1. So, I found an ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS WEBSITE this week, courtesy a link from someone’s facebook. It’s called Not Always Right, and is a collection of stories from customers who were a bit off, weird, stupid, or just plain annoying. There are some that are off-color, but most are fine and they are absolutely hilarious.
2. Of course, this makes me think of a few interesting customer experiences I’ve heard of. My grandmother works at a grocery store, and my teenaged sister got her first job in the same chain this summer. Grandma is famous in the house for her tales of frustration with customers who are annoying, stupid, or downright rude. A recent one goes like this:
Customer buying ice: “Is that an expiration date?”
Grandma: “I don’t think so.”
Customer: “Well, if it’s past its expiration date, I don’t want it!”
(I’d hate to be her kid learning earth science!)
3. I’ve been holding off on seeing the new Harry Potter flick- I really want to see it, but I thought it’d be cool to go to the Imax 3d cinema which is actually the closest movie theatre to my home. Somehow I totally blitzed myself out of common sense on it, though– I had checked when it was coming probably a month or more ago, and it said July 29. I think I suffered from some sort of delusion though, because I decided that the movie must be coming out in all theatres on that day. And I persisted in this, so that when I found out it was coming out July 15 or whatever day it was, I decided that the date had been moved up and the Imax would also move its date up.
I don’t really understand how I missed just how weird a line of thought that was. On the bright side, I will be seeing it sometime this week.
4. Inspired by #4 at Jen’s Quick Takes, I don’t have any good recommendations for books about caving– but I do have a story about caves from when I was 3 and visited Yugoslavia with my dad. We went to the Postojna Caves (Po-stoy-na) in Slovenia, which are the deepest caves in Europe. I remember going in, that it has a little open-air train with what looked to me like brightly and variously colored school chairs stuck on it, so we sat on that and went off on the tour. Being very deep caves, and in a limestone-rich geologic area, they have MASSIVE stalagtites amd stalagmites, huge. Apparently, these terrified me, so my poor dad had to sit through the ride with a screaming three year old on his lap.
Ironically enough, when I visted the Wieliczka salt mine outside Krakow last year, I saw a billboard leading up to it that reminded me of this, and told the story to another girl on the trip. On the way out, I took a second look at the billboard and saw that it was, in fact, and ad for those exact mines that had terrified me almost 2 decades before. :)
5. This week, I spent a couple days filling in my boss’ shoes while she was at a corporate meeting. It’s been interesting. The nice thing is that, because I worked at the kiosk, I have a surprising number of answers, most of them correct, fortunately. I got a call this morning from a new store that doesn’t have the computer in yet saying $300 was missing– and I just knew it was a particularly crappy type of calculator that seems to mysteriously populate our stores. Score one for the manager!
6. Oh my gosh, how did it get to be this late? I’m still in pajamas! Do you think I can claim lost pajama time because I didn’t stay asleep the whole night?
7. Target color codes their stock! A new employee’s brother works for their distribution center and apparently that’s how they organise it. I don’t know if that’s shipping only, but they have a lot of great stuff that’s… not in any logical arrangement. And suddenly the vast separation between trash cans and trash bags becomes so much clearer. On the cool side, I went into one yesterday that had a special escalator for carriages (carts? around here shopping carts are “carriages” just like some parts of the South call them “buggies”). I just pushed my carriage into a track and then I stepped onto the escalator and met it at the bottom… I know I shouldn’t be that wowed, but it was pretty awesome as far as shopping carriages go.
And there we have it, a quick takes successfully done. I wish I had more pics but the few links in here have some cool ones so check it out.
-the Rosy Gardener