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    Engineering A Problem

    | CA, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Extra Stupid, Math & Science

    (I’m part of an engineering team for a small aerospace firm that is currently tasked with fixing airfoil defects in wing design. A company wide ‘reshuffling’ has seen us get a new supervisor from corporate, whose first order of business is one-on-one interviews to determine who is ‘expendable.’ This happens during a team meeting held a week later with him, me, and three other coworkers. We immediately notice our only female coworker, a thin Asian woman in her mid-twenties, is not present.)

    Supervisor: “All right, everyone, if you can just sit down we’ll get this meeting done with.”

    Coworker #1: “Wait, we’re missing someone. Where’s [Coworker #4]?”

    Supervisor: *waving his hand dismissively* “Oh, that, it was decided that with the new cost-cutting measures it wasn’t worth the cost to keep a secretary on hand for you guys, especially such an overpaid one.”

    Me: “Wait, what are you talking about?”

    Supervisor: “Oh, don’t try and fool me. I noticed that little b**** didn’t even have an engineering degree, and she made up all sorts of excuses about not needing one when I confronted her on it. I don’t care how good she was at getting coffee or whatever her ‘other services’ were. After reviewing her file I saw she barely does any work in the department and I won’t have my department filled with useless employees. There’s no point protecting a deadweight liar just because she’s a pretty face.”

    (He finishes this speech with his arms crossed, looking very smugly at us, as if he’s just uncovered some grand secret. Eventually Coworker #2 finally breaks the silence.)

    Coworker #2: “You f****** moron.”

    Supervisor: *stunned* “What did you say to me?! I will have you reported for this kind of language.”

    Coworker #3: “Go right ahead, and while you’re at it explain how you just crippled our department for the next couple of months.”

    Supervisor: *frustrated* “Oh, don’t be so overly dramatic. Just because you won’t have a pretty girl to ogle…”

    Coworker #2: “That ‘pretty girl’ you fired had a PhD in applied mathematics. She was the only person in our department who could actually figure out the Joukowsky transform on the new designs we’re working on. She clocks so few hours with us because she’s asked to help out the other departments practically every other day.”

    Supervisor: *unimpressed* “Well, finnneeeee, if it’s so important we’ll just get another one of these ‘applied’ math people. It shouldn’t take long. H***, with all these new college graduates we can probably just use two unpaid interns and get twice the work for less than half the pay!”

    (He once again looked around like he just solved the greatest puzzle in the world. Ignoring our protests he attempted to go ahead with his plans, even creating an ad listing for an UNPAID internship for someone with at least a master’s degree in applied mathematics. Unsurprisingly it turned out to be incredibly difficult to find another PhD in applied mathematics with a specialty in airfoil design, especially one willing to work for free. Our former coworker is now at a much higher paid job at a larger company, and four months later we still haven’t found a replacement. After months of stalled projects, it was very satisfying watching the CEO of the company tear into my now ex-supervisor for his stupidity.)

    Charged With A Battery Assault

    | Piacenza, Italy | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Employees, Technology

    (It is 1997. My boss decides it is time to buy a new cell phone, so we go to the small store owned by a friend of his. He ends up paying the equivalent of $1000 for two phones with new plans. Since my boss and the owner know each other, he doesn’t feel the need to put a sticker with their logo behind the battery of the phones, which they usually do as proof of being purchased there. The next day, my boss’s phone is faulty, so he gives me the phone to get sorted at the store. I go and speak to the clerk:)

    Clerk: “This phone is clearly faulty, but I can’t exchange it as it wasn’t purchased here. There is no sticker behind the battery.”

    Me: “I was here yesterday with my boss. Your coworker actually sold us two phones in the owner’s office. He said that the stickers were not necessary. You can ask your coworker.”

    Clerk: “He’s on his day off, and you didn’t buy this phone here.”

    Me: “May I speak to the owner?”

    Clerk: “He’s not here, and this phone does not come from here.”

    Me: “Listen, I was here yesterday with my boss. He paid for two phones and activated two new plans.”

    Clerk: “You haven’t bought this phone from us. Now, please leave.”

    Me: “Okay, I’ll call my boss and we’ll try to figure out what to do. Have a nice day.”

    (While standing on the sidewalk in front of the store windows, I call my boss and explain the situation. Suddenly the store door slams open…)

    Clerk: “Still here? Not convinced? Maybe I should call the cops to convince you to go away?”

    (My boss hears what the clerk says and gets quite angry.)

    Boss: “Is the owner there?”

    Me: “No, he’s not—” *the owner suddenly walks in front of me* “— Oh, he’s here now!”

    Boss: “Good. Wait two minutes, then go inside and… enjoy.” *click*

    (A couple of minutes later I go inside. The clerk sees me, and in front of about six or seven other customers, starts shouting at me.)

    Clerk: “WHAT DID I TELL YOU? DO YOU REALLY WANT ME TO CALL THE COPS? I’M TIRED OF—”

    (Suddenly, the boss comes out of his office and approaches the clerk.)

    Boss: “COME. WITH. ME. NOW.”

    (They go to the back. A few minutes later the clerk comes back with a pale face and his boss standing four feet from him, very angry.)

    Clerk: “I’m sorry from the inconvenience, sir. Here’s a new phone for your boss…”

    The Tip Was The Tipping Point

    | Toronto, ON, Canada | At The Checkout, Bad Behavior, Employees, Money

    (My friends and I are eating at a Japanese restaurant for a spontaneous lunch. The food was decent but service was almost nonexistent. We all agree not to tip. I go to pay.)

    Cashier: “Your total is $16.”

    (I give her $15 in bills and a $2 coin.)

    Cashier: *pockets coin* “Your total is $16. You didn’t give me enough.”

    Me: “Actually, I did. That’s why I gave you the coin.”

    Cashier: *combination of surprise and annoyance* “Ooohh, okay. That’s enough money now.”

    (She gave me my change and I met my friends outside. Turned out she didn’t want to give my friends their change either.)

    Not Quite The Cream (Soda) Of The Crop

    , | Adelaide, SA, Australia | Bad Behavior, Employees, Food & Drink, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (My mother and I go to the drive-thru to get a particular brand of drink that isn’t sold at many of the fast food chains. I wouldn’t call it an unusual drink but it’s not the brand’s most popular flavour.)

    Mum: “Can I have two brown cream sodas?”

    Cashier: “That’s not a thing. We don’t sell that here.”

    Mum: “But we buy it here all the time.”

    Cashier: “We don’t sell that. Ee only have sarsaparilla. I don’t know why you’re asking for that. It just sounds weird.”

    Mum: “Go talk to the other cashier, currently making coffees. He’s sold it to me before.”

    (The cashier looks at him and back at us, she does not move.)

    Me: “Look at the fridge. I can see it from here. It’s next to the sarsaparilla.”

    Cashier: “I don’t know why you want this weird drink.”

    Mum: “Look, why don’t you just go over and have a look.”

    (Lo and behold, the drinks are there. She picks them up and takes them to the register.)

    Cashier: “I don’t know why it’s called brown; this drink is weird.”

    (We paid and left, still bewildered at what she had said. For the record, it’s called brown because it is brown.)

    Had Enough Of Your Bluff

    | England, UK | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners

    (My boss is incredibly difficult. Nearly the whole department is new because the old staff quit over his attitude and how he likes to give people a hard time over nothing.)

    Boss: [My Name], come in here.”

    Me: “Yes?”

    Boss: “I have dozens of complaints about you and how you are running your team. You need to sort it out.”

    Me: *confused as I have never heard a single bad word* “Oh, really? I think I’m doing okay, actually.”

    Boss: “[Coworker] tells me that there is a problem with [Software]. That’s your responsibility to fix.”

    Me: “Yeah, that’s not right. [Coworker] actually said there was a problem with the computer; nothing I can do about that.”

    Boss: “Whatever. I don’t need to explain myself to you.  Sort yourself out or I will demote you.”

    Me: “Go on, then.”

    Boss: “What?”

    Me: “I said go, then. You don’t pay me to do this, and frankly, it’s more hassle than it’s worth. You would be doing me a favour.”

    Boss: “Well… I… er.”

    Me: “Apart from the fact that you don’t have anyone else to do the job, as everyone else has tried and failed.”

    Boss: “Well, [Manager] wouldn’t like it.”

    Me: “Frankly, I don’t care. If I am doing a bad job then take it off me.”

    (He came to me later telling me how he wasn’t blaming me but he is frustrated that I am doing other people’s jobs, although he still made it seem that it was my fault. We would do this every few months: he would go overboard and I would call his bluff. I lasted a whole year!)


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