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    Should Have Quit Earlier On Balance

    | Torrance, CA, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Lazy/Unhelpful, Theme Of The Month

    (I take a part-time job at a bath products store in order to help pay for my tuition. This did not work as planned however.)

    Manager: *during shift, to me* “The new schedule is up. Go write down your schedule so you’ll remember.”

    (I walk to the break-room only to discover that I was scheduled for only one three-hour shift.)

    Me: “Why am I only scheduled for one shift?”

    Manager: “Because of the high volume of employees this holiday season I can only afford to schedule you for one shift.”

    (The day of my shift comes around and I receive a call from my manager.)

    Manager: “Hi! Turns out we don’t need you to come in today. We’ll keep in touch with regard to your schedule.”

    (This exact scenario occurs the next month. I decide to resign and find a better, more steady job. I type a resignation letter and arrive at the store location to hand it personally to the manager.)

    Me: “Since I haven’t officially worked in two months I have decided to resign. Here is my resignation letter.”

    Manager: “YOU CAN’T QUIT! HOW WILL I BALANCE THE SCHEDULE?”

    Me: “Seriously? You add me to the schedule and then tell me not to work. Your schedule will be fine. I QUIT!”

    Washing Their Hands Of The Problem

    | SC, USA | Employees, Ignoring/Inattentive, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (I am a resident in this apartment complex and the management constantly makes excuses when you need a handyman.)

    Me: “Hi. My dishwasher seems to be holding water and not draining. Could you send someone up?”

    Management: “Oh, well, you probably aren’t letting the cycle finish. It will pause for about 15 minutes. Just leave it and it will drain.”

    (I am all kinds of lazy; I definitely do not try and unload my dishwasher within 15 minutes of hearing it stop. Usually, it will be the next day before I even remember I ran it.)

    Me: “I don’t think that is the problem. It happens every time and I haven’t been opening it.”

    Management: “I will send someone up to show you how to use it properly.”

    (I didn’t even know how to respond, so I just hung up.)

    This Is Not Your True Calling

    , | Snellville, GA, USA | Bosses & Owners, Lazy/Unhelpful, Theme Of The Month

    (I have recently been assigned to a new job through a temp agency. I am given the address, the name of the company, and the supervisor. It is listed as ‘telephone operator’ and involvs taking orders.)

    Supervisor: “Welcome to [Company]! We specialize in selling school supplies to various schools throughout the U.S. Today we’re selling class sets of dictionaries. When they order a set of 30 dictionaries, they’ll get a set of thesauruses for free.”

    (The supervisor then shows me to my desk. I notice there is no computer; just a telephone and a stapled packet consisting of hundreds of schools and some basic information, including principals’ names, phone numbers, mailing addresses, and other info.)

    Supervisor: “Here is your phone. You’ll call each of these numbers, and try to sell the class sets. Here, I’ll put your name on the board. You’ll call these numbers, make a sale, and when you do, we put a star by your name. You get 50 stars, you get a $100 bonus. Also, for us to confirm the sale, you must stand up and hold the receiver like this.”

    (He shows me, with the mouthpiece end towards the mouth, and the earpiece pointed towards the floor. I snicker.)

    Supervisor: “Oh, you think it’s funny, do you? Well, get on to it.”

    (I look through the list. The first number is a high school in Texas. I begin dialing and keep getting an automatic messaging service. I remember I have a sandwich with me.)

    Me: “Um, [Supervisor], where can I put my sandwich? It’s got meatballs and cheese and I don’t want it to spoil.”

    Supervisor: “Oh, just keep it at your desk. You can eat it in between calls.”

    Me: “So you’re saying you don’t have a break room?”

    Supervisor: “Nope.”

    Me: “Not even a fridge to keep food that may spoil from spoiling?”

    Supervisor: “Nope. Just sit and make sales, and eat between sales.”

    (I sit back down, and try again. Each number I call, I keep getting automated services. Finally, I decide I’ve had enough. I get up, grab my sandwich, and begin walking out the door.)

    Supervisor: “Where are you going?”

    Me: “I’m sorry, but sales is just not for me. [Temp Agency] never told me this was a sales/telemarketing job. They just had it listed as ‘phone operator.’ I thought I’d be taking calls, not making them.”

    Supervisor: “Please come back. You can eat your sandwich first then make calls. I lied; we do have a fridge in the back.”

    Me: “Sorry.”

    (I walked right out of there after staying for only 30 minutes. I later called the temp agency and quit them, too!)

    Credited With Bad Advice

    | Houston, TX, USA | Employees, Ignoring/Inattentive, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (We are a young married couple. Both of us employed and reasonably well paid, but my wife and I have hit some financial hardships due to unexpected medical bills. We go to a credit counseling service to see about consolidation and other services. After looking over our paperwork for a few minutes, the lady helping us speaks.)

    Counselor: “Well, I see what the problem is.”

    Me: “Uh, ‘problem?’”

    Counselor: “Yes. You need to make more money.”

    (We left.)

    Tipped In Your Favor

    | Sydney, NSW, Australia | Awesome Customers, Coworkers, Lazy/Unhelpful, Money

    (I have been asked to help out at a 21st birthday party at work. It’s my first time on table service, working with another staff member. I keep taking orders and drinks out while she mainly chats to the barman. At the end of the night the birthday girl’s father approaches me.)

    Father: “Excuse me. Can you come over here so we can order more drinks?”

    Me: “Sure!”

    Father: *looking around to see where my coworker is* “Here, take this.” *pushes

    a folded up $50 note into my hand* “Put it in your pocket and don’t tell the other waitress how much I gave you. You did most of the work while she did as little as she could and flirted with the barman all night.”

    (Later, my coworker approaches me.)

    Coworker: “Did you get a tip? I got $20. Don’t worry if he didn’t give you as much. It was your first night, after all. You did okay…”


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