Some context before I delve into my story. I work for a retail company who also sells mobile phones. This particular person happened to be trying to get ahold of the company who's mobile phones we sell. That being said, this story might not be relevant to this sub, and I apologize if so. Its about a week into my new job, and its one of my first shifts working on my own.
Our phone rings, and I answer to a guy who immediately opens with, "Hey remember me?"
Me "I'm sorry sir I've seen a lot of people today, and I don't, can you refresh my memory?"
G "You have to remember me, I was the guy standing in your lobby for 20 minutes, while you were helping a woman"
Me "Uh. I'm sorry sir, I think you're mistaken. It's been busy today but no one was waiting for 20 minutes."
G "How could you not remember, I was the only other person there?"
At this point, I could hear the irritation in his voice growing.
Me "Again, I'm sorry sir, but I have had more than two people in my store in the last twenty minutes. Maybe you have the wrong number?"
G "Are you calling me a liar?"
G "You sell ___ phones, don't you?"
Me "I mean yes, but were also a ___."
G "I need to know about this phone."
Me "I'm sorry sir, but I cant help you. I've recently begun working here and they haven't gone over this bit of training with me and I can't login to the page to retrieve the information."
G "How can you work at a cellphone store and not know about this phone?!"
Me "Again, I'm sorry. But we are primarily a retail location that happens to also sell phones. I get why you're upset but if you want to call back around 2, my store manager will be here and can answer any questions you have."
(I can totally understand why someone would be frustrated to call a place and the person doesn't have the answers but I was sympathetic with his situation and tried to offer as many solutions as I could.)
G "let me speak to your manager!"
Me "Sir, I am the manager on duty this morning, I just said he will be in around two and can better assist you..... "
Before I could finish my sentence, he cuts me off and begins to raise his voice.
G "Don't lie to me, I was there. She walked into the back. I know she is there, let me speak to her."
G "I saw her! Stop lying."
Me "Please sir, calm down I really believe you have the wrong location"
G "I'm going to get you fired, this is bullshit!"
He screamed some other expletives before hanging up the phone.
I spent the next few hours terrified that I was going to get in trouble because I wasn't able to help and was mentally preparing for what would come next. When my store manager came in, I immediately apologized and told him what was going on. He shrugged his shoulders, and said it was no big deal. People got our stores confused, and nothing serious would come of it. It's been over a year, and now when someone starts to get irate and won't listen as they yell into the phone, I hang up.
From Daily Mail: "This is what you get when you take up four parking spaces in my workplace"
I work at a large department store in the women's section.
I'm let a woman into a fitting room while asking her the typical questions.
M: How are you doing today?
M: Did you find everything you were looking for?
M: Ok well let me know if I can find you anything!
Usually I will check up on customers once or twice while they're in the fitting rooms but this time I got stuck at the cash register. I figured she would be ok as she did not want to talk and only had 2 items.
She comes up to me at the till after waiting at a short line.
M: Sorry I didn't have a moment to check up on you! It suddenly got busy. How did everything work out?
C: Since you didn't come check on me you should give me your employee discount.
I thought she was trying to break the ice with a lame joke. I do the fake retail laugh and continue with the transaction.
M: Ok so you're total is $xx.xx! How would you like to pay?
C: Did you give me the discount?
I realize at this point she wasn't joking.
M: Umm... Sorry I can't do that. It's only for employees.
C: But you said you'd give it to me!
M: No I didn't. I cannot give you an employee discount since you are not an employee.
The customer pauses for a few moments, thinking about how to further make me regret every decision that has gotten me to this point.
C: My daughter used to work here. Can I get her discount?
I'm not sure if I believe her but it doesn't matter. Although we do have a policy where immediate family can use the discount if the employee is present, she says she doesn't work here anymore. Even still, I'm trying to do everything for this woman that I can.
M: no... she has to be present to use her discount. Do you have her employee number? I can see if maybe her number is still active?
C: Of course I don't have her employee number! She worked her 4 years ago!
Our store has only been open for 2 years.
I tell her that there's nothing I can do and she begrudgingly purchases her 2 sale items and walks out, leaving me seriously confused and questioning my life choices.
Growing up, it was always blue toys for boys and pink toys for girls. Never mind that some girls like blue and there's no reason a boy shouldn't wear pink ... but I digress. Thankfully, after middle school, "boy stuff" and "girl stuff" isn't such a big deal, right? Ummm that's a big nope. I can't decide what's worse: that brands are making money off these tired gender stereotypes or that we keep buying into them.