This is RE-POSTED from February 18, 2008. Now I am sorry to offer you repeat blog postings, but I was looking back to see what I was doing last year at this time and came across this. It was a pretty damn funny experience, so I figured I would share again.
We went to the UPS Store tonight so my friend Rob could send his newly purchased skis back home rather than take on the plane with a change over in Chicago.
So oddly enough the UPS Store proved to be more entertaining than the movie we went to see. Why you ask?
#1 - The clerk took the skis, boxed them up and had them ready to ship before ever offering a price. What if Rob said $60 was too high and did not want to ship? Could you imagine if he said, no thanks, please unpack them and remove the 6,000,000 styrofoam peanuts from the box. Not a good practice if you ask me.
#2 - The man who sat in his car for 10 minutes in the parking lot talking on his cell and came in after us spent all his time drumming his fingers on his box letting us all know how annoyed he was too wait. He honestly did this for 10 minutes straight. My advice: well, Chatty Kathy, if you came in when you got there, you would have been in line before us.
#3 - The place also makes copies and the woman in there when we first arrived kept struggling with the copier. She left her papers on the counter at one point, so out of boredom I looked at them and I kid you not, they were all about alien abduction. The includes aerial maps of abduction scenes in Colorado, plus a letter that started with the sentence, "When I was abducted...". The woman did not look overly crazy, but I am now wondering if she was making something as a joke or if she believes she was actually abducted. I am also now curious if all people who wear yellow Crocs are also victims of alien abductions, since this is what she wore.
#4 - The staff at the UPS Store lacks common sense other than the packaging without first providing a price. On the counter next to all the pens they have a little bamboo plant. On the plant pot there is a note that reads, "I am not a pen...please don't pull me!" and it made me laugh. I laughed enough to take a few pictures with my camera phone. Now, if you keep the plant next to the pens and people are thinking it is a jar of pens, rather than post a note on it, why not move the plant somewhere else. Perhaps to the back counter. Perhaps away from the pens. To take the time to tell people in a note that it is not a pen seems so funny to me. I included the poor quality camera phone pictures.
So the UPS Store is obviously the place to work as you get to meet people who do not like to wait in line, people paranoid of alien abductions and people who confuse pens with bamboo.