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    Category: Bad Behavior

    Her Sub Skills Are Sub-Standard

    | London, England, UK | Bad Behavior, Family & Kids, New Hires

    (My cousin is 11. Her dad is the manager of a sandwich shop for half a year. After school she goes to the shop to pick up a sandwich her dad leaves for her. New employees get told of this.)

    Cousin: “Hi, are you new?”

    New Employee: “Yes.”

    Cousin: “I’m [Cousin] and my dad is [Manager]. He always leaves me a sandwich to pick up. Can I have it, please?”

    New Employee: “Go away.”

    Cousin: “Huh?”

    New Employee: “You just want free food. Get out.”

    Cousin: “My daddy didn’t tell you?”

    Employee: “Hey! What are you doing? This is [Cousin]. She came for her sandwich her dad leaves for her. Why are you talking to her like that?”

    New Employee: “How would I know who she is?”

    Employee: “Really? [Manager] always lets us know about her when we’re hired.”

    New Employee: “Well, I wasn’t told.”

    Employee: “That’s odd. I’ll let him know. But that was still rude the way you talked to her.”

    Cousin: “What happened, [Employee]? Can I have my sandwich?”

    Employee: “Of course you can.”

    (It turned out my uncle did tell this new employee; somehow she ‘forgot’ or completely ignored it. She was fired soon after for being rude to people in general.)

    Can’t Stop The Presses

    | NC, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (48 hours earlier, a massive hurricane swept through our city, which is 250 miles inland. We’re all frantically working to keep assembling the city’s daily newspaper, even though we have to drive to another city and use their paper’s presses to print it. None of us have power, water, or heat. There are massive trees down, buildings leveled, power lines everywhere, and the National Guard directing traffic. We’re working away on the next day’s paper and idly griping about all of our hardships, when the new assistant managing editor, trying to play along says:)

    Assistant Manager: “Oh, I know: Our cable reception is really fuzzy.”

    Cardi-gonna Get You In Trouble

    | Kent, England, UK | Bad Behavior, Criminal/Illegal, Employees

    (I’m browsing, with my mum and little sister, in a local charity shop that supports a well-known research company. It’s the height of summer, and said sister is wearing a cardigan because she is self-conscious whilst outside in public.)

    Mum: *to sister* “Hey, [Sister], there are some nice dresses over here that you might like.”

    (I’m over the other side of the shop browsing their book collection. There is currently one member of staff in the shop, manning the till, but currently doing nothing.)

    Sister: *moans* “Mum, it’s hot in here.”

    Mum: “Okay, hun. Put it in my bag for the meanwhile.”

    (Then, the middle-aged staff member appears right behind them both.)

    Employee: *narrows eyes* “Excuse me, ma’am, but we do not tolerate your kind in here.”

    Mum: *baffled* “…I’m sorry?”

    Employee: “Don’t pretend you don’t know!”

    Mum: *exasperated* “No, I don’t know! What are you talking about?!”

    (The employee looks at my sister, bends down slightly and tuts at her.)

    Employee: “It’s a shame your generation are this way.” *to herself* She should know better.”

    (By now I can see my mum is kind of losing it and my sister is tearful. I intervene.)

    Me: “Pardon me, ma’am, but don’t you think it’s unfair to make an accusation of someone without actually telling them what is it they’re being accused of?”

    Employee: *sighs dramatically* “Oh, all right then.” *points menacingly at sister* “I saw her put one of our cardigans in that bag! Stealing!”

    Mum: “That was hers! She came in wearing it!”

    Employee: *scoffs* “Yeah, pull the other one.”

    (I pull the cardigan from Mum’s bag and show the label to the rude employee.)

    Me: “Ma’am, I’ve worked in charity shops before, and they tag clothes just like any other store you’ll find. There is no tag on this cardigan!”

    Employee: “She could have taken it off!”

    Me: “But this cardigan is [well-known Brand name] and you don’t even sell that kind of label here!”

    Employee: “Hmph. Well, rest assured, I’ll be speaking to my manager about this.”

    (As we swiftly removed ourselves from the shop, the woman was wagging her finger at us from the large window display. Later, we called the manager before the employee did, and got a profuse apology. The employee was also fired for her appalling treatment of customers.)

    Putting The Fired Into Hired, Part 2

    , | Elk Grove, CA, USA | Bad Behavior, Job Seekers

    (My boss is in the process of hiring a graphic designer for our store in order to grow our print business. During this process we get a call from one of the interviewees:)

    Me: “Hello, [Store]. [My Name] speaking. How can I help you?”

    Caller: “Yes, I had an interview the other day with the owner and was calling to check my status.”

    Me: “All right, let me put you on hold and check with the owner.”

    (I put them on hold while I speak with my boss, but when I go to speak with the caller they have hung up. I shrug it off , and then overhear my coworker pick up another call and have the exact same conversation, only to have the caller hang up again when she is put on hold. I pick up again the third time she calls.)

    Caller: *angrily* “This is my third time calling and you guys keep hanging up on me!”

    Me: “No, ma’am, we don’t. We have been putting you on hold and you have been hanging up on us. I need to speak with my boss and you seem unwilling to wait.”

    Caller: “Let me talk to him NOW!”

    Me: “Unfortunately, he is otherwise occupied and is unable to come to the phone but I will have him call you back if he is interested in hiring you.”

    Caller: “Can I trust you to give him my information?”

    Me: “Yes, ma’am, I will. He should have your information anyway with your application.”

    Caller: “Ugh, fine. I’ll just wait for the call.”

    (Needless to say, I advised my boss against hiring this person. To the caller’s bad luck, I’m one of my bosses most trusted employees.)

    Related:
    Putting The Fired Into Hired

    Under New Unsupervision

    | UK | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (I have recently been transferred to work at another location as they have had a lot of people suddenly quitting. The cashier has a bell to ring if they require assistance; this bell can only be heard on the shop floor. It is the first week of working there:)

    Supervisor: “Okay, today we need you to fill everything. So make a list and head to the stockroom.”

    (After making my list, I wait for about an hour for someone to come down and swap with me, so they can hear the bell. When no one arrives I run upstairs to find someone. I find my supervisor and other coworkers sitting in the office talking and laughing.)

    Supervisor: “[My Name]! Why aren’t you on the shop floor filling?!”

    Me: “Because no one was there to swap with me?”

    Supervisor: “Well, yes, can’t you see we’re very busy here?”

    (She gestures to her and her coworkers who all have phones and food out.)

    Supervisor: “Just get on with your job, all right? If the place doesn’t look full by the end of your shift, I will be having words with [Manager]. Oh and [My Name]? Leaving the shop floor with no one else downstairs is a violation of our safety procedures. What if [Cashier] got their till stolen? And you’re up here. I’ll be making sure [Manager] writes this up.”

    (As I turn and begin to leave:)

    Supervisor: *to a colleague* “Why would they transfer the lazy incompetent one? Can’t even fill a simple shelf!”

    (No one came down for the rest of my shift, other than to let me grab lunch. I can now see why they had so many staff members suddenly quit.)


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