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    Snowed Under With Work

    , | MI, USA | Bosses & Owners, Crazy Requests

    (Because I walk to work, if it gets too cold or there’s too much snow, they’ll call me and tell me not to come in, and I can come in early or stay late the next day to make up the hours.)

    Manager: “Hey, [My Name], just letting you know we won’t need you tonight, but you can come in at 11 tomorrow if you want.”

    Me: “Would it be possible for me to stay late instead? I’m babysitting in the morning and I don’t think I’ll make it there by 11.”

    Manager: “Can you try and make it by noon?”

    Me: “I’ll see what I can do. If it’s another snow day for the schools I don’t think I can, but I’ll call by 11 tomorrow and let you know.”

    (The next day rolls around and sure enough, the schools get a snow day so I can’t make it in by noon. I call at 10:30.)

    Me: “…so I’ll be in at my scheduled time today, not any earlier, but I can stay late if you need me to.”

    Manager: “But this isn’t enough notice! You have to call three hours before you’re scheduled. A lot of people called out today because of the snow. I need you to come in. Get here by noon or I’m writing you up!”

    Me: “But—”

    Manager: “GET HERE OR YOU’RE FIRED!”

    (I called her boss and explained the situation, and was told that technically, because it was so cold, I should have been told not to come in at all!)

    Going Going Gone

    , | Rosemont, IL, USA | Bizarre/Silly, Employees, Food & Drink, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (I’m in the DRIVE-THRU.)

    Cashier: “So that was a number five with a sweet tea. Anything else?”

    Me: “No, thanks. That’s all.”

    Cashier: “Will that be for here or to go?”

    Me: “to… go…?”

    Age-Appropriate Questions

    , | OH, USA | Job Seekers, Theme Of The Month

    (I am going in for an interview for my first job ever. Due to my failures at getting an interview or a second one, I am nervous while the general manager of the store asks me questions. Note: I am 18, while the general manager appears to me to be in her early 30s or late 20s.)

    General Manager: “So, how well do you get along with younger kids?”

    Me: “I get along with them great, especially kindergarten age.”

    General Manager: “…I meant the ones the same age as you, hun.”

    (I was embarrassed at the answer I gave. I got the job, and the general manager and I get along extremely well!)

    A Sad Sign(ed) Of The Times

    , | NJ, USA | Bosses & Owners, Employees, Food & Drink, Money

    (We’ve been frequenting a certain branch of a national chain for our fast food fix because they were the only burger place in the entire area that still had a value menu with things for under a dollar. However, they were recently purchased as a ‘franchise,’ and in under a month the entire inside is renovated – after having been renovated less than a year before – and the cost of all the food goes up dramatically. I ask to speak to the manager to complain.)

    Me: *long spiel* “—it just doesn’t seem fair that every single time somewhere becomes a ‘franchise’, they instantly stop participating in every single national promotion, all the prices go through the roof, and inevitably the service goes down because they fire half the staff.”

    Manager: “Actually, sir, if you could hold on for one moment?”

    (He goes to one of the registers, prints out a strip of receipt paper, and writes “#47″ on it before handing it to me with the pen.)

    Manager: “Could you please sign this for me and list that you’re complaining about the prices, and how much they’ve gone up?”

    Me: “…number forty-seven?”

    Manager: “The new owner called a meeting of the shift managers yesterday and outright told us that he “doesn’t believe” all the complaints we’ve gotten lately. So we decided to start getting them in writing and signed. You’re the forty-seventh signature we’ve gotten in just over twenty-four hours.”

    (I have no idea whether or not this would help but I definitely signed my name!)

    A World-Changing Donation

    , | ON, Canada | At The Checkout, Bizarre/Silly, Employees, Language & Words

    (We are currently in competition with competing stores to collect the most donations for world hunger relief. My coworker takes a drive thru order:)

    Coworker: “Hi, welcome to [Fast Food]. This is [Coworker] speaking. Would you like to donate a dollar to end world hunger?”

    (The customer says yes, orders, and then pulls up. As she is making his order she distractedly takes the next order:)

    Coworker: “Hi, welcome to [Fast Food]. This is [Coworker] speaking. Would you like to donate a dollar to end the world?”

    Customer: *nervously* “Uhm, no, thank you.”

    Coworker: “Oh my gosh! I am so sorry! To end world hunger! Not the world!”

    Customer: “Well, in that case, sure!”


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