An Absence Of Favors

| MN, USA | Coworkers, Family & Kids

(I work at a child care center and am the lead teacher for the younger toddlers. Every day my room has around 12 children between 16 and 24 months and is staffed with only two teachers. As such it can be incredibly chaotic much of the time. I am off one Friday due to a wedding and I am in the office when my coworker realizes she has been placed in my classroom in my absence.)

Coworker: “What?! Why am I in young toddlers on Friday?”

Me: “Oh, because I’m off on Friday, probably.”

Director: “I know [Coworker’s Older Toddler Son] can drive you crazy when you’re in his room, so I switched you into young toddlers that day to do you a favor.”

Me: “[Director], when is it EVER a favor to put someone in my room? That is the opposite of a favor.”

A Hiya Power

| England, UK | Bizarre/Silly, Coworkers, Family & Kids

(I am talking to a colleague, who works with a different group in the nursery, about behaviour.)

Me: “… so if any child in our room says ‘hiya’ we always have to be suspicious. It usually means they’re up to something!”

(At this point, I turn around. A plastic table in one corner of the room has been turned upside down, and there is a child standing in the middle of it.)

Child: “Hiya!”

In Need Of Better High-ring Standards

| UK | Coworkers, Criminal/Illegal, Family & Kids

(I’m the room leader and am talking to a coworker. This happens during shift when we are in the room with the children.)

Me: “Did you have a good weekend, [coworker]?”

Coworker: “Yeah, I went out drinking with some friends last night. I was wasted!”

Me: “You were drinking last night?”

Coworker: “Yeah. I also didn’t feel like I was buzzing enough, so I mixed my alcohol with some [strong painkillers] and THEN I had a good time!”

Me: *stunned* “…And now you’re in work, responsible for other peoples’ children when there’s a chance you’re not only still drunk but high, too?!”

Coworker: “I feel fine! You worry too much.”

(I reported her that day and she was put on report. However, she handed her notice in the next week stating we were “too strict.”)