A Call For Help

| Seattle, WA, USA | Working | October 18, 2016

(While traveling for a family vacation, we start in Spokane, then fly to Seattle and have a two-hour layover before flying to Los Angeles, and then to Sydney, Australia. We are on the 8:30 am flight from Spokane, however due to maintenance problems the 8:30, 9:30, and 10:30 flights all leave at 10:30 in a bigger plane. Many people, including us, miss their connections and are lining up at the service desk. At the beginning there were two employees working but one left. We are third in line and when there is only one employee left, a woman starts yelling about missing her connection. The employee helps the women and looks like she is about to cry and leaves saying that someone else would be there soon. 15 minutes later the phone begins to ring with no one to answer it.)

Mother: *jokingly to the person ahead of us* “You should answer it.”

Bob: *walks around the counter and answers* “Hello.”

(Silence.)

Bob: “This is Bob.”

(Silence.)

Bob: “I’m a customer. There’s no one here, there’s lineup all the way down the hall, and there’s going to be a riot if we don’t start getting some help.” *hangs up*

(Five minutes later, four employees came running down the hall. We did make eventually make it to Australia but two of our bags were lost.)

Taken… On A Plane

| USA | Working | October 16, 2016

(My sisters and I used to fly as unaccompanied minors back and forth between our parents each year, on a long trip that usually took three layovers. One year, going from our dad to our mom, we get bumped from our last flight, which is NEVER supposed to happen to UMs. Our grandparents happen to live in the area and drive over to stay with us for the few hours until the next flight out departs, and the airline employees ply us with smoothies and snacks. One employee is charged with calling our mother and telling her what had happened, which he chose to do as follows:)

Mom: *answers phone* “Hello?”

Employee: “Ms. [Surname]?”

Mom: “Yes?”

Employee: *serious voice* “We have your children.”

(The airline also forgot to send someone to come and get us when the next flight was boarding, like they had promised to, and we only caught it because my grandfather went to go ask them about it when he got worried about the time. We literally had to sprint to catch it. Between that, the creepy-kidnapper-themed phone call, and getting her daughters back several hours late, and sugar-high from the snacks they gave us, my mom was furious. My sisters and I, however, remember that as the trip where we got free candy, a visit with our grandparents, and the apology vouchers that we used for a trip to Disneyland.)

A Growth Experience

| USA | Related | October 11, 2016

(My parents and I are picking up my brother from the airport when he comes to visit. He’s ten years older than me and has lived away from home most of my life, having moved away directly after college. It should also be noted that I’m a girl in my late teens and I’m 5’11”.)

Brother: “Hey, can we stop and get some coffee before we leave? I just want to relax for a minute.”

Mom: “Sure. There’s a cafe by the baggage claim.”

(We grab a table and order some drinks. My brother doesn’t pay attention to what I order until my latte arrives.)

Brother: *taken aback* “You drink coffee?!”

Me: “Yeah…?”

Brother: “Since when do you drink coffee?”

Me: “A few years now. I had my first mocha in seventh grade.”

Brother: “Coffee’s bad for you. It’ll stunt your growth!”

Me: *trying not to laugh* “Good.”

Trip To Hell Turned Into Trip To Helsinki

| Montreal, QC, Canada | Working | October 11, 2016

(It’s my second time going overseas. A week prior, I was planning to spend a year in a specialized school, but my residence permit was denied shortly before my departure. Having the plane tickets already, I decide to still go for a vacation.)

Me: *in the car with my parents* “It’s really odd, but I don’t feel like I’ll be traveling today…”

(At the airport, the first flight out of my journey of three is cancelled. After the residence permit refusal, I’m pretty distressed, but decide to wait in the long line for customer service.)

Me: “Hi. I was supposed to be on the flight to Boston, and then to Reykjavik, and then to Helsinki. Is there anything that can be done?”

(The lady at the desk widens her eyes at the mention of two further connections.)

Lady: “Okay. Okay. Give me a minute.”

(She goes into focus mode as I wait, occasionally asking a question to a colleague. At that point, I’ve joined my hands, prayer-like.)

Lady: “Oh, please don’t worry; we’re getting you to Helsinki. It will be a little later than you would have. You’ll be on a flight to Frankfurt, and then to Finland.”

Me: “Honestly, right now I’m just really hoping that you get the kindness of your work a hundredfold!”

Lady: *laughing* “Well I’m getting married in a month, so good weather would be perfect!”

(I wished her the best. She had a colleague take my suitcase to get it checked in again, and I did make it to Finland. I hope her wedding was fantastic!)

Your Joke Is A Complete Turkey

, | OK, USA | Right | September 30, 2016

(Two customers come in looking for something quick so they don’t miss their flight.)

Customer: “How about a turkey sandwich?”

Me: “Sure, that’ll be super quick.”

Customer: “And could you add bacon to it?”

Me: “Well, I could, but that would take a while. We make all our food fresh.”

Customer: *being a smart-a*** “Oh, really? So you’ve got a live turkey back there?”

Me: *just smiles but slowly dying on the inside*

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