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    Growing Up Resourceful Is Priceless

    | WI, USA | Bosses & Owners, Coworkers, Money

    (I’m currently working at a call center where everyone makes more than minimum wage, but not by much. I tend to be frugal and get along ok on this wage. There are times I’ve had to get by on less, but I know a lot of my coworkers really struggle. On this particular morning, there is a visitor from corporate who is chatting with some of my coworkers. I’ve just walked in in the middle of the conversation.)

    Visitor: “Man, when I get back home I need to have my nails done again. It costs me $80, but it’s worth it!”

    (Everyone is taken aback slightly at the price.)

    Visitor: “I should be mad at my grandmother; she’s the one who got me into that. She took me to get my first manicure when I was 13. I did the math once, $80 every three weeks, I’ve spent nearly $20,000 on manicures over the years!”

    Coworkers: “….”

    Visitor: “You know, you don’t think about that when you’re getting one. I mean, it’s only $80.”

    Coworkers: *still not sure how to react without being rude*

    Visitor: “I’ve had to cut back on some other stuff, though. This economy and all. I’ve cut my maid service down to every 3 weeks instead of every 2, I cancelled my membership to the tanning salon, and I even downgraded my membership at the fitness center. I’m saving over $3,000 a month just with little changes like that!”

    (The visitor gets called into a meeting. The rest of us still aren’t sure what to make of her.)

    Coworker #1: “$80 is a full day’s paycheck for me.”

    Coworker #2: “I don’t think I spent $3,000 on my whole car!”

    (Later that evening I was talking with my mother and told her the story. Afterwards…)

    Me: “Hey, Mom?”

    Mom: “Yes?”

    Me: “You remember those times when I was a kid and we were struggling, and we had to be really resourceful to make it work because we didn’t have enough money to go around?”

    Mom: “Yes.”

    Me: “I want to THANK you for those times!”

    The New Procedures Are A Little Off

    | UK | Coworkers, Extra Stupid, Technology

    (I work for a small company as an IT manager. We recently had a server installed with a leased line so we will always have a strong Internet connection. About three minutes before I’m finishing up, I get a phone call from my coworker in my building saying that the Internet is down. The server is in another building, so I walk across the road to where it is and open up the case to have a look at it. Just as I’m logging into it another coworker walks by and comes up to me.)

    Coworker: “Is there a problem with it?”

    Me: “Yeah. The Internet went down, so I’m trying to figure out what’s wrong with it.”

    Coworker: “Well, we can get onto the Internet just fine.”

    (The buildings are linked, so if one building can’t get Internet access the rest shouldn’t be able to.)

    Me: “That’s strange.”

    (I log onto the server, and everything seems fine and can see all the lights as green. After having a look around for five minutes and can’t see any problems, my coworker decides to shed some wisdom.)

    Coworker: “Could it be because I turned that off?”

    (I look round to see where he’s pointing, which is the socket that the server is plugged into.)

    Coworker: “I tried to plug in my phone charger and hit the switch beside it.”

    (I’m a little stunned as it’s pretty obvious that the server is plugged into it.)

    Me: “Oh… Yes… I think that may have been why.”

    (We now have a big ‘DO NOT TURN OFF’ covering the sockets.)

    Learn How To Stick To Your Guns

    | Atlanta, GA, USA | Coworkers, Extra Stupid, Politics

    (One of our coworkers is a hardcore conservative, which would be all right if he appeared to actually have his own opinions rather than just what his father had been telling him.)

    Coworker #1: “So, I saw you posted a lot of stuff about gun control on your Facebook page. How do you feel about i?.”

    Coworker #2: “Gun control is bad.”

    Manager: “So you think anybody should be able to have a gun?”

    Coworker #2: “No, there should be screening and background checks.”

    Me: *facepalm* “That is gun control!”

    Drinking Gingerly In The Office

    | Winnipeg, MB, Canada | Coworkers, Extra Stupid, Food & Drink

    (I visit a Caribbean place for lunch and buy a bottle of ginger beer. This is a spicy ginger-flavoured soda, usually sold in tall brown long-neck bottles. I don’t finish it at lunch, so I bring it back to the office to finish at my desk.)

    Coworker: *stares* “[My Name], what are you drinking?”

    Me: “Ginger beer.”

    Coworker: *whispering* “Maybe no-one told you, but you’re not allowed to drink alcohol while you’re working.”

    Me: “What? It’s not alcohol. It’s GINGER beer.”

    Coworker: “Right! It’s beer! You just said so.”

    Me: “No, ginger beer is no more alcoholic than root beer. It’s a carbonated soda.”

    Coworker: *leaving* “Whatever. When you get into trouble, don’t say I didn’t warn you.”

    Don’t Ever Want To Visit The Farm Those Came From

    , | Portland, OR, USA | Coworkers, Extra Stupid, Food & Drink

    (This happens about 10 years ago when I am working my first job at a fast food restaurant. We have recently gotten comment cards that are placed at each table for customers to fill out and place in a box in our lobby. I have a friend who always puts an obvious joke card in every time she comes. I’m training with my manager to be shift lead and we’re looking through the comment cards with another employee standing around.)

    Manager: “I think I found your friend’s card. It says her burger tasted like fear and shame and that we’re deplorable people for killing cows and that we should be skinned alive for coats.”

    Me: *laughs*

    Coworker: “We kill cows?” *the cogs turn in her head for a few moments* “Beef comes from cows?”

    Me & Manager: *laughing*

    Coworker: “No, really? Beef comes from cows?”

    Manager: “Where did you think it came from?”

    Coworker: “I don’t know? From pigs?”

    Me: “Well, where does bacon, ham, and sausage come from?”

    Coworker: “Umm… turkeys?”

    (We spent the rest of the day asking her where various meats came from. I’m not sure how she got to 18 thinking that turkey and beef came from pigs!)


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