!”

New Girl: *rolling her eyes* “I didn’t know it was such a big deal.”

Me: “It IS a big deal! If we don’t know where you are, we can’t keep up with the lines!”

(She told me she understood, but continued to be snotty with me all day. None of the seasoned people think she’s going to last long.)


Not Thinking Outside The Boxes

| USA | Coworkers, Lazy/Unhelpful

(One of my coworkers has his own sense of humor, as well as work ethic. He can be very hard-working at times, but he is also very sarcastic and unhelpful. During one afternoon, a load of paper is delivered for our production printer. This order consists of about 30 boxes of paper, weighing somewhere around 15 lbs or so each. There are only three people in the office at the moment: the above-mentioned coworker, Coworker #1, the graphic designer, Coworker #2, and me.)

Me: *to [Coworker #1]* “Can you help me move the boxes from outside to the place we store the paper near the printer?”

(He brushes me off, so I go and start hauling in boxes by myself. Coworker #2 comes back from lunch and freaks out that I’m moving boxes, as she thinks only the guys should carry heavy things. I’m only 5’2″ and she doesn’t like me carrying boxes that are nearly my size. She goes into his office and I can hear her from where I am making room for more paper boxes in the printer area.)

Coworker #2: “[Coworker #1]! Did [My Name] ask you to help with the paper?”

Coworker #1: “Maybe.”

Coworker #2: “Well, you need to go help. She’s doing it by herself.”

(She bugs him enough that he comes and helps. I get a phone call and step away for a few minutes and return to find he has finished and is back in his office. However, he has placed the boxes in one single stack! He is over 6′ tall, so it’s easy for him, but the pile goes nearly to the ceiling – and is leaning dangerously to one side. I immediately go back to his office.)

Me: “Hey, will you please come fix the paper? I need it in three small stacks.”

Coworker #1: “You just said you needed it inside. It’s inside.”

Me: “Right, but it’s less accessible now because of the way it’s piled up. Neither [Coworker #2] nor I can get boxes off the top. Plus, it’s dangerous the way it’s all leaning over.”

Coworker #1: “Sorry, I’m busy. You can manage.” *turns back to computer and puts his headphones on*

(I was not pleased but it was clear I wouldn’t get him to fix it. Thankfully, our boss came back from his meeting shortly after, and as the paper boxes were next to the doorway into his office, he immediately noticed and Coworker #1 was made to fix his gigantic pile of boxes!)


Closing Up Will Lead To Closing Down

| Lake Geneva, Switzerland | Employees, Lazy/Unhelpful

(While visiting a touristy part of town on a lake for our 20th anniversary, we wander into an artsy import shop, half hoping to find a new handbag. It’s off season and we are the only customers in the store. After browsing for a few minuets I see a display of embroidered bags in the back half of the store.)

Me: “Excuse me, but I can’t find a way into the back section. Is it closed?”

Employee: “Yeah, we just had a bunch of teenagers in here with backpacks. The owner was watching on the security camera and just called me and told me to close off that section.”

Me: “So… I can’t go back there to look at bags?”

Employee: “Well, if you know you’re going to buy something, I can let you back there, but it’s not worth having it open to sell 50 cents worth of stuff and have people steal twenty dollars worth of product.”

(My husband and I exchanged outraged looks and quickly left, not bothering to buy the sign he was eyeing.)


That Sale Tanked

| PA, USA | Employees, Lazy/Unhelpful, Transportation

(I go to purchase a full propane tank. Note that all the propane tanks are outside the store with the price for an exchange and for a full tank prominently displayed.)

Cashier: “Hi, can I help you?”

Me: “Yes, I’d like to purchase a tank of propane.”

Cashier: “Where is your used propane tank?”

Me: “I don’t want to exchange a tank. I want to purchase a full tank.”

Cashier: “You have to have an empty tank to exchange for a full tank.”

Me: “But I don’t have an exchange; I want to purchase a full tank.”

Cashier: “Then you have to go to Aisle D, get a brand new empty tank, bring it back here, purchase it, then exchange it for a full tank.”

Me: “But that doesn’t make any sense. The sign outside has the price for an exchange and for a full tank. Why can’t I just purchase a full tank?”

Cashier: “Because you can’t. You have to do an exchange.”

Me: “Then I guess I will shop elsewhere.”

(Next time I shopped there I mentioned it to another cashier who said all they have to do is scan the UPC code in the cashiers’ book. Sigh.)

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