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    Don’t Play With Fire

    | London, England, UK | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Employees

    (I have been working for about two years and I manage not to take sick days in this period. Sadly, as I wake up this morning it seems that something I ate STRONGLY disagrees with me, to the point that my wife has to bring me the phone to the bathroom so I can call in sick. I call my boss and his obnoxious secretary answers.)

    Me: “Hello, this is [My Name] speaking. I wanted to let you know that I won’t be coming in today due to health issues.”

    Secretary: “No.”

    Me: “Excuse me?”

    Secretary: “No, you’re either coming to work or getting fired. This is getting out of hand.”

    Me: “Miss, something is certainly getting out of hand here; I CAN’T come in to work. I’m really feeling sick and can’t leave my house.”

    Secretary: “Then consider yourself fired. Come to get your documentation—” *sarcastically* “—when you’re feeling better.”

    Me: “Wait a minute. You don’t have the authority to fire me. [Boss]—”

    Secretary: *click*

    (I decide to call my boss on his cellphone, to bypass his secretary.)

    Boss: “Yo, you’re late today!”

    Me: “Late? I was told I’m fired.”

    Boss: “Fired!? Who told you that?”

    Me: “Your secretary did when I tried calling in sick. It seems I ate something and I’m not in position to leave my house.”

    Boss: “Wait, what? Why did she… Oh s***! Did you tell her your name when you called?”

    Me: “Of course I did. It was the first thing I told.”

    Boss: “Idiot. I told her that I’ll fire [Other Coworker notorious for calling in sick] if he ever pulls that again…”

    Me: “So, she decided to fire ‘him’ right away, when ‘he’ called?”

    Boss: “I guess that’s right. But [Coworker] is in today, so she assumed it was you when you called. I’m going to explain to her that being my secretary doesn’t allow her to fire people. As for you, take today and two more days off, to bounce back, okay?”

    (Long story short, Secretary didn’t quite get why she can’t fire people on her own behalf – even if my boss did mention thinking about firing them before. So my boss explained it to her by showing her the door.)

    Lightly Busted

    | Manhattan, NY, USA | Bad Behavior, Employees, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (It’s the middle of the day on a hot, July Saturday and my friend and I decide to get some ice cream from a popular local chain. The nearest store to us is completely dark and empty when we get there.)

    Me: “What? Why is it closed?”

    Friend: *peers through the window* “There are three people just sitting behind the counter! You don’t think…”

    (He pushes on the door which opens and the employees slowly stand up.)

    Me: “Are you open?”

    Employee #1: *sullenly* “Yes.”

    (He turns on the lights. Almost instantly the place is flooded with customers.)

    Friend: “Oh, you guys are so busted!”

    (We never did find out what happened to them but I can’t imagine they kept that job very long.)

    Withdrawing Some Karma

    | Ottawa, ON, Canada | Bad Behavior, Technology

    (The bank has three ATMs, but one clearly has an ‘Out Of Order’ sign on it. It’s caused a small line, but everyone is understanding. Until one guy arrives; nothing was said during the exchange.)

    Me: *next in line to use the ATM*

    Guy: *runs ahead of me, smirking at me; jumps onto the broken machine while pushing the paper out of the way.*

    Me: *quietly walks over to the next good machine, which is next to his*

    Guy: *pushes buttons, only for the machine to spit his card back out*

    Me: *walks away as he has to get to the back of the now-longer line*

    Badly Monitoring The Orders

    | San Antonio, TX, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Food & Drink

    (I work at a restaurant that has a sort of 50s/60s theme and hypes up its root beer. The customers order and pay at the cash register and then seat themselves. The servers then grab the food and look for the order number. There are no assigned sections or anything so it is sometimes hard to keep track of when tables arrive. We have had a pair of bad managers for about six months or so. I’ve worked every position in the store and am acting as server at the moment. A family flags me down to ask about their meal and this follows when I report.)

    Me: “Hey. Order #11 over here says they’ve been waiting for 30 minutes for their meals. They have a movie to go to and need the food soon.”

    Manager: “Just take that to them.”

    Me: “But that’s a different order. If I take that it’ll just mean someone else doesn’t get food and these people will get the wrong food.”

    Manager: “Okay. What did they have?”

    Me: “Isn’t it on the monitors?”

    Manager: “We’re getting slammed here. We had to push a few things off the monitors to make sure our times were good.”

    Grill Worker: “Wait, you’ve been bumping orders off the monitors? How am I supposed to know what to cook?”

    Manager: “Just listen to the cashiers. You’ll be fine.”

    Me: “Are you serious?!” *looks through the paper meal tickets to find the right number* “Here’s their order.”

    Grill Worker: “Cool. I’ll get right on it.”

    Manager: “No! Don’t cook that! It’ll slow everything down!”

    Me: “What am I supposed to tell the table!?”

    Manager: “Tell them to wait. We’ll get to it when we get through the rest of this stuff.”

    Me: “I’m not doing that.”

    Manager: “Listen! We don’t have time for this right now. Just tell them to wait.”

    Me: *rather pissed and near yelling at this* “I am not going to deliberately not serve my customers!”

    (Someone applauded. I got a couple of tips that night, which was unusual. We weren’t officially a tipped position. The crew that night ended up having to ignore the managers and handle the rush in spite of their orders. Don’t know if the incident got back to the owners but two of the assistant managers were promoted soon after and those two left.)

    Not Exactly Dying To Work Here

    | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Family & Kids

    (I have worked in retail management for many years, and have taken a lot of crap from higher managers. I receive a phone call early in the morning that my grandmother is not going to make it through the night due to her ongoing illness. Frantic, I call my assistant manager to see if she can cover my shift, because I need to be with my family. About five minutes later, I get a phone call from my boss.)

    Boss: *angrily* “I want to hear in your own words why you think it’s okay that you call off for your shift today.”

    Me: *explaining the situation between tears*

    Boss: “I cannot believe that you feel it’s okay to call off for your shift. You called off a day last week as well.”

    Me: *still through tears, but remaining calm* “First off, last week was because I was sick, and I still came to work the next day even though I was still sick.”

    Boss: “When my father died, do you know where I was? At work where I was needed, and do you know where [Other Associate that worked at my store] was when her mother died? At work where she was needed.”

    Me: “And right now where I am needed is with my family. I am sorry you felt that your place was at work instead of being with your family. I, on the other hand, wish to be with my family during this time.”

    Boss: “Get your a** to work right now! This is retail and you know what you signed up for!”

    (I start to laugh, more so because of how cold-hearted she is being.)

    Me: “Well, if that’s the case, I will be turning in my keys. Thank you for the opportunity to work for the company, but perhaps I am not the right fit for you or the company.”

    Boss: “Now wait a moment. Let’s think on this. I’ll give you the day off, but you had better be at work tomorrow.”

    (I hung up the phone, and needless to say, left that company, and am now with a much better company that actually cares about their employees.)


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