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Best To Work Your Own Hours

| Essex, England, UK | Working | September 23, 2013

(I have been working a few months in the cleaning department of a hospital. I am 18, and it is only my second ever job. The senior supervisor is going through my hours and pay for the next month.)

Supervisor: “So, you worked Saturday and Sunday; that’s £10.50 an hour. £10.50 plus £10.50 is £21, so you should get £21.”

Me: “Uh, no, that’s not right.”

Supervisor: “Yes it is, look.” *begins typing it into calculator*

Me: “No, that’s right, but that’s just two hours.”

(My supervisor just gives me a blank look.)

Me: “I worked more than two hours on Saturday and Sunday. I worked six hours on Saturday, and six hours on Sunday, so it’s £10.50 times 12.”

Supervisor: “Oh… OH! Right. Lucky you spotted that!”

(This was five years ago, and the same supervisor still does the pay. Unsurprisingly, it is consistently wrong, and getting it corrected is usually like getting blood from a stone. Glad I’m only there until I graduate!)

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You Know Nothing, Of Jon Snow

, , | AB, Canada | Working | September 23, 2013

(I work in an office, and am the only person whose a bit of a geek. Today I am wearing a t-shirt that spells ‘COEXIST’ using ‘Game Of Thrones’ family sigils. There is a popular shirt design out that also spells ‘COEXIST,’ but using religious symbols.)

Coworker: “Oh! I love those shirts! Such a great message!”

Me: “Oh, totally. I really love the concept.”

Coworker: “One thing, though; I don’t recognize the symbols. What religions are they from?”

Me: “Oh, they aren’t religious symbols. They’re sigils from Game Of Thrones.”

Coworker: “What? That’s silly; why would someone make a shirt for that? Why would sigils need to coexist? They’re some secret cult symbols, aren’t they?!”

Me: “No, they are from the series. The sigils represent different important families in the books and show, and they do not get along. I can show you some screen caps to prove it if you’d like.”

Coworker: “You just don’t want me knowing about your secret religions. I’m pretty sure you’re making this up as a cover up!”

Hell’s Kitchen

| Warwickshire, England, UK | Working | September 23, 2013

(I work as a bar supervisor in a large hotel. The hotel has a very good restaurant that has earned many awards, and is the main reason that we get so many customers. Most of the restaurant staff is very professional and capable, but one waitress has a very bad attitude. She is often rude to her coworkers, and spends half her shifts in the bathroom on her phone. She has had plenty of warnings, more than enough for the company to fire her, but she is dating one of the chefs and he has told the restaurant manager that he will resign if she is fired. One evening, after she has ditched work an hour early, I have gone in to help the restaurant staff clear up. I am the only person attending the bar, but it’s very quiet. The general manager comes in.)

General Manager: “[My Name], what are you doing in here? You’re supposed to be on the bar.”

Me: “There’s nobody in the lounge, so I came in here to help out. I can see the bar in case anybody comes for service, don’t worry.”

General Manager: “But why are you in here?”

Me: “They’re short handed, so I’m helping.”

General Manager: “What? I thought there were plenty of people on this shift!”

Restaurant Manager: “There were, but [bad waitress] walked out.”

General Manager: “Which one is she?”

Restaurant Manager: “The one you told me I couldn’t fire because her boyfriend would resign.”

General Manager: “Oh… yeah. Sorry, but we can’t afford to lose him.”

Me: “I’m sorry, but may I ask why not? I mean, he’s only just finished his training, and it isn’t like he’s in a position of responsibility.”

General Manager: “What do you mean? I thought she was going out with [highly trained and experienced head chef]!”

Restaurant Manager: “No, she’s going out with [low ranking chef who scraped through his college courses and keeps getting in trouble for cutting corners].”

General Manager: “Tell me you’re joking.”

Me: “No. We thought you knew.”

General Manager: “How long has it been that I’ve wanted to fire her? It must be bloody months! Well f*** them both!”

(The waitress was fired the moment she turned up for her next shift. Her boyfriend didn’t follow through with his threat to resign, but he was fired a few months later for stealing meat from the freezer. Both were replaced within 24 hours of being fired, by much better people.)

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Your Call Is Very Important

| Working | September 23, 2013

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The Mother Of All Fears

| USA | Related | September 23, 2013

(My sister is taking skydiving for the first time. She has a fear of heights that she is trying to overcome. The class is on the plane, which is flying towards the appointed destination.)

Instructor: “Nervous?”

Sister: *quaking* “A little.”

Instructor: “Ah, don’t be. We’ve all been there the first time.”

(The plane reaches the place. The opens the hatch door.)

Instructor: “Alright, you go first.”

Sister: “M-me?”

Instructor: “Yes, you. Look, just think of your parents, like your mother. Just think about how happy she’ll be to see you soon.”

(Our mother has passed away the previous year, but before my sister could say this, the instructor PUSHES her out.)

Sister: “AAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!”

(Fortunately she was okay, and still with us!)

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