Stuck In The Middle Of An Incompetence Sandwich

| ON, Canada | New Hires

(I get hired for a summer job where every employee is supposed to tackle a bit of every job, e.g. cleaning, doing front registers, drive-thru, and making sandwiches. I start the job and am trained on everything except how to make sandwiches. This happens at my trainee review session with my supervisor after a month of working there.)

Supervisor: “Are there any areas at which you would like you or us to improve?”

Me: “Well, I still haven’t been trained on the sandwich station. In fact, none of the employees that were hired alongside me have been trained on it.”

Supervisor: *laughs* “Don’t worry, you’ll get plenty of sandwich experience.”

(A month passes and neither I, nor any of my new coworkers, have had any training on the sandwich station. The busy season has started, and so the supervisors don’t want to put new people on the sandwich station to train them, as it would slow them down. When my next trainee review comes along…)

Me: “I still have not had any training on the sandwich station, and neither has anyone else. For improvement I think you guys need to work on scheduling training for your new people.”

Supervisor: *sternly* “We’re working on it. You will be trained on how to make sandwiches.”

(Another month passes. I only have a month left to work at this job before I go back to school. By now, most of the experienced people have left due to poor treatment from the owner, and now the store is stocked with inexperienced people who were not trained on the sandwich station, among other things. By this point, the only people who know how to make sandwiches are the supervisors, who become too busy with that task so they aren’t able to do most of their other duties. My final trainee review happens, and I echo what I’ve said before, to be told that I would be trained that week. A supervisor ‘tries’ to train me, but shoos me away after twenty minutes. It is now my second last day on the job.)

Supervisor: “So, how would you like to get trained on sandwiches now that it’s slowed down?”

Me: “Um… I’m leaving tomorrow, and you have a BUNCH of new people who all have less training than I do.”

Supervisor: “Still, at least you’ll know what you’re doing!”

Me: “For one day out of the entire summer?”

(So there I was, doing sandwich training on my second last day. Needless to say, I didn’t put those skills to use for very long. The kicker? The owner came in on the last day and shouted at the supervisors for making sandwiches when “the regular staff should be doing that.”)


Leaving No Room(mate) For Interpretation

| WA, Australia | Coworkers

(Coworker #1 is roommates with Coworker #2, who always works on a different shift at the coffee shop. This particular day, the Coworker #2 is running late.)

Coworker #3: “Isn’t [Coworker #2] meant to be in at six am? We shouldn’t have just two of us here when you go, [Coworker #1].”

Coworker #1: “Oh, my freaking god. I have no idea where [Coworker #2] is. I do not keep track of her. I do not know where she is. I am her roommate; I am not her mum; I am not her wife. If she could learn to turn the damn lights off when she leaves the house, I probably wouldn’t even know if she ever comes home.”

(A customer who is nearby grabbing sugar packets for her coffee starts laughing.)

Customer: “I’m really sorry, but that is the most teenager thing I’ve ever heard. Good luck with your roommate.”


If At First You Don’t Succeed, Chai Again, Part 4

| MT, USA | At The Checkout, Bad Behavior, Food & Drink

(I live in an area where tiny, locally owned coffee shacks are incredibly common. Darn near every establishment has one in their parking lot or built into their business one way or another. Unfortunately, this does not guarantee that whatever barista you’re ordering from knows what they are doing, so I’ve learned to ask what more experienced coffee buyers would consider no-brainer questions. Sometimes I’m still painfully disappointed. This particular shop is part of a flower shop that also hosts the weekly farmer’s market, and I stop in to get drinks while at the market to reduce my number of stops that afternoon.)

Me: “Okay, we’ll do a small hot chocolate, but for a kid so not so hot. A large quad mocha. And I see you have chai, is that in a latte or black?”

Barista: “Oh, no, sweetie. Chai is actually a kind of tea and doesn’t have coffee in it!”

Me: *taken aback slightly because while I’m not old, I’m definitely not young enough to be called “sweetie” by the early 20s barista* “I know it’s tea. I just want to know if you serve it in a latte or black?”

Barista: “I don’t get it. Are you wanting me to add a shot of coffee and make it a latte?”

Me: *confused, starting to catch on to where this is going* “Latte means it has milk in it…”

Barista: *suddenly extremely condescending* “No, it means COFFEE. Like a mocha latte is a coffee drink.”

Me: “Actually latte comes from same root word as lactose. It means it’s a drink with milk in it.”

Barista: “Well I don’t know how to tell you this, but latte means it’s a coffee drink. But, yes, our chai comes with milk in it, and I can add coffee if that’s what you want, but it’s 70 cents per shot…”

Me: *finally snapping after having a bad day, I turn and start toward the door while trying to remain as cold as possible* “You know what? I changed my mind about getting my coffee here. I’ll just go now.”

Barista: *sarcastically* “Wait! Don’t go! I was learning SO much from you!”

(While I heard she didn’t last long, I haven’t had the heart to go back there even for flowers after that exchange.)

If At First You Don’t Succeed, Chai Again, Part 3
If At First You Don’t Succeed, Chai Again, Part 2
If At First You Don’t Succeed, Chai Again