The dumbest questions you had to ask

I just had a project where I had to ask if you need a special smartphone to use Whatsapp....

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The only way to pull off that question is if you are over 60 and state you're buying the phone as a gift for your grandchild!

Servimer Regional Manager- Chicago
While conducting an onsite inspection at the city police department, detective division, "What kind of security measures do you have?"

edited to add: also "What type of goods or services do you provide?"

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/14/2018 05:32PM by eveb.
I live surrounded by several smaller cities inside a larger city. Each police dept offers different programs or services beyond the basic ones. If you do not know the person just say you are new in town. Some PD's have a PAL (Police Activities League), others have a junior sheriff or police program, basketball leagues in their lower income community etc. As far as security they may offer classes on cyber security or sell t shirts and mugs....I could go on with the list.
And for smart phones...they have penetrated the country and I am over 60 but I do know much younger people who are less tech savvy than others and may not really understand how things work and whether a particular app is proprietary. Also those embarrassed or shy about revealing to friends they do not get it. But if you feel stupid asking those questions than maybe choose a different shop to do. Or just act like a dummy that can speak....just making sure!! You can say if over 45 that your kids roll their eyes every time you ask them about these things and you don't really understand.
How can you tell the ripeness of a banana. Having owned a banana farm I had to squeeze my butt-cheeks everytime I asked a produce stocker.
How long do strawberries last...I asked and improvised saying, I bought some the other day and they went bad the next day (not true), the produce guy grabs a large basket and gets out a marker writing his name and the word :FREE: on top of the box....he says to me, do not pay for these, their on the house...whoops, my win.
Ask a stupid question, get rewarded.

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.
Mark Twain


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/14/2018 07:39PM by Irene_L.A..
You go Irene!!!!! Better than a coupon anyday! Me too, when asking their questions and they ask why I'm asking the question the only thing I can say is it went bad. Then they offer to replace it. I'm like, go ahead!
"How does FASTPASS work?"
Over the last 15 years, I asked that question over 1,000 times. It wasn't a really dumb question, but OMG, I could barely listen to the answers after so many times.

I can't think of any right now other than the basic, "Where are the (item)?" and I am inadvertantly standing right in front of a huge display of it.
"Is *insert restaurant name here* privately owned?" Might as well put a big "MYSTERY SHOPPER!!!!!!!" neon sign on us.
Wait..............
You shop DISNEY?!


@SoCalMama wrote:

"How does FASTPASS work?"
Over the last 15 years, I asked that question over 1,000 times. It wasn't a really dumb question, but OMG, I could barely listen to the answers after so many times.

I can't think of any right now other than the basic, "Where are the (item)?" and I am inadvertantly standing right in front of a huge display of it.

Servimer Regional Manager- Chicago
@luckygirl0100 wrote:

Wait..............
You shop DISNEY?!

Every two weeks for over a decade in CA and sometimes in FL. Not anymore though.
@weatherman2111 wrote:

"Is *insert restaurant name here* privately owned?" Might as well put a big "MYSTERY SHOPPER!!!!!!!" neon sign on us.

That's funny. I'm geaky. I would ask that in real life.
At a DIY store located in a desert, during a drought, "Will it rust if I store it outdoors?"
Do you shop for Admusement Advantage? I have thinking of signing with that company? Is that who has Disney shops? Thanks,
We couldn't tell you if we knew.

Also, the privately owned question came after asking about the menu, so it was so obvious.
The dumbest for me was at a DIY hardware store. I needed a hammer and a question answered so I asked the associate how to use a hammer.
How about the question to a pharmacist. “Can you recommend a product to prevent a cold or flu?” Most just smile and say there really is no way to truly prevent a cold unless you constantly wash your hands a lot, try not to put hands to your face and wear a mask. Then say that many say that vitamin C or Zinc tablets help.
@BlueSkye wrote:

Do you shop for Admusement Advantage? I have thinking of signing with that company? Is that who has Disney shops? Thanks,
No, but they have a lot of other great shops and they're excellent to work with.

T G K
@SoCalMama wrote:

@luckygirl0100 wrote:

Wait..............
You shop DISNEY?!

Every two weeks for over a decade in CA and sometimes in FL. Not anymore though.

I always thought they were shopped in house...... did the program stop or did you just stop doing them?

Servimer Regional Manager- Chicago
@luckygirl0100 wrote:

@SoCalMama wrote:

@luckygirl0100 wrote:

Wait..............
You shop DISNEY?!

Every two weeks for over a decade in CA and sometimes in FL. Not anymore though.

I always thought they were shopped in house...... did the program stop or did you just stop doing them?

In CA, it was done by a well-known MSC. They stopped the program around the end of 2013. (Not available on the job board.)
In FL, I had not done work the the MSC since perhaps 2005? Also done by a well known MSC. (Available on the job board.)

Disney Store is shopped. Disney Parks and Resorts is no longer done.
Having to ask if a product is vegetarian / vegan / gluten free / how many calories it has in a chain with VERY clear labeling on the packaging.
This isn't a question but an action. Visit the restroom after your meal. Do not visit before.

How am I supposed to wash my hands before I eat?

"Underdogs are hungry dogs, and hungry dogs run faster!" -Jason Kelce, Philadelphia Eagles, 2018 World Champions
What kind of cheese does this sandwich have, when there is a big ole' poster right in front of us.
@spicy1 wrote:

What kind of cheese does this sandwich have, when there is a big ole' poster right in front of us.
I ask if the cheese is made with animal enzymes (most cheese is).

T G K
Asking where the grapes are grown, only to have the produce guy ask if I need him to read the bag for me.

Shopping up and down the Colorado Rocky Mountain front range.
Which meat is the most tender and the new butcher didn't know, so I told him.

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.
Mark Twain
Western Union shops where I had to ask the clerk if he would accept a bribe to do an illegal transaction. The shop got rejected.

I. Just. Couldn’t. Do. It. the way they wanted.
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