Not A Very Powerful Scam

, , | Working | April 19, 2018

(I’m working the front desk at a tire and repair shop when I get a call from an anonymous phone number. This happens fairly frequently, so I think nothing of it and answer.)

Caller: *in a thick accent* “Hello, I am calling to verify that you are aware that [Power Company #1] will be turning off your power in 45 minutes.”

Me: *uncertainly* “Uh-huh.”

Caller: “Please call this 800-number and enter this verification code to reach the customer service hotline.”

(I Google the number, and the first result is the 800-number followed by a string of Chinese characters. I promptly hang up. Later:)

Me: “Hey, [Boss], who do we get power from?”

Boss: “I’m pretty sure it’s from [Power Company #2].”

Me: “So, I guess the call I just got from [Power Company #1] saying they were going to shut off our power was a scam?”

(We had a laugh over that one.)

Unfiltered Story #108935

, | Unfiltered | April 14, 2018

_(There is an older gentleman with a large purple mark covering almost half of his face. The entire time he has been at the shop he has gotten stares and some hateful comments. A girl that looks about 12 or 13 comes up to him.)_

*Young girl:* “Excuse me sir, are you [name]’s grandf-”

*Gentleman:* _(Cutting her off)_ “Now listen here! I can’t control this skin condition and I won’t accept any more comments from people like you!”

_(The girl pauses and looks confused)_

*Young girl:* “Um… Sir, I was just asking if you were [name]’s grandfather. She’s shown me some pictures and said you were very nice. I don’t care if you have a skin condition or scars or anything like that, because I have some of my own.”

_(The girl rolls up her sleeves, revealing many, many self harm scars. The gentleman pales and hurries out, muttering about ‘self harming demons”. The girl looks confused, then sighs and puts a gift card on the counter.)_

*Young girl:* “Well, I’m used to responses like that. Now, can I get this for a friend?”

_(Neither of the customers have come back, and if any of you are reading this, I just wanted to say sorry.)_

Wait Until You Meet John Smith

, , , , | Right | April 10, 2018

(I’ve changed the name for the sake of privacy.)

Me: “[State Agency] Services, how may I help you?”

Caller: “Yeah, my name is Terri Brown. I need to know who my worker is.”

(I proceed to look him up. It is a state-wide search so a few results under “Terri Brown,” and the longer version of his name, “Terrance Brown,” show up.)

Me: “Okay, there are a few Terri Browns on here. Can you please give me your date of birth?”

Caller: “TERRANCE Brown. T-E-R-R-A-N-C-E.”

Me: *as nice as possible* “I understand, sir. There are multiple entries in our state search. I need to make sure which one you are.”

Caller: “There are other Terrance Browns? Really?”

Me: “Yes. It is a state search. Can I have your birth date please?”

Caller: *gives birthdate* “I can’t believe it. Other people with my name. Crazy, right?”

Me: “…”

Not Putting The P Into Privacy

, , , , | Related | March 25, 2018

(My four-year-old son and I are home alone. I go to use the bathroom while he’s playing with his toys. As soon as I have closed the door and sat down, he comes barreling down the hall and barges in.)

Son: “What’s that sound?”

Me: “That’s the sound of me peeing.”

Son: “I don’t like it.”

Me: “Then don’t come in here.”

Unfiltered Story #107399

, , | Unfiltered | March 19, 2018

(We are in English class in 6th grade and have a great teacher. Here are some of the funniest things that occurred)

Now I’m not great at art. In fact, I suck at it. My teacher took one look at my drawing for a packet and he said he didn’t know what was worse. That they looked like the children of Ronald Mcdonald, there was a strange arm that appeared to belong to nobody, or none of them have legs.

He also said their pupils are huge. Are they on Illegal narcotics? So when you think you’re bad at drawing. Please remember that my teacher thought the people in my drawing were high as hell. Considering the drawing. He might have thought that I was high as hell.

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