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    Look Sharp

    | Gainesville, FL, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners

    (I’m a new employee at the bookstore and my manager asks me to double-check a long and complicated order for a teacher. He wants me to make sure all the books have come in before we call her, but I can’t find a master list.)

    Me: “Hey, [Manager]. I’m trying to find out if all the books for [Teacher]’s order have come in, but I can’t find a list of what she ordered.”

    Manager: “What do you mean you can’t find it? All you have to do is LOOK!”

    Me: “I looked at the pile of books but all I see are packing lists of what’s already come. I can’t find a record of what was ordered.”

    (The manager sighs loudly and rolls his eyes at me, but then I get a customer at the service desk and he tells me he’ll handle the task since I’m apparently not trained well enough to do something this simple. I help the customer as my manager starts digging through the book order. Finally he grabs the corded telephone and starts dragging it off into a corner.)

    Me: “[Manager], what are you doing?”

    (The manager ignores me and tries to drag the phone as far from me as possible.)

    Manager: *into the phone* “Hello, [Teacher]? I’m trying to make sure your entire order is in but someone seems to have misplaced the record of what books you ordered. If you could call us back or fax us your wish list I’ll check it over and make sure it’s all here. Thank you!”

    (The manager hangs up, puts the phone back where it belongs, and walks away without acknowledging that my problem had been legitimate.)

    Me: “Well, all you have to do is LOOK!”

    Trying Not To Make A Meal Out Of It

    , | Stockholm, Sweden | Awesome Workers, Employees, Food & Drink, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (I enter a fast food restaurant close to where I live. I notice that the guy behind the counter is alone despite there being a huge line. When he finally gets to me, he looks very frazzled.)

    Employee: “I’m afraid you’ll have to wait a while since your order isn’t ready.”

    Me: “That’s fine.”

    (A quarter of an hour later I still haven’t got my food, but I’m in no hurry, so I keep waiting. Suddenly he looks up at me and I can see all the blood draining from his face.)

    Employee: “Oh, my god. I completely forgot about you. I’m so sorry! You can have your meal for free if you like.”

    Me: “I paid by card, and I don’t want to give you any extra trouble since you’re understaffed. So, don’t worry about it.”

    Employee: “I could give you a free ice cream? Or an extra burger?”

    Me: “Really, I’m completely fine, and you’re just tired. It could’ve happened to anyone.”

    (At first he just stares at me, looking like he might just cry from relief.)

    Employee: “You’re the best thing that’s happened to me all day. Let me get your order.”

    (When I checked my bag, I found that he’d put coupons for two free meals there, along with a hastily scribbled thank you note.)

    If Only She Could Hear Herself

    | USA | Coworkers, Extra Stupid, Technology

    (As I’m sitting at my desk talking to a coworker, her phone rings.)

    Coworker: “Shh! Be quiet; the phone is ringing!”

    (My coworker then lets it ring until it stops.)

    Me: “Why did you ask me to be quiet if you weren’t going to answer it?”

    Coworker: “I didn’t want them to know I was here.”

    Getting Mugged

    | USA | Employees, Food & Drink, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (I had just gone to a coffee shop and got a coffee to go in my special no-spill travel mug. My next stop was a clothing store.)

    Employee: “Miss, you can’t bring any food or beverage in with you.”

    Me: “Of course. I understand.”

    Employee: “You can leave it on the counter if you want. I’ll keep an eye on it to make sure no one takes it. That’s a very nice mug! Don’t want anything to happen to it!”

    (She places it behind the counter.)

    Me: “Thank you very much!”

    (I do my shopping for maybe 10 minutes and go to check out at the register.)

    Me: “Oh, do you have my coffee?”

    Employee: “We don’t sell coffee here, miss.”

    Me: “No, you took my coffee and put it behind the counter when I came in.”

    Employee: “I have no idea what you’re talking about.”

    Me: “It’s right there behind you. I’d like it back. It is in my favorite travel mug. It was expensive.”

    Employee: “Ma’am, like I said, we don’t sell coffee here.”

    Me: “Seriously, just give me back my coffee. I bought it before I came in here. You told me I couldn’t shop with it in case of spills, so you put it right there. You complimented my mug. It’s behind you. Right there.”

    Employee: “I have to go see something.” *abruptly wanders off*

    (When she went to the back, I grabbed my coffee from behind the counter and left without the clothing I came to buy. I haven’t been back since. I’m too worried someone will take my travel mug!)

    Not The Time To Have A Light Bulb Moment

    | Germany | Coworkers, Extra Stupid, Health & Body

    (The waterworks just caused a massive gas leak in the middle of the road. We are standing in the middle of a cloud of gas as the head mechanic is checking the situation. I and a coworker have to watch out that no one enters the area. We are having a conversation.)

    Coworker: “I can’t believe they managed to—”

    (His eyes go wide and he points at Worker, who is searching for something inside of his pocket. Before we can react, he pulls out a cigarette and a lighter.)

    Me: “CIGARETTE!”

    (Worker looks at me. Coworker and I tackle the guy.)

    Head Mechanic: “Are you f****** nuts?! You could have killed us all!! What were you thinking?!”

    Worker: “Uh, I just wanted to have a smoke?”

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