Unfiltered Story #203912

, , | Unfiltered | August 5, 2020

(I work at a ski resort as a lift operator, I’m the head on my lift and I get to deal with all sorts of folk. We have electronic gates that read a small card that goes in your coat pocket. Everyone must have one to ride. Kids ride free but still need a pass, sometimes parents don’t know the passes are free and try to ‘sneak’ their kids in. It often doesn’t work and we have to manually let them in. This man did exactly that.)
Customer: “So, we just have my pass will you let me through?”
Me: (feeling generous even though I already dealt with a similar situation) “Sure! As long as you get her a pass at the ticket office. ”
Customer: “look, it took us an hour just to get here. I want to ride with her”
(The ticket office is down the hill from where I am, may be a fifteen minute walk.)
Me: “sir I’m letting you on the lift right now, and I shouldn’t. In fact I should revoke your pass, but I won’t.”
Customer: “I JUST WANT TO SKI WITH MY DAUGHTER YOU HAVE NO F***ING RIGHT TO TAKE MY PASS!”
Me: “sir, give me your pass and get off my lift. Now.”
Customer: “F*** YOU GUYS! I WANT TO SPEAK TO SOMEONE ELSE”
(I call my manager over and he tells him the same thing, and shuts off his pass. The man left in a fuming rage.)
Liftmate: (coming out of operating shack.) “He told me they never gave him a pass, so I let him on and told him exactly what you did. “

Thanos’s Good Ideas Continue To Pay Off Somehow

, , , , , , , | Friendly | May 26, 2020

I’m a ski instructor that works in the Austrian Alps. I’m in charge of a group of ski students from a boarding school in the UK.

One of my students is wearing a suit of motocross armour under his ski clothes — a full neck guard, breastplate, shoulder armour, elbow and knee pads, gauntlets, buttplate, and calf armour. They are all made of the same reinforced plastic as his ski helmet. He wears it as he is “paranoid that he’d get hurt on the slopes.” We all laugh and call him a wimp. As his armour is painted bright gold, everyone calls him “Thanos.”

This happens on the third day of skiing. Thanos manages to get into the ski lift ahead of us, and there’s a group of what looks like university-age girls speaking in obvious American accents. They’re quite loud and when in the queue, they use their poles to disconnect the skis of the person in front of them before shoving them aside before taking their spot. It’s gotten more than one person angry, but the girls ignore them.

They reach Thanos, but when they try to disconnect his skis, he moves his leg out of the way, lightly knocking one of them on the ankle in the process. Those girls go ballistic, shouting about him being rude and a jerka**. They start swearing, but Thanos has reached the front by then and goes up the lift.

I think that’s the end of it, but that is not the case. When Thanos reaches the top, he patiently waits for the rest of us, but the university girls get up there first. They see him and start shouting and swearing at him, calling him rude and demanding an apology.

Naturally, all they get is a flat refusal. They take that poorly, to say the least. They then start hitting him with their ski poles and punching him with their fists. He turtles up and takes the hits, calling out for help while telling his assailants to desist. The girls push him over and then they notice that he is Chinese and add accusations about the recent health crisis — this is during the outbreak in Italy.

At this point, I arrive with a few more students. Seeing us and some ski patrol guys rushing toward them, the girls run off, leaving Thanos behind.

Thanos says cheerfully, getting up, “Well, thank goodness for my armour.”

[Student #1] asks, “Did that even hurt?”

“Nope,” Thanos responds. “Barely felt a thing.”

“Dang, that armour’s tough,” I observe. “I’ll be more worried about the person that rams into you than you.”

“Told you all that my paranoia was justified,” Thanos says smugly.

[Student #2] asks, in an appalled tone, “This was what you were paranoid about?”

I ask him, “Should we go to the police? Press charges?”

Thanos just says, “Nah. It’s our holiday. Let them go. Besides, they’re long gone by now.”

We reluctantly agree with him and continue skiing, but I just wonder what would have happened if Thanos wasn’t wearing his armour or if they had gone after one of the other students. Would they be unharmed and treat the whole thing as a joke? Those girls could have hurt someone badly, and I can only hope that they face justice at some point in the future.

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Thanos Had One (1) Good Idea

, , , , , | Learning | May 19, 2020

I’m a ski instructor working for a ski school. This winter, we were hired as ski instructors for a high school ski trip. I was assigned the most advanced skiers, who consistently insisted on taking the hardest slopes and racing at high speeds.

During our lunch break on the first day, when we took off our jackets, I noticed that, apart from the mandatory helmet, one of the boys was wearing a full suit of armour underneath. It was a complete suit of hard plastic motocross armour, with a breastplate, shoulder armour, elbow and knee braces, gauntlets, shin guards, buttplate, calf armour, and a neck brace. It was also bright golden, as he once wore it as a Thanos cosplay.

We all laughed and mocked him over it, but he took it in good stride, lamenting that he didn’t bring his purple face paint or two Infinity Gauntlets and laughing off us calling him a coward, insisting that it was a worthwhile precaution. 

By the last day, after several crashes, everyone was sore and bruised. One of the guys even dislocated his shoulder after he tumbled down a slope. On the other hand, Thanos was completely unscathed, despite tumbling down a slope in a similar manner thrice — he was showing off — being rammed into by another skier, and even getting into a fistfight with a pair of very rude Americans.

That was the first time in my seven years of ski instructing that I ever heard or saw anyone do that, but given the amount of punishment he shrugged off, I’m starting to think he had a point.

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Unfiltered Story #190879

, , | Unfiltered | March 27, 2020

(I am 13 years old, in a lodge taking a break with my family for lunch. I go over to the pizza counter, but they have just run out. There is no real line, so I just stand around the counter waiting with a few other people. I happen to be standing next to an older man who was there before me. The pizza comes out and this happens.)

Man: *makes no move for the pizza*
Me: *after waiting to see if he will take some, I start to take a slice*
Man: Excuse me young man, I would just like to let you know that I was here before you.
Me: Oh, would like to take a piece? *backs up to make room*
Man: *clearly irritated* No, no. That’s fine.
Me: *Shyly takes a slice and goes*
Man: Unbelievable

An Avalanche Of Rudeness

, , | Friendly | April 2, 2017

(We are waiting in an alternating line to get on the ski lift. I am currently in the middle of telling my mom about the interesting people I have met previously on the lift, while she moves to get on the lift. As she does, a family of two full-grown sons and the equally large father collectively cut her off and nearly run her over.)

Me: “I met some interesting ladies… who know how to alternate in line…” *pointedly glare at the three adults on my mom’s skis*

Their Mom: *blushes* “I am so sorry. Please go ahead of us.” *shoos them backwards*

My Mom: *cheerfully* “Okay! Thanks!”

(Honestly, I don’t mind them cutting, but having a collective 600 lbs barrelling towards my mother because they are impatient apparently makes me snarky! I do feel bad for embarrassing that woman, though.)

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