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    Honest Conductor Versus Dishonest Conduct

    | Boston, MA, USA | Liars & Scammers, Theme Of The Month, Transportation

    (I’m riding the train when a passenger with a walker approaches the area where you pay. As she gets up the first stair, she trips, making a second passenger in front of her drop her wallet. I see the first passenger snatch up the money that falls from the second passenger’s wallet. She takes her seat and the other passenger confronts her.)

    Passenger #2: “Excuse me, I think you have my money. There was $30 in my wallet before it fell, and now there’s none.”

    Passenger #1: “Well this is all my money for my tickets and trains. It’s not yours.”

    Passenger #2: “The conductor told me you grabbed it when it fell.”

    Passenger #1: “Well that’s not true. IT’S MY MONEY!”

    Me: “Then why is it folded differently than the rest of your money?”

    (Passenger #1 finally gives up and gives back the money. The conductor even apologizes to the Passenger #2 for the bad behavior of Passenger #1.)

    Uncoiling His Plot

    , | MD, USA | Liars & Scammers, Theme Of The Month, Transportation

    (I am a female that works for an retail parts shop. Because of this, a lot of people believe they can pull one over on me.)

    Me: “Hello, sir, how can I help you?”

    Customer: “Yes I need a coil pack for my car.”

    Me: “Okay, what is the year, make and model?” *he tells me his car* “Okay, I have a coil pack in stock for $89.99.”

    Customer: “Oh, well I called [competing parts store], and they said they had it for $34.99.”

    Me: “Okay hon, no problem.”

    (I know this is wrong, since I am familiar with how our rivals tend to price things. I proceed to call the other store, and get their actual pricing.)

    Me: “Alright hon, looks like they made a mistake with you. They actually list their coil pack at $91.99, but seeing as their economy pack is $87.99 I can go ahead and match that price for you.”

    Customer: “Um… well, it was actually their online price.”

    Me: “I’m sorry, but we do not match online pricing in store. But you are more then welcome to purchase online, hon.”

    (I hear the guy’s friend whisper to him.)

    Friend: “I told you it wasn’t gonna work.”

    Learning The Hard Way

    | AZ, USA | Criminal/Illegal, Transportation

    (I am a parking garage attendant. We have a separate entrance for our parking permit holders. There is a large sign which says ‘Permit Entrance’ above it. I check people’s permits as they go in. A driver speeds into the permit entrance, screeching tires and all.)

    Me: “Sorry, ma’am, but I can’t let you in here.”

    Driver: “Why not?”

    Me: “In order to come in this entrance, you need to have your permit displayed on your rear view.”

    Driver: “Are you stupid? There’s no hole in my permit! How could I put it on the rear view?”

    Me: “That’s odd. All the permits we hand out have a hole in them so they can be hung from the rearview. May I see your permit please?”

    (She pulls out a learner’s permit from the DMV and hands it to me.)

    Driver: “See? That’s my permit. No hole, idiot.”

    Me: “…that’s a learner’s permit. I need to see a parking permit.”

    Driver: “Parking permit?! I don’t have one of those! Just let me in already! Don’t you know who I am?”

    Me: “I have no idea who you are. What I do know is that first of all, you’re trying to get in here without a parking permit, which I can’t let you do. Second of all, you’re driving alone on a learner’s permit, which is against the law. So you have, oh, five seconds to scram before I call the cops.”

    (She speeds off as I write down her plate number. I call the police. Later, I hear that she was cited for multiple violations, one of which was, naturally, driving alone with a learner’s permit.)

    A Price Peddler

    | Philadelphia, PA, USA | Crazy Requests, Money, Transportation

    (I put a lot of newly built bikes up on the racks. A customer comes in wanting to look at one of the new bikes.)

    Customer: “Can you pull that bike down? My son would like to try it.”

    Me: *pulls bike down* “Here you go.”

    (The customer’s son then rides the bike around the bike section for a minute and is pleased with it.)

    Customer: “How much is this bike?”

    Me: “It’s $79.99 in a box, or $89.99 assembled.”

    Customer: “Why is it more when it’s already together?”

    Me: “Well we have bike builders who put the bikes together. But we do have this bike in a box, so you can buy it in a box and then put it together.”

    Customer: “I think I should get a discount on this bike since it’s all dirty.”

    (The customer is talking about the tires since the bike has been ridden on the store floor, which has some dust on it.)

    Me: “Your child was the first person to ride this bike since it was built; we can wipe off the tires so that the dirt is off.”

    Customer: “No, it’s been used; look at it! I shouldn’t have to pay full price for a used item.”

    Me: “The bike builders just built this exact bike not too long ago, and I know for a fact that your son is the only one to ride this bike.”

    Customer: “So, you admit that it was used!”

    Me: “Only by your child.”

    Customer: “That’s why I should get a discount; it’s used! I want to see your manager!”

    (I call my manager who comes back to listen to the issue. My manager backs me up. The customer does eventually buy the bike, already put together, paying the additional $10.)

    Full-Blown Self-Serve

    | Beverly Hills, CA, USA | Money, Transportation

    (I am a caregiver, driving my client’s car to a gas station. My client is a reasonably well-off widow of a Hollywood big shot.)

    Me: “Do you want self-serve or full service?”

    Client: “Self is fine.”

    (As I pull into the pump, I pass an employee sweeping outside the building.)

    Client: “Honk at him!”

    Me: “Um… why?”

    Client: “To get him to help us.”

    Me: “Oh, so you want full service?”

    Client: “No, I just want him to come here and put the thing in, and check the oil.”

    Me: “Um, I can do that. I pump my own gas all the time.”

    Client: “I know dear. I don’t care. I want him to do it.”

    (My client gets out of the car and flags down two separate employees, who pump her gas and check her fluids. She pays and we leave.)

    Me: “So, you did want full service. Why did you want me to go to self-serve?”

    Client: “It’s cheaper!”

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