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    Something Off About The Manager

    | Canada | Bosses & Owners, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (Six weeks ago, I booked a Saturday off for a meeting with one of my school clubs. Our club has intentionally planned this meeting early to ensure that all the members would be able to attend, understanding that most people would need to ask work for the day off. Four days before the meeting, I have the following conversation with my manager.)

    Manager: “So I had accidentally booked you for that Friday you requested off, but don’t worry! I moved the schedule around so that you have Friday off.”

    Me: “Actually, I need Saturday off. I can work any time on Friday.”

    Manager: “Oh, well, I thought that it was odd that a meeting would be on Saturday, so I assumed you meant Friday.”

    (Awkward silence.)

    Me: “Well, it’s on Saturday, just as I wrote it. I’m still going to need Saturday off.”

    Manager: “So, where is this meeting? Is it in town? Do you know how long it’ll be? Can you work for just a few hours on Saturday?”

    Me: “We haven’t confirmed the details yet, just the date. But I did book it off six weeks ago and you approved it, so it would probably be easier to assume I’m not free the entire day. Sorry.”

    Manager: “Well, we’re short-staffed on Saturday and you’re the only person that can work, so you need to come in.”

    Me: “I’m sorry, but I CAN’T WORK on Saturday. I booked it off, and when you approved it I made a commitment to my club.”

    Manager: “But you’re the only person who’s available.”

    Me: “I’m sorry, but I am not available.”

    Manager: “Okay. I’ll just put you down for being on call for Saturday?”

    Me: *facepalm*

    Toast Of Sandwiches Past

    | Vancouver, BC, Canada | Employees, Extra Stupid, Food & Drink

    (I’m calling in a take-out order to a restaurant that I order from frequently.)

    Me: “Can I please get a club sandwich on whole wheat bread?”

    Cashier: “I’m sorry; we don’t have whole wheat bread.”

    Me: “Really? Did you stop carrying it? I ordered the same thing last week, and you had whole wheat bread then.”

    Cashier: “No, we don’t have whole wheat bread. We just have whole wheat toast…”

    (I have no idea what to say to that without sounding like a smartass, so I sit in silence for a moment. I can practically hear the wheels starting to turn in her head.)

    Cashier: “Oh. I guess we can probably use that bread to make your club.”

    Me: “Sounds good.”

    Uncooked Pigs Don’t Fly With Me

    | NY, USA | Employees, Food & Drink, Health & Body, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (My friend and I decide to eat at a Russian restaurant we have never eaten at before. We order some dumplings and a ‘Georgian sausage.’ The sausage, which is made of pork, is a very large one, which we share. It is when I cut into the center and try it that I realize it is still quite raw on the inside. We call over the waiter.)

    Me: “Excuse me, this sausage is undercooked, it’s still raw in the center.” *show the sausage*

    Waiter: “This is fine. It is cooked.”

    Me: “No, it’s not, and this sausage is made of pork, which is dangerous to serve undercooked like this.”

    Waiter: “The sausage is cooked. If you wanted it well done, you should have asked for it well done!”

    (We left without tipping, as we shouldn’t have to ask for pork to be ‘well done’!)

    Deaf-Defying Behavior, Part 2

    | FL, USA | Employees, Food & Drink, Health & Body

    (My class is on a field trip to [Theme Park]. We are split into different groups. I have a fun time, but at the end of it I hear that for one of the groups there was an incident while they were at a restaurant.)

    Waitress: “What can I get for you?”

    Teacher Assistant: *makes her order*

    Waitress: “And what can I get for you?”

    Student: *looking at the menu*

    Waitress: “What can I get for you?”

    Student: *still looking at menu*

    Waitress: “Are you deaf or something?!”

    Teacher Assistant: *realizing what is going on* “Yes. She is. Now, can I speak to your manager?”

    Vegetarians Often Go Without

    , | Fort Wayne, IN, USA | Employees, Extra Stupid, Food & Drink

    (I am a vegetarian, and often order my meals without meat. I go through a popular fast food drive through to order one of their popular breakfast sandwiches and specify what needs altered.)

    Me: “Hey there! I’d like a [popular breakfast sandwich] without meat, and a large orange juice, please.”

    Worker: “A [popular breakfast sandwich]?”

    Me: “Yep! Without meat.”

    Worker: “Do you want it without Canadian bacon or without sausage?”

    Me: “… Whatever’s cheaper?”


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