Inhuman Resources

| UK | Right | November 6, 2012

(It’s a very busy Friday afternoon. As I’m serving customers, I hear a woman in the queue line speaking in a raised voice to her friend. She’s wearing a business suit and looks like a professional.)

Woman: “Look at that! Their job is so easy! All they have to do is put things in bags and stand behind a till! A monkey could do that.”

(Her friend looks very embarrassed as she prattles on, drawing stares from other customers in the process. Finally, she reaches my till and puts a basket full of items in front of me.)

Me: “Good afternoon. Would you like an eco-bag with your purchase?”

Woman: “Yes, yes, get on with it. I don’t have all day!”

(I proceed to scan the items through. Throughout, the customer is talking in to her friend about how easy this job is, and how stupid myself and my coworkers must be. I can feel myself tearing up, but try to ignore it.)

Me: “That’s £59.50, madam.”

Woman: “What? That’s not right! Stupid little b****! You can’t even get something this simple right!”

(Just then, a man being served at the next till speaks up. He’s wearing a t-shirt and jeans.)

Man: “Hey, lady, watch your mouth. This girl has been doing a great job and has been extremely patient with you. I’d have thrown you out by now.”

Woman: “How dare you talk to me like that! Do you have any idea who I am?”

(She brandishes an ID card for a well-known company at him, on which the words ‘HR team leader’ are visible.)

Man: “Well, what a coincidence.”

(He shows her his badge for the SAME company, which has the words ‘senior executive’ visible.)

Man: “I know your direct supervisor personally. I’ll be telling him about your attitude problem on Monday.”

Woman: “I… I…”

(She turns bright red, chucks the money at me and practically runs from the store. Her friend, grinning, follows.)

Man: “Man, pulling rank feels good sometimes.”

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  • Fantaman

    I’ll take “This never happened in 100 years” for 500$, Alex

    • Samantha Phastine

      I’ll take ‘Nobody cares what you think’ for $1000, Alex. Oh look! The Daily Double!

    • A dragon

      Same company? It makes sense that they’d live in the same area. It is entirely possible for this to happen, incredibly unlikely, but you are reading on a site that exists for the sole purpose to collecting stories like these.

      In fact, the leader of the company my father works at lives not a block away from him…25 miles from the company itself. Someone simply took more pride out of their position than was due. Far more pride by the look of it.

      • Fantaman

        You’re pretty naive if you think even half the stories here are genuine

        • A dragon

          It isn’t naivete to understand what kind of people exist out there. Maybe the stories are not always genuine, but definitely plausible.

          • Fantaman

            You can very quickly spot the fake stories in the first place