Category: Liars/Scammers

A Cancer On Your Productivity

| NJ, USA | Bad Behavior, Employees, Health & Body, Liars/Scammers

(This is my mother’s experience. She manages a branch of an advertising company and her job can be quite hectic, as she deals with some idiotic workers. This coworker has been ditching work, so my mom and the other managers decide to fire her.)

Mom: “Hey, where’s [Coworker]?”

HR: “Huh, I don’t know. Let me call her.”

(Later that day:)

HR: “Hey, I got in touch with [Coworker] and she says she’s going to be out for ten days because she was diagnosed with skin cancer today.”

Mom: “Oh!”

HR: “And she is starting treatment tomorrow.”

Mom: “…Oh.”

(My mom knows this is another trick because my dad once had skin cancer, and treatment definitely didn’t start the next day. And it pretty much never will for any type of cancer. Then, this happens the next day.)

Mom: “Where is [Coworker]? We need to fire her.

Other Manager: “She just called in sick. Apparently she has a fever.”

Mom: “I thought she had cancer? You know what forget it. Call HR. Get [two other managers] on, too. We’re going to fire her over the phone if we have to.”

(Long story short, They called. She was fired, broke down in “tears,” and threatened to sue. She actually had her lawyer contact the company’s, who gave her lawyer her time sheet and demanded proof of her “cancer.” Surprise, surprise, she backed down.)

Refuses To Crack

| Toronto, ON, Canada | Employees, Liars/Scammers

(The previous day I had bought several glass items from a homeware store. Unfortunately, once I got home I found that one of my glass bowls was broken inside the packaging. I had been careful with it, so it was likely already broken. I went back to the store the next day with my husband to get an exchange.)

Clerk: “Hi, how can I help you?”

Me: *gesturing to the box* “Hi. I just bought this yesterday, but it was already broken in the box and I was hoping for an exchange. Here’s the receipt.”

Clerk: *frowning* “It wouldn’t have been broken here. See? We would have heard it rattling.” *she shakes the box, and we can clearly hear glass*

Me: “Well, it was busy yesterday, and I was buying several things, and I was distracted by my toddler, and we might not have heard—”

Clerk: *walking out from behind the counter and cutting me off* “Yes, I was here yesterday. I would have noticed it.” *very condescending* “Are you sure you didn’t break it?”

Me: “Yes! I was careful—”

Clerk: “Because I’d rather you be honest with me. I’ll still give you a new one, but you should tell me the truth. You broke it.”

Me: “Um, what? I am being honest. It was already broken. I didn’t break it.”

Clerk: “No, I would have heard the glass, but I’ll still give you one.”

(At this point, my husband, always the diplomat, tries to smooth things over.)

Husband: “It might not have been fully broken, but it was probably cracked in the box and then it got worse when we brought it home.”

Clerk: *through narrowed eyes and pursed lips* “It was cracked?”

(My husband and I speak at the same time:)

Husband: “Yes.”

Me: “Probably, yeah.”

Clerk: *clearly not believing us* “Okay, fine, I’ll get you a new one.”

(The clerk then made a big show of opening up the new box, turning the item all around to show us, and putting it back inside. She glared the whole time, and never apologized for her rude accusations.)

Grounded In Lies

| Monterrey, MTY, Mexico | Employees, Liars/Scammers, Tourists & Travel, Transportation

(I’m returning from a scholarship-sponsored trip to the States, and it is my first time flying alone. I bought the round trip tickets two months ago. I am doing a connection to go back to my city Guadalajara, and I am already pretty exhausted since I really hate flying and had to go through customs. My next flight is in four hours, and they page me at the gate. I’m 22.)

Flight Attendant: “We are afraid to tell you that your flight will be late, and that there is a very high chance that the flight will be cancelled.”

(I’m shocked, but I let him continue.)

Flight Attendant: “We do have a solution, however – there is a flight in an hour, that goes to Mexico City, and from there you can board another plane to your original destination. It will be free of charge, and we will provide you with two free round tickets to any place in the country. However, the flight to Guadalajara will be tomorrow morning.”

(The idea of going to a city I’ve never been to and spending the night in the airport makes me really anxious, and I have a bad hunch about the situation, so I decline his offer,)

Flight Attendant: “Are you SURE? The flight might be cancelled! What will you do THEN?”

Me: “Well, then, even if it’s cancelled, I’ll take another plane. I just don’t feel comfortable taking that offer, but thanks.”

(The flight attendant stares at me, but thanks me so I leave. I sit down right in front of a teleprompter with all the information of the upcoming flights up to three hours, and after an hour the information of the flight I’m taking comes up. It says that it will be on time, so I text my mother since I told her the situation since she was going to pick me up.)

Mom: “So the teleprompter says that your flight is on time?”

Me: “Yes. It doesn’t even say delayed, so I don’t know why the flight attendant told me that it was going to be cancelled!”

(Just as I sent that text I am paged again, so I go to talk with the flight attendant.)

Me: “You said that the flight was delayed, and there was a big chance it was going to be cancelled, but the teleprompter over there says that it’s on time.”

Flight Attendant: *eyes go wide and ignores what I said* “We have an offer for you. The flight has been oversold, and we need three people to give up their seats; in exchange of you giving up your seat, we will give you two round trips tickets to any place in the country! It’s a great opportunity—”

Me: “No, thank you.”

(I leave pretty upset that he lied to me at the beginning, but I let it go, and notify my mom about the situation. About half hour later, I am paged again.)

Flight Attendant: “Look, we really need three people to give up their seats. If you don’t want the tickets you can give it to anybody else, but it would be really good if you helped us out.”

(I am pretty furious at this point, especially since they have only paged me and no one else for the past hours.)

Me: “Look, I booked this flight more than a month ago, and I picked this date for a reason. I already said no, and you lied to me before. I am staying in this flight.”

Flight Attendant: *with a low, sad voice* “Pretty please? You would do me a great favor…”

Me: “I’m sorry, but it isn’t my fault that you oversold the flight! I bought the tickets for a round trip a month ago, and I am tired from my previous flight and just want to get home. I don’t want to spend the night in an airport!”

Flight Attendant: “So, that’s a no…?”

Me: “NO!”

Flight Attendant: “…I understand. Our apologies.”

(I left, and they finally stopped paging me, but continued to ask for people to give up their seats. About half hour before the plane took off, I saw a family of three take on that offer. I arrived on time to my destination and told my mom that if he hadn’t outright lied to my face, I would have probably taken the offer!)

Her Plan Bombed

| Australia | Coworkers, Lazy/Unhelpful, Liars/Scammers

(It’s my birthday and I am working with a particularly lazy coworker. Our company has strict rules about leaving someone working alone in the store.)

Coworker: “It’s my mother’s birthday today. We are taking her out so I have to leave right on time today.”

Me: “Oh, it’s my birthday too; I’m with you. As soon as I finish the tills this afternoon I’m out of here.”

Coworker: “Sucks having to work on your birthday. You should have called in sick.”

Me: “Yeah, but it’s not what I do.”

Coworker: “You know, my family and friends used to call in to my last job with fake excuses to get me out of work. One day they even called in with a bomb threat. Hahaha, the whole shopping centre got shut down just so I could go out clubbing”.

Me: *shocked* “Really?!”

(At three o’clock the phone rings; coworker answers it. I keep doing what I am doing elsewhere. A couple of minutes later she comes to find me.)

Coworker: *dramatically* “OMG, my mother was taken to hospital; my sister just called.” *she doesn’t actually look upset, she looks more smug*

Me: “Really? What was wrong?”

Coworker: “They ran tests and now are sending her home. My sister said that I am the only one who can go to pick her up. I need to leave.”

Me: “Sorry, it’s not my call; I’ll need to make a phone call.”

(I call my manager to tell her what was going on and to relate the conversation from that morning. The manager speaks to her and tells her that she will have to stay until 5:30 as it’s not an emergency situation.)

Coworker: “B**** won’t let me go.” *looking less smug but still not looking upset over her mother being taken to hospital*

Me: “I’m sorry, but you’ve got to understand that right now I couldn’t even leave even if I got a call that someone had died.”

(Probably would have worked better if her sister called in a bomb threat.)

You Called The Wrong Number…

| IL, USA | Employees, Family & Kids, Liars/Scammers

(Despite being on the Do Not Call list, my parents have been getting a ridiculous amount of calls from telemarketers/scammers. I happen to be at home one day when another one calls…)

Dad: “Hello?”

(Silence. He presses a couple buttons, then puts the phone back up to his ear.)

Dad: “Yes, you people keep calling me about lowering my interest rate on my credit card. Now, which credit card did you mean?”


Dad: “Well, I have several. Which one?”


Dad: “Hold on there. Before I give you my bank account information, I have a few more questions for you first. Will you send me a new credit card?”


Dad: “Oh, you will. Will it be one of those cards where you put my picture on it?”


Dad: “Can I have multiple people in the picture? I’ve got a pretty large family. I also have three cars, a dog, a cat, and a bunch of chickens!”

(I snort, realizing he is messing with the scammer. My dad looks over, shushes me, and goes back to the call.)

Dad: “Well, it’s going to be very difficult to get them all into one picture. You know how animals are. The dog will start chasing the cat, then the cat will start chasing the chickens, and then it will be a huge mess!”

(Silence. I am trying my best not to laugh.)

Dad: “No, no, I have more questions for you.”


Dad: “No, I will not hang up. I still have questions for you. You’re trying to trick people to give you their bank account information so you can take their money. How do you sleep at night?”


Dad: “There’s no need to use that kind of language.”


Dad: “No, I will not hang up. I’m not done talking to you. You know what I think? You need to read your Bible. Obviously you need it.”


Dad: “You know, using swear words like that is a sign of a limited vocabulary.”


Dad: “No, I will not hang up.”

(He turns on his radio, sets the phone next to it, walks out of his office, and shuts the door. By this time, the entire family is listening at the door.)

Dad: “He’s still yelling. Might as well keep one of their lines tied up. Maybe it’ll prevent someone from getting scammed.”

Me: “I think that was the best thing I’ve ever heard.”

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