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    Promoting Their Level Of Understanding

    | AB, Canada | Coworkers, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (I’m a cashier in a grocery store, and have recently been promoted to shift supervisor. One of my coworkers — a very bratty 16-year-old — is jealous that she didn’t get the promotion. She undermines me at every opportunity and even pretends to be the supervisor to a few customers. One Friday I’m in the back office doing some paperwork, when she barges in.)

    Me: “How did you get in? You don’t have a key.”

    Coworker: “I had [Store Manager] let me in. I have very important work to do back here.”

    Me: “No, you don’t. Now get back to your register.”

    Coworker: “No! I have to be in here to do this!”

    Me: “What’s so important that you need to be back here?”

    Coworker: “I don’t want to work on Sunday. I need someone to cover my shift.”

    Me: “The schedule as to who’s available to cover and their phone numbers is under cash register #5. Get the information from there, and do it on your break.”

    (She ignores me, and grabs the master copies of the schedule and the cashier contact information off the shelf and starts leafing through it.)

    Coworker: “I bet [Cashier] will cover for me. She’s only works on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. I’ll bet she’ll be appreciative to get another shift.”

    Me: “I highly doubt that. She only works those three days because she has a second job over at the saw mill. In fact, if you call her, I’m guessing she’ll be pretty pissed off for you trying to make her work on her only day off.”

    Coworker: “Oh, you think YOU KNOW EVERYTHING because you got the promotion and I didn’t! Well, guess what, a******? I’m WAY more qualified than you to do this! Just you watch! I’ll call her, and she’ll do whatever I tell her to because I’ve got something you don’t: natural leadership skills!”

    (She lunges for the phone. I step back and let her make the call. When the other cashier answers, my coworker starts demanding she cover for her on Sunday. My coworker goes silent, and I can hear the cashier yelling from the other end of the line. Eventually, my coworker hands up, and is silent for a few minutes.)

    Me: “Well? What did she say?”

    Coworker: “She said that she only works three days a week because she’s got a second job over at the saw mill. She was actually pretty upset that I was ordering her to work on her only day off for the week… just like you said.”

    Me: “Now, get back to your cash register, and you can keep trying to find someone to cover your Sunday shift when you’re on your break.”

    (She left the back office in stunned silence and returned to her cash register. And she never questioned why I got the promotion again.)

    Couldn’t Care Less Than Thirty

    | Tampere, Finland | At The Checkout, Employees, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (I’m a 22-year old woman, picking up a packet of cigarettes. In Finland you can buy them at 18, but in order to spot underage buyers there’s a new government policy encouraging cashiers to check the IDs of anyone that looks under 30.)

    Me: “Could I have a [Brand of cigarettes], please.”

    Cashier: *rings it up* “That’ll be €4.50.”

    Me: *pointing to the counter between us with a sign explaining the under-30 policy* “Umm, do I look like I’m 30 to you?”

    Cashier: “…I don’t really care.”

    Has A Hand In Bad Management

    , | FL, USA | Bosses & Owners, Health & Body

    (A coworker has turned the temperature dial in my hot case all the way up to 10, when it’s supposed to be at 4.5. When I reach in to grab the metal tongs to serve a customer, my hand gets burned badly and I end up with blisters on my fingers. I go to a manager to find out where the first aid kit is.)

    Me: “Look at this. I got blisters all over my hand.”

    Manager: “Next time, use your other hand.”

    Engaging In A Paper Chase

    | NY, USA | At The Checkout, Employees, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (I am checking out with three items at the grocery store, and have forgotten my reusable bag at home. The cashier opens up a plastic bag and looks like she’s about to put my first item in it. For clarity’s sake, the paper bags and the plastic bags essentially hold the same amounts.)

    Me: “Do you have any paper bags?”

    Cashier: *confused* “You want paper bags?”

    Me: “Yes, please, if you have any.”

    Cashier: *more confused* “You want paper? For these?”

    Me: “Yep!”

    Cashier: “It’s like THIS BIG.” *holds hands apart much further than the bag is large*

    Me: “It’s not that big.”

    Cashier: *pulls one out and holds it up* “It’s THIS BIG!”

    Me: “Yeah, I know. I just don’t want to use a plastic bag. I prefer paper.”

    Cashier: “But you only have three things.”

    Me: “I know, but I don’t want plastic. I would rather use paper, please.”

    Cashier: *sigh* “Okay…”

    Taxing Taxis

    | AB, Canada | Employees, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (Many years ago I worked in a grocery store. We had the local taxi service under contract to do deliveries for us, and we had a delivery ready to go.)

    Me: “[Cashier], hey, we’ve got an order ready to go. Could you call the taxi company and get them to come pick it up, please?”

    Cashier: “Sure! What’s the number?”

    Me: *states phone number*

    Cashier: “And then what?”

    Me: “What do you mean?”

    Cashier: “Well, what do I say to them?” *begins talking in a really sarcastic tone* “Hi! This is [Cashier] at [Grocery Store]! I’d like to order a taxi, please!”

    Me: “Yes. That’s exactly what you say.”

    Cashier: “REALLY? That’s all you have to do to call a taxi?”

    Me: “Yup. Now, could you do it, please?”

    Cashier: “Well, I can’t.”

    Me: “Why?”

    Cashier: “Because I’m shy. I can’t talk to a complete stranger on the phone.”


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