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Samsung Dragon

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Customer Service Mistake

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The Pharmacist Calls The Shots

| Perth, WA, Australia | Working | November 7, 2013

(I have numerous health problems, and have to take 10 different prescription medications. Because of the risk of drug interactions, I don’t take as much as a vitamin without running it past a pharmacist. I’m in the pharmacy to buy an over-the-counter drug allergy tablet.)

Me: “Before I get that, I’d like to speak to the pharmacist please.”

Assistant: “The pharmacist is very busy. What’s the problem?”

Me: “I take several prescription drugs. I’d like to make sure this tablet’s not going to cause a bad interaction.”

Assistant: *rolling eyes* “I shouldn’t think it would.”

Me: “I would like to speak to the pharmacist, please.”

Assistant: “The pharmacist is very busy. I’m sure I can answer your questions.”

Me: “I’m concerned about drug interactions and I WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO THE PHARMACIST, PLEASE.”

Assistant: “Well, it’s just Lipitor or something, isn’t it? That’s no problem.”

(Instead of answering, I place on the counter the bag I carry my meds in; I bring it to new pharmacies so there’s no possibility of mistaken dosages or anything forgotten. I open the bag and begin to take out my various medications, including the injectible, and the ones plastered with warning labels. The assistant’s eyes get bigger with each new box.)

Assistant: “…I’ll just go get the pharmacist.”

Me: “You do that.”

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A True Toy Story

| Vancouver, BC, Canada | Working | November 7, 2013

(I’ve just been hired at a toy store, along with a whole slew of other new employees. It is our first day, and the manager is conducting an orientation which is supposed to take four hours.)

Manager: “…and that concludes our orientation. Are there any questions?”

(One of the new hires raises his hand.)

Manager: “Yes?”

New Hire: “Are we really done?”

Manager: “Yes, why?”

New Hire: “Because there’s still over an hour left.”

Manager: “Oh, goodness, you’re actually right. Wow, I usually never finish my orientations that fast!”

New Hire: “So, what do we do now?”

Manager: “That’s a really good question. Normally, I would have you guys started on your training, but there isn’t enough time for that, nor have we sorted out your departments yet.”

New Hire: “CAN WE PLAY WITH THE TOYS!?”

(The other new hires roar in laughter, while the manager ponders about this.)

Manager: *sighs* “Yes, you can play with the toys.”

(For the following hour, all the new employees, aged anywhere between 16 and 25, spent the rest of their shift playing with toys, stuffed animals, bicycles, skateboards, and video games. And we got paid for this!)

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