I have and it was damn embarrassing. Now if your pants rip, for whatever reason, and you are around your regular co-workers, I’m sure it would be funny and a bit uncomfortable. But I’m sure everyone would have a good laugh and go on with their day.
I chose, on the other hand, to have my pants rip in a client’s office. I was on an out of state trip and in an office where I knew the people dressed pretty casually. For that reason I had brought with me an older pair of pants that I thought would last a while longer but the pants were a little tighter than I had remembered. I guess that was the problem.
Sitting in a room full of desks and workers who I did not know at all, I got up to go to the bathroom and something didn’t feel right. I sat back down to survey the problem and to my horror I realized my pants were split in the middle. With some more exploring, I discovered my pants had a good 5 inch or so rip all the way around to the back! There was no way I was going be able to wear these pants and I needed a plan just to get to the car!
Fumbling around in the drawers of my desk that I had been given, I looked for some tape but of course there was none. I looked around the room and saw a tape dispenser on a desk not too far away. I needed that tape and I needed to get it to the bathroom where I could tape up my pants and then get to the car!
There was no one at the desk and so I casually (but quickly) walked by the desk and scooped up the tape. With the tape safely in one hand, I headed to the bathroom praying that the rip didn’t become bigger and that no one had noticed. Again, what was so embarrassing, was that I knew no one there and I was a guest in their office. I didn’t want to end up being the joke of their whole year!
I managed to tape up my pants and then I headed for my car. Like an idiot I had only brought with me that one pair of slacks on my trip (I always bring two pairs now) and so I headed to the mall which was luckily not too far away.
Once in the mall, I was able to find a nice pair of pants and I changed into them in the dressing room. As my other pants were headed for the garbage, I thought it would be simple for the checkout lady to ring up my pants purchase as I wore them. I was irritated when the following conversation took place:
Checkout lady: Sir, I cannot ring up the pants as you are wearing them. You will have to take them off for me to ring them up.
DayJobNuker: My other pants have a big rip in them and that’s why I am buying these. I need to wear these out of the store because I am going to throw my other pants away.
Checkout lady: I’m sorry sir, but you will have to take them off before you can pay for them. I am not allowed to let you pay for something that you are wearing.
DayJobNuker: But my other pants have a big rip in them and I can’t wear them! Don’t you understand? Why can’t I just pay for the pants?
Checkout lady: I am just doing what my manager told me. You need to take your pants off before I can charge you and then you can put them back on in the dressing room after that. I am just following the rules.
DayJobNuker: Well this is ridiculous and your rules are really stupid!
I could have taken it a step further and just taken my pants off right there in the middle of the store and let her ring them up and believe me, I wanted to. But I thought that might in the end backfire and I didn’t want to spend the night in jail or anything for indecent exposure. This fight was just not worth it.
I decided to give in and went back to the dressing room to change out of the pants, had her ring them up, and then went back in again to change into them once more. So silly.
Rules. Why does everyone have such silly rules? Can’t workers and employees be allowed some leeway to make their own decisions? Can’t managers give their employees a little bit of credit to make their own decisions in special circumstances?
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