Not Very Closed Minded, Part 24

, | USA | Right | February 9, 2017

I work in parts/service at a boat dealer. It’s six pm, late in the year so it’s already dark outside. The salesmen are long gone for the day, and I’ve shut off the sign, locked the gates, shut off the showroom lights, and have locked all the doors except one up front, which I’ll lock behind me when I leave.

I punch out and grab my pop out of the mini-fridge back in the service bay, and am about to make my way around the counter and out the front when I hear a noise.

The front door bell dings and I hear someone stumbling around in the pitch black dark. Gradually, the silhouette of a figure appears, tripping on the rug, bumping into boats and displays as he feels his way around.

Eventually he makes his way back to the desk, looks around at the dark computer monitors in bewilderment, and goes: “Oh! Are you guys closed?” 

Skipping Out Closing Duties? Nailed It

, | Dublin, Ireland | Working | February 3, 2017

I get my nails done quite late in the evening. The nail technician is really friendly and polite and we have a lovely chat. However it seems to me that my simple file and French manicure is taking quite a while – to the extent that I even ask her if she’s new (she isn’t). I hardly ever get my nails done and I can’t look at my phone to see the time while my nails are drying, so I think I must be imagining how long it’s taking.

While she is doing my nails the other technician finishes with her customer, cleans up quickly and efficiently, and gets the place ready for the morning. I notice she seems really grumpy, just short of being rude to both me and my tech. I give my tech a relatively big tip because she was so friendly and it was such a relaxing experience.

As I’m walking away I get out my phone to check the time: I had been there for almost an hour!

I realised the technician had been dragging out my polish to make her colleague do all the closing work, and had even managed to land herself an extra big tip in the process.

Unfortunately they’d already closed, I don’t remember either of their names, and I wasn’t in that area for a while afterwards, so I couldn’t do anything about it – but I hope her colleague or manager talks to her about being so selfish.

Aim Low, Achieve High

, , | Tulsa, OK, USA | Friendly | January 26, 2017

The movie is over and I need to pee. The men’s restroom is full and the lines for the urinals are about seven deep.

Except for one.

You know the one. The one set about a foot lower for the kids. Everyone is looking at it, but nobody is willing to use it. I’m the sort of person who talks in elevators. I guess it’s up to me.

I stand in front of it. Relief.

Boom! Line six deep behind me. But I’m out without waiting. Fortune favors those who are not shy.

Time To Retire That Attire

, , | UK | Working | January 25, 2017

I have an office in a portakabin of four rooms across the car park from the main building. Only two rooms are occupied.

One day I manage to knock over a glass of water and it soaks a load of papers on my desk and goes all down my trousers, too. I lock the office door, make sure the blinds are closed, and take my trousers off to put them on the heater to dry while I tidy up the desk.

After a few minutes the office door opens and a colleague walks in. She has come to collect some papers and let herself in with the master key. She is lovely but not overly bright.

She sits for a few minutes talking, and then starts to leave. As she is going out the door she asks if I am wearing any underwear. I say of course.

She says that she isn’t sure as it just look like I am only wearing a shirt.

She must have thought that this was normal for me in my office. But it hadn’t crossed her mind to leave when she first saw me, or didn’t she notice till she was leaving?

Email Is The Lease Of Their Worries

, | Seattle, WA, USA | Working | January 23, 2017

It’s November, and we haven’t had an actual lease on the house we rent since July. Nobody at the rental agency seems to have noticed. We are on good terms with the owner, so it doesn’t matter to us.

Today, I got a call from the rental agency. “Hello, this is [Name] from [Agency]. We were going through our client files and we noticed something about yours.”

I prepared myself to make a trip in to sign a new lease, but it was all I could do not to laugh out loud when she said:

“We noticed we don’t have an email address for you. Could I get one?”

Hey, I’m not gonna tell her…

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