When I lived in LA, I needed to travel to Hong Kong for business. I called a travel agent, told her the days I needed to travel, and she said she would have to get back to me for such a complicated itinerary. A little confused, I said fine and hung up.
About three hours later she called back and said she finally had it all worked out. There were five connections over three different airlines, and would take a total of about 32 hours to get there. She proceeded to walk me through the connections which had me going from LA to New York to London to Paris to Frankfurt to Hong Kong.
When I asked why she didn’t just book the 13 hour non-stop flight from LA to Hong Kong over the Pacific, she seemed confused and said she didn’t know you could go that way around. I guess she had a map and not a globe.
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Me: “Thanks for calling [hotel], how can I help you?”
Customer: “I need a room next weekend. My kid has a swim meet down there.”
Me: “Okay. Rooms with two doubles are going for $135.”
Customer: “Give me a corporate rate on that room.”
Me: “Sir, corporate rates are for business travel. You just told me you were coming for a swim meet.”
Customer: “Well, uh, I sell swimsuits!”
Boss: We want to have the title field on the business card, so include on the ordering page a drop-down list so the employee can select a title, and corporate standards are consistent.
IT consultant: No problem, do you have a list of titles?
IT consultant: So what would you like to have in the drop-down list?
Boss: A list of titles.
I work in finance for a company in Manhattan. I have a boss who is really jealous of everyone around him and always tries to prove that he knows it all and he is the smartest person on the face of planet earth and I can tell you that he is far away from that. Beside his negative views regarding the economy, the world and the people, he is actually doesn’t like anyone to live life or even exercise or even go home to have dinner with family…he just believe that if you work you have to over do it and if you eat you have to over do it as well.
Yesterday he called me to his office and started questioning my ability of understanding the business claiming that couple of the reports that I created few weeks ago aren’t quite right and made him think again if “I get it”. The normal response was “what did I do wrong in these reports?” He kept going left and right without clarifying what I did wrong and I kept asking him, I would like to know what I did because every thing I did was based on the data provided by him from his own work. At the end after long period of humiliating and criticizing me, my work and everything about me, he said “I thought the numbers I provided you were right but they weren’t”. At this moment, I got confused and told him so what you wanted me to do if your numbers were wrong and you asked me to get these reports done in less that 1 hour, he still insisted that I should have looked at the numbers and said that they don’t make sense to me. So I told him, why they didn’t make sense to you at the first place and you’re the one who came up with them, he kept insisting that it was my mistake. Then I had to leave his office with great amount of anger and frustration.