Category: Bosses & Owners

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Supervision Derision

| USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners

(I do deliveries for a florist. I just got hired. The supervisor is a young guy that looks like he’s in his twenties and has a bad attitude. I just have shown up to work.)

Supervisor: “Why are you just standing around? Did you clock in?”

Me: “I don’t know how to do that.”

Supervisor: “What? Didn’t you get an email from [Florist]?!”

Me: “I didn’t get an email.”

(At this point, I’m getting miffed, because by his tone he seems to think it is my fault.)

Supervisor: “Well, don’t you wanna get PAID?!”

Me: “That would be nice, yes.”

Supervisor: *now agitated* “Call [Boss]! Call him right now! Tell him to send you an email!” *storms away*

(I pulled out my cell phone, and called him. He sent it and everything was okay. Later, the supervisor angrily fired me because ‘they over-hired,’ but I somehow think otherwise…)

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The Key To The Problem Is Not The Key

| UK | Bosses & Owners, Transportation

(I do vehicle maintenance admin for a regional ambulance service. This is both emergency and patient transport. I get a call from a PT team leader based at a small station.)

Team Leader: “Hi, we’re missing the keys for [vehicle number]. Do you know if it was cleaned last night?”

Me: *checks* “No, it looks like the cleaners haven’t been to [Station] yet this week.”

Team Leader: “Oh. I’ll just go check with the crew.” *talks to ambulance crew and returns* “They say that they gave the keys to the cleaners, and the last time they saw it, it was being cleaned in the garage. The cleaners must have taken them and we need them back right now.”

Me: *knowing where this will lead* “Okay, well, the cleaners work night shifts, so they won’t be at work right now. I can ask their supervisor to get in touch with them at home, though.”

(This is deemed a necessity, since we can’t have working ambulances off the road. I call the supervisor and explain. Ten minutes later, the team leader calls back again.)

Team Leader: “We can’t actually find the vehicle either. We’re worried the cleaners might have taken it, since they have the keys. It’s needed urgently on the road and we’re already low on vehicles today. Our response level will be affected because of this.”

(I then relay the information to the supervisor. They call me back an hour later, since the cleaners didn’t pick up at first. I get in touch with Team Leader.)

Me: “Our supervisor has been in touch with the cleaners, but they haven’t been to that station last night–”

Team Leader: “Oh, I was meaning to call you back. We found the vehicle. It was actually outside in the car park and, uh… one of the crew had the keys in his pocket. Sorry about that.”

(That station was tiny! It had FIVE vehicles allocated to it! How could they not notice one outside? And why did they never ask crews to check themselves for keys before automatically assuming that cleaners took them? Those kind of issues happened so often that we raised it with management. But crews are the life-savers, so it didn’t matter how they behave.)

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A Thrill In The Drive-Thru

| OH, USA | Awesome Workers, Bosses & Owners

(One of the managers at my workplace has gotten to know my little brother, who is in the high school marching band. Every now and then, she’ll ask me about the type of show the band does at the football game.)

Me: “This week, they did a Thriller show. The drum major’s mom knows [Local Costume Store Owner], so [Local Costume Store Owner] rented a hearse, which brought the drum major onto the field.”

Manager: “That’s so cool!”

Me: “They even wore zombie makeup. Mom and Dad didn’t recognize [Brother].”

(At that time, my parents come through the drive-thru, with my brother in the car. When they pull up to the window after paying, my manager grabs the bag of food.)

Manager: “Show me the Thriller pics!”

(My manager stopped the drive-thru workers so we could all watch the video of the marching band’s half-time show.)

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They’ll Be (Per)Fuming

| Duluth, MN, USA | Bosses & Owners, Pranks

(There is a rumor that our stockroom is haunted. According to legend, the stockroom smells strongly of perfume right before the “ghost” shows up. My department happens to have its own, very small stockroom that is hardly used.)

Me: “Hey?”

Coworker: “Yes?”

Me: “Can you help me move a shelf in my stockroom?”

Coworker: “Sure!”

Me: *in the stockroom* “Gee, doesn’t it smell strongly of perfume in here?”

(There happens to be two shelves of perfume, RIGHT NEXT TO HER.)

Coworker: “Oh, GOSH, it’s the ghost!” *runs out*

(I do this again several times to other coworkers. Some are scared, some amused. Word spreads through the store that the ghost ALWAYS turns up in my stockroom. Nobody thinks to notice the perfume. Finally, two managers take notice that the other workers refuse to help me in my stockroom.)

Manager #1: *who is a skeptic* “What is this about your stockroom being scary?”

Manager #2: “Is it the ghost?”

Me: “I don’t know; want to see?”

(We all enter the stockroom.)

Me: “Doesn’t it smell strongly of perfume in here?”

Manager #2: “Oh! The ghost!”

Manager #1: “There’s a whole bunch of perfume back here. Are people actually falling for this?”

Me: *dying of laughter*

Manager #2: “YOU…! YOU!”

(She ACTUALLY hit me several times with her clipboard before stomping out of my stockroom.)

Manager #1: “Sooo… If you agree to stop this prank, and not sue for hitting you, I might decide to not write you up.”

Me: “You want to write me up for asking people if it smells like perfume in a stockroom with perfume in plain sight?”

Manager #1: “Good point. What if I promise not to tell all those people you were fooling them? Would you promise to stop? Because I’m pretty sure an angry mob would want payback.”

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Contracted To Death

| WA, USA | Bosses & Owners, Health & Body

(Due to being shorthanded, our assistant manager is helping us night stockers “face” the store.)

Assistant Manager: *cough*

Me: “Don’t die on us.”

Assistant Manager: “Well, if I did at least I’d get some time off of work for once.”

Me: “SOME time?”

Assistant Manager: “I’m sure [Company] would find a way to reanimate me.”

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