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    The Right Left

    , | Chandler, AZ, USA | Bizarre/Silly, Coworkers

    (This occurs over the inter-office chat with my supervisor:)

    Supervisor: “Hey, [My Name], when you’re done with your call, or if you’re done, please AUX out to meeting and see me in the office next to [Manager]’s.”

    Me: “Will do.”

    Supervisor: “Thanks.”

    Me: “Left or right of office?”

    Supervisor: “Left.”

    Me: “Military left or blonde left?”

    Supervisor: “Technically right if you’re walking towards his office, lol.”

    Me: “So, blonde left, then.”

    Supervisor: “Basically.”

    Didn’t Notice About The Notice

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

    (I am being interviewed for a job. It is about an hour away from my current job.)

    Hiring Manager: “So, you currently work at [Other Restaurant]… I see it’s quite far away.”

    Me: “It’s close to my mom’s place. My dad’s place is close to here.”

    Hiring Manager: “Ah. So, are you planning on working both jobs, then?”

    Me: “No. I’m planning on leaving my current job.”

    Hiring Manager: “Ah, okay. So, you’re going to move in with your dad, then.”

    Me: “Yes.”

    (I’m later accepted for the job. He tells me to meet him and sign the paperwork, so I do that. At this point, I still don’t know when I’m starting. Finally, he calls me a few days after we filled out the paperwork.)

    Hiring Manager: “Hello, [My Name]. So, can you start tomorrow?”

    Me: “Um, no. I still need to give my two-week’s notice for my current job.”

    Hiring Manager: “But I thought you were going to work both jobs at once?”

    Me: “No… I told you before that I was planning on leaving my current job.”

    Hiring Manager: “Well, why didn’t you give your notice before?”

    Me: “Because I still don’t know when I’m starting. How about I start on [date two weeks from now]? Would that work?”

    Hiring Manager: “Look, call me back when you get out of your current job.” *click*

    (I call back. He doesn’t answer, so I leave a voicemail.)

    Me: “Hi, this is [My Name]. You just basically asked me to first quit my job before getting my schedule. That’s no good. I want to know that I’m going to still have a job, and I can’t just quit my current job without notice; that would be unprofessional. So please, send me when I’m going to start in writing, and give me two-week’s notice so I can give my two-week’s notice. If you can’t do that, then this isn’t going to work.”

    (I get a call back a couple minutes later.)

    Hiring Manager: “Well, we need people who are ready to start right now, so we’re just going to have to not hire you.”

    (I don’t know what thoughts went through this man’s head to make him think that I could work two jobs that are an hour away from each other at once, or why he thought it reasonable to ask me to just up and leave my current job whenever he needed me to without giving notice.)

    Never Cover The Netherlands

    , | Italy | Geography, Ignoring/Inattentive, Technology

    (I live abroad for work reasons. During a holiday in my home country, my girlfriend and I go to a shopping mall. She enters a clothing store and I wait for her outside. Just in front of the store there is a stand of a phone and Internet company, known to have insistent salespeople.)

    Agent: *to me* “Sir, are you interested in our calls and broadband offers?”

    Me: “No, thank you.”

    Agent: “But we have—” *insert rant about mega-speed internet access and cheap long distance calls*

    Me: “As I said, thank you but I’m not interested. Anyway, where I live I’m not even covered by your service.”

    Agent: “That’s impossible!”

    Me: “Oh, believe me; I’m not covered by your service.”

    Agent: “That’s what you think, but you’ll be surprised!”

    Me: “If you like I can try to sign up. But mind that I’m 100% sure I’m not under your coverage.”

    Agent: “Well done, sir, you won’t be disappointed!

    (He explains all the plans and helps me to find a suitable one.)

    Agent: “So, what’s your landline number, starting with the area code?”

    Me: “It’s +31…”

    Agent: “Sorry?”

    Me: “My area code is +31.”

    Agent: *confused* “+31… but that sounds like an international area code.”

    Me: “It is. I live in the Netherlands.”

    Agent: “Is that a joke?”

    Me: *welcoming my girlfriend and walking away* “I told you I was not under your coverage!”

    Agent: *incoherent muttering*

    A Reduced Experience

    | Cambridgeshire, England, UK | Bizarre/Silly, Bosses & Owners, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (I’m working at a newly opened shop with a manager who has no managing experience. The type of business is new even for the owners, so a lot of what we’re doing is trial and error to see what works. I go in for my shift one day and chat with my supervisor.)

    Supervisor: “So, you know we had all that bacon that was going out of date soon? One of the owners said because there was so much we should reduce it early, as we won’t sell it all on the last day.”

    Me: “Sounds sensible.”

    Supervisor: “Yeah, I thought so, so I did, but the next day the manager came in and had a right go at me for reducing items before the sell by date! Even after I told him it was [Owner]’s idea!”

    (Fast forward two weeks, I’ve just come in to cover someone else’s shift, working with the same supervisor.)

    Supervisor: “You remember the bacon incident from a couple weeks ago? Well, [Manager]’s just had a go at me again. You’ll never guess what for?!”

    Me: “I have a few ideas, but go on.”

    Supervisor: “Last night when we were recording all the wastage and throwing it out, apparently we threw out items that were still in date.”

    Me: “But you only threw out reduced items?

    Supervisor: “Exactly. Apparently [Manager] has decided we need to start reducing things before their dates when we have lots of them so we throw less away, but he never bothered to tell me, and now it’s my fault!”

    Me: “So, essentially he expects you to know that he’s started doing something that he said we would never do and actually told you off for doing two weeks ago?”

    Supervisor: “Yep! Fun isn’t it?”

    (Believe it or not, the owners think this is acceptable behaviour from our manager. Unsurprisingly most of us are looking for new jobs just to get away from him.)

    Sandwiched Between A Manager And A Hard Place

    , | OH, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Family & Kids, Health & Body

    (My brother frequents the store that I work at because he enjoys visiting me. Due to this, one manager has come to like him so much that she memorizes his order and has done her best to see to it that everyone else knows it as well. This happens when she is on vacation and another manager is on duty.)

    Mom: *drives into the drive-thru*

    Manager: “Welcome to [Store]. How may I help you?”

    Mom: “I would like [Sandwich] and um, a [Sandwich] the way [Brother] likes it.”

    Manager: “And what is that?”

    (At this point, I am scrambling to go and tell the manager what it is since I am to assist him with taking orders, however, he shoves me aside.)

    Manager: “Ma’am, you are the parent. You should know how to make [Brother]’s sandwich!”


    Manager: *rings this in* “Your total is [amount].”

    (When my mom pulls up to the window, my manager proceeds to chew her out because of her order. After she pulls away.)

    Manager: “Is that the only reason why your mom comes here only when you’re working, [My Name]? Pathetic!”

    Me: “[Manager], that is not the whole case—”

    Manager: “—and what is [Brother] now? Didn’t you say he is 18? He should learn to speak up!”

    Me: “That isn’t the problem!”

    Manager: “Then what is it?”

    Me: “[Brother] is autistic. He has problems speaking up! Especially to his parents! And my mom comes in to keep me company!”

    Manager: “He should still learn to speak up!”

    (The next day, I learned that my coworker who was on the grill reported this to the General Manager. She came to me and told me that my mom could come in and order just like that again, despite what that last manager said. That manager now refuses to serve my family when they come through the drive-thru.)

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