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    Busted By The Busser

    | USA | Bosses & Owners, Ignoring/Inattentive, New Hires

    (I’m on my first day at an upscale restaurant. It’s been years since I’ve worked in a restaurant so I’m still getting used to it. My boss hands me the menu.)

    Boss: “Read this and memorize it. I’ll be back later.”

    (I’m a bit confused, because I’ve been hired as a busser, not a cook. But I take it anyway, figuring everyone has to do it. After 15 minutes, he comes back.)

    Boss: “Done?”

    Me: “Er, sort of. Well, I read it.”

    Boss: “What is [dish]’s ingredients?”

    Me: “I don’t know.”

    Boss: “You’ve JUST read it!”

    Me: “I know, but it’s really complicated! You can’t expect me to have memorized 40 plus dishes in just 15 minutes.”

    Boss: *steely look* “Right. Well, I think that this is not working out.”

    Me: “Huh?”

    Boss: “You heard me. The company will not continue your training.”

    Me: “But… but I’m a busser!”

    Boss: “Huh?”

    Me: “What does memorizing the menu have to do with bussing tables?”

    (My boss looked awkward and shuffles some files. He brings up my application with the word ‘Busser’ printed on top and his eyes go wide. There is a silence.)

    Boss: “Um… Well, we do have a busser position… How about you just go… and… if we have it available for you, we’ll call.”

    (I left. I doubt I’ll accept again, if they do wind up calling.)

    Idiots Happen


    Doesn’t Have This In The Bag

    | NY, USA | At The Checkout, Employees, Food & Drink, Ignoring/Inattentive, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (Typically when I get groceries I use the self-checkout lanes, because the baggers here are notoriously awful. However, I had a few coupons today and the self-check always has issues processing coupons, so I go to the regular checkout.)

    Me: “Oh, and, I don’t mean to be rude but, can you please make sure the bread goes in a separate bag?”

    Cashier: “I know how to do my job!”

    Me: “I’m not saying you don’t! I’m just a bit paranoid from having it crushed a few times.”

    Cashier: *looks offended* “Well, I’m not an idiot!”

    (The cashier then proceeds to not only shove the loaf of down into the bag in such a way that it’s almost folded over in half, he then DROPS a 2-liter of soda on top of it, and flips the bag over a few times to ‘tie it off.’)

    Cashier: “Here you go.”

    Me: “Did you do that on purpose?”

    Cashier: “What are you talking about?”

    (I still don’t know whether he was just faking innocence or if he really didn’t realize he ruined two items simultaneously. Thankfully, the customer service desk let me replace the smashed-to-pieces bread, and the explosion-waiting-to-happen soda.)

    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.)

    A Disturbing Amount Of Disturbance

    | Dallas, TX, USA | Coworkers, Extra Stupid

    (A coworker walks up to my cube. He looks at the large ‘DO NOT DISTURB’ sign I’ve hung up since I’m working on a critical and rather complicated piece of programming. He knocks on my cube wall.)

    Coworker: “Hey, is this ‘do not disturb’ still valid?”

    Me: *taking off headphones* “What?”

    Coworker: “You’ve got a ‘DO NOT DISTURB’ sign here.”

    Me: “… Yes?”

    Coworker: “Can I talk to you or does the sign still mean it?”

    Me: “Yes. The sign still means it.”

    Coworker: “Oh, okay!”

    (He walked away while I put my face in my hands.)

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