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    | SK, Canada | Bosses & Owners, Coworkers, Rude & Risque, Themed Giveaway

    (I am training a new guy in the kitchen who is in his mid-30s, almost twice my age. The boss’ daughter is employed as a waitress up front, and occasionally comes into the kitchen to bring in dirty dishes. Every time she does, the new guy stops paying attention to what I’m telling him and stares at her.)

    New Guy: “Wow, I would love to get me some of that.”

    (This goes on for a while. He looks, stares, and often has some kind of comment about her physical attributes.)

    Me: “You know that’s the boss’ daughter, right?”

    New Guy: “That doesn’t bother me.”

    Me: “How old do you think she is?”

    New Guy: *pauses and thinks for a moment* “The way I see it, as long as a girl is old enough to get into the bar it doesn’t matter.”

    Me: “Come on, guess.”

    New Guy: “22?”

    Me: “She just turned 14 last week.”

    (He never said anything about her ever again.)

    Pajama Drama

    | Des Moines, IA, USA | At The Checkout, Bizarre/Silly, Employees, Family & Kids, Language & Words, Rude & Risque, Themed Giveaway

    (I work at a nice golf course restaurant as a waiter. I’m at my table, wrapping things up. I’m a 21-year-old man.)

    Me: “Is there anything else I can do for you this evening?”

    Woman: “You can watch my kids!”

    Me: “Ooh, I’m working right now, but after work, sure. We’ll have a pajama party!”

    (Very awkward silence follows. The word ‘pizza’ was going through my head, but I changed it on the fly because, how stupid, they just ate and wouldn’t want a pizza-party while full. So I replaced ‘pizza’ with the word ‘pajama’ due to the ‘P’ sound having already escaped my mouth. I’ve never seen her or her eight- and five-year old sons since.)

    Got To Give Him Credit For Trying

    | Montreal, QC, Canada | At The Checkout, Bizarre/Silly, Coworkers, Employees

    (My coworker is serving a young and, I must say, beautiful female customer. He is not indifferent to her beauty. They chat a little while he is preparing her order.)

    Coworker: “That will be $12.45.”

    Customer: “Debby.”

    Coworker: “Oh! Hi, Debby! I’m [Name]. Nice to meet you!”

    Customer: “Hmm…” *slowly waving the card she is holding* “I was actually trying to pay with debit.”

    Coworker: *turning red* “Oh… Yes… Sure….Right away…”

    Some Coworkers Are Just Suffocating

    , | TX, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Coworkers, Health & Body, Physical

    (I am shift leader. A kitchen worker on evening shift is slightly autistic, and very claustrophobic. He is a really nice kid and a hard worker. I walk into the kitchen and see the line cooks laughing around the freezer. I go to see what’s going on.)

    Me: “Hey, what’s so funny?”

    Coworker: “Oh, we just put [Autistic Kid] in the freezer. He walked in to put the pickles up and we closed the door!”

    (Horrified I shove past them and yank the door open. He is curled up on the ground, hyperventilating.)

    Me: “[Autistic Kid], are you okay?!”

    (He just shakes his head and I take him to the front end and tell another coworker to make him a shake, and that I will pay for it. I then go back to chew out the line cooks. The manager hears me and comes around the corner.)

    Manager: “Oh, lighten up, [My Name]. It was just a harmless joke! He was fine.”

    Me: “Well, I didn’t find it funny and neither did he! He could have had a full panic attack and needed to go to the hospital! I hope you realise that he could sue you and the company for the ‘innocent joke’ you just pulled!”

    (He just scoffed and told me to go back to work. The kid quit after that day, after thanking me for saving him, and I left after another two months.)

    Going Loco If You’re Not Local

    | Hood River, OR, USA | Bosses & Owners, Employees, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (My family and I, while traveling, have stopped at a very busy local restaurant. We are seated quickly, but then totally ignored. In spite of several attempts to flag down a server, we still get no help. After observing a family that has come in after us pay and leave, we decide that we would take our business elsewhere. While at a small hotdog stand, I related what had happened to us.)

    Hotdog Stand Owner: “They give me more business. You have to be a local to get served there.”

    Me: “Well, that’s interesting, as they are a major truck stop with billboards on the freeway…”


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