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  • I Nintendon’t Believe It

    | San Jose, CA, USA | Employees, Ignoring/Inattentive, Lazy/Unhelpful, Technology

    (I’m meeting up with a friend who often hangs out at a game shop. It is literally a knock off of a very popular game shop, to the point of using the same font and coloration. I’m pretty uncomfortable, but I haven’t seen this friend in a while, so I stick around. Then, a teenager walks in.)

    Teen: “Hey, I dropped off my 3DS to be fixed. Any idea when it’s going to be fixed?”

    Employee: “Um, I’ll call the owner and find out.”

    (Employee calls the owner, then returns.)

    Employee: “So, the technician has had to take care of his family a lot recently, so he hasn’t been in to fix anything. Just come back next week, and it’ll probably be fine.”

    (The teen leaves.)

    Employee: *after teen is completely gone* “So, we kind of lost his 3DS…”

    No Point Lying Over Soiled Milk

    | Boston, MA, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Food & Drink

    (I am working as a hostess in a popular restaurant. A couple has come in to celebrate finding out the wife is pregnant. They have ordered our most popular drink that includes milk and vanilla ice cream, but without the alcohol. The host stand and bar are next to each other and I was good friends with the bartender that night. A few minutes after the drink was delivered, the waitress and the manager call me over.)

    Manager: “[My Name], can you go to that table and spill the drink at their table?”

    Me: “What? Why?”

    Server: “I made the drink instead of [Bartender] since it wasn’t alcoholic and I used expired milk. So I want you to spill it so we can make a new one.”

    Me: “I really don’t want to spill expired milk and ice cream all over the table when they’re celebrating.”

    Manager: “Well, [Server] can’t do it because it could affect her tip and I’m the manager, so they wouldn’t believe I could be so incompetent. You’re just the hostess so you can do it, no problem!”

    (I’d worked as a server at another restaurant for years and even if I hadn’t, I was very taken aback by the manager basically telling me I was incompetent because I was working as a hostess.)

    Me: “This doesn’t sound like it has anything to do with me. I’d really rather stay out of it.”

    Manager: *shoves a bowl of bread in my hands, pushes me over to the table and says this before running away* “This is [My Name]. She has some bread for you to start with!”

    Me: “I heard about the happy news! Congratulations! I was actually just talking to the bartender who said she wanted to put some extra chocolate decorations into the drink for you as a congratulations present. Would you mind if I grabbed it for a second? I promise to bring it right back with some extra goodies on it.”

    Customer: “Thank you! That sounds wonderful!”

    (I grabbed the drink, asked the bartender to quickly make a new one with non-spoiled milk, and added some extra chocolate to it. The customer was thrilled, and the manager and server just stared unbelieving at me while this happened. The manager took all the credit for the idea afterwards. Thankfully it was only a summer job and I left shortly thereafter!)

    Don’t Be A Queen About It

    | Newark, DE, USA | Bosses & Owners, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (It’s nearing the end of the night and there’s the usual rush of customers trying to pay for their purchases before the store closes. One of my managers has yet to learn my name, Kathryn.)

    Manager: “Kathy, can you go help [Coworker] on registers?”

    (There’s a long pause because I initially don’t realize he’s talking to me.)

    Me: “Hey, [Manager], do you mean Kathryn?”

    Manager: “Queen of England, can you go help on registers?”

    Me: “Not a problem, [Manager].”

    (About twenty minutes later, once the store has closed, I approach the returns area to begin after-hours recovery only to find my manager’s there.)

    Manager: “Hey there, Kathleen, you wanna start with that pillow filler?”

    Me: “My name’s Kathryn. Would it make it easier if you used my middle name?”

    Manager: “What’s your middle name?”

    Me: “[My Middle Name].”

    Manager: “Okay, whenever we’re on at the same time I’ll just call you [Middle Name].”

    (Not even a half-hour later he is calling for me by saying ‘Queen of England’ over the store walkie-talkies.)

    Unwanted Consumer Advice

    | Australia | Bad Behavior, Employees, Food & Drink, Health & Body

    (I’m obviously pregnant with my second child and decide to pick up a drink while I’m out shopping. I’ve heard a lot of stories from friends about how strangers make inappropriate and hurtful comments on their parenting but have not as yet had that happen to me. I grab my drink when it’s ready and sit down.)

    Employee: *eating some food nearby* “You’re pregnant; you shouldn’t drink coffee.”

    Me: “Well, you’re fat so you should lay off the doughnuts. See how inappropriate it is to comment on what other people are consuming? So next time, don’t.”

    (I walked off without waiting for a reply, but hopefully she’ll think next time before she makes unnecessary and judgmental comments to strangers. The clincher? It wasn’t even coffee, it was a chai latte!)

    Swimming In Rules

    | UK | Bizarre/Silly, Coworkers, Theme Of The Month

    (I am a trainee lawyer. Each trainee shares an office with their supervisor, who has control over their work and training. We switch departments every few months during our contract and so have a new supervisor every few months. I am meeting my next supervisor. His current trainee is in the room.)

    Supervisor: “Now, I have two ground rules in here.”

    Me: “All right. What are they?”

    Supervisor: “Rule one: Keep With Next. I don’t want to see any headings on one page and text on the next.”

    Me: “Fair enough. That bugs me as well.”

    Supervisor: “Good, sounds like we’ll get on. Rule number two is that you can’t keep your swimwear on the company law books.”

    Me: “I … what?”

    Supervisor: “I’m afraid it’s a particular bugbear of mine.”

    (He’s looking at his current trainee rather pointedly so I turn around. His trainee starts to laugh.)

    Trainee: “Basically, one time I decided to put my swimming trunks on the Gore-Brown textbooks to dry. [Supervisor] got offended. It was only once!”

    Supervisor: “Yes, that was the day the rule was born and I’m sticking to it. So those are the two rules. Keep with next and no swimwear on the company books.”

    Me: “I’ll… bear it in mind if ever I get the urge to flaunt my swimwear around the office.”

    Supervisor: “See, I knew we’d get on!”

    (We actually did get on very well. And I never once put my swimwear on the company books.)

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