Time To Separate The Sheep From The Claims

, , , , , | Working | May 16, 2018

(I have just started working for a bank in their accounting department. One of my jobs is to reimburse employees for work expenses they pay with their personal funds. One day I come across one I’m not sure what to do with so I go to ask my supervisor.)

Me: “I have a question about what to do with this reimbursement request.”

Supervisor: “You put the expense in the corresponding expense account and balance it against cash.”

Me: “Yeah, I know that, but what expense account do we use for sheep?”

Supervisor: “Did you say sheep?”

Me: “According to the reimbursement the employee bought a lamb at a farm auction and wants us to repay them for it.”

(We ended up putting it in donation expense; it was for 4H and part of community outreach.)

I Got 99 Problems And Your Change Is One

, , , , , | Right | May 9, 2018

(A customer comes in to buy a key for a car. I make the key, and the total comes to $5.01, and he gives me $6.00. I ask him if he has a penny or nickel so that I do not have to dump a lot of change on him. He says no, so I give him 99 cents in change. Less than five minutes later, he returns.)

Customer: “That key worked really well. When I went elsewhere they could not get one to work, so I want another one.”

(I make another key, and of course it is the same price.)

Customer: “Here is six dollars.”

Me: “Can you give me a penny?”

Customer: “I have no change.”

Me: “Didn’t I just give you 99 cents in change?”

Customer: “Oh, right.” *hands me a penny*

(I have no idea what he was thinking.)

To Coin An Old-Fashioned Phrase…

, , , , | Right | May 2, 2018

(I work at a medium-sized grocery store, according to Norwegian standards, and we’ve got a cash-handling system called CashGuard. The customer is supposed add coins themselves, while giving me the notes if they’re paying cash. A lot of people forget that they’re supposed to put the coins into the machine themselves and try to give them to me. I kindly say that they’re supposed to go into the machine.)

Me: “That’s [total].”

Old Lady: *tries to give me her coins*

Me: “They’re supposed to go in there.” *points at the coin machine*

Old Lady: “No, they’re not! You take them and say thank you, like they did in the good old times!” *throws coins at the counter and walks off*

Me: “…?”

This Is Why We’re In A Recession, Part 77

, , , , , , | Right | April 29, 2018

Customer: “Hi. I need to apply for a credit card.”

Me: “May I see your driver’s license?”

(The customer hands me his license and starts making conversation as I begin his application.)

Customer: “I need to get new cards because my daughter messed up my credit. I was a month behind on my bills!”

Me: “Oh, no!”

(I continue with his application, thinking all the time that this is a bad idea. I call our in store credit department with the customer’s referral number.)

Me: “You are approved!”

Customer: “What’s my limit?”

Related:
This Is Why We’re In A Recession, Part 76
This Is Why We’re In A Recession, Part 75
This Is Why We’re In A Recession, Part 74

Paying It Back And Paying It Forward

, , , , | Hopeless | April 28, 2018

(It’s just before Christmas, and I am in a particularly bad spot. I can’t pay my bills, and every penny counts in trying to get by. As I am walking into work one day, a man calls across the street to me.)

Man: “Hey! Hey, miss! Do you have a second?”

Me: *looking around, confused* “Um, sure. What do you need?”

Man: “I’m going to be honest with you here. I just got out of jail, and I can’t find work. I have no money, and I just need a little something for gas if you can spare it.”

Me: “I’m really sorry, but I don’t even have cash for the tolls to get home right now. I can’t really help you out.”

(The man stares at me for a moment, and I am getting worried because I think he’ll be upset. Then, he smiles the most knowing smile I’ve ever seen and reaches into his jacket to pull out a couple singles.)

Man: “Here. You take this for the tolls to get home. Merry Christmas, and I hope things work out for you.”

(The entire way home that day I cry my eyes out, both overwhelmed by his kindness and upset at myself for not getting the chance to thank him. A few months later, I am doing much better, and I happen to see that same man walking down the street.)

Me: “Sir! Sir, do you have a second?”

Man: “Sure, young lady. What can I help you with?”

Me: “A while ago, you helped me out when I had absolutely nothing. I haven’t forgotten what you did for me, and I’ve kept some money in my purse in case I ever saw you again. Here. I want you to have this.”

Man: “I’m glad that I could help you when you needed it, but I can’t take that from you. I’ve managed to find a job, and I’m able to pay for my bills and my gas. I wouldn’t dream of taking what I don’t need. You go ahead and keep that in your purse for the next person you see who doesn’t have money for the tolls to get home.”

(Once again, he gave me the warmest smile I have ever seen, and he walked off. I still think about that man and the lessons he taught me. Even writing this now makes me tear up and be reminded that truly good people do exist in the world.)

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