Maybe The Clerk Needs Airing Up, Too

, , , , | Working | April 13, 2020

(My tire pressure sensor light comes on, so I’m looking for an air pump. This is my third attempt to find a functional air pump. To make matters worse, it’s raining. I pull up to a pump at a convenience store and deposit $1 as indicated by the instructions. Nothing happens, so I go inside to speak with the clerk.)

Me: “Hi. I put money into the air pump but it didn’t turn on.”

(The clerk says something I interpret as, “Someone else had that same problem earlier.” I’m having a very difficult time understanding him due to him speaking quietly, my tinnitus, and his accent.)

Me: “There wasn’t an ‘Out of Order’ sign on it.”

(The clerk mumbles something about someone coming by… to service it, I guess?)

Me: “Okay. It took my money. It didn’t turn on.”

(The clerk mumbles something else.)

Me: “What I’m saying is that I want my $1 back. I put $1 in, and it didn’t turn on. It’s broken.”

(The clerk mumbles something, shrugs his shoulders, and does nothing.)

Me: “Can I speak to a manager? Perhaps your manager will return my $1.”

(The clerk mumbles something but does nothing.)

Me: “Please call your manager.”

(The clerk picks up the phone, presses some buttons, looks at the phone, and sets it back down. Then, he grabs what I assume is a “petty cash” jar under the counter and hands me four quarters.)

Me: “Thanks. And you’re going to put an ‘Out of Order’ sign on the air pump, right?”

(The clerk mumbles something…)

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