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    Managed By A Busybody

    | IN, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners

    (There are just two cashiers working and no manager on duty when everyone on the highway decides they need to stop and fuel. Diesel and gas registers are both busy, and the phone is ringing nonstop. There are two lines for the fuel desk, one for the restaurant, and one for the garage. The restaurant and garage never use their own lines to call out.)

    Garage: *over phone intercom* “Hey, you guys have a call on line four.”

    Me: “Okay, thanks.” *picks up* “Thank you for calling [Store]. This is [My Name]. Can I help you?”

    General Manager: “Why couldn’t I call through on lines one and two?”

    Me: *clearly waiting on customers* “I’m guessing the restaurant and garage are on them. They’ve been lit up for a while.”

    General Manager: “Are you sure you girls aren’t talking on the phone to your boyfriends?”

    Me: “Very sure. It’s very busy and we have lines almost to the door.”

    General Manager: “Because I called two or three times on each line.”

    Me: “Then maybe you should tell the other managers to stop their employees calling out on our lines. Did you need something? We’re really busy.”

    General Manager: “Are you sure you aren’t on the phone with someone else?”

    Me: “No, [Manager], I am NOT on the phone with someone else and neither is [Coworker]! Did you need me to do something or not because [Coworker] needs help!”

    General Manager: “No, I’m just calling to check on you. See you tomorrow.”

    Me: “Bye!”

    (I guess he must have checked the tapes when he came in the next day, because I didn’t hear anything else about it!)

    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!)

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