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    , | Canada | Bosses & Owners, Crazy Requests

    (My job requires checks at specific times, so I often wear a watch. Not many other employees do, including managers. The play area is closed and cleaned before the rest of the restaurant.)

    Manager: “[My Name], go clean the play area at 8:30.”

    (I check my watch. It’s 8:45.)

    Manager: “Did you hear me? You need to clean the play area at 8:30, okay?”

    Me: “Okay.” *mumbling so my manager can’t hear me* “I’ll just… make time go backwards.”

    Preliminary Discriminatory Interview

    , | LA, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Job Seekers, Religion

    (I am 20 and have just moved cities. I am interviewing for a job at a fast food restaurant, trying to find anything I can just to get started and pay bills. My resume lists my school experience and work experience. I homeschooled K-12 and am attending online college. However, I have worked since I was 16, at a bookstore (for a little over three years), a restaurant (a few months until finding a full-time job), and an office. My duties and experiences at each job are listed on my resume, and they include a vast number of things. The bookstore was a Christian company and had the word ‘Christian’ in its name; the office job was the same. Additionally, one of my other experiences listed on my resume was Vacation Bible School ‘counselor.’)

    Manager: *looks over resume and application* “Hmm. I see here that you’ve primarily worked with Christian companies… Will you be able to handle working with others who don’t share your beliefs? Some of my other employees might say things that you won’t be comfortable with.”

    (Before I can correct him that, one: how does he know what I am or am not comfortable with, and two: that I’d worked with people who didn’t share my beliefs and that never caused a problem, he continues:)

    Manager: “Also, I see you’ve homeschooled your whole life. Are you going to be okay when there are a lot of people in the shop? We get really busy on holidays and you’ll have to interact with a lot of customers.”

    (I bite back the urge to tell him in no uncertain terms that I lasted over three years in a bookstore where part of my job was to work the sales floor during Black Friday and help customers, as well as plan and run kids’ events, but apparently my fear of people is what gave me such excellent references to recommend me. Instead, I politely told him I’d be fine. He ended the interview by saying he thought I’d do well and would call me in the next few days after doing some other interviews.)

    Manager: “And if I don’t call you by Friday, I want you to call and ask for me, okay? I work Mondays through Fridays here.”

    (When I don’t hear back by that Friday, I call the next Monday.)

    Employee: “Oh [Manager] isn’t in right now. Call this afternoon.”

    (I do.)

    Employee: “Oh, [Manager] isn’t in right now. Call tomorrow. He’ll be here then.”

    (The next day…)

    Employee: “Oh, [Manager] isn’t in right now. Call tomorrow. He’ll be here then.”

    (Finally, I gave up on the job. Thankfully I found another one soon after; where the interviewer didn’t insult me with discriminatory questions!)

    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!”


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