Please Stop As-Sale-ing Our Troops

| Albuquerque, NM, USA | Working | September 4, 2012

(My husband is graduating from military training. I’ve known some time in advance about the date of the graduation, but because of a sale that day where I work, I am not allowed to take the day off. I do leave several notes with management not to schedule me, but, sure enough, I am scheduled to work that day. I make one last-ditch effort to reschedule by talking to my manager.)

Manager: ‘Why didn’t you ask for this day off in advance?”

Me: “I tried, but I wasn’t allowed to because of the sale.”

Manager: “What do you need it off for again?”

Me: “My husband is graduating from his military training, and this is the only opportunity I’ve had or will have to see him in months. I’ve already made my travel arrangements, so you can either let me find someone to cover it now, or I have to call out that day and leave the shift uncovered.”

Manager: *sighs* “Can you get them to move it?”

Me: “Excuse me?”

Manager: “Can you get them to move the graduation?”

Me: “You want me to call the Department of (military branch) and get them to move his graduation so it won’t conflict with a sale? I can’t do that. There’s about a thousand other people graduating that day. They won’t move the graduation for the sale.”

Manager: “You won’t know until you try!”

Me: *speechless*

Let’s Hope He’s Just Horsing Around

| USA | Working | September 4, 2012

(I’m looking for equipment for my horse, and although it’s unlikely I decide to try a local sporting goods store. Note: I’m female and the employee is male.)

Me: “Hey, is there any chance you have whips or riding crops?”

Employee: “Try an adult store.”

Me: “No, it’s for my horse.”

Employee: *smirks* “Yeah, try an adult store.”

Me: “I meant an actual horse, not a human. Anyway, guess you don’t have any. Thanks, though!”

Employee: “I know what you mean.” *winks* “Hey, if you ever need a new horse, try me.”

Me: “Um, no thanks.”

(I got out, quickly!)

This Happened To My Friend

| Working | September 4, 2012


Persistence Prints Off

| Toronto, ON, Canada | Working | September 4, 2012

(I try to pay for about $50 worth of merchandise with my debit card. After entering my PIN, the cashier practically rips the terminal out of my hands, so I can’t see for myself whether the transaction was approved or not.)

Cashier: “Sorry, you were declined. Do you have cash?”

Me: “Can I please see a receipt that says it wasn’t approved? I know I have money in there. I checked my balance before I came in.”

Cashier: “Sorry, the printer isn’t working. You’ll have to pay cash.”

(The cashier’s insistence that I pay in cash strikes me as extremely fishy, so I take out my cellphone and check my bank balance. Sure enough, the debit transaction did go though. I explain this to the cashier, and show her my online bank statement.)

Cashier: “Are you accusing me of stealing?”

Me: “Not necessarily. But my bank account says the transaction went through, and you can’t provide a receipt that says it didn’t.”

Cashier: “Well, your cell phone isn’t proof, either.”

Me: “Do you want a printed statement?”

Cashier: “Sure. When your bank statement comes in the mail, if the transaction did in fact go through, come back and I’ll give you a refund. But until then, you’ll need to pay cash”

Me: “Oh, that won’t be necessary. My bank is right next door. I can get a statement right now.”

(I go next door to the bank, and ask to have a statement printed off with the 10 most recent transactions. The $50 charge to the store is right on top, next to the current date. I return to the store, and hand the cashier the statement.)

Me: “Do you want to give me my purchases now, or would you prefer I talk to your manager? Or, maybe the cops?”

(She gave me my stuff, but I went to her manager anyway. She was fired pretty much on the spot, with a promise that the cops would be involved. Apparently, the manager suspected that she was stealing from customers for quite awhile using the same debit scam.)

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One Wrong Number Can Lead To Many Right Ones

| Dublin, Ireland | Working | September 3, 2012

(I’m buying a preowned copy of Gears of War 2, and the girl behind the counter presents the discs to show there’s no visible damage etc. As she puts them back in the box, I notice something off about the main game disc.)

Me: “Hang on, that’s the wrong game.”

Employee #1: “No it’s not. Says it right there, Gears of War.”

Me: “Yeah, but shouldn’t it say Gears of War 2?”

Employee #1: “Why? What’s the difference?”

Me: “Umm… well, there’s the difference between buying a game I already own and buying the sequel to that game.”

(At this point, another employee shows up.)

Employee #2: “Is something wrong?”

Employee #1: *angrily* “He’s whining over nothing!”

Me: *to employee #2* “Do you understand the concept of a sequel?”

(Employee #2 gets me the right game while Employee #1 goes off in a huff. I have a bit of a laugh and chat with Employee #2 for a few minutes. When I get home and open up the game, I find Employee #2’s has left her phone number on a scrap of receipt paper inside!)

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