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    Acting Very Cross(Dressing)

    | England, UK | Bad Behavior, Crazy Requests, Employees

    (I have been clothes shopping with my wife. This is the fourth shop we have been in and I am truly fed up. While she is trying something on [again], I find a seat, and begin to play with my phone. A woman in her late 40s dressed as a teenager approaches me.)

    Employee: *barking an order* “You can’t sit there.”

    (I almost don’t look up as I am not paying attention.)

    Me: “Huh, sorry?”

    Employee: “You. Can’t. Sit. There.”

    (I look around to see if there are any signs, I see nothing.)

    Me: “Why?”

    Employee: *with attitude* “Because this is a changing area, obviously!”

    (The area I am sat in is not enclosed or private in any way. This woman obviously works here and has a problem with me, so I decide to have a little fun.)

    Me: “So, what if I wanted to try something on?”

    Employee: “What?”

    Me: “I don’t see any ‘women only’ signs. What if I wanted to try something on?”

    Employee: “Well, that isn’t going to happen…”

    Me: “Are you telling me what I can and can’t wear?”

    Employee: “What! No, I…” *she gives me a look like a deer in the headlights*

    Me: “So, you are telling me that you personally don’t allow men in your store and you don’t support the trans community?”

    (She starts to look around. I realise she didn’t see my wife go in to the changing room. For all she knew there could have been a guy in there changing as we spoke. People are starting to stare at her.)

    Employee: *turning white* “I, er, I….” *leaves sharply*

    Wife: “You are so embarrassing. I can’t take you anywhere!”

    Not Getting Just Desserts

    | Montreal, QC, Canada | Bosses & Owners, Crazy Requests, Extra Stupid, Food & Drink

    (The owner’s clueless son has been given charge of managing our bistro. I have made a new batch of praline nougat sorbet. He has disliked me from day one.)

    Manager: *tasting the dessert* “I think we should take this off the menu. Nobody likes it.”

    Me: “It’s our most popular dessert item; the customers seem to like it.”

    Manager: “Well, I don’t like it. Make another batch and I’ll decide.”

    (I put the same batch back in the freezer. The next day he comes back and asks to taste the new one. I give him the same dessert from the previous day.)

    Me: “The pastry chef made it this time.”

    Manager: “This one is much better! Let’s keep it on the menu.”

    Me: “…”

    (I quit not long afterwards, and so did the rest of the kitchen staff!)

    Being A Push Over Gets You Pushed For Time

    | Italy | Bosses & Owners, Coworkers, Crazy Requests, Overtime

    (We’re doing an inspection on a part of the plant, checking for leaks. My coworker is young and freshly hired; the customers, especially the aggressive ones, still get the better of him.)

    Coworker: “Let’s just hope [Notoriously Pushy Customer's Manager] doesn’t ask us to anticipate the report. We’re on a tight schedule as it is.”

    Me: “Well if he does, you just tell him ‘no can do.’ He’s not in a position to give us orders, and what’s the use in rushing us, anyway?”

    (Right on cue, my coworker’s phone rings.)

    Coworker: *at the phone* “Hello? Oh, good day, Mr. [Customer's Manager]… You want us to finish by tomorrow… at noon? Why, yes… Of course… We’ll have the report done by then…No problem at all, really. You’re welcome… Have a nice day… Yeah… You, too.”

    Me: *speechless*

    Coworker: “[My Name], we’re so screwed.”

    Thinks He Has The Know-How

    | KY, USA | Bosses & Owners, Crazy Requests

    (I am an hourly supervisor of a large retail chain, overseeing the checkouts. A gentleman comes up to me to request a manager:)

    Gentleman: “I’d like to see a manager.”

    Me: “I am a manager, sir. How may I help?”

    Gentleman: “I want a manager.”

    Me: “Yes, sir. What is this in regards to?”

    Gentleman: “I’m not happy with something the company is practicing.”

    Me: “Okay. Is it something to do with the registers? Or a policy?”

    Gentleman: “I want a manager. I’m not happy with something the company is practicing!”

    Me: “Okay, sir. I’ll call a manager up here for you.”

    (I call for a manager on the walkie. The manager comes up, talks to the gentleman, and afterwards request to speak to me.)

    Manager: “Next time a customer wants to talk to a manager, make sure you know what it’s about!”

    Me: “Yes, I asked him multiple ti—”

    Manager: “No! Make sure you know! He was upset about the pharmacy, which I couldn’t help him with! YOU just wasted my time! Make sure you know!”

    Me: *sighs*

    Unable To Process The Price

    | England, UK | Coworkers, Crazy Requests, Food & Drink

    (We are on our break and the subject of Christmas purchases come up.)

    Me: “I might pick myself up a new food mixer. My old one went up with a bang the other day.”

    Coworker: “Oh, I might have one. We just upgraded.”

    Me: “That’s great! I really didn’t want to spend a whole lot on a new one. Please bring it in with you when you can.”

    (The next day.)

    Coworker: “Here it is!”

    Me: “Err… thanks? How long have you had this?”

    Coworker: “It was a wedding present, so about 40-50 years.”

    Me: “… Okay. So, how much did you want for it?”

    Coworker: “I really wanted $200.”

    Me: “Really!? That’s as much as a new one! Are you sure you wouldn’t take less?”

    Coworker: “No, it’s a fair price. Take it or leave it.”

    (Not surprisingly, I bought the brand new mixer instead. I later heard that my coworker tried to sell it on to several of my other coworkers with the same lack of success.)


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