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    Plucking An Answer Out Of The Air

    | Orlando, FL, USA | Bad Behavior, Crazy Requests, Employees, Tourists & Travel, Transportation

    (I have just finished visiting my friends and have arrived at the airport for my return flight to Washington Dulles. I get up to the airline greeter who is standing at the entrance of the line.)

    Greeter: *rudely* “Sir, you need to place that carry-on in this slot to confirm the size.”

    Me: “Oh, this is my return trip, I already know it fits.”

    Greeter: “That doesn’t matter. Put the bag in.”

    (I do as asked.)

    Greeter: *shocked* “It fits. Where are you flying to?”

    Me: “D.C.”

    Greeter: *scoffs* “There are two airports in D.C. We only fly to one of them.”

    Me: *shocked look* “Washington Dulles.”

    Greeter: “That is the one we fly to.”

    (As I am walking away to go to the counter I turn around.)

    Me: “There are actually three airports in the D.C. area.”

    (I got better service from the TSA agents!)

    Swelling With Anger

    | Germany | Bad Behavior, Bigotry, Employees, Health & Body, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (I have a condition which causes my legs to swell immensely to the point of severe pain. I am entering a clothing store with my mother, looking for a pair of trousers for a funeral. Having accompanied my mother for several hours already, my legs hurt.  When my mother goes to try on some trousers, I find a chair near the fitting rooms, sit down, and dig through my purse for my bottle of water and my painkillers. A worker comes up to me, gesturing at the chair.)

    Worker: “You need to get up. Now!”

    (She is speaking really urgently, and I get up, sighing from pain and stand there, while she grabs the chair and sits down herself. I am confused, but decide it might be best not to show it, so I ask if she might has another chair.)

    Me: “Excuse me, but do you have another chair I might use? My legs are really swollen, and I’m in pain and—”

    Worker: *cuts me off with a glare* “Lose some weight, and get out of my way. Fatties like you have no right to wear pretty clothes. You are ruining it for all the ones that are looking good!”

    (My mother left the fitting room, threw the trousers into the worker’s face, her face red from anger, having heard what the woman said to me. She brought me to the outside waiting area in the mall and returned to the shop. A few minutes later she came back with not one, but two gift cards worth €50, and explained to me that the manager had profusely apologised for the woman’s behaviour. We found out later that the worker was fired for generally being a bad worker, verbally abusing customers, and refusing help.)

    Not A Televisionary Manager

    | AB, Canada | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (I work in the newsroom of a radio station. When budget time comes around, my station manager asks if there’s any new equipment we need. Just for the heck of it, I put in a request for a TV for the newsroom, so we can monitor the news channels. The next day, the station manager sends me an e-mail with the subject line, ‘here’s what the higher-ups think of your TV idea” and what follows is a long list of jokes my station manager and her boss have made, ridiculing my suggestion. I’m highly offended, and decide to confront the station manager about it.)

    Me: “I can’t believe you and [Her Boss] took my idea and made fun of it like that. I find this behaviour very unprofessional.”

    Station Manager: “I’m unprofessional? I’M UNPROFESSIONAL? YOU’RE the one who’s unprofessional because you didn’t do a news story about MY BIRTHDAY! Every reporter who’s worked here in the past has done a news story about MY BIRTHDAY and made a fuss about me on the air, and you’re the first one who didn’t! Do you know how humiliating it was for me when everyone in the company started asking what the news department did for my birthday, and I had to tell them that you did nothing? SO DON’T TALK TO ME ABOUT UNPROFESSIONALISM!”

    (Since the TV wasn’t that important, I drop the issue completely. A few weeks later, my boss is making his monthly visit. We’re in a meeting, when my station manager barges in.)

    Station Manager: “After doing further research, I have determined that NO OTHER RADIO STATION IN THE COUNTRY has a TV in their newsroom. So drop this TV foolishness once and for all!”

    Me: “First, I have toured [Well-Known News Station], and they have a TV in their newsroom. I’ve also visited friends who work at [Other Radio Station], and they have a TV in their newsroom. And I did my internship at [Sister Station], and, not only do they have a TV in the newsroom, but a TV in the announcer’s booth, too.”

    Boss: “Yeah, a TV in the newsroom is quite a common thing. I’ve been asking [Station Manager's Boss] for one at our flagship station for years, but he keeps saying it’s not in the budget.”

    (My station manager stands there for a bit, just beside herself, not knowing what to say.)

    Station Manager: “Good meeting, everybody! Your feedback will be taken into consideration.”

    (She sprints out of the room. My boss just turns to me and apologizes for me having to work with her.)

    The Signature Method For Getting A Signature

    | Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners

    (My boss is known for having the most horrid personality, while thinking that everybody in the field is like him: swearing, shouting, and quite offensive. We get close to the day to make the yearly inventory.)

    Boss: “[My Name], take this document and ask [Higher-Up] to sign this inventory adjustment document.”

    Me: “Okay.”

    Boss: “Just make sure to tell him what this is. If he asks how much it will fix, tell him $10K. If you have trouble call me, and be super respectful and restrictive of your comments. He normally gets angry when I ask for stuff like this.”

    Me: “Okay.”

    (I go and get the signatures fairly quickly, with no troubles whatsoever, just being like I normally am. I come back way before what he was expecting me to.)

    Boss: *sighs* “What did he say?”

    Me: “Nothing.”

    Boss: *making confused face* “Did you get the signature?”

    Me: “Yes.”

    Boss: “Wait, you got it in one go? No issues at all?”

    Me: “Yes.”

    Boss: “How did you do that!?”

    Me: “Oh that’s easy.” *I get closer* “I was being KIIIIIND.”

    Required Training, Make No Mistake About It

    , | England, UK | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Coworkers, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (Where I work there has been a number of very stupid mistakes. Because there is no way of telling who did it, everyone has to get re-trained.)

    Me: “So to make absolutely clear, the GREEN end must be able to fit in the hole, the RED end should not be able to fit in the hole.”

    (Sighs come from the room.)

    Me: “And please do not ram it, screw it, or force it in. This is a calibrated instrument.”

    (More sighs come from the group, I see Worker #1 not even looking at me.)

    Worker #1: “This is stupid. I know how to do my job.”

    Me: “Look. I know this is obvious but some of you are just not getting it.”

    Worker #2: “Who?”

    Me: “I don’t know, and I don’t want to know. I know just how stupidly obvious this is. But training means that everyone knows how to do their job.”

    (I find out later that it was Worker #1, the person moaning and complaining the most, that was making the most mistakes. After declaring that he ‘didn’t see the point’ in doing his job correctly, he was demoted and later removed.)


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