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    Category: Awesome Workers

    Managing The Managing Situation

    | CA, USA | Awesome Workers, Coworkers, New Hires

    (Recently, we received a call from head office saying that we will be getting a new manager, due to our previous manager not being a good fit for our staff. As we are a very new store in a well-sized independent chain, I can clearly remember the first two days I worked, in which I was taught how to section books by an assistant manager from a nearby city. When I get our new manager’s name, my ears perk up.)

    Me: “[Name] from [Nearby City] who was an assistant manager? I think I know her! She helped us out in the beginning!”

    Assistant Manager: “No, you’re thinking of [Other Manager] from [Other Store].”

    Me: “Oh? But I thought…”

    (I think very hard about this during my shift before turning to another coworker.)

    Me: “No, no, it’s got to be her. She helped me use Wordstock for the first time. Said she even dreamed about bookstore sections once. And [Assistant Manager] said she was one of the best at Wordstock in the company!”

    Coworker: “And you’re saying she was helping us out in the very first few days, when the store wasn’t even fully built?”

    Me: “Yeah! I swear to God, I’m not crazy. I just got to find out by Monday!”

    (No one else in the store, save for me, seems to remember this manager, but I am resolute on knowing the truth. I come in for my afternoon shift on Monday and see a familiar face walking around the store with a clipboard. She turns to look at me.)

    New Manager: “Well, hello there!”

    Me: “I knew it! I knew that I knew you! You helped us on the first few days!”

    New Manager: “Yep! And I remember you, too!”

    Me: “You do?”

    New Manager: “Yeah! You’re [My Name]! I remember you being so helpful from the very beginning.”

    (One day into her job, and she’s already proven a better fit for us than our previous manager, who worked with us for almost a year!)

    No Risk Of A Hairy Situation

    | ON, Canada | Awesome Workers, Bizarre/Silly, Bosses & Owners

    (A bunch of my coworkers and I are sitting at the counter since it died down for an hour.)

    Manager: “Hey, [Seasonal Employee], were you drawing pubes on the mannequin upstairs?”

    Seasonal Employee: “Well… maybe.”

    Manager: “Maybe?”

    Seasonal Employee: “Well, only a couple.”

    Manager: “I see… Good. I didn’t want anyone to take credit for something I started.”

    (And people wonder why I love working here.)

    Plainly Spelled Out To You

    | AB, Canada | Awesome Workers, Employees

    (My dad is buying a new car at a dealership. The salesman is showing him a purple one.)

    Dad: “I like it, but I’m not sure that I’m a ‘purple car’ kind of guy.”

    Salesman: “Well it’s not really purple, it’s amethyst!”

    Dad: “Amethyst, hey? How do you spell that?”

    Salesman: “…P-U-R-P-L-E.”

    (Dad bought the car)

    Never Miss A Pizza The Action

    | Levittown, PA, USA | Awesome Workers, Food & Drink, Money

    (My family has been regulars at our local pizza place, ordering from them at least once a week for more than 14 years. My mom is on her way home with money to pay, but as there is a toddler in the house, we don’t wait to order and the pizza arrives before the money does. The driver is the one who usually delivers and gives us the food, telling us that he can come back later. This is what he told me when he came back.)

    Driver: “Don’t ever worry about taking the food. You guys order like twice a week and I know where you live in case I ever have to come shake you down.”

    Not Charged For Battery

    | Burlington, ON, Canada | Awesome Workers, Technology

    (My [Apple Computer] has been sluggish and uncooperative in a way that can’t be accounted for by its amount of free space, its dead battery, or anything else I can think of. I take it to an Apple Store Genius Bar, where they determine that it needs a new motherboard. Since replacing the motherboard would cost over $600, my mother takes it to the Electronics Store where we bought it, since we bought a warranty from them. My mom calls me from the store.)

    Mom: “He says that the motherboard is covered, but the battery isn’t.”

    Me: “Well, that’s fine. The battery isn’t urgent, and it won’t cost me nearly as much.”

    (The employee tells my mom the repair will take two weeks. Almost two weeks later, I get a call that it’s ready, and go to [Electronics Store]’s computer repair counter. An employee brings out my laptop.)

    Employee: “Let’s just turn it on and see if everything’s running okay.”

    Me: “Oh, you’ll need to plug it in, the battery’s—”

    (The employee presses the button and the computer turns on. I stare in confusion.)

    Employee: “We replaced the battery.”

    Me: *shocked* “What?! I was told that wasn’t covered!”

    Employee: “Well, that’s a fun debate we like to have here at [Electronics Store]…”

    Me: “So you replaced it for free?!”

    Employee: “Yep!”

    Me: “Oh, my God! Thank you! This is awesome!”

    Employee: “That’s a nice walk-in, eh?”

    (I look at the bottom of the laptop, noticing it has all four rubber feet; previously it had been missing two which had fallen off.)

    Me: “Did you put new feet on it?”

    Employee: “Yeah.”

    Me: “Wow! Thank you!”

    Employee: “I wish we just kept a bucket of those, because so many Mac users have them fall off.”

    (I left the store glowing with happiness at my like-new computer. I got a $600 motherboard and a $150 battery replaced for free, which means the 3-year warranty I bought has now paid for itself more than twice over. The next day I noticed that they’d even cleaned the screen! Thank you, Electronics Store!)

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