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  • The Price Of Not Listening

    | Yorkshire, England, UK | Extra Stupid, Money

    (I am working in a busy photo booth on a Saturday. A lady waves me over because she is struggling to use the photo machines.)

    Customer: “Hey, help me. This machine is saying that you can’t print out my photos for me.”

    (I check the machine. The limit for our one-hour printing service is 200 prints. If customers need more than 200, they have to choose the 24 hour service. However, I decide to be helpful.)

    Me: “Okay, the reason it won’t work for the one hour service is that you’re asking for 212 prints. That isn’t usually allowed, but since there’s no other pictures for me to print, I’ll put the order through. However, it will cost a lot more to get them all printed within the hour. Are you sure you don’t want to come back tomorrow?”

    Customer: “Yes, yes, I need them today.”

    Me: “That’s fine, but it will be almost twice the price—”

    Customer: “YES, that’s fine. I need them today!”

    (I process the order and she leaves. An hour later she returns for her pictures.)

    Me: “Here are your prints. Your total is [total].”

    Customer: “What? No it isn’t! That’s far more than I expected! It’s double the price! Why is it so expensive?”

    Me: *sighing inwardly* “The prints cost more if you select the one hour service.”

    Customer: “Well, nobody told me that. You should have told me it would cost more! This is ridiculous. I’m NEVER coming here AGAIN!”

    A Photo Perfect Finish

    , | Sydney, NSW, Australia | Crazy Requests

    (I work in the photo processing department of a large retailer. A customer comes in and starts thumbing through the 2×2″ square frames suitable for passport photos, etc. displayed on the processing counter.)

    Customer: *abruptly* “Excuse me, can you print photos at this size?”

    Me: “I’m sorry, but the smallest square size the printer will allow us to produce is 5×5″ – that paper is the smallest paper we have available.”

    Customer: “Well, what good is that? This is ridiculous.”

    Me: “Excuse me?”

    Customer: “It’s disgusting; this is false and misleading advertising! How dare you stock a product if you won’t stock the supplementary parts!”

    Me: “Using that same flawed logic, ma’am, you could argue that it’s false and misleading advertising insofar as we stock baby car-seats, but not cars – or babies!”

    (Customer blinked, stared blankly, and then stormed off.)

    Gloss Over The Facts

    | IN, USA | Bad Behavior, Extra Stupid, Technology

    (I’m on a phone with a customer. I’ve just finished going through all the print sizes, finishes, and prices.)

    Customer: “I’m going to send some 8x10s through the internet; how much will they be?”

    Me: “They are $3.99.”

    Customer: “What finish are your 8×10 prints?”

    Me: “They are glossy.”

    Customer: “But I need a matte finish.”

    Me: “The machine that prints 8x10s can print a glossy finish. You can always go to [location]; they only have the matte finish.”

    Customer: “But I want to order them here!”

    Me: “I’m sorry, but our machine is unable to print matte photos.”

    Customer: “Can you try?”

    Me: “I’m sorry, but that machine only prints a glossy finish.”

    Customer: “Yes, but can you try?”

    Me: “We do not have the ability to print photos with a matte finish. We can only make glossy prints.”

    Customer: “I don’t understand why you won’t try! You w****!”

    Me: “I’m sorry, but the w**** who runs the machine is unwilling to talk in circles. Good day!” *click*

    Powerful Pictures

    | Plymouth, Devon, UK | Technology, Theme Of The Month

    (It’s a quiet day in the shop, so I’m busy prepping films to process. A middle-aged lady enters, so I put everything down and greet her.)

    Customer: “Hello, my love; do you print photos from digital cameras?”

    Me: “We do indeed! We just need your memory card or a USB cable if you have your camera with you.”

    Customer: “Oh, good! I’ve brought this in; my pictures are on it.”

    (She rummages around in her handbag, and finally places a small oblong of plastic on the counter.)

    Me: “I’m ever so sorry, but we’re not going to be able to get your photos from that.”

    Customer: “Oh, no! Why not?”

    Me: “This is your battery.”

    Needs To Learn Copy-Right And Wrong, Part 2

    | MN, USA | Criminal/Illegal, History, Technology, Theme Of The Month

    (My photo lab has two self-serve machines for customers to order prints of their photos. They either put in electronic media, such as a CD, or camera memory card, or they can scan a print into the computer.)

    Customer: “What do I do first?”

    Me: “Well, we will scan your pictures, and then tell it what you want.”

    (The customer shows me an album of wedding photos that were taken approximately in the 1950s-60s.)

    Me: “Unfortunately, these are still protected by [United States] federal copyright law. For anything less than 75 years old, we need permission from the person hired to take the pictures.”

    Customer: “But how does the machine know they’re copyrighted?”

    Me: “Uh… it doesn’t. That’s my job. We look at each order before printing, to make sure we have proper documentation so we don’t break the law.”

    Customer: “Then how do you know they’re less than 75 years old?!”

    Me: “They didn’t have cars like that in the 1930s!”

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