Sign in a gas station: Coke -- 49 cents. Two for a dollar.
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
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 then."
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
Advice for Idiots:
An actual tip from page 16 of the HP "Environmental, Health & Safety
Handbook for Employees." "Blink your eyelids periodically to lubricate
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 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 co-worker 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 co-worker
thought about that, and then said, "Oh, yeah, I guess it only works on