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Hampering Your Efforts

, , , , | Working | January 20, 2022

We won a raffle prize through my work (hosted by a third party). We won a medium hamper, full of posh preserves and things. It’s not something we will make use of, but we can regift it or sell it on and buy something we do want.

It is months before the prizes can be claimed, and after several attempts at calling the claim line, I finally get through.

Me: “Hi. I won a prize in [raffle] some months ago. I was told to call to claim.”

Woman: “Okay, what is your unique prize number?”

Me: “[Number]; it should be a hamper.”

Woman: “Hmm, okay. Has anyone contacted you about this yet?”

Me: “No, just this letter on how to claim.”

Woman: “Well, some of the prizes have changed. We no longer have the hampers available. We are offering a holiday in its place. How does that sound?”

Me: “Not great, to be honest. A holiday isn’t the same as a hamper. Are there any other options?”

Woman: *Shocked* “Oh, well, no, I don’t think so. Don’t you want to hear the details of the holiday?”

Me: “No, not really. Is there a cash alternative?”

Woman: “I don’t think so. Could you hold, please?”

We already have our holidays planned for the year. I don’t have much more time off I can take or spare cash to pay for the inevitable extra costs these holidays will bring.

Woman: “I’m sorry. I have asked and we do state that there are no cash alternatives.”

Me: “And where do you state that you can change the prizes as you please without notifying people?”

Woman: “Could you hold, please?”

We went through rounds of holding and escalations. They keep telling me that they could only offer variations of a (cheap, two-person, two-day, self-catering) holiday. But I maintained that this wasn’t a suitable alternative and wasn’t advertised when I bought the ticket or won the prize.

It went back and forth until they gave me an ultimatum: take the holiday or a refund on the raffle ticket (£5). So, I was being offered a holiday I couldn’t use… or £5. I thanked them and refused both.

Luckily, my work has free legal coverage, and a quick letter from them to the company was all it took to get a cash alternative of the hamper, plus a little more. I wonder how many people got scammed as they didn’t want to go through the hassle.

You’re Welcome, Random Citizen!

, , , , , | Working | January 20, 2022

[Coworker] is over-enthusiastic about anything not work-related she can do on work time. Every charity event, every tidy-up, every visitor, every excuse she can be paid not to do her job, she is first in line. All would be fine if she wasn’t so over the top.

This year, the charity event is car washes and cake sales for a children’s charity I already support monthly, so I’m more than happy to be involved. [Coworker], however, is all about spending as much time away from her desk as possible. She has printed flyers and spent most of the day handing them out and pestering people. I have dodged her so far.

A few days later…

Coworker: “Heeey, we had some extra time and cleaned your car.”

Me: “Oh, err, thanks.”

Coworker: “You know, you can donate to the charity for the car wash. The recommended amount is £5.”

Me: “Oh, I already bought a load of cakes, so I’ve donated plenty already. I’m a bit short of cash, to be honest — kids’ birthdays and things.”

Coworker: “Well, yeah, but that was for the cakes. This is for the car wash.”

Me: “Well, actually, I walked to work.”

Coworker: “So?”

Me: “So, I don’t know whose car you washed, but it clearly wasn’t mine.”

She still expected me to pay for her to wash someone else’s car. We found out later that it belonged to a visitor who looked very confused about why his car was suddenly very clean.

So, THIS Guy’s The Reason There Was A Bread Limit

, , , , , | Working | January 19, 2022

We found out that [Coworker #1] was one of those idiots who was hoarding food and drink during lockdown. He admitted to having months upon months of supplies at a time when others were struggling to get basic food to survive. He rightly got a load of stick for this and lost a lot of respect at work.

One morning, one of the guys makes a joke at [Coworker #1]’s expense.

Coworker #2: “Does anyone want a coffee? I’m buying. [Coworker #1], how many should I get you? If you have a flask, I reckon you could store it for months on end.”

Everyone laughs.

Coworker #1: “Oh, yeah, real funny. I’m not the only one. I saw [My Name] buying a trolley full of toilet paper. “

Me: “I bought one large pack, which I’m sharing with my in-laws who are isolating.”

Coworker #1: “Rubbish. Look, I took a photo.”

Me: “That’s creepy, and yes, you can see one large pack of toilet roll and one large pack of kitchen roll. As I can show you—” *grabs my phone* “—see, I shared with my in-laws. Look, there is the message.”

Coworker #1: “Well, whatever. You are all bent out of shape over nothing, anyway, just because I threw out that food.”

Coworker #2: “What? You threw all that food away?”

Coworker #1: “Well, I had to. It was going to go out of date.”

Me: “You could have given it away, donated it. What is wrong with you, man?”

He still doesn’t get it. He was also the first to moan after people just like him panic-bought a load of petrol and he couldn’t go somewhere over the weekend.

*Sigh* I’ll Just Write A Review… I Guess

, , , , | Working | January 19, 2022

This is the third time I’ve called my bank today. The last two calls cut out unexpectedly as I was waiting. After half an hour, I’m still on the phone. I’ve got the phone on speaker and I’m washing up. Suddenly, I hear a voice, dry my hands, and grab the phone.

Me: “Hello, yes, I’d like to set up online banking.”

Employee: “What’s your account number?”

Me: “Sure, one second.”

I’m running up the stairs to get back to where I was sitting.

Employee: “We do ask that you have the details ready.”

Me: “Yes, I did half an hour ago, when I rang. Just give me a second.”

Employee: *Sighs* “If you don’t have the information, please ring back.”

Me: “No, I’ve got it, hang on. Here it is. It’s [account number].”

Employee: “And what’s [list of other information]?”

I go through the list of other details.

Employee: “Well, I guess you’re set up. Do you want to answer…” *sigh* “…a short survey to tell us how we did today?”

Me: “You know what? Yes, I will.”

Employee: “Okay, please hold.”

I got disconnected immediately. I wonder what her rating is if she always hangs up on people wanting to give feedback.

Do You Know The Way To Monterrey?

, , , , , , | Working | January 19, 2022

I am Mexican, from Monterrey, and was studying in London. I had to fly back to Monterrey to my brother’s wedding, but I couldn’t change my ticket online, so I tried ringing the airline’s phone number. After being on hold for ages, I decided to go to the helpdesk in the Heathrow airport, instead.

Once there, I explained that I needed to change the date of my ticket. The guy checked my ticket and proceeded with the change. When he printed the new ticket, I noticed that the destination was Monterey, California, not Monterrey, Mexico.

Me: “Sorry, this ticket says Monterey, California, and I’m going to Monterrey, Mexico!”

Employee: *Very condescending* “My apologies. I must have gotten confused by your accent!”

Me: “Regardless of my accent, I gave you a printed ticket that says Monterrey, Mexico. You must have gotten confused because you can’t read well!”

The guy just corrected the error without saying a word.