Breast To Just Quit While You’re Ahead

, , , , | Working | February 26, 2018

(I’m a vegetarian and one of my favourite veggie foods is meatless “chicken breasts” which, for some reason, are sold in the meat department with the boxes of frozen burgers and whatnot. I realize that it’s been a while since I picked some up so I decide to grab them, but I can’t find them in the usual spot. I go to customer service to ask about it.)

Me: “Hi, I was looking for the boxes of meatless chicken breasts that you guys usually have in the meat department, but I couldn’t find them in the usual spot. Do you know if they’re just sold out, or if they’ve been moved, or something?”

Employee #1: “Meatless chicken breasts?”

Me: “Yeah, they’re [Store] brand, in a blue box. They’re usually in the meat department, with the frozen burgers and stuff.”

Employee #1: “I have no idea. I’ll call the meat department.”

(She pages the meat department three times over the course of a few minutes, with no answer.)

Employee #1: “I’ll be right back.” *leaves*

(At this point it’s been almost ten minutes and my boyfriend, who’s been waiting outside for me, comes over to see what’s taking so long.)

Boyfriend: “What’s going on? Do they have them?”

Me: “I have no idea. She paged them like three times, they didn’t answer, and then she just left. I assume she’s gone to the back to find someone from the meat department, but she didn’t actually tell me anything.”

(My boyfriend goes back outside, and I’m debating giving up and just leaving at about the 13-minute mark when she finally comes back.)

Employee #1: “We don’t have them.”

Me: “What does that mean?”

Employee #1: “We don’t have them.”

Me: “Well, you always used to, so… are they in a different department now? Are they sold out? Will you be getting more in? Or have they been discontinued?”

Employee #1: “I don’t know. They just said we don’t have them.”

Me: “Great.”

Employee #1: “Do you want me to go back and ask them again?”

(Keep in mind, it took her ten minutes to go ask them the first time, and I’ve been waiting for nearly 15, all told.)

Me: *sighs* “No, it’s fine. I don’t have the time. My boyfriend’s waiting for me.”

Employee #1: “Okay, sorry.”

(I start walking away.)

Employee #1: “WAIT!” *I turn back around* “Here he is; this is the guy you need to talk to.”

Employee #2: “What’s up?”

Employee #1: “She’s looking for those fake chicken breasts, the [Store] brand ones.”

Employee #2: “Oh, yeah, we don’t have those.”

Me: *internal facepalm*

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Two Too Much

, , , , , | Working | February 25, 2018

(I am walking to my university library and decide to buy a bottle of soda in the corner shop on the way down.They often have “2 bottles for £2 deals”. The deal is on, but they also have bigger bottles of a competitor’s drink for £1 each, and I figure it is a better deal to buy two large ones for the same price, without the deal. At the counter:)

Me: “Just these, please.” *hands him the soda and £2*

Cashier: *a teenage boy* “I’m sorry, ma’am, but those drinks aren’t in the 2-for-£2 deal. They’re full price.”

Me: “I know. But they’re only a £1 each, right?”

Cashier: “Yes, that’s correct.”

Me: “So…”

Cashier: “So, you need to pay the correct amount.”

Me: “But they’re £1 each, and I’m buying two of them. I gave you £2, right?”

Cashier: “Yes, but they’re not on the 2-for-£2 offer. You’ll need to swap them for ones that are if you want to pay £2.”

(At this point, I’m getting frustrated as I can’t seem to get the point cross that two £1 drinks cost £2, so I ask for a manager to authorise the transaction, as this kid is clearly in a different world at the moment.)

Manager: “What seems to be the problem, [Cashier]?”

(After explaining the situation, the manager looked obviously embarrassed at his employee, and immediately let me purchase my drinks and leave. As I left, I could hear the cashier going, “…but they weren’t on the 2-for-£2 offer, though!”)

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Your Assumptions Are Mud

, , , , | Working | February 23, 2018

(My mother owns an apartment building, and I live on the bottom floor while she lives in a room above me. One night I hear a trickling sound. We believe our pipes are leaking and there’s waste-water coming down my ceiling. With it being so late, there isn’t much we can do but shut off the water main, which means leaving our tenants without water for who knows how long. It’s very hot, being just the beginning of summer, and my mom doesn’t want to put anyone out. So, I’m sent to the store to pick up some kegs of water for everyone. When I get there I see that only two are out, and I need three, so I ask if they have anymore in stock downstairs in the stockroom. They do, and the woman working says a guy will bring some up for me. This older, scraggly looking man arrives with a box to open and unload more water, looking kind of miffed that he had to be bothered, while I stand to the side with my wagon waiting.)

Stock Guy: “You know, back in my day we drank from the faucet!”

(It takes me a moment of shock to realize he must think I’m buying these all because I’m “too good” for tap water. When I quickly get over it, I explain in a not-so-kind manner:)

Me: “Well, back in your day, our pipes worked. These are for all the tenants in our building to wash up with and stuff. Otherwise, they’d have mud.”

(The guy looked really embarrassed! Serves him right for openly judging. We did fix the problem the next day, thankfully.)

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Blind To Reason, Part 7

, , , , , , , | Working | February 22, 2018

(I’ve been badly near-sighted since childhood and have worn glasses or contact lenses nearly all my life. My driver’s license states that I’m required to wear them to drive. I am wearing contacts when I have my driver’s license picture taken. Four years later, I’m in the Bureau of Motor Vehicles office to renew my license, but now I’m wearing glasses. It’s time to take the eye test.)

BMV Employee: “You need to take off your glasses.”

Me: “Why? I need them to see.”

BMV Employee: “You’re not wearing them in this picture.”

Me: “That’s because I was wearing contacts then. Now, I wear glasses.”

BMV Employee: “You need to take them off.”

Me: “I need them to see.”

BMV Employee: “You’re not wearing glasses in this picture. Take them off.”

Me: “I didn’t wear glasses then. Now, I do. Check my driver’s license. It has a restriction for glasses or contacts.”

BMV Employee: “You need to take your glasses off.”

Me: “I need them to see.”

BMV Employee: *very snippy* “If you want to get your license renewed today, you need to take your glasses off.”

Me: *knowing what’s about to happen* “Okay.”

BMV Employee: “Read line five on the chart.”

Me: “I can’t even see line five.”

BMV Employee: “Okay, read line four.”

Me: “I can’t see line four.”

BMV Employee: “Read line three.”

Me: “I can’t see that, either.”

BMV Employee: *disgusted* “What can you see?”

Me: “Nothing. Just a blur.”

BMV Employee: *sarcastic, like this is all my fault and I’m the stupid one here* “Well, maybe you should put your glasses on!”

Me: “Yeah, that sounds like a good idea.”

Blind To Reason, Part 6
Blind To Reason, Part 5
Blind To Reason, Part 4

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It Wasn’t Safe To Ask About Safety

, , , , , | Working | February 21, 2018

(We do industrial maintenance. It’s hard work, and it can be dangerous, so it doesn’t quite appeal to the best and brightest people. Often you have to get on with the human material that’s at hand and rely on their common sense. This story is reported to me from a project manager.)

Project Manager: “I spent the morning on the phone talking to [Foreman]. They were working in a confined space and left [Worker] out as their monitor. After a while, [Worker] realized he didn’t have a clue what to do in case of an emergency, so he up and went to where [Different Company] was working and asked them what he ought to do. They alerted [Customer]’s safety officers. They tore [Foreman] a new one. Then, they called me and tore me a new one, too, and [Worker] is still wondering what he did wrong. We’ve been complaining for years that he ought to pay more attention to safety.”

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