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    Can’t Quite Pin Down That Line Of Thinking

    | Pasadena, MD, USA | Employees, Extra Stupid, Technology

    (I’m a manger in my store and every manager has their own alarm code so the company knows who turns on/off the alarm. After working nine days in a row, my brain is fried and I have forgotten my code number. After having the store manager close the store I call the alarm company to get my code.)

    Alarm Tech: “Thank you for calling [Company]. How may I help you?”

    Me: “I am calling about my alarm system.”

    Alarm Tech: “Is there a problem with the alarm?”

    Me: “Actually there’s a problem with me, I can’t seem to remember my alarm code.”

    Alarm Tech: *chuckle* “Okay, we can help with that. Now can I have your four-digit pin?”

    Me: “Um, you mean the pin for the alarm?”

    Alarm Tech: “Yes, that’s the one.”

    Me: “The alarm code I am calling to get because I don’t remember it?”

    Alarm Tech: “Yes, if you can just confirm your pin, we can continue from here.”

    Me: “You want me to give you my pin that I don’t remember, so you can then just repeat my pin number back to me?”

    Alarm Tech: *silence*

    Me: “Could you give it to another manager, who can then give it to me?”

    Alarm Tech: “I think that may be best.”

    (I hand the phone to my store manager, who gives his pin and then gives me mine. Not sure how the tech thought asking me for the pin I forgot was going to work.)

    Acting Very Cross(Dressing)

    | England, UK | Bad Behavior, Crazy Requests, Employees

    (I have been clothes shopping with my wife. This is the fourth shop we have been in and I am truly fed up. While she is trying something on [again], I find a seat, and begin to play with my phone. A woman in her late 40s dressed as a teenager approaches me.)

    Employee: *barking an order* “You can’t sit there.”

    (I almost don’t look up as I am not paying attention.)

    Me: “Huh, sorry?”

    Employee: “You. Can’t. Sit. There.”

    (I look around to see if there are any signs, I see nothing.)

    Me: “Why?”

    Employee: *with attitude* “Because this is a changing area, obviously!”

    (The area I am sat in is not enclosed or private in any way. This woman obviously works here and has a problem with me, so I decide to have a little fun.)

    Me: “So, what if I wanted to try something on?”

    Employee: “What?”

    Me: “I don’t see any ‘women only’ signs. What if I wanted to try something on?”

    Employee: “Well, that isn’t going to happen…”

    Me: “Are you telling me what I can and can’t wear?”

    Employee: “What! No, I…” *she gives me a look like a deer in the headlights*

    Me: “So, you are telling me that you personally don’t allow men in your store and you don’t support the trans community?”

    (She starts to look around. I realise she didn’t see my wife go in to the changing room. For all she knew there could have been a guy in there changing as we spoke. People are starting to stare at her.)

    Employee: *turning white* “I, er, I….” *leaves sharply*

    Wife: “You are so embarrassing. I can’t take you anywhere!”

    An Interview You’d Rather Forget About

    | Portland, OR, USA | Bosses & Owners, Ignoring/Inattentive, Job Seekers, Lazy/Unhelpful, Theme Of The Month

    (I am looking for a job after being unemployed for two years while schooling. I get a call back from a maid service and the woman schedules an interview at a coffee house. I’m 100% sure I’m at the right one as it is the only one in the area. I show up to the interview 15 minutes early and find an empty coffee house. I wait for a half hour and no one dressed professionally comes in and no one tries to approach me. It would be obvious to the interviewer when she came in that I am her prospect as I’m the only one at the tables and the only one dressed professionally. It’s extremely obvious that I’m waiting for someone. I decide to call the company.)

    Employee: “[Company]. This is [Employee], How can I help you?”

    Me: “Yes, I was scheduled for an interview with [Owner]. It was supposed to be fifteen minutes ago, but so far no one has showed up.”

    Employee: “Oh, wow. Let me try to call her personal cell phone to see what’s going on and I’ll make sure someone calls you back.”

    Me: *I make sure she has my number* “Thank you so much.”

    (I continue to wait for another half hour to no avail so I decide to leave. I never receive a call back about the missing interviewer so I email the service explaining I had an interview and no one showed and to enquire why no one ever contacted me as they said they would. I quickly receive a reply.)

    Co-Owner: “You did not get a call back because you were a ‘no-call, no-show’ at your interview.”

    Me: “No, I showed up 15 minutes early and waited an hour. In fact 15 minutes after the interview was supposed to start I called [Company] and talked to [Employee] and she assured me that she would figure out why [Owner] had not arrived and call me back, which she never did.”

    Co-Owner: “You were put down as a ‘no-call, no-show.’ That’s why we didn’t return your call.”

    Me: “So, let me get this straight. I call and try to inform you that I am indeed there for my interview while my interviewer is not, but you won’t call me back because I wasn’t there?”

    (It takes a while for the reply this time.)

    Co-Owner: “[Owner] says you never showed up. Are you sure you were at the right place?”

    Me: “100 percent positive. It’s the only [Coffee House] in the area and I was the only one sitting at the tables as well as the only one in professional dress. I do not appreciate the accusations when I myself called your company to inquire the whereabouts of [Owner]. I also have a receipt proving I was there 15 minutes early. [Owner] has wasted my time and money, both of which I have very little and could barely afford to drive to this interview.”

    Co-Owner: “I suppose I can set up another interview as long as you don’t ‘no-call, no-show’ again.”

    Me: “Don’t bother. Obviously you aren’t listening to me. I was not a ‘no-call, no-show.’ I have proof that I was there as well as a phone record of my attempted contact. I have no desire to work for a company that throws people under the bus before even receiving an interview. Obviously [Owner] forgot about my interview and lied about it.”

    (A couple weeks go by and I receive another email.)

    Co-Owner: “It turns out that [Owner] did forget your interview. Would you like me to set up another with her?”

    Me: “I have already expressed how I feel about working for your company. Please do not contact me again.”

    (I got two more interviews within a week of the first missed one and by the time I got that last email I had already been hired for a much better job.)

    A Disarming Calming

    | Austin, TX, USA | Bizarre/Silly, Coworkers, Language & Words

    (It’s a busy Friday night and our support staff is hitting a few snags. I am also easily frustrated.)

    Me: *ranting to no one in particular* “I don’t know what the f*** is wrong with the hosts tonight. I’m gonna choke-slam someone. Why isn’t this food going out? We can’t just… What the H***! Why is… ugh!”

    Coworker:Goosfrabaaaaaa. Shhh. Goosfraba.” *walks away and delivers an order to a table…*

    Digging A Deeper Hole For Themselves

    | NV, USA | Job Seekers, Language & Words, Theme Of The Month

    (I’m standing in the elevator with a well-dressed but nervous looking young woman. She turns to me.)

    Woman: “Do you work in [Department]?”

    Me: “Yes.”

    Woman: “Is the department head nice? I’m going to my interview right now and I’m really worried that he’ll be an a**-hole or something. This is my first job and I’m kind of freaking out.”

    (She giggles nervously. I blink at her a few times, then offer her my hand.)

    Me: “Hi, I’m [Department Head]. You must be [Name]. I promise I’m not an a**-hole.”

    (She turned red and started apologizing profusely. Luckily, I thought it was funny, and ended up hiring her. She’s still one of my best employees.)


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