Category: Coworkers

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Being A Complete Assperger

| ID, USA | Coworkers, Health & Body

(I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome/Autistic Spectrum Disorder in high school, and while I’m pretty accepting of the condition, I’m also pretty choosy about who I tell about having it. I finally feel trusting enough of a particular coworker that I tell her about my ASD. A few days after a particularly frustrating day at work, she approaches me.)

Coworker: “Hey, remember that lady who was giving you such a hard time?”

(Said lady was a patron who chewed me out for trying to enforce the “you need to pay your library fines before using a computer” rule. I tried to handle the situation as gracefully as I could before going into the back room to cry, as I don’t handle confrontation well.)

Me: “Yeah, I remember her. Is she back?”

Coworker: “I just wanted to tell you that I got her to back off by telling her you had Asperger’s.”

Me: “Why…?”

Coworker: “I didn’t know what else to do to get her to calm down. I thought it might help her understand why you acted the way you did.”

Me: “Excuse me? I did nothing wrong. I was trying to enforce the library rules and she got angry. Why did my behavior need explaining?”

Coworker: “Well, it worked; she calmed down. But I just thought you should know I told her.”

Me: “…”

(Long story short, I told my boss and she had words with said coworker. She didn’t last much longer after that. Needless to say I’m much more careful about who I tell about my autism.)

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Not Even Remotely Competent

| LA, USA | Coworkers, Extra Stupid, Technology

(My coworker isn’t getting an Internet connection on her computer after a power surge. I’m no full service technician, but I know some fixes. I check it out and say that the network card is more than likely broken and needs to be replaced. But regardless, the Internet is out for her computer. She calls our regular tech support computer guy who comes to visit the office.)

Tech Support Guy: *on the phone* “Okay, I’ll do a remote connection over the Internet to see what’s wrong with your computer.”

(I and three other people all face-palmed in unison.)

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Nametag! You’re It!

| Gainesville, FL, USA | Coworkers, Ignoring & Inattentive

(My name is not uncommon, but it is very similar to a name that is much more common. At my job, I generally work evenings, and have little overlap with the morning shift.)

Morning Coworker: “Hey, [Name Similar To Mine], do we have any of this in the back?”

Me: “I’m not sure, but I’ll go look.”

(While in the back I run into my manager.)

Me: “I think [Coworker] thinks my name is [Name Similar To Mine]. I’m not going to correct her.”

Manager: “Really? Why not?”

Me: “I wear a giant nametag every day.”

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Bad Things Also Come In Small Packages

| Baton Rouge, LA, USA | Coworkers

(Coworker #1 gets a package.)

Coworker #2: “Whatcha got there, buddy?”

Coworker #1: *without missing a beat* “A headache and a bad attitude.”

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Take It As Read

| New Zealand | Coworkers, Extra Stupid, Technology

(My colleague comes in with a late, very complicated ad brief when we’re well over deadline and very stressed.)

Colleague: *magnanimously* “But don’t worry, I’ll type up the copy for you.”

(A little later, I finish up what I’m doing and am ready to start on the late one.)

Me: “[Colleague], where did you save the copy for that ad?”

Colleague: “I didn’t save it. I just typed it.”

Me: “Why would you type it up but not save it?”

Colleague: “Well, I printed it out. So now you have an easy to read copy.”