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    Taking A Pregnant Pause On Menopause

    | SK, Canada | Bad Behavior, Employees, Health & Body

    (I am 29. I am at the doctor to have a pregnancy test, as I have previously had a false positive on a store-bought test and want to be absolutely sure this time. My regular doctor has unexpectedly been called away due to a family emergency, so I get sent to a doctor I’ve never seen at this clinic before.)

    Doctor: “What symptoms have you been having?”

    Me: “I’ve missed my last two periods, but other than that I haven’t noticed anything unusual. My husband and I haven’t been using any birth control, though.”

    Doctor: “Uh-huh. And why didn’t you just buy a test kit from the drugstore?”

    Me: “I’ve had false positives on those before, so I decided to just come straight here this time and find out for sure.”

    Doctor: *snotty tone* “You do know that when you reach a certain age, you stop menstruating, right? It’s called menopause.”

    Me: *shocked by his tone* “Pardon?”

    Doctor: “MENOPAUSE. Your periods stop. It means you’re too old to bear children.”

    Me: “I— well, I don’t think I should be concerned about that just yet. Can I please just get the pregnancy test?”

    Doctor: “It can happen anytime after 40. You’re what, about 45, 46?”

    Me: “I’m 29!”

    Doctor: *rolls his eyes* “I don’t have time for that female vanity crap. I’d say you’re 45 if you’re a day.”

    Me: “I’m telling the truth. I’m 29. They have my date of birth on my patient file here.”

    Doctor: *looks at my file* “Well, you obviously gave them a false date of birth. I won’t report you, though. I know it can be hard to come to terms with aging, especially for women, but you really need to learn to deal with it.”

    Me: “I swear to you, that is my correct date of birth. I have my driver’s license here. I had to show it to the receptionist when I switched to this clinic.”

    (I pull out my wallet and hand the doctor my driver’s license.)

    Doctor: “Wow, this is pretty good! I had a friend in university who used to make fake IDs that were about as good as this.” *suddenly turns serious* “Now please, stop wasting time trying to tell me you’re younger than you are.”

    Me: *close to tears by this point* “Could you please just do the test now?”

    Doctor: “It would be pointless. My advice is to ask the receptionist for some pamphlets on menopause, make an appointment with a gynecologist, and look into getting some counseling for this complex you have about getting older. I have other patients to attend to.”

    (I left, but not before letting the receptionist know what happened and scheduling an appointment for the following week with my regular doctor. When I went in for the second appointment, I found out that I was indeed pregnant. Six months later I was in the waiting room of the clinic while my husband got checked out for a sinus infection, when who should appear but the rude doctor! He saw my heavily pregnant self, recognized me, and proceeded to berate me about having children ‘at such an advanced age’ and told me that my child would almost certainly have a developmental disability or be stillborn!)

    Working Around The Problem

    | Australia | Bad Behavior, Coworkers

    (I have a coworker who is rude to everyone she works with, but she generally hides it from the manager and customers very well. We’ve all just learned to ignore her. She’s leaning over a table that has something I need on it, so I silently tug it out from under her.)

    Coworker: *slowly straightens up and glares at me* “What?! You couldn’t just say ‘EXCUSE ME’?”

    Me: “I honestly had no idea you knew what those words meant.”

    Coworker: “You’re such a b****!”

    Me: “You’ve never said ‘excuse me’ in all the time you’ve worked here. I refuse to give you a courtesy that you so blatantly deny everyone around you. I also refuse to sink to your level and yell at you to get the h*** out of my way. I ALSO refuse to get in trouble because you’re taking your sweet time doing a simple job whilst blocking my way. My only remaining option is to work around you as if you’re not there, and until you can learn to be more polite, that’s not going to change.”

    Coworker: “Just shut up!” *storms off*

    Regular: *appearing behind me* “Wow….”

    Me: *awkward smile* “I guess I’m having a bad day.”

    Regular: “I don’t envy you.”

    Badly Treating Your Labor Force

    | Grand Rapids, MI, USA | Bad Behavior, Coworkers, Health & Body

    (I’m working as a waitress and I need to get another enormous tub of ice cream. I’m very pregnant and can’t reach the high shelf it’s on in the walk in, so I bring another server back with me to help. The walk in is very deep with three doors on the way to the very back where the ice cream is kept. This section is the coldest. It’s kept at about 20 degrees. As we are leaving with the ice cream, the door won’t open.)

    Me: “These don’t lock on their own, do they?”

    Coworker: “No, they have padlocks. Otherwise they just push open.”

    (We both shove against the door as hard as we can, but it won’t budge. We start banging and yelling for help, but there are three closed doors between us and the rest of the staff. We are locked back there for at least twenty minutes before a cook comes back. He opens the door laughing.)

    Cook: “Haha, you should see the look on your faces! That was rich!”

    Me: *shivering* “You locked us in? On purpose?!”

    Cook: “Yeah! I didn’t mean to leave you in so long. We got busy. By the way, the manager is looking for you two. Your tables are pissed that you’ve been gone so long.”

    Coworker: “You idiot! She’s nine months pregnant!”

    (The cook walked away. We reported him to the manager, but the manager still blamed us for going back there in the first place. I proceeded to go into labor and have my baby four hours later. I would hate to think it was from the stress of being frozen and then written up!)

    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!”


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