Y-O-U Stand For Stupid

| Boston, MA, USA | Working | July 23, 2012

(I am waiting in a long line at the customer services counter for a price adjustment. When I get up to the counter, the cashier asks me for my receipt.)

Cashier: “I need to put your refund back on your credit card. Can I see your VISA again?”

Me: “Huh? I don’t believe I paid with my VISA.”

Cashier: *shoves my receipt in my face* “Yes, you did! You see this here? A-M-E-X! That stands for VISA!”

Who’s The Boss

| Virginia, USA | Working | July 23, 2012

(It’s been a busy day, and we’re still about three hours from close. My manager, who is my boss, comes to hang out where I am wrapping up the sandwich bar. My manager is always whining about how early she gets up for work, and often shleps small responsibilities onto me.)

Manager: “Auuugh, I’m so tired! Can I just go home?”

Me: *thinking she’s joking* “Haha, sure! Why not? I’ll just close up for the night and count the cash.”

Manager: “Oh, good!”

(As we get ready to close up, the owner calls to get the end-of-day (EOD) update. My coworker comes looking for our manager.)

Coworker: “Hey, have you seen [manager]?”

Me: “Not for awhile.”

(Unable to find her anywhere, we call her cell.)

Me: “Hi, [manager], we’re ready to close. Where’d you go?”

Manager: “I went home! You said I could go home!”

Me: “What? But I don’t have keys for the safe, and [owner] is asking after the end-of-day update.”


Me: “I… thought you were joking.”

(She reluctantly came back and helped finish close, snarling at both my coworker and I the whole time. Fortunately, I discussed the incident with the owner, and she was let go a week or so later.)

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Honesty Is The Best Policy

| Working | July 23, 2012


| Livingston, NJ, USA | Working | July 22, 2012

(I’ve recently been promoted to a manager, but I’m friends with one of my coworkers, who is a supervisor. This entire exchange happens through text message.)

Coworker: “OMG, you’re missing out. Joe is doing handstands and it turns out Dave knows all the dance moves to ‘Bad Romance.'”

Me: “Haha, that’s awesome! Sorry I’m missing it.”

Coworker: “You should come by! Katie and I are trying to make paper planes and it’s not working well.”

Me: “Maybe I’ll swing by after dinner! You guys going to be around for a while?”

Coworker: “Yeah. We’re all closing!”

Me: “Wait. Are you guys supposed to be working right now? Are you doing all this in the store?!”

(Several minutes pass before my coworker replies.)

Coworker: “Nevermind. All is good.”

Time To Look For A New Job

| Lincoln, UK | Working | July 21, 2012

Me: “Can I please have a 50g pack of Golden Virginia and that pack of lighters just in front of it?”

Employee: “We’re out of stock, I’m afraid. Would you like to buy two 25g packs instead?”

Me: “But I’m looking at it on the shelf right there.”

(I move down to show him the 50g pack, but he does not look as he is packing the rest of my shopping.)

Me: *pointing to the 50g pack* “Right here.”

Employee: “Oh, I thought that was the 25g packs.”

(He then picks up a 25g pack and scans it into the till.)

Me: “No, I wanted a 50g pack.”

Employee: “We’re sold out.”

Me: “It’s RIGHT THERE. I can see it. Right by the lighters I asked for.”

(He proceeds to look at by wrong lighters.)

Employee: “Well, here is a lighter for you. Anything else?”

Me: “Could you please take of this 25g pack and the lighter and give me what I have asked for?”

Employee: *sigh* “I have been dealing with stuck-up customers all day! You are by far the worst!”

(Thankfully, a supervisor eventually came over and helped me. I have not seen that employee since.)

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