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    A Local Form Of Gun Control

    | TX, USA | Bosses & Owners, Criminal/Illegal, Employees

    (I work at a sports supply store. An African-American man appears with what looks like nothing on him, until he pulls out a pistol.)

    Man: “I’d like to buy this, please.”

    Me: “I’m sorry?”

    Man: “I wanna buy this gun.”

    Me: “Uh, sir, how did you get that?”

    Man: “The h*** you talking about? I got it from your gun rack! In the back of the store!”

    Me: “Why didn’t you check it out from the man at the counter back there?”

    Man: “There was no one there.”

    Me: “But how did you get the gun?”

    Man: *getting angrier that I’m not understanding* “I got it from the gun rack!”

    Me: “In the gun case?”

    Man: “YES, WHERE THE H*** ELSE?!”

    Me: “Sir, that’s a locked case! How did you get it out?”

    Man: “It wasn’t locked!”

    Me: “Sir, please, you need to go put back that gun and wait for the attendant to come back to the desk.”

    Man: “Can’t you just check me out?”

    Me: “No! I don’t have that kind of authority. We need to check to make sure you’re actually allowed to carry a gun.”

    Man: “What, you calling me a criminal?!”

    Me: “No! I just can’t—”

    Man: “I see! You don’t want me carrying a gun ’cause you think I’m black!”

    Me: *embarrassed* “No, no, sir, I was just saying that, legally speaking, we have to—”

    Man: “This is discrimination! You should be arrested!”

    Me: *now getting mad myself, and decide to make sure I get my point across* “Sir, I’m saying that I cannot, LEGALLY CANNOT, let you buy that gun. It is not because you are black. It is because you are in the United States of America, and the US says you have to show proper ID and make a license for the gun. I am not discriminating. I am trying to not be arrested. Now if you do not want to obey those rules, then you are free to put the gun down right here and LEAVE.”

    (There is a moment of silence, and the man stares at me.)

    Man: “Thank you.”

    Me: “What?”

    Man: “Thank you. This was a test, set up by [My Boss]. And you passed.”

    (I looked around, and My Boss, the store manager, was about a hundred feet away, giving me a thumbs-up.)

    Time Off For Being A Leader

    | England, UK | Bosses & Owners, Crazy Requests, Criminal/Illegal

    (I’m a team leader of four guys, all working different shifts. Late one afternoon I get a phone call.)

    Worker: “Hi, [My Name]. Sorry, I know I am suppose to be in tonight, but we have just been broken in to.”

    Me: “Wow, I’m sorry to hear that. Do you think you will be able to cover any of your shift?”

    Worker: “I don’t think so, but I will try.”

    (I am in a bad position; with such short notice and no-one to cover we risk tens if not hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of stock.)

    Me: *on phone* “Hi boss, just a quick update, [Worker] won’t be in as he having personal issues at home.”

    Boss: “Unacceptable! Tell him he has to work or be fired!”

    Me: “You can’t do that.. He is entitled to time off.”

    Boss: “No, he isn’t! Call around and get someone in!” *hangs up*

    (I ring around and can’t get cover. Thankfully, despite the issues at home, the worker comes in for some of his shift. The next day…)

    Boss: “I found out that you didn’t get cover last night, I am incredibly disappointed. I think you are not cut out for this job.”

    Me: “I figured you would say this, so here.”

    Boss: “What is this?”

    Me: “It is the legal pages for time off. As you can see I acted totally appropriately in this instance.”

    Boss: “I, err…”

    Me: “And by the way, you don’t pay me to be a team leader, so, yes, if you want to take it off me, please do.”

    Boss: “I, I, err. Okay, well, okay then. Get back to your desk.”

    (This wasn’t the first or last time it happened. He would constantly be ignorant of the law to try to get his way. I eventually told him one too many times to take my position off me, and he did. Then asked me to do it again two weeks later!)

    Quit When You Reach Your Tea Total

    | Czech Republic | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Criminal/Illegal

    (I worked in the tea house but quit because of our boss’ made up a lot of new crazy rules I wasn’t willing to obey. One day I went to see my former co-workers and this happened.)

    Boss: “Hey, [Coworker], why did you rearrange the boxes with tea again?”

    Coworker: “It was arranged according the types of tea for ages. Why did you change it?”

    Boss: “I want it according the colours of boxes. Now it looks better.”

    Coworker: “They are under the counter, no one sees that, and I can’t find a thing that way.”

    Boss: “Doesn’t matter.”

    (5 minutes later:)

    Boss: “[Coworker], you gave that man three pieces of tomato with his couscous. I told you to give two.”

    Coworker: “It was really small tomato so I gave him three.”

    Boss: “I don’t care about the size of tomato. You gave him three!”

    (10 minutes later:)

    Boss: “[Coworker], ask that woman if she wants to order something.”

    Coworker: “She just finished her coffee.”

    Boss: “Doesn’t matter. If she doesn’t order something make her go away.”

    Coworker: “There are only four people. You want me to kick her out because of that? She is talking to her friend who has a tea. They are paying customers.”

    Boss: “I don’t care. Get the order or kick her out.” *walks away*

    Me: “That’s why I quit.”

    Coworker: “One more thing and I’m out. Pay isn’t good either.”

    (15 minutes later:)

    Boss: “[Coworker], you talked with those ladies for seven minutes!”

    Coworker: “What’s the problem?”

    Boss: “You can talk with customer for three minutes max.”

    Coworker: “Eh? Why? They are here for the first time and asked me about our menu. I tried to help them choose the tea they would like.”

    Boss: “You can’t chit chat with the customers. You have to be behind the counter and look professional.”

    Coworker: “I can’t change my shift, I can’t take a break when I need, and now I can’t even talk to the customers?”

    Boss: “Right. And don’t forget to update our Facebook so people know about our new menu.”

    Coworker: “Okay. I quit. [My Name], let’s go.” *he takes off his apron*

    Boss: “You can’t do that! You have to finish your shift! I can force you to finish your shift!”

    Coworker: “Make me.”

    Can’t Get Unstuck From Them

    | VA, USA | Criminal/Illegal, Employees, Ignoring/Inattentive, Lazy/Unhelpful, Transportation

    (I get my car inspected in another state at [Bad Repair Company]. I suspect it has issues and it fails the inspection. The registration is also soon to expire, but not for another month.)

    Employee: “We can fix it for $300.”

    Me: “What? No. I’ll take it up the road. Wait, where’s my registration sticker?”

    Employee: “We have to scrape all stickers. It’s the law.”

    Me: “No! I need the registration sticker. Even after it’s repaired I’ll still need it! It’s illegal to scrape those!”

    Manager: “What’s the problem?”

    Me: “Where’s my registration sticker? Why would you scrape that?!”

    Manager: “NO! It’s the LAW! We have to scrape ALL stickers!”

    Me: “That wasn’t an inspection sticker. It was a REGISTRATION STICKER issued by my state. That’s illegal to scrape!”

    Manager: “NO! I KNOW THE LAW!”

    (After more arguing they finally gave me the scraps of my registration sticker, which somewhat still had my information on it, and I drove off. After that I was even MORE determined to have someone more knowledgeable repair my car, and went to someone else to get it re-inspected afterwards.)

    Get Your Tax Facts

    | MI, USA | Criminal/Illegal, Money

    (I got a call on my cell phone from a person with a strong Indian accent on a line with noticeable static.)

    Scammer: “Hello, is this [My Name]?”

    Me: “Yes. What can I do for you?”

    Scammer: “This is Agent [Scammer] from the IRS, I am calling to tell you that you owe a significant amount in taxes for the last year and if you do not pay as soon as possible, you may be arrested.”

    Me: “I don’t think—”

    Scammer: *interrupting* “In fact, there is already a warrant out for your arrest. Do you have a pen and paper? Your case number is [long code including both numbers and letters]. Did you get that?”

    Me: “Yes, but—”

    Scammer: *interrupting again* “We can take a partial payment today and set up a plan so that no arrest needs to be made. You do owe a large amount to the government.”

    (Finally he paused enough for me to speak.)

    Me: “That seems highly unlikely.”

    Scammer: “Oh, why is that?”

    Me: “Because my taxes were filed by a professional and as I am unemployed, I had almost no income last year.”

    (There was no further response and he hung up immediately.)


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