Category: Crazy Requests

Feeling Blue About The Roll Ups

| UK | Bizarre/Silly, Bosses & Owners, Crazy Requests

(This is an email sent by one of the directors:)

Email: “PLEASE:

If you use the blue roll up in the toilets, CHANGE IT.

The key is next to the holder, and the blue roll is in the kitchen cupboard. If you don’t know how, ASK.

Whilst it is a mildly interesting diversion from my normal duties, I have no wish to hold the blue roll changing record at [Company], even though it seems that I do, because a number of people seem incapable of changing it. We are not big enough to have a person changing our blue roll every day, so please have some ‘ownership’ for your actions.

See this wonderful website if you are unsure of our values at [Company]:

( [Company website] ).

I look forward to approaching the blue roll holder with soaking wet hands and drying them without finding an empty dispenser that causes me distress.

Enjoy the rest of your Friday – Thank you!”

Rest In Peace From Telemarketers

| Virginia Beach, VA, USA | Crazy Requests, Employees, Family & Kids, Popular, Trending

(My mother passed away when I was 15 and was buried in a cemetery not too far from where I live. Four years later the phone rings and the caller ID shows the name of the cemetery. After a moment’s hesitation I answer.)

Salesman: “Hi this is [Name] with [Cemetery]. We’re calling today about pre-purchasing a final resting place. Is Mr. [My Father] there?”

Me: “No, he’s at work.”

Salesman: “Well, how about Mrs. [My Mother]?”

Me: “Let me see. This is [Cemetery] on [Street], right?”

Salesman: “Yes…”

Me: “Yeah, Mrs. [My Mother] is there!”

(You’ve never heard someone start trying to stutter out an apology so fast. I finally let him off the hook after a couple minutes.)

Credit Them With That Stupid Idea

| CA, USA | Crazy Requests, Employees, Money

(My friend has ordered a phone. The store has told her it would be ready for her, and when she gets there they had already sold it.)

Cashier: “You could always just order another one online and wait for a refund for this one.”

Customer: “I don’t exactly have $600 sitting around just waiting to be spent on anything I want.”

Cashier: “Why not?”

Found Your Calling Quite Late

| Athens, GA, USA | Bosses & Owners, Crazy Requests, Time

(At the store where I work the schedule for Sunday through Saturday is posted in the break room, behind the customer service desk, and to a website all employees can access on the Friday prior to that week. All three schedules say that I am supposed to come in at three on Saturday, and say so for the entire week with no changes. When I show up at three on Saturday, my manager calls me over.)

Manager: “[My Name], why are you coming in so late?”

Me: “Umm, I’m not late. I was supposed to be here at three.”

Manager: “Well, our schedule for today says you were supposed to be here at 10:45. Why didn’t you call and say you were going to be late?”

Me: “Because all the schedules I saw said I was working at 3, and no one told me of any changes.”

Manager: “Well, yes, there weren’t any changes that I know of, but our schedule said 10:45, and it’s your responsibility to call us and tell us if you’re going to be late.”

Me: “But I’m not late!”

Manager: “You still should have called.”

Locked Into Your Pointless Tasks

| Paris, France | Coworkers, Crazy Requests

(One of my tasks consists in ordering stuff in the file room. To enter the file room, I have to cross either Coworker #1 and #2’s room, or Coworker #3 and #4’s room. I’m a very quiet person and I have some social phobias. When I have finished filing I realise I have been locked in. Later, a cleaner is able to help me leave and I go minding my other business. Later, my coworkers are back.)

Me: “Hello. May I have a word?”

Coworker #1: “Sure.”

Me: “One hour ago, I was ordering stuff in the files room and I found the doors locked when I tried to leave.”

(At this point I expect them to say something but they don’t so I try to use my sense of humor to lighten up the mood.)

Me: “I don’t mind too much, actually. It was sort of funny, like being in an old black and white movie, but maybe we should choose a code or something so it won’t happen again.”

Coworker #2: “You’re too silent. That why we forgot about you.”

Coworker #1: “Sorry. We went to have a coffee with [Coworker #3] and [Coworker #4], for once. We didn’t mean to lock you inside.”

Me: “No problem.”

(Then I go to see Coworker #3 and Coworker #4.)

Me: “One hour ago, I was ordering stuff in the files room and I found the doors locked when…”

Coworker #3: “We locked you in?!”

Me: “Yes.”

Coworker #4: “Oh, we’re sorry!”

Coworker #3: “We’re really sorry!”

Me: “No problem, it happens to everyone.”

(Notice that Coworker #2 is the only one who didn’t say she was sorry. The day after, I enter the file room and Coworker #2 gestures at me.)

Coworker #2: “[My Name], I don’t want you to spend too much time in the files room.”

Me: “But I have documents to put into the files!”

Coworker #2: “Take the files you need into your room!”

Me: “Uh? It will make a lot of coming and going!”

Coworker #2: “You don’t have to do everything at once. Take your time!”

(So now my work with the files takes twice more time than before because my coworker doesn’t want to admit that she feels guilty about locking me in the files room!)

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