Category: Health & Body

Panic Attacks Should Not Be Attacked

| UK | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Health & Body

(I have been shopping in a store I used to work in several years back. I’m at the checkout with a cashier who is new according to their name badge.)

Cashier: “Oh, no. It isn’t working. Nothing is working!”

Me: “Maybe get a manager down to look at it?”

Cashier: “NO! Why do you want a manager? I’ve done nothing wrong. I’ve done nothing wrong!”

Me: “I know that. But a manager will know what to do and can restart it if need be.”

Cashier: “But it won’t work. It just won’t work!”

(The guy starts shaking and ends up on the floor rocking back and forward. The other cashiers are staring, not knowing what to do.)

Me: “Get a manager down, and you — call for an ambulance. I think he’s—”

Cashier: “NO! How could you do this! You don’t know what it’s like! I’ve done nothing wrong!”

(At this point the guy is shouting at the top of his lungs and isn’t taking breaths anymore. He finally collapses as manager arrives to see what all the shouting is for. A customer ended up calling an ambulance because the staff had no idea what to do. After he’s taken away the manager takes my purchases and apologises.)

Manager: “Sorry about that, [My Name]. He’s pulled that trick three times over the past month. He’ll be let go if he’s not careful.”

Me: “Trick? He just had a full on panic attack. Do you have idea what those are like? You need to put him somewhere less stressful.”

Manager: *grinning* “A psychiatric ward?”

(I gave him the coldest stare I could muster and walked out before finishing my purchase. I tried finding out where they guy was to tell him not to bother going back if it’s that stressful for him, but I eventually gave up. I heard a couple weeks later, from a friend who still works there, that he was indeed let go after another incident on the checkout. Mental health is something serious, and I’m sorry that poor guy had to work in such a poisonous environment. The management are awful there, but even that surprised me to hear a manager joking about the mental health of a worker he has a duty of care to.)

A Sickening Lack Of Appreciation

| Dover, DE, USA | Bosses & Owners, Health & Body

(I try to call out one morning, two hours early as I am supposed to, coughing, wheezing, and generally gross. I’ve never called out, been sick, or shown up late. So, when my call out was rejected I was more than a little miffed. However, not being able to find a cover for my shift, I get up, force myself to eat, and drive the fifteen minutes to work, feeling sicker by the second. This happens the instant I walk in:)

Host: “Turn around and go home.”

Me: “Seriously?”

Host: “[Manager] took you off.”

Me: “She couldn’t call me?!”

Manager: *happened to be just out of sight at the bar* “[My Name], I thought you would be grateful that you can go home!”

Me: *green in the face and unable to stand up straight* “Oh, I am, but I’m trying to keep breakfast down at the moment.”

Manager: *scoffs at my being ungrateful*

This Job Really Gets You Burnt Out

| Pleasant Hill, CA USA | Bosses & Owners, Crazy Requests, Health & Body

(I’m ringing up a customer when a grab a bottle of bleach to scan and feel something wet hit my hand. When I look down, I see the bottle is leaking badly and has hit my hand and the counter. I call up another employee who is doing float duties and he runs off to get an intact bottle for the customer while I wipe my hand and the counter as best I can with paper towels. The customer goes about their business and I grab a manager.)

Me: “I need to run to the bathroom real quick. I got bleach on my hand.”

Manager #1: “Your ten minute break isn’t for another hour. You’re just going to have to wait.”

Me: “I don’t need ten minutes; I need five, minimum to wash my hand.”

Manager #1: “Well, no one else is scheduled to be here, so you’re just going to have to wait.”

(My hand has begun to start burning painfully, so I’ve had enough.)

Me: “[Manager], I splashed a CORROSIVE CHEMICAL on my hands! I’m not ASKING you if I CAN. I’m TELLING you I’m going to the bathroom, NOW!”

(At which point I spun on my heel and bolted to the bathroom. Another manager is there ahead of me.)

Manager #2: “Hey, what’s the hurry? What happened?”

(I am rinsing my hands off at this point, but explain and show her my mild chemical burn. Manager #2 splashes vinegar from a chemical spill station over my hand to neutralize the chlorine on my skin and then has me wash my hands a few more times.)

Manager #2: “You’re the third employee to get hit with bleach in two days. Two stockroom clerks got spilled on yesterday. I think the shipment came in thin bottles or something.”

(I explain how Manager #1 tried to make me stay at the registers and Manager #2 sighs.)

Manager #2: “I’ll walk you to the registers and go over the procedure for chemical spills with them, again.”

(Needless to say, this and other bad decisions from that manager ensured that I had a very short stint as a cashier at that store.)

Has Bad A Fattitude

| FL, USA | Bad Behavior, Coworkers, Health & Body

(This story is related to me by my friend, who is a personal trainer employed at a gym. It has the usual classes, which she teaches along with another trainer, and equipment. My friend is a bit of a real-life Disney princess… she seems to nice and cheerful to be real, but it’s not an act, and when she says things like how she loves to help people of all types and sizes meet whatever goals they have, she genuinely means it. She’s VERY popular with everyone at the gym as a result, and her classes tend to be full of people of every size due to her positive attitude and willingness to help and be patient. At the time of this story, it’s just after New Years, and she’s walking around the gym conducting an informal interview with a potential new trainer to replace her when she moves in a month. Since it’s the start of a new year, the place is packed with people trying to make good on their new resolutions.)

Applicant: “I bet it doesn’t normally look like this.”

Friend: “Huh?”

Applicant: “All these people jamming it up. It’s just because of New Year resolutions.”

Friend: “Oh, yeah, January is always jam-packed! I love it.”

Applicant: *stops and frowns at a pair of heavier women on the treadmills* “It’s all fake bull-s***. They’re going to drop it and be back at the buffet, and in the meantime they’re wasting my time and taking up the gym’s resources.”

Friend: “Uh… well… even if some of them don’t follow through, I think it’s important that we give them every opportunity we can, and all the tools to encourage them to stick with it. A friendly, welcoming atmosphere works wonders.”

Applicant: *makes an over-the-top yucky face* “I’m not here to kiss anyone’s ample a**, and if they don’t like it, they can call up the pizza delivery guy and cry about it.”

(Needless to say, my friend did not end up recommending the applicant get the job, and my friend was upset and angry about it for the rest of the week. With an attitude like that, I can’t IMAGINE why the applicant would see so many people stop coming to gyms around her.)

No Time For Dry Humor

| UT, USA | Health & Body

(My husband and I are getting our hair cut. The same stylist cuts our hair back to back.)

Stylist: “So, what conditioner do you use?”

Me: “I can’t remember the name, but it’s a [Brand] product that’s supposed to be good for colored hair. I color my hair.”

Stylist: “Okay, you have to be careful with what products you use, because sometimes they say they’re good, but they aren’t really. Some products use paraffin. Do you use any product when you straighten your hair?”

Me: “Yeah, I use argan oil.”

Stylist: “Okay. We do have a sale going on for [Product], which is really good for dry hair.

(I didn’t bother to tell her that I had recently been pregnant, but miscarried, and pregnancy hormones can dry out hair. She was really irritating me, and I was glad when she was done with my hair.)

Stylist: *to my husband* “Do you condition your hair?”

Husband: “Yeah.”

Stylist: “Okay, because your scalp is dry.”

Husband: *irritated* “Well, we do live in the middle of the desert, and it’s summer time.”

Stylist: *meekly* “Yeah, I guess that’s true.”