Long time lurker and finally opened an account after reading some stories.
Near where I work there is a salvage yard and I would visited it at lunch time before the lock down about once a week. It is fully of unusual things from around Ireland ranging in age. So it may be just some business clear out with modern bit but a lot of antiques too. As I have always been interested in old things I have a fair knowledge of some unusual looking item items and I may just even recognize part of something. The yard has a lot of Georgian and Victorian components because it in Dublin and there are a lot of such building about.
Anyway, I stroll down at lunch time to have a look and never take off my lanyard for work as I always have it on in work. While browsing around the store I go to the location they put new stock and there is a table with various different brass bits an pieces. While looking at the table a women comes over and stats looking at them. She picks up a few bit and looks puzzled so a I causally tell her that the item in her hand is part of a Victorian meat grinder and she seems even more confused so I hold it and shower her how it would fit and then see a complete one and point to that so she understands. She is obviously American but is grateful and then proceeds to point at different things on the table parts on the table and I know what they all are part of a door handle, lock mechanism, tinder hooks etc…
Lady ” You really are good at your job”
Me ” Oh I don’t work here”
Lady” You Irish are so funny”
Me” No I really don’t work here”
Lady: Laughs points to my lanyard winks” So funny”
Me ” OK glad I could help”
Lady then walks away sniggering
So I continue walking around and as I go there so often and the place is a mess I do occasionally push things out of the way to walk by or put them things together that have been separated as I can’t help myself knowing they could get lost a a group.
Lady arrives over at me with her husband holding a Guinness sign. It is a reproduction sign that are new.
Husband “This say €40 can I get it for €30″
Me ” I can’t do that as I don’t work here”
He starts haggling
Me ” OK you can have it for €30 but remember I don’t work here and I already told you”
They both laugh
Me ” Just tell them at the counter Stu said it was OK for €30″
We all laugh and I wished them an enjoyable time in Ireland as they are sure to bring back stories of how funny the Irish are and I left.
A few days later I went back to the yard and asked the guy at the counter did an American couple ask for a discount on a Guinness sign. He started laughing, “Was that you?”
So as expected they went to pay and mentioned me as they helpful guy who said they could get it cheap. The staff proceeded to say nobody called Stu works there and as it was new stock they don’t discount it. The couple proceeded to tell them that I had mentioned I didn’t work there 4 times but I was just joking. They all thought it was funny so let them have it cheap and the couple laughed and said so he does work here. They laughed and said sure he does. When I have gone in since they ask me what price they should sell something for. We are pretty sure the Americans think we were all in on it as some Irish sense of humor