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    Taxing Faxing, Part 14

    , | Salt Lake City, UT, USA | Extra Stupid, Money, Technology

    (Customers will call to purchase service contracts for their mobile phones.)

    Me: “Sorry, sir, but after your credit check, I am afraid that you will have to pay a deposit.”

    Customer: “How?”

    Me: “We can take payment usually over the phone. Or there is also a payment form that can be downloaded, printed, and either faxed or mailed to us.”

    Customer: “Okay, I’ll fax it!”

    (The customer ended up faxing cash. That’s right, cash. He FAXED us four $100 bills! And then just couldn’t understand when we told him it wasn’t a valid method of payment…)

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    Taxing Faxing, Part 11

    Take Note And Buy A Pen

    | Brooklyn, NY, USA | Bizarre, Extra Stupid

    (I answer the phone.)

    Me: “[Store]. Hello?”

    Customer: “Hi.I need the number for [Company] support.”

    Me: “Okay, do you have a pen ready?”

    Customer: “Yes.”

    Me: “Okay, here’s the number. [Number].”

    Customer: “Could you repeat that?”

    Me: “Sure.” *repeats number*

    Customer: “D***. One more time, please?”

    Me: *repeats number*

    Customer: “D*** it!”

    Me: “Can you not hear me or something?”

    Customer: “I can hear you. I just don’t have a pen and paper. I was trying to memorize the number.”

    Less Is More Dumb

    | Vancouver, BC, Canada | At The Checkout, Technology

    (A manufacturer is running a promotion for the first batch of their smartphones, so some come with an 8GB SD card instead of a 2GB one. The box still says “Comes with 2GB SD Card”, but actually contains an 8GB SD card.)

    Me: “So, here is your new phone, and here is the box. Inside you’ll find the USB Cable, wall adaptor, and an SD Card.”

    Customer: *inspecting box contents* “Um, there is a mistake. I got an 8GB SD card when it should have been a 2GB card.”

    Me: “Oh! Well that’s excellent! That saves you some money!”

    Customer: “No, it doesn’t! I’m being ripped off! [Company] thinks that we customers are so stupid and we don’t check to make sure we are getting everything that’s supposed to be included. Well, I’m not stupid. I always check the box to make sure they aren’t trying to trick me!”

    Me: “Would you like me to give you a 2GB SD card instead of the 8GB card?”

    Customer: “Obviously! Fool me once!”