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    Speaking In Double-Dutch

    | Dublin, Ireland | Language & Words

    (I work for large shipping company and we deal with our own specific customers, mostly over email. Customers do call us when it’s urgent or something has gone wrong. This is a customer I have only ever emailed.)

    Me: “Thank you for calling [Company]; My name is [My Name]. How can I help you?”

    Customer: “…So where are you from? Dutch? You don’t sound Dutch.”

    Me: “Yes, originally. But I’ve lived in Canada for a long time, England, and Ireland for the past three years. My accent is a bit of mix.”

    Customer: “Well, it’s very disconcerting. I can’t bloody tell where you’re from. Just email me from now on.” *click*

    Trying To Explain It In Black And White

    , | OH, USA | Crazy Requests, Extra Stupid, Technology

    (A customer walks in with a black & white document.)

    Me: “Do you need some copies made today?”

    Customer: “Yes, please. I need 20 of these, black & white.”

    (I make her copies and walk back to the counter.)

    Customer: “Can you make 10 in color, too, please?”

    Me: “Sure, you just need them on the brighter, heavier paper that we use in the color machine?”

    Customer: *stares at me like I have two heads* “NO, so that they’re in COLOR.”

    Me: “You mean you want it to look like it did on the computer screen before you printed these in black?”

    Customer: *frustrated* “YES!”

    Me: “No color machine in the world is capable of restoring color from a black and white copy.”

    Customer: “Whatever.”

    (Thank goodness the customer behind her was laughing at her because I was certainly about to!)

    Never EVER Burst His Bubble

    , | CT, USA | Bizarre

    (I used to work in one of the retail stores for a major shipping company. We sold all sorts of shipping materials, but the one that most caught customers’ eyes was the 250′ roll of bubble wrap. One day this older man who seemed like he might have been high walked into the store, stared at the two rolls of bubble wrap stacked on top of one another, and then looked creepily over at my coworker and me.)

    Customer: “I’ve always wondered how much bubble wrap it would take to ship a corpse.”

    Me: “Well, I would guess that depends on the size of the corpse.” *nervous laughter*

    Customer: *creepy smile* “I’ll let you know.”

    (He left and my coworker and I were left wondering whether or not we should call the cops.)

    A Sad Sign Of The Times

    | Houston, TX, USA | Extra Stupid, Politics, Transportation

    (I walk into the local shipping store to drop off a package. There is a senior couple in front of me. I overheard the last part of the conversation between the wife and the employee.)

    Wife: “So, you’re telling me that this store doesn’t have that promotion?”

    Employee: “No, I’m sorry. We’re privately owned, so we’re not carrying out the promotion.”

    Wife: “Well, you should have signs here telling me that!”

    Employee: “Yeah, I’m sorry…”

    Wife: *walks towards the exit while her husband slowly follows her behind him* “This is the seventh store I’ve been to that doesn’t have the promotion. Liars. They’re all LIARS! Just like OBAMA! He’s a LIAR! OBAMA! LIAR!”

    Husband: *looks at me and shrugs, embarrassed*

    Her Shipping Method Is Full Of Holes

    | Jacksonville, FL, USA | Extra Stupid, Transportation

    Customer: “Hi, I’d like to ship this textbook.”

    Me: “I can help you with that, ma’am. I would suggest, however, purchasing a mailer or box to ship it in. This box is not made for shipments.”

    Customer: “What! Why can’t I use this?!”

    Me: “Because it’s a Krispy Kreme donut box.”

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