Not In Pole Position

| Salem, OR, USA | Crazy Requests, Extra Stupid

(I work in the ‘sporting goods’ department when a customer approaches me with a fishing pole. He proceeds to hand me the pole and says:)

Customer: “This pole is broken!”

(I look at it and can find no defects, so I ask the customer what is wrong with it.)

Customer: “The eyes on the top part of the pole do not line up with the bottom half.”

(I took the pole and straightened out the top so that all of the eyes were in line and handed it back to him. Needless to say, he was extremely embarrassed…)

Making Room For Error

| Caddo Valley, AR, USA | Bad Behavior, Health & Body, Hotels & Lodging

(It’s almost two am and I am about to start running the night audit when my manager, who stays on the property, calls the front desk.)

Manager: *sounding alarmed* “There’s a guy in our room. He says he can’t find his room. Can you look him up in the computer?”

Me: “Uh… okay.”

(She gives me the man’s name, and I check the computer, but he is not one of our listed guests. I explain this, and she tells me that she’ll send her husband down with the errant guest. A few minutes later, the husband comes in with a man who seems disoriented and smells so strongly of alcohol that I notice it from behind the desk.)

Customer: “…Yeah, my wife checked in, and now I can’t find my room! So I just went around and tried opening doors.”

Me: “Oookay. What’s your wife’s name?”

Customer: “[Name]. Or she might be under [Other Name]. I don’t know. Can you hurry up? I just want to go to sleep.”

(The manager’s husband and I exchange looks. Both he and his wife are sick, and have work at seven in the morning. I’m surprised they didn’t just call the cops when they found a strange man in their room. After about twenty minutes, we manage to explain that there is no record of either the man or his wife checking into our hotel.)

Customer: “Well, sh***! I know it was this hotel! Maybe she checked out and left me?”

Me: “No, sir. Nobody’s checked out since this afternoon.”

Customer: “What am I supposed to do now? I don’t wanna sleep in my car!”

Manager’s Husband: “You know what? You can always rent another room tonight, and we’ll sort this out in the morning.”

Customer: “But I don’t wanna spend any more money!”

Manager’s Husband: *red-eyed and fed up, but still smiling* “Well, you can’t stay with us!”

(Eventually, we persuaded him to check into a room, and he went there to sleep off his hangover. When I came in to work the next night, I found out that he disappeared without a word during the day. We figured he went to the local drinking spot, got blitzed, and ended up at the wrong hotel. We never figured out how he got into the manager’s room, though!)

Refunder Blunder, Part 11

| Australia | At The Checkout, Bad Behavior

(I work as a cashier at an electronics store. A woman has just come to me for a refund but doesn’t have the card it was purchased on. Company policy dictates I must put it back on the same card.)

Me: “I’m really sorry, ma’am, but I can’t issue the refund without the card. What I can do however is leave it as a credit on the system, and when you come back with the correct card I would be happy to refund it to you.”

Customer: “That is totally outrageous! I don’t have the card because I lost it when I was in hospital! I was very sick! Why can’t you just bend the rules and put it back on this card?!”

Me: “Because, ma’am, I’m not willing to risk my job over a $30 return. I’m really sorry but you need to bring the correct card with you to get your refund.”

(The customer glares at me and snatches her receipt off the counter.)

Customer: “This is totally ridiculous! I’ll be finding somewhere else to shop from now on!” *storms out*

(Fifteen minutes later, the same customer returns to my counter looking sheepish.)

Customer: “I found the card. It was in my car.”

Me: “Well, that’s wonderful! Let me process that return for you now.”

(I start processing the return.)

Me: “I’m really sorry about making you get the correct card, I know it’s a hassle but it’s important to [Company] to do things right.”

Customer: *sighs* “Yeah, well, we have the same policy at my work but we usually just ignore it.”

Me: “…”

Related:
Refunder Blunder, Part 10
Refunder Blunder, Part 9
Refunder Blunder, Part 8