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Monitoring (Lack Of) Progress, Part 2

| TX, USA | Bad Behavior, Extra Stupid, Popular

(I am one of the customers in this story. I’m waiting behind an elderly gentleman at the customer service counter, to pick up something I ordered online. As I’m watching him, he has a monitor but nothing else on the counter, and I’m bracing for a long wait as I fear he’s about to complain about the ‘computer.’ Sure enough…)

Elderly Gentleman: “This piece of trash isn’t working! It has too many cords and when I plug it into the wall it just says something some stupid signal cable.”

Cashier: “Did you plug it up to the computer tower?”

Elderly Gentleman: “What the f*** do you mean ‘computer tower.’ This is the computer!”

Cashier: “No, sir, this is just a monitor.”

Elderly Gentleman: *suddenly yelling* “NO, THAT’S THE COMPUTER! YOU A**HOLES ARE ALWAYS TRYING TO SELLING ME S*** I DON’T NEED LIKE THE BIG BOX.”

Cashier: “I’m sorry, sir, but this just allows you to be able to see what you are telling the comp—”

Elderly Gentleman: “JUST GET ME THE F****** REFUND ALREADY!”

Cashier: Do you have the box it came in?”

Elderly Gentleman: “NO!”

Cashier: “Then, I cannot do that. I’m s—”

Elderly Gentleman: “GET ME YOUR MANAGER!”

Cashier: *on the overhead* “[Manager] to Customer Service. [Manager] to Customer Service.”

(Seeing no way around this, I decide to try something that helped my granny understand the basics of the computer.)

Me: “Um… excuse me.”

Elderly Gentleman: “WAIT YOUR TURN!”

Me: “I’m actually wanting to help with you something.”

Elderly Gentleman: *scoffing* “Oh, really, like you could.”

Me: “Listen, I know your problem. My grandmother had the same thing.”

Elderly Gentleman: “Oh, did she now. These a**holes trying get her to buy more than she needed and selling junk?”

Me: “No, sir, she didn’t understand how it worked. You see a computer is a little like a TV: If you get a TV by itself, no converter box, no cable, no nothing, what do you usually get?”

Elderly Gentleman: “Snow.”

(At this point another employee arrives.)

Me: “Right, now when you add a cable box to it what do you get?”

(At this point, I can see the gears turning in his mind.)

Elderly Gentleman: “You get the channels and shows?”

Me: “Yes. Now replace the TV with this—” *I point to the monitor* “—and the cable box with the ‘big box’ and you have the similar thing.”

Elderly Gentleman: “But why the h*** are the big boxes so d*** much?”

Me: “Because they are more than just a receiver. They can also connect to other big boxes, they can play CDs, and do other things. Plus the big boxes are able to be used to do more than up, down, left, and right.”

Elderly Gentleman: “Oh! Hang on? The black boxes connecting to others, is that what that blue ‘E’ is for?”

(I nod as I realize a third employee join the group along with others, making me a little nervous. Thankfully the third employee starts to take over, keeping up with my comparisons. When I start to turn to the cashier and the second employee…)

Me: “Ummm… sorry… about that. Though, I’m here to pick up an order.”

(I show them my ID and order # but find that I’ve been handed a gift card, too.)

Me: “I didn’t ask for a card.”

Employee #2: “No, take it, and please fill out an application online. Include [Manager] in the notes. We’ve been needing help with exactly what you did.”

Me: “Thanks, but no thanks on the gift card. I will, however, do the application.”

(I did get hired on a few weeks later and have been commended on my ways to help customers understand computers. Though, that elderly gentleman is still my top customer.)

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Monitoring (Lack Of) Progress

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Giving You A Flat(screen) Price

| Miami, FL, USA | Extra Stupid, Money, Popular

Me: “Hello, sir, how may I help you?”

Customer: “What deals on flat screens larger than 40-inches do have right now?”

Me: “Well, we have this Samsung 40-inch and Sony 52-inch on special right now.”

Customer: “How much for the Sony?”

Me: “Right now it’s $1000.”

Customer: “If I buy three can I get it for $1500?”

Me: “No, sir, I can’t. The prices are fixed.”

Customer: “Why not? I’m giving you a lot of business here.”

Me: “I know, sir, but we’d be losing money if I sold you three flat screens for half the price.”

Customer: “Okay, what type of deal can you give me?”

Me: “I can sell you three flat screens for $3000.”

Customer: “Okay, deal!”

(He shook my hand and I rang him up at the front.)

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If Only They Could Monitor Their Own Behavior

| Baltimore, MD, USA | Bad Behavior, Technology, Time

(I am in line at a popular electronics store to pick up my laptop I had purchased a few days prior. At this particular store, they advise you to make an appointment to avoid unpredictable wait times.)

Employee: *looking at me* “Hi, ma’am. Do you have an appointment?”

Me: “Yes, my appointment is at 1:30 under [My Name]. I am here to pick up my laptop I purchased the other day.”

Employee: “Okay, thanks. Hold on one moment please and I will go back and get your laptop.”

(An elderly couple walk in each holding a large computer monitor. The couple pushes me aside and sets the monitors on the counter. Not wanting to be rude, I quietly move aside.)

Old Woman: “We’re here to drop off these monitors. They need to be fixed.”

Employee: “Okay, ma’am. Did you have an appointment?”

Old Woman: “An appointment?”

Employee: “Yes, we recommend making appointments to help better serve our customers. It is not required, but recommended because wait times can vary to five minutes to a couple of hours.”

Old Woman: “No, I don’t have an appointment. I just want to drop these things off.”

Employee: “I’d be more than happy to help you, ma’am. However, I was in the middle of assisting another customer. She had an appointment so I have to help her first. You can take a seat over there and the wait time right now is twenty minutes.”

Old Woman: “TWENTY MINUTES?! That won’t do! We have a movie to catch!”

Employee: “I apologize, ma’am, but like I said, I need to assist customers with appointments first. You’re more than welcome to wait twenty minutes or I would be happy to schedule you an appointment for later.”

Old Woman: “That’s ridiculous! I’m not waiting twenty minutes. We already drove all the way here! Can’t I just leave these here with you and pick them up later?”

Employee: “Sorry, ma’am, but I just can’t let you leave these here.”

Old Woman: “Well, can’t I just sign some paper or something saying I’m leaving it here?”

Employee: “Yes, that’s what we require. We also would need to know the issues you are having with the monitors but like I said, I can’t allow you to cut in front of customers with appointments. I was already in the middle of helping this young lady–” *gestures towards me* “–and like I said she has an appointment. So you can either wait or schedule an appointment for later.”

(After watching this go on for a few minutes, I had decided I’d let the elder couple have my appointment as I didn’t have anything else to do that day and twenty minutes really wasn’t long.)

Me: “Excus—” *gets cut off*

Old Woman: “THIS IS RIDICULOUS! F*** THIS! I DIDN’T WANT TO COME TO THIS PIECE OF S*** STORE ANYWAY! [Husband], LET’S GO!”

(She snatches the computer monitor up, still going off and making a scene. Her husband takes the other monitor and without a word, follows his wife. The employee apologizes again to the man who rudely dismisses him.)

Employee: “I’m sorry about that.”

Me: “That’s okay; I work in the restaurant business where I have to deal with customers like that on a daily basis. I was about to just offer her my appointment until she made that big scene and started cursing.”

(Moral of the story: If that woman had handled herself differently and treated others with respect, her computer monitors would be fixed right now.)

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