Calling Your Invisible Bluff

, , , , | Friendly | March 7, 2021

I’m a nanny and I’m taking my charge to her basketball game, played at the local elementary school. Even though we get there early, the parking lot is packed, so we find street parking a block or two away and walk to the school. As we near the gym, I notice one of her teammates arriving with her dad, parking in the last open spot, right by the gym — one reserved for people with disabilities. The car has no disabled parking license plates or tag on the rearview mirror.

I know invisible disabilities exist, and it’s possible the dad has a heart condition or something that prevents him from walking a long distance. But I find it odd that he has no tags for parking there in that last open spot of the lot, so I call out to him.

Me: “You forgot to put up your disabled parking pass. My mother-in-law got a big ticket when she forgot.”

She had taken my disabled nephew to a park, and she got the ticket dismissed after showing the parking pass.

The dad didn’t say anything to me but said something to his daughter, and she went into the gym on her own while he got back in the car and drove off to park elsewhere.

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From Combo To Conviction In Ten Seconds

, , , | Right | March 6, 2021

I am a manager at a fast food restaurant and have a very packed lobby and drive-thru. We have two windows: one to pay and one to get your food. At the moment, I am the only person in the front. This leaves me to take orders on both the drive-thru and in the lobby. NOBODY IS USING THE KIOSKS.

I take an order on the headset, everything goes smoothly, and the lady is satisfied. I tell her to pull up, and I continue bagging food, making fries and drinks, and taking orders from walk-ins as well as more in the drive-thru. The lady gets to my window after paying.

Me: “Hello!”

I repeat the full, massive order, worth about $40.

Me: “Is that correct?”

Customer: “Yes. Can I get ketchup?”

Me: “Absolutely. Anything else?”

Customer: “No, thank you.”

Me: “Have a nice day!”

I move on to helping more customers in the lobby. I go back to the window with the next two orders after handing out orders in the lobby, but the lady is still there!

Me: “Can I help you? Was I missing something from your order?”

Customer: “No. I would like to place another order for three combo #2s and two #1s.”

Me: “I’m sorry, but I cannot take your order at this window as I have several other orders behind you and their food is ready. You can pull back around or come inside and we can help you then.”

Customer: “I’M CALLING THE POLICE!”

Me: “I don’t understand.”

Customer: “I’LL HAVE YOU ARRESTED!”

Me: “…”

She starts dialing the phone and I can see that she is, indeed, dialing 911! I apologize to the lobby customers for their wait and inform them that I will be just a moment. I return to the window.

Me: “Ma’am, I need you to leave the drive-thru.”

Customer: “I’m on the phone with the police.”

Me: “This is not a police matter and you can be charged for calling with a non-emergency. My customers are suffering because of you. Please leave.”

Customer: “THEY JUST HUNG UP ON ME!”

She zooms out of the drive-thru. The next lady has heard the whole thing.

Next Customer: “Did she just call the police?”

Everyone else was very understanding, and the lady came inside to order the rest of her food.

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One Day, We’ll All Take A Nice Long Vacation

, , , | Working | March 5, 2021

After my grandmother had a life-changing stroke, I tried to help cancel subscriptions and handle her day-to-day mail, call friends, and things like that.

One thing I did first was call the local paper to cancel her long-standing newspaper subscription. We knew she wasn’t ever going to be coming home, so why let it pile up?

The person I talked to at the paper literally would not allow that. They tried to convince me she’d be unhappy without her paper. “Are you sure? She’s subscribed for decades, are you sure?”

Eventually, they “allowed” me to put her on a vacation hold! I was rolling my eyes the entire time, but by all means, put her on a vacation hold.

That was in November of 2001. She passed away in January of 2005, but her newspaper is still on a vacation hold!

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Parenting Doesn’t Always Start Swimmingly

, , , | Right | February 25, 2021

I am a lifeguard. When I am just starting, I notice a man and his young daughter. At our pool, if a child is under six years old, they get a red wristband and a parent or guardian has to be with them in the pool at all times. This man is not in the pool with his daughter, so I approach to remind him.

Me: “Excuse me, sir. Your daughter is under six years old, so you are required to be with her in the water for safety reasons.”

Guest: “Oh, okay. Sorry, I’m new here and didn’t know.”

Me: “That’s quite all right, as long as you know for next time.”

Guest: “Hey, where’s your nearest bathroom?”

Me: “Just behind you in the men’s locker room.”

Guest: “Would you mind watching her for a minute while I go to the bathroom?”

Me: “Um…”

I am a little stunned someone would actually ask me that. His daughter is still in the pool.

Guest: “I guess not, huh?” *To his daughter* “Hey, sweetie, I need to go to the bathroom, so you need to get out of the water to wait for me, okay?”

The girl climbs out of the pool while her father goes to the bathroom.

Guest’s Daughter: “Can I get back in the water now?”

Me: “Not yet. You have to wait for your dad to come back.”

The man came back and got in the water with her. Everything was fine after that. He wasn’t rude or anything; I was just a little lost as to what to do. Looking back, I probably shouldn’t have let him leave his kid alone on the pool deck. I did stay near in case she needed help, but to leave your kid alone? He confuses me.

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This Customer Has A Screeching Ignition

, , , , | Right | February 21, 2021

I pull into a parking space at my local hardware store. When I get out of my truck, I notice that the car next to mine has the keys in the ignition and the doors unlocked. I go straight to the service desk to let them know. They make an announcement:

Announcement: “Will the owner of a [vehicle] with [license plate] please return to your vehicle?”

Okay, good deed done. Time to get on with my day, right? Yeah, not so much. I get about three feet or so away when I see a woman run up to the counter, and the SCREECHING starts. Literally no warning or questioning, just straight into:

Customer: “What the f*** is your problem?! I can park anywhere I f****** want! Where is your manager, you b****?!”

It continues for a while, and I decide that if I can’t do a good deed for the day, I can at least have fun being a jerk.

I walk back out to the parking lot, and since I have a notepad with my shopping list and a pen to mark things off, I write this note.

Note: “I saw your keys in the ignition, and I was the one who had you paged so that your car wouldn’t be stolen. What I didn’t know was how horrible you are. The employees here do not deserve anything like what you did to them. Your keys are under your seat.”

I put the note under the windshield wiper, pulled her keys out of the ignition, and threw them under the seat, and just before I closed the door, I locked it. I moved my truck a few spots over, went back into the store, and finished my shopping. There was a locksmith vehicle on its way into the lot as I was leaving… for some reason.

Whether my response was appropriate or not, I’m not losing any sleep over it.


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