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    Bugging You Out Of The Bugs

    | Perth, WA, Australia | Bad Behavior, Employees, Money

    (I am in line at a bookstore, intending to purchase a large volume on the insects of Australia. With some other books, the whole purchase is well over $200. As I’m standing in line at the register to buy the books, I’m leafing through the insect book to see what it says. A clerk comes out of nowhere and scowls at me.)

    Clerk: “Please don’t mangle that book. It’s very expensive.”

    Me: “I’m not mangling it. I’m reading it.”

    Clerk: “We encourage browsing, but that book is very expensive. Please put it back and stop mangling it.”

    Me: “Well, I was going to buy it, but okay. I’ll put it back.”

    Clerk: “Wait, you’re buying it? Why didn’t you say so?”

    Me: “I thought that the fact I was standing in a line behind three people with my wallet out was clue enough. But I won’t be buying it now, because of your rudeness. I’ll buy it somewhere else. I hope you find another entomologist who likes a $150 scientific textbook on the local insects!”

    (I left the store. The last thing I saw was the bookstore manager coming over to the clerk with a VERY displeased look on his face.)

    Has Pinot Comment

    | Auckland, New Zealand | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Coworkers

    (I am taking registrations for a members-only conference when I receive the following email at 10 am:)

    Manager: *cc-ing in the company director* “[Customer] emailed you regarding his conference registration and has informed me you have not responded. Please explain why you have not responded and contact him immediately.”

    Me: *also cc-ing in the company director* “[Customer] emailed me at 8:17 pm last night. I did not respond because at that time I was at home, drinking a particularly good Pinot Noir and watching a movie. I did however respond to [Customer] at 7:37 am this morning. For your information my office hours are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday.”

    Manager: *no response*

    Company Director: *replying to all* “Pleased to see you at work early. What was the Pinot?”

    She’s A Smart Cookie

    | Bloomington, IN, USA | Bad Behavior, Coworkers, Food & Drink

    (I’m working at a cookie shop with my coworker who is quite tall and shapely. Guys frequently flirt with her, which is what’s currently going on.)

    Coworker: “So are you interested in buying any cookies today?”

    Guy #1: “Nah, we don’t really eat cookies.”

    Coworker: “You could buy me a cookie!”

    Guy #2: “Hey, sure!”

    (The guys bought her a cookie, and she checked them out. After a little more flirting they went to leave. Turning to me, she counted down on her fingers. As soon as they were out of sight she put the cookie back in the case.)

    Should Have Quit Earlier On Balance

    | Torrance, CA, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Lazy/Unhelpful, Theme Of The Month

    (I take a part-time job at a bath products store in order to help pay for my tuition. This did not work as planned however.)

    Manager: *during shift, to me* “The new schedule is up. Go write down your schedule so you’ll remember.”

    (I walk to the break-room only to discover that I was scheduled for only one three-hour shift.)

    Me: “Why am I only scheduled for one shift?”

    Manager: “Because of the high volume of employees this holiday season I can only afford to schedule you for one shift.”

    (The day of my shift comes around and I receive a call from my manager.)

    Manager: “Hi! Turns out we don’t need you to come in today. We’ll keep in touch with regard to your schedule.”

    (This exact scenario occurs the next month. I decide to resign and find a better, more steady job. I type a resignation letter and arrive at the store location to hand it personally to the manager.)

    Me: “Since I haven’t officially worked in two months I have decided to resign. Here is my resignation letter.”

    Manager: “YOU CAN’T QUIT! HOW WILL I BALANCE THE SCHEDULE?”

    Me: “Seriously? You add me to the schedule and then tell me not to work. Your schedule will be fine. I QUIT!”

    Very Bad Reception, Part 7

    | Adelaide, SA, Australia | Bad Behavior, Criminal/Illegal, Employees, Family & Kids, Health & Body

    (I am 16, and have a condition that I’m currently getting treated with ultra-violet light. I have to stand in a light box. On this day, I finish up and go to reception to pay my bill. There is no one there. I ring the bell, and end up waiting about 10 minutes. No one comes to the desk. I call my mum.)

    Me: “Mum, I’ve been standing at reception in the doctor’s office for 10 minutes, and no one is here. No other patients, no one. I don’t know what to do. Could you please drive past on your way home and pay the bill for me? If I stay any longer, I’ll miss my bus to work.”

    (My mother reported this next part of the story to me.)

    Mum: “Hi, I’m here to pay the bill for [My Name]. She was here earlier today and no one was around when she left.”

    Receptionist #1: “Oh, HER. We’ve been talking about that disgraceful girl all day. You should be ashamed.”

    Mum: “Excuse me?!”

    Receptionist #2: “Fancy running out without paying. She claims there was no one here? What a load of rubbish. I hope you are proud, raising such an irresponsible girl.”

    Mum: “I’m here to pay her bill. Now, how would I know to do that if she hadn’t have called me, upset, worried that she couldn’t pay?”

    Receptionists: “Um…”

    Mum: “That’s right. I’m here because, after waiting here for 10 minutes to pay, she called me, upset because she was going to miss her bus to work. I’m here because she did the only thing she could do. Would you like to rethink your accusations?”

    (The receptionists went about the rest of the transaction in an angry silence. What they didn’t know is that my mother was friends with one of the casual staff at the surgery. We found out later that the receptionists had gone out for lunch and forgotten I was there. The big speech about me doing a runner was so that the doctors wouldn’t know they’d left the desk unattended. Nothing says guilt like an aggressive overreaction!)

    Related:
    Very Bad Reception, Part 6
    Very Bad Reception, Part 5
    Very Bad Reception, Part 4


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