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    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.)

    And After They Labored Over The Schedule

    | Japan | Coworkers, Crazy Requests, Family & Kids

    (I am an American living in small town in Japan working as an English language assistant teacher. In one of the schools I work at a Filipino family has moved into town within the past year with three kids in the school system. The mother is currently seven months pregnant. They are fluent in English, but sometimes require a bit of translation for Japanese. I’m often called in to help explain paperwork, school procedure, or to be a go between the parents and the Japanese teachers. They have one child with special needs and the school has organized to have them tour a special needs school nearby. The day they are scheduled to visit the pregnant mother calls the school. They hand me the phone.)

    Me: “Hello?”

    Mother: “Hello. This is [Mother]. I’m calling to say we won’t be able to make it to the meeting today. I’ve gone into early labor.”

    (Concerned as the baby is so early and trying to get her off the phone as quickly as I can so she can get back to it.)

    Me: “Oh! I’m sure it will be fine. I will explain everything to them. Just focus on yourself and the baby and I hope it all goes well!”

    Mother: “Thank you!” *hangs up*

    Administration: *in Japanese* “Well? What did she say?”

    Me: “It looks like she has gone into early labor and they will not be able to make it to the school tour today. I hope everything goes well. She’s not due for another two months.”

    Administration: “WHAT?! She’s not going to make the tour?”

    Me: *thinking maybe my translation was off, I try explaining again* “No, she’s in labor… The baby is coming… right now!”

    Administration: “They can’t do this! We made arrangements! There was a schedule!”

    Me: *one last ditch attempt* “She’s in the hospital. She can’t come. Her family is with her.”

    Administration: “They can’t do this!”

    Me: *walks away*


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