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    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.)

    First Place And Out Of Place

    | USA | Bad Behavior, Coworkers

    (I have a new coworker who has to turn everything into a competition. He also has a condescending attitude towards me because I’m a girl. This is starting to get on my nerves, as we are on the same level and are supposed to be working as a team. We are having a meeting with our boss to go over results from the previous couple weeks.)

    Boss: “…and [My Name], your average sales per customer was the highest in [State] market over the last two weeks.”

    Me: “It was?”

    Boss: “Congratulations!”

    Me: “Thank you! ”

    Boss: “And-”

    Coworker: “—WAIT A MINUTE! Why is mine so low?”

    Boss: “Yours was above the average for our market. That’s great!”

    Coworker: “When I worked at [Previous Bank] I was always first! How is this calculated?! I don’t understand.”

    Me: “But you’re still above the average. That’s good.”

    Boss: “Both of your efforts are appreciated!”

    Coworker: “BUT I WAS ALWAYS FIRST!”

    (At this point, I’ve had enough.)

    Me: “Are you just mad because I beat you?”

    Coworker: “No, I’m just used to being first! I should be first!”

    Me: “You’re mad because a girl beat you.”

    Boss: “OKAY! Let’s move on. [Coworker], if you’re that concerned, go back and see how many sales you had over the last couple weeks and see if you come up with the same number [Sales Manager] did.”

    Coworker: *muttering* “I should still be first…”

    Has Already Been Seen By The Doctor

    | London, England, UK | Bad Behavior, Bizarre/Silly, Coworkers, Health & Body

    (It is my first month working in the police. One colleague says he doesn’t understand what my high-functioning-autism is, and keeps trying to get me to sit with him and his friends at lunch. I and several others (including the disability liaison) explain again and again about neurodevelopmental disabilities, but he keeps saying he doesn’t understand. Eventually, they give up and lie, saying ‘he’s just crazy, leave him alone.’ The next day he comes up to me sitting alone on a coffee break.)

    Coworker: “[Coworker] just told me that all your disability stuff is because you’re crazy. That’s not true; your exam scores are really high. You’re not crazy, right?”

    (At this point I decide to play along and quote Ood Server from ‘Doctor Who.’)

    Me: *deadpan* “The Beast and his armies shall rise from the Pit, to make war against God.”

    Coworker: “Oh, so you ARE crazy! That’s great! Now I get it!”

    (Then he walked off smiling. He’s never bothered me again.)

    You’ll Pay For That Holiday

    | Sydney, NSW, Australia | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Holidays

    (I work for a store manager who never lets me have time off, even though her friends get all the time off they want. We get a new store manager who has a crack down on unused vacation time. I have almost three months owing to me. We get told that if we don’t start using the time up that they will simply order us to take month off with no notice. I put in for four weeks off, two weeks so I could look after my children on their school break, and two weeks to get neglected things done and a little time just for me. My husband has only recently started a new job after two years unemployment, so I cannot afford to go away. I get back to work and get asked what I did.)

    Me: “Oh, nothing much. Just stayed home. Took the kids out a couple of times.”

    (The next day store manager comes up to me at the end of day.)

    Store Manager: “I’ve spoken to head office about you. In future if you are only ‘just going to stay home’ on your holidays you cannot take four weeks off. You can only take four weeks off if you are going overseas, or something like that.”

    (I am so livid that I cannot even answer her. My coworker has overheard.)

    Coworker: “Did you just get into trouble for not going away on your holidays?”

    Me: “Yes. I am so angry! I can’t believe that they think they can dictate what I do on my holidays. I’m handing my resignation in tomorrow.”

    (I give two weeks notice and after leaving I notice I haven’t been paid my severance pay. I call up and speak to my department manager about it.)

    Department Manager: “I spoke to [Store Manager]. She didn’t submit your resignation to head office because she thought you were joking.”

    Me:  ”Well, the past week that I haven’t turned up should have told her that I wasn’t.”

    Department Manager: “You realise that if you don’t get paid out before Friday that the company has to pay you extra money? Just leave it at that. Serves her right for treating you like that.”

    (My pay came through at 11.45 pm on the Thursday night. I bet someone in head office wasn’t too happy with having to work late to pay me.)


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