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    Someone Has Major Issues

    | New York City, NY, USA | School

    (I’m a peer advisor at my college, which includes figuring out what the student is looking for to best service them before we send them to an advisor. This conversation happens about 4-5 times a month.)

    Me: “Hi, how can I help you?”

    Student: “I want to talk to an advisor.”

    Me: “Okay, about general education requirements or major requirements?”

    Student: “Major requirements.”

    Me: “Okay, for that you actually have to go to the major department and meet with an advisor there. We can only cover general education requirements here.”

    Student: “But I want to speak to an advisor.”

    Me: “Yeah, but for that you have to speak to someone in that department.”

    Student: “Okay. Well, where is it?”

    Me: “The department?”

    Student: “That’s what I said.”

    Me: “Well, what’s your major?”

    Student: “Can I please just speak to an advisor?”

    Me: “Well, I can’t help you figure out where that is until you tell me what your major is.”

    Student: “I just want to talk to someone! Can’t I just see someone here?”

    Me: “Well, like I said, we can only advise you on your general education requirements, so—”

    Student: “Yes! That’s what I want to talk to someone about!”

    Me: “Okay, let me sign you in. Someone will be with you in just a bit.”

    (The student signs in and huffs off to a seat to wait. A coworker of mine takes the student after I’ve warned him about what happened. Less than a minute later, I see the student stomping out of our office. My coworker comes back to the front desk.)

    Me: “Major requirements?”

    Coworker: “Yup.”

    Not A Shred Of Intelligence

    , | Orange County, NY, USA | School, Top, Wild & Unruly

    (It’s finals week and a student approaches our help desk.)

    Student: “Your copy machine isn’t working. My papers wont come out.”

    Me: “It’s probably jammed. I’ll have my coworker fix that for you.”

    (My coworker follows the student to the copy machines. After a few minutes, the student runs by me in tears. My coworker comes back a few moments later.)

    Me: “What happened?!”

    Coworker: “She used the shredder instead of the copy machine.”

    Your Degree Doesn’t Add Up To Much

    | Glasgow, Scotland, UK | Math & Science, Money

    Me: “Sir, a drink costs £1.85 and you’ve given me £1.70.”

    Customer: “So, that’s not enough?”

    Me: “It’s a good start…”

    Customer: “But I study mathematics!”

    Don’t Prune The Tree Of Knowledge

    | Kaysville, UT, USA | Crazy Requests

    (I work at a university extension where we offer broadcast courses. A gruff guy walks up to the front desk. His speech is a little hard to understand.)

    Man: “So, can you guys teach me how to prune?”

    Coworker: “Print?”

    Man: “No, prune.”

    Me: “Uh, sorry, this is a university.”

    Man: “How can I get you guys to come prune my trees for free?”

    Me: *speechless*

    Due Tonight Vs. Do Tonight

    | Illinois, USA | School

    (I’m a librarian in a university library. It’s almost 5 PM and I’m getting ready to go home.)

    Student: “Hi, I have a research paper and I don’t know how to find sources for it.”

    Me: “Okay, what’s your topic?”

    Student: “It’s [topic].”

    Me: “That one might be tough to find a lot of information on. When is the paper due?”

    Student: “Midnight.”


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