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    Should Be Clean Of Windows

    | Scotland, UK | Coworkers, Extra Stupid, Technology

    (I work for a call center that gives technical support to people who have difficulty printing. This is one of the comments I hear from my coworker when he is trying to establish the compatibility with a device and the printer.)

    Coworker: “So, what Windows edition do you have on your iPad?”

    Permanently Linked To The Complaint

    | OH, USA | Coworkers, Extra Stupid, Technology

    (I’m a librarian in a college library. I come in to work to find the coworker I take over from helping a student over the phone. He can’t get in to one of our electronic databases and she is finding articles for him.)

    Coworker: “I’ve put all the articles into a folder. Can I just send the folder to him?”

    Me: “Er, I don’t know of any way to do that, but you can email him the permalinks. I’m not sure that will help, though, because he’ll still have to log into [Database] to get them.”

    Coworker: *blank* “Why?”

    Me: *blank* “Because he has to be logged in to [Database] for them to come up.” *no comprehension dawning* “Because… because the permalink just goes to the page. I mean, he can’t just access it.”

    Coworker: “But he’s having trouble getting into [Database].”

    Me: *utterly at a loss to explain this really, really obvious concept* “Just get his email address; I’ll save the PDFs and email them to him.”

    (She got his email address, but then proceeded to spend close to 15 minutes saving four PDFs HERSELF, all the while half complaining about having to stay so late after I had offered repeatedly to do it myself.)

    Logged As An Idiot

    , | Gothenburg, Sweden | Coworkers, Extra Stupid, Ignoring/Inattentive, Technology

    (At our factory we have computers at each machine we use to enter the final measurements of a product we create. Each computer has a specific login so you can access the necessary files needed to input the final data. While you can use another computer’s login to access the necessary files, it’s best if you use the proper login. On this particular day, one computer is having issues with the login credentials. We decide to call up tech support since we can’t figure out a way to get around the login to access the data. The tech support is kind of… bad. It’s pretty terrible, actually, and no one wants to deal with them. After a lot of discussion it is decided that I should make the call. This is the conversation that follows when I call them up and explain the issue we have. The phone is on speaker mode:)

    Tech Support: “Thanks for calling tech support. How can I assist you?”

    Me: “Hi! We’re having issues with a computer here. It’s saying the credentials cannot be verified. We’ve tried bypassing it but it won’t work, not even with another computer’s login. I think it’s something with the domain it’s connected to. Think you can take a look at that?”

    Tech Support: “Absolutely. What is your computer’s name?”

    Me: *I rattle off the eight-digit number of the computer to the techie*

    Tech Support: “Okay. I have your number and it’s legit. I need you to log in for me.”

    (There’s a moment of silence as I am waiting to see if he’s going to process what he just said.)

    Me: “Uh, we CAN’T login. That’s the issue…”

    Tech Support: “I understand. But I need you to log in so we can fix the issue.”

    Me: “No, no. You aren’t listening to me. I CAN’T login because the credentials of this computer cannot be verified on the domain I am trying to log in to.”

    Tech Support: “I still need you to log in so we can sort this issue out.”

    Coworkers: *roll eyes*

    Me: “Dude, listen to me real good now. We can’t log in. Okay? Do you understand? The computer’s credentials are not being verified. It won’t let us pass the login screen.”

    Tech Support: “I still need you to log in…”

    Short-Tempered Coworker: “What part of ‘We cannot log in’ do you not understand? WE CANNOT LOG IN!”

    (There’s a moment of silence before the tech support guy speaks up.)

    Tech Support: “Oh, you cannot log in. I will send someone out to fix the issue from your end. Is there anything else I can help you with today?”

    (I end the call then and there.)

    Me: *to short-tempered coworker* “Next time, you call.”

    Addicted To Crack(ers)

    , | Chicago, IL, USA | Bad Behavior, Coworkers, Food & Drink

    (Our restaurant makes a snack for the bar that is similar to Cracker Jack. We tend to sneak tastes of it when it is being made. I had forgotten myself and was eating a giant handful of it when the chef who made it came around the corner and caught me.)

    Chef: “Hey, uh, what are you snacking on there?”

    Me: “Oh, I had some Cracker Jack in my pocket.”

    Chef: “Funny, it looks just like the bar snack I just made.”

    Me: “I know! That’s weird, right?”

    Don’t Even Ink About Being Racist

    | St Louis, MO, USA | Bad Behavior, Bigotry, Coworkers

    (I am a Hispanic woman and my coworkers are of various races. I have to write down a list of names for the swimming schedules when my pen, with blue ink, breaks before I write the last name.)

    Me: “Great.”

    (I write the last name with a black pen, before I sign my name at the bottom. A black coworker comes past.)

    Coworker #1: “Hey, what’s THAT?”

    Me: “What do you mean?”

    Coworker #1: “Oh, you WELL know what I mean!”

    (She jabs a finger at the last name.)

    Coworker #1: “That’s [Coworker #2]! You’re racist!”

    (I have written my black coworker’s name in black ink, where everyone else, who happens to be white, Hispanic, and Chinese, aren’t.)

    Me: “No, I’m not. The pen ran—”

    Coworker #1: “Oh, no, don’t you start excusing. I’m going to get [Managers] on you!”

    (She ran off, shrieking their names. I’m not punished at all after they laugh about it, all while my coworker was yelling about how ‘everyone she works with are god-d*** racists.’)

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