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    Resigned To The Facts Of Bad Management

    | Chicago, IL, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners

    (Our building has three floors with shared offices. Each office is actually a different company. I am stationed on the first floor while two other girls man the second and third floors. My manager has just retired and the company has hired a new manager who is really incompetent. When something bad happens, like a complaint or equipment failure, she runs into her office, locks the door, and cries, leaving us three girls to deal with the issue. She has been here only three months, and she decides to give us all reviews based on less than 30 seconds of her walking from her office to the elevator (she actually told us this!). All of our reviews are bad. When I reject my review, she writes me up for insubordination.)

    Manager: “I may need you to work late tonight.”

    (It was almost 4:30 and I am due off at 5 pm.)

    Me: “Oh? Well, this letter is for you.”

    (I have typed up my letter of resignation.)

    Manager: “What is it?”

    Me: “A letter for you.”

    (She then steps into the elevator to go back down towards her office. A minute later I get a call from one of the other girls.)

    Coworker: “Hey do you know what happened to [Manager]? She just stepped off the elevator reading a letter, turned white as a sheet, then ran onto her office and cried.”

    Targeting Sights On Grumpiness

    | UK | Bad Behavior, Coworkers

    (We’re all in a full staff meeting and training. Near the end one of our managers steps up to talk. It should be noted that we do have one staff member who is generally obnoxious, and another who is very grumpy.)

    Manager: “So, for today’s training we’re just going to talk about a few things to improve the patient experience. We want everybody to make a real effort to be friendly, perhaps even smile at the patients.”

    (By this point, everyone has cottoned on to the fact that the manager is speaking about only two of our coworkers.)

    Manager: “Hey, [Grumpy Coworker], give us a smile?”

    Grumpy Coworker: “No.”

    Manager: “Well, everyone else just smile more, then!”

    A New Pet Hate

    | MO, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Ignoring/Inattentive, Pets & Animals

    (I work at a pet-boarding facility that also offers grooming and daycare. As a kennel worker, we had first, second, third (janitorial shift), and a daycare shift. I am currently about 20 minutes from the end of my daycare shift that day and my coworker is already there for second shift where it is her responsibility to clean the walls of the daycare area, and third shift sweeps and mops when they arrive. All the tasks for my shift have been completed and I’m now killing time by helping out my coworker and cleaning one of our potty rooms.)

    Manager: “[My Name]! [My Name]!”

    (My manager finds me, pooper scooper in hand, cleaning.)

    Manager: “What are you doing?”

    Me: “Cleaning the front potty room for [Coworker].”

    Manager: “Well, can you clean the walls in daycare? The dogs somehow got poop on them; they need to be scrubbed really well. And sweep and mop the floors, too.”

    Me: “Okay.”

    (I proceed to finish what I’m doing and head out to daycare with a scrub brush and a bucket of soapy water and scrub the walls perfectly clean, which was a chore. I then notice it’s time for my shift to end and head to the front to clock out, assuming my manager wouldn’t mind and had only asked me to do those tasks to fill time, since they aren’t my responsibility on my shift.)

    Me: “Can I go home now? I finished the walls but didn’t get around to the floors; sorry about that.”

    Manager: “Yeah, I guess so, but I’m going to have to write you up.”

    Me: “What?! Why?”

    Manager: “You didn’t finish all your tasks.”

    Me: “But I did! All my tasks for my shift are done. Cleaning the walls is second shift’s job and sweeping and mopping is third shift’s. I know because I’ve worked all those shifts!”

    Manager: “Well, I’m still going to have to write you up.”

    (Needless to say, I quit not long after this. Along with the manager having no idea what the shift duties were and never keeping cleaning supplies stocked, she also lost customer information and showed up drunk multiple times, including my last day when I was training my replacement. It’s amazing to me that they’re still in business.)

    Needs Half A Voice Of Reason

    , | Cleveland, OH, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Health & Body

    (I have lost most of my voice and go to see the doctor to make sure that I am not contagious and can safely go to work. The doctor clears me, but tells me that I should probably get some rest instead. Knowing we’ll be busy, I go to work and spend 11 hours helping customers, cleaning, and doing my regular job duties. Because it’s the holidays, we are especially busy, so I skip my lunch and dinner breaks. At the end of the night, my regular manager compliments me on my performance and gives me meal vouchers for skipping my breaks and helping out. Right after this, I get called into the general manager’s office for a chat. Note that my already hoarse voice is now just the barest whisper since I’ve been talking to customers all day and evening.)

    Me: *whispering as loudly as possible* “[General Manager], you wanted to see me? Is something wrong?”

    General Manager: “No, everything’s great. I just wanted to talk to you about your performance today.”

    Me: *thinking he’s going to compliment me* “Oh, I didn’t mind skipping my breaks or anything. We were really busy!”

    General Manager: “No, it’s not that. I’m just really disappointed in you.”

    Me: “What? Why?”

    General Manager: “How dare you come in here with half a voice. That’s not the image we want to project about [Company]!”

    Me: “But I was cleared by the doctor. I’m not contagious. Next time should I take the day off instead?”

    General Manager: “Don’t worry about it. You’re fired. Take your things and leave immediately. And you owe us $5 for your work shirt.”

    (This was only the second week the restaurant had been open, and the general manager had fired at least a dozen people for similar things so far. The website says that the company treats its employees like beloved family!)

    Spinning A Yarn About The Backroom

    | Marysville, OH, USA | Bad Behavior, Employees, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (I am an avid crocheter despite being only eighteen. I am in the middle of making a stuffed toy for my young cousin for her birthday when I realize I am missing one of the colors of yarn that I need. I go to a large retail store in my area to pick some up and head over to the craft aisle, but I don’t see the color in question. I flag down a store employee.)

    Me: “Excuse me, but do you possibly have any cream-colored yarn in the back? I’m not seeing any on the shelves.”

    Employee: “Cream-colored yarn…” *stares at the shelf for a few moments*

    Me: “Yeah, I looked the whole section up and down a few times. Didn’t see any out. Could you check the back?”

    Employee: “Cream-colored yarn…”

    Me: “Um… yes… As I said, there doesn’t appear to be any out here.”

    Employee: “Oh, okay. I’ll go check the back for you!”

    Me: *resisting the urge to face-palm* “Do you mind if I tag along? Last time I asked someone to get yarn from the back, they came back with the wrong colors. It’ll save you a trip.”

    Employee: *suddenly extremely panicked* “NO! Customers are NOT ALLOWED in the back! You can’t come! I SAID NO!”

    Me: *wide-eyed and backing off* “All right, all right! I get it!”

    (I’m now convinced that place hides dead bodies in the back. Also, the employee came back with bright yellow yarn.)


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