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Inject Some Common Sense Next Time

| Rocklin, CA, USA | Extra Stupid, Health & Body, Popular, Time

(In the large multi-specialty clinic where I work, our endocrinologist sometimes orders a complex test that involves getting blood drawn at our lab downstairs, getting an injection in our clinic immediately afterwards, and then getting blood drawn again right after to see how the body reacted to the injection. The timing has to be very precise and this is all explained to the patient beforehand. My coworker sees that a patient has checked in for her injection up at the front desk, so she prepares the injection and goes to call the patient back — but the patient is nowhere to be found.)

Coworker: *to the receptionist* “Did you see where [Patient] went?”

Receptionist: “No, she just… disappeared.”

(My coworker returns to the back office and waits to see if the patient shows up. After 20 minutes with no sign of her, she calls the patient. I can’t hear their conversation, but as my coworker is speaking, she facepalms dramatically and rolls her eyes at me. When she hangs up…)

Coworker: “So, I asked her where she went, and she said, ‘Oh, I had some things to do, and I’d been waiting a while, so I went home.'”

Me: “But she’d only been waiting like 10 minutes! And she already got the first blood draw done!”

Coworker: “I know! And now this injection is wasted. I told her her insurance would probably make her pay for it, and she just laughed it off and said she didn’t think so. Bet she won’t be laughing when she sees her bill.”

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Refunder Blunder, Part 23

| London, England, UK | Crazy Requests, Time

(I am the manager in this situation.)

Manager: “Hello, how can I help you today?”

Customer: “Hi, I left an item here by mistake after paying for it.”

Manager: “Oh, that’s very easy to do when you’re busy; don’t worry! We hold onto lost & found items for about a week. What was the item?”

Customer: “It’s this.” *shows me a product she’s picked up from a shelf – shaving gel worth £3* “I called up the next day to tell you I’d left it.”

Manager: “That’s strange, none of my team told me to expect you… Who did you speak to? And can you tell me which day you called? That’ll help me find it.”

Customer: “I called at the start of May.”

(It is now mid-August.)

Manager: “You left something here in early May and are just coming to get it now?”

Customer: “Yes. Do you have it?”

Manager: “I’m very sorry, but we cannot hold onto lost items for three months. If you have your receipt, I will give you a refund for the item.”

Customer: “No, I don’t have a receipt. You really don’t have it?”

Manager: “No. I’m afraid that without your receipt to prove purchase, there is nothing more I can do.”

(I couldn’t believe that anyone would wait THREE MONTHS to come back to the store, particularly when the item was only worth £3!)

Related:

Refunder Blunder, Part 22

Refunder Blunder, Part 21

Refunder Blunder, Part 20

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Not The Professional Way To Behave

| CO, USA | Crazy Requests, Popular, Time

(My boss is out of the office this morning at a funeral for a family friend. He is going to be gone until about 1:00 pm; it is currently 11:45.)

Customer: “We had an appointment with [Boss].”

Me: “I’m sorry, he’s out of the office until 1:00 pm. It looks like he had you down for an appointment at 1:30. Did our wires cross somewhere?”

Customer: “No, that is when our appointment is for. We just wanted to do it now. Is he at lunch? Shouldn’t he be back soon?”

Me: “No, I’m sorry. He’s at a funeral right now. He won’t be back in the office until 1:00. I suggest you come back at your appointment time.”

Customer: *ragingly mad* “That is RIDICULOUS! People need to keep PERSONAL LIFE separate from their WORK LIFE! This is UNACCEPTABLE!”

Me: “Well, I’ll make sure to let him know that you showed up EARLY for your appointment when he gets back from the FUNERAL. We’ll see you at 1:30 for your SCHEDULED appointment. Have a nice day.”