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    Acting Badly On Your Watch

    | USA | Bad Behavior, Coworkers

    (I work as a cashier. Our front registers have large glass cases built into them to hold watches, but they’re too small to hold all the watches in our inventory, so we keep the extras in a drawer behind the registers. We’re supposed to be taping sale tags to certain items, and I’m rummaging through the watch drawer trying to find the ones on sale. I’ve taken a good amount of watches out of the drawer and placed them on the counter so I can get to the ones at the bottom.)

    Me: *searching through watch drawer* “Let’s see… Nope, not this one. How about you? No, not this one, either.”

    (At this point, my coworker enters the register area and notices me rummaging through the watch drawer. She is the only ‘difficult’ coworker in the store, as she’s gained a reputation for being insensitive and even insulting to the staff, constantly complains about her shifts, and is rarely in a good mood, even around customers.)

    Me: *noticing my coworker’s presence* “Hey.”

    (My coworker looks at me, and then swings her arm at the row of watches on the counter, knocking them over and even pushing several of them back into the drawer.)

    Coworker: “I’m such a b****! Ha!”

    Me: “…”

    (Mentally, I was screaming inside, but I didn’t respond to her comment and my coworker walked away laughing as I resumed my work. She had always been a bit crass. I’m just glad she had enough sense to recognize it!)

    Eating On The Fry

    , | Kalamazoo, MI, USA | Coworkers, Food & Drink

    (I work at a fast food chain. One night, I am on the register when Coworker #1 is sent on break and Coworker #2 has clocked out to go home. Coworker #2 orders some food to take home, and then heads into the bathroom to change, while Coworker #1 hangs around the counter. A customer then comes in.)

    Customer: *makes typical order, but also orders a large French fry*

    (I ring up their order, and then proceed to bag Coworker #2’s order and place it on the counter.)

    Customer: “Hey, are the fries fresh? I don’t want them to be too old.”

    (Coworker #1 takes this as a cue to open the bag with Coworker #2’s order, grab some fries out of it, and eat them.)

    Coworker #1: “These seem to be fine to me.”

    Me: *stares, shocked*

    (Needless to say I gave the customer fresh fries, and also changed out the fries for Coworker #2.)

    Labelled As A Genius

    | Minneapolis, MN, USA | Coworkers, Movies & TV, New Hires

    (I’m in high school and working as a production assistant for an independent film. It’s my first movie, but most of the cast and crew, who are late 20s and older, have done others. We’re on set at a hospital classroom; it looks like a hospital but isn’t filled with any medicine and they don’t treat patients here.)

    Director: “All right, everyone! We need to pull the labels off the drawers and cupboards. No real hospital would have everything labeled like that!”

    Asst. Director: “Wait! How will we know where they go again?”

    Director: “We’ll just take pictures of them! Who’s got a camera?”

    (Everyone starts scrambling around trying to find a camera to take pictures of the 50-plus cupboards and drawers that are going to be in the shot.)

    Me: “Um… couldn’t we just put the labels inside their corresponding drawers and doors?”

    (Everyone pauses and looks at me.)

    Director: “…You’re really good at this job.”

    (Filming went smoothly. Not a label was seen!)

    Like They Were Just Fertilised Yesterday

    | Australia | Coworkers, Extra Stupid, Food & Drink

    (I’m a registered nurse and I work with a fairly large team of other health professionals including dietitians, physiotherapists, speech pathologists, etc. Clearly these are relatively clever people who have attended university to gain a degree in their respective fields. We are talking about food one day:)

    Other Health Professional: “I don’t eat eggs.”

    Me: “Why not?”

    Other Health Professional: “It’s like eating baby chickens.”

    Me: “You get that the eggs that you buy in the supermarket aren’t actually fertilised so aren’t actually baby chickens right?”

    Other Health Professional: “Actually, I only just found that out the other day.”

    Me: “You actually thought all eggs were baby chickens?”

    Other Health Professional: “Yeah!”

    No Longer Hungry Hungry Hippos

    | WI, USA | Bizarre/Silly, Coworkers, Pets & Animals

    (I am working backstage for a production and catch the end of a conversation between the assistant stage manager and backstage hand.)

    Backstage Hand: “They don’t just poop. They also wag their tail to send to poop flying.”

    Assistant Stage Manager: “That is disgusting.”

    Me: “Are you two talking about the dominance display of the hippo?”

    Backstage Hand: “More of how they mark their territory.”

    Assistant Stage Manager: “I don’t know which is weirder: that hippos actually do that, or that you both knew that fact.”

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