Stuck In A Holding Pattern

, , , , | Right | February 28, 2018

(I work in clothing retail in a small chain store. Most calls get redirected to my department, shoes, since the only other department with people in the immediate area is mens’. I’m also in the middle of a transaction when I get this call.)

Me: “Thank you for calling [Store]. This is the shoe department. How may I help you?”

Caller: “Ugh, I need someone from salon.”

Me: “Okay, may I put you on hold for a moment?”

Caller: “No, I need to speak to someone in the salon.”

Me: *thinking she didn’t hear me* “Okay, may I put you on hold for a moment?”

Caller: *huffs* “No! I don’t want to be put on hold!”

Me: *pauses* “Oh, well, I have to put you on hold for a moment to redirect you to the salon department.”

Caller: “Ugh! I don’t want to be put on hold! I just want to speak to someone in the salon!”

Me: *pauses to think* “I can put the phone down and go right over to the salon and get someone to come over to this phone.”

Caller: “No! I don’t want to be put on hold! I’ve been waiting all day!”

Me: *giving up* “Okay, is there anything I can do for you?”

Caller: “No! I need someone from salon!”

(My supervisor walks up and overhears what I’ve been saying.)

Supervisor: *to me* “No, you have to put them on hold.”

Me: *mouthing* “I know.” *into phone* “Well, I need to put you on hold for a moment, or I can just place the phone down and grab someone from salon.”

Supervisor: *to me* “No, you don’t need to do that.”

Caller: “No! I’m not going to be put on hold again, wait for 20 minutes, and get disconnected again!”

Me: “I’m sorry. Is there anything I can do for you, then?”

Caller: “I need to talk to someone in salon.”

Me: *tries from the beginning* “Okay, may I put you on hold for a moment?”

Caller: “No! I don’t want to be put on hold!”

Me: “Well, I have to put you on hold to—”

Caller: “Ugh! Fine, just put me on hold!”

Me: “Okay, one moment please.”

Caller: “Ugh! You’re so rude!”

(The salon picks up within a minutes and, when asked, the client seemed to be reasonably pleasant.)

Unfiltered Story #105959

, | Unfiltered | February 23, 2018

This happens at a camp I went to in 8th grade. Me and my cabin are at the lake when this happens:

Friend: “Hey (My Name)! Check it out, there’s a ton of fish here!”

Other girl: “That’s silly! Fish don’t live in lakes!”

(I don’t know what to tell you.)

Unfiltered Story #105920

, | Unfiltered | February 19, 2018

My mom breaks her leg in a skiing incident and is brought to the hospital for surgery. After her surgery, they set her up with a morphine drip and a button that she can press if she needs more.

She is in a lot of pain and the morphine doesn’t seem to be working. My stepdad gets a nurse who comes in and says that the drip is fine, they just need to wait a bit for it to kick in. They keep waiting, and my mom is still in pain. My stepdad gets a second nurse, who says the same thing as the first one. It continues to worsen to the point where my mom is crying from pain and she knows something is wrong.

Finally, a third nurse comes in and has the sense to roll my mom over to check the drip. What do you know, the needle fell out, so the bed is soaked with the morphine that my mother was not receiving for her recently operated-on leg. Thankfully, the rest of the hospital stay was pleasant and my mom recovered well, but a decade later she still tells this story whenever the subject of her incident comes up.

The 1950s Called; They Want Their Misogynist Back

, , , , | Right | February 17, 2018

(I work at an amusement park. I am working at a pitching game when a guest comes up to me. I wear skirts to work, as I find them more comfortable.)

Me: “Hi, sir. How are you today?”

Guest: “So, they put you at this game because you are a girl, and guys will play it just to show off.”

Me: “…”

Guest: “It’s not like you know anything about baseball.”

Me: “Actually, my brother plays baseball, and I’ve been watching his games for the past 13 years.”

Guest: “But you’re a girl. How much do you really know about sports? Not like you play them, or anything. After all, you likely only learned to cook, clean, and take care of a house.”

Me: *blank stare*

Guest: “What? Girls who wear skirts to work are always super religious and traditional.”

Almost A Recipe For Disaster

, , , | Right | February 8, 2018

(A customer walks up to the register with a cookbook.)

Customer: “Can you please tell me how many recipes are in this cookbook?”

Me: “Um…”

(I look at the book and don’t see a specific number anywhere, so I point to the table of contents.)

Me: “This many.”

Customer: “Okay.” *proceeds to count out the number of recipes in the cookbook*

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