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    Pranking As Sour As Vinegar

    | MI, USA | Bosses & Owners, Coworkers, Extra Stupid, Food & Drink, Theme Of The Month

    (We just hired a new bagger at our store. After a few shifts one of the cashiers decides to prank him.)

    Coworker: “Hey [New Hire], will you go shake the vinaigrette dressings in the condiment aisle? Customers are more likely to buy them if they’re mixed up.”

    (The new hire is gone for 45 minutes and freaks because he can’t keep the vinaigrette dressings to stay mixed on the shelves. The manager overhears what happened.)

    Manager: “Coworker, normally I would write you up for doing something like that to a new hire, but that was too funny. I won’t write you up if you don’t do it again.”

    Doesn’t Have The Energy To Argue

    | South Yorkshire, England, UK | At The Checkout, Bosses & Owners, Food & Drink, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (A young customer comes to my till. I serve him, take his money, and he leaves. My supervisor comes over.)

    Supervisor: “[My Name], did you just serve that customer without asking for ID?”

    Me: “Well, yes. But—”

    Supervisor: “You know the rules, if the customer looks under 25 we have to ID, and he was clearly younger than that.”

    Me “But—”

    Supervisor: “You need to be more careful. You know both the store and you personally would have to pay a fine if you’re caught selling alcohol to minors?”

    Me: “I know that, but—”

    Supervisor: “I know you’re usually very thorough with IDs, but if I see you doing that again, I’m going to have to write you up. We can’t risk having our alcohol license removed.”

    Me: “[Supervisor]!”

    Supervisor: “Yes?”

    Me: “I didn’t ID him because he wasn’t buying alcohol. He was buying an energy drink.”

    Supervisor: “Oh.” *short pause* “Okay, keep up the good work.”

    Enough To Make You Have Kittens

    | Bay Area, CA, USA | Employees, Food & Drink, Ignoring/Inattentive, Pets & Animals

    (I am preparing to bring two new kittens into my home. There is a particular brand of cat food I have come to trust with my previous cat, but it is not widely stocked. A friend recommends a local pet supply store to me. I look around the store and find the adult formula of the brand, but not the kitten formula.)

    Employee: “Can I help you?”

    Me: “Do you have a particular section where you keep the kitten food?”

    Employee: “No, it’s over with the rest of the cat food. See, this one is for both adult cats and kittens.”

    Me: “Okay. I was looking for [Brand] kitten food, but all I could find was the adult formula.”

    Employee: “Our buyer isn’t in today, but I could have him special order it for you.”

    Me: “Well, I already have a bag at home. I’m getting ready to get some new kittens, and I wanted to find a closer source for this brand. The only other stores I’ve found that carry it are several miles away. I was hoping to find a place that stocks it regularly.”

    Employee: “It looks like we don’t have any, but I can talk to our buyer about it.”

    Me: “Okay. Does that mean you’ll start stocking it regularly?”

    Employee: “Well, we can special order it for you and let you know when it comes in.”

    Me: “I have a bag at home already. I just wanted to find a regular source for it.”

    Employee: “Okay. Tell you what, give me your name and number, and I’ll talk to our buyer about it.”

    Me: “Thanks.” *gives information* “Remember, I already have some, so I don’t need more right now. I just want a source that stocks it when I need more.”

    (One week later, I get a message on my answering machine.)

    Employee: “This is [Employee] calling from [Pet Store]. The bag of [Brand] kitten food you ordered has arrived.”

    The Icing On The Cake Is The Icing On The Cake

    | Vancouver, BC, Canada | Employees, Food & Drink, Language & Words, Top

    (My mom is at the bakery buying a cake for a special occasion.)

    Employee: “Here’s your cake. Would you like anything written on it?”

    Mom: “Well, yes, but I was wondering if I can do it myself?”

    Employee: “Oh, no, that’s quite all right. I can do it myself.”

    Mom: “No, this is something only I can write. I don’t think you can do it.”

    Employee: “Rest assured, ma’am, I am very confident in my ability to write with icing. I’ve worked here for over 15 years, and I’ve gotten quite good at it.”

    Mom: “Look, I’m pretty sure you’re really good at it, but please humour me just this once. If you can just give me a piping bag and some icing, I’ll do it myself and be on my way.”

    Employee: “Okay, ma’am, but only on the condition that you pay for the cake even if the writing doesn’t turn out to your liking.”

    Mom: “Fine by me.”

    (The employee hands a piping bag full of chocolate icing to my mom. She takes the piping bag, and starts masterfully writing on a 10-inch cake, in KOREAN. She writes small enough to put at least three sentences on such a small space. The employee just looks at this spectacle, dumbfounded.)

    Employee: “Okay. You’re right, and I’m wrong. That’ll teach me for doubting a customer.”

    A Commendable Action

    | Portland, OR, USA | Awesome Workers, Bosses & Owners, Food & Drink, Top

    (My friend and I have just had an excellent dinner and our waiter did an amazing job. I have asked another employee who was clearing a nearby table to have the manager come to our table so I could leave a commendation.)

    Manager: “I heard you had a complaint about your waiter. What can I help you with?”

    Me: “Not a complaint, a commendation. The waiter was very friendly and helpful.”

    Manager: “So there was a problem with the food?”

    Me: “No, the food was great, too. I just wanted to make sure the waiter got commended for how wonderful a job he did.”

    Manager: “I don’t understand. If the waiter wasn’t bad and the food wasn’t bad, what is your complaint about?”

    Friend: “We’re not complaining. We’re giving a commendation. You know, letting you know that he did things above and beyond expectation.”

    Manager: “I’ve been working here 6 years and I have never once had somebody call me to their table to say that things were good.”

    (When we got our bill a few minutes later, it had a 20% discount and a hand-written ‘Thank you’ from our waiter.)

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