November 26th, 2006

  • lothlin

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First one is questinable service, I think second one is just... weird.

Story the first- I was out with my family last night shopping for a few things, and we stopped at Best Buy. I actually wasn't present for this (I was over checking out the sales on external hard drives,) but the employee helping my parents said something like 'I don't know why anyone would want one of those' in response to my dad's question about a laptop trackball.

Not horrid service, I suppose, but if the employee was snotty enough to piss of my dad, he must have been out of line.

Story the second- We made our way to Circuit City, asked the same questions to the employee there, and alas, they didn't have any either, and my mom just wasn't interested in the full-size trackballs that they had. So, he drags us over to the mice (which we'd already made clear we didn't want,) grabbed an optical mouse, and tried to convince us that it would be perfect!

He then proceeded the run it along his arm and exclaim 'see! you don't even need a mousepad, it works on anything but glass! Your leg, arm anything.'

...and then proceeded to flip it over, point at the laser, and tell us, repeatedly, 'see, it's a laser. It works by using a laser.'

I guess he was just trying to be helpful, but it came across as severely condescending and a tad humorous; here he was, trying to explain the intricicies of an optical mouse to a family of computer geeks by pointing at it and telling us it uses a laser.

It was so hard to wait until we left the store to bust out laughin XD

(also, first post, all that jazz... hope this isn't too weird of a post. I suppose it's probably a good thing that I don't have many opportunities to post XD)
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My best friend and I eat at Olive Garden a lot. We usually get their soup and salad, which are supposed to have unlimited refills, plus pasta entrees. We went on Friday night, and had the shittiest waitress. They weren't busy, so she really had no excuse.

She came and took our drink and dinner orders and brought the salad and breadsticks out within a reasonable frame of time. There was no mention of our drinks. My friend asked for oil and vinegar for the breadsticks, and she said she'd bring it out, then disappeared.

We were starting to wonder if she forgot about us or something, because she would appear at tables around us and see how they were doing, but completely avoided eye contact with us. We had been nothing but polite and friendly, so we were a little puzzled. She finally brought our pasta entrees out, and when my friend asked again about the oil and vinegar, she said, "Oh yes, and you ordered drinks too, right?" She then proceeded to put her hand on the salad bowl and asked, "Can I take this out of your way?" Uh, no, but we'd like some more, thanks. She disappeared again.

While waiting for her to reappear with more salad, we had another waitress check in on us. My friend asked for one refill of soup after the first refill of salad, and that took an additional 20 minutes for her to bring out another bowl of soup. When she brought the soup refill, she AGAIN put her hand on the salad bowl and asked if she could take it away. No offer to bring out more salad. We asked for more, she disappeared, we waited, she finally brought out more salad and the check. After we got the check though, she kept coming back to see if we had paid yet, and that was the most we saw of her all evening. How lovely.