A Not Always Right customer is one that is 1. Trying to get something for nothing; 2. Abusing the employee for one reason or another (trying to get their own way, or for the fun of it); 3. Doesn't realize they're wrong.
Epic Fail: This man tries to hook up with a stranger, only to find that she's a lesbian. And his pick-up lines are terrible. And he's trying to cheat on his girlfriend. Who is nearby. And she later dumps him and dates the other girl.
Laser-Guided Karma: In this story, a homophobic player keeps calling the submitter slurs after finding out he's gay in a shooter game much to his teammates' anger who tell him to shut up. But when he starts calling slurs to one of his teammates who's gay as well, his teammates abandon him and allow submitter's team to repeatedly kill him in game which frustrates him to the point he quits the game. The homophobic player was banned from the team since he was only a replacement for his brother, and the gay teammate later dates the submitter.
Mugging the Monster: In this story, a girl starts badmouthing another at an audition over issues pertaining to a boy they both dated. The first girl had assumed the other was also auditioning, but it turns out that she was going to direct the play instead. As the cast would have to work closely and get along, the second girl immediately dismisses the first, as that obviously was not going to happen between them.
Pick a Card: A truly stunning bit of sleight of hand. In a strange twist, he has her sign her name on the card with a Sharpie. When the card revealed isn't her card, he apologizes and walks away, and she returns to her drink...only to find that her coaster is now the card she had picked, still with her signature but also with the man's phone number on it. Three years into their marriage, he refuses to tell her how he pulled that trick off.
Also here - a wife, having been reading earlier stories with the name, asks her husband what he would do if she became a zombie. He responds that, since she stays at home and thus close to the arsenal, is a better shot than he is, and is a black-belt, while he works at a hospital, is chubby, and has a bad back, he cannot think of any realistic zombie scenario in which she turns before he does.
Strange Minds Think Alike: This couple are planning on buying a new toaster - both independently wonder whether they can bring a piece of bread to the store in order to see if it fits.
That Came Out Wrong/Compliment Backfire: A number of comments made to one's partner that didn't sound half as positive or romantic the speaker imagined, such as this one: "But, I don't want to have my glasses on when I look at you."
Discriminate and Switch: A surprisingly large amount of parents react to their kids coming out of the closet by sighing in relief that they weren't something else (some of them nowhere near as dramatic as coming out usually is).
Happens to this customer, who is dining with his family and wearing a hooded sweatshirt in a warm restaurant. It's revealed that the long sleeves are to hide large arm bruises — he's recovering from chemotherapy, but the waitress thinks otherwise.
Another one. This time, a waitress assumes that because the little girl takes after her white father instead of her middle-eastern mother, that she was being kidnapped. The waitress ended up being arrested for slapping the girl, who had responded to the waitress grabbing her by biting the waitress.
Yet again. An employee sees a white woman with two black men (her boyfriend and best friend) and immediately assumes she's been kidnapped and is their sex slave. They overhear and immediately pretend to be her servants, just to mess with the racist employee's mind.
And a Diet Coke: This worker makes the assumption that the customer must be doing the "health benefits" version of this trope, and that no one could possibly want Diet Coke on account of its taste. The customer is not amused.
This cashier believes two forms of ID are fake because, apparently, no one lives in Washington, DC. ("It’s just government buildings and monuments!") This version was particularly problematic for the customer because the cashier attempted to confiscate and destroy said forms of ID note especially problematic as the customer had to fly home in a few days, forcing said customer to call the police to intervene.
The store owner in this story doesn't seem to grasp the concept of other countries being different from the one he is currently in (in this case, Canada) - wondering why his store in Oregon isn't closing early for Canada Day and subsequently being confused when it does close early for Independence Day.
Boss:(laughing) “You actually stayed here until midnight? You’re stupid!” Worker: "...excuse me?" Boss: “There would be no way I would’ve done that much overtime for this. We didn’t even need it until Thursday of this week anyway. It could have waited!”
This managerand his daughter have been stealing money from their company for half a year — and when they're about to be found out, the manager tries to get the worker processing the case to take the fall for it.
Apparently, this boss doesn't believe being too ill to work is an excuse for missing work. She threatens to fire that person if they don't come in — and then makes good on that threat, despite said person's dad painstakingly explaining why it's impossible!
New hires telling off the owner's actual children because they think they're catching someone attempting this is rather common, however - see here and here for examples of this form of Conviction by Counterfactual Clue.
Benevolent Boss: In some of these stories, where a lower-level employee is the culprit, the employee's manager will step in to intervene. And in a few of these occurrences, the boss will subvert this by being, in his/her own way, nearly as bad as the employee.
Conviction by Counterfactual Clue: This shopper gets stopped at the door by a pair of greeters who ask for her receipt. She doesn't have it, but asks to go fetch her husband, who works at the auto department, but who isn't off the clock yet. Ha, say the greeters, the auto department closed an hour ago! You're lying, and we'll have to confiscate the item (an air conditioner). While it's true that the auto department has closed, the husband is still on the clock (he assists in other departments until his shift ends). But at this point, the greeters won't listen — they won't let the shopper or her kid leave with the AC (understandably), and for a long while they won't let the shopper or her kid go back into the store to fetch the husband (somewhat less understandably). The misunderstanding continues — and even escalates — up to the point the (angry) husband finally walks up with the receipt.
Corrupt Corporate Executive: This cell-phone company."You want to cancel your cell-phone? Okay, that'll be $350. You say you're not paying because your father died, and it was his cell-phone? Yeah, right, not falling for it. $350, please. You say you have the official death certificate in your hand and can fax it right over here? You can buy a fake one for real cheap. Nice try, scammer, you'll still have to pay. You're going to go directly to the higher-ups in Corporate and beg for them to waive the fee? That's just fine, because they'll just ignore you until you've paid the fee as part of your monthly bill anyway!"
Dismotivation: A possible explanation for some stories in the "Lazy/Unhelpful" category. The employees need a paycheck, but hate working with people, so they just be rude and unhelpful so the customer will give up and go away. This obviously doesn't work, as it often gets that particular employee fired.
Another explanation along these lines works for the second example under Screw the Rules, I Have Connections! below - the employee needs a paycheck, but hates working at all, so it's just perfect for him that he's "in tight" with a manager and therefore can use that as an excuse to force other employees to do his work for him. The instant he finds someone who this doesn't work on (namely, the owner's son), he quits.
This bank representative is obviously not very sharp. First, he suggests the debtor make a weekly payment three times that of said debtor's weekly income. Then, after the debtor makes a sarcastic comment about having to start a meth lab to make that kind of income, the representative not only takes the comment seriously, he offers a line of credit for the venture, seeming not to realize it's illegal. Finally, after the debtor calls out the bank representative for that mistake, the representative tries to make the excuse that he'd had his mind on a sporting event, but commits Gretzky Has the Ball in the process.
This self-proclaimed "Social Justice Warrior" takes it Up to Eleven. Literally everything is (potentially) racist/sexist/ablest/whateverist to her. Rather hilarious as she tried to convince the janitor that he is being oppressed. The janitor just gives her a "What the hell are you talking about?" look and says that he's quite content with this job, thank you very much.
Another subversion; the rotisserie trays the employee can't find...aren't where the coworker said they were. The coworker is very unhappy when she finds out.
Feeling Oppressed By Their Existence: Seems to be the logic behind this vegan worker throwing out everyone else's lunches, telling the submitter to never wear their leather jacket again, and trying to throw out the director's leather purse (this last one gets her fired before her first day is over).
This cashier accuses the submitter and her daughter of being Grammar Nazis by giving them grief over their choice of words in trying to order popcorn.
This manager chews out his employees for being late, even though they were held up by construction. When the manager's boss points out that the manager was late too, the manager says that he shouldn't be accountable for that, because there was construction.
A regional store manager wonders why a local manager is leaving. When an employee tries to explain using the regional manager's daughter, saying that there is no way either of them went to college to work at a dead-end job, the regional manager says that their daughter wouldn't stand for that job, but still doesn't understand why the local manager quit.
It's All About Me: This employee calls a tech support person about an e-mail. The employee made a typo regarding a mailing list and wants to rectify that, but do they ask for the e-mail to be recalled or send out another e-mail with the correction? Nope, they ask the tech support person to change the name of the mailing list to match the name in the e-mail instead. Never mind that the mailing list is already being used a lot and they don't own it—admitting that they made a mistake is far more of an issue.
Receptionist: Well, too bad, you’ll have to wait. Now either go sit down with your ugly four-eyed daughter or take your [racial slur] selves home and make another appointment!
This retail assistant manager acts like a jerk to pregnant people, forcing them to do work meant for other people and calling them the wrong name, for seemingly no reason. Unfortunately for the assistant manager, that behavior results in her getting chewed out by the store manager.
This credit card agency worker ignored a clerk's inquiry: "I heard you the first time, but that just went over my head so I ignored it. There’s nothing I can help you with here. Have a nice day."
This nurse refused to give the migraine suffering submitter (who unable to take NSAIDs due to adverse reactions) the opiate shot she'd already made an appointment for, tried to lie to her after the doctor said she could have the shot to get her to leave, accused her of being a drug addict, and threw the medication that had been prepared for her away. Fortunately a second nurse intervened and got the patient her medication. It turns out the bad nurse was married to one of the doctors at the same clinic, and was already on thin ice, and after the patient called to complain both the nurse and her husband were fired.
This restaurant employee seems to not care one whit about hairs in a customer's sandwich, which is a clear health violation, and actually chastises the customer for complaining about it. Luckily, the manager straightens the situation out.
The customer who dealt with these pizza place workers isn't as lucky. Not only are the employees lazy and assholes, so is the manager, and he thinks the employees are the best he's ever had! The customer does get her payback, though, when the pizza place closes down and the former employees attempt to get a job where the customer works.
This employee wears their LGBT bigotry on their sleeve like it's some badge of honor. The manager, thankfully, has no tolerance for that crap, and fires them within the week.
This Assistant Division Officer acts like a asshole to a sailor whose is about to get married later that afternoon. The officer gives the sailor a list of tasks that will make him late for his wedding because he didn't like that the sailor and his fiancee were not getting married at a church but at city hall by a Justice of Peace, and proceed to insult them by calling them sinners for ruining the sanctity of marriage. Despite the officer's talk about marriage, it is later revealed the officer was a Hypocrite when his wife discovered he was having an affair with a Rear Admiral's daughter!
These nurses, seeing an unconscious, bleeding man and his daughter breaking her leg trying to carry him into the hospital, refuse to help because they automatically assume the man is a drunk and the daughter is a druggie.
Please immediately report stolen passport to the embassy, which you may enter upon showing a valid passport.
Please bring a bank statement to open a new bank account.note While presumably a statement from a different bank would work, this particular customer has never had a bank account before, with any bank.
Several examples where a person is trying to cancel a service or close an account for a dead relative and get told their relative has to come in in person. One had to say "he's DEAD" at least three times.
This worker refuses to help a customer find sweeping compound, claiming they don't have it. His supervisor orders him to clock out while she helps the customer get his item. The worker lies to the boss that she tried to fire him. Too bad for the worker, the customer told the boss what really happened and how the supervisor helped him, which got the worker fired instead.
This girl is nothing but snide and holier-than-thou to someone who got a speeding ticket that was most definitely an accident, calling him stupid multiple times, thankfully the manager was more level headed. When the poster went in to rectify it, said receptionist called him stupid when her boss was right behind her. Say goodbye to your job, missy.
This registrar and his boss purposely register girls into ballet and gymnastics classes regardless of what they actually wanted, because the registrar is a sexist who doesn't believe girls can play sports and his boss wants the classes to meet its quota of 9 students each so they won't get cancelled. They get their comeuppance when two mothers who wanted sports classes for their daughters, outraged over what these men did, organize a boycott, to the effect that only 16 of the 37 children who were signed up for sports (all boys) actually attend these classes, leaving most (possibly all, depending on what they were signed up for) of these classes cancelled!
Not racism, but this worker was reprimanded by their supervisor for insensitivity towards the disabled. The supervisor thought the employee was using the term "Mr. Walker" as a derogatory name because he uses crutches to walk, the real reason is that the man's name really is Mr. Walker. The worker sarcastically suggests calling the disabled man "Hey, you!" or just simply ignoring him completely, but the sarcasm flies completely over the supervisor's head and agrees with him.
Mistaken for Subculture: This story with a mix of Mistaken for Junkie. Two American Pizzeria cashiers refuse to serve a Maori uncle and nephew and tells them to leave thinking they were "druggie tattoo freaks" due to their Ta Moko tattoos. When the nephew tries to explain their Ta Mokos are actually part of their culture and it’s against regulation to not serve customers just because they come from a different race, the cashiers think they're making it up. Thankfully, their manager knows Maori culture and apologizes to the customers by giving them a free pizza.
This clothing store employee blatantly insults a customer, calling her a fatass among other things and telling her to get out of the store. When the customer's friend helps out, the employee begins insulting him too, and learns too late that the friend happens to own the store they're in. Unsurprisingly, the employee is fired on the spot.
This physician succeeded in crushing the submitter's desire to become a surgeon.
Due to this cashier's rudeness where she thinks the customer ordered a diet coke to become skinny when the customer actually likes the taste (which the cashier doesn't believe), not only did she make the customer cancel her meal and leave but also wasted the cooks time for cooking a meal no one is paying.
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: In this story, three customers decide to leave a $13 tip for a server whose serving them poorly, thinking she's having a bad day. What does the server do? A thank you? Nope! The server calls the cops on them when they leave by lying that the customers tried to Dine and Dash by only paying $13 despite the fact the customers saw the server counting the money paid for their food at the counter! Thankfully, the cops believe the customers due to their willingness to cooperate and a security camera. The server gets “serious discipline” and the customers get a $80 refund for their trouble.
This trope happens in a drive-thru, of all places.
Old-School Chivalry: This waitress firmly believes that the man is supposed to pay for his girlfriend's meal and not the other way around; it doesn't matter if the woman isn't his girlfriend, nor does it matter that it's the man's birthday, nor does it matter when the restaurant's owner fires her and gives them the meal on the house.
A more tragic example here. A waitress brings a customer to tears by insulting the customer for being extremely thin, among other things, assuming that the customer is anorexic (or possibly bulimic). If the waitress had bothered to ask and not jump to conclusions, she would've learned that the customer was like that because she was hospitalized. One can only hope the (soon ex-)waitress felt REALLY awful after that. (Given that her prior assumptions were health-related, a Sustained Misunderstanding may be the more likely outcome.)
Here's a similar case; even the manager is skeptical of the person's explanation until they show them the stitches from the tonsil surgery. The manager, out of guilt, comps the meal.
Another tragic example where two employees of a drugstore see a mom and her sick kid waiting outside the drugstore for it to open, and immediately assume she's a "crack whore" with a "crack baby". Nope, the kid has a bad fever, and neither the baby nor the mom were able to sleep as a result. Thankfully, a third worker, a parent himself, is far more understanding.
The employees of this restaurant apparently haven't heard the jingle that lists the ingredients of a certain signature sandwich they carry.note Though it's never explicitly stated, it's likely a Big Mac at McDonald's. One wonders how the employee can simply shrug off leaving the meat off a sandwich that normally has it, though, jingle or no jingle.
Rapid Fire Interrupting: Here, a security guard repeatedly cuts off a museum patron, refusing her access because the guard thinks she's not old enough. Once she finally gets to prove it, the guard acts as if the preceding exchange didn't happen, leaving her annoyed.
This employee is so used to people asking for a free replacement to a water-damaged phone (which is against the replacement policy) that it takes a minute before it registers that the customer is asking to purchase a replacement.
This theater worker replied with information regarding Twilight show times, despite the customer asking for tickets to The Hobbit. Presumably, she got questions about Twilight a lot.
A fourth instance, but at least the manager that was brought over kept their head on straight.
An entire series of reflexive responses, though the barista cuts himself off in the middle of each one the moment he realizes the customer has already given the answer. He then praises the customer for the "most coherent order ever."
Rule of Three: This patient with an asthma problem has to mention three times that she's allergic to certain drugs. At least none of the doctors present repeated their own previous mistake, but they should have been paying more attention to the chart.
This collector somehow failed to realize that the debtor's comment about having to start a meth lab to make the suggested payment (NZ$1000 per week, or about US$800 - this after the debtor explaining he only made NZ$320 in that time) was not an option the debtor was seriously considering. To top it off, the collector somehow failed to realize the suggestion was illegal.
This coworker is deathly afraid that this is the case with the sales manager (who happens to be the boss's wife), to the point that said coworker tries to stop the viewpoint character from writing a complaint to them, even erasing a draft of the email in the effort. ("This is for your own good!") It turns out the boss appreciates the complainer's honesty and guts, and the sales manager's work improves significantly as a result of the complaint.
This girl shows up to work in a factory and completely disregards the dress code there, wearing fancy clothes and refusing to wear steel-toed boots. Furthermore, she refuses to work on a machine because she'll get dirty and won't help with crates because she'll break a nail. As the entry states, she only lasted two days.
Separated by a Common Language: Taken Up to Elevenhere. The waitress looks at the British woman like she's speaking Mandarin Chinese, but when the British woman tries speaking in an American accent, the waitress understands her just fine.
This teacher refuses to let her students leave the class during a fire alarm because they're taking an exam. She would rather the students burn to death rather than leave an exam unfinished. Luckily the director came, got all the students out, and the teacher was fired and sued by the school.
This pizza delivery worker was involved in an auto accident that damaged property (including another person's car). The first thing he did? Borrow a neighbor's cell phone to call his job to make sure he wouldn't lose it, rather than check on the occupants of the car. This, among other acts (such as lying to police) eventually caused him to lose said job.
This guard is more worried about the fallout from an Ambulance Chaser than actually saving the person's life, to the point he actively tries to stop emergency services from doing so. Because interfering with emergency services is a serious crime, the obstructive behavior gets him a criminal record, which means he can no longer work as a security guard (or in many other jobs, for that matter).
This doctor puts patient turnover ahead of patients' well-being. "Dr. Jerk" would be insufficient to describe him.
This receptionist thinks finalizing her nose job on the phone was more important than getting a patient whose in pain to meet the Doctor. What's worse was the patient was the only one in the lobby, meaning receptionist could have done this earlier before calling her surgery. The receptionist was later fired.
Smug Snake: These workers in these stories until they lose that smile:
This cashier takes away a customer's ID and passport as fakes because she believes nobody actually lives in Washington, DC. The customer calls the police on her because the cashier is planning to destroy her ID and passport (while smiling smugly thinking it's the customer whose going to be arrested). Unfortunately, the cashier loses it when the cop not only calls her an idiot for thinking nobody lives in DC but not realizing her IDs are legitimate.
Another cashier stops a young girl from leaving because she sees the girl writing something in her notebook and immediately jumps to the conclusion that she was going to steal a car, loudly proclaiming that sh ecaught a thief. However, when the police and the girl explains to the cashier what's written in the notebook are not car license plate numbers but the dates of when she found license plates from different US states, she tries desperately to justify her accusations that the girl is a thief. The cashier got in trouble with the police instead.
A "nurse" calls a patient an idiot for coming to a medical lab and tells her to leave because the patient came for a catheter, which the "nurse" claims they don't do - and then it's revealed she's not actually a nurse and has no idea what she's talking about. After the patient gets her blood taken from her Doctor, the "nurse" continues to insult the patient, telling her that she's going to die because her doctor is stupid right before she's paged in by the Big Boss; the submitter learns later that she was fired on the spot for turning away eleven other patients over jumping to conclusions, couldn't for the life of her figure out why she was being fired, and had to be dragged away by security while screaming about stupid people and stupid doctors.
A bizarre case here where a female employee clearly believes that auto maintenance and repair is beyond a woman, but the male employee she summons clearly sees that in this case, the woman who had to pop the hood had things in hand.
Inverted here, when a man isn't employed because the worker thinks they're not as hard-working. As the story says, sexual discrimination laws go both ways.
This woman has had to deal with many home improvement stores that fall deep into this trope, so imagine how she feels once she finds a store that averts it. To top it off, said store is run by a woman, perhaps inverting the trope as well.
This registrar is a jerkass sexist won't register girls for the mall's sports activities (Soccer, Football and Hockey) but instead puts them into ballet and gymnastics because he thinks all girls like those and hate sports. What's worse, the organizer of these activities allows it because he only cares whether all of the activities have at least 9 kids attending each otherwise they be canceled, claiming it's fair and equal despite the fact the girls basically have no choice in what they get to do. It eventually backfires once a couple of Mama Bears, unhappy about the situation, organize a boycott, leading to most—if not all—of the activities being cancelled.
This registrar is better in this regard; his excuse is that every other girl signing up legitimately did want ballet, so he assumed this one wanted that too, and is quick to fix the mistake when she points out she wants to play football. Unfortunately, the organizer is just as sexist as the last example; he even talks as if the girl will end up dropping off the team immediately, even after being shown video evidence of her liking the game and being very, very good at it. At least the organizer (albeit grudgingly) allows her the chance to try. Also, this incident takes place in Darwin, so they may have been talking about Australian Rules Football, which is a very rough sport.
This Cable Rep claims he/she can help the submitter but is being difficult in settling an unjustified shipping cost. The submitter asks for someone else to help her instead.
Straw Feminist: This story where a vegetarian girl is ordering a kids' meal that comes with meat which she plans to give to her brother. The waitress takes this to mean that her brother is bossing her around because he's a boy.
Straw Vegetarian: Here a new girl is hired by a high school IT department and after being given the tour the narrator find her cleaning out the fridge. The new hire then explains that she is vegan and that she cannot have her food contaminated by being in mere proximity to meat products, so she threw out everyone else's lunches since they offended her beliefs. She then demands that the narrator never wear their leather jacket again and says she's going to tell the boss she can't wear her leather purse. Unsurprisingly, she's fired before the day is over, after she tried to take the boss's leather purse by force and throw it out.
Stories under the "Ignoring/Inattentive" (formerly "Not Listening") tag tend to be cases of this.
Taken to the extreme here. The caller tries to get her problem reassigned to another IT Manager, because the current one is on vacation. The helpdesk person repeatedly says that the away manager is already assigned to the case, and not once seems to understand what the caller is actually saying.
From this story: "..as I have explained, I am unable to pay any more at present." "I understand, but why are you not paying a greater amount?"
Here is a tobacco example similar to the liquor examples above.
Part 2, an idiot/Jerk Ass cashier who needs to have their manager called in for basic math skills.
Too Dumb to Live: This nurse downs an entire bag of pills, despite not knowing who they belong to or what they are for. Fortunately for her (and possibly unfortunately for the rest of us), they were mostly harmless lactose-intolerance pills, so no Darwin Award for her (at least, not yet).
You Can't Miss It: This receptionist gives directions from the current doctor's office to the office of a specialist for people with color-blind vision...citing landmarks by color. Thankfully, once the patient spells out the problem, the receptionist finally seems to realize what they were doing wrong.
Neither does this server. Though, given the circumstances, it's equally possible that he does know, but either doesn't know what counts as meat (since he claims chicken noodle soup has no meat in it), or is deliberately being an asshole to the vegetarian customer (since he ignores the customer's request to not add bacon to their dish and then insults them for complaining).
Actually Pretty Funny: This student got in the habit of drawing cartoons depicting his (generally disagreeable) biology teacher in humiliating situations, throwing said cartoons in the trash after class. Said teacher revealed at the end of the year he'd actually rescued most of those drawings from the trash because he actually enjoyed them.
This student apparently has a habit of copying the answers from other students. It backfires when said student copies the answers off a classmate who doesn't have the same copy of the test that the cheater does.
This student is accused of copying off another pair of students by a teacher that doesn't like him/her. Said student then, as part of an agreement with the teacher, deliberately fails the next test to catch the real cheaters. Sadly, the cheaters were never punished because they were the teacher's favorite students.
In this story, a student's partner asks if Mexico's official language is Mexican. The student assumes that he's joking and says yes, since it's not like they're doing this in a Spanish class, to which the partner replies with surprise at being right.
After a teacher calls Ernest Hemingway a "lefty", referring to his political views, this student wonders what being left-handed has to do with anything.
This student wants his teacher to check a problem for him. Normally, this is good behavior... but he asks during an exam. He can't understand why the teacher can't just give him the answer.
In this story, a student teacher asks for a response, and after getting nothing, says that he'll start calling out names. He begins with "Bueller? Bueller?" and a girl replies "Is the answer Bueller?!"
Crying Wolf: This kid falls afoul of it, but not for the usual reason—it wasn't so much that the teacher didn't believe him, but that the teacher was so sick and tired of him pulling that stunt that she looked the other way when it happened for real.
Deus Angst Machina: This security guard was rendered homeless three times by the time he was 22 due to faulty wiring. So he teaches himself electrical work (very well)... and his house burns down due to a drunk driver when he is 23.
Fawlty Towers Plot: This professor first chews out the student for using a cell phone in an empty classroom, claiming grounds for expulsion. Right on cue, the professor's own phone rings, and she answers it, talking in the classroom. When the student calls her out on the Double Standard, she claims the call was from her boss, the dean. Naturally, the dean happens to walk by the classroom, and having overheard that last comment, asks what he had allegedly done. At which point the student reports exactly what just happened. While the professor wasn't fired, the student was compensated for a laptop the professor had damaged by spilling the student's coffee on it, and a different professor taught the course for the rest of the term.
Hate Sink: This college professor. The anecdote even starts off with "We have a very important test coming up in two weeks for a class with a notoriously terrible, cruel, opinionated, self-centered, professor, who is on the verge of being kicked out of the university." You have to wonder why on Earth the professor won't let this test slide because a student needs to go in for kidney-transplant surgery. It's pretty damn hard to fake that.
I will not tolerate plagiarism! Now let's look at this PowerPoint presentation which has information I just copied from some other websites... (Apparently, the teacher got even worse as the year went on.)
I Am Spartacus: After this Bible teacher states that Methodists are going to Hell, an actual Methodist student objects. Eventually, the entire class claims to be Methodists and walks out.
Ignored Epiphany: This student believed he could flunk high school and still get by fine as a mechanic. When his teacher, who was a mechanic for 20 years, easily demonstrates that he still needs an education to succeed at that job. The student's response? "F*** YOU OLD MAN!!!"
Is That Cute Kid Yours?: It happens here, but the man helpfully points out that he and the woman he was with, along with the four kids they were supervising, were all from different countries, and they were wearing clothes that indicated that they were part of an international exchange project.
It's What I Do: In this story, after a physical fitness test, a teacher remarks that a class seems to have the condition of 12-year-old girls. One of the students points out that they are 12-year-old girls.
Stories tagged with "bully", naturally, fall under this.
This teacher calls for a parent-teacher conference just to insult a completely different former student.
This teacher gives a student detention for being a few seconds late, which would be bad enough if the student's little brother hadn't died the night before and the student been up all night. Fortunately another teacher and a counselor intervened and when that failed, the principal intervened personally.
While it's no excuse for the teacher's actions, perhaps the teacher had to deal with a few students like this in the past, and thought this student was pulling a similar stunt.
This teacher, after complimenting a student on their The Once and Future King project (calligraphy on a parchment scroll, having learned calligraphy just for this), gives them a B- because the lines weren't completely straight. For comparison, another student who just did the project on notebook paper and mistook a pair of kings for each other got a higher grade - when this is pointed out, the teacher tells the student "if you're going to do something, do it right!"
This teacher is apparently giving her students' Father's Day artwork to the wrong people just to be an asshole to them.
Literal Metaphor: An unintentional version here. A musical director describes the cast's less-than-energetic rehearsal as "anemic", not realizing that most of the students present had just donated to a blood drive, meaning they literally were a bit anemic at that point.
Literal-Minded: This university receptionist asks a student if he had a pencil ready to take down some information. The student takes it to mean that he literally needs a pencil, instead of the pen he had handy, and fumbles around for one, eventually hanging up after fruitless searching. The receptionist asks from then on if they have something to write with.
This professor tries to force a military veteran to move forward from the back of the classroom, and won't brook any argument. After the veteran leaves in disgust, one of the students (also disgusted with the professor's behavior) mentions that the veteran's uncle was the dean. The professor "resigned for personal reasons" a week later.
In this story, a student fails to recognize his professor and insults him, earning him an extra homework assignment. (To the student's credit, he actually does a half-decent job on the assignment. Lesson learned, we hope.)
Name's the Same: This poor girl keeps getting called to the vice-principal's office because someone else with the exact same name is causing trouble. Thankfully, the people at the office generally realize their mistake when the first girl shows up.
Sheltered Aristocrat: In a school situated in an affluent county, these students are absolutely shocked that their teacher didn't like iPads, and didn't have a laptop until college. They wonder what the teacher did to survive, and she of course replies "I played outside".
In this story, a criminal law class holds an exercise where a student will state two facts and one lie about themselves, to see how well the other students can spot a lie. One of said students inevitably counters what is actually true because the student claiming it is a girl.
ThisDumb Jock assumes his female math teacher doesn't know anything about football. She surprises him.
Stealth Insult: This student apologizes to an Indian classmate for stereotyping against Indian people. They say that they shouldn't have assumed that all Indians were so smart. The classmate eventually gets what the student was getting at.
Sustained Misunderstanding: In a library, one student asks another for her copy of a book, thinking it's actually a library copy. When the second student replies that the book is her own personal copy, the first student seems to think (from that point) that the library gave her that book, or at least that the second student thinks that. The misunderstanding only gets worse from there.
Take That: This one, against the petty arguments that occur a lot in the Star Wars fandom. Also proof that a true fan can take on the petty fans any day.
Talk About That Thing: This teacher uses the (false) excuse of a student not doing work to take said student to the principal's office...to discuss the bullying he's been subject to, without letting the bullies know he's telling on them.
Ungrateful Bastard: This 2nd-grade student asks the submitter for an answer on a test, and upon receiving it, then asks for the submitter's phone number so he can call his mother and tell her he cheated.
Viewers Are Morons: This teacher unfortunately goes beyond the assumption that students are ignorant, and seems to operate under the assumption that students are stupid.
Oh boy. A student breaks his arm, and the first thing three people do is physically test it to see how badly it's actually injured. Thankfully not repeated by the nurse, but seriously—a suspected broken arm should not be tested in that manner; doing so can make the injury far worse.
You Are Not Alone: The basis of this story. A boy who is transitioning to a girl hides in the girl's locker room to evade some bullies. The gym teacher fends the bullies off, and says that she considers the student one of them, a sentiment shared by the girls in the locker room. Furthermore, she allows the student to hide in the room as a refuge should more troubles occur.
This student doesn't seem to know what the word "vegan" entails. As the confusion seems to be combined with a misconception as to what is and is not an animal product, it also falls under Artistic License - Biology.
A young student objects to another person's use of "gay" (as a derogatory term along the lines of "stupid" or "annoying") along these lines. Also here.
Inverted here, where a teacher is "corrected" on grammar—well, it is the common usage in the Southern U.S., but the teacher's use of "you" instead of "y'all" (for addressing multiple people) is not incorrect.