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    Bottom-Shelf Standards

    | The Netherlands | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, New Hires, Theme Of The Month

    (During my studies, I go to the student recruitment office for jobs. I am overqualified for everything, so I take on every job that sounds okay and matches my free hours. The recruiter sends me to a job described as ‘standing at a table folding and sealing packs of clothes’, in an industrial clothing factory way out of town. I arrive at 8:00 sharp. There appear to be no other students working.)

    Manager: “Ah, you must be the new girl from [Recruiter].”

    Me: “I am. Nice to meet you. Where can I start?”

    Manager: “I’ll hand you a cart and a barcode scanner. You can start in the warehouse.”

    (Indeed, I’m given a huge wooden cart packed with sealed packs of clothing and a barcode scanner. I’m told to scan every item and shelve it. The shelves go up to the ceiling. While scanning my first packs, a worker walks by.)

    Me: “Hey, is this right? This package should be on the top shelf, but there’s no ladder. Did I miss something?”

    Worker: “Oh – you’re short. Just climb there.”

    Me: “…Okay.”

    (This continues for the next bunch of packages. After a while, I head to the manager.)

    Me: “Hey, just checking, is this really the work I should be doing? I was told to work at a table, folding and packing clothes.”

    Manager: “We don’t have that kind of work today. We need you to pick orders.”

    Me: “Okay, but one more thing, most of the orders are way up on high shelves. You might know that continuously lifting heavy packages over my head is against the law.”

    Manager: “There’s no such law. You’re just short. Just climb there.”

    Me: “There is a law, and besides, climbing there is dangerous without a ladder.”

    Manager: “So… are you going to do that work or not?”

    Me: “If that’s all the work you’ve got, then no.”

    Manager: “Then you’d better leave now. I’ll pay you the first two hours, and call [Recruiter] for someone else.” *mumbles some insults while I leave*

    (On my way home, I stop by the recruitment office and explain what’s happened. They agree with me and call the manager. He only says I refused to work. Again, I explain the work was not as promised. The recruiter hangs up and confirms me that tomorrow the company again needs one person. We agree on the kind of work, and next morning I go there again, 8:00 sharp.)

    Manager: “Oh no! Is it you again?”

    Me: “Um, yep. You have the right work for me, today?”

    Manager: “No! We only have order picking! Now are you going to work today or not?”

    Me: “Not if it’s picking orders from top shelves again. You promised [Recruiter] you would have packing work at the tables for me today.”

    Manager: “We have no such work these days! Now leave, before I have to pay you your first hour! And don’t come here again!”

    (The story at the recruitment company repeated itself, and no, I never went there again.)

    Credited With Bad Advice

    | Houston, TX, USA | Employees, Ignoring/Inattentive, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (We are a young married couple. Both of us employed and reasonably well paid, but my wife and I have hit some financial hardships due to unexpected medical bills. We go to a credit counseling service to see about consolidation and other services. After looking over our paperwork for a few minutes, the lady helping us speaks.)

    Counselor: “Well, I see what the problem is.”

    Me: “Uh, ‘problem?’”

    Counselor: “Yes. You need to make more money.”

    (We left.)

    Need To Keep Your Mouth Shut Too

    | UK | At The Checkout, Employees, Health & Body

    (I’m 15. My mum has just had another baby and I’m buying some more nappies (diapers) because we’ve run out.)

    Cashier: “You know these are for babies, love?”

    Me: “Yes, I know.”

    Cashier: “How old are you?”

    Me: “15.”

    Cashier: “Have you told your mum, love? When are you due?”

    Me: “These are for my mum… for my sister.”

    Cashier: “Teenagers these days need to keep their legs shut!”

    Me: “I’m not a bloody mum!”

    Cashier: “No need for that abuse now, dear. How is your schoolwork doing? How are you coping with the baby?”

    Me: “If you need to know, I’m a straight-A student, planning to applying to both Oxford and Yale.”

    Cashier: “And leaving your baby at home? Keep your legs shut, child!”

    Me: “You know what? I think I’ll just pop to [Competitor] for these instead, so that my Mum can change my sister.”

    Cashier: *as I walk away* “You need to keep your legs shut, girl!”

    Stuck In A Silly Land(line)

    | UK | Bizarre/Silly, Employees

    (My friend works in his family’s computing business, and sometimes they allow him and his friends to hang out in the office outside of business hours. However, he still has to answer the phone in case there’s a problem. It’s a Saturday, and we’re all chatting when the office phone rings.)

    Employee: “Hello? Yes? What would this be regarding, please?”

    (He listens for a while, as the rest of us sit there confused. He starts smirking.)

    Employee: “Oh. My landline service provider? Yeah, he’s really nice. Tastes like oranges.”

    (Catching on, we’re starting to giggle. He keeps going, sounding as professional and well-spoken as he possibly can.)

    Employee: “Yeah, yeah. We pay him in strawberries. It’s really the best way to do it.”

    (We have no idea what’s happening on the other end, but we’re all quietly cracking up as he comes out with the most ridiculous things he can. I have to go and sit at the other end of the room to calm down, but I can still hear him.)

    Employee: “… and anyway, we don’t have a landline. Yes, I’ll stop wasting your time now. Bye!”

    (I’m still not sure what they were trying to sell, but apparently the telemarketer was laughing as hard as we were!)

    A Cent-less Argument

    , | Oran, FL, USA | At The Checkout, Bad Behavior, Employees, Money

    (I am the next customer in line while this happens. The customer in front of me is a mother, with three kids in tow.)

    Cashier: Your total is $17.08

    (The customer rummages through her purse, pulls out bills as well as change, and begins to count the change out on the counter for the cashier, who sighs loudly and just generally looks annoyed.)

    Customer: “I’m eight cents short.”

    Cashier: “And what do you want me to do about it? You got any change in the car?”

    Customer: *hangs head down* “Yes. Let me go look.”

    (The customer goes out the car for at least two or three minutes.)

    Customer: “I only have four cents.”

    Cashier: “Well, I’m not having my drawer be short. You need to find the four cents or else you need to put something back.”

    Me: *takes a dollar bill out of my pocket, hands it to the cashier* “Just take it out of this.”

    (The cashier rolls her eyes and finishes the transaction, puts the change near her, and proceeds to ring up my transaction.)

    Me: “Just keep the change. You obviously need it more than me. You wouldn’t let your drawer be four cents short and you didn’t even attempt to give the change back.”

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