Miter Makes Right

| USA | Working | July 2, 2012

(My older brother is at work with me. He has a history as a bully, and is definitely used to people being afraid of him. He comes in while I’m helping a young female customer.)

Customer: “So, this is the basic design that I’ve come up with for the chest. I need to have eight of the boards angle cut and the rest just straight to these measurements and angles.”

Me: “Okay, I can take care of that for you.”

Customer: “Yeah, I just wish I had space for a table saw at home, but you know how apartment living goes. There’s a miter saw at my parents’ house, but I wouldn’t have a way to transport the chest to my apartment from their house if I built it there. So, the patio it is. ”

Me: *surprised* “You know how to use one?”

Customer: “Miter saw? Oh, yeah. It’s easy…just have to double check your measurements. Also, I’m looking for a wood burning pen and some stain.”

Me: “Something tells me this is going to be really nice when you’re done.”

(At this point, my brother decides to jump in with an unsolicited comment.)

My Brother: “Only if her boyfriend helps her.”

Customer: *dryly* “You’ve made two assumptions I’d like to point out. One is that I’m seeing someone, and two is that I’d want to.”

(His feathers ruffled, my brother takes on a more menacing tone.)

My Brother: “You don’t know who you’re messing with, little lady.”

Customer: “Someone who needs both manners and breath mints. Excuse me…” *to me* “Can you show me where those two items are, please?”

My Brother: *shocked* “I apologize—”

Customer: “Get bent!”

(The customer left our store soon after. When she came back, she showed me photos of the finished chest; it was absolutely beautiful!)

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| Working | July 2, 2012

June Top Story Roundup

Not Always Working | Working | July 1, 2012

June Top Story Roundup: From Harry Potter to hypocritical employees, here are our top-rated stories for the month of June!

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June Top Story Roundup

| Not Always Working | Working | July 1, 2012

June Top Story Roundup: From Harry Potter to hypocritical employees, here are our top-rated stories for the month of June!

  1. Banishing Bellatrix (1,178 thumbs up)
    A bad coworker gets fired from the Wizarding World by Harry Potter and friends!
  2. The Only Thing He Should Be Running Is Scared (1,171 thumbs up)
    An unhelpful boss is called out by a customer—who happens to be from Corporate.
  3. Accidon’t (1,128 thumbs up)
    “I do apologize, but the accidental damage plan does not cover accidental damage.”
  4. The Fabled Land Of Equality (988 thumbs up)
    A female gamer finds getting help from sexist employees to be more fable than fact.
  5. Some People Can’t Stand Being Shown Up (953 thumbs up)
    A pouty employee gets shown the heights of her hypocrisy!

PS #1: check out our new Extras section, with pictures, videos, and news galore!

PS #2: Read more roundups here!

What You Don’t Memo Can’t Hurt You

| London, UK | Working | July 1, 2012

Me: “Hi, what can you tell me about your £10 per month Android phone deals?”

Employee: *condescendingly* “What deals? Where’d you hear about those…online or something?”

Me: “It’s on the three foot banner in your window saying, ‘Ask about our £10 Android deals.'”

Employee: “Well, no one told me about that. I don’t even know what phones it’s on!”

(There’s an awkward silence as he looks at me, like he’s expecting me to leave.)

Me: “Well, do you think you could go and find out for me?”

(Ten minutes later, after he’s asked every other employee in the shop—none of whom have a clue, either—he returns.)

Employee: “Oh, yeah, it’s on [brand of phone]. We got a memo over the weekend, but nobody ever really bothers to read those, you know!”

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