Hanukkah’t Believe It

| Atlanta, GA, USA | Holidays, Religion

Customer: “Excuse me, do you have any program guides for the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival?”

Me: “No, ma’am. Not yet.”

Customer: “They are taking forever with that thing! Do you know when they’re supposed to come in?”

Me: “Christmas.”

(She makes a face.)

Me: “Yeah… I know.”


Makes No Concessions With That Deal

| England, UK | At The Checkout, Employees, Money, Movies & TV

(We haven’t been to the cinema for years mainly due to the high prices; however, our daughter is old enough to sit through a film and a family movie is airing and we decide to go. We have paid for our tickets and are browsing the concession stand.)

Worker: “Can I help you?”

Me: “Just these sweets, please.”

Worker: “Can I interest you in some popcorn?”

Me: “One small sweet, please.”

Worker: “We have some great deals on at the moment.”

Me: “No, thanks.”

Worker: *enthusiastically* “If you buy a drink and some popcorn, it’s a special deal. Hot food, popcorn, and a drink has even more savings!”

Me: “Just the popcorn and sweets, thanks.”

Worker: “Are you sure? You will miss out on the great savings.”

Me: “Uh, fine, I’ll bite. How much do I save?”

Worker: “Well a drink and a popcorn is £6.99.”

Me: “Hang on, how much do I save?”

Worker: “I, err, well…” *working it out* “5p!”

Me: “No, thanks, I think we will pass.”

Worker: “Are you sure?”

(We didn’t take the “great” savings in the end, despite him trying to sell it like the deal of the century.)


In An Entirely Different Space

| Bay Area, CA, USA | Employees, Ignoring & Inattentive, Movies & TV

(My friend and I wanted to go catch a late movie one night, shortly after the release of a very popular space movie. When I get to the window, the employee looks bored out of his mind and isn’t even paying attention.)

Me: *walking up to the window* “Hi, can we get two tickets for—“

Employee: *interrupting me before I say what movie* “We’re sold out of [Space Movie].”

Me: “Umm… okay? Can we get two tickets for—“

Employee: “I just said we’re sold out.”

Me: “Yeah, but can I get two tick—“

Employee: *yelling* “WE’RE SOLD OUT!”

Me: “I KNOW! Can I get two tickets for—“

(The employee throws his headset onto the counter and stomps out. He comes back a few minutes later with his supervisor.)

Supervisor: “We’re all sold out of [Space Movie] tickets for the rest of the weekend.”

(Supervisor doesn’t even wait for my response and starts to walk away; I knock on the glass to get his attention.)

Me: “I know that movie is sold out, I really don’t care. I’ve been at this window for over a minute and I haven’t even mentioned the name of the movie I want to see.”

Supervisor: *with a surprised look* “What movie did you want to see?”

Me: “Can I get two tickets for the 10:15 showing of [Different Movie]?”

Supervisor: *quickly sells us the tickets*


How To Be An Owner And Get Owned

| USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners

(The owner of the theater hired his daughter, who has had a longstanding history of being extraordinarily bossy and unpleasant, to the point where I’m one of two employees that hasn’t snapped at her. She’s working in the box office on a very busy day, and I notice she has a line building up. I quickly run to the assistant manager.)

Me: “Hey, I notice there’s a line building up outside. Is the second drawer in the box office open?”

Assistant Manager: “Yeah, it is.”

Me: “Okay. Thanks.”

(At this point, the owner’s daughter comes storming out of the box office.)

Owner’s Daughter: “Why hasn’t anyone come in to help me yet?”

Me: “I just wanted to be sure the second drawer was open. I’m going in there right now.”

Owner’s Daughter: “I swear, you people just don’t do anything around here. I have to d—”

Me: *shouting* “I’M GOING IN THERE RIGHT NOW!”

(Everyone stops and stares at me. I quietly slink into the box and help her knock out the line, and we don’t say a word to each other the whole time, although I can hear her mumbling under her breath how she’s going to get back at me for yelling at her. Some time later, I have a talk with the General Manager.)

General Manager: “So, [Owner’s Daughter] told me that you yelled at her.”

Me: *uneasy* “Um… yeah… I did.”

General Manager: “I just told her, ‘So? Good for him.’ I’m just surprised you didn’t yell at her sooner.”

(Her own father eventually had to fire her because she couldn’t get along with anybody.)


You Can’t Topless That

| Devon, England, UK | Bosses & Owners

(All of the managers, and a handful of team members, are in early for first aid training. A new coworker, who is very sheltered, has been chosen to fill out the numbers and have the training. We’re on a break before the next session. I should also note that at work, the general manager always comes off as quite serious and stern if you don’t know him that well.)

Me: *seeing the general manager walking around* “Oh, [General Manager]! I didn’t recognise you for a minute. I guess because none of us are in uniform, I thought you were some random person who had somehow gotten in.”

General Manager: “Haha, you probably didn’t recognise me without a shirt on!”

(I had to walk away and laugh while my coworker blushed. The general manager was oblivious to how he sounded.)

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