Category: Bad Behavior

Getting A Raise With Minimum Effort

| GA, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Money

(My first job was as “kennel help” in a small vet clinic. I made minimum wage and did everything from cleaning dog poop to assisting with surgery. One day the vet called me into his office.)

Vet: “So you’ve been here for over a year and have done a good job. I’ve decided that you deserve a raise. How does [slightly higher than minimum wage] sound?”

Me: “Really? I get a raise? Cool!”

(I was thrilled to have earned a raise, even if it was only a small one. A few days later I was hanging out with a friend and proudly told them the good news.)

Friend: “So you’re still making minimum wage?”

Me: “No. I got a raise!”

Friend: “You do know they just raised the minimum wage, right?”

Me: “…”

(I checked, and it was true. The “raise” my boss had given me was actually a mandatory raising of the minimum wage.)

A Cancer On Your Productivity

| NJ, USA | Bad Behavior, Employees, Health & Body, Liars/Scammers

(This is my mother’s experience. She manages a branch of an advertising company and her job can be quite hectic, as she deals with some idiotic workers. This coworker has been ditching work, so my mom and the other managers decide to fire her.)

Mom: “Hey, where’s [Coworker]?”

HR: “Huh, I don’t know. Let me call her.”

(Later that day:)

HR: “Hey, I got in touch with [Coworker] and she says she’s going to be out for ten days because she was diagnosed with skin cancer today.”

Mom: “Oh!”

HR: “And she is starting treatment tomorrow.”

Mom: “…Oh.”

(My mom knows this is another trick because my dad once had skin cancer, and treatment definitely didn’t start the next day. And it pretty much never will for any type of cancer. Then, this happens the next day.)

Mom: “Where is [Coworker]? We need to fire her.

Other Manager: “She just called in sick. Apparently she has a fever.”

Mom: “I thought she had cancer? You know what forget it. Call HR. Get [two other managers] on, too. We’re going to fire her over the phone if we have to.”

(Long story short, They called. She was fired, broke down in “tears,” and threatened to sue. She actually had her lawyer contact the company’s, who gave her lawyer her time sheet and demanded proof of her “cancer.” Surprise, surprise, she backed down.)

Where You Have A Spit Of Opinion

| Canada | Bad Behavior, Coworkers, Family & Kids

(My coworker is a hard-working older woman with a thick European accent. She is the best worker here, and I look up to how quickly and efficiently she works everyday. She finishes serving a customer at the deli and comes to speak with me.)

Coworker: “I spit in her food.”

Me: “Sorry, did you say you spat in her food…?”

Coworker: *ranting* “Yes. Last week, I ask her if she can wait two minutes for me to finish packaging chicken. She say okay. I serve her, and she act all nice. Then, she go and yells at manager and say I was rude and terrible employee.” *she starts giggling* “So today, I spit in her food!”

Me: “[Coworker], you can’t do that! That’s against health and safety! What if she notices?”

Coworker: *frowning* “Good! She deserve it!” *happily goes to work on other things, leaving me standing in disbelief*

Under New Mismanagement, Part 6

| Australia | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners

(Our store just got a new head manager. I haven’t had the chance to meet him yet, but I got the impression he’s a bit rough and demanding. I finally get the opportunity to introduce myself.)

Me: *extending hand* “Hi, I haven’t had a chance to meet you yet. I’m [My Name].”

Manager: “What are you wasting time for? Get back to work!”

(Stunned, I stand frozen for a few seconds.)

Manager: “I don’t know what the previous manager was thinking, hiring all these idiot kids. Get back to work!”

(I finally find my voice.)

Me: “I’m sorry, sir, but I find that statement quite presumptuous and offensive.”

Manager: “Oh, really? Surprise me with something I don’t know.”

Me: “If you say so. For a start, I wasn’t hired by [Previous Manager]; you’re actually the fifth person who’s taken the store manager position since I was hired two years ago. Second, you may call me a ‘kid’ if you wish, but be aware that I’m actually twenty years old and many of the more mature team members often turn to me for advice. Third, I’d rather you talk to me and get to know me a little better before you form an opinion as to whether or not I’m an ‘idiot.'”

(As if on cue, a customer approached him and asked him a question that he was unable to answer. I intervened, took her straight to the item she needed, and showed her how to operate it. The manager left me alone after that.)

Related:
Under New Mismanagement, Part 5
Under New Mismanagement, Part 4
Under New Mismanagement, Part 3

Be Good To Your Daughters

| MO, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Family & Kids

New Manager: *shouting* “Don’t f****** tell me what to do, you f****** piece of s***! I’m the f****** manager, not you!” *stomps out the back door*

Me: “[Owner’s Daughter], does he know who you are?”

Owner’s Daughter: *texting mom* “I don’t think so, but he’s about to.”

(We never saw that manager again.)