It’s All Greek To This Rep

, , , , , , , | Working | March 21, 2020

(I work in a call centre for a mobile phone network. I hate it. It is a monotonous, dead-end job with no discretion. I find it frustrating. One day, a Samsung rep from a phone manufacturer comes to train us on their new products. For some reason, I give him a hard time.)

Me: *entering the classroom* “Annyeonghaseyo!”

Trainer: “Pardon?”

Me: “That’s Korean for ‘hello.’”

(His employer is Korean. The class sits down. Later…)

Trainer: “I want to start with a quiz. Does anyone know when Samsung was founded?”

(I raise my hand; the trainer points. I recently read the Wikipedia article.)

Me: “1937.”

Trainer: “Well done. Does anyone know what it was founded as?” *I raise my hand* “Anyone else?” *points* “You again?”

Me: “A grocery store.”

Trainer: “Well done again. What does ‘Samsung’ mean in Korean?”

Me: *without raising hand* “Three stars.”

Trainer: “Well done…”

(The quiz continues. Out of 20 classmates, I am the only person to get a single question right. Later, he is explaining a new feature. Without warning and mid-sentence, I interject.)

Me: “What are you going to do about the argument that a Samsung S4 is just a backward iPhone?”

Trainer: *speechless*

My Manager: *shocked* “Hey, [My Name]! Give him a break!”

(My classmates don’t know what has happened. The trainer is bewildered. The only person who knows what happened is my manager, who is well used to my antics. At the time, the market is dominated by the Apple iPhone 4S and the Samsung S3. Samsung is developing the Samsung S4, hotly anticipated by analysts. I am implying that Samsung copied the name of Apple iPhone 4S, except backward. Later, when leaving…)

Me: “Kamsamnida!”

Trainer: *confused*

Me: “That’s Korean for ‘thank you.’”

(They didn’t put me into any more training with manufacturers after that. I left shortly.)

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Unfiltered Story #189059

, | Unfiltered | March 12, 2020

It’s mid December and a popular product at this time of year is diaries for the forthcoming year and a middle aged lady comes into the store
Lady: Hi I’m looking for a diary…nothing too big
Staff: no problem what type would you like, a day per page perhaps?
Staff member shows her a day per page diary
Lady: That’s perfect only I’d like one with less pages
Staff member: but there are 365 days in a year I’m afraid that’s not possible.
Lady: no no no I’m sure they exist

No, No… She’s Got A Point

, , , , | Romantic | March 8, 2020

(My boyfriend and I are sitting on the couch while he’s playing video games. I have just finished a can of Coke.)

Me: “Man, I love Coke.”

Boyfriend: “We have to talk about your drug problem.”

Me: *not listening* “You know, I think if you and a can of Coke were drowning, I’d have to save the can of coke.”

Boyfriend: “What?!”

Me: “I know, but imagine how cold it would be coming out of the water!”

(My boyfriend went back to playing video games.)

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Some EXTRA Branding Awareness

, , , , | Right | March 4, 2020

(I am working in a large grocery store packing shelves when a customer approaches me with two different brands of toilet paper in his hands.)

Customer: “Do you see these two packs of toilet roll?”

Me: “Yes?”

Customer: “Well, [Brand #1] costs 20p more than [Brand #2].”

Me: “I’m not sure of the exact prices, but I’ll take your word for it.”

Customer: “Here’s the thing. I was just over at the fruit and veg weighing scales and [Brand #2] weighs more than [Brand #1]. You get more for value for money if you buy [Brand #2]!”

(The customer is now clearly excited that he has somehow got one over on the evil corporation.)

Me: “Okay…”

Customer: *whispering* “Keep that to yourself; if the boys up above find out they’ll raise the price of [Brand #2] before you know it!”

Me: “Will do…”

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Drove Straight Through His Own Expectations

, , | Right | March 3, 2020

(I work in a popular fast food restaurant chain and around this time of year it is very busy. On this particular day, I am assigned to the drive-thru and I’ve had non-stop cars for the past hour or so. As soon as the cars pull up to the order speaker, I try to get their order taken so that it can be ready soon after they pay at the window.)

Me: Hi, welcome to [Restaurant]. May I take your order?”

Customer: “Give me a minute.”

Me: “No problem, just let me know when you are ready!”

(This kind of thing happens occasionally, so while I’m waiting, I check the order slips and see how my other orders are coming along. I look up to check the camera a moment later to notice that the customer has decided to drive ahead without ordering. Most times this wouldn’t be a problem, but as it is a busy day, if he places his order at the window, then he will be holding everyone up behind him. Eventually, he reaches the window.)

Customer: *shoving money at me* “Four large fries and a portion of curry.”

Me: “All right.”

(I put his order through and glance over to notice that we don’t have enough chips for his order.)

Me: “I’m sorry, but I need to put some more chips down for your order. If you’d like to just pull up ahead in front of the window there, I will get your food out to you in a couple of minutes, as soon as it is done!”

(The customer nods his head and moves forward, and I give out the food for the next few cars whose food is ready because they ordered where they were supposed to. Not even three minutes later, my coworker walks out in the rain to bring the chips out to the car who, by the way, parked at the other end of the car park instead of where I indicated. In the main restaurant area, I can hear a man talking saying that he ordered chips from the drive-thru. Recognising his voice, I come out, thinking he got confused and came in to get his food.)

Me: “Hi, I’m sorry about the wait. My coworker is just bringing the food to your car as we speak.”

Customer: “THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE A DRIVE-THRU! IT’S A DISGRACE!” 

(He then turned around and stormed off. Well, I’m sorry, but how can you expect food to be ready for you the second you order it?!)

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