Taking Credit

| Working | November 28, 2012


It’s A Femme-Fatal Condition

| Toronto, Canada | Working | November 28, 2012

Me: “Hello?”

Caller: “Hi, ma’am, this is [name] with the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Is this a good time?”

Me: “Actually, I’m male.”

Caller: “We’re very sorry to hear that, ma’am. Thank you for your time.” *click*

Me: *facepalm*

On A Wing And Nay-Sayer

| Kentucky, USA | Working | November 28, 2012

(Every now and again, my family and I love to get chicken wings from our grocery store’s deli. We’ve had no problem with the workers in the past; most of them know us personally, but this time, a new worker is behind the counter.)

Me: “I’d like a large container of buffalo wings.

New Worker: “Sorry, but we have no more large containers.”

Me: “Aren’t those the large buckets back there, or do they have no lids?”

New Worker: “NO! We have no more containers!”

Me: “…Okay. Well, how about putting them in one of the meal-to-go boxes? That would hold them.”

New Worker: *sighs* “FINE! You really want to pig out, don’t you?”

Me: “Um, this is for my family of three. We get these as a treat every month or so.”

New Worker: “Whatever. How many wings are in a large?”

Me: “Usually, it’s around fifteen.”

New Worker: “That can’t be right. You just want to get more wings for the same price!”

Me: “The wings are priced by weight, not by the number of pieces.”

New Worker: “No! You will get ten wings and pay for ten wings.

(The new worker grabs a PAPER BAG (not a meal box), roughly throws in ten wings, weighs them, and prints out the price label, which lo and behold, prices the wings by weight.)

Me: “…Thanks.”

(I finished my grocery shopping and I made sure to report the worker. The manager said that she had been on thin ice for awhile, but insulting and treating a loyal customer in the manner that she did was the last straw. I haven’t seen her since.)

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Not Always Working | Working | November 28, 2012
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Half-Baked Service Is Rarely Well-Done

| Raleigh, NC, USA | Working | November 27, 2012

(We’re at a restaurant where, but for the exception of one table, the place is empty. After a 10-minute wait, the waitress finally comes over.)

Waitress: “What do you want?”

Me: “I’ll have a cheesesteak omelet and a diet coke. My grandfather will have coffee and a waffle, well-done.”

(20 minutes go by before I get my food, but my grandfather still hasn’t received his waffle. The waitress has not once been over to check on us or refill our empty drinks. Finally, after a total of 47 minutes, she brings him his waffle, but it’s only half-cooked.)

Me: “Why did it take 47 minutes for a waffle to cook?”

Waitress: “Oh, we burned it three times. That’s why it took so long.”

Me: “Well, we’re not paying for our meal. Your service has been lousy, you never ONCE came to check on us or refill our drinks, and it’s obvious you just don’t care in general.”

Waitress: “Well, you’ll have to discuss that with the manager, but you still need to pay for your meal.”

Me: “Okay, send him over.”

Waitress: “He’ll be here in three hours.” (Note: it’s 11:30 pm.)

Me: “Screw that! Here’s the payment for our meal, but you can expect that HR will hear about this…”

(That night, I got home and sent a letter to HR. The next day the owner of the franchise called me to offer his apology, refunded us our money and told me that he had watched the events unfold on camera. The next time we went to the restaurant, we found that my letter was in the office to show how customers should NOT be treated. The waitress was reprimanded to only one night a week and only allowed to wash windows. I haven’t seen her since.)

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