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    Will Drink To That

    , | Adana, Turkey | Employees, Food & Drink, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (Happy hour is ‘two for one,’ from 6-8 pm, on cocktails and beer. I settle in, and try to confirm that my usual rum and soda would be covered, presuming I use the well rum. Keep in mind English is not the bartender’s first language.)

    Me: “Is it happy hour, and what does that cover?”

    Bartender: “Yes. Two for one, cocktails and beer.”

    Me: “So, I’ll have a rum and soda.”

    Bartender: “Rum?”

    (I proceed to point to rum in the menu he handed me.)

    Bartender: “No, not rum, just these cocktails.”

    (He points to the previous two pages of a random selection of mixed drinks. So I skim that list again, and realize a way out of my predicament.)

    Me: “I’ll have a mojito, but please leave out the lime, sugar, and crushed mint.”

    Bartender: “Okay, no problem.”

    Me: “And that’s two for one?”

    Bartender: “Yes, it is cocktail.”

    (In other words, I just ordered… a rum and soda.)

    A Tip Is Not Within Arm’s Reach

    | San Jose, CA, USA | Employees, Food & Drink, Theme Of The Month

    (My husband and I have gone to a restaurant to go dancing. The restaurant is now closed but the bar is still open. I order a drink but I am hungry and hoping there are snacks for sale at the bar.)

    Me: “Do you have anything at all. Maybe some bags of chips for sale?”

    Bartender: “If you are looking for something salty, you can always lick my arm.”

    Lady At Bar: *overhearing* “And that is how you don’t get a tip.”

    (She was right. I didn’t leave a tip.)

    Doesn’t Know A Lot

    | St. Louis, MO, USA | Bosses & Owners, Employees, Lazy/Unhelpful, Technology

    (We are shopping for a new television several years ago before everyone started getting flat panels. We are having a hard time deciding which one to get that fit our price and size requirements. My husband finally gets an employee to pay attention to us.)

    Husband: “This EnergyStar, how much power do these actually save you?”

    (The employee stutters a little bit before answering.)

    Employee: “I just started this job. I don’t know. Let me go ask my manager.”

    (We must have waited a good solid five minutes or more when he finally came back, breathless.)

    Employee: *dead serious* “He said, a lot.”

    (The employee completes this with hands held up and parted about 18 inches apart. My husband can’t contain himself, and just starts laughing, and thanks the employee.)

    Number One In The Queue

    | Devon, England, UK | Bad Behavior, Employees, Health & Body

    (I get a letter through telling me to call a number to book a routine eye exam for my four year old. I call the number and wait while it rings, when a woman answers.)

    Woman: “I need a wee.” *click, dial tone*

    Me: “Seriously!?”

    (I called back and waited on hold for 15 minutes despite apparently being ‘first in the queue’ with an expectant wait of ‘three minutes.’ That was some wee!)

    Doesn’t Want To Interrupt Work With Work

    | NC, USA | Employees, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (I’m looking for a particular hair product and having trouble finding it. I see a woman in a red shirt and khakis in the next aisle, apparently stocking shelves.)

    Me: “Hi, I was wondering if—”

    Woman: “I don’t work here.”

    Me: “Oh, I’m so sorry.”

    (After shopping for a while, I go to the front to make my purchases, and the same woman is working at one of the cash registers.)

    Me: “I thought you didn’t work here?”

    Woman: “I just didn’t want to stop what I was doing. Sorry.”


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