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    The Key To Listening

    | Peoria, IL, USA | Bosses & Owners, Extra Stupid, Language & Words

    (I’ve just arrived for my shift and need a second person to go to the back with me so I can get my money, as I don’t have a key.)

    Me: “I need someone with a door key, please!”

    Coworker #1: “I don’t have a door key. Ask [Coworker #2].”

    Coworker #2: “What?”

    Me: “Do you have a door key? I need my money.”

    Coworker #2: “I do have a door key!”

    Teller Supervisor: *from another room* “STOP CALLING PEOPLE ‘DORKY’! THAT’S NOT NICE!”

    Working For An Automaton

    | Minneapolis, MN, USA | Bosses & Owners, New Hires

    (A director who I’d worked with previously heard I might lose my job due to downsizing. He asked me to interview with one of his managers for an open position. During this interview…)

    Director: “I think you’d be great for this position. Your knowledge of Excel and Access would be perfect.”

    Me: “Thanks. Whenever I’m given a new repetitive task, I try to automate the heck out of it. The more tasks that we can make automated, the more time we have to focus on other projects.”

    Director: “Sounds good. I think it’ll be a good fit.”

    Manager: *says nothing*

    Me: “Okay, well, I’ll let you two discuss it.”

    (Flash forward a few months after I’ve been hired:)

    Manager: “I need you to work on [report] first thing. I need it ASAP.”

    (I do the report. Later that day…)

    Me: “Here you go. I moved the totals to the top so it’s easier to read at a glance.”

    Manager: “Fine, whatever.”

    (A day passes…)

    Manager: “I can’t read this report. Where are the totals?”

    Me: “At the top. I told you I moved them.”

    Manager: “Yes, I can see that. I hate it. Fix it.”

    Me: “Okay, but you reviewed the report. Is it otherwise okay?”

    Manager: “Fix the totals.”


    Me: “Here’s the revised report.”

    Manager: “You’re taking too long to complete these tasks.”

    (A day passes:)

    Manager: “This data is all wrong!”

    Me: “Oh, okay. Well, I’m still a bit new. Do you know what I did wrong?”

    Manager: “No.”

    Me: “Oh, do you want me to just start over from scratch?”

    Manager: “No, I don’t have time to wait. I’ll do it myself. You take too long to complete tasks.”

    (This is the fourth time this has happened since I was hired. He would not read my reports for days after submission, and then complain about something trivial, which I’d promptly fix, then wait for days before eventually declaring my work to be a “total waste” and just redo it himself. I decide to talk to the director.)

    Me: “I’m concerned that [Manager] and I have different working styles. I don’t think it’s a good fit.”

    Director: “I was concerned this would happen. He prefers the old way of doing things. There was an employee like you that liked automation before [Manager] was hired. They clashed, too, and eventually he quit.”

    Me: “Then why did you think I’d be a good fit?”

    Racially Aware Of What He Was About To Say

    | BC, Canada | Bosses & Owners

    (We are doing a large re-packaging run at a local food security agency. Several members of a nearby First Nations community have come to help but we are still short of bodies to do the work.)

    Supervisor: *to me* “The main problem is that we have too many chiefs and… never mind.”

    Caught Red Dyed

    | OH, USA | Bizarre/Silly, Bosses & Owners, Coworkers

    (I’ve recently dyed my hair. It’s not bright, but it’s still an unnatural shade of red. I’m a little worried that the manager is going to say something. I get there, and he doesn’t mention anything until about halfway through my shift.)

    Coworker: “Hey, [My Name], did you dye your hair?”

    Me: “Yeah, I did it while I was off.”

    Manager: “What color is it?”

    Coworker: “….You can’t tell?”

    Manager: “I’m colorblind…”

    Me: “…It’s brown!”

    (We all laughed. I didn’t get in trouble.)

    A Real Slim Shady

    | CA, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Criminal/Illegal

    (The owner at my former place of work does a lot of shady things. Long story short, I called him out after being personally injured by one of his ‘tactics,’ and now he’s treating all of his employees with extreme “caution,” or what we would call intimidation. This was retold to me by a manager there.)

    Owner: “[Manager], I need you to sign this contract. It says you’re responsible for 50% of costs if anything in the store stops working. It also says here that if you quit or I fire you, you cannot work for any competition in town for the next five years. If you don’t sign this contract right now in front of me, you’re fired.”

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