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  • Working Antisocial Hours

    | Berlin, Germany | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Liars/Scammers

    (I’ve recently started to work at a different store of the same company. These company’s stores always open at 10 am, and I’m used to checking in at 9:30. The first day at work, my new boss calls me over.)

    Boss: “[My Name], your behavior is unacceptable. I’ll let it slide since it’s your first day here, but don’t let it happen again.”

    Me: “I’m sorry, what?”

    Boss: “You were way too late. I and [Two Other Colleagues] always arrive at 8 AM to do our make-up and eat breakfast.”

    Me: “I usually do all of this at home.”

    Boss: “No. You have to do everything I say. You have to arrive at 8 AM and eat here and talk to everyone. Socializing is very important in this company.”

    (The next day, I arrive at am and eat my breakfast in the store.)

    Boss: “No, no, no, [My Name]. Don’t just sit there! You have to clock in first. I don’t care that you’re not actually working, just do it. You’ll get paid for nothing! We’ve been doing this for years. Great, huh?”

    (I politely refuse since I think it’s some sort of test. The boss is furious and calls our upper management.)

    Boss: “[My Name], pack your things and go, NOW. We won’t tolerate this sort of antisocial behavior in this store. You’re making me and the others feel bad!”

    Me: “Wait, you are firing me because I’m clocking my hours correctly and I am NOT lying and wasting company time and money?”

    Boss: “Yes. We all do it! Stop being antisocial!”

    (I left and found a much nicer job. The last time I heard of this company, there were closing many stores due to financial issues, and the one in this story was the very first one to go.)

    Will Never Claim Ignorance

    | San Antonio, TX, USA | Coworkers, Employees, Health & Body

    (My daughter has had an insurance claim denied due to pre-existing conditions. She had an allergic reaction to a routine vaccination she had the previous day. I work as a claims processor for the company we have our insurance through. I even process employee claims on occasion, and I know all the rules and regulations for pre-existing conditions as they apply to our insurance plan. I call the company to find out why they denied this claim.)

    Me: “Hi. I’m calling to find out why you denied my daughter’s claim.”

    Customer Service Rep: “Okay. It looks like it was denied for being a pre-existing condition.”

    Me: “Yes, I know it was denied as a pre-existing condition. I’m trying to figure out why it’s a pre-existing condition. You see, I also work for this company and process claims like this on a daily basis. I know that there are certain CPT codes that are supposed to be looked at for pre-existing conditions. I also know that before a claim is denied for being pre-existing, the processor is supposed to research through the member’s history to see if there are any related claims that have been denied or paid or have documentation attached to prevent denial. I also know that if the processor had done their job correctly, that they would have seen a routine doctor’s visit the day before and would have made the connection between the vaccination and the allergic reaction. Plus, I also know that allergic reactions are not considered pre-existing when there are no other claims in the member’s history for a similar reaction. And now, the most important point: according to California law, pre-existing conditions can only apply for the first six months a member has a plan with a health insurance company. I have been employed by this company, with full benefits, for over a year and a half. There is absolutely no reason that this claim should have been denied.”

    (There is extended silence.)

    Customer Service Rep: “Oh. Okay, we’ll get that fixed and paid as soon as possible!”

    (The claim was paid and I never had a problem with the company denying any claims for pre-existing conditions again!)

    Dropped The Ball On That One

    | Newton, MA, USA | At The Checkout, Employees, Rude & Risque, Theme Of The Month

    (I frequented a store and have had a few run-ins with a strange male employee. He speaks in a monotone and wears a plastic glove on only one hand. I’m buying two chocolate eggs and some sleeping medicine.)

    Me: *puts items on counter and one egg rolls quickly toward the cashier* “Oh, no!”

    Cashier: *catches the egg from falling* “Don’t worry. It didn’t fall on the floor.”

    Me: “Awesome!”

    Cashier: “And it didn’t hit my balls either.”

    (I am speechless and cannot make eye contact. After the rest of the transaction is completed, I go to leave.)

    Cashier: “Goodbye… for now.”

    Not So Handy Handbook

    | NM, USA | Bosses & Owners, Rude & Risque

    Boss: “…so I had to help write the employee handbook because this company, being so new, didn’t have one yet. Now, if you’ll notice, the only reason we have the section on sexual harassment in the handbook is so you know if you are sexually harassing someone correctly.”

    Totally Wackopedia

    | Australia | Employees, Extra Stupid, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (I am pushing my two-year-old daughter around the stalls at our annual agricultural show. One of the stalls is selling encyclopedia sets. As I am passing, a salesman gets in front of me.)

    Salesman: “Excuse me. Would you be interested in our encyclopedias?”

    Me: “No, thank you.”

    Salesman: “I see you have a child. It would be an asset to their education.”

    Me: “Yes, I agree, but I’ll wait until she’s actually old enough to need a set.”

    Salesman: “Don’t worry about that. Everything she will ever need is in this set. You might as well get it now for her because it will still be up to date when she’s older. There won’t be any changes in it.”

    Me: “So you are telling me that everything has been discovered? That there will be no new discoveries over the next 10 years or ever?”

    Salesman: “Yes, that is right.There’s nothing left to be discovered.”

    Me: “Nothing will ever change?”

    Salesman: “That’s right. If you just come over here I’ll sign you up and take your details for payment.”

    Me: “I don’t think so. Goodbye.”


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