Their Task Is A Write-Off

, | Fairfield, CT, USA | Learning | December 7, 2015

(I’m a student who also works arranging appointments with tutors provided by the university. It’s usually pretty slow, but we get swamped with people around midterms and finals, and without fail an exchange like this ALWAYS takes place.)

Student: “Can I make an appointment with one of the writing tutors?”

Me: “We’re pretty much booked solid, but I might be able to get you an hour on [Day]. Is your paper very long?”

Student: “I thought they wrote the paper for you.”

Me: “No, they help you edit and revise it. If we wrote your paper for you, that would be cheating…”

(Not everyone gets the hint right away. I’ve even had someone try to offer me – an English major – money for doing their work!)

Permanently Linked To The Complaint

| OH, USA | Working | November 26, 2015

(I’m a librarian in a college library. I come in to work to find the coworker I take over from helping a student over the phone. He can’t get in to one of our electronic databases and she is finding articles for him.)

Coworker: “I’ve put all the articles into a folder. Can I just send the folder to him?”

Me: “Er, I don’t know of any way to do that, but you can email him the permalinks. I’m not sure that will help, though, because he’ll still have to log into [Database] to get them.”

Coworker: *blank* “Why?”

Me: *blank* “Because he has to be logged in to [Database] for them to come up.” *no comprehension dawning* “Because… because the permalink just goes to the page. I mean, he can’t just access it.”

Coworker: “But he’s having trouble getting into [Database].”

Me: *utterly at a loss to explain this really, really obvious concept* “Just get his email address; I’ll save the PDFs and email them to him.”

(She got his email address, but then proceeded to spend close to 15 minutes saving four PDFs HERSELF, all the while half complaining about having to stay so late after I had offered repeatedly to do it myself.)

Doesn’t Get The Message Until Later

| Waldorf, MD, USA | Working | November 20, 2015

Me: *answering phone* “Hello, this is [Library]. How can I help you?”

Patron: “Hello, is [Name] there?”

Me: “I’m sorry, there’s nobody here by that name. Can I take a message?”

Patron: “Uh… You said there’s nobody there by the name of [Name]?”

Me: “Yes. Do you want to leave a message?”

Patron: “Uh… no, thank you.” *hangs up*

Me: *hangs up*

(About ten seconds later:)

Me: “Wait…”

The Color(ful Language) Of Money

| NC, USA | Right | November 3, 2015

(A patron complaining about the cost of a fax:)

Patron: “Two d*** dollars?!”

Coworker: “Regular dollars will work, too.”

Best Avoid Them On Taco Tuesdays

, | KS, USA | Friendly | November 2, 2015

(I work as a staff member in a university library. While working on a rather frustrating project away from my desk, I overhear a couple of student library workers heading to lunch. Note: Both students are very proper young ladies… most of the time.)

Student #1: “Hey [Student #2], do you want to go to Taco Bell?”

Student #2: “I was just about to ask you the same thing.”

Student #1: “Good, ’cause my uterus is so angry right now.”

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