I worked at Blockbuster in the years just before they were overtaken by Netflix and went out of business – I was 17/18 at the time, I think.

During one shift when I was the only person in the store, a man came in and in broken English asked something about making DVDs.

It took me a minute to understand what he was getting at, but I eventually realized that he had some home videos he wanted to convert to digital, and he was under the impression that maybe this video store did that sort of thing. Blockbuster didn’t, of course, but it just so happened that I did personally. So I told him to leave them with me and come back in a week or so.

Coming into work another day, my manager looked me in the eye and said “Ben, I was sure I had to fire you.”

Turns out that when a guy walks into the store and tells your manager you “said you’d make him movie copies,” it looks a lot like you’re participating in a piracy ring.

But I’m not the only one who’s made a mistake like that. Just look at Twitter.

15. Speedwriting

This just in…

14. The pool party

Looks like you overdid it a little?

13. The opening

Ah, Hollywood.

12. The gormless teen

Who cleans the cleaner?

11. You have the right to remain silent

To be fair, that’s definitely something you should have been briefed on.

10. I plead the fifth

Man, if only the law worked like that.

9. Punch up

Good luck talking your way out of that one.

8. No complaints

For the prices restaurants charge that seems more than fair.

7. Hungry like a wolf

A classic.

6. Weasel words


5. Save the Wales

What’s all this, then?

4. Care for a pint?

This is more math than I wanted to do today.

3. Thirty days hath September…

And with the cost of ink? Woof.

2. Get gud

That kid will never forget it.

1. False alarm?

This is exactly the thing you’re not supposed to do in a crowded theatre.

My mistakes don’t seem quite so big now.

What was your biggest work screw up?

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