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    Overutilized Word, Underutilized Noggin

    | Chicago, IL, USA |

    (This happened at our video rental store the weekend that Indiana Jones: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull came out. We had received copies of the older three so people could get caught up on the series.)

    Customer: “Hey, I have an issue with your movie.”

    Me: “Alright, what’s wrong?”

    Customer: “We sat down to watch it yesterday night, and it started jumping around and froze up.”

    Me: “Well, that’s fine. I can just grab another one off the shelf and–”

    Customer: “No, no, no, you don’t understand. We had the family together for this, and we bought popcorn from here that we were not able to properly utilize. ”

    Me: “… so, what do you want me to do?”

    Customer: “I want these two buckets for free and a free rental.”

    Me: “Well, you’ll be getting another Last Crusade for free–”

    Customer: “No, no, no. Another credit on the account, and this popcorn because ours was not properly utilized. We put it in the microwave under the assumption that the movie was gonna work.”

    Me: “I’m sorry, but I can’t give you a free rental if we have the Last Crusade in, and I can’t give you that popcorn.”

    Customer: “Is there a number I can call for the popcorn? We were supposed to see the new one tonight, but we can’t because you guys don’t check your movies before you give people popcorn.”

    (So, to diagram his thought process: if a customer is renting a movie, withhold popcorn depending on quality of DVD. I get my manager.)

    Manager: “What’s up?”

    (The customer gives the same story with more emphasis on his family, and uses the phrase “utilize the popcorn properly” three more times.)

    Manager: “Wait, did you eat the popcorn?”

    Customer: “Well yeah, we utilized it.”

    Manager: “Then stop using 5-dollar phrases and tell us you ate it!”

    Customer: “Fine, my family ate it. Do we get them for free now?”

    Manager: “No, because you bought and ate popcorn, like it’s supposed to be utilized.”

    Customer: “What number can I call?”

    (We give him the number for our regional manager. We hear the next day that he called the regional manager, who laughed at him on the phone and hung up.)