Price Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

, , , , | Working | February 6, 2018

Me: “Okay, your total comes to $29.99 today.”

Customer: “Wait, thirty dollars? I thought this was on sale.”

Me: “It’s ringing up full price, but that might be a register error. What was the sale price?”

Customer: “I’m not sure, actually. Did I misread the sign? Maybe it meant the other brand. I want to buy the on-sale one, whichever it is. I could’ve sworn it was this one, though.”

Me: “Off the top of my head, I’m not sure. Let me have someone check; they can either grab the right one, or tell us the sale price so I can enter it correctly.”

Customer: “Great, thanks so much.”

(I can’t leave the register during a transaction, so I call into the radio for someone to check what the sale sign says. Halfway through my sentence, the manager comes storming over and nudges me away from the register.)

Manager: “This item was on sale?”

Customer: “Yeah, I think it was supposed to be $19.99, or something?”

Manager: *to me* “So, do a price override, $19.99!”

(I change the price, the customer leaves — looking a little baffled — and my manager sighs all irritated-like.)

Manager: “Why would you bother with a price check? You don’t need manager approval to change a price at checkout! You need to provide better customer service.”

(I know loyal customers are important, but I’m still miffed at how the store makes any money when “maybe it’s on sale, I could be wrong, I can’t remember for how much, anyway” earns a 30% discount! Not to mention how doing a price check counts as poor customer service, while snapping at your employees in front of a friendly customer is somehow better.)

Doesn’t Have Hundred-Percent Comprehension

, , , , , | Right | February 2, 2018

(I have just started my shift and I only have $100 in my till, as per policy.)

Customer: “I would like change for a hundred.”

Me: “I’m sorry, but I don’t have enough change at this time.”

Customer: “Then I would like an iced coffee with cream and sugar, please.”

Me: “Okay, the total will be [less than a five].”

Customer: “Well, here is my hundred.”

Me: “I’m sorry. I don’t have change for a hundred.”

(He continued to stand there staring blankly at me for a few minutes, holding up the next customers I was trying to serve, before walking out in a huff.)

Not A Very A-Peeling Attitude

, , , , , , , | Friendly | January 31, 2018

(My group of college friends has one fellow who is from a wealthy family in Panama. One day in the cafeteria he gets an orange with his lunch. When it comes time to eat it, he can’t figure out how to get it open. Baffled, we ask:)

Me: “Have you ever peeled one before?”

Friend: “No! That’s women’s work!”

Stupidity Must Grow On Trees

, , , , , | Right | January 29, 2018

(I work for a company that cuts down trees. Often, people are sad to see old trees go and become sentimental, asking us not to cut them down. We offer an option that involves cabling the dead tree to other trees, which offers a short-term solution, but often damages the trees the dead tree is cabled to. Every once in a while, someone will call in complaining about the damages, but it can be resolved by showing the contract they signed, accepting the terms and conditions of cabling. One day, we are servicing a client who doesn’t want her tree cut down, and this conversation ensues:)

Client: “I don’t want this tree cut down.”

Me: “Yes, I understand that, but because the tree is structurally unsound, we have to take one of two steps to prevent damage to your property. We have the permanent solution of just cutting the tree, or we can cable the tree to nearby trees, which only serves as a short-term solution, and can damage the other trees.”

Client: “WHAT?! How can those be the only options? This tree has been here since before I was born; I don’t think I could bear to see it go. Surely…”

(At this point, the customer gives me smug smile and proclaims the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.)

Client: “Of course! Like you said, the tree doesn’t have to go yet, right?”

Me: “Yes, but like I also said, it’s structurally unsound. This tree could fall on your house, and cabling it, which does mean not cutting it down, will only keep it up for a short time.”

Client: “There you go! I just won’t cut it down, and I won’t cable it! That way, it will still be there, and it won’t damage the other trees! Like you said, it could fall on my house. That’s not a guarantee; it may not fall!”

Me: “Ma’am, maybe you didn’t understand me. When I say it may fall on your house, I’m not saying it won’t fall; I’m saying it might fall on your house.”

Client: “No, I’ve made up my mind. You won’t cut it down, simple as that.”

Me: “Ma’am—”

Client: “What are you, stupid, or something? You said it might not fall, and it won’t. You can leave now.”

(At this point, I make the customer sign a contract saying that any damages to property are because of the choice she made, and she is therefore liable. She signs, and I go back to headquarters to copy the contract and send her a copy. A few days later, after a heavy rainstorm, I get called to the house of the same client, who is now furious.)


(I look at the house. The dead tree from before has fallen on the house and crushed half of it.)


Me: “Ma’am, you signed a contract. You are liable for all damages caused by your decision to not cut down your tree.”


Me: “Ma’am, do you know what that means?”

Client: “IT MEANS… um… strong?”

Me: “No, ma’am. It means weak, about to fall over, etc. You never bothered to ask about a word you didn’t know, and you signed a contract saying you were liable for any damages. I can assure you that if you take this to court, you will lose.”

(Suddenly, with another smug smile, she holds up the contract, rips it up, and throws it into a nearby puddle. Still with that smug smile, she says:)

Client: “Oh, oops! Was that the contract you were talking about?”

(She looks at me, arms crossed with a triumphant look on her face, which goes away quickly as I start laughing hysterically.)

Client: “And what the hell’s so funny?”

Me: “Ma’am, you may not realize this, but we make copies of contracts for our clients, and that was one of them!”

Client: *screams profanities and swears that she’ll sue the pants off our company*

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Credit Them For Getting There Eventually

, , , , , | Working | January 27, 2018

(I’m returning something at a store whose return policy is that within 30 days you can have a refund in the form of original payment — i.e. money put back on your credit card — if you have the original receipt. It’s the 25th. I bring the item I’m returning and its receipt, which clearly states it was purchased on the 28th of the previous month.)

Cashier: “Since this is over 30 days, you’ll get store credit.”

Me: “But it’s less than 30 days.”

Cashier: “No, it was purchased on the 28th last month, so it’s more than 30 days.”

Me: “But it’s the 25th today.”

Cashier: “Yes, but this was purchased last month.”

Me: “Yeah, less than 30 days ago. It was like 27 or 28 days ago.”

Cashier: “It says here it was on the 28th.” *she points to the date on the receipt* “See? So, it was more than 30 days ago.”

Me: “But 30 days from the 28th last month would be the 28th this month, which is next week.”

Cashier: “No, but… Oh. Hold on.”

(The cashier checks with a coworker.)

Cashier: “Okay, so, do you have the credit card you paid with?”

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