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How To Win The War Against Telemarketers, Part 2


Sins Of The Father

| USA | Hall of Fame

(I’m a stagehand with a small theatre production. My boss is quite horrible. His son is also one of my coworkers. He seems to think he can do whatever he wants, whenever he wants, including groping female coworkers who have asked him repeatedly not to touch them. One of them works in the security department. She is really sick of my boss trying to claim that his son isn’t doing anything wrong. It is afternoon while the stage crew is setting up. We hear the boss yell for the security employee.)

Security Employee: “What?”

Boss: “First of all, you will show me respect as your superior.”

(The security employee crosses her arms over her chest and gives him a look. The two of them are actually at about the same level in the company, so he ISN’T her superior.)

Boss: *shakily* “Second, where is my son?”

Security Employee: *matter-of-factly* “Duct taped to a table in the stagehand’s break room.”

Boss: “WHAT?! HOW DARE YOU! I’ll have you fired for this!”

Security Employee: “Two things. One, I’ve filed repeated complaints against your son for harassment. Two, there are security cameras in the break room which will show he approached me and grabbed my behind. I turned around and told him not to touch me. Your son proceeded to try to pin me to the fridge and put his hands on me very inappropriately. I shoved him and he fell down. I figured that it would be a far more memorable lesson in the field of ‘you are never going to do this again’ if he woke up taped to the table.”

Boss: “I shall take this to the owner! I’ll do it!”

(Just then the owner came in, having overheard the entire exchange. He fired my boss and his son, and ended up giving the security employee all the information she needed to file a harassment suit against both of them: the son for doing it, and the father for trying to sweep it under the rug. And, yes, she REALLY DID duct tape him to the table! It took 15 minutes to cut him loose!)

Enforcing Good Change

| Schiedam, Netherlands | At The Checkout, Awesome Customers, Employees, Holidays, Money, Theme Of The Month

(While looking over my receipt, I notice that the cashier has given me 45 cents in change instead of the 15 cents I should have received in return. The cashier has already closed his register and disappeared into the store again, so I hail the store guard and explain to him what happened.)

Guard: “So what do you want me to do?”

Me: “If you could get the cashier back please? I worked in retail myself and I know how annoying even a small discrepancy in the register can be.”

Guard: “Sure.”

(The guard leaves, while I continue packing my groceries into my bags. I look up to see the bewildered face of the cashier standing beside me.)

Cashier: “The guard said I gave you too much money?”

(I nod and point out the amount on the receipt versus the amount I physically received.)

Me: “It’s only 30 cents, but I know how even small amounts can mess up the daily tally.”

(The cashier stares at me, but slowly holds out his hand to receive the two 20 cent coins I received from him, with me holding on to the 5 cent coin. He quickly turns around to open his register and gives me a 10 cent coin back.)

Cashier: “That should do it. Right? I mean, thanks?”

Me: “Not at all. I hope you have happy holidays!”

Guard: “More people should be like you.”

Me: “Well, it was only a small amount. But I was taught that a better world starts with your own actions. Happy holidays!”

Guard: “Happy holidays!”

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