Throw Me A Bone Here

, , , , , | Right | March 5, 2018

(We have a customer who frequently buys items and soon returns them. She comes in, yet again, to return a dog bone she bought a week or so ago.)

Customer: “I need to return this.”

Me: “This packaging is destroyed, and the bone has been chewed up. I’m not going to be able to refund you any money.”

Customer: “No! This bone was supposed to be peanut butter flavored, and its not!”

(I smell the bone, and sure enough, it smells like peanut butter.)

Me: “Ma’am, this bone is peanut butter flavored.”

Customer: “But it doesn’t taste like peanut butter!”

Me: “Um… Did you taste the bone?”

Customer: “Yes! And it doesn’t taste like peanut butter! I want my money back!”

Unfiltered Story #106825

, , | Unfiltered | March 5, 2018

(We just got new chip and pin machines where I work; but they’re not set up yet, despite being on the counter. Because of this, there are signs that say, “Coming Soon To Serve You” to deter people from trying to use them. A customer walks up, and the transaction goes normally, up until she pays…)

Woman: *as she’s pulling out her card* “Wait, I thought I was at [Store]?”

Me: *confused* “You are…”

Woman: “But this sign says ‘Coming soon to…’ and not [Store]!”

Me: *points to sign* “That just means they’re not set up yet…”

(For some reason she through ‘Serve You’ was the store! Clearly the lights were on but nobody was home!)

Unfiltered Story #106707

, , , , | Unfiltered | March 5, 2018

There are two types of assignments that stick out in my memories of high school. For Spanish, sheets requiring us to answer questions in full sentences, and for History, “why did this guy do what he did?”

For my Spanish assignments, I generally had to look up two or three words to answer twelve or more questions.

For History, I’d look over the paragraphs the questions were supposedly based on, which would always say who the person was and what they did, and then read the paragraphs over, and over, and over, because I couldn’t find the answer to “why” anywhere, just “this guy did this thing” without his motives or results anywhere. So I read the entire chapter over, and over, and over, and his name would come up once or twice more, but still not his motives or results. So I looked him up in the index at the back of the book, read every page he was on over, and over, and over, and there would still be no answer. There were days that I would cry over my assignments, and I could rarely even come CLOSE to answering the question correctly. The only way I was ever able to get the right answer was when the book explicitly laid it out, which wasn’t often enough to save my grades.

The solution I was provided with most was that I just needed to try as hard with History as I did with Spanish.

Unfiltered Story #106691

, , , | Unfiltered | March 5, 2018

(Recently a very close friend of my father’s passed away in a tragic accident. This friend is a plumber and always helped my dad with our plumbing issues, because, as my dad said, he’s “a dumb-a**” when it comes to plumbing. This happens a month later. The friend lived on a farm, and my dad has been helping his wife out with the animals. We also have a dark sense of humor.)

Dad: “The f****** sheep got out again. We’re fixing the fence tomorrow.”

Me: “D*** it, again?”

Dad: *nods and looks up at the sky* “D*** it, [Friend], you had to die now? Not only do I need to find a new plumber, I gotta deal with a**-hole sheep!”

Me: *laughing* “Yeah, come on, Uncle [Friend]. Really inconvenient time for you to die.”

(Maybe a dark joke, but I know [Friend] was laughing up in Heaven.)

Introducing A Wonderful Situation

, , , , | Hopeless | March 4, 2018

I was working at an independent non-profit animal shelter. We’d gotten a few new adult dogs in that day. A man came in to visit and found a dog that he liked. He filled out the application and said he’d be back later in the day so his wife could meet the dog. This is common and usually goes fine, so mentally I figured that dog would be going home that day.

When the wife came in, they visited with the dog, but then the wife asked to visit with another dog. So, the husband was in one room with the first dog, and the wife was in another room with a different dog. They went back and forth between the two rooms. I thought that the wife must have changed his mind, and they’d be taking home the other one instead. Not a big deal, though I was starting to feel kind of sorry for the first dog. But then the couple came up to a coworker and me and asked, “Could we introduce these two dogs? We’d kind of like to take them both home.” We said we’d be happy to do it, but it was a busy dinner shift, so they’d have to wait a little bit. The couple was very patient, and spent their time visiting with the two dogs individually.

After a little while, my coworker and I were able to take the dogs to a play area and introduce them. They were immediately friendly and playful! They started running around the play area. They got along great, and the couple took two dogs home that day.

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