Category: Holidays

So THAT’S What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted

| MA, USA | Food & Drink, Holidays

(Our bakery offers heart-shaped cookies in celebration of the Valentine season. One morning, we arrive to set up everything for the public and discover our baker has festively iced all the valentines, except for a few that obviously fell apart during the bake. She’s left us a cheerful note indicating these pieces are “Snacks!”)

Manager: *bemused* “I… I don’t even know what to say about this.”

Baker: “I guess today we feast on broken hearts!”

One Year Folds And Another One Opens

| Paris, France | Bizarre/Silly, Holidays

(I’m in charge of my coworker’s files. One of the folders is very used and torn. It’s New Year’s Eve and everyone is a bit bored, tired and/or eager to go back home, so I try to be funny. I hold the used folder and I stare at it.)

Me: “You brave soldier! You’ve been working with us for 30 years and it was not easy. You did well, so now you really deserve to rest. R.I.P. dear friend.”

(I kiss the used folder and I drop it into the paper basket. Then I choose a new folder.)

Me: “I’m not going to lie to you, rookie! You’ve been chosen among all and you’re going to go through really, really rough times. Be strong, never give up, and we’ll be very proud of you!”

Coworker: “Yeah, good luck, folder!”

Weaving Through The Problem

| CO, USA | Employees, Holidays, Ignoring & Inattentive

(I receive a phone call two days before Christmas:)

Caller: “Hello, Miss, this is [Befuddled Sales Clerk] from [Local Yarn Shop]. Your [Indistinct Utterance] is here to pick up. We’re here till two on Christmas Eve.”

(Great, but I haven’t ordered anything. Could one of my visiting relatives have ordered something? I called The Local Yarn Shop, and with the help of Less Befuddled Sales Clerk, determine that the Indistinct Utterance is an item to do with weaving. I don’t weave, nor do the visiting relatives. Less Befuddled Sales Clerk thinks she sees how the mistake was made, and we agree to release it to the universe.)

(Three days after Christmas:)

Caller: “Hello, miss, this is [Befuddled Sales Clerk] from [Local Yarn Shop]. I called you about [Indistinct Utterance]. There was a mistake, and I was unaware that there was a mistake, and now we corrected the mistake. So now we’re going to call the owner of the [Indistinct Utterance]; if you have any questions, please call us back.”

(I do have some questions: why would I care, and doesn’t the staff communicate with one another?)

Home For The Holidays… Finally

| QC, Canada | Bosses & Owners, Holidays, Overtime

(I am fed up with my employer not giving a s*** about employees and am clear with my supervisor that I am looking for something else. In December, ten days before Christmas, I have a final interview for a new job and get it. I call my boss right away.)

Me: “Got the job. I will be quitting on December 23.”

Supervisor: “On the 23rd? When do you begin your new job?”

Me: “January 4th.”

Supervisor: “Can’t you just, you know, wait for the 4th in the morning to quit?”

Me: “Really, and work Christmas and New Year?”

Supervisor: “Well… yes.”

Me: “Do you realize that, one of the key reasons I’m quitting is that I had to work ALL the holidays of the year, non-stop, for the past four years and although I complained, you never did anything about it, and now you want me to work them again as a favor before quitting?”

Supervisor: “Well, that would be nice. Otherwise I will have to ask someone else to cover it for you.” *these “someone else” are his pals…*

Me: “I’m leaving on the 23rd. It’s either that or right now.”

(We had to work together for the following week (my last), and he barely talked to me. Turned out that, since the two other possible guys that could take my place already had vacation time “confirmed,” if none of them cancelled their vacation to take my place, my supervisor would have had to fill-up for me, thus screwing his Christmas. But for me, having to work on Christmas for the fifth year in a row was just… normal.)

Biblical Middle-Eastern Jews Should Be White

| San Antonio, TX, USA | Bigotry, Coworkers, Holidays

(I am working in a 50s themed restaurant. At the time this happens I am working with a woman who seems to think that since I am blonde and blue-eyed she is free to unload racist rants at me.)

Woman: “And that church had a black baby Jesus for the nativity set! Can you believe it? The nerve of them. How can they dare to suggest that Jesus was black? What about you? Don’t you think Jesus should always be white?”

Me: “I was always under the impression that Jesus was Jewish.”

(She shut up and left me alone after that.)

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