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    Category: Coworkers

    Non-Flights Of Fancy

    | Winnipeg, MB, Canada | Coworkers, Extra Stupid, Geography

    (A coworker is a recent immigrant from The Philippines, who used to work in Saudi Arabia. She is relating her experiences to her coworkers, including our manager.)

    Manager: “So how far is Saudi Arabia from The Philippines, anyway?”

    Coworker: “I don’t know the actual distance, but it’s about 11 hours travel.”

    Manager: “…Driving?”

    (I was straining hard to keep from slamming my head into a table at that point…)

    Jetting Home

    , | PA, USA | Bosses & Owners, Coworkers

    (I am working a closing shift on a Sunday night. Normally this is a very slow shift at our restaurant, but for some reason we are experiencing a rush of customers. After talking to a few of them, my manager deduces that these customers are all coming from a specific location.)

    Manager: “These people are all coming home from the New York Jets game.”

    (I find this incredible, since the Jets’ stadium is a 2.5-hour drive from our location. However, I decide to get a bit creative in expressing my shock.)

    Me: *apparently loud enough for customers to hear* “Are you kidding me?! There are people that LIKE the Jets?!”

    Positive Negative Racism

    | ON, Canada | Bizarre/Silly, Coworkers

    (I am buying an ice cream cake for my father’s birthday, and I hear this funny exchange between two cashiers. Cashier #1 is black.)

    Cashier #1: “I’m thinking of dying my hair, like, all blond.”

    Cashier #2: *jokingly* “NOOOO! You’ll look like a negative!”

    (They both laughed.)

    Managing The Managing Situation

    | CA, USA | Awesome Workers, Coworkers, New Hires

    (Recently, we received a call from head office saying that we will be getting a new manager, due to our previous manager not being a good fit for our staff. As we are a very new store in a well-sized independent chain, I can clearly remember the first two days I worked, in which I was taught how to section books by an assistant manager from a nearby city. When I get our new manager’s name, my ears perk up.)

    Me: “[Name] from [Nearby City] who was an assistant manager? I think I know her! She helped us out in the beginning!”

    Assistant Manager: “No, you’re thinking of [Other Manager] from [Other Store].”

    Me: “Oh? But I thought…”

    (I think very hard about this during my shift before turning to another coworker.)

    Me: “No, no, it’s got to be her. She helped me use Wordstock for the first time. Said she even dreamed about bookstore sections once. And [Assistant Manager] said she was one of the best at Wordstock in the company!”

    Coworker: “And you’re saying she was helping us out in the very first few days, when the store wasn’t even fully built?”

    Me: “Yeah! I swear to God, I’m not crazy. I just got to find out by Monday!”

    (No one else in the store, save for me, seems to remember this manager, but I am resolute on knowing the truth. I come in for my afternoon shift on Monday and see a familiar face walking around the store with a clipboard. She turns to look at me.)

    New Manager: “Well, hello there!”

    Me: “I knew it! I knew that I knew you! You helped us on the first few days!”

    New Manager: “Yep! And I remember you, too!”

    Me: “You do?”

    New Manager: “Yeah! You’re [My Name]! I remember you being so helpful from the very beginning.”

    (One day into her job, and she’s already proven a better fit for us than our previous manager, who worked with us for almost a year!)

    Very Bad Who-mor

    | Denver, CO, USA | Coworkers, Geeks Rule

    (I’m putting store stickers on merchandise when I pull out a hoodie that has the TARDIS from Doctor Who.)

    Me: *turns to coworker* “It’s a Doctor Whoodie!”

    Coworker: *snorts in amusement*


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