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10 Crazy Things Home Depot Employees Have Seen
Imagine going to The Home Depot and discovering a customer taking a nap on patio furniture. Or perhaps you see some teenagers stealing items from the store’s garden center. These examples are pretty tame compared to what some Home Depot employees have seen! Reddit and other forums are ripe with funny and often unbelievable stories from employees.
Hitching a ride
Many Home Depot employees report seeing people hitching a ride on the store’s order pickers (commonly referred to as forklifts). One employee even watched someone try to hitch a ride on one of the store’s delivery trucks. These are the 13 things Home Depot employees won’t tell you.
One Home Depot employee reports finding two people having a little too much fun in a store shed that was displayed out in the parking lot. The employee writes, “They even lit a candle to set the mood.” Here are 20 weird things you can buy at Home Depot.
One at a time
A Home Depot reports he had a customer throw a measuring tape at the back of his head when the customer was told he would have to wait as the employee was currently helping another customer. “I told him I was working with someone else but here’s my measuring tape so you can get the dimensions of the toolbox.” So much for trying to help. These are the 8 best-value brand hand tools you can find at Home Depot.
One Home Depot employee wrote about a horrific scene in the store’s bathroom. “In the stall a pool of blood and splatter all over the toilet paper holder. Mounds of completely soaked toilet paper and more splatter on the door of the stall. Then bloody footprints and huge splatters of blood that got smaller as the footprints faded.” The employee thinks a shoplifter tried to cut open a package or cut off a tag and slashed themselves.
Just before closing, a Home Depot employee recalled a man who said he “just needed to get something really quick,” so the manager let him in. About ten minutes later, the man was found in the garden area throwing items to his friends waiting on the other side of the fence. The manager told the man to just come down from the fence, but he instead jumped, broke both his legs and an ambulance was called.
Imagine watching a 65-year-old man throw a tantrum in the middle of the store. According to a Home Depot employee, that happened when a man got upset in the lumber department. The man threw his hat at a female associate and ended up rolling around on the floor, “flailing and yelling.” “He walked out without buying anything and was asked to never come back,” the employee wrote. Find out the craziest things Walmart employees have ever seen.
“I watched one of our associates get rammed (and knocked over) by a crazy old duffer driving one of those mobility scooters,” one employee reports. The employee said the scooter driver then told the employee he should have gotten out of the way. This is the best time to go to Home Depot.
When restrooms were being renovated at one Home Depot store, a set of temporary restrooms were set up outside. One customer was so upset that an employee reports he decided to relieve himself all over the store floor and down an aisle.
We all have at least one customer service horror story, but imagine getting so upset you decide to spit on the counter. That’s just what happened when one customer became irate at one Home Depot service desk.
Home Depot’s decor isn’t exactly designed for creature comfort. One disgruntled customer complained “we should do something about the hard concrete floors, as they are uncomfortable to walk on,” an employee recalled. Next, don’t miss drive-through workers sharing the craziest things they’ve seen at work.