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    Putting The Pain Into Campaigning

    | CO, USA | Employees, Ignoring/Inattentive, Politics

    (During the 2012 presidential campaign, I volunteer for activities and campaigning in Colorado as a means to kill time before I move to another state to go to college. As it is summertime before I move, there is nothing for me to do. However, after I move to school, which is about 1,000 miles away, I get a series of phone calls.)

    Caller: Hi, we saw you are interested in volunteering for [Candidate A]‘s campaign. When would you be interested in coming in to help?”

    Me: “Sorry, I cannot. I currently reside in [Different State] to go to college. As geography makes it difficult for me to volunteer in Colorado, I think its best you remove me from your call list. Thank you, though.”

    (One week later.)

    Caller: “Hello, I am with [Candidate A]‘s presidential campaign for Colorado. Would you be interested in volunteering for us?”

    Me: “No. As I explained before, I am in [different state]. It is virtually impossible for me to volunteer. Furthermore, I asked my name be removed from your call list. Please do so now.”

    (Two weeks go by. I am studying for an exam and guess who calls.)

    Caller: “Hello. I am with [Candidate A]‘s presidential campaign in Colorado. We noticed you are interested in volunteering for this campaign, and we would like to—”

    Me: “Stop right there. I have asked repeatedly for you to remove my name from your call sheet, as I live in a completely different state. If any of you call me again, I will vote for [Candidate B] out of spite.”

    (They have stopped calling since!)

    Be Mindful Of Typos

    | Johannesburg, South Africa | Employees, Job Seekers, Language & Words

    (I have just been promoted to junior recruitment consultant. Unfortunately, I do not have an assistant to type my documents and résumés so I ask the receptionist to help me. This also gives her the ability to grow in her position as no one else gives her that chance. We always inform our clients if we interview the candidates in person, telephonically, or via Skype.)

    Client: “Hahaha! My boss thinks you guys are brilliant!”

    Me: “Um, why?”

    Client: “The resume says you guys interviewed this candidate telepathically!”

    (Turned out the receptionist had typed on the resume ‘telepathically’ instead of ‘telephonically’ and I hadn’t picked it up when I sent the resume to the client. She even won an award with our head office for this little blunder…)

    Under New Mismanagement, Part 3

    | WI, USA | Bosses & Owners, Employees, Ignoring/Inattentive, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (I work at a fabric and crafts store where employees wear headsets to communicate. It is a stocking day and there are more workers than normal: in this case, three full managers, a part-time manager, and me [a part-time associate]. I am currently working the counter where patrons can get by-the-yard items measured when the register bell starts ringing.)

    Me: *ignoring the bell since one of the managers is supposed to be manning it* “—and how much of [Product] do you need today?”

    Patron #1: “Can you show me what three yards looks like?”

    Me: “Sure can.”

    (I starts laying out fabric when I notice no-one has gone to the registers.)

    Me: “One moment, please.” *over my radio* “There’s a customer at registers.”

    Register Manager: “We’re all in the office and will be here for a while. You’ll have to get it.”

    (Note: there is ALWAYS supposed to be one manager on the floor at all times and no one ever gave me the heads-up that I was the only one the floor. At this point, the patron at the registers is annoyed and smacking the bell.)

    Me: *loudly to be heard halfway across the store* “Someone will be with you as soon as they can!” *over radio* “I can’t. I’m cutting and have a line.”

    (My manager finally comes out, acting huffy and irritated that she actually has to do the job she’s scheduled for. Afterward, they all gather at my counter (guess their impromptu meeting wasn’t that important) where I am still helping patrons. They proceed to help the part-time manager pick out materials for a personal project and gossip, while on the clock, in front of customers. Register bell rings again just as I am done cutting and trying to get caught up putting everything away. No one else even acts like they hear the bell.)

    Me: *after running across the store to the registers* “Sorry, thank you for waiting. Apparently I’m the only one working today.”

    Patron #1: “I noticed.”

    Related:
    Under New Mismanagement, Part 2
    Under New Mismanagement

    Showing Some Restraint While Shopping

    | NY, USA | Employees, Rude & Risque

    (My boyfriend and I are at a popular novelty store that sells certain… bedroom things. We have just picked up a set of restraints and go to the counter to purchase them.)

    Cashier #1: “Did you find everything all right today?”

    Me: “Yeah, thanks. We’re just getting these.” *sets the box on the counter*

    Cashier #1: *turns bright pink* “Uh, um, I’ll just, uh, let me get someone to take of that for you.”

    (He scrambles into the back, leaving my boyfriend and me to exchange a confused look. After a moment he returns with another cashier in tow. She takes one look at our purchase and turns on him.)

    Cashier #2: “Geez, dude, they’re just restraints! It’s not like they’re buying a vibrator or anything! How do you even work here?!”

    (He blushes and stammers an apology and disappears into the back of the store again. Meanwhile, my boyfriend and I are trying desperately to keep straight faces.)

    Cashier #2: *to us* “I can ring you folks out. I’m really sorry about that. I don’t know how he’s lasted this long here.”

    Boyfriend: *trying not to laugh* “No, that’s fine. Thanks for your help.”

    Me: “It’s a good thing we didn’t find a vibrator we liked. That poor kid probably would have died right then and there.”

    A Sad Sign(ed) Of The Times

    , | NJ, USA | Bosses & Owners, Employees, Food & Drink, Money

    (We’ve been frequenting a certain branch of a national chain for our fast food fix because they were the only burger place in the entire area that still had a value menu with things for under a dollar. However, they were recently purchased as a ‘franchise,’ and in under a month the entire inside is renovated – after having been renovated less than a year before – and the cost of all the food goes up dramatically. I ask to speak to the manager to complain.)

    Me: *long spiel* “—it just doesn’t seem fair that every single time somewhere becomes a ‘franchise’, they instantly stop participating in every single national promotion, all the prices go through the roof, and inevitably the service goes down because they fire half the staff.”

    Manager: “Actually, sir, if you could hold on for one moment?”

    (He goes to one of the registers, prints out a strip of receipt paper, and writes “#47″ on it before handing it to me with the pen.)

    Manager: “Could you please sign this for me and list that you’re complaining about the prices, and how much they’ve gone up?”

    Me: “…number forty-seven?”

    Manager: “The new owner called a meeting of the shift managers yesterday and outright told us that he “doesn’t believe” all the complaints we’ve gotten lately. So we decided to start getting them in writing and signed. You’re the forty-seventh signature we’ve gotten in just over twenty-four hours.”

    (I have no idea whether or not this would help but I definitely signed my name!)


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