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In One Ear(phone) And Out The Other

, , , , , | Working | December 3, 2022

I was recently shopping at one of the big box office supply store branches in town. One of the items I was looking for was a small headset with a microphone for use with my tablet or phone for calls, etc.

I found a suitable one on sale for $30, so I took it to the checkout with my other purchase.

Cashier: “Hi, how are you today? Find everything you need?”

Me: “Yes, fine, thank you.”

Cashier: *Picking up the headphones* “I have to inform you that these headphones are non-returnable once the package is open.”

Me: “Ooookay… I guess that makes sense if people have already worn them and decide to return them. But they are returnable if they are defective, correct?”

Cashier: “No, unless you purchase a protection plan for $7.95.”

Me: “What?”

Cashier: “They are non-returnable — period — unless you purchase the plan. Then you can return them for exchange or refund if there is a problem.”

Me: “So, if I open the box and they are defective, the store won’t do anything unless I buy the plan which is almost a third of the cost of the item to begin with?”

Cashier: “Correct. It’s policy, and we’ve been instructed to clearly inform every purchaser to avoid confusion.”

Me: “Look, I understand having a policy that bars people from returning used headphones simply because they change their minds, but a defective product is returnable, and the only way to tell is to open the box!”

Cashier: “No, sorry.”

I slid the headphones back to the cashier.

Me: “Then I’m not purchasing these here. If you are collecting feedback, then please inform management that this retailer needs to change policy.”

I paid for and took my other purchase. The receipt clearly stated, “Any opened headphones, earphones, and earbuds cannot be returned at any time.” I understand the rationale of the policy, but unless you have an exception for defective merchandise, forget it.

The kicker to the story? My other purchase was a new budget-priced unlocked phone to replace my wife’s seven-year-old one. It had a return policy of thirty days unopened or fourteen days open box as long as all original contents are in the box. The sales guy assured me we could set the phone up completely and try it out, and if my wife didn’t like it, we could return it for a full refund within the fourteen-day window. And the phone cost six times the price of the headset I wanted.

Much Ink Shall Be Spilled Over An Honest Customer

, , , , | Right | December 2, 2022

I used to work at an office supply store. I wasn’t regularly a cashier but filled in when needed.

I was filling in for the regular cashier’s break when a woman came up with a fairly large order. Some things didn’t want to scan, so the whole thing was a bit of pain. The total was $75 more than she expected.

I ran through everything and found it was mostly a box of printer ink driving the price — two had rung up. She said she only had one. I looked through the bags and only found one. The normal cashier had come back, so I had her double-check and she only found one. I deleted the extra from the total and the customer went on her way.

Normally, this is where I find out we got scammed, right? Well, the customer came back the next day, holding the phantom box of printer ink.

Customer: “Yeah, so, you know how this rang up twice? Guess I had two. I, uh, don’t need it. Here.”

I guess there are some honest people still.

Refunder Blunder Meets Taxing Taxing

, , , , | Right | CREDIT: OnlyPrint5323 | November 28, 2022

I work at an office supply and stationery store. I live in a state which has no sales tax, and people often come here to buy things if they live close enough.

Me: “Hi there! How’s it going today?”

Customer: “I bought this printer in [City in a state which has sales tax] because they didn’t have it in [Home State], and I wasn’t exempted from the sales tax, so the manager at that store told me to return it in [Home State] and I could buy it back from you guys.”

I am dumbfounded, to say the least. I barely travel out of state, but I know enough to say we can’t refund taxes paid to another state. And if that isn’t enough, she didn’t even bring the printer to my store so it’s not like I can even process it in the first place.

I flag down my manager to see what can be done, and I explain everything.

Manager: “We could refund the printer, but the taxes were paid to another state, so we can’t refund it.”

Customer: “So, there’s nothing you can do?”

Manager: “It’s outside our jurisdiction.”

Customer: “Thanks for wasting my time!”

Honestly, she should have ordered online.

Taxing Taxing, Part 15
Refunder Blunder Double Wonder
Refunder Blunder, Part 60
Taxing Taxing, Part 14
Refunder Blunder, Part 59

This Coworker’s Laziness Is Disgusting

, , , , | Working | October 10, 2022

Content Warning: Gross


I work in an office supply store. Before my shift one day, an older lady went rushing into the store.

Lady: “Where’s your restroom?”

The front-end cashier directed the customer to the restrooms and continued working. The lady rushed out of the store about ten minutes later.

Lady: “Sorry about the mess.”

The cashier checked the restroom and came back to the general manager.

Cashier: “That older lady who was just here had explosive diarrhea all over the accessible stall.”

General Manager: “Go clean it up, then.”

When I came in later, the cashier told me about the mess and everything and then went home without having cleaned the restroom.

I had a slow night in my department, so I took three pairs of gloves and the strongest cleaning supplies we had. I ended up spending half my shift cleaning the restroom because, by the time I got in there, it was already crusty.

This was one time I had no problem dropping the dime on a coworker’s negligence.

Printing With Personality

, , , , , | Right | September 7, 2022

A lady returns her Wi-Fi printer while demanding to see a manager.

Customer: “My printer is telling me to f*** off and die!”

Manager: “There’s no way the printer has been programmed to say that.”

The customer kicks up such a fuss that we send a technician to her home to do the setup for her. He comes back very soon, laughing.

Technician: “Her neighbor’s Wi-Fi network is called ‘f***_off_and_die’.