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    A Waste Of Management

    | Brisbane, QLD, Australia | Bosses & Owners, Crazy Requests

    (I have just started my afternoon shift when a customer has approached me to ask a couple of questions before she decides to buy some fabric. I have finished ringing up the sale and the customer has left when my manager approaches me.)

    Manager: “I saw you with that woman. She’s been in the store for over an hour. Wasted my time asking stupid questions.”

    Me: “She asked me prices of the fabrics she had. I was with her for maybe five minutes.”

    Manager: “So? She’s a time waster. She comes in, and wastes our time by asking questions. I don’t want to see you talking to her again.”

    Me: “Sorry, I didn’t know she was just a time waster. I wouldn’t have sold her over $200 worth of fabric if I’d known.”

    (My manager glared at me and stomped off.)

    Shut Down Your Argument

    | Warrington, England, UK | Employees

    (It is 8:50 pm. I am a customer, arriving to do my shopping. I find that the supermarket doors are mostly closed. I see an employee in a kiosk.)

    Me: “Are you closed?”

    Employee: “No, we close at 10:00.”

    Me: “That’s what I thought, but three of the shutters are down.”

    Employee: “Yes, we do that so that we don’t get a rush of customers at the last minute.”

    Me: “So, people who can be bothered to find the open entrance are allowed in?”

    Employee: “You’d be surprised how many people can’t be bothered.”

    Me: *trying not to laugh* “Right. Thanks.”

    Raft Beer

    | Charlotte, NC, USA | Employees, Food & Drink

    (Three friends and I are at an outdoor adventure park on vacation. The park features the largest man-made white-water rafting attraction in the country, so large that the national team uses it for training at some times during the year. While the park does serve alcohol, there is a strict policy not to over-serve, and there are signs all over the park saying that if it appears that you have consumed alcohol, you WILL NOT be able to white-water raft for the remainder of the day. Prior to each white-water rafting excursion, everyone must sit through a safety and procedures lecture, regardless if you have done so at any other point in the day.)

    Worker: “How many of you will be riding?”

    Me: “There are four of us”

    Worker: “Four? I only count two!”

    Me: “Our friends are coming as we speak. They are over in the concession area.”

    Worker: “Well, they are not here RIGHT NOW, so they are about to miss the lecture and cannot take this ride. They’ll have to wait for the next one.”

    Me: “No, please, they’re running over right now!”

    (At this point, I wave and frantically motion to my friends to run to where we are standing. They arrive, but my friend had literally just purchased a beer from the concession stand and was just beginning to drink it.)

    Me: “See? Here they are; can we proceed to the lecture now?”

    Worker: “Oh, no, no, no!” *motions at the beer* “You’ve been drinking! You cannot white-water raft today!”

    (My friend quickly chugs the beer in one swift, almost heroic motion and throws the cup into the wastebasket.)


    Addicted To Crack(ers)

    , | Chicago, IL, USA | Bad Behavior, Coworkers, Food & Drink

    (Our restaurant makes a snack for the bar that is similar to Cracker Jack. We tend to sneak tastes of it when it is being made. I had forgotten myself and was eating a giant handful of it when the chef who made it came around the corner and caught me.)

    Chef: “Hey, uh, what are you snacking on there?”

    Me: “Oh, I had some Cracker Jack in my pocket.”

    Chef: “Funny, it looks just like the bar snack I just made.”

    Me: “I know! That’s weird, right?”

    Overtime Crime, Part 7

    | England, UK | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Overtime

    (I run a small team but my boss is so overbearing he tries to make all the decisions, despite not being up to scratch.)

    Me: “Just to let you know we had a guy call in sick.”

    Boss: “Who is there to cover?”

    Me: “Well, that is an issue. [Worker #1] in on holiday, [Worker #2] has just finished his shift and legally cannot work. I have spoken to [Worker #3] but he is being difficult. We do have [Worker #4] but I know that he isn’t ideal…”

    Boss: “You tell him to get in here and cover that shift or I will fire him!”

    Me: “No disrespect, but you cannot do that. He has every right to refuse working extra hours and it’s not in his contract.”

    Boss: *breaks into a rant about my leadership and how I’m not doing my role properly* “It looks like I’m going to have to do this for you.”

    Me: “Okay, well, sure. Give him a call.”

    (I leave the office, I happen to know that the worker in question is difficult anyway, but I also know that he was planning to be away from home. I give it an hour.)

    Me: “So did you get [Worker #3] to come in, then?”

    Boss: “No, they have their right to have time off. I let him have it off. I think we should ask [Worker #4] to do it.”

    Me: *internal sigh* “Great idea. I have already asked him and he has confirmed that he will do it.”

    Overtime Crime, Part 6
    Overtime Crime, Part 5
    Overtime Crime, Part 4

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