Stories that Reflect Our Declining Communication Skills

In this modern era, it’s become rare to hear stories that restore our faith in humanity. Instead, we often come across incidents that make us question the state of our communication skills. Today, I want to share some amusing and absurd yet relatable stories that might leave you nodding your head and thinking, "Yes, I’ve been there."

The Confusing Exchange at McDonald’s

One day, my husband and I pulled up to the McDonald’s drive-thru. I handed the cashier a $5 bill for our $4.25 total. To make it easier for her, I also gave her an additional 25 cents.

But instead of accepting the money, she claimed I had given her too much. Surprised, I replied, "Yes, I know. But it’s easier for you to just give me one dollar back." Frustrated, she called the manager for assistance.

After restating my simple request, the manager returned the 25 cents, explaining that they couldn’t fulfill such requests. To my astonishment, the cashier then handed me 75 cents as change. Lesson learned: don’t confuse the staff at McDonald’s!

The Garage Door Dilemma

When our garage door needed fixing, we called a repairman. He inspected the opener and pointed out that the motor was insufficiently "large." I confidently informed him that we already had the largest motor available at that time, a 1/2 horsepower.

To my surprise, he disagreed, insisting that we needed a 1/4 horsepower motor instead. I patiently tried to explain that 1/2 is, indeed, larger than 1/4, but he insisted that four is greater than two. Needless to say, we didn’t hire that repairman again!

The Strange Request to Remove a Deer Crossing Sign

Living in a semi-rural area, we had a neighbor who contacted the city council office to have the DEER CROSSING sign on our road taken down. Their reasoning? They believed there were too many deer-vehicle collisions and felt it wasn’t a suitable area for the deer to cross anymore.

Sometimes, it’s hard to comprehend the logic behind certain requests. Let’s just say we politely disagreed with our neighbor on this one.

The Misunderstanding at a Mexican Fast-Food Restaurant

At a Mexican fast-food restaurant, my daughter ordered a taco and asked for "minimal lettuce." The person behind the counter apologized, explaining that they only had iceberg lettuce.

Communication can be tricky, especially when it comes to food preferences. We shouldn’t take it for granted that everyone understands our specific requests.

The Unusual Airport Baggage Check Question

During the airport check-in process, an airport employee asked me, "Has anyone secretly placed anything in your baggage?" Naturally, I responded with a question of my own, "If it was done without my knowledge, how would I be aware of it?"

With a knowing smile, the employee simply replied, "That’s precisely why we ask." It’s moments like these that make us wonder about the effectiveness of certain security measures.

The Beeping Crosswalk Signal

While crossing the street with a co-worker who has intellectual challenges, she asked me about the purpose of the beeping sound coming from the pedestrian signal. I explained that it helps blind individuals know when the light is red.

To my surprise, she exclaimed, "What are blind people doing driving?!" It’s important to remember that not everyone has the same understanding of how the world works, even if they’re government employees.

The Unlocked Car Door Dilemma

When my wife and I went to collect our car from the dealership after servicing, we were informed that the keys had been accidentally locked inside. We headed to the service department, where a mechanic was diligently trying to unlock the driver’s side door.

Curiosity got the best of me, and I tried the passenger side door handle. To my astonishment, it was already unlocked. I couldn’t help but exclaim, "Hey, it’s open!" To which the technician calmly responded, "I know. I already took care of that side."

Sometimes, miscommunications and misunderstandings happen even in seemingly simple situations. It’s moments like these that leave us scratching our heads and wondering how we got here.


These stories, although amusing, highlight an unfortunate truth about the way we communicate in our modern world. Let’s take these incidents as reminders to be patient, understanding, and clear in our interactions. By doing so, we can improve our communication and help restore faith in humanity, one conversation at a time.