Punched Out And Ready For A Punch Up

, , , , , | Right | June 11, 2017

(I am working as a cashier supervisor at a large store. I’ve just clocked out since my coworker has taken over to do the closing shift. A cashier stops me as I’m about to leave the store, not in any uniform and clearly dressed in my winter outdoor clothing.)

Cashier: “Hey [My Name], [Coworker] is busy. Can you override this markdown on your way out?”

Me: “No problem.”

Customer: “I’d suggest you get here a little faster next time.”

Me: “I’d suggest you don’t take that tone with me. I barely get paid enough to give a f*** about you when I am on the clock. I certainly don’t care when I’m punched out.”

(The cashier high-fived me and I smirked and walked out the door.)

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The Conversation Keeps Flowing

, , , | VA, USA | Hopeless | May 13, 2017

I am meeting someone for the first time and arrive a bit early, so I get coffee and while waiting chat with the baristas about a few books.

After the other person shows up, we are deep in conversation and have already finished our coffees when I see the main barista cleaning the next table. Out of the corner of my eye, I see her glance up, smile in our direction, and then head back to the counter.

She comes back just a few minutes later with two large glasses of ice water for us and exclaims, “You two are just having such a great conversation that I wanted to give you these so you can keep chatting!”

It was such a sweet gesture and I didn’t realize that our short coffee date ended up lasting almost three hours!

Race To Do Good

, | Toronto, ON, Canada | Hopeless | April 25, 2017

Many years ago I was doing the Zoo Run 10K at the Metro Toronto Zoo and my boyfriend (now my husband) meets me at the hotel before the race. He says, “I have bad news. On my way to work my tire blew so I can either get it fixed first and miss seeing the race, or we’ll have to skip walking around the zoo after and get it fixed before the garage closes.” I tell him to go ahead and get it fixed first so we can still spend the day at the zoo together. Anyway, I cross the finish line and text him and he texts back, “I’m looking right at you.”

Turns out he went to the Canadian Tire near the zoo and there was a two-hour wait for service. He said, “I know this isn’t your problem, but my girlfriend is doing the Zoo Run 10K right now and it would really mean a lot to her if I was at the finish line.” Apparently they had him in and out of there within 45 minutes.

I emailed the company after and the person who wrote back assured me that those employees would be recognized. They truly went “above and beyond” for a customer.

A Good Way To Waste Five Minutes

, , | Perth, WA, Australia | Learning | February 26, 2017

Since I am a university student, I can be present at home while my school-age siblings are at high school.

While I’m setting up my lunch, my mother tells me that my sibling’s high school (which is not my old one) had sent her an interesting text message — my younger sister was five minutes late, and they wanted to know why. It took me all of five seconds to spot the problem, helped by the fact that the school had a reputation for moronic acts.

The explanations my mother and I discussed ranged from ‘she dawdled getting ready’ to ‘she had trouble finding the chance to cross a road’, but nothing more interesting from the school’s perspective. We have no idea why the school was so interested in why she was five minutes late.

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?” 

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