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Stupid Questions: Volume 3
Yet again our forum members share questions that they must suffer though while at work, home, or while out and about.
Stupid Questions: Volume 3 E-mail
Written by Chris   
Jun 26, 2008 at 06:58 PM
It's been a few weeks since our last barrage of stupid questions that the members of the forums have overheard. So it's about time we get down to the story of stupid questions and let the rest of the world know what we have to put up with on a daily basis.

If you happen to have a stupid question that you would like to showcase here, send an email to or register a forums account and post a reply in this thread.

Our first stupid question this go around comes from who else but myself. This is a question that I was posed with from a 16-year-old girl who thinks she should not have to work because of her so called "good looks" in which she puts on two pounds of makeup daily.

Girl: Do we get time and a half since Monday is Memorial Day? Me: Do you get time and a half every Sunday? Girl: No, but we're supposed to. Me: There's no law that says time and a half is mandatory on Sundays and Holidays. Girl: Well my dad said there is. Me: You're not getting time and a half. There are two exists to this restaurant, however.

When I first started managing I was a nice guy. I have since lost some of that nice guy edge and don't put up with snobs as well as I used to back in the day.

Our second stupid question this week comes from forum member WunderKind who shares with us yet again another exchange from her place of work. It seems as though the bulk of all stupid questions displayed here come from work.

Trainee: Is there supposed to be an amount in "A"? (I think: legitimate question, you're new.)

Me: There should never be an amount in "A". "A" should always have a balance of "0". Anytime you see an amount in "A" move it to "B" and adjust it off with the corresponding code.

Trainee: OK, there's an amount in "A". What do I do?

Me: Here let me write it down for you. (listening > you)

Trainee: What does that mean?

Me: It means, "Step away from the audit files, and go answer the phone, it's ringing."

Trainee (dispite the sound of the phone ringing in her ear): What?

Me: The phone, answer it.

Trainee: Oh, (gives me a nasty face as she answers the phone).

-a little while later-

Trainee: If someone needs a key to their room, can we cut it?

Me: ... (resisting SOOOOOO many options for how to answer that)

Trainee: ...

Me: Yeah, as long their photo ID matches the names on the reservation.

Trainee (with attitude): How am I gonna know that?

Though he may have been a new guy, he lost any and all chances of redeaming himself with the last question he asked in that exchange.

Yet again I have another contribution to this week's collection of stupid questions. This time instead of coming from a 16-year-old girl, it came from a 67-year-old man. I guess he has been out of school so long that he's forgotten the basics of math.

Maintenance Man: Why did you order a case of straws?
Me: The build to according to the computer was 1.48.
Maintenance Man: But you have one case and a few packs over there already!
Me: How many packs?
Maintenance Man: About a quarter of a case.
Me: I needed 1.48, not 1.25.
Maintenance Man: ...

That wasn't the first time him and I have had dispute with numbers. Each and every time he comes up with yet again another wrong mathematical computation that even his 12-year-old granddaughter should be able to figure out.

Oh look, here's yet another question submitted by me that I was presented with sometime last week.

Girl: Do you know what time it is?
Me: You have a watch on...
Girl: Oh, but I can't see it!

Questions like that just piss me off to no end. How lazy can you possibly be? Is it too much trouble to put your watch close enough to your face so you can see it without the aide of your glasses?

New forum member bananaskittles decides to share with a question that she overheard while in school. To the asker's defense, his native language isn't English.

"Who do you write an autobiography on?"

And last but not least, perhaps one of the dumbest questions that any of us have ever encountered is brought to you by once again myself:

At times I have no other choice than to play the role of a crew person while at work at the restaurant. Once in a while I like to ask this question to customers:

"Would you like to buy one for the price of two and get one free?"

To which they always reply with:

"Yea! That sounds great!"

They're totally shocked when I tell them their total.

That's right, it works each and every time because customers are stupid and they fail to listen to what they are being asked.

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