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    It’s A Numbers Game

    | Denmark | Bad Behavior

    (I work with customer service/refunds and returns for a large electronics store. I am handling customers alone while my colleague is getting lunch. I have one particularly troublesome customer, but she is the only one waiting. While I help her, the store starts filling up with other customers, and I hear one of them asking the others:)

    Customer #1: “Is the queue on a number system?”

    Customer #2: “No, it isn’t.”

    (Once I finished with the first customer, I leave the register for a brief period, came back and in a clear and loud voice say:)

    Me: “46! Number 46!”…

    (Every single customer started frantically looking around for the numbers dispenser, while I tried my utmost to keep a straight face. When it finally dawned on them, all the customers started laughing and the hassle of waiting was forgotten for a while.)

    A Real Slim Shady

    | CA, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Criminal/Illegal

    (The owner at my former place of work does a lot of shady things. Long story short, I called him out after being personally injured by one of his ‘tactics,’ and now he’s treating all of his employees with extreme “caution,” or what we would call intimidation. This was retold to me by a manager there.)

    Owner: “[Manager], I need you to sign this contract. It says you’re responsible for 50% of costs if anything in the store stops working. It also says here that if you quit or I fire you, you cannot work for any competition in town for the next five years. If you don’t sign this contract right now in front of me, you’re fired.”

    Getting The Message Across

    | GA, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Language & Words

    (My dad works at a company that designs and produces light fixtures. His division is him, two other people, and the boss, a loud Irish man well-known for his bad language.)

    Boss: *storms in and shouts* “One of you, e-mail [Client] and tell him to F*** OFF FOR A BIT!”

    Candy Crushed It

    | MI, USA | At The Checkout, Bad Behavior, Employees

    (I stop into a popular local store before dropping my young daughter off at daycare before work. As I am going through the checkout, I peruse the candy selection, thinking I’ll treat myself for once. I hear the cashier give a sarcastic little laugh.)

    Cashier: “Typical.”

    Me: “Are you talking to me?”

    Cashier: “If you must know, yes. It’s so typical that little teenage single mothers like you, living off welfare on MY tax dollars, will come in here and waste it on junk food. YOU are what is wrong with this economy.”

    Me: *shocked* “Wow. Okay. So, never mind the fact that I’m 22 years old. Far from being a teenage mother. Never mind that, while I am single, I was not when I had my daughter. It must be my fault my husband left us. Oh, and who cares that I work a full time job to support my daughter so I DON’T have to live off welfare, as you’re assuming I do. You think I’m what’s wrong with this economy? Well, clearly, YOU’RE what’s wrong with this COUNTRY!”

    (I then took TWO candy bars and checked out with a different cashier.)

    A Lazy Excuse

    | CA, USA | Bad Behavior, Coworkers, Liars/Scammers

    (I am one of three people doing my job, and part of our duties is typing up monthly reports that we would sign off once completed. I have been out of the office with health issues for more than a month and on my first day back, my boss calls me into her office. It should also be noted that my two coworkers are best friends and notorious in the office for cutting corners on their work, while I usually just tried to do my work.)

    Boss: “[My Name], can you explain why you haven’t been pulling your weight around here all month and the few reports you did do were full of mistakes or incomplete?”

    Me: “I have no idea what you mean. I haven’t been here all month. I have done literally no work.”

    Boss: “Your name is on these reports and they are incomplete! How do you explain that?”

    Me: “Well, [Coworker #1] and [Coworker #2] said that they would handle everything since I’ve been out…”

    Boss: “They said that you said you had done these before you got sick.”

    (I realize that my coworkers are throwing me under the bus to cover up for their laziness and forging my name on the reports, but I have no proof to get them fired.)

    Me: “I honestly don’t know what happened, but I’ll do better this month.”

    (I quit shortly after that because I decided to go back to school, but found out from a friend in the office that my former coworkers had been caught just a few months later falsifying or not doing reports and didn’t have me to blame it on anymore, so they both got into a ton of trouble. Karma…)


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