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    Time To Pony Up To Your Bad Behavior

    | KS, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Employees

    (I walk up to the register at a comic book store. I am a 23-year-old man buying My Little Pony comics for my 12-year-old niece’s birthday. When I walk up to the register the cashier looks at me in disgust.)

    Cashier: “Can I help you?”

    Me: “Yes, I’d like to purchase these.”

    Cashier: “Yeah, I can’t sell you those; they’re for little girls.”

    Me: “Well, that’s why I’m buying them. I was just—”

    Cashier: “Look man; just get out and save face while you can. You’ve already embarrassed yourself enough today.”

    Me: *quite agitated now* “This is ridiculous. Can I speak to the owner?”

    Cashier: “I am the owner. Just get out of my store.”

    (At this point the owner speaks up. He was behind a shelf watching the whole transaction and knew what was going on.)

    Owner: “Actually, I’m the owner. [Cashier], go ahead and wait for me in my office.”

    (The cashier stomps into the back room.)

    Owner: “Sorry about that. He’s pretended to be the owner before; I was trying to catch him in the act so I had something to go off of.”

    Me: “I’m glad I could help!”

    No Job Security

    | NM, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (This takes place via text message:)

    Me: “I’d like it in writing that I’m not responsible for the company car when my shift is over. A lot of people dislike the security, and this is the third car we had to replace at this location. As nobody relieves my shift, I just park it and leave. I want to be sure I’m covered if someone else comes by later and does something.”

    (The boss calls:)

    Boss: “If you’re too scared to work out there, I’ll reassign you.”

    (And just like that, I went from months at a bank that I like, with no problems, awesome hours, and friendly employees who were glad to see me, to ten-hour shifts of staring at a construction site alone all night. That taught me to make reasonable requests!)

    Available To No Avail

    | IN, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Ignoring/Inattentive, Movies & TV

    (My family and I will be moving very soon and so because of that, I’m trying to deep clean my room during my two days off on Spring Break. Sometime around two pm, I get a call from work but miss it due to cleaning. At around five, I call back to see what is up. Note that my friend and I were planning on seeing a movie at eight that night.)

    General Manager: “Hello, thank you for calling [Theater]. This is [General Manager] speaking. How may I help you?

    Me: “Hey, [General Manager], it’s [My Name]. I was just calling to see what ya’ll needed to call me for.”

    General Manager: “Oh, we needed people for the afternoon rush but it’s over now. You shouldn’t miss calls from us.”

    Me: “Yeah, sorry about that. I was cleaning for the move. Hey, can I come see [Movie] at eight with a friend?”

    General Manager: “No.”

    (I assume that we have many pre-ordered for that time since this a premier for a big movie.)

    Me: “Oh, okay. Is there any other time we can come in?”

    General Manager: “No, we’re not giving out any passes tonight.”

    Me: “Huh? Why not?”

    General Manager: “Because no one called us back and because if you were unavailable then, you must be unavailable now and cannot see a movie.”

    Me: “That doesn’t make any sense. I wasn’t scheduled for today nor did I request today off. I simply just missed a phone call.”

    General Manager: “Yes, so that means you were unavailable. Have a good day.”

    (In the end, most of my coworkers and I went to another theater in the next town to see the movie. We not only enjoyed the movie but the more comfortable seats!)

    Check-Up Has Checked Out

    | Australia | Bad Behavior, Employees, Health & Body, Lazy/Unhelpful, Money

    (I am having a check-up at my surgeon’s office. Six months prior, I underwent a medically necessary plastic surgery, and was promised upon choosing this surgeon that all following check-ups were covered in the cost of the surgery. The check-ups literally take five minutes or less – I walk in, they look at the scar, say it looks great, and I walk out. I’m passing back out through reception, and there’s a receptionist who is new and I haven’t seen before.)

    Receptionist: “Okay, so that will be $90.”

    Me: “Oh, sorry, I don’t think that’s right. All of my follow ups are included in what I’ve already paid.”

    Receptionist: *dripping with insincerity* “Oh, sweety. That’s only for the first six months. It’s been a few weeks past that now. You really need to read the fine print, don’t you, honey?”

    Me: “I went through all the paperwork with the admissions nurse before I booked. I was absolutely assured there would be no follow up costs.”

    Receptionist: “$90, sweety. Go home and read your paperwork. It’s there in writing.”

    (Being the pushover that I am, I paid. I went home and sure enough, nothing mentions additional costs after six months. Needless to say, I cancelled all my following appointments.)

    A Big Baloney Pizza

    | TX, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Food & Drink

    (I’m working delivering pizza at a national chain restaurant, and it is common for us to pitch in lightly in other jobs when we aren’t actively doing a delivery. I walk into the restaurant and walk straight to the kitchen, where I start throwing together a pizza. To my surprise, the regional manager, a large man whose first language is not English, comes out of nowhere and slaps his hand on my shoulder.)

    Regional Manager: “You know, I see you come in here, and you always working. You work very hard. I see you always busy. You help the cooks when they busy, you help the waitresses when they busy, and if nobody busy, you wash dishes. You are good hard worker. You do good job and I just wanted to tell you, thank you.”

    (As quickly as he appeared, he vanishes to inspect some other portion of the restaurant. The cook, who is also my roommate, looks up at the orders.)

    Cook: “Um, bro, nobody ordered a large pepperoni.” *he pauses for a moment* “Wait! Isn’t today your day off?”

    Me: “Cool it, man. The regional manager just thanked me while I was in the middle of stealing a pizza. Now throw this in the oven so I can get out of here before anyone realizes!”

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