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    Find Anything To Wine About

    | Nottingham, England, UK | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Food & Drink

    (I work in a call centre that sets up appointments and work schedules for IT engineers. My supervisor is horrible and always tries to big herself up to the manager by getting the staff in trouble. She hates me in particular as I’m a pretty cheery person and get on well with the engineers and management. In addition to this I have always bought the nicest food I can afford and frequent some of the more expensive delis in town where I sometimes get treats for the office that are a bit posh, and she gets quite jealous.)

    Manager: *sternly* “Can I speak to you in my office, please?”

    Me: *confused* “Okay.”

    Manager: “I think you know why I have brought you in here today.”

    Me: “…No?”

    Manager: “[Supervisor] has advised me on many occasions she has seen you drinking wine at your desk. We take these matters very seriously and I’ve come to advise you of our intent to discipline you for gross misconduct which, if found to be true, could lead to you instant dismissal. Do you understand and have anything to say at this point?”

    (At this point I am understandably upset as I have never touched alcohol while working.)

    Me: “I don’t understand. I haven’t ever brought wine to work let alone drunk it at my desk in full view of the office. When did [Supervisor] say I did this?”

    Manager: “She observed you many times this week openly pouring wine from a bottle of wine into a glass on your desk and drinking it. Are you saying you deny this despite [Supervisor] saying she has multiple witnesses?”

    Me: *brain engaging* “Wait? Did you say a bottle at my desk… It’s not wine! It’s on my desk now if you want to go and see.”

    (My manager follows me to my desk – sitting in plain sight us a glass bottle of raspberry and vanilla cordial I bought from the posh deli. Note at this point we are now yards away from my Supervisor’s desk.)

    Me: “As you or anyone else can clearly see this is fruit juice, not wine. I’ve been adding it to water for the last week. If anyone had actually bothered to look rather than drag me into an office or accuse me of something so serious we wouldn’t be in this position!”

    Manager: “[Supervisor], a word in my office…”

    Spill Your Heart Out

    | Cape Town, South Africa | Awesome Workers, Bosses & Owners, Food & Drink

    (I run a small IT company from home and hand-deliver small orders such as hard drives and software on Fridays. On this particular Friday I am not all there as the day before I had to have one of my cats put down due to severe kidney problems. I make my first stop at a client’s house to deliver a parcel and decide to stop at a cafe and get some coffee afterwards. I head back to my car and put my coffee in the cup holder and drive to the next address. Unfortunately as I arrive I realize I’d given the previous client the wrong parcel and have to drive back to make the exchange. In order to do this I have to make a U-turn. Due to the fact that it is extremely busy on the roads and me not wanting to cause inconvenience. I turn quite quickly which in turn leads to my coffee being spilled all over my lap. After swapping the parcels I go to get a new coffee when the following occurs.)

    Me: “Good morning, again. Could I please have a large coffee with two sugars and one cream, please?”


    Cashier: “Of course. Is there anything else you’d like?”

    Me: “No, that’s all.”

    (The cashier starts making my drink, then stops and looks at me confused.)

    Cashier: “Wait a minute, weren’t you in here a few minutes ago ordering the exact same thing?”

    Me: “Yes, I was. I unfortunately spilt my previous coffee all over my car by accident.”

    Cashier: “I see.”

    (At this point the cashier has finished making my drink and hands it to me. I hold out the money when he suddenly calls over the manager and says something to him then turns to me.)

    Cashier: *to me* “Please tell him what happened.”

    (Confused, I tell the manager what happened and step back so he can see the wet stains on my pants from where the coffee landed.)

    Manager: *to me* “Ma’am, I can’t charge you for this. You’re the fifth person today to come back after spilling coffee on themselves but the first to not shout at my cashier, screaming that it was his fault it happened and that we owe you free stuff . You accepted your mistake and came back to buy a new one. You come in here every Friday and are by far the kindest person we serve.”

    (At this point tears are rolling down my cheeks as I try to keep it together.)

    Manager: “I noticed today you were a bit different as you’re usually all smiles. I’ve decided to let you have your coffee free of charge and if you’d like you can have a pastry with it.”

    (I wipe away tears and politely decline the pastry and take my coffee.)

    Me: “Thank you so much. You’re right, I usually am all smiles but unfortunately yesterday I had to put down one of my cats as he was quite sick and old.”

    Manager: “I’m sorry to hear that, ma’am. I hope your days get better.”

    Me: “Thank you. Goodbye. I hope you all have a lovely weekend.”

    (To that cashier and manager, I know it seems silly but your small act of kindness made getting through the day easier.)

    Made Of Flying Pig

    | MD, USA | Coworkers, Extra Stupid, Food & Drink

    Coworker: “Hey, what’s the bacon made out of?”

    Me: *thinking he means if it’s turkey bacon* “It’s real bacon.”

    Coworker: “Yeah, but what’s it MADE out of?”

    (I am so dumbfounded by the question I actually stop what I am doing and just kinda stare into space, unsure how to respond. Another coworker, seeing my reaction, jumps in to say it’s pig.)

    Time To Wake Up And Smell The Chai

    | AK, USA | Bad Behavior, Employees, Food & Drink

    (I am out with some friends at a coffee shop that has some of the best baristas in town. Because I do not like coffee I always order something else to drink, such as tea or a chai latte.)

    Me: “Hello, I’d like a medium chai latte, please.”

    Barista: “Sure, no problem. Can I get your name?”

    Me: “[My Name].”

    (We find a table and wait, and our drinks are ready within a few minutes. I take a sip of my chai latte, and tastes neither right or good, but I can’t quite place why. I take another sip and realize that it has coffee in it. I take it back up to the barista.)

    Me: “Hi, my chai latte tastes bitter. Did you put coffee in it?”

    Barista: “Oh, yes! It tastes much better that way.”

    Me: “But I don’t like coffee, which is why I asked for a chai latte. Could you please re-make it, without the coffee?”

    (A manager walks by with a stack of clattering dishes and mishears what I said.)

    Manager: “I’m sorry, but the Chai latte doesn’t come with coffee in it.”

    Me: “I know; that’s why I ordered it.”

    Manager: “Why are you asking for it to be re-made with coffee?”

    Me: “Because there’s coffee in this, and I don’t like coffee!”

    Manager: *to barista* “Why did you make it with coffee if she asked for a chai latte?”

    Barista: “Because it’s better that way!”

    Manager: *sighing* “Please re-make it without the coffee.”

    Barista: “Well, I like it with coffee!”

    (The manager gave him a hard look, and he correctly re-made my drink without further commentary. My friends and I haven’t seen that barista since!)

    They Are Largely To Blame

    | St. Pete, FL, USA | Employees, Food & Drink, Ignoring/Inattentive, Lazy/Unhelpful

    Me: *ordering* “And lastly, I’d like the Dr. Pepper Vanilla Float.”

    Employee: “Okay, what size?”

    Me: “The smallest size you’ve got, please.”

    Me: *picking up at the window* “Wow! This is huge, and this is the small?”

    Employee: “It’s the large.”

    Me: “Oh, remember, I ordered the smallest size.”

    Employee: “It’s the only size we have.”

    Me: *puzzled* “Then why did you ask me what size?”

    Employee: “Because we have a regular and a large.”

    Me: “Oh, then I’d like to have the regular one, please, since out of regular and large, regular is the smallest.”

    Employee: *sighing and turning to a manager* “Can you help me with a refund? She ordered the wrong thing.”

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