We often come across stories that restore our faith in humanity, but it’s unfortunate that these instances are so rare. Today, we’ll be sharing some anecdotes that might make you doubt the direction in which we are heading. Brace yourselves, these stories are both absurd and true, and you might have experienced some of them yourself. Get ready to laugh and shake your head in disbelief.

1: The Confusing Order:
One time, my husband and I went through the McDonald’s drive-thru. I handed the cashier a $5 bill for our total of $4.25 and also gave her an extra 25 cents. To make it easier, I said, “You can just give me a dollar back.” Surprisingly, she went to get the manager who then asked me to repeat my request. Afterward, he handed me back the 25 cents and said, “We’re sorry, but we don’t do that kind of thing.” To my surprise, the cashier gave me 75 cents in change instead. Let’s just say it was a confusing experience at MacD’s.

2: The Garage Door Debacle:
We needed to have our garage door repaired, so we called a repairman for assistance. He told us that one of our problems was having a “large” motor on the opener. I thought for a moment and mentioned that we had the largest motor available at that time – a 1/2 horsepower. But the repairman shook his head and insisted we needed a 1/4 horsepower instead. When I pointed out that 1/2 was larger than 1/4, he confidently said, “NOOO, it’s not. Four is larger than two.” Needless to say, we found a different repairman after that.

3: A Deer Crossing Dilemma:
Living in a semi-rural area, we had a new neighbor who decided to take some action. They called the local city council office to request the removal of the DEER CROSSING sign on our road. The reason? “Too many deer are being hit by cars out here! I don’t think this is a good place for them to be crossing anymore.” Unfortunately, the deer were not consulted on this matter.

4: Lost in Lettuce Translation:
Once, my daughter went to a Mexican fast-food place and ordered a taco. She made a simple request to the person at the counter, asking for “minimal lettuce.” To her surprise, the response was, “Sorry, we only have iceberg lettuce.” Apparently, minimal and iceberg are not synonymous in the world of taco fillings.

5: The Airport Security Puzzle:
While checking in at the airport gate, an employee asked me, “Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?” Now, I couldn’t help but chuckle at this question and replied, “If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?” The employee smiled knowingly and said, “That’s why we ask.” I guess it’s a part of their routine.

6: The Beeping Pedestrian Light:
Once, I was crossing the street with a co-worker who had special needs. She noticed the beeping sound coming from the pedestrian light and asked about it. I explained that it signals blind people when the light is red. Shocked, she exclaimed, “What on earth are blind people doing driving?!” It was a moment that made me realize the lack of awareness some people have, even as government employees.

7: The Unlocked Car Mystery:
When my wife and I arrived at a car dealership to pick up our car after a service, we were told that the keys had been locked inside. We went to the service department, and a mechanic was working hard to unlock the driver’s side door. As I watched from the passenger side, I decided to give it a try and discovered that the door was already unlocked. Excitedly, I announced to the technician, “Hey, it’s open!” To which he nonchalantly replied, “I know. I already did that side.” Sometimes, the solution is right in front of us.

These stories might make you shake your head and question the state of human communication, but they also remind us of the amusing and sometimes bewildering moments we encounter in our daily lives. Next time you come across a situation that leaves you scratching your head, just remember, you’re not alone.