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    Credit Him With Chauvinism

    | Atlanta, GA, USA | Bad Behavior, Employees, Rude & Risque

    (I receive a robo-call about reducing my credit interest rate and ask to speak to a human. Upon answering the transaction goes as follows.)

    Me: “Hello, please remove me from your call list since I own no credit cards.”

    Him: “Well, what about your husband?”

    Me: “I have no husband.”

    Him: “Well, what about a boyfriend?”

    Me: “No, not one of those either.”

    Him: “What size are your boobs, honey?”

    (I am speechless for 10 seconds before I hang up. I would have complained but it was a private number and obviously at a call center overseas.)

    A Noticeable Lack Of Warning

    | Galveston, TX, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners

    (I am working two part-time jobs, at a bakery and a bookstore. Then, the owner of the bookstore offers me a full-time position.)

    Owner: “Have you let the bakery know you’re leaving yet?”

    Me: “Yes, I stopped by there this morning and gave them my two-weeks’ notice.”

    Owner: “Oh, good. Well, I was looking at the numbers and I can’t afford to take you on full-time. All I can give you is 36 hours a week and no benefits.”

    (Coincidence that she waited to drop that on me until she knew I’d given my notice? Not a chance.)

    Fired Beyond Reason

    | Bath, England, UK | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners

    (I am working at a small cafe over a shop around Christmas. After Christmas I get fewer and fewer shifts. One day I come in and find that I haven’t been allocated any shifts.)

    Me: “Hey, do you know why I haven’t been scheduled on at all this week?”

    Assistant Manager: “I don’t know. You’ll have to ask the manager but I’d guess it’s because we get less people after Christmas.”

    (I come in two weeks in a row to find I have no shifts still. On the third week, I see that my name has been taken off the rota.)

    Me: “My name isn’t on here at all.”

    Assistant Manager: “Really?”

    Me: “Am I fired?”

    Assistant Manager: “I don’t know. Come in tomorrow. [Manager] is in on the afternoon.”

    (I come in the next day. Manager is there, sorting out the stock room.)

    Me: “Hey, [Manager]. My name isn’t on the rota anymore. Is there a reason for that? Have I been let go?”

    Manager: “Um… yes.”

    Me: “Can I ask why?”

    Manager: “We just don’t need you right now.”

    Me: “Why didn’t you tell me? I’ve been coming in for the last three weeks to check my shifts.”

    Manager: “I’m telling you now, aren’t I?”

    (The next day I get a phone call from a frustrated former coworker. She says she’s run off her feet and that it’s ridiculous that I’ve been fired, since they didn’t have enough cafe staff in the first place. She also tells me that there is already a sign outside advertising for cafe staff. So I decide to ask the manager again, via email.)

    Me: “Hi, [Manager]. I’m just writing to clarify for my records why it is you fired me.”

    Manager: “Your hours didn’t fit with ours.”

    Me: “Well, that’s an actual reason. Why didn’t you say that before?”

    Manager: “I thought I did.”

    Me: “You said you didn’t need me anymore. Have I done something wrong? I’d like to know.”

    Manager: “No.”

    (I still talk to my former coworker. Apparently the turnover rate of staff is really high, because the manager keeps firing people without reason. Unfortunately I never signed a contract, but I get a little bit of joy whenever I pass the shop to still see them advertising for staff.)

    Should Have Built On A Stronger Foundation

    | UK | Bad Behavior, Employees, Health & Body

    (My friend and I are out shopping for makeup together. We decide to go into this store to check if they still have the same foundation she likes to use. We are quite happy browsing alone, but a shop assistant approaches us.)

    Assistant: “Hi, girls, found everything you’re looking for?”

    Friend: “Actually, I was just wondering if you still had this foundation?”

    Assistant: “Oh, you don’t want that. It’s moisturising.”

    Friend: “Yes, I know. I use it a lot and wanted to check if you still had it. I have very dry skin.”

    Assistant: “No! You’re a teenager and you have blemishes. Moisturiser will just make your skin even greasier! Come over, I’ll show you our special range for oily skin.”

    Friend: “No, it’s fine…”

    (The assistant literally grabs hold of my friend’s hand and leads her over to their most expensive range of foundation.)

    Assistant: “Now these will dry out the oil on your skin. Stop all those oily spots you have!”

    Friend: “My skin isn’t oily. It’s actually really dry. That’s why I have these spots! I just want the foundation I always have. That’s all!”

    Assistant: “But you’re a teenager! Teenagers always have greasy skin! And look at you, you’re really spotty! That’s typical teenager symptoms. You NEED to have this foundation!”

    Friend: “Actually, we’ll just leave. Those are too expensive for me anyway. Thanks for the… um… help.”

    Assistant: “Don’t walk away from me! You’re spotty! You need this!”

    Me: “Thanks, but no…”

    Assistant: “Well, you teenagers should get a d*** job! At least you’d be able to afford decent makeup!”

    (We left without buying anything.)

    Putting Her House In Order

    | Bristol, CT, USA | Bad Behavior, Employees, Rude & Risque

    (I often got calls from telemarketers at all hours. This was one of my favorite exchanges.)

    Telemarketer: “Hi! We’re conducting a survey today. Can I please speak to the male head of household?”

    Me: “I’m sorry. It’s just me here”

    Telemarketer: “And when will the male head of household be home?”

    Me: “There isn’t one. It’s just me here.”

    Telemarketer: “And you’re the head of household?”

    Me: “Ma’am, it’s 2011. I am the head of my own household. I rented this house on my own, I pay my own bills, and it sounds crazy but I do all the purchasing for anything I need in the house. I also, ya know, have a job.”

    Telemarketer: “Well, you don’t have to be so rude about it. I just want to speak to the male head of household!”

    Me: “AGAIN, I am the head of my own household so unless you want to speak to me, we’re done here.”

    Telemarketer: “Oh, you’re unmarried and alone?”

    Me: “Okay, good bye.”


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