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    Penny Dreadful Service

    | New Orleans, LA, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Employees, Food & Drink

    (My older sister and I are at a fine dining restaurant and have ordered a bottle of wine with our meal. The server is terribly slow the entire meal but this is the breaking point.)

    Server: *clearing off the table after we had been finished at least a half hour* “Will there be anything else?”

    Sister: “Yes, we’ll take the rest of the bottle of wine with us.”

    (The bottle is less than halfway full. The server picks up the bottle from the wine cart and turns it upside down in the ice bucket it was in, emptying the contents. He then hands my sister the empty bottle. After that he brings the bill and we pay in cash, but my sister leaves a single penny on the tray.)

    Sister: “Oh, this is for you.”

    Server: *seeing the penny* “What?!”

    My Sister: “Yes. For you.”

    (The server storms off. The manager comes over, almost crying because she’s laughing so hard.)

    Manager: “You actually offered him a penny?”

    Me: “It was more than he deserved. We’ve been here over two hours thanks to him.”

    Manager: “And you already paid?”

    My Sister: “Yes.”

    Manager: “I’m sorry about that. Please come back again and we’ll make things right.”

    (We never saw that server again!)

    Eye’ll See You in 15 Years!

    | Chicago, IL, USA | Bad Behavior, Crazy Requests

    (My dad is basically the boss of many buildings in the company. In this story a customer hasn’t been in this office for fifteen years. When he first came he bought glasses.)

    Customer: “I bought these glasses a while ago. They broke and I think they are defective and I want a refund.”

    Dad: “You haven’t come here in fifteen years. They have been constantly used. No, you are not going to get a refund.”

    Customer: “Well, you lost me as a customer!”

    A Damning Account Of History

    | Bremerton, WA, USA | At The Checkout, Bad Behavior, History

    (I’m a female in the Navy, wearing a t-shirt with a classy ‘Sailor Jerry’ style sailor pin-up girl and a banner that reads ‘D*** the Torpedoes’.)

    Me: “Oh, you guys have a military discount, right?”

    (The cashier reads my military ID, then rolls her eyes as she punches in the discount code.)

    Cashier: “You’d think a troop would dress more appropriately.”

    Me: “Excuse me?”

    Cashier: *gestures at my shirt* “You’re supposed to represent the armed forces at all times, right? So why are you wearing clothes with smutty girls and filthy language on it?”

    Me: “Lady, ‘D*** the Topedoes’ is a famous quote by Admiral Farragut from a battle in the 1800s. And I’m pretty sure sailors have been getting this exact girl tattooed on themselves since before either of us were born. This IS the Navy.”

    (She refused to say a word for the rest of the transaction.)

    He’s Not F****** Kidding

    | San Antonio, TX, USA | Bad Behavior, Coworkers, Language & Words

    (Our store has a rule prohibiting workers from swearing while on shift. Nearly everyone, however, including the managers, tend to ignore this rule. I, as a bit of a rules-stickler and also opposed to swearing on moral grounds, have tried several times to remind people that the rule exists. At one point, I write a note using a dry erase marker on an unoccupied metal counter, hoping to remind not just my shift, but shifts after me.)

    My Note: “A reminder: Both cell phone usage and profanity while on the clock is prohibited by company policy.”

    (A few minutes later, one of the worst offenders notices the note and writes something under it.)

    Coworker: “Hey, [My Name]! Guess what I wrote!”

    Me: *dryly* “I’m going to hazard a guess at something like, ‘Forget this; I’ll say what I want,’ only with more profanity.”

    Coworker: “Um, actually, it’s ‘F*** that; I’ll say what I want.'”

    (He then proceeded to erase both the note and the response, rendering my efforts basically fruitless. Thankfully, he has since found employment elsewhere.)

    Project-ing A Threat

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

    (My boss, while technically sound, has no experience with managing people, and tends to be a “do what I tell you” type of guy. On returning from two weeks off…)

    Boss: “Where are you with [project]?”

    Me: “I haven’t made much progress, I’m afraid.”

    Boss: “What? Why not?”

    Me: “Er… I’ve been covering for your job the last two weeks.”

    Boss: “Not good enough. [Manager] expects to see progress. No excuses.”

    Me: *getting frustrated* “If your job was so easy to do, I could do it alongside everything I do and still complete the project. What exactly would be the point of you?”

    Boss: “[Manager] has been talking to someone in another office. They have far more experience in your specialty, and they are desperate for a job.”

    Me: “Hire him, then.”

    Boss: “What?”

    Me: “I said give him my job. I have another offer on the table; we are still working out the details, but it is an offer.”

    Boss: *suddenly speechless* “I, err, no, I mean, all I was trying to say was how important this project is.”

    Me: “It sounded like you were threatening me. Frankly I wanted to do right and finish my role here, but if you do have someone lined up then, perfect.”

    Boss: “…”

    Me: “Right, I have work to do. Was there anything else?”

    Boss: “…No.”

    (The discussion for the new job took a lot longer than initially thought, so I worked a few more months before handing in my notice. However, I never saw my eager replacement.)

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