Category: Crazy Requests

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Brains Are Not An Ingredient

| NY, USA | Coworkers, Crazy Requests, Food & Drink

Coworker: “Man, I’m so hungry.”

Me: “Do you want to try one of my peanut butter and jelly bars? I made them at home from scratch.”

Coworker: “Hmm… what’s in it?”

Me: “Peanut butter and jelly.”

Coworker: “But what’s IN it?”

Me: “It’s basically a peanut butter crumble with a layer of jelly in the middle.”

Coworker: “What’s INNN it though?”

Me: “Peanut butter. Jelly. Flour. Sugar. Eggs. Butter. I really don’t know what else to tell you.”

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Crazier Than Anything You Get On TV

| USA | Bosses & Owners, Crazy Requests

(I have been hired as a cleaner in a gym. Even though I’m only part time on minimum wage, the work is backbreaking. I don’t mind the wage or the work, but I do mind the boss being a control freak. I sometimes look at the TVs while I’m polishing the mirrors, and he can’t stand it.)

Boss: “I’m watching you. Don’t watch TV. You’re not being paid for that! I’m watching you. I pay you to clean and nothing else! I’m watching you.”

Me: *creeped out*

(Please note this gym is new and sparkling clean, with no dust or grime anywhere. If it were dirty, I’d understand his anger, but it’s clean so I’m a bit miffed. I go to dust the equipment, and am facing the TV but looking down at my work.)

Boss: *swoops* “I saw THAT! Stop watching TV!”

Me: “I only glanced at it.”

Boss: “You were watching. I saw you.”

(Fed up by his craziness, I walked out and never returned. He’s still looking for another cleaner, and I pity whomever he hires next.)

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The Bad Value Of Loyalty

| Nottingham, England, UK | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Crazy Requests, Criminal/Illegal

(I work in a major entertainment retail chain that have a purchasable loyalty card which we all feel is poor value, but we’re supposed to “upsell” to every customer. This happens in my end of year review.)

Manager: “Your numbers on the [Store] card are too low.”

Me: “That’s because it’s a rip off. A DVD costs £10, the card adds another 30% onto their total, and people don’t want to pay that.”

Manager: “Then why does [Colleague] get the numbers?”

Me: “Because he aggressively oversells the card to people who don’t really understand what they’re signing up for.”

Manager: “Well, why don’t you do that?”

Me: “You want me to lie to vulnerable people to sell it?”

Manager: “If you don’t want to we can find someone that does.”

(The business went into administration not long after. I left for a different job but after restructuring my old manager was demoted to sales assistant.)

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