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There's got to be more to your working day than loafing around the internet, says tfi049113. How do you fill those long, empty desperate hours?

(, Thu 8 Jan 2009, 12:18)
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Petrol Station Boredom
I work in a petrol station, which during the day is stupidly busy and you don't actually get a chance to get off your seat. However, after about 9pm the place quietens down considerably, and inevitable boredom sits in.
So to aleviate it, various stuff we have come up with include:

Having to activate the pumps using your elbow/nose (which is suprisingly difficult on a touchscreen).

Inserting a predetermined word into the conversation. You lose if you break into a smile.

Attempting to sell the customer a product they don't have, such as butter when they have bought bread. Bonus points if they do buy it.

Singing along to the radio very loudly. Bonus points if the customers join in.

Woo, *pop*
(, Sat 10 Jan 2009, 17:07, 3 replies)
Do you
speak directions over the intercom to particularly thick customers who don't know how to start the pumps?

When I worked in a filling station several decades ago, you had to go out on the forecourt and show them.
Much more fun to politely humiliate them over the speakers!
(, Sat 10 Jan 2009, 17:51, closed)
Yes we do
Its quite worrying that these people can drive to be honest. And yes, the tannoy is much used and abused :), though it is usually by the 40-60 year old women who are my colleagues (I am the youngest there by about 20 years :S) who wolf- whistle at any particualrly attractive bloke, then flirt with them when they come in *shudder*
(, Sat 10 Jan 2009, 21:18, closed)
Brings back memories..
..one of my first jobs was as a petrol station lackey. Towards the end of an evening shift my manager would delight in freaking out customers filling up their cars by intoning loudly through the intercom in a Darth Vader-type voice - stuff like "We are eating your soul", "the reptilians have landed", "I am your father" etc.

Still a shockingly crap job.
(, Sat 10 Jan 2009, 19:40, closed)

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