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    When New Hires Become New Fires, Part 2

    , | Ottawa, ON, Canada | Bad Behavior, Job Seekers

    (I’m a woman in my early 20s working as the manager at a fast food restaurant. Just before Christmas season starts, an older woman comes up and slaps a resume onto the counter in front of my coworker.)

    Woman: “Look, I want a job! Give this to your manager!”

    Coworker: “Actually, she…”

    Me: “Just went out. Just make sure your availability is on it, and we’ll pass it along.”

    Woman: “Fine! I’ll be manager soon enough, anyway!”

    Me: *barely even looks at it before throwing it out after she leaves* “If she’s going to be like that applying, I’m not going to hire her.”

    Coworker: “Thank you!”

    When New Hires Become New Fires

    Pulls Something When You Pull The Cord

    , | Binghamton, NY, USA | Bad Behavior, Employees, Transportation

    (I am riding a city bus that goes to the local community college. By default, the buses always stop at the college, because most of the riders on this particular route are students. As a result, nobody ever pulls the bell-cord/stop-request cord at the college, because it is always a guaranteed stop. In fact, one of the drivers told me in person not to bother pulling the cord, because it is a guaranteed stop. This day, the bus is full of students, but the elderly driver quickly drives past the bus-stop without stopping.)

    Passenger #1: “Hey, you missed the bus stop!”

    Driver: *snappy and angry* “Well, none of you pulled the cord to signal me to stop!”

    Passenger #1: “But the bus always stops at the college!”

    Driver: *yelling loudly* “Too bad, so sad, PAL!”

    Passenger #2: “Please stop. I have to get to classes!”

    Driver: “That’s not my problem! Don’t be stupid!”

    Passenger #3: “Come on, stop the bus!”

    Driver: “No! Leave me alone!”

    (By this point, about a dozen people have pulled the cord. The driver actually started to laugh at the people on the bus.)

    Passenger #4: “We’re sorry! The buses usually stop at the college. We didn’t realize you wouldn’t stop.”

    Driver: *snarky tone* “Not MY problem!”

    (Someone calmly approached the driver to reason with him. The driver’s response was to swat at the person violently.)

    Passenger #4: “Hey, don’t hit him, you son of a b****!”

    Driver: “Stop talking about yourself! Stop talking about yourself! You’re the son of a b****! Not me! Everyone here was too STUPID to pull the cord!”

    (At this point several people were swearing at the driver, and he was responding by making snarky comments back at them. He skipped the next stop, and finally stopped at the following to let us off. Everyone who got off shot him dirty looks, while he sat there, glared at us, and laughed at each and every one of us using a very nasty tone. I called the bus company and reported the incident. Thankfully, I didn’t see him around for about two weeks. I can’t be sure, but I’m guessing he was briefly suspended for these stunts, because after that two weeks, he calmed down completely and never pulled anything like this again.)

    Don’t Query The Enquiry

    | QLD, Australia | Employees, Ignoring/Inattentive, Money

    (As he has gotten himself into financial trouble I am in charge of my partner’s finances. As such I have authority to talk to all the credit agencies and they usually just call me first. Note: My partner works night shift so we normally have a request not to be called before midday. One morning I get the following call…)

    Agency: “Hi, is [Partner] available?”

    Me: “May I ask who is speaking?”

    Agency: “My name is [Name] from [Agency].”

    Me: “[Partner] is asleep at the moment but you can talk to me… I have authority to speak on his behalf.”

    Agency: “Ah… hang on I need to figure out how to do the authority.”

    (We go through the authorization process confirming that I do have permission.)

    Agency: “It appears payments are behind a week.”

    Me: “No, we have paid every payment. I’m the one who pays them and I can tell you that last payment I paid MORE than normal by accident. But the payment before took a little longer to get through to you guys because of the public holidays.”

    Agency: “Ah, yes, I can see you made your last payment on time and it was $360 but it hasn’t cleared the account here yet.”

    Me: “Yes… I accidentally paid the rent into this account.”

    Agency: “Well… can you make your normal payment of $225 next fortnight?”

    Me: “Yes…”

    Agency: “All right. Thank you for calling; have I dealt with all your enquiries today?”

    Me: “Ah… yes?”

    Agency: “Have a good day.” *hangs up*

    Disservice Dog

    | TX, USA | Bosses & Owners, Criminal/Illegal, Pets & Animals

    (I work in a shop that has a cat. This cat does not like dogs and will attack them. The boss used to allows dogs that could be carried but has recently started sporadically enforcing an unposted ‘no dogs’ rule. While I’m out of sight shelving, I hear her:)

    Boss: “I’m sorry, but you can’t bring that dog in here. We have a cat and he doesn’t like dogs. Your dog is going to have to leave.”

    (I walk out from behind the shelves and see a lady standing outside – with a dog with a very obvious service dog vest.)

    Me: “Did you just make that service dog leave?”

    Boss: “Yeah, he was upsetting [Cat].”

    Me: “You do know that’s illegal, right?”

    Boss: “No, it isn’t!”

    Me: “Uh, yeah. ADA.”

    Boss: “Well, I didn’t know that.”

    (She’s owned this business for 15 years!)

    Needs To Drop Their Baggage

    | Santa Clara, CA, USA | At The Checkout, Crazy Requests, Employees

    (My county has outlawed plastic bags; and now you must bring a reusable bag or pay a small fee for paper bags. On this day, I’m buying a case of beer and a case of soda.)

    Cashier: “Is that all?” *scans, pauses, and then grabs two paper bags*

    Me: “Wait. I don’t need bags, and these boxes wouldn’t fit anyway.”

    Cashier: “If you don’t bring a bag, we gotta charge you for paper.”

    Me: “But I don’t need bags… These are already packaged, and they’re going right in my truck.”

    Cashier: “Hey, it’s the law! No bag, we charge you for paper!”

    (At that point, another cashier came over and they have a brief, hushed, conversation. Angrily, the cashier finished the transaction. As I left, I could still hear her saying ‘he’s supposed to bring bags…’)

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