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    It’s A Tall Order Accepting Lemon-Aid

    | Marysville, OH, USA | Coworkers, Health & Body, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (In the car dealership I work at we have a large station featuring multiple pots of complimentary coffee, hot water for tea and cocoa, and a large tank of lemonade. One of my smaller, more menial tasks is to refill the lemonade tank when it gets low. Please note that the tank is rather tall and sits atop a counter. I am a five-foot tall female.)

    Me: *comes out of the break room with a large pitcher of lemonade for the tank*

    Coworker: *sees me* “Woah, woah. You’re not going to try dumping that in there, are you?”

    Me: “I do it at least three times a day.” *sets pitcher down and stands on toes to remove tank lid*

    Coworker: “No! You’re too short!”

    Me: *frowning* “Seriously, I do this all the time.”

    Coworker: “You’re not tall enough.” *holding his hand up to his shoulder* “You must be this tall to ride this ride.”

    Me: “I really can—”

    Coworker: “YOU MUST BE THIS TALL.”

    Me: “…”

    (My coworker proceeded to fill the tank up for me, all the while making good natured jokes about my height (or lack thereof). Every time he saw me trying to fill the lemonade tank on my own, he insisted on doing it himself because I’m ‘just not tall enough for that ride!’)

    Needs A Self-Administered Dose Of Reality

    | CA, USA | Crazy Requests, Employees, Health & Body, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (I have just given birth, and have been transferred from the labor ward to the maternity ward. A nurse is going over my medications. I take an individualized thyroid medication, only available from a compounding pharmacy. My doctor has directed this medication is not to be stopped under any circumstances.)

    Nurse: “I don’t recognize this thyroid medication.”

    Me: “It’s compounded.”

    Nurse: “You won’t be able take this while you’re staying at the hospital because we don’t have it in our supplies.”

    Me: “That’s why my obstetrician has noted on the chart that I will bring my own supply.”

    Nurse: “You can’t do that. We have to manage all your medications while you are here. And it will take three days for us to get it from a compounding pharmacy. I don’t want to deal with the paperwork. Do you think you can just not take this medication while you are here?”

    (I’m stunned, but within a split second I decide how I want to respond.)

    Me: “Sure.”

    (The nurse left the room. I got out my supply of pills and took my usual dose. The next time I gave birth at that hospital, I made sure I took two separate bottles of my pills, paranoid that they’d try to forcibly make me hand them over to stop me from taking them. They did a little better that time. They took my bottle of pills and dispensed the daily dose to me each day – and billed my insurance under the line item of ‘Self-Administered Medication!’)

    Sick Of Your Mismanagement

    , | USA | Bosses & Owners, Food & Drink, Health & Body, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (My sister has recently developed an allergy to artificial sweeteners. She works at a fast food restaurant, but since the store’s owner really likes her as an employee (because she is prompt and very bright), he arranges for her to only be scheduled for the shift role where she bags food and answers the phone. He tells all the managers that she is not to do any of the other jobs because it risks her touching even the residue from diet drinks. One night she is working and the staff is short-handed. The manager on duty has not worked with my sister in a while, and so never has heard that her issue has been diagnosed.)

    Manager: “[Sister], go cover the drive thru window so [Coworker] can go on break.”

    Sister: “Sorry, I can’t. [Owner] said I don’t have to do that role because I get sick from touching the cups.”

    Manager: “Look, we need someone there, and I’m telling you to do it.”

    Sister: “Remember how I used to leave early all the time? It’s because I can’t physically do the jobs where I have to touch the cups! I will get sick and have to go home. That’s why [Owner] said for me to only do this job!”

    Manager: *clearly not believing her* “[Coworker] needs to go on break, and I told you to cover for her. Now do it.”

    (My sister finally just gave in, figuring the manager will learn the hard way when she got sick. Sure enough, the next day, she had to call in because she was too sick to work. Thankfully, the owner found out what happened and had a talk with that manager. It hasn’t happened since.)

    Walking Out On Them

    | The Netherlands | Bosses & Owners, Health & Body, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (About five months ago I fell pretty badly and dislocated my left kneecap. Fast forward, and I have a job interview for a chain of restaurants at the airport. During the interview I mention that I’m still recovering and that walking a lot could mean that the injury never fully recovers. The interviewer (and my current manager) assures me that it’s mostly a standing job. This turns out to be not quite that true as they regularly schedule me for a position where I walk a good ten miles every day. The following conversation went down tonight after closing up:)

    Me: “Hey, [Manager], what’s my position tomorrow? Coffee desk again?”

    Manager: “Nope, put you on [Walking Position].”

    Me: “Again? You already had me there yesterday.”

    Manager: “You shouldn’t complain. You’re a young man; you can take it. And it’s not like we always schedule you there.”

    Me: “I told you that I prefer not to do it for a very good medical reason. You’ve also scheduled me there seven out of the last ten days, two of them on days where you specifically promised me you wouldn’t. So, yes, ‘again?’”

    Manager: “Well, if you’d finally get your cashier’s license I could schedule you there, but since you refuse to, this is the best I can do.”

    Me: “I did get the license, but then you accidentally fired me and now I can’t access the company website anymore.”

    Manager: “Well, that’s really your problem.”

    Me: “If that’s really what you think you can leave me of the schedule for next month.”

    Manager: “Oh? Going on an unannounced vacation? That’s going to get you fired some day.”

    Me: *blank stare, followed my wordless exit*

    Don’t Break Or I’ll Break

    | OH, USA | Coworkers, Health & Body

    (I’m helping a store do inventory, which starts around seven pm and goes on throughout the night. I’m easily the youngest one there, but I learn quickly. I finish my section in half the time I need, and move on to help others. At about 12:30 am, I stop for a quick break.)

    Employee: “Hey, [My Name], do you wanna take a break and grab some food?”

    Me: “Don’t let me take a break. Keep me working. If I go to the break room, I’m gonna curl up on the floor and sleep.”

    Employee: “Gotcha. Section L needs help…”


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