Unfiltered Story #194891

, , , | Unfiltered | May 24, 2020

Me answering phone: [greeting]
Client: put me through to [name]
Me: so sorry i didn’t catch that, you’re after [my closest guess to who he means]?
Client: NO! I mean [NAME!] (he then spells the name, no one i know)
Me: I’m sorry, we don’t have anyone here by that name.
Client: yes you do.
Person pops up from behind partition “it might be for me?”
Me: are you after [completely different name?]

Unfiltered Story #194879

, | Unfiltered | May 23, 2020

Customer: “I have this item that I want t get, but I want it at a discount because it’s late and it’s almost closing and I’m tired…”

Me: “I’m sorry, but we can’t do that.”

Customer: “Please!”

Me: “Sorry.”

(The customer pesters for a while, so I get fed up.)

Me: “Listen, over here we have something called rules. And rules must be followed. If you don’t want to, then just go.”

Customer: “Fine! Meany!!” *leaves*

(The real kicker is that someone somewhere must’ve bent the rules for this guy!)

Call Me By Your Name… Or Hers…

, , , | Working | May 21, 2020

I run the front desk at a busy staffing service. We happen to have two women in the office who have the same name. I answer the phone today and have this conversation:

Me: “Good morning, [Staffing Service]. How can I help you?”

Guy: “I need to speak to [Employee’s First Name].”

Me: “I’m sorry, we have two [Employee’s First Name]s. Which one are you looking for?”

Guy: “[Employee’s Full Name].”

Me: “She’s actually in a meeting right now. Is there something I can help you with?”

Guy: *Clearly annoyed* “I just spoke to a [Employee] and she fumbled with her phone and hung up!”

The other [Employee] had answered a call a few seconds before and no one had been on the other line.

Me: “That was the other [Employee]. The one you are looking for is in a meeting. What can I help you with?”

Guy: “Well, if it’s going to be that much of a problem, I’m just going to go!”

Me: “I’m trying to help you—”

The guy hung up. I took the number off the caller ID and warned [Employee] when she got out of a meeting not to offer the guy a job if he called back.

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I Don’t Think I Like Your Tone(r)

, , , , , | Working | May 20, 2020

I am about a month in at my new job. There is an unofficial rota amongst the staff that goes desk by desk to replace the printer toner and paper. My desk happens to be next, and the toner is running low.

Me: “[Manager], do we have gloves for changing out the printer, and can we get the window open in there?”

Manager: “Why on earth would you need gloves?” 

Me: “Because I don’t want to get toner on my hands?”

Manager: “Aww, your poor delicate hands?”

Me: “The toner is hazardous, and it’s recommended you use gloves when working with it. The window also needs to be opened to ventilate the room. There are warnings on the box.” 

Manager: “That seems a bit extreme for us.”

Me: “Well, if you want me to change the toner, that’s what you have to do.”

Manager: “You really go to extreme lengths to procrastinate. If you didn’t want to do it, you could have just said.”

Me: “I have no issue with doing it, as long as it doesn’t affect my health.”

Manager: “Well, we change the ink out every other week, and no one has taken ill from it.”

Me: “Then you’re very lucky.”

The manager tells me not to bother and he’ll get someone else to do it. Not fifteen minutes later, [Manager] comes out, hands black and holding an empty toner tube.

Manager: “See, [My Name], nothing to it!”

I’m not impressed and I grab a fresh box. Thankfully, they’re in another room.

Me: “‘Warning: contents may be carcinogenic. Prolonged exposure can result in liver and kidney damage. Ensure the area is well ventilated and that gloves are used while handling.’”

[Manager] scoffed at it and continued with his day, but one by one the people in the office inspected the box, reading the warning themselves. During lunch, I heard a couple of them talking about how their last checkups with the doctor indicated the early signs of liver disease, and one man saying he was asthmatic and was going to opt out of the rota.

A month later, there is a box of gloves that everyone dips into when the toner needs changed, and the window in there is now always open. The manager doesn’t say anything but still changes the toner like he always does.

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Unfiltered Story #194455

, | Unfiltered | May 20, 2020

(There’s this dimwitted customer that always calls for my coworker, since he’s the same race as him.)

Dimwit: “Is [Coworker] there?”

Me: “No, he left.”

Dimwit: “For the day? Or for good?”

Me: *facepalm* “For the DAY.”

Dimwit: “OH.”