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    Paint By Dumbers

    | Pittsburgh, PA, USA |

    (I work in the crafts department of a very large retail store. A customer walks over and hands me a small bottle of white craft paint.)

    Customer: “Excuse me, is this white paint?”

    Me: “…yes.”

    Customer: “Oh. How can you tell what color it is?”

    Me: “The bottle is see-through. The color you see on the bottle is the actual paint.”

    Customer: “Oh, I see. I’m sorry. I’ve never done crafts before.”

    Me: “That’s fine, I understand.”

    Customer: “So, how do I use this? Is the brush inside the bottle?”

    Me: “No…you have to buy the brush separately.”

    Customer: “So it’s not in there?”

    Me: “No. Paint brushes are a lot bigger than that bottle.”

    (I show her where the paint brushes are and help her pick one out.)

    Customer: “So…I just, like…brush the paint on what I want to paint?”

    Me: “Yes, that’s the general idea.”

    Why Skynet Annihilated Mankind, Vol. 1

    | Birmingham, AL, USA |

    Me: “Good Morning, my name is Leroy. May I have your name please?”

    Customer: “That stupid computer doesn’t understand a word I am saying! I hate computers!”

    Me: “I’m sorry for any problems you had sir. How can I help you today?”

    Customer: “Are you a computer? You sound like a d*** computer!”

    Me: *sarcastically* “Well I’m part computer sir, my mother was a computer.”

    Customer: “You’re part computer?”

    Me: “Yes sir, I am a cyborg.”

    Customer: “F***ing cyborgs!” *click*

    Like A Dog Chasing Its Own Tail

    | Mississauga, Ontario, Canada |

    Me: Thank you for calling ***, X speaking how may I…

    Client: *thick accent* “Yes, hello? Are you there?”

    Me: “Yes?”

    Caller: “I just tried purchase insurance.”

    Me: “Ok?”

    Caller: “It said error.”

    Me: “Ok, what else does it say?”

    Caller: “Just error.”

    Me: “Well, that can be anything. Normally it says more specific details. Is there anything else it says?”

    Caller: “I think it has something to do with the beneficiary part.”

    Me: “You mean for the life insurance portion?”

    Caller: “Yes. I put myself as the beneficiary for my policy, isn’t that what I’m supposed to put?”

    Me: “So, you put yourself as the person who receives the money if you die?”

    Caller: “Yes. Isn’t that right?”

    Me: *facepalm*

    And The Landfills Wept

    | Seattle, WA |

    Me: “Just this scarf for you today?”

    Customer: “Yes — and could you please cut the tag off? I’m planning to wear it straight out of the store.”

    Me: “No problem.”

    (after transaction is completed…)

    Me: “Have a nice day!”

    Customer: “Um, can I have a bag, please?”

    Me: “…Err…I thought you wanted to wear your scarf out of the store?”

    Customer: “Well, yes, but I still need a bag. Where else would I put my receipt?” *stuffs her large wallet into her purse*

    Superman Goes Shopping

    | Elmira, NY, USA |

    (In my store, it’s store policy to check credit cards for signatures; if they’re not signed, we must see ID.)

    Me: “May I see your card, please?”

    Customer: “Why?”

    Me: “Your card is not signed sir, and I have to check IDs if there’s no signature.”

    Customer: “I know it’s not signed, and it’s not going to be signed.”

    Me: “That’s fine, sir – I just have to check your ID then.”

    Customer: “Here.” *shows ID*

    Me: “Okay, thank you – sign the machine please.”

    Customer: “How do you know that’s me in the ID? He has glasses on and I don’t.”

    Me: “Sir, it looks like you.”

    Customer: “But I don’t have glasses on.”

    Me: “Okay then – I’m sorry, but this isn’t valid proof of ID. I can’t take it, which means you can’t use this card.”

    Customer: “Oh, well – it’s me, I was just trying to help you out.”

    Me: “I’m sorry sir, but you have convinced me otherwise. I cannot take it.”

    Customer: “What? It’s me!”

    Me: “I know…it’s you. I was just trying to help you out.”

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