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This is a question Jobsworths

All over the world there are little people following the rules and being arsey because, let's face it, it's fun.

Tell us about your experiences with petty jobsworths, or, if you are a petty jobsworth, tell us how much you get off on it.

(, Thu 12 May 2005, 9:53)
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Petrol Station Attendent
Was in Salt Lake City, Utah with a German friend of mine, when he needed to buy cigarettes. I pulled the car into the next petrol station and he jumped out and ran inside to purchase said ciggies. After around 5 minutes of him standing at the counter he came back out without cigarettes saying that they wouldn't accept his German ID as proof of age.

With a derisory snort, I got out the car and confidentally strolled up to the counter with my British Passport in hand.

"Hi! 20 Marlboro please!"
"Could I see some ID?"
"yeh sure, here you go"
"no, I need to see Utah state ID"

I asked why it wasn't acceptable to present a British Passport issued by the British Consulate as proof of age/ID and she said it was easy to fake(?). I then asked her why she needed the ID anyway, and she replied "to prove that you are over 21".

Since I was 33 at the time I just burst out laughing and thanked her for the compliment.

"Do you really think I am under 21?"
"I need to see ID to prove you are over 21"
"But....look at me!"
"that's not the point Sir"
"But...I need to be over 21 to buy cigarettes and I am clearly over 21.. so what's the problem?"
"I need to see proof of that"
"But I've shown you proof"
"That's not acceptable"
"Why not"
"It could be fake"
"I managed to fly across the world using this"
"It's not acceptable"
"Is it impossible to fake a Utah State ID then?"
"Yes"

.. more dumbstruck silence...

"er, can't you just make an intelligent decision based on your eyes?"
"ok Sir, I am making the decision not to sell you cigarettes"

btw, my German friend was 37.


Apologies for size of bellend.
(, Fri 13 May 2005, 9:13, closed)

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