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    It Will Click For Him One Day

    | The Netherlands | Bosses & Owners, Ignoring/Inattentive, Technology

    (I’m a UI designer. I sketch wireframes of screens before they get implemented in our software. I’m just on my way out, when I run into my boss.)

    Boss: “Hey, still here? You know what’s funny?”

    Me: “I was just about to leave, but… tell me?”

    Boss: “You know that [Sales Rep] and I tend to work late, and sit here after office hours? We have discussions sometimes, you know, and we come up with the most funky things! Good things happen. You won’t believe it!”

    (This announcement is going nowhere, but I know my boss and just nod understandingly. He goes on to make his point:)

    Boss: “You know, just last evening, we were sitting here, and [Coworker] just showed us this software you designed, and it looked really good! It was really nice!”

    (I can’t believe Coworker has implemented the screens yet, as we have discussed the revisions only this morning and he is very strict in his work. Still, my boss keeps saying how ‘funky’ and ‘nice’ it was.)

    Me: “I cannot really believe [Coworker] has implemented them yet. But eh, maybe he started already… so… thanks for liking it.”

    Boss: “I can show it to you right away. He’s still in the office!” *runs off and taps [Coworker] on the shoulder*

    Boss: “Hey, [Coworker]! Show her the screens!”

    Coworker: “Those weren’t screens. Those were the sketched wireframes.”

    Boss: “But it was there and all… and you clicked it… you made it click! It clicked!”

    Coworker: “Really can’t be. Those were really only the wireframes.”

    Boss: “But it clicked…”

    Not His eBay Day

    | Sydney, NSW, Australia | Bad Behavior, Criminal/Illegal, Technology

    (My husband has been bidding on an item on eBay. He is in a bidding war with another user. He wins the auction and gets a confirmation email from the seller.)

    Husband: “I won that auction but have sent an email back refusing to pay for it and reported the seller to eBay.”

    Me: “Why? What happened? I thought you really wanted the item.”

    Husband: “He sent me the confirmation email but not from the right account. It was sent from the account of the guy that was bidding against me. The idiot not only scammed me but scammed himself out of a sale. I put it on his feedback, too…”

    Very Bad Reception, Part 10

    | ON, Canada | Employees, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (I work for a market research company in a call centre. We are hired by other companies to conduct their customer satisfaction surveys. Sometimes there are specific people we need to speak to and other times we just need to speak with someone who has general knowledge of the services. In this instance I’m calling a law office.)

    Me: “Hi, my name is [My Name] and I’m calling from [Company] on behalf of [Their Electric Company]. May I please speak with someone who is knowledgeable about the day-to-day service that you receive?”

    Secretary: “What do you want? We don’t want to buy anything! You don’t even work for [Electric Company]!”

    Me: “I’m sorry, ma’am. No, I do not, but we’ve been hired by [Electric Company] to complete these surveys. I’d just like to ask a few questions about the reliability of service and your satisfaction with the company. I can assure you I’m not selling anything. I’m just looking to speak with someone who knows about the quality or service. I know that might be vague. Maybe someone who would call if there were a problem?”

    Secretary: *almost mockingly* “[Lawyer] won’t want to talk to you. We don’t care about your survey.”

    Me: “I don’t mean to bother you but it would be nice to speak with him anyway to be sure.”

    Secretary: “Fine, I’ll transfer you but he’ll just hang up.”

    (I get transferred to the lawyer and explain why I’m calling.)

    Lawyer: *enthusiastically* “Oh! Yeah, that’s no problem. If the questions aren’t about specifics of the bill or anything I’m sure my secretary would be happy to answer your questions! I’ll transfer you back to her.”

    (He transfers me back and has obviously told her to complete the survey.)

    Secretary: *sounding annoyed* “Okay, fine. I’ll do your survey.”

    (And that is why I don’t always give up right away. This happened more than once and many times with the boss completing the survey him/herself.)

    Related:
    Very Bad Reception, Part 9
    Very Bad Reception, Part 8
    Very Bad Reception, Part 7

    Don’t Fall Behind On The Schedule

    | Cincinnati, OH, USA | Bosses & Owners, Coworkers, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (I work in a meat department at a big name store. None of the people who work at night are trained to use the saws, so they start having one of the trained people come in at night. We never really know which one, so we have a tendency to ask another night clerk in the department.)

    Me: *stocking the cases*

    Coworker: “Hey, who’s working with us tonight?”

    Me: “[Department Head].”

    Coworker: “D*** it! I hate working with him!”!

    Me: “Um…”

    Coworker: “It’s just so annoying!”

    Me: “…he’s right behind you.”

    Department Head: *stocking another shelf nearby, and turns to say* “That was actually pretty funny!”

    Putting The Pain Into Campaigning

    | CO, USA | Employees, Ignoring/Inattentive, Politics

    (During the 2012 presidential campaign, I volunteer for activities and campaigning in Colorado as a means to kill time before I move to another state to go to college. As it is summertime before I move, there is nothing for me to do. However, after I move to school, which is about 1,000 miles away, I get a series of phone calls.)

    Caller: Hi, we saw you are interested in volunteering for [Candidate A]‘s campaign. When would you be interested in coming in to help?”

    Me: “Sorry, I cannot. I currently reside in [Different State] to go to college. As geography makes it difficult for me to volunteer in Colorado, I think its best you remove me from your call list. Thank you, though.”

    (One week later.)

    Caller: “Hello, I am with [Candidate A]‘s presidential campaign for Colorado. Would you be interested in volunteering for us?”

    Me: “No. As I explained before, I am in [different state]. It is virtually impossible for me to volunteer. Furthermore, I asked my name be removed from your call list. Please do so now.”

    (Two weeks go by. I am studying for an exam and guess who calls.)

    Caller: “Hello. I am with [Candidate A]‘s presidential campaign in Colorado. We noticed you are interested in volunteering for this campaign, and we would like to—”

    Me: “Stop right there. I have asked repeatedly for you to remove my name from your call sheet, as I live in a completely different state. If any of you call me again, I will vote for [Candidate B] out of spite.”

    (They have stopped calling since!)


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