Girl De-Power

| UK | Bad Behavior, Coworkers

(I’m a female administrative assistant in an open plan office, for a big company. Coworker #1, who is female, is a very high-up manager, and is waiting to go into a meeting while she chats to Coworker #2, also female, and a mid-level manager. Both are in their 30s, and very fashionable looking.)

Coworker #1: “I’ve got a [Project] meeting with the board of directors. I hate these things. It’s such a sausage party! Have we ever had a female director yet?”

Coworker #2: “Probably not. It’s such a boys’ club. Letting a woman in would shake up their way of thinking too much.”

Coworker #1: “If we all worked together, I bet we could pressure them into making the board a little more diverse. Girl power, and all that! Maybe I could be on the board. I’m already working on [Important Project].”

Coworker #2: “Hmm… I forgot, isn’t [Coworker #3] kind of on the board?”

(Note: Coworker #3 is another high-level manager, filling in temporarily on the board because of an ongoing vacancy. She’s in her 50s-60s, a large woman, and a frumpy dresser.)

Coworker #1: “[Coworker #3]? Ha, she barely counts as female, does she?!”

Coworker #2: “That’s true. Have you seen her?! She’s probably more of a man than the rest of the board combined.”

(They started laughing about it and made other nasty comments about her appearance. Yeah, nice to see that ‘girl power’ at work, ladies. Several months later, Coworker #3 officially became a board member. Too bad I didn’t get to see those two jerks’ reaction to the news.)

Totally Copping Out On That Sandwich

, | Castle Rock, CO, USA | At The Checkout, Bad Behavior, Food & Drink

(I am with my friend going through the drive-thru of a popular fast food chain when they mess up part of the order. I go back inside to correct it when the following happens. Note: several police officers are inside, waiting for their food.)

Me: “Hi! I just came through the drive-thru and noticed that we’re short a sandwich. Here’s the receipt.”

Cashier: *rudely* “All the food you ordered is in the bag. Have a nice day.”

Me: “But it’s not. We ordered four [Popular Sandwich], but only three are in there.”

Cashier: “You think I’m stupid? You’re just trying to get free food!”

Me: “Ma’am?”

Cashier: *snappy* “What?”

Me: “Do you really believe I’d be dumb enough to try and steal from you with three police officers standing behind me?”

Cashier: *stuttering* “I…  But… Okay, fine.”

(I got the missing sandwich, but needless to say, I’ve yet to go back to that particular location. One of the officers even high-fived me!)

A Grating Subject

| UK | Bizarre/Silly, Coworkers

(A coworker and I are chatting at my desk for a moment. We are both female, and my male boss walks by and overhears part of our conversation.)

Me: “You need to hold it really firmly, and that grosses me out because it’s so squishy.”

Coworker: “But it tastes so yummy.”

(I notice my boss giving us a strange look.)

Me: “We’re talking about grating cheese. The feeling weirds me out.”

Alpha-Betting On You Doing It For Them

| Northern Ireland, UK | Coworkers, Extra Stupid

(I’m a senior receptionist, and I get two brand-new coworkers. Neither of them are “particularly bright.” I am alphabetizing some files, and mid-task my boss phones reception.)

Boss: “[My Name], I’m about to leave the office to get on a plane, but I’m supposed to go to a meeting. Will you go instead and take notes for me?”

Me: “Sure. Where’s the meeting?”

(She tells me, and I turn to my new coworkers. They are both sitting at the same computer, chatting and not even pretending to work.)

Me: “[Coworker 1], [Boss] asked me to go to a meeting for an hour. Can you finish alphabetizing these cards while I’m gone?”

Coworker: “Okay, I suppose so.”

(It’s mostly finished when I leave; the rest would take about 15 minutes at the most. I go to the meeting and come back an hour and a half later. Guess what? It’s not finished.)

Me: *eye-twitching* “Did you get a chance to finish these cards?”

Coworker: “No, I forgot the alphabet half-way through.”

(I turned around and walked out of reception right there. Not only was that an excuse designed to make her look stupid, but the whole time I was gone SHE WAS SITTING IN FRONT OF A FUNCTIONAL COMPUTER. Even if she had a mind blank, she could have gone online and searched for the alphabet! I moved away a few months later, and found out from a different coworker that she was fired a little after I left.)

She’ll Get It One Day, But Not The Next Day

| Los Angeles, CA, USA | Employees, Ignoring & Inattentive, Time, Transportation

(I need something from a company by Wednesday morning. I order it on Sunday, and since I know it will ship on Monday, I pay extra for one-day shipping. I get a confirmation email stating my item will arrive by Tuesday, eight pm. On Tuesday evening, I get an “update” showing that item will arrive on Wednesday evening, as it was only shipped out on Tuesday morning, from 500 miles away. I’ve just explained all this in a call to customer service.)

Employee: “We don’t ship on Sundays.”

Me: *still pleasant at this stage* “I know that, which is why when I ordered it on Sunday. I paid for one-day shipping, so I would get it by Tuesday.”

Employee: “I’m sorry, but it is arriving in one day.”

Me: *starting to get frustrated* “Well, yes, but not one day from when it was ordered, and not one day from when it was SUPPOSED to be shipped. Is there any way you can expedite another item for arrival by tomorrow morning?”

Employee: “I can remove the extra charge for one-day shipping, but the item IS arriving in one day.”

(We go round and round, with me pointing out I got the email from Company saying it would be there Tuesday, etc, and her just repeating that it is on time, as it is arriving one day after it was shipped.)

Me: “So, by your argument, if I selected one day shipping last week, but you don’t send it until Thursday two weeks from now, so long as it arrives on the next day, it’s still on time?” *bangs head on keyboard*

Employee: “…”

(In the end I never could get her to understand how this didn’t add up to “on time.”)