From Captain Ham:
I don't know what aligned ever so perfectly to lead to my shopping trip this afternoon but I would like to shake hands with the puppeteer of good circumstances.
Bit of backstory before I start this tale of what feels like ridiculous good fortune: I go to conventions and have been tearing my hair out trying to find one last item that will pull everything together. It's commonly sold in fall and had I known my friend group was going to do this costume set in fall I would have gotten it then. Unfortunately I did not know until maybe a month and a half ago. I also have really bad anxiety at times and today has been a rough day for that and the angry rude self depreciating thoughts that come with it.
So, despite feeling like shit and having a bit of a breakdown during a drive and coming home to shake for a while, I went out to the favoured zombie apocalypse setting- the town mall. I really need this item for this costume, Mother's Day is coming up, and I had a few other errands I've been putting off and just hit the point of "augh screw it let's just get it over with".
Before I left I thought I should call around to see if any stores besides the Big Blue Old Lady Store have what I want to get for my mom, because BBOLS has crap fabric designs for plus size. I called them first on the off chance I might learn something new. That was a headache and a half with an inaudible loud or infuriatingly quiet automated system that just drones on for ages designed to eat up your minutes. Eventually got to a human- though she seemed as done with everything as I was and kept trying to explain things I wasn't asking- I know I said heaven and this is hell so far.
I give up and call another "Airy", more hip store to ask them. Crystal clear automated menu, beyond helpful associate who informed me of their sales relevant to my situation and nothing more, and upon realizing their store had nothing that would fit the need she gave me a TON of helpful advice and different places to try and told me about a new unaffiliated store that I didn't know had opened.
I called around to her suggestions and met most of the same answers, the associate at "La Lady" store (looking for a gift card for a hard working mom with no budget for herself and very few of those things) was very helpful as well and super apologetic they didn't have anything either. She was very sympathetic after she asked what I was looking for as I gave my best mess of an explanation. It was basically: "Uh. Bras. But for a size X. Um thats the shirt size. I don't know more than that. I was just getting a gift card but want to make sure she can find something here"
Phone tag wears out and I figure I should get walking before I fully crashed for the day. I ended up going to BBOLS because it was the only place I could get to reasonably.
They had gift cards available and brands available that would work for my mom after a very awkward quick sweep. And- wouldn't you know it- in a nearby section they had exactly one of the things I needed for this costume! But oh no- it's a few inches too short. The color, the fabric type- everything but the length was perfect.
A very nice BBOLS associate was helping me out as well looking for it, and she deserves to be blessed by any gods she believes in or to be showered in puppies and kitties- she saw how excited I got and then how defeated I was as I tried to puzzle out 'well if I cut this thing I have at home I can maybe get it long enough, or I could stretch it, or-' she said if I thought I could make it work she could give it to me for 30% off- and my broken heart nearly 'sploded out of thankfulness. I almost teared up. She explained since it was the last of that stock and since I was so desperate for something like it with such a short timeframe considering the modification and detailing work (very intricate designing to add to it by hand still) that it was no problem for her to do that for me.
My day did a complete 180, it was just so much kindness after kindness and help after help. Meanwhile I'm standing there holding in all this dread and terrible feelings and trying to keep smiling and be kind myself- it was literally a 2 hour trip to heaven I think.
On the way out as well I found a store my grandmother loved was having a sale and popped in to pick her up a little something- and again the associate just going above and beyond for me. She asked if it was for mother's day and showed me all the nostalgic and throw-back scented items since I mentioned my grandmother loved their products. She helped me find a really good one and then showed me a similar one (actually an even softer scent and more enjoyable) that was on sale as well.
She even made sure to wrap it in a cute little bit of paper and to carefully attach the gift receipt, just in case. And I know stores like that do that sort of thing but it was just really really sweet to me. She was very careful and made sure it was wrapped with enough to keep it safe and a surprise instead of the 'one sheet crumple and go' kind of thing.
Little (or.... rather long ooops) slice of retail heaven for a change. Even though worker and coworkers can be asshats and a pain, there's good people out there too being diamonds in the rough shining bright to help ya out.
Now I'm off to send some feedback about some really great employees who need a bit of recognition.
From An RHUer
I just wanted to make a minor post as a way to commend a Subway employee I saw recently.
I was there and wanted to get a sandwich, minor line. The woman in front of me is on her phone. Minor pet peeve of mine already, but I’m not working here and maybe she removes the phone from her ear while ordering. But she doesn’t. Phone remains plastered to her temple and she’s mumbling into it.
That female Subway employee had such patience with her. Despite having to ask her FOUR times if she wanted cheese (receiving a vague nod from the customer) and then extra cheese (more vague head movements, but eventually gets a very silent headshake out of her, so I guess that meant ‘No’), kept her cool all the time. Even when she had to ask her several times again what ingredients she wanted on the one-and-a-half sandwiches she was ordering.
Great patience, my fair employee lady.
I would’ve told her to get off the damn phone after not answering the same question twice. But I also didn’t say anything to her myself, though I am not sure if she was all that fluent in German, given the sparse words I heard her actually say.
At least she gave a nice wave to the employee before leaving?
And this month... We just landed on the shelves of our first major supermarket chain!! I just want to thank the Reddit community for their support. I couldn’t have dreamed I would have come this far so quickly, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without you guys! :D
The worker was fired for writing "Bell End" on the carry out order which is meaningless for us Americans, so I Googled.... and apparently it's their version of Dick Head....
From The Daily Mail:
A taxi driver was left furious when a Domino's customer penned a crude insult on his pizza receipt.
Alan Bell, 54, accused the worker of 'insulting my family name' when it was written down as 'Bell End' on the order screen.
The enraged father-of-two said: 'I was disgusted and annoyed'.
Mr Bell had ordered a £9.99 large pepperoni from the Domino's branch in Bushey, Hertfordshire, before going out shopping for ten minutes.
Speaking to MailOnline he said: 'I went into the store and ordered a pizza and following the usual procedure I gave my name as Bell.
'I then went next door to buy a few bits before I went back in to check on my order. I then realised they had put down the name "Bell End".
When he returned he spotted the cruel jibe and took a picture of the incriminating evidence.
Incandescent with rage, he then confronted staff in the store.
He added: 'I asked if the manager was present and he came out and I said "excuse me, one of your employees has put "Bell End" down as my name and he just said "so"?
'I said it was insulting my family name and I asked whether he was going to do anything about it. He said it was a human error and then became quite aggressive.
'I then asked the cashier, who was only about 18, whether he knew what a "bell end" is? I said "it's a p***k isn't it? So you're putting me up there as a p***k". He just shrugged his shoulders. He said he thought it was funny and didn't seem apologetic.'
Mr Bell, who lives in Watford, then made a formal complaint to Domino's customer care team.
He told MailOnline: 'I am a man of the world and like a joke but I thought the attitude of the manager was a disgrace.
'He insulted my family name. I was offered a £25 voucher from Domino's by way of compensation which I thought was a bit of an insult. I think if you complained about not getting enough pepperonis you would have got the same response.
'I really just wanted an apology but I thought it was a bit of a token gesture.'
He added: 'I will now use Pizza Hut instead.'
A spokesman for the company confirmed the worker has since been fired for his inappropriate jibe.
read more on The Daily Mail
From The Daily Mail:
This is the touching moment three staff members at Dutch Bros Coffee prayed with a young wife after discovering her husband had died the previous day.
Barbara Danner, from Vancouver, said she was waiting in her car at a branch of the coffee chain when she noticed three workers leaning out of the service window.
Danner took a picture as the staff joined hands with the woman in front and prayed with her after noticing she was upset and learning that her husband had died.
Posting the incredible images on Facebook, Danner wrote: 'Turns out the young lady in line ahead of us lost her 37-year-old husband last night.
'When the DB guys & gals noticed she was falling apart, they stopped everything and prayed with her for several minutes, invited her to come back for prayer and support, as well as anything else that she might need.
'Prayers for the young family, and you know where to stop for coffee!'
The image has since gone viral with more than 173,000 people posting reaction to the picture, while another 50,000 people shared it and more than 5,000 viewers added their comments.
Speaking to Oregon Live, worker Evan Freeman, 21, who was at the back of the prayer group, aid he is not religious but prayed with the woman anyway in order to help her.
He said: 'She could have said she wanted an apple, and I would have gone and planted a tree and grown her an apple. It just happened to be religion that she wanted.'
Meanwhile co-worker Pierce Dunn, 19, who served the woman, said he gave her free coffee and initiated the prayer after she indicated it would help her.
He added: 'That moment was absolutely incredible. It was so emotional. She was crying. I shed a few tears. We've cried since as well. When something that real happens, it hits close to home.
Dunn said he prayed that the woman would feel supported and loved, that God would provide
read more on The Daily Mail