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    Has Pinot Comment

    | Auckland, New Zealand | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Coworkers

    (I am taking registrations for a members-only conference when I receive the following email at 10 am:)

    Manager: *cc-ing in the company director* “[Customer] emailed you regarding his conference registration and has informed me you have not responded. Please explain why you have not responded and contact him immediately.”

    Me: *also cc-ing in the company director* “[Customer] emailed me at 8:17 pm last night. I did not respond because at that time I was at home, drinking a particularly good Pinot Noir and watching a movie. I did however respond to [Customer] at 7:37 am this morning. For your information my office hours are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday.”

    Manager: *no response*

    Company Director: *replying to all* “Pleased to see you at work early. What was the Pinot?”

    What A Total D#

    | KY, USA | Bizarre/Silly, Bosses & Owners, Employees, Theme Of The Month

    (During college, I had a summer job as a cashier in a grocery store.  I got along well with most of the staff, so they let me goof around a little bit. My last shift there before I went back to school, I had someone that the training warns you about.  If you work there, you couldn’t take checks unless they had their driver’s license or if they had a store card with a C# denoting they had check cashing privileges there. Having an unsecured card meant you had a D#.)

    Me: “All right, your total is [amount].”

    Customer: “Here you go.”  *hands me a check with a D# on it*

    Me: “Uh, ma’am, does your card have a C# on it?”

    Customer: No, a D#.”

    Me: “Do you have your driver’s license?”

    Customer: “No.”

    Me: “I can’t take a check with a D# on it.”

    Customer: “They’ve always taken it before.”

    Me: “They weren’t supposed to.”

    Customer: “Well, I don’t have it.”

    Me: “Ma’am, I can’t take a check without one or the other.”

    Customer: “Well, my card has a D# and I didn’t bring my driver’s license.”

    Me: “Well, I…”

    Customer: “Listen, you little son of a *****, you take that **** check or I’ll call your manager.”

    (At this point, knowing it’s my last shift, I decide I’m going to win this one.  I whip off my vest and name tag, and throw them on the floor.)

    Me:  ”FINE. If I’m going to be treated like this, I QUIT.”

    (I walk off to the break room and sit down.  A few minutes later, a manager walks in, laughing.)

    Me: “You don’t seem upset.”

    Manager: “No, that was great.”

    Me: What did she tell you?”

    Manager: “She said you threw a fit and wouldn’t take her check.  When I went through the number thing with her, she said that’s what you said.”

    Me: “I did.”

    Manager: “I figured.  I told her she made one of my best cashiers quit, and suddenly, she had her driver’s license.”

    Detail Disoriented

    | Darien, CT, USA | Bosses & Owners, Extra Stupid, New Hires

    (I decide to work with a recruiter. I’m sent to a small business for the interview. The owners, a wife and husband, are running late. After about 20 min they’re ready for me. After the usual interview back and forth the wife grills me a bit more.)

    Wife: *with narrow beady eyes* “So, what adjectives would you use to describe yourself relating to work?”

    Me: “Detail-oriented! Because I have a strong economics background, I know how critical micro-components can be with respect to macro-implications!”

    Wife: *stares*

    Me: “I’m also very diligent and strive for excellence in everything I do. Whether it be in my personal, academic, or professional life. Oh and I think it’s important to think outside the box and not always adhere for rigidity’s sake.”

    Wife: “Uh-huh.”

    Me: “Oh, and I’m not sure if you remember me? We took a class together back at [Local Community College] before I transferred to [Prestigious Local University]?”

    Wife: *becoming flustered* “Oh, no, I don’t recall. I was just improving my skill-set to help me run MY BUSINESS.”

    (The interview ends shortly after that. I thought all in all it went well. I would’ve taken the job short term for the money but wasn’t particularly interested; more on that soon. A couple of days later I follow up with the recruiter.)

    Recruiter: “How did it go for you?”

    Me: “Pretty good. I feel well qualified.”

    Recruiter: “Well [Wife] didn’t really give rave reviews. She said you put her off because you said you had OCD.”

    Me: “What? I used the words ‘detailed-oriented’ and ‘diligent.’ And this was for an accounting position!”

    Recruiter: “I wouldn’t worry about it. She didn’t like anyone I sent to her and decided to delegate the role among existing staff.”

    (So why wasn’t I thrilled about the job in the first place? In that class I took with her, the owner proved to be one the dizziest, scatter-brained people I have ever met! She completely flunked the class despite seeking help from classmates – including me!)

    Should Have Quit Earlier On Balance

    | Torrance, CA, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Lazy/Unhelpful, Theme Of The Month

    (I take a part-time job at a bath products store in order to help pay for my tuition. This did not work as planned however.)

    Manager: *during shift, to me* “The new schedule is up. Go write down your schedule so you’ll remember.”

    (I walk to the break-room only to discover that I was scheduled for only one three-hour shift.)

    Me: “Why am I only scheduled for one shift?”

    Manager: “Because of the high volume of employees this holiday season I can only afford to schedule you for one shift.”

    (The day of my shift comes around and I receive a call from my manager.)

    Manager: “Hi! Turns out we don’t need you to come in today. We’ll keep in touch with regard to your schedule.”

    (This exact scenario occurs the next month. I decide to resign and find a better, more steady job. I type a resignation letter and arrive at the store location to hand it personally to the manager.)

    Me: “Since I haven’t officially worked in two months I have decided to resign. Here is my resignation letter.”


    Me: “Seriously? You add me to the schedule and then tell me not to work. Your schedule will be fine. I QUIT!”

    Game Over For This Store

    | MI, USA | Bosses & Owners, Extra Stupid, Technology, Theme Of The Month

    (I work at a small video game shop that sells new and used games as well as new and used consoles. This includes retro consoles. We have, on display, many different consoles and games. Our business is set up so that if we have a game or console in stock customers can play any game before buying, and can trade in pretty much any game regardless of console. In fact, it was even in the name of the business that someone could trade and play games. We also do console repairs. Along with working the floor, I’m the only person who repairs these consoles. The owner of the business, however, starts getting more and more restricting toward customers.)

    Boss: “So, everyone, the new policy is that customers cannot play any games unless they are going to buy it.”

    Me: “How do we know they are going to buy it, or for that matter how do the customers know if they are going to buy the game without playing it?”

    Boss: “We’re doing this so parents will not drop off kids to play games and leave us to babysit.”

    Me: “But that’s half of our customers that would buy video games.”

    Boss: “Just don’t let people play games!”

    (The boss posts a big sign in the window about this and, as a result, we lose about half of our business. He also fires most of my coworkers within two weeks, leaving just four of us.)

    Boss: “Okay, everyone. Since we’ve somehow lost a lot of business, you’ll notice I’ve had to let some of your coworkers go. We’re also not going to host any more of the weekly game tournaments.”

    Coworker #1: “But those tournaments bring in more money in two hours than any other whole day!”

    Boss: “Well, we aren’t going to do them any more. We aren’t bringing in a lot, so I can’t afford to have all of you here at once for tournaments. That’s final.”

    Coworker #2: “What about new releases? We’ve lost a lot of customers to [Big Chain Competitor] because we haven’t gotten in any new releases this week.”

    Boss: “I didn’t buy any of the new releases this week. I don’t want to buy any more new releases until we get more sales. We don’t have enough customers so we can’t afford to just have these on the shelf. That’s why we are also stopping all trades. We need to move this old stuff before we take in any trades. I don’t want a single trade in unless it’s for some other old thing. Trades are no longer allowed to be used towards newer games.”

    Me: *after we all unsuccessfully tried to reason with him* “And what about repair parts? I have about 40 consoles that have been here for weeks and I still haven’t gotten the parts in. Can you check on the parts for me?”

    Boss: “I’ll buy you those parts. Just give me a list of what you need.”

    (I give my boss the same list of parts I had given him weeks before. Since he didn’t want more than one person working at a time, I was put on repairs only. This meant I was only paid commission on repairs. After four total weeks of no parts and no paychecks, I went to the store to talk to him.)

    Me: “[Coworker #1], have you seen [Boss]? And I thought [Coworker #3] was working today.”

    Coworker #1: “No, I haven’t seen [Boss], and [Coworker #3] quit. He was yelled at for locking up the place so he could go to the bathroom.”

    Me: “So let me get this straight. He was forced to work all alone from opening until closing and got yelled at for locking the door so he could go into the back to pee?”

    Coworker #1: “Yep. I’m just glad I’m actually getting paid.”

    Me: “Yeah. I’m still waiting on those parts to come in and I haven’t gotten a paycheck in a month!”

    Coworker #1: “He hasn’t talked to you?! He said he wasn’t going to order them until we had more sales.”

    Me: “What?! So [Boss] has stopped letting people play games, stopped hosting game tournaments, stopped buying new releases, stopped taking in trades, and stopped console repairs?! And he expects more customers and more sales?!”

    (I printed some receipt paper and wrote, ‘Since I haven’t worked for the past month, let’s make it official. I quit. Signed, [My Name]‘ and taped it to his office door. Not surprisingly, the business closed a few weeks later.)

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