Category: Coworkers

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Not A-Custom-ed To That Explanation

| KS, USA | Bad Behavior, Coworkers

(This takes place at a potential job interview. Since this would be my first job if they hire me, I have asked for some clarification about what exactly the position is for. The woman I’m speaking with is very friendly explaining it, and then she says this gem.)

Female Employee: “What we specialize in is customer service. We serve the company to sell to their customers and to attempt to keep the customers happy so they’ll continue to be customers.”

Me: *thinking to myself* “So, why do they call it ‘customer’ service if the primary goal isn’t to serve the customer’s best interests?”

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This Just Isn’t Coworking Out

| Los Angeles, CA, USA | Coworkers, Lazy/Unhelpful

(I have been working a temp job at a place I am hoping might turn into a permanent job. I was hired with another woman and we get along quite well, except for the fact that every time we get a new assignment she says that she has no idea how to do that task. I have to show her how to do it, every time. Not just one or two examples, either; if she tries to go to her desk after a couple of examples she will ask me to show a couple more. This confuses me for quite a while before this remark:)

Coworker: “I was told that if I said I didn’t know how to do something they wouldn’t make me do it.”

Me: “…”

(The kicker was that when my coworker was finally let go she was really confused as to why.)

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Not A Magical Gathering

| Canada | Coworkers, Geeks Rule

(My Coworkers and I are incredibly nerdy: at least four of us are working on convention costumes between calls, someone has a tattoo in Elvish, and at least a couple of us are learning to speak it. We also often play Magic: The Gathering or read comics between calls. Five of us are chatting before a meeting…)

Coworker #1: “…which I think is probably pretty popular with a certain amount of World of Warcraft players, heh.”

Coworker #2: “Uh… World of Warcraft? What’s that?”

Coworker #1: “You’ve never heard of World of Warcraft?!”

Coworker #3: “It’s, like, a game or something…?”

Me: “It’s this big online role-playing game.” *Coworker #2 still looks blank* “You may have heard of it as ‘WoW’?”

Coworker #2: “What’s ‘WoW’?”

Me:World of Warcraft! Okay, so, like, you know Dungeons & Dragons, right? It’s kind of like—”

Coworker #2: “What’s Dungeons & Dragons?”

Me: “‘D&D’?! Now you’re messing with me. You don’t know— How can you work here and not know what ‘D&D’ is?!”

Coworker #1: “It’s like this really old board game, isn’t it?”

Coworker #4: “I thought it was a card game?”

Coworker #3: “No, that’s ‘Magic’.”

Me: “What… I just… ALL YOUR NERD CARDS ARE REVOKED! OH, MY GOD!”