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Category: Bad Behavior

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Firing Off At You Over The Fire

| Birmingham, England, UK | Bad Behavior, Bizarre, Health & Body

(I work the morning shift at a local corner shop. Every day around the same time I would smell a burning smell. I mention it to the manager who has people come in to check everything over but say there’s nothing to worry about. One morning the smell is even stronger than before. I call my manager over to ask her if she can smell anything. Before she can say anything she points behind me. The cupboard with all the electrics has white smoke pouring out the gaps of the door.)

Manager: “I’ll set the alarm. You get everyone out.”

(She runs to the alarm while I run around the shop to see if anyone is in. Being six am there isn’t so we both run out. My manager asks to borrow my phone to call 999. I hand her my phone and figure I should knock on all the doors to the shops and the residence above the shops next to us, though a man has already walked up to us at this point.)

Me: “Sorry, sir, there is a fire. You can’t come in.” *I go to start knocking on doors*

Man: “Wait, did you call 999?”

Me: “Yes, she’s doing it right now.” *I go to move again but he grabs my arm*

Man: “That’s white smoke; that would make it an electrical fire. Can you not just turn it off?”

Me: “The fire is on the switch to turn it off!”

(I give his arm a little shake but he steps in front of me.)

Man: “Could you not use a fire extinguisher?”

(I had thought of this, but as the fire was behind a door I didn’t want to cause a fire wave in my face with the rush of oxygen it would get.)

Me: “No. Please, I need—”

Man: “Need to get out of here? Just caring about your own a**? What about the people still asleep in the houses? Should you not warn them!?”

Me: *in my head* “I would be but I’m stood here talking to you!” *to Man* “I was just about to do that, sir…”

(At this point my manager has finished on my phone and hands it back to me.)

Manager: “Just make sure no one goes in except the fire people. I’ll go wake everyone up.”

(She runs off and the man is still standing next to me.)

Me: “Sir, if you could please move along. I don’t want anyone getting hurt.”

Man: “Sure, and when I leave you’ll just bolt. I’m staying right to make sure you do what your boss told you to do.”

(I chose to ignore him and waited for the emergency services which arrived in record time. I told them what the deal was and they dealt with it promptly. I saw the man walk off while giving me the ‘I’m watching you’ signal.)

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Got Some Paprika In Her Pants

| Bismarck, ND, USA | Awesome Workers, Bad Behavior

(A woman and her son approach my counter, which is currently surrounded by other customers waiting patiently during the start of the busy holiday season.)

Woman: *pushing past everyone else* “Do you have [six-year-old game]?”

Me: “No, ma’am, I’m afraid we don’t. I can double check our website after I finish with this gentleman to see if it available online.”

Woman: “God-d*** it! This is why I don’t shop here. You’re all lazy f***s! Won’t even go look for one simple f****** game!”

Me: “Do you have paprika in your kitchen?”

Woman: “What?”

Me: “Do you have paprika?”

Woman: “What the f—”

Me: “You see, you know the answer because you take care of your kitchen. You stock your kitchen. You clean your kitchen. You own your kitchen. It is the same here for me and our video games. I know we don’t have it because I haven’t stocked it. In addition, [Game] came out a year before our store opened. I offered to look it up on our website, which would also tell us if a nearby [Chain] store has it in stock; if you don’t want me to do so, a simple ‘no thanks’ would suffice.”

Woman: *as she storms off* “F*** YOU!”

(Her antics turned the calm queue into a shoving match to get in front of the line since ‘she got help before everyone else.’)

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This Is Not Their Calling

| Kansas City, KS, USA | Bad Behavior

(I facilitate conference calls, and one of my duties is to call people to connect them to their call. I’m calling a client to connect them to a scheduled call when this happens.)

Me: “Hello, Mr. [Client]. I’m calling from [Conference Center] to connect you to—”

Client: “What is this all about? I don’t have a call today!”

Me: “I have you scheduled to attend [Call Title] today at [Time]—”

Client: “Bull-s***! That call isn’t today! You people NEVER get our calls right! DON’T CALL ME BACK!”

Me: “But, sir, I have [Attendee Name #1], [Attendee Name #2], and [Attendee Name #3] holding on the line and they are waiting for you to join so they can begin the conference!”

Client: “Well, why are you wasting so much time? People are WAITING for me! Put me in the d*** call already!”

Me: *face-palm* “One moment, sir.”

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Their Dine And Dash Hopes Were Dashed

| MI, USA | Bad Behavior, Criminal & Illegal

Me: “Hi, welcome to [Restaurant]!”

Customer: “Hi. I am paying for four, with drinks.”

Me: “Okay. Your total is [total].”

(As the customer pays, her three friends come in, walk past her and sit at a table across from the buffet and whisper among themselves. The woman that paid gets her food, then her friends do, too. After about 20 minutes I look over at their table and see the three friends whispering again and looking at me. Suddenly the three of them get up and run out the exit door laughing. Once they get outside they high-five each other and look back at me and my coworkers, taunting us.)

Customer: *to her friends* “I paid for you already!”

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Creating A Sore Spot

| Melbourne, VIC, Australia | Bad Behavior

(I work at a bakery located within a small shopping center. I have just finished cleaning the outside glass of the cabinets where all of the sweet and savoury food is kept during the day.)

Customer: *comes up behind me, licks his finger, and wipes it on the glass*

Customer: “You missed a spot.” *walks off*

Me: *too stunned to speak*

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