Some Customers Should Come With An Early Warning System

| CO, USA | Crazy Requests, Money, Popular

(We open at 8:30 am and I am usually here about 8:20 to open the office. This morning, I got here about 8:10 am to finish up a few last minute things I didn’t get to do last night before closing. Our office hours are posted VERY large on the door. There is a car already parked in the lot when I get to the office. As I’m walking up to the door to unlock it, a lady I’ve never seen before leans out her window and screams:)

Lady: “You’re late!”

Me: *laughing* “Actually, I’m 20 minutes early! But I can help you just as soon as I get the lights on.”

Lady: “That’s bull****! You’re just covering for yourself! I need to pay my bill RIGHT NOW! How dare you be so late?”

Me: “Ma’am, with all due respect, we don’t open until 8:30. It’s barely after 8 right now. I am willing to let you in early and take your payment.”

(She follows me in and sits at my desk. I walk around the office and turn on the lights, which takes all of three seconds.)

Lady: “HURRY UP! This bill needs to be paid NOW!”

(I pull up her information on the computer.)

Me: “Ma’am, you do know that this bill isn’t due until July 30th, right? If we take the payment now, there’s a chance the system may issue you a refund. Are you sure you want to pay it this early?”

Lady: “July 30th? H*** no, I’m not paying it early! Thanks for wasting my time!”

(She stormed out of the office, leaving me to wonder if she should really be driving…)

Picture Perfect Response

| Atlanta, GA, USA | Crazy Requests, Money

(I am a claims adjuster in motor vehicle damage. I’m talking to a claimant who is trying to get me to pay for their damage without pictures to go with the estimate of the repairs.)

Claimant: “I don’t understand why you haven’t paid me yet. I sent you an estimate!”

Me: “Yes, ma’am, but I also requested that you get pictures of the damage. I offered to send someone out to take pictures and write up the damage but you told me you’d take care of that yourself. I can’t pay anything out on this claim until I have images of the damage.”

Claimant: “Ohhhhh. So you’re gonna play that game.”

Me: “…The one where we require that you provide documentation of damages before we write you a check?”

Pre(Car)ious Insurance, Part 6

| FL, USA | Crazy Requests, Transportation

Caller: “I would like to get a better auto insurance rate.”

Me: “I’ll be glad to go over your policy for possible discounts.”

Caller: “No need. The discount that I want added is one that most people will not qualify for. I belong to an elite group of drivers that do not ever have accidents.”

Me: “Unfortunately, sir, we do not offer that discount.”

(Probably because that caller was the only one in that ‘elite’ group.)

Related:
Pre(Car)ious Insurance, Part 5
Pre(Car)ious Insurance, Part 4
Pre(Car)ious Insurance, Part 3