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    Learning A New Home Truth

    | Perth, WA, Australia | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners

    (My boss is notorious for giving conflicting information and changing her mind about things. It drives us all mad as we can’t figure out which way she’ll jump next. This client has called in at 4:55 pm and has been very argumentative, eventually asking for a manager.)

    Me: “[Boss], this guy needs to speak to a manager. Can you take it?”

    Boss: “No, it’s too late. Tell him I will call him back tomorrow.”

    Me: “Okay.” *back to customer* “I’m sorry, the boss has gone home already. Can I get her to call you back tomorrow?”

    (The guy is fine with this. We make a joke about it and he leaves a little happier than when he was complaining. However, the next day I get a very long email about how it was inappropriate for me to say that she had gone home and that it made her look unprofessional, etc. Fast forward three months later…)

    Me: “[Boss], I’ve got a client demanding to speak to a manager.”

    Boss: “Tell him I’ve gone home and I’ll call him back tomorrow.”

    Me: “…”

    (I think I need a new job!)

    Dire Directions

    | Paramus, NJ, USA | Employees, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (We are going to a kosher supermarket but are unsure how to get there, so I call to get directions.)

    Employee: “Thank you for calling [Supermarket]. How may I help you?”

    Me: “How do we get to you from the George Washington bridge?”

    Employee: *completely deadpan* “You drive.”

    Me: “Yeah, I know. How do I drive there?”

    Employee: *still completely deadpan* “In a car.”

    Me: “Can I speak to someone else, please?”

    (The new employee gave me directions.)

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    Death Of A Telesalesman

    | CA, USA | Employees, Family & Kids

    (A few years ago, after my mom passes away, I spend a lot of time cleaning out her apartment. The phone rings.)

    Caller: “Is [Mom] available?”

    Me: “This is her daughter. Could I ask how you know my mother?”

    Caller: “I have a great deal to offer her on her long distance service.”

    Me: “I’m sorry, my mother passed away a few days ago. Please remove her from your list.”

    Caller: “So, are you the one making the decisions about long distance service?”

    Me: *swears at the guy and hangs up*


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