Category: Coworkers


When They Expect You To Hold The Presses

| Dublin, Ireland | Coworkers, Ignoring & Inattentive

(I’m an administration assistant in an accountancy firm, and part of my job involves dropping various deliveries to people as they arrive throughout the day. Many people, especially higher-ups, seem to have no idea what my day-to-day actually involves, so I’m frequently brought queries about things that I’m not responsible for delivering, like newspapers. This one starts with an e-mail.)

PA: “[My Name], we didn’t get a [Newspaper] for [Ill-tempered Partner]. Can we source a spare or send someone out to get one?

(I head to said partner’s department, and see him in his office reading a different newspaper, which he also gets on a daily basis. It’s just about lunchtime, so I wait for him to storm off, which he does with a demand for his ‘missing’ paper. I’m five seconds in his office.)

Me: *to PA* “Found it.”

PA: “Where?”

Me: “Underneath the one he was reading.”

(Later that day, I get an email from one of our accountants in another office, asking about a file that was sent in to another partner and seems to have not arrived. The email thread before I am included holds his comment that he never got it. While I wait for him to leave his desk – it’s just about finishing time – I cover my bases by visiting everyone who got a delivery around the same time, to check if I left it with theirs by accident. Two trainees are also searching the whole floor. When I come back, the partner is gone. Two minutes later I call the accountant who emailed me.)

Me: “I found that file.”

Accountant: “Where was it?”

Me: “Underneath a bunch of others at the corner of his desk.”

(Naturally, no apologies were offered, at least not by the partners whose items ‘I’ had lost.)


Left Out Of The Leftover Explanation

| MA, USA | Bosses & Owners, Coworkers, Family & Kids

(I had just been hired to work at a historical site as an educator and I was just starting to meet my coworkers when the following moment happened.)

Boss: “Welcome to [Historic Site]! Let me introduce you to [Young, Male Coworker].”

Me: “Hi! Great to meet you!”

(Male coworker and I greet each other and continue with our opening procedures.)

Boss: *to Young, Male Coworker* “By the way, I brought you leftovers for lunch but if you don’t want them you can just GET YOUR OWN LUNCH!”

(I am very confused; her tone fell somewhere between playful and angry. I don’t say anything but my boss noticed my confused facial expression.)

Boss: “Oh! [Young, Male Coworker] is my son!”

Me: “Oh! Everything makes sense now!”

Boss: “Yes. I’m afraid I don’t bring leftovers for all of my coworkers.”

(My boss and her son are great!)


Floored By Their Stupidity

| UT, USA | Coworkers, Extra Stupid

(I’m sitting in the lobby of my building, waiting for a ride. Two females walk to the elevator and the door opens.)

Coworker #1: “Why isn’t it going?”

Coworker #2: “Press the button for the floor.”

Coworker #1: “Which one?”

Coworker #2: *panicking* “I don’t knoooooow!”

(The door closes. Maybe they figured out that there are only so many options for a two-floor building.)


Preparing Meals That Are Works Of Art

| Wales, UK | Bizarre/Silly, Coworkers, Pets & Animals

(I and two other keepers are in our keeper kitchen preparing feeds ready to go, and get started on our morning routines. I’m chopping some vegetables quickly and a piece of cabbage falls on the floor. Keeper #1 walks passed me.)

Keeper #1: “There’s cabbage on the floor.”

Keeper #2: “A poem, by [Keeper #1].”

(At this point, we all start laughing. Keeper #1 is laughing so hard that she’s just standing there in tears, unable to do anything except hold a pot of mealworms she’d made up earlier. After a few minutes we manage to stop, but Keeper #1 is still laughing.)

Me: “I think this is still part of the poem.”

Keeper #2: “It’s performance art. I don’t know what the mealworms are meant to represent though.”

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