Category: Geeks Rule

Whether you call them geeks, nerds, or dorks, we’re proud to call the masters of all that is obtuse and purveyors of hopelessly inane facts and fiction our friends. From Trekkies and Sith Lords to Muggles and Team Jacob (okay, Edward too), this category is dedicated to stories about those who rise above cool — and will probably end up ruling the world!

Butter(beer) Them Up

| Cincinnati, OH, USA | Awesome Workers, Food & Drink, Geeks Rule

(I run the anime club at my school, and we have had to relocate to the coffee shop a couple blocks away.)

Barista: “Hi! How can I help you?”

Friend: “Hi! I would like to order one large mocha!”

Barista: “Under what name?”

Friend: “Hmmm… how about Hermione?”

Barista: “Okay!”

(15 minutes later…)

Barista: “Hermione Granger! Ten points to Gryffindor!”

Friend: *speechless, then breaks out laughing* “That was the best thing ever!”

Barista: “I drew a little surprise on the back of the cup!”

(It was a drawing of Hermione’s cat!)

This Bus Is Going Dune Town

| Seattle, WA, USA | Books & Reading, Geeks Rule, Transportation

(I am on my way home from a video game convention. I am dressed up like Link from Legend of Zelda. It’s about 11:30 at night.)

Bus Driver: “That woman is a ‘Bene Gesserit’ witch. You’ve read Dune, right?”

Passenger #1: “No.”

Me: “I am the ‘Kwisatz Haderach!'”

Passenger #2: “Who said that?”

Me: “I did. Link said that.”

Passenger #2: *pause* “That’s fair.”

Laptop Flop, Part 5

| Finland | At The Checkout, Geeks Rule, Money, Technology

(A customer walks in with a cheap supermarket-branded laptop. She insists it’s only a tiny problem, but it turns out to be a malware-ridden horror show with no anti-virus software installed at all. I spend over 30 minutes cleaning it up with the customer standing behind my back. I recommend installing an anti-virus package, which the customer refuses. She then picks up her machine, and tries to walk out.)

Me: “Excuse me, aren’t you forgetting something?”

Customer: “…Huh?”

Me: “The service fee is 45 euros.”

Customer: “Oh, come on! The computer was already expensive, and now this?!”

Me: “I guess we couldn’t go on for long if we worked for free.”

Customer: “But this is what you nerds do on your free time anyway!”

Related:
Laptop Flop, Part 4
Laptop Flop, Part 3
Laptop Flop, Part 2
Laptop Flop