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They Can’t Elevate Their Positions

| Toronto, ON, Canada | Bosses & Owners, Coworkers, Technology

(While working in a bank’s head office, around twenty colleagues and I get stuck in the elevator.)

Me: *pressing security call button* “Hello, the elevator has stopped between floors and won’t restart.”

Security: “I apologize for that. We will tell maintenance to come let you out. Could you please tell me who all is in the elevator?”

Me: “[My Name], and [twenty other lower-level bank employees].”

Security: “Thank you. We will inform your managers.”

Me: “Thank you.”

(Security hangs up.)

Man Behind Me: “You idiot! Why didn’t you name a manager or executive? We’re going to be stuck here for hours. They’re not going to rush for us!”

Me: “Oops.”

(He was right; we were in there for more than an hour. Next time I’m naming an executive or two!)

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Email Fail, Part 7

, | NY, USA | Extra Stupid, Technology

(I’ve forgotten the password for my college-provided email account. The only way to reset it is to physically go to the IT techs, who are also college students, and get them to do it.)

Me: “Hey, I’m an idiot and I can’t remember my email password. Could you reset it for me?”

Tech: “No problem. Just let me see your student ID so I can make sure you are who you say you are.”

(The tech fiddles around on his computer for a few minutes and then looks up.)

Tech: “Okay, you’re all set.”

Me: “Great, thanks so much. So what is my new password?”

Tech: “Oh. I closed out the screen, but don’t worry. I emailed it to you.”

Me: “Umm… how am I supposed to access my email without the password?”

Tech: “Oh… right. Let me just reset that for you again, and this time I’ll write it down!”

Related:
Email Fail, Part 6
Email Fail, Part 5
Email Fail, Part 4

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Parental Guidance

| Saint Louis, MO, USA | At The Checkout, Employees, Family & Kids

(I have taken my son, who is three, to grab some fabric to fix a T-shirt and a pattern for a Halloween costume.)

Son: *generally being a rowdy three-year-old, touching products and being told to stop*

Cashier: *to me* “He’s the second-worst kid I’ve ever seen who doesn’t listen.”

Me: *laughing, assuming she meant it lightheartedly* “Yeah, I hear it’s the age.”

Cashier: *with a matter of fact attitude* “No offense, but I’m pretty sure it’s just bad parenting.”

Me: *silently and tearfully pays and rushes out of the store*

Cashier: “Have a nice day!”

(I called my husband sobbing and he suggested that I call the store and complain to the manager, who apologized when they heard the story. Our family won’t be returning to that store; we’ll go twice as far for cashiers that aren’t total jerks.)