I was signing the receipt for my credit card purchase when the clerk
noticed that I had never signed my name on the back of the credit card.
She informed me that she could not complete the transaction unless the
card was signed.
When I asked why, she explained that it was necessary to compare the
signature on the credit card with the signature I just signed on the receipt. So I
signed the credit card in front of her. She carefully compared that signature to the
one I signed on the receipt. As luck would have it, they matched.
At a grocery store in San Jose, they have new credit card/bank card readers at the
checkout stands. If you don't know how to orient your card to swipe it through the
reader, the checkout person will say, "Strip down, face toward me."
Am I wrong, or is this just asking for trouble?
A customer at a sub shop ordered "a small soda." The owner responded,
"I'm sorry, sir, but we don't have small, just medium and large." (Both cost 99
cents.) The kicker came when the customer, a rather well-dressed business type,
disappointedly said, "Okay, I guess I'll just have to have the medium
Idiots and Geography: After interviewing a particularly short-spoken job candidate,
I described the person to my boss as rather monosyllabic. My boss said, "Really?
Where is Monosyllabia?" Thinking that he was just kidding, I played along and
said that it was just south of Elbonia. He replied, "Oh, you mean over by
Advice for Idiots: An actual tip from page 16 of the HP "Environmental, Health
& Safety Handbook for Employees." "Blink your eyelids
periodically to lubricate your eyes."
Idiots in the Neighborhood: I live in a semi-rural area. We recently had a new
neighbor call the local township administrative office to request the removal of the Deer
Crossing sign on our road. The reason: Many deer were being hit by cars and he
no longer wanted them to cross there.
Idiots and Computers: My neighbor works in the operations department in the central office
of a large bank. Employees in the field call him when they have problems with their
computers. One night he got a call from a woman in one of the branch banks who had
this question: "I've got smoke coming from the back of my terminal. Do you guys
have a fire downtown?"
Idiots Are Easy To Please: I was sitting in my science class, when the teacher
commented that the next day would be the shortest day of the year.
My lab partner became visibly excited, cheering and clapping. I explained to her
that the amount of daylight changes, not the actual amount of time. Needless to say, she
was very disappointed.
Idiots In Food Services: My daughter went to a local Taco Bell and ordered a taco.
She asked the individual behind the counter for "minimal lettuce."
He said he was sorry, but they only had iceberg.
Idiots Do Math: A coworker was telling us about her sister who was coming to visit her for
the holidays. Someone asked how old her sister was, at which she paused, thought for
a bit, and then answered, "She's half as old as I am, that's how I always
remember." So someone else (okay, it was me) said, "That's neat ...
So every year that you age, she only ages half a year?"
My coworker thought about that, and then said, "Oh, yeah, I guess it only
works on even years."