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    Playing Unfair With The Fairer Sex

    | Norway | Top

    (I provide internet support over the phone. I am the only qualified technician working today. I also happen to be female.)

    Me: “Welcome to [company name] internet support. My name is [name]. How can I help you?”

    Customer: “Oh, hello sweetheart. I didn’t realize I’d reached the reception. Would you please connect me to internet support?”

    Me: “This is internet support. What can I do for you?”

    Customer: “I want help with a technical problem. I can’t talk to you. I want to talk to a man!”

    Me: “Sir, I can assure you that I’ll be able to help you with your technical problem. I am the qualified technician here today.”

    Customer: “You are a girl! You have no clue how to help me! This is man stuff. I demand to speak with a man!”

    (This continues for ten minutes. The customer gets more and more aggravated, and starts yelling nasty comments. I give up, and connect him to my coworker, who sits next to me. My coworker is male.)

    Coworker: “Welcome to [company name] internet support. My name is [name]. How can I help you?”

    Customer: “Finally, a man! My internet is so unstable these days; I can’t seem to stay on it! It takes forever to load and the speed is horrible!”

    Coworker: “Sir, I see the problem, and I’m sending a report. It will be fixed on Monday.”

    Customer: “What? It’s Saturday! Why do you have to wait until Monday? I want it fixed now!”

    Coworker: “Well, we would need a qualified technician to log into the system to fix your line. It’s Saturday, so there is only one qualified technician working.”

    Customer: “Get him to fix it now! I demand to speak with him!”

    Coworker: “Sir, you have already spoken to her.”

    Customer: “Wait. Her?”

    Coworker: “Yes. You spoke to our only qualified technician earlier today. You yelled profanities at her, and demanded to speak to a man.”

    Customer: “So, I’ll be lucky if my internet is up again on Monday?”

    Coworker: “You’ll be lucky if you have internet at all.”

    Not Thinking Inside The Box, Part 2

    | Leander, TX, USA |

    (I am a cashier. I see a woman taking her items out of a storage box in her cart, and placing them on the conveyor belt.)

    Me: “Would you like everything just back in the box, ma’am?”

    Customer: “I don’t think they’ll fit!”

    Not Thinking Inside The Box
    Thinking Outside The Box
    Not Thinking Outside The Box, Part 3
    Not Thinking Outside The Box, Part 2
    Not Thinking Outside The Box

    Tag, You’re President

    | Germany |

    (I am helping out during the election in our region. A middle-aged man approaches the table to get his ballot papers.)

    Voter: “Hey, who should I vote for?”

    Me: “That’s your decision. Voting is about making your opinion heard.”

    Voter: “I don’t know!”

    (He waits for some time with his papers in hand before he enters a booth. He doesn’t come out for a few minutes. I am about to kindly ask him to hurry up.)

    Voter: “Hey, can someone say ‘stop’, please?”

    (The other voters snicker. A young woman looks at me. I shrug.)

    Woman: “Stop!”

    Voter: “Thanks! Once more, please!”

    Woman: “Stop!”

    (The man exits the booth and puts his ballot into the ballot box.)

    Woman: *amused* “Got a good vote there?”

    Voter: “Yes, thank you! This ‘making your opinion heard’ stuff is really hard!” *beams at everyone* “Well, I’ve done my duty now! It feels good!”

    Has A Problem Espresso-ing Herself

    | Simsbury, CT, USA |

    Customer: “I need something without coffee in it.”

    Me: “Ok, what would you like?”

    Customer: “Can I have a large mocha?”

    Me: “That has coffee in it, ma’am.”

    Customer: “No, it doesn’t. It says espresso on the board.”

    Me: “Espresso is coffee.”

    Customer: “All this time I’ve been drinking coffee!? No wonder I haven’t been able to sleep!”

    Has No Problem Espresso-ing Herself
    Espresso Yourself Can Cause A Latte Problems

    Never Out Of Laughing Stock

    | UK |

    Customer: “How much for [item]?”

    Me: “£15.”

    Customer: “The guy round the corner does them for thirteen.”

    Me: “Well, why didn’t you buy one from him, then?”

    Customer: “He’s out of stock.”

    Me: “Well, when we’re out of stock, we only charge ten.”

    Customer: “Oh, okay. I’ll come back when you’re out of stock, then.”

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