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    Questionnaire Despair

    , | England, UK | Employees, Ignoring/Inattentive, Job Seekers, Technology

    (I’m applying for a position online. The first part is an automated multi-choice questionnaire. The questions are overly specific, failing me every time. I ring to see if there is some room to maneuver.)

    Me: “Hi. I’m trying to apply for a position on your site, but it won’t let me continue.”

    Recruitment Agent: “How so?”

    Me: “Basically, because I have worked in similar roles, not exactly what is on the question. So ,I keep failing.”

    (I quickly explain my experience, which is already doing the job advertised.)

    Recruitment Agent: “Wow, okay. It sounds like you would be perfect for the role. Let me pass your details on to my colleague.”

    (A couple of days pass when I get this email:)

    Email: “Thank you for your information. You do seem very well equipped for this role. Please apply using the online application form.”

    Me: “Hi. I can’t use the form because my experience isn’t exactly in the field you are looking for.”

    Email: “Please use the form, as it gives everyone the same chance.”

    Me: “Sorry if i wasn’t clear. I spoke to your colleague about this. This is why she passed on my information. I already perform this role in a slightly different industry. I fill all the boxes but do not pass the test,. Can my information be looked at, please?”

    Email: “Yes, I understand. I would strongly urge you to apply for this position. Please use the online form.”

    (So, forever going round in circles, I never even got an interview for the job I already perform in a far more demanding industry.)

    Most Meetings Are A Slow Death

    | VT, USA | Bosses & Owners, Crazy Requests, Health & Body

    (I work as a volunteer EMT for the town the ski resort is in. I have cleared this with my manager and she seems to be supportive of me leaving if an emergency happens and my pager goes off. I am on call which means that if there is a medical emergency, I am part of the ambulance crew. My pager went off during a meeting and I just got back from the call.)

    Manager: “Next time we’re in a meeting don’t bring your pager. It’s unprofessional.”

    Me: “Okay, I’ll just let people die…”

    Resigned To Being Late

    | Australia | Bosses & Owners, Coworkers, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (I am transferred to a new store. It’s my first weekend supervising a shift on my own. I ring the store manager to find out where Coworker’s number is as she hasn’t turned up for her shift.)

    Manager: “I don’t have her phone number on me. I’ll be home soon and will call her. My battery is about to go fl—” *disconnects*

    (The coworker turns up at 9:30. At 10 the manager calls back.)

    Manager “Did [Coworker] arrive?”

    Me: “Yes, she got in at 9:30.”

    Manager: “What was her excuse?”

    Me: “That she was doing the washing and she knew we are always quiet on Saturday mornings so it didn’t matter that she was late.”

    Manager: “That’s no excuse. I knew she would start doing this. She handed in her resignation last week. I can’t wait until she’s gone”.

    Under The Table Remarks

    | Minneapolis, MN, USA | Employees, Rude & Risque

    (My fiancé and I are checking into a room. While we share a bed, we are abstinent for personal reasons, and generally do not share those reasons with anyone else.)

    Me: “Hi. Do you have any rooms available tonight?”

    Clerk: “All we have left is [Suite]. Is that okay?”

    Me: “Yes, that’s fine. We’ll take that.”

    Clerk: “Cool. Are you guys married? What are you in town for?”

    Fiancé: “Not married, but was looking for a tux.”

    Clerk: “Oh really? Are you okay with just the one bed?”

    Me: *getting uncomfortable* “Yes, we’re fine with that.”

    Clerk: “Okay, that’s cool. When’s the wedding?”

    Me: “It’s [date].”

    Clerk: “Oh awesome! Coming up. So, am I invited?”

    Me: “Ummm…”

    Clerk: “Oh, just kidding. Just kidding. So, you’re in room 108, and just so you know, the coffee table totally holds up if you want to have extra fun.”

    Me: “EXCUSE ME?!”

    Clerk: “Oh, not like that? Totally cool. Enjoy your stay!”

    Me: *to fiancé* “Did he actually say all that to me?”

    (The weirdest thing is, the clerk never seemed to get how uncomfortable he made us!)

    Made A Good Call

    | NY, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Coworkers

    (I have been on the phone for about 45 minutes with a customer that is very upset.)

    Me: “I am sorry, ma’am, that the store did not check to make sure [Product] would work in your area. I can look into it and see why not.”

    Customer: “You know that it was [Store] that sold it to me. Is there any way you can contact them?

    Me: “Ma’am, I can give them a call and if you wish I can call you back afterwards.”

    Customer: “That would be great. Talk to you in a few minutes.” *click*

    (I am about to call the other store when my coworker, who has been listening in, interjects:)

    Coworker: “You’re not allowed to call the stores, you know.”

    Me: “What? I have done it before.”

    Coworker: “Nope, it’s not allowed.”

    Me: “Well, I guess I’m in trouble then; I have done it every time a customer says something happened at a store.” *picks up phone to make call*

    Coworker: “If you call I’m going to report you to the manager.”

    Me: “Go for it.”

    (I then call the store and inquire why they did not check to make sure the product did not work. It seems it was a trainee that had filled the order and failed to see that they needed to make sure there was even coverage before completing the order. I hang up just as my coworker and manager come over.)

    Coworker: “Go ahead and tell [Manager] what you told the customer.”

    Me: “That I would be giving her a call back after I called the store to find out why they sold her a product without checking the coverage.”

    Manager: “Have you called the store?”

    Me: “Yes, ma’am.”

    Manager: “Good. After you call the customer back take an extra 15-minute break.”

    (She then walked back to her desk. After work she said I was one of the most dedicated employees she had. Made my day.)

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