Age Before Snooty, Part 2

, | USA | Working | January 22, 2013

(I work part time at a fast food place while going to college full time and I recently had my first child. Due to a high turnover rate, when I come back from my maternity leave there are several new faces.)

Me: *to a new cashier* “Hello! Nice to meet you. How long have you been working here?”

Coworker: “Oh, about a month. I know tons of stuff already, so I can give you pointers if you like.”

Me: “Well, that’s awfully nice of you, but I don’t think it will be necessary, thanks.”

Coworker: “Do you think I look stupid or something?!”

Me: “Oh, no! Not at all! It’s just I’ve been working here for two years and—”

Coworker: “You have not! I’ve never seen you here before. You’re just trying to act superior to me.”

(Hearing the raised voices, my manager pops up, thinking it’s a customer.)

Manager: “Uh, what’s going on? Are you girls okay?”

Coworker: “She lied to me! She said she’s been working here for two years but I’ve been here for a whole month and never saw her until today! She’s being mean and rude to me and I want her fired right now!”

Manager: “Seriously? You want me to fire my best employee on her first day back after her maternity leave because you’ve never seen her before?”

Coworker: “Well, she was also mean to me! You have to do something about it!”

Manager: “I find that hard to believe. This girl right here is the sweetest person I have ever met. She regularly takes care of our most difficult customers and is a joy to work with. I have never heard her make a rude comment to anyone ever. But if you are insistent on filing a report we can go back to my office right now and get started.”

(The new girl was very quiet for the rest of the day. The next day, she complained to a different manager that we were playing favorites and verbally abusing her. Not surprisingly, no one believed her and she quit.)


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