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    Putting A Finger On The Problem

    | Ireland | Bad Behavior, Employees, Food & Drink

    Me: *flagging down a waitress* “Excuse me, but this lasagna is frozen in the centre.”

    Waitress: *sticking her finger into my food* “It feels fine to me!”

    What A Bunch Of A55H0L35

    | NY, USA | Bad Behavior, Coworkers, Technology, Theme Of The Month

    (My coworkers and I are in a week long training session on a new client. One of my coworkers is notoriously ditzy, and is having problems with a couple of programs. Our trainer tells her to submit a help desk ticket to get the problem resolved during our afternoon break.)

    Coworker: “Okay, guys. How do I do this?”

    Me: “You just go to [program] and fill out a ticket with what issue you’re having.”

    Coworker: “That’s it?”

    (One of my other coworkers, a known techie, pipes up.)

    Techie: “Well, you should include a ‘tech code’. That way IT will know what you’re talking about. It’s a computer thing.”

    (At this point there’s just a few of us in the room and he shoots us all a look to tell us that he’s pulling her leg while she’s not looking. So, we all play along.)

    Me: “Oh, yah. That’s right, I always forget. What code should she use, [Techie]?”

    Techie: “Type 1MAT007.” *tech speak for ‘I’m a Tool’*

    Coworker: “Awesome, thanks!”

    (She filled out the form and submitted it. Not ten minutes later we can hear the IT guy laughing all the way down the hall as he walks over to our training room.)

    IT Guy: “So, you’re a tool?”

    Coworker: “I’m a what?”

    (We all burst out laughing. She didn’t get it and kept asking us, ‘What? What are you guys laughing at?’. The next day she came in and went right up to our techie.)

    Coworker: “I looked up ‘tool’ on the Internet and I AM NOT A GULLIBLE OR EASILY MANIPULATED PERSON!”

    Enough To Nurse A Grudge

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

    (I work at a kitchen of a nursing home. I am walking to another side of the building to pass out snacks when I see a resident trying to stand up from her wheelchair. Three nurses are standing next to her gossiping and not paying attention. The resident almost falls forward when I run fast as I can and catch her and put her back to her chair.)

    Me: “Where do you want to go, [Resident]?”

    Resident: “I want to go and watch the movie, but they parked my wheelchair and I don’t know how to move it now.”

    Me: “I’ll go take you to the movie room.”

    (I go and take her to the movie room, and I go back to the nurses.)

    Nurse #1: “—did you see that fat girl run?!”

    Nurse #2: *laughing* “Yeah, I know!”

    Me: *now angry* “You guys should have paid attention to her! She almost fell!”

    Nurse #1: “Oh, she falls all the time!”

    (Two of the three nurses got fired because the head nurse overheard. The head nurse also told me to come to her when I am done with nursing school and I can have a nursing job.)

    In Your Darkest Extra Hour

    | USA | Bad Behavior, Coworkers, Criminal/Illegal

    (I’ve already worked the daily maximum hours allowed at my job when this occurs.)

    Coworker: “Hey, [My Name], I’m gonna need you to come in for a couple of hours to cover [Another Coworker].”

    Me: “I’m sorry, man, I can’t. I’m already maxed out. I’ll be in tomorrow, though.”

    Coworker: *typing in the background* “It’s cool. I just fixed it so you can come in. I erased the last few hours you worked so you should be cool to do what I need.”

    Me: *in disbelief* “You just erased a few hours off my timecard? Do you know how illegal that is?”

    Coworker: “Oh, relax. Who’s gonna find out anyway?”

    Me: “How about [Boss] when she shows up tomorrow morning?”

    Coworker: “You worry too much; she’ll never know. And besides, it’s my word against yours, anyway.”

    Me: “No, it’s actually your word against mine; the surveillance system, and the recording of this call that will prove to [Boss] who’s telling the truth.”

    Coworker: “…”

    Me: “Also, just so you know, those are both backed up off-site and can only be accessed by [Boss] or her boss.”

    Coworker: “…”

    (Oddly enough, for some reason, that coworker mysteriously quit before the start of next shift.)

    Way Ahead Of The Schedule

    | Plano, TX, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Holidays

    (We pick up a new supervisor during the year. They have made out the on-call schedule from September until March of the next year.)

    Me: “I’ve got a problem with the on-call schedule you’ve just sent out.”

    Supervisor: “Okay, what is it?”

    Me: “You’ve got me working the holidays and I was planning on being off during that time.”

    Supervisor: “Look, you have to accept it. Everyone has to work a holiday now and then. The rules for the major holidays are that if you work Thanksgiving, then you can have Christmas off and if you work Christmas, you can have Thanksgiving off. Also you never sent in a request to have off so I’ve scheduled you.”

    Me: “Yes, I’m well aware what the rules are for holidays.”

    Supervisor: “Then you understand you can’t have off.”

    Me: “Did you bother to check who was on call last year? We’re not supposed to be on the major holiday if we had to be on call for either of them the year before. I’ve worked the last three Christmas seasons because of our short staff and turnovers as well as the last two Thanksgivings. Also I can produce an email approval with our manager before you were hired where I’ve requested Christmas off this year so that I can finally spend it with my family.”

    Supervisor: “Oh. Well, I can’t reassign it. The schedule has already gone out.”

    Me: “Oh, I think you can. It only went out ten minutes ago. In fact, I’m going to print out the schedule for the last three years and the email approval and visit the manager in about thirty minutes.”

    (Voila, it got changed, but I was put back on Christmas the following year.)


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