Category: Coworkers


Tea-tering On Falling Asleep

| Fort Wayne, IN, USA | Coworkers, Crazy Requests, Time

(It is one am after my day off. I am finally admitting I’m tired and have relocated to my bed to read just a little bit more before I pass out. Suddenly my phone rings, and it’s my work. I answer expecting it to be some sort of emergency. I am the associate manager.)

Coworker: “I have a customer who just bought a can of [Tea], but it wasn’t until they opened it and took a drink out of it that they realized it was the wrong flavor. Can we trade it out?”

Me: *not quite believing I am called at one am for THIS* “No.”

Coworker: “Well, I thought I’d ask before saying no.”

Me: “If it was unopened, or something wrong with the product, yes, but not just if the customer wasn’t paying attention and messed up.”

Coworker: “Oh.”

Me: “Also, this is NOT something to make a one am phone call about. I was going to sleep.”

Coworker: “Oh. Well—”

Me: “Goodnight.”

(This wasn’t the first time he had called during third shift about such things, but not on things that would make his cash over or short be more than the allowed amount. I think he panicked when a customer complained about things and he didn’t give them their way, so he called me to relay the message to the customer instead of standing his ground. Grow a backbone! And if you wouldn’t call the manager about it at one am, don’t call me either!)


Their Management Style Is A Hit

| Seattle, WA, USA | Bizarre/Silly, Coworkers

(I just started my shift, and my manager is telling me my tasks for the day.)

Manager: “When you’re done with that, I need you to hit, uh…”

Coworker: “Hey, no hitting!”

Manager: “All the hitting. I hit everything.” *to me* “I need you to hit the picture frame aisle.”

Coworker: “Especially no hitting that aisle. There’s glass.”

(Later, when straightening up the picture frame aisle, I give myself a small cut on my hand. On my way to get a bandage, I run into the same coworker.)

Me: “Remember when you told me not to hit the picture frame aisle?”

Coworker: “You didn’t listen, did you? I told you. Now you have blood on your hands.”


Pin The Tail On The Culprit

| Phoenix, AZ, USA | Bad Behavior, Coworkers, Lazy/Unhelpful, Liars/Scammers

(We have several new coworkers, one of whom is working this shift. Coworker #1 is currently working and is known for being ‘too nice’ even when people are taking advantage of her. Coworker #2 is notoriously lazy, rude, and is very close to being fired. During a slow period, the following conversation happens.)

Coworker #1: “You know, this is one of the better jobs that I’ve had! I don’t think I have a problem with ANYONE here! Everyone works so hard!”

Me: “Really? Haven’t you worked with [Coworker #2]?”

Coworker #1: “Of course! He’s… well… not the nicest person in the world sometimes…”

Me: “Didn’t he take off last shift without filing any of his paperwork, and leaving you to do it?”

Coworker #1: “Well… yeaaahhh… but it’s not like it’s that much extra work!”

Me: “And didn’t he repeatedly call his cell phone last shift to look like he was on a call, but was just sitting there doing nothing?”

Coworker #1: “He did?!”

Me: “And he learned the trick of flicking the receiver to make it reset him to the back of the call queue so the calls roll and we ALL get docked on our call reviews?”

Coworker #1: “He’s not THAT bad!”

Me: *pointed look*

Coworker #1: “Okay, so he’s a bit of an Eeyore.”

Me: “Not so much an Eeyore as a jack-a**”