Category: Non-Dialogue

That Explanation Will Go Viral

| Australia | Coworkers, Non-Dialogue, Technology

Working at a computer company, a customer brings in a computer to have a virus removed. We remove the virus and scan the rest of the system to make sure all traces of it are gone. Now, this particular virus is known to come from porn sites so to warn the customer without making them feel embarrassed we say to be careful what websites are accessed with the computer.

Then a few days later the same customer brings the computer back in with the same virus, accusing us of not removing it, and demands that we remove it without them paying. I remove the virus again, scan the system again, print out the Internet cache of websites that the computer has accessed in the past 24 hours (including some kinky-but-not-illegal searches on a couple of porn sites), and then give the system with the evidence to the front desk staff to give to the customer when they come back. Later in the day, I hear raised voices out the front and I know it is that customer when I hear, “I don’t go to porn sites and the only other person who uses this computer is my partner.”

The customer would have learnt something new about their partner that day if it weren’t for the salespeople saving things by telling the customer that sometimes viruses can access the porn sites.

Yeah, that’s how it works: the porn sites come from the virus, not the other way around.

24: The Wal-Mart Conspiracy

| Toronto, ON, Canada | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Ignoring & Inattentive, Non-Dialogue

I work at a big chain store and we have been having problems with 24-hour challenges (where people stay inside a store for a whole 24 hours and post about it on YouTube), but my manager refuses to do anything about it since us staying later would result in overtime and he’s cheap. I have suggested scheduling us later and on my own time I check bathrooms and janitor closets before closing but when I’m not there the manager just wants us to get out quickly. I am on break one shift when my little sister bursts into the room, holding her smartphone.

I look and it’s some teenager, between 16-17, staying 24 hours in OUR LOCATION not once but twice! I make my sister show it to our boss who claims it isn’t our location. I can tell because they filmed in the parking lot in the beginning and I can see the surrounding stores. The boss then starts being really picky with me during my shifts to the point where I almost want to quit.

My manager just got promoted. He is terrified of getting fired so he wants the supervisors to think everything is OK.

I decide to take this to my supervisor. When I show the supervisor the video and point out the obvious clues that it was from our store he goes to the security footages which prove that indeed it was our store and the MANAGER was on duty then. Even better, in places with audio, we can hear the manager telling staff to not bother with bathroom checks because he needs to get home quickly.

My manager was called in for an inquiry and was put on probation AND the supervisor helped make the schedule so that for the next few months I wasn’t working when the manager was.

Even better, someone snuck in again and the manager was fired! HA!

A Typ000

| NJ, USA | Bosses & Owners, Money, Non-Dialogue

I work as a check processor for a bank. My job is to look at a picture of a check that someone has taken for mobile deposit, and input the amount to make sure it is correct. You have to input the amount without a decimal, so a $200.00 check is input as 20000. This is all I do, all day, and I am pressured all the time to go faster and faster.

The president of the bank, who usually stays up on the “executive floor,” will sometimes grace us with his presence and pretend to talk to us. He always calls you “buddy” or “friend,” before asking how your day is and immediately walking away while you answer.

One day, I miss-type a check for $200,000.00 and type 20,000,000.00. Luckily the client called and let us know he suddenly had all this money, and the president came down angrily yelling for “Dale” – not my name. Upon hearing that we didn’t have a Dale he just looked at us all and said, “Don’t let it happen again.” I’ve never been so happy to have a boss not even think enough of me to remember my name…

Caught Red Hot Chilli Pepper Handed

| WA, USA | Bad Behavior, Coworkers, Food & Drink, Non-Dialogue

We had a lunch thief where I was working.

One day I left my lunch in the fridge, and came in to find it sitting on the counter with one bite gone.

It was the strangest thing . . . just because that recipe called for 3-5 habanero peppers and 3 tablespoons of Tabasco, and the prime suspect in the theft hated spicy food!

I figure that just about took his head off.

And I never had anyone steal my lunch the rest of the time I was there!

Skipping Out Closing Duties? Nailed It

| Dublin, Ireland | Lazy/Unhelpful, Non-Dialogue

I get my nails done quite late in the evening. The nail technician is really friendly and polite and we have a lovely chat. However it seems to me that my simple file and French manicure is taking quite a while – to the extent that I even ask her if she’s new (she isn’t). I hardly ever get my nails done and I can’t look at my phone to see the time while my nails are drying, so I think I must be imagining how long it’s taking.

While she is doing my nails the other technician finishes with her customer, cleans up quickly and efficiently, and gets the place ready for the morning. I notice she seems really grumpy, just short of being rude to both me and my tech. I give my tech a relatively big tip because she was so friendly and it was such a relaxing experience.

As I’m walking away I get out my phone to check the time: I had been there for almost an hour!

I realised the technician had been dragging out my polish to make her colleague do all the closing work, and had even managed to land herself an extra big tip in the process.

Unfortunately they’d already closed, I don’t remember either of their names, and I wasn’t in that area for a while afterwards, so I couldn’t do anything about it – but I hope her colleague or manager talks to her about being so selfish.

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