Today's stories [7.3.08]
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As a female shopper exited a New York convenience store, a man grabbed
her purse and ran. The clerk called 911 immediately and the woman was
able to give them a detailed description of the snatcher. Within
minutes, the police had apprehended the snatcher. They put him in the
car and drove back to the store. The thief was then taken out of the
car and told to stand there for a positive ID. To which he replied
"Yes Officer, that's her. That's the lady I stole the purse from."
When a man attempted to siphon gasoline from a motorhome parked on a
Seattle street, he got much more than he bargained for. Police arrived
at the scene to find an ill man curled up next to a motorhome near
spilled sewage. A police spokesman said that the man admitted to
trying to steal gasoline and plugged his hose into the motorhome's
sewage tank by mistake. The owner of the vehicle declined to press
charges, saying that it was the best laugh he'd ever had.
The Ann Arbor News crime column reported that a man walked into a
Burger King in Ypsilanti, Michigan at 5am, flashed a gun and demanded
cash. The clerk turned him down because he said he couldn't open the
cash register without a food order. When the man ordered onion rings,
the clerk said they weren't available for breakfast. The man,
frustrated, walked away.
At my new job we a have a general mailbox into which
people send requests for updates and changes. I am
completely serious when I tell you that today we
received the following mail.
1)There is a sing where the rotisserie chicken is
served stating that you get a 20oz soda with the
meal...but the cashers says that it
is wrong & it should say 16oz...that's not a problem
but the cashers by the snack/entrence section have a
very nasty attitude about it.
2)Today(4/25/01) the was "Seafood Pasta Primavera" on
the menu but instead they had chicken parmesian--again
this is not the problem. The problem is
those same damn cashers at the entrance--they charged
me for the seafood pasta which is $4.95 instead of the
chicken pamesian which is $4.95. I explained the
situation to them but they just dont want to hear what
I have to say. I'm really disgusted with the way the
cafateria is being run.
The following are actual stories told by travellers from
Mendocino County, CA to travel agents in the UK. (And you wonder why
US citizens generally score less than the rest of the world on
A man called, furious about a Florida package we did. I asked what was
wrong with the vacation in Orlando. He said he was expecting an
ocean-view room. I tried to explain that is not possible, since
Orlando is in the middle of the state. He replied, "Don't lie to me. >
I looked on the map and Florida is a very thin state."
A client called in inquiring about a package to Hawaii. After going
over all the cost info, she asked, "Would it be cheaper to fly to
California and then take the train to Hawaii?"
I got a call from a woman who wanted to go to Capetown. I started to
explain the length of the flight and the passport information when she
interrupted me with "I'm not trying to make you look stupid but
Capetown is in Massachusetts." Without trying to make her look like
the stupid one, I calmly explained, "Cape Cod is in Massachusetts,
Capetown is in Africa." Her response... click.
A secretary called in looking for hotel in Los Angeles. She gave me
various names off a list, none of which I could find I finally had her
fax me the list. To my surprise, it was a list of hotels in New
Orleans, Louisiana. She thought the LA stood for Los Angeles, and that
New Orleans was a suburb of LA Worst of all, when I called her back,
she was not even embarrassed.
I got a call from a man who asked, "is it possible to see England from
Canada?" I said, "No." He said "But they look so close on the map."
Another man called and asked if he could rent a car in Dallas. When I
pulled up the reservation, I noticed he had a one-hour lay-over in
Dallas. When I asked him why he wanted to rent a car, he said, "I
heard Dallas was a big airport, and I need a car to drive between the
gates to save time."
A nice lady just called. She needed to know how it was possible that
her flight from Detroit left at 8:20am and got into Chicago at 8:33am.
I tried to explain that Michigan was an hour ahead of Illinois, but
she could not understand the concept of time zones. Finally I told her
the plane went very fast, and she bought that!
A woman called and asked, "Do airlines put your physical description
on your bag so they know who's luggage belongs to who?" I said, "No,
why do you ask?" She replied, "Well, when I checked in with the
airline, they put a tag on my luggage that said FAT, and I'm
overweight, is there any connection?" After putting her on hold for a
minute while I "looked into it" (I was actually laughing), I came back
and explained the city code for Fresno is FAT, and that the airline
was just putting a destination tag on her luggage.
I just got off the phone with a man who asked, "How do I know which
plane to get on?" I asked him what exactly he meant, to which he
replied, "I was told my flight number is 823, but none of these planes
have numbers on them."
A woman called and said, "I need to fly to Pepsi-Cola on one of those
computer planes." I asked if she meant to fly to Pensacola on a
commuter plane. She said, "Yeah, whatever."
A business man called and had a question about the documents he needed
in order to fly to China. After a lengthy discussion about passports,
I reminded him he needed a visa. "Oh no I don't, I've been to China
many times and never had to have one of those." I double checked, and
sure enough, his stay required a visa. When I told him this he said,
"Look, I've been to China four times and every time they have accepted
my American Express."
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