Category: Awesome Workers

Comeback Back At Ya

| Atlanta, GA, USA | Awesome Workers, Bosses & Owners

(My manager and I are having a disagreement on how to cook popcorn. He claims that if we prepared it the way I did, it would come out burnt. After some debate, we try both ways. We examine the batch after my method.)

Me: “It looks fine to me.”

Manager: “YOU look fine to me!”

Me: “Oh, well, thank you.”

Manager: “Wait… d*** it!”

While The Cat’s Away, The Mice Get Seated Anyway

| NY, USA | Awesome Workers, Bosses & Owners, Employees

(I go to a restaurant every Friday that has good fish. The owner is almost always there and very particular about seating parties when everyone is there. People have had to wait 30-40 minutes because not everyone in their party is there. The last time I go I overhear this:)

Hostess: “[Name], I can seat you now.”

Member Of Party: “But we’re not all here.”

Hostess: “Neither is the owner.”

(I started laughing and some of the people waiting for the tables didn’t get why it was so funny.)

Cake Is Promotion

| St Paul, MN, USA | Awesome Workers, Food & Drink

(While I love my job, it is very stressful and I couldn’t imagine being a manager or the theatre rep. My manager often threatens to promote me in a joking manner, which always gets a few laughs.)

Manager: “I don’t know what I want. Either coffee or food.”

Coworker: “Go for the caffeine, man.”

Manager: “Yeah, but I’m really hungry and only have time to grab one. So it’s either coffee or food. Maybe cake.”

Me: “Why not a—” *pauses for effect* “—coffee cake?”

Manager: *through laughter* “That’s IT! Promote her!”

Scored Politeness Points

| Germany | At The Checkout, Awesome Workers, Food & Drink

(While shopping for groceries, I notice an advertisement at the corner of an aisle, saying ‘Buy four Coffee Product, get a free cloth bag!’ Since I like to use cloth bags for my groceries and mine recently tore, I decide to take advantage of the offer. The store also has a promotion going on where you receive ‘loyalty points’ – actually little stickers – for every 5€ spent. Once you have collected 25 points, you can turn them in for one of several rewards. I have just gotten in line when another cashier calls me over. Her till is a bit hidden by a shelf, so I don’t notice her at first.)

Me: “Oh, hey! Sorry for overlooking you. You were quite well hidden there.”

Cashier: “Of course, I was actively hiding after all.” *laughs* “Just kidding.”

Me: *also laughing* “Don’t worry, I’ll be good.”

(She scans my groceries and tells me the final price. I notice there’s no mention of a bag and cautiously inquire:)

Me: “Can I ask a question? I saw an advertisement in the store that one gets a free bag with the purchase of four [Coffee Product]. Is that offer still good?”

Cashier: “Oh, dear, wait a moment.” *she checks under her till, then turns to her neighbouring cashier* “Do you still have any bags left from the [Coffee Product] promotion?”

Other Cashier: “No, sorry. I ran out, too.”

(They ask the third cashier currently working, but it turns out the whole store has been out of those bags for at least one day. I must have looked crestfallen, since the cashier apologises several times. While I’m really a bit sad about missing out on the bags, and likely wouldn’t have bought that much [Coffee Product] otherwise, I see no use in complaining about something that wasn’t her fault.)

Me: “Ah, don’t worry. it’s okay! At least I don’t have to buy coffee again until next year.”

Cashier: “I’m still sorry about this. The store manager should really have taken down the sign.”

(She makes a call for the manager, then hands me about twenty loyalty points, the equivalent of a 100€ purchase.)

Cashier: “Here’s a little something to make up for it.”

(I thanked her sincerely and bagged my groceries. With those points I’ll soon be able to get a cake-pan my significant other has been eyeing, right in time for Christmas!)

Pretty In Miniature Pink

| IL, USA | Awesome Workers, Bosses & Owners

(My boss and I are great friends, and often get off topic in our meetings.)

Boss: “Ah! Hang on; let me see your purse! It’s so cute! That’s new, isn’t it?”

Me: “Not really, I just like to rotate my bags.”

Boss: “Is that a [Brand]?”

Me: “It is!”

Boss: “OH! I love those! I’ve always wanted one in pink!”

(Fast forward a week. I am up near Chicago for the weekend when I come across a [Brand] store. As soon as I walk in, I notice a display of cute keychains, and front and center is a perfect mini version of my bag in PINK. I remember the conversation I had with my boss and burst into laughter.)

Employee: “Uh… can I help you with something?”

Me: *in between giggles* “You probably think I’m nuts right now, but here’s why this is funny.”

(I relay the conversation to the employee, and indicate that I plan to buy the mini purse keychain.)

Employee: “I love it! You know what would make it even better? If we wrap it up like a full-size bag!”

Me: “That would be fantastic!”

(She rings me up, finds a small box, ribbon, and tissue paper, and wraps the keychain just like a full-size purse for no extra charge. I head back to work the following Monday, walk into my boss’ office, and place the box on her desk.)

Boss: “Good morning, [My Name]. How was Chicago…? Hold on, what is this? *recognizes [Brand]’s logo* “WHAT DID YOU DO?!”

Me: *smirking* “Just open it!”

(She opens the box and shrieks with laughter when she sees the keychain.)

Boss: “Oh, my goodness! That is incredible! It looks just like your bag, but tiny!! And it’s in the very shade of pink I like most! I’m going to put it on my keys RIGHT NOW. Thank you SO MUCH!! You know you didn’t have to do this, right?”

Me: “Once I walked in and saw the display, there was really no turning back… I couldn’t help myself!”

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