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    Joke Is Older Than He Is

    | Birmingham, England, UK | At The Checkout, Bad Behavior

    (I’m a woman in her mid-forties, proud to look my age.)

    Me: “Just this bottle of wine, thanks.”

    Cashier: *looking at me quizzically* “Can I see some ID, please?”

    Me: *flattered and smiling* “Here you go!”

    Cashier: “Just kidding! You’re old!”

    Time For A Change(over) Of Jobs

    , | Adelaide, SA, Australia | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Crazy Requests

    (I am working at a fast food restaurant. My store manager is a complete bully, and has had it out for me since day one because she doesn’t seem to like females. Nevertheless, I am a very good worker and always follow her instructions. All the other managers like me, and staff respect me and always come to me for help. I am allocated an hour and a half during the afternoon to do ‘changeover’ – that is, restock the dining room, mop, clean, empty the bins, etc.)

    Manager: “You finished your changeover far too quickly today.”

    Me: “I’ve been here for years and have it down to a fine art. It doesn’t take long. I can have it done and be back serving customers pretty quickly.”

    Manager: “You are allocated an hour and a half because to do it properly, it should take you that long. Stop cutting corners or I will write you a warning.”

    (A few days later, I am doing changeover. It’s almost impossible for me to stretch out a job that takes 30 minutes to the allocated hour and a half, but I try. I sanitise surfaces that never get touched. I clean picture frames. I even mop the floor twice. The restaurant is sparkling. I feel her gaze following me the whole time.)

    Manager: “That took you far too long. You are supposed to be my most competent worker. That job should only take you 30 minutes! You’re pathetic and a time waster.”

    (I quit a few weeks later. She literally ran out into the car park and cheered for joy. On my last day, she celebrated when I came in by yelling out to all the customers that it was the best day of her life. Some people are just not meant to be managers.)

    Not Handing Over Justice

    | OR, USA | At The Checkout, Bad Behavior

    (Many cashiers have a pet peeve about customers placing money on the counter when we have our hand ready to take it. Usually this doesn’t bother me much, but one night I am closing my store and it is nearing the end of my shift…)

    Me: “Do you have your [Store] card or phone number ma’am?”

    Customer: “Yes, I have my card somewhere…”

    Me: *reaches hand out to accept her card as she pulls it out of her wallet*

    Customer: *throws her card on the belt next to my hand, making it hard for me to pick up*

    Me: “Okay, your total comes to $7.59. Will you be paying cash or card this evening?”

    Customer: “I think I have some cash on me.”

    Me: *once again reaches hand out to accept the cash she has found*

    Customer: *throws cash on counter*

    Me: “All righty, 41 cents is your change. Would you like your receipt?”

    Customer: “Please…” *reaches out hand to take her receipt*

    Me: *puts receipt on the counter right next to her hand* “Have a nice night!”

    A Swapping Standard

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

    (The office has an attractive young female technician who uses her looks to get whatever she pleases (chocolate, tea, coffee, etc.) by men desperate to get her attention. She has now fluttered her eyelashes enough to get the whole office rearranged and a door blocked off so that she can sit on her computer doing nothing without being seen. It seems only my boss and I are unaffected by this flirting.)

    Me: “Hey, boss, what do you think about this office move?”

    Boss: “I see they did it when I wasn’t here, so I wouldn’t stop it happening.”

    Me: “You aren’t going to say anything?”

    Boss: “Apart for [Female Colleague] not doing anything, everyone seems happy; I’m not going to move everyone around for no reason.”

    Me: “Well, to be honest, I have been saying that I need to move for a while.”

    Boss: *leaning forwards* “Go on.”

    Me: “Well, you know how I do all the financial, sickness, and pay evaluations for the team? I do those with my computer facing the door. If I’m not careful everybody and anybody can see confidential private information.”

    Boss: “You’re right, of course. Hang on…”

    (He stands up walks to the door and shouts.)

    Boss: “Hey, [Female Colleague]!”

    Female Colleague: *looking up from her phone* “Yeah?”

    Boss: “You and [My Name] swap places. No arguments.”

    (We swapped and she sulked for a month!)

    Preliminary Discriminatory Interview

    , | LA, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Job Seekers, Religion

    (I am 20 and have just moved cities. I am interviewing for a job at a fast food restaurant, trying to find anything I can just to get started and pay bills. My resume lists my school experience and work experience. I homeschooled K-12 and am attending online college. However, I have worked since I was 16, at a bookstore (for a little over three years), a restaurant (a few months until finding a full-time job), and an office. My duties and experiences at each job are listed on my resume, and they include a vast number of things. The bookstore was a Christian company and had the word ‘Christian’ in its name; the office job was the same. Additionally, one of my other experiences listed on my resume was Vacation Bible School ‘counselor.’)

    Manager: *looks over resume and application* “Hmm. I see here that you’ve primarily worked with Christian companies… Will you be able to handle working with others who don’t share your beliefs? Some of my other employees might say things that you won’t be comfortable with.”

    (Before I can correct him that, one: how does he know what I am or am not comfortable with, and two: that I’d worked with people who didn’t share my beliefs and that never caused a problem, he continues:)

    Manager: “Also, I see you’ve homeschooled your whole life. Are you going to be okay when there are a lot of people in the shop? We get really busy on holidays and you’ll have to interact with a lot of customers.”

    (I bite back the urge to tell him in no uncertain terms that I lasted over three years in a bookstore where part of my job was to work the sales floor during Black Friday and help customers, as well as plan and run kids’ events, but apparently my fear of people is what gave me such excellent references to recommend me. Instead, I politely told him I’d be fine. He ended the interview by saying he thought I’d do well and would call me in the next few days after doing some other interviews.)

    Manager: “And if I don’t call you by Friday, I want you to call and ask for me, okay? I work Mondays through Fridays here.”

    (When I don’t hear back by that Friday, I call the next Monday.)

    Employee: “Oh [Manager] isn’t in right now. Call this afternoon.”

    (I do.)

    Employee: “Oh, [Manager] isn’t in right now. Call tomorrow. He’ll be here then.”

    (The next day…)

    Employee: “Oh, [Manager] isn’t in right now. Call tomorrow. He’ll be here then.”

    (Finally, I gave up on the job. Thankfully I found another one soon after; where the interviewer didn’t insult me with discriminatory questions!)


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