Pages Of Joy

, , , , , | Right | January 20, 2021

I’m waiting in line for the checkout machines at the library. In front of me is an adult with a four-year-old child. The child is hugging a picture book and singing softly, “I’m so happy, I’m so happy.”

I wasn’t having a bad day, but it still made my day better to see a child so happy with a book.

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Brainpower, However, Has Not Yet Been Restored

, , , | Working | January 6, 2021

I am working in the PR department of a small local hospital. My main gig is IT but I am helping with a website migration.

One day, they decide to test the emergency power. This means all regular power goes off and emergency power kicks in.

We are told to shut down all computers and wait for word that the test is over.

After about an hour of drinking coffee, we see the main lights go on, but we receive no word. Another fifteen minutes later, I decide to be a rebel and fire up my PC.

After logging in, I am greeted by a chat message on the internal message system. It is from IT. 

IT: “It is now safe to turn your PC back on.”

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Not The Sharpest Pencil In The Pack, Part 2

, , | Right | January 1, 2021

Customer: “Hi, do you sell big pencil cases, like A4 format?”

A4 is a paper size that’s 21cm by 29.7cm.

Me: “Uh, no, I’m sorry. But we have regular pencil cases.”

He leaves but later comes back to me.

Customer: “I need to show you something.”

I walk with him and he points at a toiletry bag.

Customer: “This is a big pencil case, right?”

Me: “Sir, that is a toiletry bag.”

Customer: “So? It’s the same thing. You could’ve recommended it.”

Me: “I’m sorry, sir, I don’t know the whole product range.”

He walked away, very mad.

Not The Sharpest Pencil In The Pack

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Happy Random Holidays!

, , , , , | Right | December 25, 2020

I’m heading home after a dreadful day of work. Customers were having trouble staying nice to each other and me. During transit, it’s not much better. I’m going home by train and a lot of people loudly complain about everything: non-existent delays, not enough seats — there are, you just have to sit next to someone else — and trains as a whole. My frustration level is rising.

I realize I might lash out to someone innocent if I can’t get rid of my frustration. When I arrive at the station, I spot a Customer Service employee. She doesn’t look pleased. I decide she will be my “victim.” 

I walk up to her, do my best to smile, and exclaim, “Happy holidays!” I leave immediately after. 

My frustration is gone and hopefully, so is hers. I just hope I didn’t confuse her too much.

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It’s The Most Competitive Time Of The Year

, , , , | Right | December 23, 2020

I am a bartender for one of the top soccer clubs in the country. The other members of the crew and I don’t have a set spot in the stadium, and on this particular evening, I am bartending at the opponent’s side. It’s around Christmas, and all of us are wearing Christmas hats with the logo of the club on it. Then, this happens.

Me: “Hello, sir, how can I help you?”

Customer: “Why are you wearing that hat?”

Me: “Well, since it’s almost Christmas, [Club] handed out these hats to the fans and the crew.”

Customer: “Yes, but why are you wearing it here?”

Me: “I… I’m not sure what you mean, sir?”

Customer: “You’re working for us [the opponents] now, not for them. You shouldn’t wear that logo here. F****** moron.”

He then walked away without ordering anything.

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