Some Coworkers Are To Be A-Void-ed

| Tucson, AZ, USA | Coworkers, Ignoring & Inattentive, Theme Of The Month

(At the gas station where I work, I’ve been there for a year and know my way around quite well. Only one coworker has more seniority than me—by a few months—but has a tendency to make sure I “do the job right.”)

Customer: “This…” *sets down some beer* “…and $[amount] on pump 1.”

Me: “That will be [total].”

Customer: “Can you add the change to the gas?”

Me: “Sure, I just—”

Coworker: *interrupts me* “You need to hit cancel, then add the change to the gas.”

(I have not figured out the amount of change I need to add, so I try to explain.)

Me: “No, I—”

Coworker: “Cancel the order.”

Me: “No, I need—”

Coworker: “Cancel the order.”

(This goes back and forth for a few moments, all the while with me getting nothing out but “no” over and over. Getting fed up, I finally cancel the order. But I’m so flustered it takes me two tries to finally add up the change right and have the total come out to an even amount.)

Coworker: “God, [my name], why do you have to get so annoyed with customers?”

Me: “It wasn’t him I was annoyed with!”

(A few days later, I was fired for refusing service to the customer. The coworker backed up the story. The silver lining, though, was that my coworker was fired a few months later for pulling the same stuff with her new manager!)

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