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    | Phoenix, AZ, USA | Employees, Health & Body

    (Our pharmacy has recently switched to a new manufacturer of Lorazepam, which requires refrigeration. I overhear a conversation between a patient’s caregiver, and the pharmacist.)

    Caregiver: “So I was told this stuff has to be kept cold? Is it still good if it wasn’t?”

    Pharmacist: “No, you’re going to have to get it replaced. If it’s been left in room temperature for more than a few hours, I cannot recommend you giving it to your patient.”

    Caregiver: “Well nobody told me it had to be kept cold! I want a free replacement.”

    Pharmacist: “We put ‘REFRIGERATE’ on every label; don’t you read your patient’s labels?”

    Caregiver: “I don’t have time to read all the labels.”

    Pharmacist: “Then how do you know you’re giving the drugs properly to the patient?”

    Caregiver: “…”

    Pharmacist: “That’ll be $30 for a new bottle.”

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    Bone Achingly Lazy Versus Bone Breakingly Crazy

    | Greeley, CO, USA | Bosses & Owners, Health & Body, Top

    (I work in a bookstore in Colorado. My coworker went skiing the previous week, and broke her leg, arm, two ribs and a few muscles snapped and can’t come in. I see my manager pacing as we open.)

    Manager: “Where the h*** is [coworker]?! She was booked in today!”

    Me: “[Manager], she hasn’t been able to come in for nearly three weeks.”

    Manager: “Well she should have asked for time off.”

    Me: “She’s injured herself.”

    Manager: “Whatever. It’s just a little fall; she should come in. I’m writing her up.”

    Me: *horrified* “She fell over 75 feet down the mountain, a ski pierced her arm and she had some blood loss! I saw her in hospital last weekend and she was really in a bad state!”

    Manager: “Not my fault. She should have asked for time off. I can’t help it if she wants to take this time off.”

    (A week later, my coworker is back, but has to sit down at the registers as her leg is in plaster and she can’t use her right arm. She tries to smile anyway.)

    Manager: “[Coworker], can you get that book for me?” *points to high shelf*

    Coworker: “I have a broken leg. I can’t get up.”

    Manager: “Oh shut up! You know you’re just a lazy, fat cow! Tell you what: if you get any more lazy and take any more time off without asking, I’m firing you!”

    (My coworker is nearly in tears, but hobbles over to the shelf, with broken arm and leg, and uses a ladder. She’s trying hard not to scream in pain the whole time. 25 minutes later, she’s just managed to get the book, get down, go to the desk and put it in a required box. The manager comes up.)

    Manager: *snatching it* “God, you’re f****** lazy.”

    (My coworker complained to the owner, who fired the manager immediately. My friend is now much better!)

    Varying Degrees Of Understanding

    | IL, USA | Bosses & Owners, Employees, Job Seekers, Top

    (The company I work for is a group of small shops located in host department stores. Managers are paid about $2 more than minimum wage. A regional manager has been transferred to my region and I am giving him a tour of the stores by car. While driving he asks me to critique the store managers in the region.)

    Me: “…Then there is the Elston store. The manager there has been with us for five years and she is great. Too bad that she will be leaving in June.”

    Manager: “If she is that good, why would we let her go?”

    Me: “She graduates from a four-year college degree in June.”

    Manager: “So? We like college graduates to work for us.”

    Me: “It is not us; she will be quitting.”

    Manager: “But why would she quit now after working for us for five years?”

    Me: “Because she is graduating from college.”

    Manager: “I am still not getting it.”

    Me: *exasperated* “She did not work for us during the day so that she could spend four years going to college at night, and take out student loans to pay for college thereby going deep into debt, just so that she could stick with a job with no advancement path that pays barely more than minimum wage.”

    Manager: “I am still not getting it.”

    Me: “Okay, let me ask you this. You told me your daughter is also graduating this year. So when the Elston shop opens up she will be able to take over as manager, right?”

    Manager: “Are you serious? We sent my daughter to college to have a bright future, not to work in a dead-end job.”

    Me: “Exactly, do you get it now?”

    Manager: “No!”


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