Work is one of life's necessary evils. Few people want to drag themselves out of bed in the morning and join the grim-faced rat race, but the vast majority of us have to in order to keep the roof above our heads. We might not be able to avoid it, but at least we're in this together, and no matter how much your job might suck, there's always somebody who has it worse than you. Check out this funny collection of posts about working in customer service, compiled by Bored Panda, to see what we mean. Don't forget to vote for the best!

#1

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retailrage Report

.gas. 2 years ago

I have been the person who asked an employee for something right in front of my face! I was cool about it, and we both had a laugh. :-/

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#2

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sleepyglaciers Report

Superluminal1 2 years ago

One down!

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#3

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fiirtationship Report

Amanda Panda 2 years ago

Lets be honest... I work in customer service in one of the largest retailers in the world, and its RARE and i mean RARE the managers side with us employees, they almost always let the customer get their damned way, which is why they pull the same shit over and over, because they can. On the rare occasions the managers DO side with employees... its almost frame worthy!

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#4

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retailrage Report

Pedro 2 years ago

It gets on my nerves when people is everyday complaining about their laboral rights, but they go to the stores or restaurants 5 minutes before closing.

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#5

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_Abbey1 Report

Hans 2 years ago

This probably gets him "employee of the month" for inventive spirit.

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#6

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RetailJobLife Report

Violet Spencer 2 years ago

believe it or not, "the back" is not an infinite space of all the products we neglect to put in the front.

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#7

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unilad Report

.gas. 2 years ago

I used to love this! Gets you out of work for half an hour, and you get to act like a big shot who knows everything.

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#8

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InternetHippo Report

Trav May 2 years ago

Corporate solution: "Send employees to other stores, demolish current store, build new one, move employees back. Same employees, same customers, same work, same, benefits, same pay, same same. But, shiny new building." President and VPs: "Oooo, ahhh..."

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#9

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Alllahdin Report

Bonnie Alcorn 2 years ago

I had a job where I was salaried if the boss needed me to stay late, and hourly if I needed to leave early.

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#10

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friendlycoolguy Report

.gas. 2 years ago

Ever since I worked at a place that was "open until the last customer leaves," I never go places near closing time anymore.

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#11

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ironychan Report

Undead Soldier 2 years ago

I got shouted at once, for a label sticking out in a display window. I was not even responsible for a display window. Apparently, we have to be Gods and see everything.

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#12

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dredsina Report

over opinionated 2 years ago

The customer is always... something...

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#13

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glenna_opt Report

MonicBlue C 2 years ago

OMG, I love this one, can't stop laughing! Reminds me of my old job. :))

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#14

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Fickle_Filly Report

Nina Khmielnitzky 2 years ago

Every single day on my way to work, I was hoping for a major catastrophe in the metro. I quit... that was the solution. Happy now!

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#15

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BuckyIsotope Report

John Haché 2 years ago

I feel like turning this into a motivational poster.

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#16

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book_krazy Report

Superluminal1 2 years ago

Probably won't make it till Thursday.

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#17

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crissle Report

Kristi Zoebelein 2 years ago

My dad tells the story of a man who came in to buy a vacuum cleaner. He asked a manager if he could open the box and look at it to see if it was what he needed. When he was done and they closed the box up, the man asked to buy another one because "that one was opened".

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#18

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tbhjuststop Report

Superluminal1 2 years ago

Waiting for Prince Charming is probably not a good option either.

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#19

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intrinsiclutter Report

Nina Khmielnitzky 2 years ago

Pretty much how mine went... 1 measly % raise... I'm a freelancer now, working full time in pjs, no stupid fake personality boss and making more money...

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#20

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thekidmero Report

That Fat Mouse 9 months ago

i think this is caps abuse....

#21

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RetailJobLife Report

Superluminal1 2 years ago

Now I know why the chicken crossed the road.

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#22

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AndyAsAdjective Report

Heather Cox 2 years ago

I don't understand why co-workers have to make small talk about your food.

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#23

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retailrage Report

Long Joan Silver 2 years ago

LMFAO!

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#24

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twitter Report

#25

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coqueli cat Report

over opinionated 2 years ago

Cher blinks for ten minutes.. I almost need to Google that.

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#26

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pinupteacher Report

Lyone Fein 2 years ago

And...thank you for your concern

#27

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peachesanscream Report

Sondra Harris 2 years ago

I couldn't get a job as a receptionist for my local paper because my degree is in business, despite the fact that I minored in English, had eight years' experience freelancing, and had already written and published one book. No journalism degree, no job. As a RECEPTIONIST.

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#28

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RetailJobLife Report

Diane Serpa 2 years ago

If I see a stressed out CSR or wait person, I make sure I am sincere when I say "so, how's it goin?" I really want to give them a break for a minute. They usually take a big breath and tell me about it. I don't ever want to be someone's last straw.

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#29

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retailrage Report

Amanda Panda 2 years ago

I have seen this more times than I care to admit. Also people returning 7 year old vacuums, couches, outdoor furniture, and i guarantee you once winter is over, snow blowers will be returned in droves

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#30

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FlippingTheBerd Report

Kristi Zoebelein 2 years ago

It's been 12 years and I still remember that bananas are 4011.

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#31

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MarkAgee Report

Saima Nisbet 2 years ago

Yay, I get to work from home on Friday. Agenda: roll out of bed at 08:50, stay in my pjs, try to connect my VPN at 9am, check emails and reply to some first thing, piss about on the Internet or my phone or watch tv if nothing much is happening or I have no meetings, switch off and commute to the sofa.

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#32

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ProCashier Report

Amanda Panda 2 years ago

or when it doesn't scan at all, and there's always that one person who says "it must be free" and after hearing it literally a million times, you cannot even force a smile anymore.

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#33

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Retailstoreprob Report

Eglė Liubinaitė 2 years ago

I've just tried to click "like" button...

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#34

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0ldHag Report

over opinionated 2 years ago

I've never worked retail (really feel for the people who have) but that's gotta feel like victory.

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#35

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sara1o8 Report

Hans 2 years ago

Correct me if this is different in the US, but: if you are busy with work at clock-out time, you clock out once you are done and have the time registered as over-time. Depending on contract, you will get paid for that, or be able to get off-time at another day.

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#36

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NikkiXGee Report

Rainbo 2 years ago

I feel that!!! One of the most annoying things ever :(

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#37

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thatprairiegirl Report

Lorraine 2 years ago

And proceed to make awkward pantry conversation while waiting.

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#38

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thatspicegirl Report

Tracy Moorhead 2 years ago

Here, let me go get her for you!

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#39

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RetailJobLife Report

Daria B 2 years ago

And then you will see another list article, about hugely embarrassing little moments, with one of its entries being: "I was asked whether I wanted my receipt with me or in the bag. I said yes" accompained by a drammatical meme showing somebody ashamed swallowed by the ground. And nobody will notice the two entries are actually about the same moment but from different perspectives... O_o

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#40

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cuntrycorner Report

Deb Lucas 2 years ago

Went back to work, after lunch, and the gates to the building were shut! Damn shame my car was shut in there too.

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#41

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RetailJobLife Report

Tilda Til B 2 years ago

actually, this did happen. it charged like 3 or 4 times, because "it wasn't working"

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#42

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osnaapitzalli Report

Amanda Panda 2 years ago

or their card doesn't work, so they say "I'm just going to run to the atm"

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#43

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cgbposts Report

Katie Bear 2 years ago

"Because we don't have a back?"

#44

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retailrage Report

Yvonne Helms 2 years ago

Props for using a picture of Dean!

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#45

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kardashiansfuckyeah Report

Superluminal1 2 years ago

The display of concern is overwhelming!

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#46

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punmagnate Report

Anna Brandigi 2 years ago

same, sadly

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#47

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XplodingUnicorn Report

Monkey D. Luffy 2 years ago

This is me.

#48

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retailrage Report

Jordan Rogers 2 years ago

If you listen closely you can hear the weeping of the employees who try to have faith in humanity

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#49

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thedailylaughs Report

.gas. 2 years ago

Should have directed him across the street to BK.

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#50

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highimsarahb Report

#51

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Ndeshi_M Report

Irene Adler 2 years ago

A teacher at my school does that. I mean, he might be telling the truth, but i doubt it

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#52

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AksharPathak Report

#53

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workplacesupportgroup Report

Katie Bear 2 years ago

Friday is just another day, Christmas is just another day, New Years is just another day.....you get the idea

#54

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skellydun Report

Lena Walters 2 years ago

I have literally interrupted people taking their anger out on employees, with "The fuck's your problem?" And from there I improvise, either asking the person what the employee has done to them personally or following up with another snide remark.

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#55

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KeetPotato Report

Caitlyn McCracken 2 years ago

that's my job. we get fifteen emails telling us to sign our timecard

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#56

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RetailJobLife Report

Mateusz Wróbel 2 years ago

We are mostly called thieves, cheaters when the price is higher. Usually our beloved customers can't read ;)

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#57

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thatretaillife Report

Amanda Weaver 2 years ago

From now on, I'm introducing myself with #3's move

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#58

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workplacesupportgroup Report

Katie Jamberri Nails 2 years ago

They make you phrase stuff like that. That’s why they say "today" over and over.

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#59

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RetailJobLife Report

.gas. 2 years ago

The thing that sucks about going "above and beyond" in CS is that you rarely get more than a 'thanks' for your effort. No raise, no promotion opps. There's no real incentive to do better.

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#60

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InternetHippo Report

Lorena Russell 2 years ago

I would never in a million years make it to two days.

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#61

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tinatbh Report

Carolyn Boin 2 years ago

SO RELATABLE! Omg

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#62

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setheverman Report

over opinionated 2 years ago

This could take a while.

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#63

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fifty-shadesofgay Report

David Dau 2 years ago

this is how u canadian.

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#64

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thatretaillife Report

Lyone Fein 2 years ago

I try to yell a different item back at them--you know, like it's a game!!

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#65

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colinheasley Report

Leah Forgy 11 months ago

Norman gets it

#66

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SoonSun Report

Amanda Cariker 2 years ago

We just end up at the bar, knowing a lot things we shouldn't about eachother lmao

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#67

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woridstarhiphop Report

Katie Jamberri Nails 2 years ago

You have to like that or they will fire you. Employees are forced into acting like that by the company, their supervisors and even co-workers. If you don't act like that, you will be written up, ridiculed, ostracized, and eventually fired.

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#68

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hazardhanners Report

Ash Ohansi 2 years ago

Maybe they just want to say you did a good job

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#69

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ifispokemymindatwork Report

.gas. 2 years ago

I was once asked if I worked at a place 'cause I happened to be wearing the store colors (not planned). The fellow customer got mad, like I was lying!

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#70

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retailgirlcanteven Report

Saima Nisbet 2 years ago

This is why she should have told the shop assistants in Pretty Woman to eff off on the first visit.

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#71

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retailrage Report

Mark Burnette 2 years ago

Or whistle at you like a dog or give the "hey you"

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#72

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Mesiah92 Report

Francisco Gomes 2 years ago

Is it that bad? I have twice loudly asked people who were paying if they were using the real bills...

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#73

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Retailstoreprob Report

#74

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fivesuns Report

.gas. 2 years ago

I always say "...I know that's an upcharge, and that's fine."

#75

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factsordie Report

Dawn “Moonstone” Suns 2 years ago

Where does this person work? THAT SOUNDS LIKE HEAVEN

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#76

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RetailJobLife Report

Diana CrunChewy Watson 2 years ago

In Germany this is the norm, though I'm sure this person's customer wasn't German.

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#77

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workplacesupportgroup Report

Sweep the Leg 2 years ago

After I recorded my outgoing voicemail message at work, I have never been able to listen to it again.

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#78

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dragonflyjonez Report

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