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    He’s A Paid In The A**

    | Wellington, New Zealand | Bad Behavior, Bigotry, Bosses & Owners

    (I was hired to work as a barista/waitress for a cafe and restaurant. On my first day I’m warned by one of the other workers that it can be difficult to get the boss to pay you on time. The chefs are all from India and have very little English. The boss is also Indian with excellent English, but the front of house staff are all New Zealand women. After several weeks of issues with pay not being paid on Thursday like promised, and only getting paid for 20hrs instead of 40, I quit.)

    Me: “Here is my letter of resignation.”

    Boss: “But you can’t leave! You’re my best worker!”

    Me: “But you don’t pay me correctly!”

    Boss: “You white girls, wanting to get paid every week!” *laughs*

    Me: “…”

    (I found out a few weeks later that not only had he taxed me and didn’t declare it but he also declared bankruptcy.)

    Called Out On The Callouts

    | England, UK | Bosses & Owners, Overtime

    (I’m a senior engineer, as such have a company mobile and am paid to answer it after hours. I do so whenever possible even taking it on holiday with me until…)

    Boss: “I have dozens of complaints about you not answering your phone.”

    Me: *knowing otherwise* “I can’t see why. When did this happen?”

    Boss: “Dozens of people have told me. I have their emails.”

    (He opens his emails, scrolls through finding nothing.)

    Me: “Look, I always answer my phone, I can show you calls from 5 am to 11 pm, I have no missed calls, no messages, and no texts.” *getting irate* “If this is such an issue, call HR and we will sort this out.”

    Boss: “I don’t like your tone; maybe I should stop your phone payment.”

    Me: “Please do. You would be doing me a favour. I am the only one who takes it seriously. How many times have [Coworker #1] and [Coworker #2] just ignored the call? The payment is not worth missing out on my holiday and weekends.”

    (There is a silence, as the realisation comes across my boss’s face that I am the only guy he has got dependable enough.)

    Boss: *suddenly sheepish* “I, err, well I don’t want to have to take the money off you. I’m doing this to help you.”

    Me: “Oh, no, please don’t do me any favours. If you are getting complaints then it must be serious. I would be happy to turn my phone in.”

    Boss: “Well, I, err, maybe we can try you for a little longer and I can talk to these people.”

    Me: “Yeah, sure, you do that.”

    (Six months later I’m still on call out and my coworkers are still not answering their phones despite being paid to do so! I find out who complained, it was one time when I had no signal and wasn’t an emergency.)

    The Unmentionable Problem

    | Toronto, ON, Canada | Bosses & Owners, Ignoring/Inattentive, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (About two or three months back we learned the hard way that there is a leak in my work area. We discovered extensive mold in the attic and the three contractors we brought in to give quotes were horrified at the condition of the roof. Sadly we had this conversation twice.)

    Boss: “Hey. Do you still have that leak in the office?”

    Me: “Yeah. I just empty the bucket whenever it gets full.”

    Boss: “Oh. I figured since you hadn’t mentioned it that maybe it wasn’t a problem anymore. I guess I’ll look at those quotes again.”

    Voicing The Concerns Of The Sick

    | Surrey, England, UK | Bosses & Owners, Health & Body

    (I’ve lost my voice. The plans for shifts are done the next day. My sister and I work for the same site so my sister calls in on my behalf.)

    Sister: “Hi, this is [Sister].”

    Manager: “Hey, is everything okay?”

    Sister: “I’m fine but [My Name] has lost her voice. She wanted you to know because it may affect her at work tomorrow.”

    Manager: “Get [My Name] to call tomorrow if she still feels bad.”

    Sister: “Uh… how is she supposed to call in if she has lost her voice?”

    Losing That Holiday Sparkle

    | Pleasant Hill, CA, USA | Bizarre/Silly, Bosses & Owners, Coworkers, Holidays

    (I work the graveyard shift, stocking the shelves of a craft store. My manager opens a box, and a veritable cloud of purple glitter puffs up in his face.)

    Manager: “Ugh… tomorrow I’m showing up with a shirt that says, “Yes, I know I have glitter in my beard…””

    Me: “So, wait, you’re not a sparkly vampire?”

    Manager: *eye starts twitching* “No! Oh, God, no!”

    Coworker: “Lies!”

    Manager: “You think it’s funny?! Just you wait until Christmas! This is only Halloween glitter!”

    (If that’s true, I live in fear, as we had to sweep glitter off the floors to keep them from becoming slippery. That it could be WORSE is terrifying.)

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