Category: Lazy/Unhelpful

This Hamburger Does Not Exist

| MN, USA | Food & Drink, Ignoring & Inattentive, Lazy/Unhelpful

(My friends walks into a theater and see a hamburger smashed into the floor. They conscientiously decide to go tell a theater employee.)

Friends: “There’s a hamburger on the floor in the theater.”

Usher: “We don’t sell hamburgers.”

Friends: “Well, there’s still one on the floor in there.”

Usher: “But we don’t sell hamburgers.”

(Friends gave up and went back to watch their movie.)

This Not Working Is Just Not Working

, | Shawnee Mission, KS, USA | Coworkers, Lazy/Unhelpful, Overtime

(A coworker and I are the same age, and when she started working we generally get along. Sometimes I would even give her part of my tips if she didn’t make a lot. Since then she has become a royal pain and altogether terrible worker. I’ve seen her steal tips out of the jar, both on her working days and her days off. I’ve seen her call in and then show up at the shop to make herself and her friends free food and drinks. I’ve opened the shop the day after she has closed and come in to a mess that takes nearly three hours to clean up. She would be scheduled for two days a week and call in one. She has failed to show up several times, and her excuse for her absence was basically “Well, if I had known I needed to show up I would have.” We are short staffed, meaning shifts usually consist of one employee at a time. It also means my coworker probably won’t be fired, seeing as we need people. My coworker in question is on work suspension for excessively calling in, after months of incidents, and as a result is only allowed to work eight hours a week. It is the day before I am scheduled to open the shop at 5:30 am. I live half an hour away, so to get there on time I need to wake up around 4:30. My coworker texts me at 10:45 pm. this night, waking me up.)

Coworker: “Hey, I have a church thing tomorrow. Could you work for me from 2:00-6:00?”

Me: “If I really have to, I guess, but I’m opening tomorrow also.”

Coworker: “[Manager] says it’s fine. Thanks so much!”

(I decide not to argue because I’m not very busy the next day anyway. I go in for my morning shift and get off at 11:00 am. My manager has the shift from 9:00-2:00. Instead of wasting gas to go home for an hour and a half, I decide to sleep in my car until 2:00. I go back in until my other, much more likeable coworker comes in at 6:000. She sees me and immediately gets angry, as this is not the first time it has happened.)

Good Coworker: “Go home. I’ll deal with her. Do not take another shift of hers, got it?”

Me: “I wasn’t planning to.”

(The next day, my good coworker forwards me what is apparently the reply of our manager to what I assume was a long, merciless rant about the bad coworker.)

Manager: “I understand your concerns, but [Coworker] has a tough home life. I wouldn’t be surprised if she messes up here and there. I’ll talk to her about it, but there’s not much I can do, since we need workers. Most of the customers like her anyways. Cut her some slack.”

(I, in turn, sent a lengthy email of the above along with this manager’s reply to my supervisor, who seems to be unaware of the situation. Her solution was to increase her suspension to four hours a week. Losing it, I told her that four hours is all the coworker works anyway. I was fired for talking back.)

Very Unhelpful Advice

| Drayton Valley, AB, Canada | Bosses & Owners, Lazy/Unhelpful

(I’m working in the produce department of a grocery store. The boss has the department organized into three stations. On this day, I’m working station one and the boss is working station two. The boss ducks out for a few minutes, and I see the work starting to pile up on station two. As it’s only my third day and I’m still eager to please, I start working on station two to reduce the backlog. When the boss comes back, I go to return to station one, and he stops me.)

Boss: “No. By all means. Keep going.”

(I keep working on station two, and I start to notice the work piling up on station one.)

Boss: “You’d better get back to station one.”

(I go back to station one, but rather than resume station two, the boss just keeps glaring at me. Once the work on station two gets backed up again, the boss orders me back to station two. I finally get the hint, and I spend the rest of my shift working both stations while the boss just stands around and glares at me. At closing time, as I’m punching out, the boss corners me and stabs his fingers into my chest.)

Boss: “I hope you learned your lesson today. If you think you’re so d*** good that you can run this entire department by yourself, I’ll make you do it. NEVER work another man’s station!”

(I did learn my lesson that day. No matter how backed up any of the other stations got, I never again lifted a finger to help!)

Management Is Not Their Calling

| England, UK | Bosses & Owners, Ignoring & Inattentive, Lazy/Unhelpful, Movies & TV

(In one screen, due to the special effects used, there always needs to be a staff member present and if different films are showing, it has to be changed over manually by a manager.)

Me: *frantically running out of the screen*

Supervisor: “[My Name]? What are you doing?! Get back in the screen!”

Me: “It’s playing the wrong film!”

Supervisor: “What?”

Me: “It’s supposed to be [Film A – a 12A/PG-13 rated film] but it’s showing [Film B – a 15/R-rated film] and I’ve radioed for a manager four times and they’re not responding! There are kids in the screen!”

Supervisor: “Oh, god!” *into their radio* “Manager receiving!”

(They call through three more times in two minutes but there’s still no response.)

Supervisor: *turns to me* “I’m going to projection. You get back in there and answer any questions. Let me know when the right film is showing.”

(Eventually we got it sorted and though a few people were annoyed, they calmed down when the right film started. The supervisor came to speak to me once the film cleared out.)

Supervisor: “So I went to the office to see what was going on with the managers.”

Me: “Were they in a meeting?”

Supervisor: “No. [Manager #1], [ Manager #2], and [Manager #3] were all sitting there with their radios turned off.”

Me: “Are you kidding me?”

Supervisor: “So I told them how the wrong film was cued up and that I’d just changed it but there may be customers wanting to complain afterwards. And do you know what they said?”

Me: “What?”

Supervisor: “They asked why we didn’t call them.”

Too Lazy To Come Up With A Reason

| San Antonio, TX, USA | Coworkers, Lazy/Unhelpful

(It’s close to the end of my shift and a coworker and I are cleaning one of the bread making machines. I’m off tomorrow and looking forward to it. We are allowed to trade days off of switch shifts on occasion with manager approval.)

Coworker: “What days are you off?”

Me: “Tomorrow and Wednesday. Why?”

Coworker: “What time do you come in Thursday?”

Me: “12. What’s up?”

Coworker: “I’m off Wednesday and Thursday. Do you want to trade Tuesday to be off Thursday?”

Me: *thinking about it*

(I don’t really want to but if something important came up and she needed the day off then I was willing to do it.)

Me: “I guess…”

Coworker: “If you don’t want to then it’s fine. I just wanted tomorrow off. I feel like being lazy.”

Me: “So you’re asking me to delay my weekend just because you want to start yours early?”

Coworker: “Pretty much.”

Me: “In that case, no. If it was something important, I would have said yes.”

(At least she was honest!)

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