Not Always Working on Facebook Not Always Working on Twitter Not Always Working Unfiltered on Tumblr
Featured Story:
  • Not Always Right Is Never Wrong
    (1,784 thumbs up)
  • July's Theme Of The Month: I Quit!
    Submit your story today!

    Category: Coworkers

    Cheering Up And Dumbing Down

    | Sydney, NSW, Australia | Coworkers, Language & Words

    (I work with a woman whose first language isn’t English. She speaks with a strong accent and has good skills but doesn’t realise that customers don’t always get the grasp of what she is saying. I often find myself butting in to translate for customers. Another staff member has let me know that it’s upsetting her because she thinks I think she is stupid. She definitely isn’t. After one such incident, she’s walked off and I can see she is upset so follow her to explain.)

    Me: “[Coworker], I am sorry if I upset you by butting in on your customer.”

    Me: “It’s okay.”

    Me: “No, I realise I upset you by doing it and need to explain. I know you are very smart and while I understand what you have said perfectly, sometimes the customers don’t.”

    Me: “Huh?”

    Me: “Yes, You explain things to them like they are intelligent adults, but need to realise that most of them are actually dumb. You often can’t work out how to dumb it down. I speak perfect dumb which is why I butt in.”

    (My coworker burst out laughing and hugged me.)

    Can’t Talk You Back

    | NJ, USA | Bad Behavior, Coworkers, Theme Of The Month

    (I have been working for a particular client for many years, during which time we develop a host of personality conflicts. It is rare that we do not have some kind of major disagreement. Frankly, I keep the job simply because it is regular work. Finally, I can’t take it anymore, and quit. She counters by offering incentives to stay.)

    Client: “How about this: if you stay, you don’t have to talk to me for two months?”

    Me: “Or, I could not talk to you for the rest of my life.”

    Attractive In Many Ways

    , | Australia | At The Checkout, Coworkers

    (At our deli we serve customers on a “whoever is closest and available” basis. An attractive man has just walked up to exactly where I’m filling. I’ve just finished taking off my chicken-soaked gloves and have opened my mouth to greet him when my female coworker appears next to me with a wide smile, seemingly out of nowhere.)

    Coworker: *to me* “Shoo.”

    (The customer just chuckles and rolls his eyes at me.)

    Quiet Faith

    | Melbourne, VIC, Australia | Coworkers, Movies & TV, Religion

    (I am a Christian and my faith is a strong part of my life. Although I never talk about religion at work, many of my colleagues know me on Facebook where I am not shy about expressing my faith. As such, many of my colleagues associate me as being ‘religious.’ I am just chatting to one of these colleagues, who was also previously my boss before I transferred to another department.)

    Coworker: “Hey, I thought about you on the weekend!”

    Me: “Yeah?”

    Coworker: “Yeah, I saw this show – I don’t know if you’ve seen it – called Justified?”

    Me: “I haven’t seen it.”

    Coworker: “It’s this crime show. Like, really really vicious, extremely violent crime—”

    Me: “And this made you think of me?”

    Coworker: “—and religion.”

    Me: “So that’s what you think of me?”

    Coworker: “It was the religion bit!”

    Me: “Horrific, vicious, violent crime.”

    Coworker: “And religion! It was the religion bit!”

    Me: “Religion associated with violent, vicious—”

    Coworker: “Well, they do say to look out for the quiet ones!”

    Me: “They haven’t convicted me yet!”

    Coworker: “That’s because you’re too smart to get caught!”

    Unable To Manage The Situation

    | Australia | Bosses & Owners, Coworkers, Rude & Risque

    (My coworkers and I all have a very open and relaxed attitude, and when there are no customers around we sometimes act quite immature. For example, sometimes one of us will point out an attractive person so we can all take a look.)

    Coworker #1: *points out an attractive mother* “Not bad for having had three kids… Very nice!”

    Coworker #2: *appreciative nod* “Nice indeed.”

    Coworker #1: “I’m not sure whether I’d rather BE her or…”

    (As she’s finishing her rather crude remark, the STORE MANAGER walks up to one of the woman’s daughters, picks her up, and kisses her on the head. Coworker #1′s jaw hits the floor, and Coworker #2 and I burst out laughing.)

    Coworker #1: “I just perved on the manager’s wife, didn’t I? I JUST SAID THAT ABOUT THE MANAGER’S WIFE!”

    Coworker #2: *crying with laughter* “Stop talking!”

    Me: “Good job! Let’s file this under ‘things you shouldn’t tell your coworkers!’”


    Page 1/14412345...Last
    Next Page »