Category: Bad Behavior


Lost And Found In Translation

| Pasadena, CA, USA | Bad Behavior, Employees

(My daughter has forgotten her purse, and gone back inside to retrieve it.)

Daughter: *to greeter* “I forgot my purse at that table. Did someone find it and turn it in?”

Greeter: *with obvious glee in his voice* “Oh, boy! You f***** up!”

(The waitress from our table smacks him across the back of his head, and starts cursing him out in Spanish, opens the drawer at the check-in desk, pulls out my daughter’s purse and hands it to her, while still cussing out the greeter.)

Daughter: “Thank you…?”


Making Certain Allowances For Age

, | CA, USA | Bad Behavior, Employees

(I’m at a restaurant with my mother picking up a to-go order, when I reach for my wallet to pay.)

Waiter: *turns to my mom* “Is she paying with her allowance?”

Me: “No— I… How old are you?”

Waiter: *offended* “I’m thirty-four.”

Mom: “How old does she look?”

Waiter: “Older than sixteen.”

Me: “I’m twenty four.”

(He apologized profusely. And said one day I’d appreciate looking so young. This happens all the time.)


Girl De-Power

| UK | Bad Behavior, Coworkers

(I’m a female administrative assistant in an open plan office, for a big company. Coworker #1, who is female, is a very high-up manager, and is waiting to go into a meeting while she chats to Coworker #2, also female, and a mid-level manager. Both are in their 30s, and very fashionable looking.)

Coworker #1: “I’ve got a [Project] meeting with the board of directors. I hate these things. It’s such a sausage party! Have we ever had a female director yet?”

Coworker #2: “Probably not. It’s such a boys’ club. Letting a woman in would shake up their way of thinking too much.”

Coworker #1: “If we all worked together, I bet we could pressure them into making the board a little more diverse. Girl power, and all that! Maybe I could be on the board. I’m already working on [Important Project].”

Coworker #2: “Hmm… I forgot, isn’t [Coworker #3] kind of on the board?”

(Note: Coworker #3 is another high-level manager, filling in temporarily on the board because of an ongoing vacancy. She’s in her 50s-60s, a large woman, and a frumpy dresser.)

Coworker #1: “[Coworker #3]? Ha, she barely counts as female, does she?!”

Coworker #2: “That’s true. Have you seen her?! She’s probably more of a man than the rest of the board combined.”

(They started laughing about it and made other nasty comments about her appearance. Yeah, nice to see that ‘girl power’ at work, ladies. Several months later, Coworker #3 officially became a board member. Too bad I didn’t get to see those two jerks’ reaction to the news.)


Totally Copping Out On That Sandwich

, | Castle Rock, CO, USA | At The Checkout, Bad Behavior, Food & Drink

(I am with my friend going through the drive-thru of a popular fast food chain when they mess up part of the order. I go back inside to correct it when the following happens. Note: several police officers are inside, waiting for their food.)

Me: “Hi! I just came through the drive-thru and noticed that we’re short a sandwich. Here’s the receipt.”

Cashier: *rudely* “All the food you ordered is in the bag. Have a nice day.”

Me: “But it’s not. We ordered four [Popular Sandwich], but only three are in there.”

Cashier: “You think I’m stupid? You’re just trying to get free food!”

Me: “Ma’am?”

Cashier: *snappy* “What?”

Me: “Do you really believe I’d be dumb enough to try and steal from you with three police officers standing behind me?”

Cashier: *stuttering* “I…  But… Okay, fine.”

(I got the missing sandwich, but needless to say, I’ve yet to go back to that particular location. One of the officers even high-fived me!)


How To Win The War Against Telemarketers, Part 23

, | CA, USA | Bad Behavior, Employees

(I have been called by a telemarketer to answer a survey about my hometown. They promised it would only take a few minutes so I agreed, like an idiot. After thirty minutes of answering questions about every bill my local politicians have voted on, how I feel about them and how they’ve impacted the community, I’m beginning to get frustrated so I end the call.)

Me: “Thank you, but I really must go now. Have a good day.”

Telemarketer: “I’m sorry, but once the survey is started it must be finished. We’ve only got a few more questions to do.”

Me: “Thank you and good bye.”

(I hang up. Immediately the phone begins to ring again from the same number.)

Me: “God d*** it! I’m just letting it ring this time.”

(I do but the telemarketer keeps calling back. Finally…)

Housemate: “Why is your phone ringing off the hook?”

Me: “It’s a telemarketer. They won’t go away and won’t take me off their list.”

Housemate: “Let me handle them.”

(The next time my phone rings, I put it on speaker and my housemate talks.)

Telemarketer: “Hello. We seem to have lost connection back there. Let’s just finish up here.”

Housemate: “Wait, I have a few questions for you. I’m running my own survey.”

Telemarketer: “No, I’m running the survey. I ask the questions.”

Housemate: “No, I am. I figured you wouldn’t mind since you seem so set on wasting my time.”

Telemarketer: *hangs up*

(They never called back.)

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