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    Recipe For Repeated Disaster

    | Lund, Sweden | Employees, Health & Body, Ignoring/Inattentive, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (I call my local health clinic to make an appointment.)

    Me: “Hello. My name is [My Name] and I would like to make an appointment with a gynecologist. I am on [type of birth control pill] and would like to discuss if there are any other options.”

    Receptionist: “All right, I’ll make an appointment for Monday.”

    Me: “Great, what time?”

    Receptionist: “No, it’s not an actual appointment; I just make a note here to [Doctor] to renew your prescription.”

    Me: “No, I’m sorry, perhaps I wasn’t clear. I don’t want to renew my current prescription. I am not happy with the pill I am on; I would like to discuss my options.”

    Receptionist: “Oh. I see. Well, then I have an appointment for Wednesday next week.”

    Me: “All right, that could work. What time is it?”

    Receptionist: “No, it’s not a specific time; it’s a note to [Doctor] to call you during the day to talk to you before she renews your prescription.”

    Me: “But I would like to discuss my options with her. If I can do that over the phone, I’m happy to, but I want to make sure I can have a discussion with her and get advice, not just a new prescription for the same type of birth control pill that makes me experience all these side effects.”

    Receptionist: “Yes, whatever, your appointment is now for Wednesday next week.”

    Me: “…and she will call me and we will be able to have an actual discussion?”

    Receptionist: “Goodbye.”

    (I called another clinic and got excellent service. When I called the first clinic to cancel my “appointment,” the receptionist was just as rude as before and practically hung up on me again. Never going back there!)

    Getting Out Of Work With Surgical Precision

    , | KS, USA | Bosses & Owners, Coworkers, Family & Kids, Health & Body, Overtime, School

    (I work in a deli inside of a chain grocery store. I’m always on closing duty which has me at work until well after midnight. I’m also a full-time college student. I’m usually fine going into class on very little sleep, but I don’t want to take tests like that, so I put in for time off on the nights before my final exams, which are all early in the morning. The week before my exams, we’re given our schedules for the following week.)

    Me: “Uh, [Manager], you’ve got me down to work close next Wednesday night. I asked for it off and you approved it, but then you scheduled me.”

    Manager: “Oh. Well, can you still come in?”

    Me: I’d rather not. I have to be up early Thursday morning for exams. It’s just next week; I’m off for the summer so I can work whatever hours you need after that. But, I really don’t want to take important exams on three or four hours of sleep.

    Manager: “Hmm.” *says nothing more and goes back to work*

    (I assume I am still going to have to go in, so decide to just suck it up and hope for the best. Fast forward to the following Wednesday. I arrive for my shift, to find that a coworker who hadn’t been on the schedule is there. She is as surprised to see me as I am to see her.)

    Coworker: “Why are you here? [Manager] asked me to cover for you because you said you couldn’t come in.”

    Me: “Seriously?! She didn’t say anything to me about that. I had asked for tonight off because of my exams tomorrow morning, but she put me down anyway. But, okay, if you’re here I guess I’ll go home—”

    Coworker: “No, we should really talk to a manager to make sure.”

    Me: “All of the managers are gone, I think. One of the store managers might still be here… but we’d better hurry because they won’t be here long.”

    (We manage to find the store assistant manager, who is the only one still in, and explain the situation.)

    Me: “[Manager] hadn’t told me she was having someone cover, but since we’ve got coverage, I’d really like to head home so I can be well-rested for my exams tomorrow.”

    Coworker: “I GUESS I could stay but… my little boy is only five months old and he just had surgery on his poor little feet this morning. I hated to leave him but [Manager] asked…”

    (I’m confused because this coworker had never mentioned her son having surgery scheduled — and she talks incessantly about EVERYTHING related to her son, even an inconsequential sneeze. And why would she have agreed to cover for me if her baby was scheduled for surgery that day?)

    Assistant Manager: “Oh!” *gives me a dirty look then turns back to my coworker* “You go right on home to be with your baby. He needs you.” *turns back to me, and says rather rudely* “Go get clocked in and get to work.”

    (The other closer ended up calling in sick, leaving me to close by myself. I went in to my exams the next morning on under two hours of sleep, and failed them both. The kicker? The bakery manager saw me the next day, heard what happened, and informed me that she saw my coworker and her husband only minutes before I walked in — showing off her not-been-operated-on baby to the bakery employees.)

    A Bad Response To The First Response

    | Westfield, IN, USA | Bad Behavior, Coworkers, Health & Body

    (I am talking to some customers while wearing my fire department sweatshirt. It’s not uniform compliant but it is a VERY cold winter.)

    Customer: “Are you a firefighter?”

    Me: “No, I’m—”

    Coworker: *interrupting* “No, she’s the EMT who waits outside for the firefighters who were stupid enough to run into a burning building!”

    Customers & Me: *shocked faces*

    (After the customers left I gave my coworker a ‘corrective interview’ about how first responders risk their lives to save others and should be shown the proper respect!)

    Not Fitting For A Manager To Say

    | AB, Canada | Bosses & Owners, Health & Body

    (One of my coworkers is very heavily pregnant and nearing her maternity leave period. As it’s only a couple weeks away, her replacement has taken over her office and she has moved into the board room to do general filing for the time being. Our company CEO notices her in the board room for the first time.)

    CEO: “Don’t fit in your office anymore?”

    Got On The Wrong Side Of The Bus This Morning

    | Lansing, MI, USA | Bad Behavior, Employees, Health & Body, Ignoring/Inattentive, Money, Transportation

    (I am very sick with tonsillitis. It is so bad that my throat occasionally will swell to the point where it nearly blocks my airways. I can’t get the surgery I need until the end of my semester, so I have to wait a few months for treatment, while being treated with steroids. I wake up one morning having some breathing problems. I figure I would have time to get to the hospital if I took the bus (I can’t afford an ambulance). The following exchange occurs with the bus driver.)

    Me: *extremely hoarsely* “Excuse me, does this bus go to the hospital?”

    Driver: “Pay your 60 cents.”

    Me: “Sir, please, I need to know if this goes to [Hospital] emergency room.”

    Driver: “Pay.”

    Me: “Hospital…?”

    Driver: “PAY.”

    Me: “…fine.” *drops coins in slot* “Does this go to the emergency room?”

    Driver: *ignores me*

    Passenger: “Excuse me, miss. Yes, this bus goes past the hospital. I’m headed there myself.”

    Me: “Thank you, sir.”

    Passenger: “No problem. I don’t see why this jack-a** won’t do his job and tell a young lady who is clearly in a lot of pain and struggling to speak if she’s on the bus to the emergency room!”

    (He made sure to pull the cord and help me off the bus. Thank you, kind bus passenger! And bus driver, I hope you were just having a bad day.)


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