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    Made A Good Call

    | NY, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Coworkers

    (I have been on the phone for about 45 minutes with a customer that is very upset.)

    Me: “I am sorry, ma’am, that the store did not check to make sure [Product] would work in your area. I can look into it and see why not.”

    Customer: “You know that it was [Store] that sold it to me. Is there any way you can contact them?

    Me: “Ma’am, I can give them a call and if you wish I can call you back afterwards.”

    Customer: “That would be great. Talk to you in a few minutes.” *click*

    (I am about to call the other store when my coworker, who has been listening in, interjects:)

    Coworker: “You’re not allowed to call the stores, you know.”

    Me: “What? I have done it before.”

    Coworker: “Nope, it’s not allowed.”

    Me: “Well, I guess I’m in trouble then; I have done it every time a customer says something happened at a store.” *picks up phone to make call*

    Coworker: “If you call I’m going to report you to the manager.”

    Me: “Go for it.”

    (I then call the store and inquire why they did not check to make sure the product did not work. It seems it was a trainee that had filled the order and failed to see that they needed to make sure there was even coverage before completing the order. I hang up just as my coworker and manager come over.)

    Coworker: “Go ahead and tell [Manager] what you told the customer.”

    Me: “That I would be giving her a call back after I called the store to find out why they sold her a product without checking the coverage.”

    Manager: “Have you called the store?”

    Me: “Yes, ma’am.”

    Manager: “Good. After you call the customer back take an extra 15-minute break.”

    (She then walked back to her desk. After work she said I was one of the most dedicated employees she had. Made my day.)

    Won’t Open The Door For A Soul

    | BC, Canada | Bizarre/Silly, Bosses & Owners, Coworkers

    (At the end of every graveyard shift, one of the last jobs that I do is cleaning the doors that exit on to our lobby. This morning is a quiet one and there are no customers about and a few staff. I finish cleaning one side of the doors and step away before walking forward to trigger the automatic sensor so the doors will open. They don’t.)

    Me: *muttering to myself* “I guess I don’t have a soul.”

    Assistant Manager: *from behind me* “What did you just say?”

    Me: “I don’t have a soul. That automatic door didn’t open for me.”

    Assistant Manager: “Okay…”

    (I guess he’d never watched ‘The Simpsons’!)

    Equally Maddening

    | MO, USA | Bizarre/Silly, Coworkers

    (I am male. My coworker is female.)

    Coworker: “Hey. What’s the maximum number of pens I can throw at you before you get mad?”

    Me: “I don’t know. What’s the maximum length of time I can stare at your chest before you get mad?”

    Coworker: “Touché.”

    Not The Best Way To Manage The Numbers

    | Williamsburg, VA, USA | Bosses & Owners, Coworkers, New Hires

    (It is my first year working at the amusement park. I am 16 years old. I work hard in the area I was placed in, always show up on time or early, and get along great with my coworkers. Towards the end of the year I get called into the office by my manager.)

    Manager: “Ah, [My Name], there you are! You have been a model employee and you work like two of your coworkers combined. Do you plan to come back and work next year?”

    Me: “Yes, ma’am. I really love working here.”

    Manager: “Good! Good, I plan to make you the manager next year because I’ve been bumped up to area manager.”

    Me: *slightly confused* “But… I’ve only been here for one season and I know [Coworker #1] and [Coworker #2] have been working here for years! Shouldn’t they have the manager job?”

    Manager: *snorting* “They both slack off too much! You work harder than them both! So are you going to take the manager job or not?”

    Me: *timidly* “But isn’t there an age requirement for being a manager?”

    Manager: “Yes, but it’s only 18, and you’re like 25, so it’s no problem.”

    Me: “But… I’m 16… I’ll only be 17 next year.”

    Manager: *stares at me blankly for a few seconds before angrily waving me out* “Oh s***, I completely forgot. Get out!”

    Me: “Yes, [Manager].”

    (I leave and head to the back where my coworkers are waiting.)

    Coworker #1: “Did you get into trouble?”

    Coworker #3: “I bet she got in trouble.”

    Coworker #2: *in a sing-song voice* “She’s in troubleeee!”

    Me: “Nah, [Manager] just tried to give me the manager’s position next year.”

    (My coworkers’ jaws drop.)

    Coworker #1: “Did you take the job?! The pay raise would be awesome! And you’ve only been here a season. That is a hell of a feat!”

    Coworker #3: “I wish I was offered that job…”

    Me: “I didn’t take it. [Manager] forgot I don’t meet the age requirement.”

    Coworker #2: *suddenly goes dead still* “Wait… What do you mean you don’t meet the age requirement?”

    Coworker #1: “Yeah, aren’t you 21?”

    Me: *suddenly very curious* “How old do you all think I am?”

    (They all make various guesses between 21 up to 25. I burst into a fit of laughter before collecting myself.)

    Me: *still laughing a bit* “Guys, I am 16. I am still in high school!”

    Coworker #3: “Oh, s***, man!”

    (While the rest are laughing and talking about how they had no clue about my real age Coworker #2 has gone rigid and looks horrified. After a few moments while the rest of us are still chattering he yells out.)

    Coworker #2: “Oh, my god! *runs out the back of the building*

    (Everyone stops and stares in shock.)

    Me: “Wait… How old is [Coworker #2]?”

    Coworker #1: “He’s 22.”

    Me: “Oh, s***! I thought he was 18!”

    (Coworker #2 and I had been flirting with each other almost all year. I thought he was 18, and he thought I was 21. When he realized I was under age he had quite the reaction!)

    Less Calories, More Placebos

    | England, UK | Coworkers, Extra Stupid, Food & Drink

    (Because we have to have a certain number of people in the room at all times, my coworker is covering my lunch.)

    Coworker: “Hey, are you off to the shop?”

    Me: “Yes, need something?”

    Coworker: “Can you pick me up another one of these?” *holds up half empty Pepsi Max bottle* “I don’t think it is going to last until the end of the day.”

    Me: “Er, sure, but you know we have juice, right?”

    Coworker: “Nah, I need the sugar.”

    Me: “Er… You know that doesn’t have any sugar in it?”

    Coworker: “Sugar, sweetener, same thing.”

    (I pick up her sugar-free sugarfix, which apparently was the pickup she needed.)

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