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    Way Ahead Of The Schedule

    | Plano, TX, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Holidays

    (We pick up a new supervisor during the year. They have made out the on-call schedule from September until March of the next year.)

    Me: “I’ve got a problem with the on-call schedule you’ve just sent out.”

    Supervisor: “Okay, what is it?”

    Me: “You’ve got me working the holidays and I was planning on being off during that time.”

    Supervisor: “Look, you have to accept it. Everyone has to work a holiday now and then. The rules for the major holidays are that if you work Thanksgiving, then you can have Christmas off and if you work Christmas, you can have Thanksgiving off. Also you never sent in a request to have off so I’ve scheduled you.”

    Me: “Yes, I’m well aware what the rules are for holidays.”

    Supervisor: “Then you understand you can’t have off.”

    Me: “Did you bother to check who was on call last year? We’re not supposed to be on the major holiday if we had to be on call for either of them the year before. I’ve worked the last three Christmas seasons because of our short staff and turnovers as well as the last two Thanksgivings. Also I can produce an email approval with our manager before you were hired where I’ve requested Christmas off this year so that I can finally spend it with my family.”

    Supervisor: “Oh. Well, I can’t reassign it. The schedule has already gone out.”

    Me: “Oh, I think you can. It only went out ten minutes ago. In fact, I’m going to print out the schedule for the last three years and the email approval and visit the manager in about thirty minutes.”

    (Voila, it got changed, but I was put back on Christmas the following year.)

    You’ll Pay For That Holiday

    | Sydney, NSW, Australia | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Holidays

    (I work for a store manager who never lets me have time off, even though her friends get all the time off they want. We get a new store manager who has a crack down on unused vacation time. I have almost three months owing to me. We get told that if we don’t start using the time up that they will simply order us to take month off with no notice. I put in for four weeks off, two weeks so I could look after my children on their school break, and two weeks to get neglected things done and a little time just for me. My husband has only recently started a new job after two years unemployment, so I cannot afford to go away. I get back to work and get asked what I did.)

    Me: “Oh, nothing much. Just stayed home. Took the kids out a couple of times.”

    (The next day store manager comes up to me at the end of day.)

    Store Manager: “I’ve spoken to head office about you. In future if you are only ‘just going to stay home’ on your holidays you cannot take four weeks off. You can only take four weeks off if you are going overseas, or something like that.”

    (I am so livid that I cannot even answer her. My coworker has overheard.)

    Coworker: “Did you just get into trouble for not going away on your holidays?”

    Me: “Yes. I am so angry! I can’t believe that they think they can dictate what I do on my holidays. I’m handing my resignation in tomorrow.”

    (I give two weeks notice and after leaving I notice I haven’t been paid my severance pay. I call up and speak to my department manager about it.)

    Department Manager: “I spoke to [Store Manager]. She didn’t submit your resignation to head office because she thought you were joking.”

    Me:  ”Well, the past week that I haven’t turned up should have told her that I wasn’t.”

    Department Manager: “You realise that if you don’t get paid out before Friday that the company has to pay you extra money? Just leave it at that. Serves her right for treating you like that.”

    (My pay came through at 11.45 pm on the Thursday night. I bet someone in head office wasn’t too happy with having to work late to pay me.)

    Out In A Flash

    | MI, USA | At The Checkout, Employees, Holidays, Rude & Risque, Theme Of The Month

    (My husband and I are on our way home from his grandparents’ house on Christmas Day. We don’t get out that way very often, so we decide to stop at a popular adult bookstore along the way. Once we are there, my husband remembered that he had left his ID at home. We went in, hoping we wouldn’t get carded, as we’re both 22 and quite young looking. When we walked in, the only employee, a male around our age, walks up.)

    Employee: “Can I see your IDs?”

    (I pull mine out, and then gave a big smile to my husband.)

    Me: “See you in a little bit!”

    (The employee checks my ID, and then goes about his business. My husband returns to the car. I call the employee over for help, but he is kind of moody, and unwilling to help much. I then go up to pay. While he was trying to find the barcode for the shoes, I decided to break the somewhat awkward silence.)

    Me: “Do you like working here?”

    Employee: “It’s better some days than others… and I have to work on Christmas. The best part is that I see a lot of boobs.”

    Me: “Oh?”

    Employee: *smiles* “Yeah, girls like to flash me. Especially today, since I have to work on Christmas and all.”

    (He looks down at me expectantly.)

    Me: “That’s nice.”

    (It is silent for a minute, before he bagged up my items. I hurriedly grab the bag, and turn to leave.)

    Employee: *calls out* “Don’t you want to—”

    (I wait until I get in the car and we are down the road before I tell my husband. His only response?)

    Husband: “I told you that you were hot!”

    The Harsh Realities Of Management

    | Rockwall, TX, USA | Bizarre/Silly, Bosses & Owners, Holidays

    (I work at a 24 hour diner. It’s about 4 am Christmas morning.)

    Me: “Thank you for calling [Diner]. Merry Christmas.”

    Caller: “Um, hello?”

    Me: “Yes, thank you for calling [Diner]. Merry Christmas. How may I help you.”

    Caller: “Oh, making sure you are a real person. I take it you are open?”

    Me: “Yes, ma’am. We never close!” *customer hangs up*

    Coworker: “What was that about?”

    Me: “It sounded like [Manager], but they asked if I was a real person?”

    (A couple hours later, the manager walks in.)

    Me: “Hey, [Manager]. Did you call here earlier to ask if I was real?”

    Manager: “Umm… possibly.”

    Bringing Them Up To Date On The Date

    | TN, USA | Coworkers, Holidays

    (It is the week before Thanksgiving. I am having a conversation between two of the cashiers. One, despite being a bit scatterbrained, is a valued member of the team.)

    Coworker #1: “Is anyone working on Thursday?”

    Coworker #2: “Nope.”

    Coworker #1: “Am I working on Thursday? I should check.”

    Coworker #2: “Honey, Thanksgiving is on Thursday. Don’t come to work. No one will be here. Come in Friday.”

    Coworker #1: “Is Black Friday next week?”

    Coworker #2: “Yep. It’s the day after Thanksgiving.”

    Coworker #1: *surprised* “Black Friday is on Friday this year?”

    Coworker #2: “Yes. It’s Black Friday.”

    Coworker #1: “Oh… My brain’s not working tonight.”

    Coworker #2: “Honey, your brain’s not working any night.”


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