Category: Coworkers

Biblical Middle-Eastern Jews Should Be White

| San Antonio, TX, USA | Bigotry, Coworkers, Holidays

(I am working in a 50s themed restaurant. At the time this happens I am working with a woman who seems to think that since I am blonde and blue-eyed she is free to unload racist rants at me.)

Woman: “And that church had a black baby Jesus for the nativity set! Can you believe it? The nerve of them. How can they dare to suggest that Jesus was black? What about you? Don’t you think Jesus should always be white?”

Me: “I was always under the impression that Jesus was Jewish.”

(She shut up and left me alone after that.)

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Lo Money, Mo Problems

| UK | At The Checkout, Coworkers, Money

(This is my first job and I’m on the tills on my second day. It’s during the Christmas rush, so queues are very long. I’m in the middle of processing a transaction for my customer when the much more experienced cashier at the next till leans over to me.)

Cashier: “I’ve run out of change to give this customer. Give me some out of your till!”

(I look in my drawer, which is also dangerously low on small change, and filled with bigger notes. The phone is broken, so we can’t call a supervisor to refill them, and no one has come by to check on us for quite a while.)

Me: “Uh… won’t my till be short if I give you some?”

Cashier: “Just do it. We can sort it out when the line is lower!”

Me: “I just need to fin—”

My Customer: “No, no, NO! I am your customer, not HER!” *waves angrily at the other cashier’s customer* “YOU serve ME first, understand?! SHE can WAIT!”

(I quietly finished the rest of her transaction, and then gave my coworker the money she wanted for the other customer. We both ran out of smaller cash and had to close one of the tills while the other cashier looked for a supervisor to refill. Angry customers shouted at me for the lack of change, lack of open tills, etc. Then my supervisor came and shouted at me for giving the other cashier the money. Yay, retail.)

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Third Word Problems

| Detroit, MI, USA | Bosses & Owners, Coworkers, Holidays, Ignoring & Inattentive

(I have just given my boss the answer to a set of questions and she tells me to go find the answer to something I have already answered.)

Me: *complaining to coworker* “For Christmas, I want a boss that listens to more than one in every third word.”

Coworker: “You’re missing the upside to this. When talking, just throw in things that don’t belong like—” *sings ‘spider graph, spider graph’* “—and she’ll never notice.”

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Speaking Of The Christmas Party…

| Coworkers, Holidays

(We’re at the office Christmas party and Coworker #1 has had way too much to drink and is now shouting every few seconds. I’m chatting with Coworker #2.)

Me: “I think [Coworker #1] has reached his limit.”

(Coworker #2 glances over at Coworker #1.)

Coworker #1: “ROCK AND ROLL!”

Coworker #2: “Nope. He can still speak.”

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The Retail Hibernation Begins

| NY, USA | Bosses & Owners, Coworkers, Holidays

(It’s been an unusually warm December, and no snow on Christmas eve, and yet I hear this conversation at work:)

Coworker: “I’m going to go on my 15 minute break.”

Manager: “What, you’re going to make snow angels?”

Coworker: “Have you been outside recently?”

Manager: “I work retail; I haven’t been outside for two months.”