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    Bemusement Park

    | CO, USA | Coworkers, Family & Kids, Tourists & Travel

    (My family and I are on vacation and visiting the national park, where my step-grandmother works at the ticket booth. Apparently, a lot of people think that the tour tickets you can purchase before entering will get you into the park for free. My step-grandmother is off work, and is in the back seat of the car. She decides to pull a little prank on her coworker and hands my dad the tour tickets.)

    Step-Grandmother: “Hey, give these to the lady at the booth and say, ‘These will get us in for free, right?’”

    (My dad decides to go along with the joke as we approach the booth.)

    Dad: “Oh, we have tour tickets. They get us in for free.”

    Coworker: *already irritated* “No they do not, sir.”

    Dad: “What? Yes they do!”

    Coworker: “No they do NOT!”

    Dad: “Well I can’t believe this! They’re supposed to get us in for free! She said they’d get us in for free!”

    Coworker: “Oh yeah? Who said?”

    Dad: “[Step-Grandmother].”

    Coworker: “[Step-Grandmother]… oh!”

    (We roll down the back window to reveal my step-grandmother. The coworker sees her and cracks up, followed by everyone in the car as well as a coworker in the other ticket booth.)

    Coworker: “[Step-Grandmother], that was mean! I was getting really mad!”

    Dad: “I’m sorry! I hope I didn’t ruin your day!”

    Coworker: “That’s alright; you just keep an eye on this one!”

    Some Take It More Seriously Than Others

    | MI, USA | Bosses & Owners, Employees, Ignoring/Inattentive, Technology

    (A routine call has turned into a nightmare. It requires new wiring, new equipment, and a bunch of software changes. After 12 hours at the job-site, and 16 hours on the clock, I go back to the office to find the boss still waiting for me.)

    Boss: “I just got a call from the customer. He was really impressed that you were able to get everything back up before the night shift started, and he wants to throw a pile of business our way.”

    Me: “Sounds great. Listen, can we talk about this tomorrow? The only reason I’m still standing is two gallons of bad coffee.”

    Boss: “We’ll talk about it on Monday. Give me your company phone so I can cover any emergencies. You have a nice and quiet three-day weekend.”

    (I go home and pass out, only to be woken by my personal cell phone at 3 am.)

    Coworker: “Hey, I just got an alert. Is your company cell dead? The UPS at—”

    (I explain that the boss should be handling it, turn my cell-phone to silent, and go back to sleep. At 5 am, my house phone starts ringing.)

    Coworker: “I can’t get a hold of the boss. I’ve tried the office, his cell, your company cell, the on-call cell, his house, and, well, I’m still getting alerts. Would you mind letting me in to the office so I can fix it?”

    (Pretty annoyed, I get dressed and drive to the office. When I arrive, the front door to the office is unlocked, all the lights are on, and I can hear ‘The Doors’ blaring from the PA. The conference room contains my boss, his wife—who is also the company lawyer—and four people I don’t recognize. They are all drinking and laughing.)

    Boss: *to me* “Hey! The hero of the hour has returned. I’d like you to meet [Company Owner] and his night management.” *to everyone else* “Everyone, this is the fellow that spent all day yesterday saving your bacon.”

    (My boss then gestures to the drinks they have been having.)

    Boss: “Sit down, and have a drink. We were just discussing some more work that needs to be done, and I’d like to get your input.”

    Me: “[Boss], can I talk to you a moment in your office? We’ve got a minor issue with one of the UPS systems, and [Coworker] couldn’t reach you. He’s meeting me here, but—”

    (My boss starts laughing, and turns to the company owner.)

    Boss: “I told you we take everything seriously, [Company Owner]. Remember the cell phone alerts I showed you a little while ago? When I didn’t shut them off, two of my best guys took it upon themselves to come out and investigate!” *to me* “What are you drinking?”

    A Decent Boss Appreciates Toilet Humor

    | Adelaide, SA, Australia | Bizarre/Silly, Bosses & Owners

    (I am starting a new job, and it is my turn to clean the shared toilets in the office. Just as I’d put on my rubber gloves and filled the mop bucket, the boss walks into the bathroom and stops.)

    Boss: “Oh. I’ll come back.”

    Me: “It’s okay. I haven’t started yet.”

    (I walk towards the door. The boss pauses in the doorway, unsure whether to leave or go in.)

    Me: “It’s fine. I’ll clean after.”

    (The boss is still hovering.)

    Me: “Speak now, or forever hold your piss.”

    Lacking A Slice Of Professionalism

    | KY, USA | Bosses & Owners, Food & Drink, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (I deliver for a large pizza company. Our store is staffed and managed by mature, easygoing people who look out for one another. We recently hire a new manager, however, who hasn’t quite got into the swing of things.)

    Me: “Hey, I can run this as a triple so nothing goes late, but I need your password to check out three orders.”

    (Note: manager passwords are not a secret, as they’re required to do so many things in the store that, if they were, we’d never get any work done. This manager, however, refuses to share hers, causing no end of headaches.)

    Manager: “I’ll check them out in a minute; just wait.”

    Me: “The first two have less than a minute before they run late; just give me your password.”

    Manager: “I will not. You don’t see [General Manager] and [Assistant Manager] giving out their passwords, do you?”

    Me: “They’re [password #1] and [password #2], right?”

    Manager: *startled* “You shouldn’t have those!”

    Me: “Everyone in the store has them, and now two orders are late.”

    (The manager storms over and finally authorizes a triple delivery.)

    Manager: “Fine, there, hurry up and get back!”

    (I deliver all three, explain to the customers that I am the only driver on shift at the time, and none of them are upset or unhappy about having to wait an extra five minutes on their orders. When I get back however…)

    Manager: “Those first two orders were late! Now my numbers look bad! Why can’t you just do as you’re told?!”

    Blunt End Manager

    , | Boise, ID, USA | Bosses & Owners, Coworkers, Food & Drink, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (I am a new hire. The restaurant has just promoted a crew member to manager. One night, a customer comes up to me.)

    Customer: “I would like to speak to a manager.”

    Me: “Sure, I will go and get one.”

    (I head into the back and try to grab the manager on shift. I can’t find her, so I grab the manager about to leave, who is the recently promoted crew member. We head up front, and I start heading to clean up the lobby as he talks to the customer.)

    Customer: “You’re the manager?”

    Manager: “Yeah, got a problem with it?”

    Customer: “I don’t like the way you handle your customer service.”

    (I stop cleaning and look at them. I see the manager on shift hovering just out of sight of the new manager.)

    Manager: “Well screw you; I’m the manager.”

    (The new manager walks out the door. As soon as the doors close, a coworker, the manager on shift, and I rush up and apologize.)

    Me: “I’m very sorry for that; what did he do?”

    Customer: “When I ordered a few minutes ago, I tried handing him some bills, and he said he couldn’t take crumpled up bills. He was rude the whole time.”

    Manager On Shift: “I’m sorry for that; would you like something for free?”

    Customer: “No, although I don’t know why you guys have a manager like him.”

    Me: “To speak frankly, I don’t even like the guy; he is just an a**-hole.”

    Coworker: “Apparently they thought putting him as a manager would improve his attitude. We are very sorry for this.”

    Customer: “It’s okay; at least there are some decent people working here.”

    (Thankfully, about a week later, the new manager didn’t work at the store anymore.)

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