Once got a letter from the postman to collect items from the local sorting office (won't say which one). Anyway after breaking my neck to get there (worked through lunch to be able to finish early in work at 4.00 to get to the office for 5) I pulled up at 4.50ish and the lone guy was outside with his bike and had a face on him when I got out of the car as he had to pull the shutters back up, he had obviously been seconds away from making a dash for the weekend. I thought I would break the obvious tension by saying something like 'Hi sorry for being so late', something to that effect. Stupid really as I was not late but sometimes its nice to be nice. His response had me reeling
'What the f*ck do you want?'
Genuinly shocked I was, so much so for once in my life I could not think of a single retort. Normally a smart so and so I admit but that really shocked me with such un-professionalism. I always hear stories of workers being protected by Unions etc. but it was clear that this grumpy oul fecker knew his job was safe and could treat anyone how he wanted, as long as there were no witnesses I suppose.
He next had a problem with the fact the slip the postman left in my home said there was 3 items and there were only 2 in the sorting office. No matter how many times I told him they were DVD's from www.play.com
he refused to give them to me. I can see the issue if it was the other way around maybe, my slip said 2 and there were 3 items but had no idea why he would refuse me. He just kept on saying to ring back on Monday. I did that and to ensure they gave the two items to me I had decided to play nice and just get my parcels and maybe decide to complain after, as they were presents for people for Christmas. I never did as I knew nowt would come of it.
To this day, over 8 years later I am still raging over the ignorance of the guy. Some people don't believe me either when I tell them and always say 'Dave, you know how smart you are..You must have pissed him off somehow?'.
For once in my life I genuinely was the polite one
. And to be honest I still can’t think of a good response to that, without stooping to his level.