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How To Push Through That Grump

, , , , | Working | January 3, 2020

(I tend to be a cheerful person, even when not on shift. Most of my coworkers just smile and accept this. One coworker, however, whom I shall dub Mr. Grumpy, cannot seem to fathom how it is physically possible for me to be nice to people off shift.)

Mr. Grumpy: “You’re just fake nice for the customers, right?”

Me: “No, I’m not.”

Mr. Grumpy: “I don’t believe you. You’ve got to be faking. Nobody’s this cheerful for real. I do drugs and I’m not that cheerful! What stuff are you on?”

Me: “I’m a minor and don’t do drugs, nor am I prescribed anything.”

Mr. Grumpy: “We need to dissect your brain when you die. There’s obviously some screwy stuff in there; it’s not healthy to be that cheerful on a regular basis.”

(Later, after I’ve helped a customer get a better deal while off shift.)

Mr. Grumpy: “Why are you being nice while off the clock?” *to manager* “We need to swap her out; this one’s broken!”

(On my last shift, he actually said goodbye in a nice tone. I think I’m a good influence on him!)


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