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    Paid His Burger Tax

    | Toronto, ON, Canada | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Criminal/Illegal, Food & Drink, New Hires, Theme Of The Month

    (I am offered a job over the phone. The manager tells me to come in the next day. When I get there he tells me he will pay me under the table $9 an hour (min wage is $11) and tries to argue that he is paying more than minimum wage because there are no taxes. Even at $11 an hour, I would not be earning nearly enough to be taxable. About a half hour into me doing basically all grubby kitchen tasks (cleaning, washing dishes, taking out garbage, restocking fridge, etc):)

    Manager: “Would you like something to eat? You can have anything on the menu for free.”

    Me: “No, thanks. I’m not hungry right now.”

    (The manager continues to offer at 10 minute increments for the next hour and a half, while I start to get very uncomfortable that this job is under the table for an exploitative wage doing gross work and therefore he doesn’t have any responsibility if I get hurt, which is very possible.)

    Me: “I’m sorry, I don’t think this will work out. I have to leave now.”

    Manager: “Oh, that’s okay. I can’t pay you for only two hours but come back for that meal anytime.”

    (Two weeks later:)

    Me: “Hey man.”

    Manager: “Hey.” *recognizes me* “So, what can I get you?”

    Me: “Just a burger, please.”

    Manager: “$4.50, please.”

    Me: “I thought you said I could have it for free because of those two hours of free work I did for you.”

    Manager: “Do you know what food costs? I can’t just give it away for free.”

    Me: “Do you know what my work costs if you bother to make it legal? I think I’m entitled to a burger. And, yeah, I’d ballpark the patty, bun, and toppings at about 1.50 tops.”

    Manager: “Was this your plan? You respond to my ad, stay for less than a shift, all to try to get free food? This is a business here!”

    Me: “Yeah, that’s what I do. I go around to restaurants and pretend I’m looking for a job all so I can get free hamburgers. Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to get my lunch somewhere else!”

    (I emptied his tip jar into my pocket to pay for my two hours and walked out the door.)

    Decent Management Has Gone Down The Toilet

    , | Peterborough, ON, Canada | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners

    (It’s a slower morning, so the manager on shift is having us do some extra cleaning. He assigns me to clean the walls in the customer bathrooms. I finish the men’s room and move on to the women’s. As I’m cleaning, a customer walks in.)

    Customer: “Oh, should I come back?”

    Me: “No, no, it’s okay. You go ahead. I can come back in a few minutes.”

    (I go back to the kitchen to work on another task while I wait.)

    Manager: “All finished?”

    Me: “Not quite, someone came in before I was done. I’ll go back in a couple minutes.”

    Manager: “You should have made her wait.”

    (I think he’s joking, so I half laugh at it. I finish cleaning the bathroom and the manager comes up to me again.)

    Manager: *completely serious* “Next time, block the door with something and don’t let them come in.”

    Your Attitude Is Handicapped

    | TX, USA | Bad Behavior, Bigotry, Coworkers, Health & Body

    (A disabled customer has asked one of us to come outside and collect a payment from her so she doesn’t have to leave the car. I’m right in the middle of something, so I ask my new coworker to do it.)

    Coworker: “No. She’s probably not even disabled.”

    Me: “She definitely is. She’s in a wheelchair.”

    Coworker: “So? What does she do at home? How does she get around?”

    Me: “I have no idea, but are you seriously refusing?”

    Coworker: “She’s probably rude and lazy.”

    Me: “Actually, she’s not. She’s very sweet. To come inside she’d have to get her wheelchair off the car, get out, get in it, maneuver down our sidewalk, up the ramp, and pull open our really heavy door, all for a 30-second transaction. If we walk out it will just be a 30-second transaction.”

    Coworker: “Well, I don’t pander to supposedly handicapped people.”

    (I helped the customer, and when I told my boss he was livid and fired Coworker then and there.)

    Not Feline This Sales Pitch

    | Grand Junction, CO, USA | Bad Behavior, Employees, Pets & Animals

    (I’m shopping in a large retail store. In electronics there are sales reps from large TV provider working and a sales rep approaches me to sign up for service. He is very pushy & I have declined.)

    Sales Rep: “C’mon, you need this and you DESERVE this.”

    Me: “I wouldn’t consider this something I “deserve” or “need”, so no thank you, but I appreciate your effort.”

    Sales Rep: “Well, your APPRECIATION doesn’t pay my bills!”

    (He turns his attention to a woman with a cart filled with cat-related items: toys, litter, food, etc.)

    Sales Rep: *to woman* “I don’t like cats; they stink up the house. Yeah, my roommate has one and it’s gross. So, who is your current satellite TV provider?”

    (It’s generally not a good idea to start a conversation with someone who obviously owns/loves cats by telling them how much you dislike them and then start a sales pitch.)

    Waitressing Is A Soul-Destroying Profession

    | MA, USA | Bad Behavior, Employees, Musical Mayhem

    (It is my 18th birthday, and I’m very excited to go out for a nice dinner with some friends. I’ve made it clear to them that I don’t, by any means, want the staff of the restaurant to sing to me, so please don’t mention any birthdays. Sure enough, one friend accidentally mentions it to our waitress as she passes by.)

    Waitress: “Oh, your birthday! You want the free dessert when we come out to sing to you?”

    Me: “Oh, please, no, don’t do the song. If you have a soul, please don’t do the song.”

    Waitress: “Oh, honey, I’m a waitress. I don’t have a soul.” *she laughs a weird, creepy laugh, as if I was supposed to find that funny* “But, fine, I won’t have anyone come out and sing, but you’ll still get the free [dessert], all right?”

    Me: “Thank you, but really, I don’t need the free dessert.”

    (We finish eating our entrees and chat for a bit, when I hear the worst sound in the world: an entire staff of a restaurant clapping in unison.)

    Staff: “Happy, happy birthday, from [Restaurant] to you. We wish it was our birthday, so we could party, too!”

    Waitress: *puts the dessert on the table* “See? I said I don’t have a soul! Hahaha! Here’s your check, folks. I’ll be back in a few minutes.”

    Me: *absolutely lost for words, wishing I was invisible as now the entire restaurant is staring directly at me* “Uh… guys, please eat this as fast as possible so we can pay and get the f*** out of here.”


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