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    Don’t Take Out Thanksgiving Without Getting Takeout

    | NJ, USA | Bosses & Owners, Food & Drink, Holidays, Overtime

    (I’m currently doing inventory at my second job and end up in an aisle where our sales manager and our general manager are chatting about Thanksgiving and what they’ll do with the free time since nobody comes in. This is only the second year that our store is open on Thanksgiving and we get maybe three customers in the store.)

    Me: “Oh, I’ll be working. Who is closing on Thanksgiving?”

    Sales Manager: “[General Manager] and [Other Sales Manager] is. [General Manager]‘s going to order you guys Chinese food.”

    General Manager: *rolling his eyes but grinning nonetheless* “We’re not ordering Chinese food.”

    (They go back to chatting about Thanksgiving, commenting how it sucks that we have to be open when nobody even comes into the store. I’ve been half paying attention and adding to the conversation when prompted as they know I also work in a grocery store.)

    Me: “Yeah, I’m working my other job, too. It’ll be nice to have some calm here after the chaos, at least. I’ve got bets on how many people are going to yell at us for running out of shallots again this year.”

    General Manager: *looking at me confused* “But… you said you could work on Thanksgiving.”

    Me: *blinking* “I can. I’m only at my other job 7 am until 3 pm. I’m scheduled here at 5:30 pm.”

    General Manager: “Oh, okay!” *looks confused again* “But… when are you getting to eat Thanksgiving dinner?”

    Me: “Um… I’m not.”

    Sales Manager: *turns and looks pointedly at General Manager* “Order Chinese food.”

    General Manager: *nods*

    Leave Your Money Problems

    | VA, USA | Bosses & Owners, Holidays, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (When working in emergency services (911), in order to take off time you have to submit your request as early as possible. Our center doesn’t consider you having ‘off’ until they approve your request, which means if you make reservations, pay out money, and do NOT get approved, you’re out that money. I put in notice in January that I wanted the July 4th weekend off as it was my 20th wedding anniversary.

    Boss: It’s too early to approve this yet. I’ll get back to you.

    (Months go by and I remind her several times. The week before:)

    Boss: “Oh, I finally approved your leave request.”

    Me: “Really? Gee, thanks anyway.”

    Boss: “What do you mean? I gave you the holiday weekend off!”

    Me: “Oh, and where am I going to go? What hotel is NOT booked solid by now?”

    Boss: “What do you mean?”

    Me: “Umm, how could I have made plans and spent money on a hotel if you hadn’t approved my leave request?”

    Boss: “Oh. Well, look at the bright side!”

    Me: “What bright side?”

    Boss: “I saved you all that money!”

    Forgetful Of Remembrance Day

    | UK | Bosses & Owners, Holidays

    (Each person in my team deals with customers of a specific country. As some bank holidays differ from one to the other, we may have to come to work and do nothing because we are not allowed to call customers. On such a day (August 15th), I started a conversation with a coworker. After about 30 minutes, the manager comes over.)

    Manager: “Are you two on break?”

    Me: “No, there’s just nothing to do today.”

    Manager: “How come? Is there anything in both your countries?”

    Me: “Well, yes. Today is a bank holiday, so we can’t call customers.”

    Manager: “Oh  really? Across several countries? What bank holiday is it?”

    Coworker: “15th of August? The Assumption of Mary? It’s a well-known Catholic holiday.”

    Manager: “Never heard about this. Okay, I’ll check.”

    (My coworker and I looked at each in shock. The manager is from a mainly Catholic country, and was looking at us as if we were lying. A few months later, on Remembrance Day (11th of November), the same coworker asked to observe a minute of silence to honor the fallen dead, as is tradition in the UK. It is supposed to happen at 11:00 am. A few seconds before, the program manager asked out loud why should we do that, ruining the mood in the process. She has been living in the UK for more than 15 years, and still doesn’t know what people celebrate here.)

    Totally Wigging Out

    | Atlanta, GA, USA | Bizarre/Silly, Coworkers, Family & Kids, Holidays

    (It’s Halloween and I’m dressed up as Moss from ‘The IT Crowd,’ complete with the goofy afro parted to the side. One of my coworkers brings her daughter in.)

    Coworker’s Daughter: “I want your hair.”

    Me: “Oh, you do, huh?” *I yank off my wig and hand it to her* “Here you go.”

    Coworker’s Daughter: “YAAAAYY!” *grabs the wig and runs off with it*

    Me: “I’m gonna want that back in a bit…”


    | MI, USA | Coworkers, Holidays

    (I’m a Scrooge about holidays, especially minor ones, but one coworker hasn’t got the hint.)

    Coworker: “So what are you doing for St. Patrick’s day?

    Me: “Nothing.”

    Coworker: “What? But you have to do something special! It’s such a fun holiday!”

    Me: “I’m neither Irish, Catholic, not an alcoholic, so I don’t think I have any reason to celebrate it.”

    Coworker: “You’re going to be just as much fun for Cinco de Mayo, aren’t you?”

    Me: “And Octoberfest.”

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