Category: Coworkers

icon_music

Will Be In Your Head For A Long(stocking) Time

| Sweden | Coworkers, Movies & TV, Musical Mayhem

(As part of my evening shift, I clean the dining area, the student kitchen, the hallway, the stairs, the lobby, and the toilets. Due to our guests currently being middle school classes and making a huge mess, and me not being able to find a way to do the cleaning efficiently, I’ve often had to work overtime. My coworker and I are discussing this during dinner service. I have a tendency to get nostalgic things from my childhood on my brain, and I also have a tendency to get songs stuck in other people’s brains.)

Me: “I used the method you used when cleaning the guest rooms, the one where you just pour soapy water on the floor and sweep, and I actually managed to get cleaning done on time! Thanks for recommending it!”

Coworker: “Yeah, I saw [Other Coworker] do it when she was cleaning the dining area two weeks ago. You don’t have to dip the mop in the bucket, so you save a bunch of time. It’s like Pippi Longstocking, only you don’t have scrubbers on your feet.”

Me: “Yeah, that would get cleaning done even faster… Hey, so it’s your fault that I’ve had Pippi stuck in my head for the past four days!”

Coworker: “Heh, maybe.”

Me: “The intro song to the cartoon, specifically! Did you watch that as a kid?”

Coworker: “Of course I did! It was the s***.”

Me: *singing* “What shall I do today? What shall we do today? What shall I do today? What shall I do?”

Coworker: *laughs and goes into the kitchen*

(I continue to watch over the dining area for a while, handing out portions and keeping an eye on the drinks table, when my coworker comes back.)

Coworker: “D*** it! Now I have the song stuck in my head too!”

Me: *evil laugh*

icon_booksreading

How To Butcher Reading

| Miramichi, NB, Canada | Coworkers

(In high school I took an early childhood education class, and need an extra copy of the children’s book ‘The Cat In The Hat’ by Dr Seuss. I’ve found someone with a copy they’re willing to just give to me so I stop by their workplace to pick it up.)

Me: “Hi, I can’t remember her name but I’m picking up the book The Cat In The Hat from someone that works here.”

Worker #1: *to Worker #2* “Is that you? I know it’s not me.”

Worker #2: “Oh, that must be [Worker #3]. She’s the only one here who reads.”

icon_cellphonescallsiphoneandroid

Working To A Different Code

| UK | Coworkers, Technology

(We do tech support for mobile phones. A few months ago we received several emails about a particular model requiring an unlock code before the customer could use it, along with the set of unlock codes for them.)

Customer: “Hello, I rang up yesterday as my phone wasn’t working. The previous agent gave me a reference and said if I came to store I could now exchange it?”

Me: “I will just need to check the notes and make sure we have covered everything first. Can I take the reference please?”

Customer: “It is [number].”

Me: “Thanks. I’ll just have a read through the previous notes.”

(The notes from the previous colleague just state “PHONE DOES NOT WORK. Purchased this week. Referred to store.” That is it. Nothing about the fault, just that it isn’t working. I see that it is the model known for needing unlock codes.)

Me: “Okay, would you mind please just confirming what exactly is happening with the phone when you switch it on? Is it asking for a code?”

Customer: “Yes, that is exactly what I said when I called up before.”

Me: “Here is your code; you shouldn’t have any further issues. Sorry for the inconvenience.”

Customer: “Couldn’t the other person have given me that?”

Me: “I honestly don’t know.”