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    Sick Of Your Mismanagement

    , | USA | Bosses & Owners, Food & Drink, Health & Body, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (My sister has recently developed an allergy to artificial sweeteners. She works at a fast food restaurant, but since the store’s owner really likes her as an employee (because she is prompt and very bright), he arranges for her to only be scheduled for the shift role where she bags food and answers the phone. He tells all the managers that she is not to do any of the other jobs because it risks her touching even the residue from diet drinks. One night she is working and the staff is short-handed. The manager on duty has not worked with my sister in a while, and so never has heard that her issue has been diagnosed.)

    Manager: “[Sister], go cover the drive thru window so [Coworker] can go on break.”

    Sister: “Sorry, I can’t. [Owner] said I don’t have to do that role because I get sick from touching the cups.”

    Manager: “Look, we need someone there, and I’m telling you to do it.”

    Sister: “Remember how I used to leave early all the time? It’s because I can’t physically do the jobs where I have to touch the cups! I will get sick and have to go home. That’s why [Owner] said for me to only do this job!”

    Manager: *clearly not believing her* “[Coworker] needs to go on break, and I told you to cover for her. Now do it.”

    (My sister finally just gave in, figuring the manager will learn the hard way when she got sick. Sure enough, the next day, she had to call in because she was too sick to work. Thankfully, the owner found out what happened and had a talk with that manager. It hasn’t happened since.)

    Getting The Short End Of The Stick(y)

    , | USA | Coworkers, Family & Kids

    (I work in the snack-bar of a grocery store. There is a coffee shop connected to us, and both are run by the store. I am washing dishes when my coworkers walk in. Both are carrying the splash-guards from the blender.)

    Coworker#1: “It’s all sticky!”

    Coworker #2: “You have three kids. How do sticky things bother you?”

    Me: *without looking up* “She has three kids…”

    Coworker #1: *laughs* “And you learn to fear what sticky things they bring you!”

    Hats Off To Recognition Skills

    , | USA | At The Checkout, Bizarre/Silly

    (I would regularly get Chinese food from the mall before work. I always wore the same black and white hat to work except on days off when I switched it out with a pink and white one. I notice the girl I regularly buy from giving me weird looks as she rings up my food.)

    Me: *finally realizing what the looks are for* “Different hat.”

    Girl: “I KNEW YOU LOOKED FAMILIAR!”

    The Customer Is Always Right… Behind The Counter

    , | Orem, UT, USA | Bosses & Owners, Employees, Food & Drink

    (I recently quit working at a popular smoothie chain, but would sometimes stop in for breakfast on my way to class. The manager is the only person in the store at this time, and is running behind on the opening procedures. There are no other customers.)

    Manager: “[My Name], you can just ring yourself up really quick and I’ll make your order.”

    Me: “Okay, as long as it doesn’t get you in trouble.”

    (I step behind the counter and put in my order. Just then another customer comes in. He witnessed our interaction, and is clearly confused.)

    Manager: “Wanna ring him up for old time’s sake?”

    Me: *to the customer* “Welcome to [Store Name]. What can I get for you today?”

    (The manager makes both our orders, and I walk to class laughing at how it must have looked to the customer to see another customer go behind the counter and ring their own order up.)

    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!)


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