Category: Time

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Not Saved By The Bell

, | USA | Bad Behavior, Students, Time

(At my college library at closing time, we signal by pressing a bell at 15 minutes, 10 minutes, and then 5 minutes to close. There are always two people on closing shift: one person stays at the checkout counter to help people check out books and the other person walks around the floors, politely reminding everyone that it’s time to leave. One night, after I have rung the 15 minute and 10 minute warning bells, a girl storms up to the checkout counter.)

Girl: “Someone up there keeps ringing a bell. You need to make them stop. It’s very loud and I’m trying to study!”

Me: “Yes, ma’am, I did. That’s our closing warning bell. We’re closing for the night in 10 minutes. Please pack up your books to leave.”

Girl: “Humph! Well, you shouldn’t make it so loud. I have a test to study for!”

(Guess who made me and my shift-mate 10 minutes late to close that night while she packed up her books?)

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Leaping Ahead Of The Teacher

| GA, USA | Awesome, Students, Teachers, Time

(At the beginning of my freshman year of high school, my great-grandmother died. The ensuing funeral activities, requiring a flight across the country, put me out of school for eight days after having only attended one day so far that year. As a result, when I return, I don’t know my teachers very well. This occurs on my first day back.)

Teacher: “[My Name], since you were gone so long, can you tell me why we have a leap year every four years?”

Me: “Because a day isn’t exactly 24 hours, it’s—”

(I finish my sentence, though he talks over me for this particular part.)

Teacher: “23 hours and 56 minutes.”

Me: *finishing my sentence without skipping a beat* “…and four seconds.”

(The rest of the class suddenly “OOOOOH”s, making me a bit anxious because I have no clue what I did wrong.)

Teacher: “I’ll let it slide this once, because you haven’t been here. But you never correct a teacher.”

(For the rest of class, I would catch my classmates glancing over and snickering. By the time class was over, I was almost in tears from the ridicule.)

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Happy Holidays… Unless You’re In Retail

| USA | Holidays, Students, Time

(We’re talking about jobs before school starts. I don’t have one, but Classmate #1 works at a restaurant, and Classmate #2 works at a popular store where you can buy stuff for a little more than a dollar.)

Classmate #1: “I worked Christmas Eve this year, until 8:00.”

Classmate #2: “So did I. They had us there until 8:30.”

Me: “You work in food service, and you work in retail. You’re SURPRISED?”

(Then I remembered a small detail.)

Me: *looking at [Classmate #2]* “And you’re Jewish!”

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No Ceremonial Ending For You

| Kenosha, WI, USA | Teachers, Time

(This story takes place during my student teaching placement during a particularly difficult class. Note that my university’s commencement ceremony is in mid-May, but student teachers are required to continue our placements after that so we can finish the whole semester in our schools.)

Me: “Here’s the deal for today’s class: I have to leave early because I will be graduating this Saturday—”

(I am cut off by a sudden and completely unexpected burst of enthusiastic applause from every single student in the class.)

Me: “Don’t get too excited, guys. I’m still finishing out the semester with you, even after the ceremony. You’re stuck with me to the end.”

(The applause ended abruptly and I resisted the urge to crack up at their level of sass.)

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Time To Get A New Way To Tell Time

| MN, USA | Exams/Tests, Time

(I am taking a standardized college entrance test, and we are writing an essay portion. The clock in the room is broken and I don’t have a watch.)

Proctor: “Five minutes left!”

(I wrap up my paragraph and conclude it quickly, panicked, as I could have sworn we should have had more time. The end is a bit rough, but as I’m writing the proctor pipes up again after about four minutes.)

Proctor: “Oops, sorry! I read my watch wrong. You still have eleven more minutes!”

(Let this be a lesson to teachers and proctors everywhere: don’t wear an analog watch if you cannot read it.)

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