It’s Not As White As You Think It Is

, , , , , , | Learning | December 3, 2019

(I’m teaching a lesson on how Latin has influenced English, so the students all have lists of English words with their Latin equivalents. The students need to think about which words from Latin are directly related to English, indirectly related, or not related at all.)

Me: “Okay, what word did you choose?”

Class: “White.”

Me: “What is the Latin word?”

Class: “Albus, alba, album.”

Me: “Does that sound like the English word ‘white’?”

Class: “NO!”

Me: “Does it sound like another English word that is similar to white?”

Boy: *sitting in the back corner of the room* “Yes!”

Me: “Okay, what word is it related to?” *expecting “albino”*

Boy: “ALABAMA!”

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Unfiltered Story #178344

, , , | Unfiltered | November 23, 2019

I was about done ringing up one of my current customers when suddenly a man comes up and gets two drinks from the fridge in front of the lane. He was very loud and he kept rambling about the most random things that it was impossible to to understand. I just tried my best to ignore him.

He said to me “I am on Bluetooth” but in both of his ears, he had no bluetooth ear piece in his ear.

My current customer was just finishing up her transaction. And he is just simply still rambling about things, not sure who he is directly talking to.

My Human Resources and my Mom who I worked with (Manages shifts, overrides, answer questions for people) is looking over highly confused and laughing as this guy is in my lane.

Then he says “I want Hilter for President. I don’t want damn Hillary Clinton.”

I stare at my current customer and she stares back at me and we are standing there giving a confused look. The transaction is finished up and I gave her the receipt and stormed out the store giving me a confused face. I start ringing up the customer and he keeps rambling about stuff again. He wouldn’t stop rambling. Then he started rapping too. And he said

“How old are you?”

He asked me repeated times and I didn’t understand then he said it louder and more clear:

“HOW OLD ARE YOU?”

People are looking over and I said:

“I am a minor.”

I wasn’t interested in tell him my age. He said:

“Cool Cool”

He kept asking more questions about me like what video games do I play or what sports do I play. I don’t play sports and I do play video games but he was getting so agitating that I just said I don’t really play videogames.

Then he starts talking about “You need to become more lively with the world.”

I said “Okay.”

I gave him the receipt and said “Have a good day” then my Mom and Human Resources person called me over and asked what just happened and I just said

“He wants Hitler for President and not Hillary Clinton.”

They bust out laughing and so are other employees around us.

Never had a customer this strange in my life. I am 100% certain he was on some types of drugs.

They Made It Physical

, , , , , | Working | October 28, 2019

(Back in the 90s, my parents volunteer as treasurers for their community pool. Each year, the pool has to be inspected by the state before it can open. As the pool is only open from May to September, normally the inspection office will send a notice to the PO box saying when they will be around to do the inspection and someone with a key will meet them to let them in. One year, as opening day approaches, my mother begins to get nervous as she has been checking the PO box and no such notice has arrived. The pool cannot operate without the inspection, so after having no luck getting through to someone, she drives downtown and marches into their office.)

Inspector: “We sent someone down there but no one was there to let the inspector in.”

Mom: “Right. Because we didn’t know we had to be there. No one sent us a notice so that we could let them in. The pool is only open three months out of the year.”

Inspector: “We sent the notice.”

(They go back and forth on this. Mom checked the PO box diligently so she knows nothing has been sent.)

Mom: “What address did you send the notice to?”

Inspector: *flips her computer screen around so Mom can see it* “We sent it here.”

Mom: “That’s the physical address! There is no one there when the pool isn’t open, which it says in the notes.” *points to another area on the screen*This is the mailing address! It clearly says that on the screen. Not only that, but I also see that you have six phone numbers you could have called if you needed someone to let you in.”

Inspector: “Look, ma’am. We sent the notice. We sent someone out. You weren’t there to let us in. That’s not our fault.”

Mom: “Do you not know the difference between a physical address and a mailing address?”

Inspector: “I know the difference, but—”

Mom: “Good. Then set up another appointment for the physical address right now for any time before Memorial Day weekend when the pool is supposed to be open. I’ll be there myself to let them in.”

(Mom got her appointment and left. The week before the pool opened, some volunteers went over to the pool to clean and found the inspection notice stuck in between the gates.)

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Unfiltered Story #167581

, , , | Unfiltered | September 20, 2019

(I was monitoring the self scans at the grocery store I work a one day and a customer was having issues with the price of a certain type of apple ringing up incorrectly.)

Me: “Is something wrong?”

Customer: “Yes. It said in the weekly circular that Gala Apples were $1.49 a pound. And right now they are coming up $2.27 a pound.”

(I knew the apples were $1.49 a pound so I fixed the price by removing the apples from the transaction and putting in the apples in for $2.98 as the total since the apples weighed 2 pounds.)

Customer: ” Why did you put the price in for $2.98 a pound? ”

(I quickly checks to see what the price I put in was actually $2.98 and it wasn’t weighting the apples as $2.98 a pound which it wasn’t)

Customer: “What did you just put in a random number in for the price?”

Me: “No. The apples weighted 2 pounds. They are $1.49 a pound. Two times 1.49 is $2.98 which is the total price for the apples.”

(The shakes his head like I just spoken in another language)

Me: “The price is accurate sir. I can go grab a calculator to show you?”

Customer: “I do not want an approximator helping with my purchase.”

Me: “So do you want the apples or no?..”

Customer: “No.”

Orphaned AND Blind!

, , , , , , | Learning | September 7, 2019

(We live two blocks away from my son’s high school. When he was in middle school, his IEP stated he had to have a bus because he is legally blind, but he can walk to his current school without ever having to cross a major street. I get a letter from the school system saying that because they can’t get a bus scheduled for him, they are going to give him a cab. I immediately call the cab company and tell them that he won’t need one. They say they’ll take him off the roster, but they suggest I call the Office of Pupil Transportation to ensure that he won’t have a cab sent. I call the office and tell them I want to remove him from the list for getting a bus or cab. They look up his name, ask for my name… and then tell me that I’m not on my son’s record, so they can’t do that.)

Me: “Who is listed on his record, then? Is he marked down as an orphan?”

Person: “I’m sorry, ma’am. You’re not on the record, so we can’t tell you that.”

(My son has been attending school in the same school system his entire life, he’s a sophomore in high school this year — for non-Americans, that’s ten years of school so far counting kindergarten, going into his eleventh — and as his mother, I’ve filled out all of his paperwork since the day I signed him up for kindergarten. How am I not on his record?)

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