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    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!)

    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!)


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