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Has Beef With Your Steak

| SA, Australia | Bad Behavior, Crazy Requests, Food & Drink, Popular

(I am a waitress at a very busy Italian wedding. When we start serving the main course, we do the bridal and parent tables first, then we start at table one and work through to the last table. I’m going out to table six with five plates. As I cross the ballroom, one of the guests unexpectedly grabs my arm, nearly causing me to drop a plate.)

Guest: *pointing to one plate* “What’s that, the steak?”

Me: *very aware that seconds are ticking by and stopping to chat will mess up the entire flow of staff* “Yes, sir, the scotch fillet.”

Guest: “Ah, yes, that’s mine.”

(There were two options for the main course: steak or chicken. We had over 100 steak orders.)

Me: “Sorry, sir, these are going to another table. But I can promise that your meal will be ready very soon.”

Guest: “But that’s mine! I’ve been waiting fifteen minutes!”

(We hadn’t even been serving mains for fifteen minutes. I quickly apologise and go to drop the meals at the correct table. On the way back I hear him talking to his friend:)

Guest: “Can you believe it? That idiot waitress gave my meal to someone else!”

(I went back into the kitchen and the entire wait staff had a good laugh about it. Some people are so oblivious!)

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Getting Into The Time Zone

| USA | Bad Behavior, Popular, Time

(I do stocking and shipping for a web-based tech supply company: computers, servers, parts and accessories, office security, things like that. I get a call.)

Me: “Shipping, [My Name].”

Sales Rep: “Hey, [My Name], I’ve got a customer on the line. He wants to know why his order didn’t ship yesterday.”

Me: “Sure, do you have the order number?”

(As I pull up the order information, the rep puts the customer on three-way call.)

Me: “Ah, I see the problem here, sir. Your order was placed too late in the day to process, and—”

Customer: “Impossible.”

Me: “Um… actually, sir, it’s very possible. You see—”

Customer: “Your site says you GUARANTEE same-day shipping!”

Me: “Actually, sir, it doesn’t. The word ‘guarantee’ doesn’t exist there. It states ‘Most in-stock orders placed before five pm Eastern time are shipped the same day.’”

Customer: “Exactly! So why wasn’t my order shipped!?”

Me: “Because you placed your order with us past ten at night.”

Customer: “Bull! It was no later than seven pm!”

Me: “I see from the shipping address you’re in California, correct?”

Customer: “What does that have to do with it!?”

Me: “Time zones. California is three hours behind us, so when it’s seven your time, it’s ten our time.”

Customer: “No, you IDIOT, it’s the other way around! When it’s seven MY time, it’s FOUR your time!”

Me: “Sir, I’m looking at my clock right this second and it says 2:45 pm. What time is it where you are?”

Customer: *pause* “You still should have gotten it out yesterday! Amazon ships until midnight!”

Me: “Sir, the main Amazon warehouses process more shipments in a day than we do in a year. More than we do in TWO years around the holidays. No carrier would make the deals with us that they do with Amazon.”

Customer: “Well, your site’s still misleading! You must deal with this all the time!”

Me: “Actually, sir, except for legitimate problems such as incorrect information or technical malfunctions, you’re the first one I’ve spoken to that was this upset. And I’ve been here for ten years.”

(I don’t know if it was because I was staying level-headed or he was realizing his own culpability, but pretty soon the guy hung up. The sales rep, who until now had apparently been speechless, finally piped back up.)

Sales Rep: “How did you keep your cool with that!? That guy sounded like he was going to scream at everyone in the company!”

Me: “I married into a very large, very loud, Italian family. If THAT guy could rile me up I’d never survive Christmas!”

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PayPal Payback

, | Bad Behavior, Money

(I know the owner of a cleaning supplies company whom I see every week at a networking group. One day, I place an order on his website for some toilet roll and a few other cleaning bits and bobs. I realise shortly after that I put the wrong delivery address (the address I put is outside his area of delivery) so I email him to let him know. I don’t hear back. A few days later I see him.)

Me: “Hi, [Owner]. I put an order through on your website, but I put the wrong address. I emailed you. Did you see it?”

Owner: “Oh, no, my email’s been down. Email me your details and I’ll sort it out.”

(I resend the email. When I see him the next week…)

Me: “Hey, did you get that email I sent you about my order?”

Owner: “I’ve just got a new secretary and I’m training her to deal with my emails. She mustn’t have got to that one yet. Write it down for me now.”

(I do so. The next week…)

Me: “Hi, [Owner], I still haven’t heard from you regarding my order…”

Owner: “My new secretary is s***. Sorry, send me another email, this time on [new email address]. I’ll sort it out.”

(This continues for about two months. Eventually I ask for my money back.)

Me: “Look, it’s been a while. I’ve bought some toilet roll. Can I just have my money back? I paid Paypal.”

Owner: “Sure, I’ll just reverse the transaction.”

(Lo and behold… next week…)

Me: “Hey, I haven’t got my refund yet.”

Owner: “Oh, yeah. How much was it again?”

Me: “About £30.”

Owner: “I’ll bring cash next week.”

(It took three more weeks for me to get my money back.)

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I Can Hear The Bells

| MO, USA | Bad Behavior, Hotels & Lodging, Popular

(The reception desk at our hotel has a bell one can ring if there isn’t a member of staff present. On this particular day, however, I’m working the desk and therefore see this person the instant he comes into the lobby.)

Me: “Good afternoon, sir! Are you—”

Man: “Whoa, hold on there! You’re not supposed to speak to me yet!”

(He hits the bell to make it ring.)

Man: “Okay, now you can address me.”

Me: “Uh, that’s not what the bell is for, but okay. Are you checking in?”

Man: “Yes” *gives reservation details*

Me: “Excellent. I just—”

Man: “No! We just went over this!” *rings the bell* “Now you can speak!”

Me: “…I need a credit card for the reservation.”

(He turns away to search his carry bag. I take this opportunity and move the bell under the desk.)

Man: “Okay, here…” *notices* “Hey, where’s the bell?”

Me: “It’s not needed while I’m here, sir. It’s only to alert the receptionist that a guest is at the desk while they’re in the back room or working on the computer.”

Man: “Give me back the d*** bell!”

Me: “I won’t, sir. I’m right here, and it’s not to be abused just to signify when I can speak to you.”

Man: “Fine!” *smacks the desk with his hand* “DING DING! Okay, now, where are my keys?”

Me: “Right here. Our check out policy is—”

Man: “Nooooo…” *smacks the desk again* “DING DING! Okay, now, what were you about to say?”

(I quickly go through the rest of the check in process and send him on his way, adding a note about his bizarre behaviour. True to form we had to take the bell off the desk again when he checked out, and he did the same schtick of hitting the desk, pretending like it was still there.)

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Grant Me The Patience To Teach Them Patience

| IN, USA | At The Checkout, Bad Behavior, Popular

(The store I work at does not have the conveyor belts at the registers like a lot of the more well-known stores, so there is very little counter space, and with people being in a big hurry all the time, customers who are next in line put some of their stuff up on the counter before I’m even done with the first customer. An older lady comes up, and is checking out, when another lady comes up behind her, and puts her item on the counter. With how close she is getting with the first customer, I assume they are related, or together, so I just keep doing my job. Customer #1 has just finished paying, and is getting her stuff together, getting ready to leave. While she is doing that, I go ahead and ring up Customer #2’s item. I tell her the total, and Customer #2 looks at Customer #1.)

Customer #2: “Excuse you, can you get out of the way? I’m trying to pay.”

(Customer #1 finishes what she was doing, and without saying anything, walks out the door. I now realizing they weren’t together and start getting annoyed at Customer #2’s attitude towards Customer #1.)

Customer #2: *glares at Customer #1 as she walks away and, when she turns back to me, she says annoyed, and rudely* “Can you believe some people? I don’t understand why people just stand there in the way when people are trying to pay.”

Me: “Well, you know, there is a way around that.”

Customer #2: “Really? What’s that?”

Me: “Patience.”

(She glared at me without saying anything while I handed her her receipt. I turned around and walked away, and then she left. It felt good putting her in her place.)

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