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    The Signature Of A Bad Office

    | ON, Canada | Coworkers, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (It is the last week for our night person. My supervisor and I are some of the only people who ever see him, since we work until his shift starts, and the morning staff generally dislikes him for not doing his job right, even though he was only given two days of training before being put on nights by himself. A goodbye card appears on the counter.)

    Me: “Hey, guys, shouldn’t we all sign this?”

    Coworker #1: “I’ll sign it later.”

    Coworker #2: “I barely know the guy.”

    Supervisor: “I’ll sign it.”

    (The next day:)

    Me: “Hey, boss, shouldn’t you sign this? In fact, weren’t you the one who got this card for him?”

    Boss: “Yeah, I did. I’m busy now. Maybe later.”

    (The next day…)

    Me: “Does anybody want to sign this card?”

    Coworker #3: “I’ll sign it in a bit!”

    Me: “Thank you!”

    (He never does. Rinse and repeat until the night person’s final shift comes up.)

    Supervisor: “Here you go. It’s a goodbye card from all of us to you!”

    Night Person: “Thank you so much!”

    (He opens the card and sees that it only has two signatures in it. The look of shock and disappointment on his face was palpable. I honestly thought to tell my supervisor not to give it to him, but couldn’t muster up the courage. The next day…)

    Me: “So the night person got his goodbye card last night and it only had my and one other signature in it…”

    Coworker #1: “Oh, is it too late to sign it?”

    Not Quite The Cream Of The Crop

    | Waterville, ME, USA | At The Checkout, Employees, Food & Drink

    (My father and I go into a coffee shop to get some donuts and coffee.)

    Cashier: “Can I take your order?”

    Dad: “Yes, I’d like to order a medium coffee with sugar and cream, please.”

    (The cashier paused, looking incredibly confused.)

    Cashier: “I’m sorry, sir, we can’t do sugar and cream. We can do cream and sugar, though.”

    Dad: “…”

    (Without another word we left the building and went to a different shop. My father sputtered angrily the whole way home, while I laughed myself to tears.)

    You Pay Me Garbage

    | ON, Canada | Bosses & Owners, Overtime

    (I have a notoriously bad manager that no one likes to work with. One of her favourite tricks is to ask people to do half hour or hour long tasks only minutes before their shifts end, and when they rush to get it half done, she tells them to stay for a few extra minutes to get it finished. After the last time she does this to me, I’m done with her tricks.)

    Manager: “Hey, you took way too long to do the garbage and sweep the lot.”

    Me: “…It’s one of the busiest days of the season.”

    Manager: “It shouldn’t take an hour.”

    Me: “The parking lot is full of cars that I needed to work around, and half the people in those cars are throwing trash onto the lot as I’m sweeping it. Not to mention the garbage bins were all overflowing and the dumpster is completely full.”

    Manager: “You need to go faster.”

    (Fast forward to the end of my shift.)

    Manager: “Hey, why don’t you go do the garbage?”

    Me: “I leave in five minutes.”

    Manager: “You can start them.”

    (I begin the garbage, and stop as soon as my shift is over.)

    Me: “I started garbage, but you’re on your own to finish them.”

    Manager: “But you’re half done. You may as we—”

    Me: “So you’re paying me?”

    Manager: “What?”

    Me: “I’m staying past the end of my shift. You’re keeping me for an extra half-hour and paying me for it?”

    Manager: *laughs* “No, I am not.”

    Me: “Then have fun with the garbage.”

    (I left. She never tried to pull that trick on me again.)

    Only Knows A Bit Of Math

    | ON, Canada | Bosses & Owners, Food & Drink, Math & Science

    Employee: “Hi, welcome to [Coffee Shop]. How can I help you?”

    Me: “Hi, I would like thirty [Donut Holes], please.”

    Manager: *suddenly interrupting* “YOU DO KNOW OUR [DONUT HOLES] ONLY COME IN TEN AND TWENTY PACKS, RIGHT?!”

    Me: “You do know that ten plus twenty equals thirty, RIGHT?!”

    Manager: “…Fine!”

    (Apparently basic math is quite difficult to do!)

    Service Has Room For Improvement

    | Portland, OR, USA | Employees, Food & Drink

    (I stop by a coffee shop I frequent and notice a new barista is working today. The lady in front of me is ordering a drink with very specific instructions. I don’t hear everything, but I do catch “exactly 116 degrees” and “steamed for x amount of seconds.” Keep in mind, this is a massive coffee chain with shops around the globe, not some independent artisan coffeehouse. The barista writes all this down without complaint and hands it to a coworker to prepare. It’s now my turn to order.)

    Me: “Hi, can I get a medium dark roast with room.”

    Barista: “…Room?”

    Me: “Yeah, as in room for cream.”

    Barista: “Uh…” *shakes her head* “Okay… I’m sorry, you want to add cream to this?”

    Me: “Yes.”

    Barista: “Uh…” *shakes her head again* “Okay…”

    Me: “I’m sorry, but is there a problem?”

    Barista: “It’s just weird.”

    Me: “To put cream in black coffee?”

    Barista: *peeved* “It’s just plain weird. But, whatever.”

    (The barista prepared my drink. When it was done, instead of calling my name like the employees usually do, she just kinda plopped it on the counter. I put cream in my coffee and left. Luckily, I’ve been able to return to this same store without her being there.)

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