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    This Is Why We’re In A Recession, Part 33

    | USA | Bosses & Owners, Extra Stupid, Money, School

    (I work in a warehouse with my boss and a few other employees. My boss has been wealthy her entire life. I am working when she starts to chat me up about college.)

    Boss: “I don’t understand why you’re going to [Local College] instead of one two hours away. It’s a life experience.”

    Me: “Oh, yes, I know. I’s just much cheaper for me to live at home and go to [Local College] until I graduate. I don’t want to be in debt like most college students.”

    (My boss gives me a dumbfounded look.)

    Boss: “Why?”

    Me: “…why?”

    Boss: “Why don’t you want to be in debt?”

    Me: “…”

    Boss: “Debt is the American way. I was $38,000 in debt when I graduated, and I paid it off just fine. It was stupid of you to go to [Local College].”

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    Something Off About The Manager

    | Canada | Bosses & Owners, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (Six weeks ago, I booked a Saturday off for a meeting with one of my school clubs. Our club has intentionally planned this meeting early to ensure that all the members would be able to attend, understanding that most people would need to ask work for the day off. Four days before the meeting, I have the following conversation with my manager.)

    Manager: “So I had accidentally booked you for that Friday you requested off, but don’t worry! I moved the schedule around so that you have Friday off.”

    Me: “Actually, I need Saturday off. I can work any time on Friday.”

    Manager: “Oh, well, I thought that it was odd that a meeting would be on Saturday, so I assumed you meant Friday.”

    (Awkward silence.)

    Me: “Well, it’s on Saturday, just as I wrote it. I’m still going to need Saturday off.”

    Manager: “So, where is this meeting? Is it in town? Do you know how long it’ll be? Can you work for just a few hours on Saturday?”

    Me: “We haven’t confirmed the details yet, just the date. But I did book it off six weeks ago and you approved it, so it would probably be easier to assume I’m not free the entire day. Sorry.”

    Manager: “Well, we’re short-staffed on Saturday and you’re the only person that can work, so you need to come in.”

    Me: “I’m sorry, but I CAN’T WORK on Saturday. I booked it off, and when you approved it I made a commitment to my club.”

    Manager: “But you’re the only person who’s available.”

    Me: “I’m sorry, but I am not available.”

    Manager: “Okay. I’ll just put you down for being on call for Saturday?”

    Me: *facepalm*

    Five-Second-Rule Does Not A-Pie

    | Australia | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Food & Drink

    (I worked in the bars and food stalls at a big football stadium. It’s just before the gates open.)

    Coworker #1: *who works in another stall* “Everyone, I need your attention. Do not eat any of the pies for lunch today.”

    Coworker #2: “Why not?”

    Coworker #1: “I just saw [Boss] getting them out of the freezer. He dropped them on the ground. Every one of them scattered across the dirty ground. He dusted them off and put them into the warmers.”

    The Supervisor Needs To Stop Projecting

    | Winnipeg, MB, Canada | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Ignoring/Inattentive, Overtime

    (I work as an IT consultant for a well-known company. I have just finished a four-month assignment out of town, and it was one of the most miserable experiences of my life. Shortly after I get back I get a call from my supervisor.)

    Supervisor: [My Name], I heard you just got back from your assignment. How was it?”

    Me: “Honestly? It was terrible. The project was mismanaged. Half the time I sat around with nothing to do. Flying to and from the customer’s location was a nightmare, because the only airline I could use was constantly cancelling flights and leaving me stranded. I missed my husband and two little daughters terribly. I never want to do anything like that again.”

    Supervisor: “Good to know. Since you’re back now, we’d like to put you on another project.”

    Me: “Okay!”

    Supervisor: “This one will be in New Jersey.”

    (Note: I live in Canada.)

    Me: “But… that would be out of town again.”

    Supervisor: *brightly* “That’s right!”

    Me: “For how long?”

    Supervisor: “I’m not sure. At least six months, though.”

    Me: “Please don’t make me do that!”

    Supervisor: “Why not?”

    Me: “Because of all the reasons I just gave you?”

    Supervisor: “Oh, right. Okay, I’ll find someone else.”

    Me: “Thank you so much!”

    (A short time later, my phone rings again.)

    Unknown Caller: “Hello, [My Name]! My name is [Client]. [Supervisor] called me and gave me all your information. Welcome to our project. We’ll be expecting you in New Jersey next Monday.”

    Me: “I’m terribly sorry, but there must have been a mistake. I told [Supervisor] that I couldn’t be part of your project.”

    Client: “Oh? That’s not what she told me.”

    Me: “I’m so sorry. There must be some confusion somewhere, but I won’t be able to come to New Jersey.”

    Client: “That’s too bad. Thanks for telling me.”

    (Less than five minutes later, my phone rings again.)


    Me: “But I told you that I didn’t want to do it, and you said that was fine!”


    Me: “Do what you have to do.”

    (Not surprisingly, I was laid off less than a month later. The good news is that I got a great job with a great company, and best of all, there’s no travel required!)

    Sadly Just A Flash Fire

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

    Manager: “We’re going to have a fire drill during the meeting today. Some of you will be acting as staff and some of you will portray customers.”

    Coworker: “Can I be someone’s unmarked service animal?”

    Me: “Can I be the fire?”

    Manager: “No, we only have 10 minutes for this…”

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