Category: Employees

Don’t Throw Electronics Or You’ll Be Charged

| MA, USA | Employees, Money, Technology

(We are cleaning out the electrics closet.)

Electrician: *pulling something out of a plastic bag* “I don’t know what this is, but it looks like it costs money. Don’t throw it out.”

Not As Slick As The City Slickers

| Winnipeg, MB, Canada | Employees, History, Tourists & Travel

(It’s summer, and my husband and I are having a “stay-cation”. We’ve decided that it might be fun to go on a tour of our own city.)

Tour Guide: “Over there is a statue of [Important City Founder].” *proceeds to give us incorrect information about the guy*

Husband: “Um, excuse me? That’s not right.”

Tour Guide: “Oh?”

Husband: “No.” *gives correct information*

Tour Guide: “Thanks! Now, over there is [History Building].” *gives us incorrect information about the building*

Me: “Excuse me, that’s not right either.”

Tour Guide: “No offense, but how do you know that?”

Husband: “We’re from here. We’ve lived here most of our lives.”

Tour Guide: “Then why are you on this tour?”

Me: “…to learn new things about our city.”

Your Order Is Toast

, | MD, USA | Employees, Food & Drink, Ignoring & Inattentive

(I am ordering a sandwich for lunch at a popular sandwich chain where you watch the employees make the sandwich as you order.)

Me: “I’d like a six-inch, sweet onion chicken teriyaki sub, on whole wheat bread, please.”

Employee: “Toasted?”

Me: “No, but can you heat the chicken, please?”

Employee: “Toasted?”

Me: “Just heat the meat, please.”

Employee: “The bread?”

Me: *getting frustrated* “No, just heat the chicken.”

Employee: “The meat?”

Me: “Yes!”

(She proceeds to place the chicken in the microwave for at least two minutes. The chicken is still in the microwave when I get to the next employee, who isn’t any better…)

Employee #2: “What is this?”

Me: “A sweet onion chicken teriyaki sub.”

Employee #2: “Toasted?”

Me: “No, the meat is in the microwave.”

Employee #2: “You want the bread toasted?”

Me: “No, the chicken is being heated now.”

Employee #2: “Oh!”

(She gets the chicken from the microwave.)

Me: “I’d like lettuce and cucumber please.”

Employee #2: *puts lettuce and tomato on the sandwich* “Lettuce and tomato okay?”

Me: *pointing at cucumber which is away from the tomato* “No tomato, cucumber.”

Employee #2: *picking off lettuce* “Tomato?”

Me: “Lettuce. Cucumber.”

Employee #2: *leaves tomato on, adds lettuce and cucumber* “What’s next?”

Me: “Take off the tomato, please.”

(Eventually she got the sandwich right. I’m not usually picky about what goes on my sandwich but I was ordering for someone else. The people behind and in front of me were having similar communication issues, so it wasn’t just me!)

A Bad Waiter Means Hunger Games

| MD, USA | Bad Behavior, Employees, Movies & TV, Sports

(I’m with a small group of friends at a family-friendly neighborhood chain restaurant on a Sunday during football season. Each TV in the bar area is labeled with and playing a different game. We request to be seated near the TV playing the game that we want to watch and the hostess obliges. However, as soon as we are seated a waitress changes the channel to a different game, the local game that is already displayed on the big screen. The hostess talks to the bartender and the other tables and is luckily able to change the TV at our table to the game that we want to watch because none of the patrons are watching the labeled game. We think it’s no big deal, until…)

Angry Male Waiter: *yelling as he leaves the kitchen* “Hey! Who turned off my game!”


Angry Male Waiter: “I need to watch that game! Why did they change it?!”


Angry Male Waiter: *loudly, to the bartender and manager* “Who likes [Our Team] anyway?! Why’d we have to turn off my game for them?!”


Angry Male Waiter: “They’d better be leaving soon! I need to know the score! That’s my team!”

(The waiter was so loud and obnoxious that he made us so uncomfortable that we left for fear of him doing something to our food. Obviously the manager didn’t care because he was standing by the bar listening to him complain. We ended up taking a corporate survey and leaving negative feedback, but since he wasn’t our waiter it was difficult. Seriously, it sucks that we turned off “your” game, but you’re supposed to be doing a job, not watching TV.)

Might As Well Be Sleeping On The Job

| Queensbury, NY, USA | Employees, Health & Body, Ignoring & Inattentive

(I make an appointment with my primary doc because I’ve been having a long stretch of extremely excessive sleep and fatigue (hypersomnia). I explain the issue, including the fact that several days a week I will sleep anywhere from 16 hours to more than 24 hours, only getting up to eat minimally and to use the bathroom.)

Doctor: “Well, insomnia can have a lot of causes. I think the easiest way to get back on track is to try melatonin, which has been shown to help reset the circadian rhythm.”

Me: “I’m aware of melatonin. However I don’t need help GOING to sleep. My problem is that I’m sleeping too much!”

Doctor: *seemingly oblivious to my reply, continues on about melatonin while I grow increasingly frustrated*

(After the appointment, I looked at my summary of care. He listed insomnia as my diagnosis. He’s my ex-doctor now.)