Category: Time

Lack-Of-Service Provider

| Saint Paul, MN, USA | Ignoring & Inattentive, Time

(I get a bill from a cable service provider I haven’t had in nearly two years. Naturally, I call them up and have been on the phone with this rep for nearly 20 minutes.)

Representative: “Okay, so I’m seeing the bill here. It looks like it’s mostly overdue fees, but if you pay today I could get some of them waived!”

Me: “That’s lovely, but I haven’t had this service in—”

Representative: *cutting me off* “Yes, it was cut off due to nonpayment.”

Me: “No, you don’t understand. I—”

Representative: “Ma’am, you have to pay to have the service. You didn’t pay.”

Me: “There shouldn’t have—”

Representative: “How would you like to pay today?”

Me: *frustrated* “What’s the date on the bill?”

Representative: “September 2016. Are you refusing to pay?”

Me: “Well, since I ENDED my account with you in October of 2015 because I moved out of state, I’d say yes, I’m refusing to pay.”

Representative: *clearly not listening* “If you continue to refuse payment your service will not be turned back on, so—”

Me: “Transfer me to your supervisor and I hope like h*** this conversation was recorded.”

(Eventually I managed to get a higher-up on the phone and explained without interruptions and got the bill dropped in ten minutes.)

Donut Be Late!

| New Orleans, LA, USA | Coworkers, Food & Drink, Time

(I am about to close the shop and get it ready for when I open tomorrow and the owner gives me a call.)

Owner: “Hey, just letting you know I’m going to have [Coworker] open with you tomorrow because it’s going to be a busy day.”

Me: “Okay, great! Thanks for letting me know!”

(The following morning comes, and I show up half an hour before opening to get the store ready, like usual. But an employee at another location calls with a ton of questions, so I’m behind on opening and people are starting to wait outside the door with no sign of my coworker. A couple minutes before I open the doors, I call her.)

Coworker: *answers phone, sounding groggy* “Hello?”

Me: “Hey, just wondering where you were. You were supposed to open with me this morning, and I’m about to open.”

Coworker: “Yeah, sorry, my alarm didn’t go off. I’ll be there as soon as I can.” *she lives over an hour away* “I’m going to pick up some donuts along the way.”

Me: “Um, okay… but I really need you to be here.”

Coworker: “Hey, I was in the military for 25 years. If you’re running late, you buy donuts.”

Me: “Sounds good. See you soon!”

(I was able to handle the morning rush which wasn’t as bad as anticipated because of the pouring rain. I wasn’t even mad because I just finished observing Passover (aka no bread or grains for a week) and got free donuts! Got to keep the extra, too!)

Give Me No Notice Then You’ll Get My Notice

| Scotland, UK | Bosses & Owners, Ignoring & Inattentive, Time

(I have worked for the same company for over five years, having transferred when I moved for university. Now that university is almost over I have found a full-time job that I start next month. My manager is aware that I am leaving, but I have not yet handed in my notice.)

Manager: “Hey, could you work 12-5 on Wednesday?”

Me: “Sorry, I can’t I have a lot of work to be doing before my course finishes.”

Manager: “Okay, I’ll sort something else out. [Coworker], you’re already in that day but you could probably do a longer shift?”

Coworker: “Yeah, if you can’t get anything else.”

(Fast forward to Wednesday and I’m at home working on my final film for hand-in next week when my phone rings at 12:05 pm. My manager is currently off.)

Supervisor: “Hey, [My Name], where are you?”

Me: “What do you mean? I’m at home doing uni work.”

Supervisor: “Well, you were meant to start work at 12.”

Me: “No, I wasn’t.”

Supervisor: “It’s on the rota, that you signed to confirm you know your working hours.”

(Deciding it’ll be easier to go in and speak to them as I live around the corner.)

Me: “Hold on, I’ll come in.”

(As I get into work I go to the staff room to look at the rota. Indeed, I have been put in for this shift, but after I had signed my working hours and told my manager I couldn’t do it. The addition is in my manager’s handwriting. My coworker is in the staff room sorting delivery.)

Coworker: “Hey, what you doing here? I thought you said you couldn’t come in?”

(And that’s the story about how my manager got my notice a week earlier than planned.)

Down For The Count

| OR, USA | Coworkers, Time

(My coworker has arrived at work but isn’t scheduled to start work for a few more minutes so he’s just standing around waiting out the clock. I am scheduled to clock out at the same time he’s scheduled to clock in.)

Coworker: *looks at phone* “Only eight hours to go.”

Me: “Counting hours before you even start work? That’s really pathetic.”

Coworker: “I know.”

Me: “Don’t worry. I’ve been counting minutes for the last three hours.”

Suddenly Not A Full House

| VA, USA | Employees, Time

(My two friends and I are checking out the CDs and movies. We start hanging around a bargain-bin looking at each of the DVDs they have.)

Me: “Wow, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Season 6.”

Friend: “Oh, Full House.”

Me: “Yeah, I heard they’re doing a new version of Full House.”

Manager: “Hey, are you guys looking for anything in particular?”

Me: “No, we’re just browsing”

(I get the feeling we are being followed in the store. The manager leaves us alone at that point.)

Friend: “I feel like he wants us to leave…”

(We look up only to see the front doors have been shuttered up. We quickly head up to the front of the store.)

Me: “I’m sorry, did you close? Are we able to purchase our stuff?”

Employee: “Yes, give us a second. We’ll ring you up.”

Me: “So…when did you close?”

Employee: “We close at 9 pm on Saturdays.”

Me: *looking at my cell phone and seeing it is 9:35* “Did you make an announcement you were closing?”

Employee: “No, we didn’t.”

(If it weren’t for the subtle hint of the manager while searching the bargain bin we may have still been in there hanging around.)