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Time To Look For A New Job, Part 2

| Working | September 6, 2012

(On my way back from a Paris trip, I lose my purse. The bus driver calls my friend to tell her that I will be able to pick it up in Amsterdam. Note: I’m from Germany.)

Me: “Hi, I forgot my purse in the bus from Paris that arrived in The Hague at 5 am yesterday and then drove to Amsterdam. I was told I could pick it up here.”

Employee #1: “Can I see your ticket, please?”

Me: “No… see, it’s in the purse.”

Employee #1: “Then I need to see your ID.”

Me: “That’s in the purse, too. But I can tell you exactly what’s in there, and what it looks like.”

(I give Employee #1 a detailed description of the purse and its contents.)

Employee #1: “Well, that doesn’t help at all. I don’t think it’s here. You should go and check in The Hague. Who told you it’s here?”

Me: “The bus driver. Also, the man from the emergency hotline. The bus driver called and said he’d left the purse in the office in Amsterdam for me to pick up in the morning.”

Employee #1: “Who told you?”

Me: “…The bus driver.”

Employee #1: “Well, it can’t be here. You should check in The Hague.”

Me: “Listen, madam, I came all the way here from Germany because I was told that I could pick up the purse from this office.”

Employee #1: “Who told you this?”

Me: “The bus driver told me that he left it in this office. The bus drove straight from The Hague to Amsterdam, so this was its final stop.”

Employee #1: “Well, it’s not here.”

(At this point, Employee #2 notices that we have been discussing it for quite a while and comes over to help.)

Employee #2: “Excuse me, miss. What is your name?”

Me: “It’s [name].”

Employee #2: “Just one moment, please. Let me check for you.”

(Employee #2 goes to the back and returns not even two minutes later. He’s holding my purse that carries a huge paper sign with my name on it, apparently written by the bus driver.)

Employee #2: “This was behind the computer so it wouldn’t get stolen. Here you go.”

Me: “Thank God! I have everything in there. Thank you so much!”

Employee #1: “Normally, you wouldn’t even get it back! You know, normally this doesn’t happen. It shouldn’t have been here!”

Me: *gives up and leaves, happily clutching the purse*


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