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    An Original Way To Pass The Blame

    | Houston, TX, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners

    (I am 21 and take a temp job organizing paperwork for a major lawsuit involving a construction firm and several of its subcontractors. I love the work, and many of the people are nice. My boss, while being a fun and interesting person to hang out with, is a terrible supervisor.)

    Boss: “Hey, [My Name], here’s another original document to add to the current batch.”

    Me: “All righty! Where should I put it in?”

    Boss: “Just the next opening will be fine, but be very careful with it as it’s an original with signatures.”

    Me: “Sure thing.”

    Boss: “Oh, and here’s a copy of it, but we don’t need this one.”

    (At this point she takes the original document and tears it in two.)

    Boss: “Oh, my God! What have you done!”

    Me: “I didn’t do anything! You just tore the original!”

    Boss: “You should not have given me the original to destroy! Now we have to index the copy! I thought you were smarter than this!”

    Me: “But, [Boss]! The documents haven’t left your hands!”

    Boss: “Don’t try to shift the blame, [My Name]! I saw what you did!”

    (This wasn’t the first time such a thing happened or the last. Luckily, my National Guard unit activated soon after and I never went back!)

    Time To Wake Up And Smell The Chai

    | AK, USA | Bad Behavior, Employees, Food & Drink

    (I am out with some friends at a coffee shop that has some of the best baristas in town. Because I do not like coffee I always order something else to drink, such as tea or a chai latte.)

    Me: “Hello, I’d like a medium chai latte, please.”

    Barista: “Sure, no problem. Can I get your name?”

    Me: “[My Name].”

    (We find a table and wait, and our drinks are ready within a few minutes. I take a sip of my chai latte, and tastes neither right or good, but I can’t quite place why. I take another sip and realize that it has coffee in it. I take it back up to the barista.)

    Me: “Hi, my chai latte tastes bitter. Did you put coffee in it?”

    Barista: “Oh, yes! It tastes much better that way.”

    Me: “But I don’t like coffee, which is why I asked for a chai latte. Could you please re-make it, without the coffee?”

    (A manager walks by with a stack of clattering dishes and mishears what I said.)

    Manager: “I’m sorry, but the Chai latte doesn’t come with coffee in it.”

    Me: “I know; that’s why I ordered it.”

    Manager: “Why are you asking for it to be re-made with coffee?”

    Me: “Because there’s coffee in this, and I don’t like coffee!”

    Manager: *to barista* “Why did you make it with coffee if she asked for a chai latte?”

    Barista: “Because it’s better that way!”

    Manager: *sighing* “Please re-make it without the coffee.”

    Barista: “Well, I like it with coffee!”

    (The manager gave him a hard look, and he correctly re-made my drink without further commentary. My friends and I haven’t seen that barista since!)

    Having Him Quit Was Just A Bonus

    | Croatia | Bad Behavior, Coworkers, Money

    (At our office you get paid extra if the project is delivered early. This bonus is paid by the contractor and divided equally amongst the people who were working on the project. Employees are looking at pay-lists to confirm everything is okay before money gets paid.)

    Employee: “Hey, why did [New Coworker] get a bonus? She only worked on the project for a week!”

    Owner: “But she worked. Rule is that everyone who worked on the project get bonus divided between them equally.”

    Employee: “But she barely did any work on it! It should be divided between the rest of us!”

    Owner: “Leave it. You would only get [around 2 USD] more if I did that.”

    Employee: “That’s bull-****. Everyone should get paid how much they deserve!”

    Owner: *raising his eyebrows* “So you want to get paid by merit?”

    Employee: “Yes!”

    Owner: “I’ll get updated lists to you in 10 minutes, then.”

    (Lists get handed out a bit later and employee is fuming.)

    Employee: “WHY DID I GET ONLY [around 9 USD] INSTEAD OF [almost 200 USD] BONUS!?”

    Owner: “I divided it by merit. [Best Programmer In The Office] did 80% of the back-end himself, so he got paid the most. Since you only worked on the interface, so you got paid by how much of the project you did.”

    Employee: “You can’t do that! It’s illegal! I’ll sue you!”

    Owner: “No, it’s not illegal. It’s a bonus that I hand out on my own will. Your basic pay stayed the same.”

    Employee: “THEN I QUIT, YOU F****** A******!”

    (Employee grabs his stuff and storms out. Boss proposes to going back to dividing project gain equally and everyone wholeheartedly agrees. Everything is fine until two weeks later when Employee storms back into our office and runs up to the boss.)

    Employee: “WHERE IS MY MONEY!?”

    Owner: “What are you talking about? You got your paycheck a day after you left. I was even so nice that I included the total bonus.”

    Employee: “MY SEVERANCE PAY, YOU IDIOT! YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO GIVE ME AMOUNT EQUAL TO FOUR PAYCHECKS!”

    Owner: “That’s the severance. I don’t have to pay you that. I only have to pay that to workers I FIRE myself, that haven’t breached the contract.”

    Employee: “But you gave it to [Name] last month and he quit himself! You always pay people that!”

    Owner: “That was my good will. Since we parted kindly I decided to “fire him” before he handed his resignation, so I “had to” pay him severance. I don’t legally have to pay you.”

    Employee: “Umm, but I thought that…”

    Owner: “You thought? No, you didn’t. What you did was quit a job that has 25% bigger base pay than average in your field, gives you bonuses for every project, pays for overtime twice as much as other companies in the same field, lets you choose what hours you work and tons of other extra stuff that I do to keep my workers happy since the company is doing well. Also, if you wanted to quit like normal people do instead of screaming and insulting me you would have gotten [Five Figure Sum], just because I can.”

    Employee: “…”

    Owner: “And you did this over the amount of money that can’t even get you a decent cup of coffee. Now get the f*** out before I call the police to remove you.”

    All She Sees Is A Costumed Villain

    | Toledo, OH, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Employees

    (I’m a training costumer and have gone to a Goodwill-type store to look for pieces for my newest project. I strike gold with the first store and find a beautiful dress just perfect for the piece. Practically giddy at my good luck, I hurry to the register to pay for it.)

    Cashier: “Well, you seem awfully chipper.”

    Me: “Sorry. I was expecting to search all over town for a dress like this, but found it on my first try!”

    Cashier: “Well, I’m glad you were able to find something. Big dance or something?”

    Me: “Oh, no, I’m a costumer. I’m going to use this for a costume project.”

    (Right then, the cashier’s face turns stormy and she promptly reaches out and snatches the dress away from me.)

    Cashier: “You snotty little s***! How dare you come into this store?!”

    Me: “Huh?!”

    Cashier: “I guess it never occurred to you that poor people come into this store and buy clothes they desperately need! And here you come flouncing in to buy their clothes for a stupid costume!”

    Me: “But… I’ve been doing this for years.”

    Cashier: “That’s even worse! You’re lucky I don’t call the cops on you, you little thief! Get out! Don’t you ever set foot in here again! Get out before I call security! NOW!”

    (By this time, the whole store has gone quiet as everyone stares at us. The swift sound of footsteps approaching alerted us to a manager hurrying over.)

    Manager: “What the bloody h*** is going on?”

    Cashier: “This pathetic little snob was stealing our clothes, [Manager].”

    Manager: “Huh?”

    Me: “I swear I wasn’t, miss! I was about to pay for that!”

    Manager: “Then where did she get the idea you were going to steal it?”

    Me: “I honestly don’t know. I just mentioned that I was going to use it for a costume and she flipped out.”

    Cashier: “See? She even admits it! She admits to stealing poor people’s clothes to use in ridiculous costumes!”

    (The manager gives her an incredulous look, sighs, and pushes her aside.)

    Manager: “Will that be cash or credit, miss?”

    Me: “Cash.”

    Cashier: “WHAT?! You’re still going to sell it to her? She’s STEALING it from people who NEED it!”

    Manager: “[Cashier], I highly doubt that every poor person in the city is lining up to buy fancy ball gowns. Whatever you’ve been smoking on break, you’d better toss it before I toss you.”

    (She bagged the dress and I thanked her quickly, scurrying out while the cashier proceeded to scream after me again. I didn’t go back for a few weeks, but when I did, I found out she’d been fired for her antics, which included trying to have a little boy buying a stuffed animal arrested because he didn’t look ‘poor’ enough. I still shop there and the bargains are always awesome.)

    Got To Face The Facebook Facts

    | OR, USA | Bad Behavior, Coworkers, Technology

    (I work as a supervisor at a pool for the past few years. Most of the lifeguards and instructors are under 18 since the pool is attached to the local high school. Because the pool is so small, supervisors also guard on some shifts with the only other staff person in the building being the lifeguard. This happens with one of the 16-year-old boys we’d hired earlier that summer, so he has no idea I am 23. I am left on the stand for over 45 minutes.)

    Me: “Where the h*** have you been? You were supposed to be here half an hour ago!”

    Coworker: “I lost track of time.”

    Me: “Were you doing something important?”

    Coworker: *doesn’t answer*

    (After getting off the stand, I check the office to see what he’s been doing. The little idiot had stayed logged into his Facebook, and I find out he’s been sexting with his girlfriend. I maximize the screen to show I know when I go to switch with him. Moments after we switch, this happens:)

    Coworker: *spitting profanities at me*

    Me: “Woah, there are about 20 children in the pool. Watch the language.”

    Coworker: “That was an invasion of privacy!”

    Me: “What, you leaving your Facebook logged in?”

    Coworker: “Yes!”

    Me: “You do realize using social media sites at work is against the rules, right? We’re on the school’s network. Also, what are you talking about? You signed a form saying you would do nothing like that.”

    Coworker: “You’re not my boss!”

    Me: “Actually, right now, I am. [Boss] is on vacation, so I’m in charge until she gets back.”

    Coworker: “You’re just a teenager like me! You have no authority over me!”

    Me: “I have seven years on you. I want you off the premises. I’ve already called a replacement for you and covered all your shifts until [Boss] is back.”

    (He tried to push me in the pool before sprinting out. The moron tried to show up for his shifts that I was supervising, and when our boss returned he was fired. It gets better: he was expelled for using the school’s computers for “illicit activities.” Then his girlfriend dumped him. Then his mother made him come and apologize!)


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