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Having An ‘Off’ Day

, | Wisconsin Dells, WI, USA | Coworkers

(I start out at my job working night shift for about two weeks and love it. Then I get switched to day shift out of the blue, but it’s understandable because there is only one other day shift clerk. Last week, the manager randomly has me on schedule for a closing shift. There are light switches under the counter for the inside of the store and the outside, like the lights for the gas pumps so people can see. There is one switch that you are never supposed to turn off, but the note is between it and the one above it and since it has been so long since I worked night shift, I forget which one it is and I shut off the bottom one. My coworker (who has trained me) happens to be looking outside at our big light up sign and digital marquee and notices something I don’t.)

Coworker: “Um, did you turn off that switch we’re never supposed to turn off?”

Me: “I don’t know. I don’t think so, but I couldn’t remember which one the note is for because it’s directly in between. Why?”

Coworker: “Oh, no reason. Just turn it back on.”

Me: “What’s it for?”

Coworker: “Well, I’m not entirely sure because I haven’t turned that one off yet…” *turns it back on* “…but I think it’s the sign.”

Me: “What?!” *stands up in time to see sign turn back on* “Umm…”

Coworker: “I think it should be fine as long as no one noticed.”

(Thankfully, after a few seconds of gibberish, the sign went back to advertising just as it had before. But what coworker said was still on my mind, as she is known for making mistakes and has broken things no one thought was possible to break.)

Me: “I love how you said ‘I haven’t shut that one off YET,’ like ‘oh, I haven’t f***ed up in that way quite yet.’”

Coworker: *laughing* “Yeah, because I’ve been too busy finding other ways to f*** up and breaking other things.”

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Getting Pally With Those Nuts

| MI, USA | Awesome Workers, Coworkers

(This is halfway through my second week at a factory making car door interiors. I had no experience with manufacturing before, and every line puts the pal nuts in different areas on the door.)

Coworker #1: “Hey, girl, you put the pal nut on the wrong place on those doors.”

Me: *turning red* “I’m so sorry.”

Coworker #2: “You mess that up again, we’re gonna have to put you through initiation.”

Me: “Uh… what’s that?”

Coworker #1: “You’re going to have to walk down the line, and we’re going to throw pal nuts at you!”

Coworker #2: “Watch out, I used to be a softball player. I can throw them real hard!”

(I started laughing so hard I could barely help fix the doors. They reassured me that this happened all the time, even to the most experienced of people. Made my day a lot easier!)

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The Gender Sweet Spot

| Braunschweig, Germany | At The Checkout, Bigotry, Employees, Family & Kids

(I am in line in the grocery store; in front of me is a young mother with her kid, maybe five years old.)

Kid: *points to some pink suckers* “I want those.”

Mom: *reaches for one*

Cashier: “No, those are for girls.”

Mom: “That’s fine.”

Cashier: “No, those are for girls. Put it back!”

Kid: “I’m a girl!”

Cashier: “No, you’re a boy!” *very condescending*

Kid: “I want that candy so I’m a girl!”

Mom: *red-faced and almost screaming* “You can take all our groceries back. We’re going somewhere else!”

(She stormed out. I paid for my few items, got the sucker, too, and ran after her. The kid felt better after that, especially because his mom was outside, telling him a candy does not make him a girl or a boy.)