Category: Criminal/Illegal

A Test Question

| Norway | Norway | Criminal/Illegal, Health & Body, Job Seekers

(Though I originally applied for a job in tech support, I am given an interview in the sales division. It’s not what I’d hoped for, but I need the money. Note: I am straight edge, meaning I do not drink, smoke, or use drugs.)

Interviewer: “What kind of music do you listen to?”

Me: “Uh… I listen to anything, really, but I lean towards classical music, musicals, or stuff like [Band].”

Interviewer: “[Band]? I’ve never heard of them.”

Me: “Most Norwegians haven’t. They’re US-based, and better known there.”

Interviewer: “I ask because I want to know if you’ll be a good fit with the rest of the team. We listen to a lot of music. Mostly techno and similar genres. Would you object to that?”

Me: “Not really. I listen to a variety of music.”

Interviewer: “Good. Next question, do you use drugs?”

Me: *taken by surprise by the question* “What?! No!”

Interviewer: “Oh, it’s no problem if you do. We just need to know, so we can tell you when there’s drug tests.”

(I’m not really sure what their reasoning with that was, and I had self control enough not to point out it defeated the point of drug tests.)

Suddenly Subscribes To Your Way Of Thinking

| Toronto, ON, Canada | Criminal/Illegal, Employees, Technology

(Canada has recently come out with anti-spam laws – one such law is that companies sending out promotional e-mails must have an unsubscribe option that works. I keep getting 2-3 promotional e-mails a week after hitting unsubscribe for the past two months. Fed up, I go on their online chat feature to get an agent to remove my e-mail.)

Agent: “Hi, my name is [Agent]. What can I do for you today?”

Me: “Hi, I keep getting multiple promotional e-mails a week even after hitting unsubscribe for the past two months. Can you please have a look at this and have my e-mail removed?”

Agent: “You should first try hitting the unsubscribe button at the bottom of these e-mails. If they don’t stop, please contact us! Is there anything else I can do for you today?”

Me: “…Yes, I just stated that I have been trying to unsubscribe for the past two months already. Can you please look into this?”

Agent: “Hold on one moment.”

(Five minutes pass.)

Agent: “Unfortunately, after looking into the issue there isn’t anything we can do outside of hitting the unsubscribe button after getting these e-mails. Is there anything else I can do for you today?”

Me: “I have already stated that I have been hitting unsubscribe. I don’t know if you’re aware, but sending multiple promotional e-mails after the receiver has already unsubscribed, and/or having a faulty unsubscribe button is illegal and goes against Canada’s Anti-Spam Laws. Please forward me to a supervisor to get this fixed as this is against the law.”

Agent: “Please hold.”

(One minute passes.)

Agent: “We have created a technical incident for you and will let you know as soon as it’s been resolved.”

(Turns out it WAS a technical issue with their unsubscribe button. I guess if you remind people that what they’re doing is against the law, you see results!)

A Real Slim Shady

| CA, USA | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Criminal/Illegal

(The owner at my former place of work does a lot of shady things. Long story short, I called him out after being personally injured by one of his ‘tactics,’ and now he’s treating all of his employees with extreme “caution,” or what we would call intimidation. This was retold to me by a manager there.)

Owner: “[Manager], I need you to sign this contract. It says you’re responsible for 50% of costs if anything in the store stops working. It also says here that if you quit or I fire you, you cannot work for any competition in town for the next five years. If you don’t sign this contract right now in front of me, you’re fired.”

Only Gets Mean For Caffeine

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

(Our office is used by the night shift to print documents. Unfortunately, some have taken to eating their lunch in there and generally mistreating the space.)

Me: “I’m not happy about the office on nights.”

Boss: “What, why?”

Me: “Not only are they leaving half eaten food around but things are going missing.”

(Already I can tell that he isn’t listening, His office has a locked door joining ours.)

Boss: “Hmm, what’s been going missing?”

Me: “Sometimes just pens and safety glasses, but often it’s food and money.”

Boss: “Well, you shouldn’t leave money on the table.”

Me: “Yes, but people do occasionally forget. I don’t think it’s fair to have to be on high alert in your own office.”

Boss: “Well, there is nothing we can do about that.”

(I just about give up. There are several simple things that could have been done, but he couldn’t be bothered. A few weeks later this changes.)

Boss: “Why is there no coffee?” *to me* “I thought you managed this?”

Me: “I do, but someone came in last night and took it all.”

Boss: *almost pleading* “So there is no coffee at all?”

Me: “Not until I can get out at lunch and buy some.”

(Two weeks later we had a card reader on the office door. All thefts stopped shortly after. I overheard my boss tell someone how important it was for his team to feel safe. The whole team knew that he was only concerned about getting his morning cup of coffee.)

International Blame Game

| USA | Criminal/Illegal, Employees, Ignoring/Inattentive, Lazy/Unhelpful

(I work in a hospital lab. We often will send samples to other labs if specialized testing is requested (especially genetic testing). When we pack it, the boxes are labeled all over with stickers that say “temperature sensitive,” and “human origin specimens.” We also send a shipping manifest electronically to the lab so that they know it’s coming and can match the samples to the paperwork. We get a doctor who calls and wants to know why he hasn’t seen results on a patient from about three weeks ago. We call the lab we had sent it to.)

Lab Assistant: “I’m wondering about a sample we sent you a while back. Do you have an update on it? It’s—” *gives the identifying information*

Other Lab: “We never got it. We called Veronica about it.”

Lab Assistant: “What are you talking about? We don’t have a Veronica. The contact name on the shipping manifest would be our supervisor, [Name] and it was signed by [Other Name]. We have a duplicate copy of it.”

Other Lab: “We never got it.”

(About two days later, we get an international call. It is an appliance factory in Mexico. We learn that after the shipping company tagged the sample as received at the other lab, it was somehow loaded back on a truck and sent to Mexico. After speaking with the shipping company, we learn that it was the other lab’s doing. We call the other lab and try to figure out what to do about this issue. The other lab just keeps insisting that it isn’t their fault, that we should have marked the box better. We don’t really want to play the blame game; we just want to make sure this testing gets done, and that the patient doesn’t get charged twice for very expensive genetic testing. Finally, after they keep on going on about blame, one of the other lab scientists asks the lab assistant to give them the phone.)

Lab Scientist: “Look, I don’t care whose fault it is. We just want this to work out for the patient, but since you’re stuck on this topic, we weren’t the ones who shipped human biological samples across an international border without customs declaration, and also discussed privileged health information with some lady named Veronica who clearly has nothing to do with this issue. So, if you want to play the blame game, you probably won’t like your consequences.”

(They shut up about blaming after that.)