Managers, Fridges, And Cats, Oh My!

, , , , , | Working | June 16, 2017

(I work for the Manager-from-Hell, in a service department for a firm that sells and maintained industrial fridges/freezers, cooker ranges, massive toasters, etc. The service department is arranged so that the three administrators (I and two others) divide up the customers between us. Some of our customers only have the one walk-in freezer or industrial toaster, so their livelihood is affected if we don’t get out there and fix the problems. Our manager loves himself so much, always sees himself as ‘in’ with the directors, and is always a bit too fast to jump at you for mistakes.)

Manager: “[My Name]! You know what you’ve done? We’re going to lose this customer because of you! DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH CRAP THE MANAGING DIRECTOR JUST GAVE ME BECAUSE OF YOU? WELL, DO YOU?!”

Me: *getting flustered, because I haven’t been there long and it is hot in that office* “What’s the customer’s name? I’ll get the paperwork out and see what’s—”

Manager: “Never MIND what the customer’s called! You know D*** WELL know what they’re called! You spoke to them twice today, so don’t give me that!”

(This ‘conversation’ is taking place in full view and hearing of my colleagues, and the other offices go strangely quiet; they can hear him, too.)

Me: “[Manager], unless you tell me who it is, I can’t do anything about it, so—”

Manager: “GOD ALMIGHTY, [My Name], you’re just so d***ed useless! I don’t know why we took you on! Bloody useless!” *storms off to the MD’s office*

Me: *to the office in general* “Does anyone know who he’s talking about?”

(My colleagues just shrug, so we get back to work. But now I’m getting angry, and wondering if I’ve taken a problem job. Ten minutes later, the manager asks me to come into the kitchen; he even asks in a nice, polite way. When we get there, he closes the door after us, smiles and says:)

Manager: “[My Name], I’m really sorry for shouting at you like that. The mistake wasn’t yours; it was actually [Other Department]’s fault. It was them who’d talked to the client. I’m sorry for blaming you.”

Me: “Wow, thanks for the apology! But I won’t accept it until you come with me.” *takes him back to our office* “[Manager], would you mind repeating what you said in the kitchen, please?”

Manager: “Really, [My Name]? You’re going to make me embarrass myself?” *gives a jolly hahaho – an obviously fake laugh*

Me: “Yes, [Manager]. I think it’s only right, seeing as you ripped a piece off me without any idea what was going on. ‘New girl gets the blame.’ Is that your style? Anyway, who was the customer?”

Manager: “It was one of [Coworker]’s accounts. Sorry.”

(So, he did apologise — mechanically and monotonously, but he did. That was the first run-in I had with him, and I had many more in the three years I was there. The only reason I was there so long is that I promised myself I’d see him gone before I did. We absolutely hated each other’s guts. When he left, I handed in my notice. I got a better revenge, though. He insisted on giving me a lift home one night in his new car, to show off. I accepted, seeing as it was pouring down. When we got there, he asked if my husband was in (for more bragging), so I took him into the flat. Our little cat was having a bit of a bad tummy reaction to a cat food I’d given her, and she also liked to sit on strangers’ laps. She bounced up onto my manager’s lap, curled up, fell asleep and then farted the smelliest fart I’d ever smelled her do. It was gross, and I loved it a lot. The manager’s face was a picture. Perfect timing, Fuzzball!)

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  • I Troll Libtards

    Yeah…didn’t happen. You hated each others guts but accepted a ride home and invited him in your house?
    Other side of the wall for you!

    • Kitty

      On one thing, we can agree.

      • heymoe2001

        I’ll agree with you, Kitty, cause I don’t want to agree with ILT. lol

    • Rob Tonka

      Exactly what I came to say.

    • Linda

      I’m the OP of this one. The problem with this story, about the manager, is that I’ve had to severely edit the whole situation with him – about the relationship, etc. Yes, I hated his guts, and yes, he hated mine because I stood up to him, but he was that kind of person who always had to have everyone worship him. He expected his own awesomeness to outshine his nasty side, but couldn’t see he had a nasty side. The story was already a long one without going into more detail, but I can see how people would think it was weird. So, here goes!

      My husband knew the manager outside work. A lot of us from the workplace would blow off steam on a Friday night, at a pub near work.Our partners would sometimes join us, and my husband did that most weeks. So, he got to know that manager for himself, and I think that’s what helped to keep me sane at that place. We’d often sit and laugh about him and his “love me!” antics. He usually said to me, “Don’t let the b*stard beat you,” when I came home with yet another story about the manager. It was either let him break me, get me into crying every night, or getting even.

      That night I got a lift from the manager, I knew my husband wouldn’t be impressed with the new car and would find subtle ways to tell him so (eg, “You know, I see so many of these on the road nowadays – and this isn’t the top-end model, is it? The XY edition’s a much nicer car,” and so forth. Things like that were a delight to me, I’m sorry to say! Anyway, we got there, I brought my husband out to the car, and my husband ripped it to bits quite gently, and he offered my boss a cup of tea. There was nothing to do but get the kettle on – luckily, the flat was quite tidy. And then the cat did the farting trick.

      Anyway, this comment’s longer than the original post. Sorry! I hope it clears a bit of stuff up.

      • Ednaville

        You could have just found another job where you could actually be happy. But keep telling yourself you won.

        • Katrin Schirmer

          if it feels like a victory to someone, who are you to decide it isn’t?

          • Hedronal

            See OP (Linda)’s post just below.

          • Katrin Schirmer

            ” but it really did feel good to outlast him” – Linda, 3 hours after i posted.

          • Hedronal

            Or the rest of that quote, the part with a statement of what she should have done:
            “Looking back, however, you’re right, I should have moved on, and if anyone I know nowadays was in a similar situation I’d advise them to do just that,”

          • Katrin Schirmer

            my point is it felt like a victory at the time, and you don’t get to define what victory is for someone else.

          • Linda

            With hindsight, I think I got sort of hooked on the little wins. Adding that to my husband’s wicked, dry sense of humour and we did get a lot of laughs as well. Maybe that’s what helped me to stay for so long.

            For instance: the cat ‘event’. When she farted on the boss, his face started to sort of… change expression. Like, his face collapsed from his beaming fake smile to an agonised grin with tears in his eyes. When we realised what caused it, me and my husband looked at each other. My husband said, “It wasn’t me,” and I said, “Nor me,” and we both just looked at my boss. He blamed the cat, so my husband said, “Hm that’s odd – she doesn’t normally do that, does she?” and I agreed, that “no, she doesn’t. How odd.” And we just looked at him again.

            My boss suddenly decided he had somewhere else to be. He obviously knew it wasn’t him, but him thinking we were blaming him for the smell was so funny. After he’d dashed off, we were in fits, laughing. So juvenile for proper grown-ups, I know.

            Ah dear. I’m remembering far too much about that man! Sorry all. I’ll stop going on about him now.

          • Katrin Schirmer

            little wins are better than no wins at all. sometimes its the little things that counts. the fact that you found ways to laugh about it is great.

          • Hedronal

            And my point is that that someone else clearly stated that that wasn’t what victory should have been. I don’t have to define what victory is for them, she did and in hindsight, it wasn’t that.

            Also, if someone wants to keep themselves in a bad situation, especially for the three years mentioned in the original post, just to spite someone like that, then I have no better word for it than a waste of your life. It’s yours to waste, but that’s just making yourself have a bad time for the sake of having a bad time.

            I also have the questions: Did that *really* feel like victory *during* those three years or just at the end, and is that really *three years* of victory? Is just getting away from a bad situation somehow not enough of a win for you?

          • Katrin Schirmer

            do you know how often i am capable of getting away from bad situations? all the bad situations i have been in involve my friends being dicks to me in some way, usually while they are staying with me. do you know what was a victory for me in those situations? not going insane. ranging from not killing them to not killing myself depending on which one it was.

          • Hedronal

            That’s what friends bring out in you? Situations where lack of insanity is a win?

            Also, this is as compared to when the OP specifically said that she had the opportunity to leave and chose to not take it, out of spite.

          • Katrin Schirmer

            you learn who your real friends are sometimes when you are stuck with them for long enough. You also learn what people are really like that way. So far, in my history of letting friends crash at my place, i have learned there are at least 3 people i will never room with again, one of which isn’t even allowed in my house ever again. the other two i haven’t spoken to really and i’m just kind of neutral toward, i’ll hang out with them for a short period of time but that’s it.

          • Hedronal

            Those being cases where you avoided further instances of those interactions with those people. Like OP should have.

          • Katrin Schirmer

            yes, after spending who knows how long being forced to deal with them because i didn’t have a choice. well unless i wanted to kick them out of my house, which i’m too nice to do most of the time.

          • Hedronal

            OP had a choice though. Clearly stated above, the choice was there, so not comparable that way.

          • Ednaville

            I’m the decider, and I decide what’s best.

            But really. Keeping yourself miserable for years just to spite someone who probably didn’t notice? Not a good thing.

          • Katrin Schirmer

            you decide whats best for YOU, not for other people. especially not strangers.

        • Linda

          Of course I could have. But back then, I was ‘stuck’ in the “You won’t beat me, you swine” situation. On the occasions that he was right and I wasn’t, that smirking face of his got me so angry that my ears would give out steam, I swear.

          Looking back, however, you’re right, I should have moved on, and if anyone I know nowadays was in a similar situation I’d advise them to do just that, but it really did feel good to outlast him.

  • Souless night

    Your managers face was a picture? I didn’t know cat farts could do that to a person

    • Kathryn Baggs

      Just be thankful you don’t know what that smell is *shudder*. Yes Smudge, that was directed at you.

    • Siirenias

      Cat farts can do many things.

  • Deadpool

    “I was stubborn and worked a job I hated just to be with a manager I hated even more.” Hmm. Congratulations?

    • AKchic

      Badge of honor? Personal pride? Determination to not be chased off by an idiot?
      I dunno… I’ve stuck with a few things because options were tight and partially to spite other people. The longevity ended up helping me later down the road.

      • Linda

        Definitely determined not to be chased off, but by a bully (even though he was also an idiot). Thanks for seeing it. 🙂

      • Hedronal

        Not having him be the reason to leave isn’t the same as having him be the reason to not leave though, and OP’s statement marks the latter as the case here.

    • Cathrope

      I’ve had bad managers and being more stubborn then pride I’ve stuck it out. Been with the casino for 17 years now.

    • Rob Tonka

      Yeah, this makes absolutely no sense. I could understand if the objective was to not let some a-hole manager run her off from an otherwise good job that she liked, but if she turned her notice in after he left, then WTF was the point in staying? I see no victory in lasting longer at a place you did not want to be in the first place.

      That combined with the BS about them hating each other’s guts, yet her accepting a ride home and inviting him in tell me this woman is a complete moron, or this is complete BS.

      I call BS

      • Linda

        I’m the OP of this one, and I’ve put more info about the situation in another post further down. It really was one of those hate-hate situations – totally screwed up as a work relationship. I spent most of my day with half of my brain on what he’s going to yell about next.

        He was a very poor manager who was trying to fly using his own charisma, which he didn’t have much of. There’s only so much ‘fake it until you make it’ you can do.

        And, I DID like it there, but because me and that manager clashed so many times I earned this name for being obstreperous and awkward. “Here she is, don’t pee her off or she’ll kneecap you! She’s a scrapper” – said to a customer’s rep by one of the engineers I had no interaction with work-wise. It gets a bit tiring to have to constantly reiterate that I’m not a “scrapper”, I’m actually a reasonable person if you don’t try to push me around. I just got tired of it.

        • dawn orthen

          Isnt… that the definition of harassment and libel?
          Dont they have protection laws like that in the UK…?

    • Leah

      Seems dumb to me too, but if OP felt like the manager was trying to push her out of the job then maybe she stuck around just to prove he couldn’t bully her out of her job.

    • Jami

      I stuck it out with a bad and incompetent manager just because I was determined to out last her. She ended up getting switched to another library, where about half the staff promptly put in for transfers or just decided to retire the second they found out she was going to be their new manager.

  • Kitty

    I react badly to loud noises, which includes being horribly yelled at. I either shut down completely to get away from the noise or I get violent.

    • Deadpool

      Or fart on mean people. Your name is Kitty, that means you’re obviously the cat that the OP mentioned.

      • Cathrope

        You’re awesome Deadpool. 😁😛

      • Kitty

        “I fart in your general direction!”

        • Noel Harris

          Your Mother was a hamster and your Father smelt of elderberries.

  • Harold Wagner

    Cats are smart

  • Jackie Fauxe

    As other commenters have pointed out, who stays at a job to outlast someone they hate (unless maybe that other person had said something like “you’ll be gone before me” I guess)? And who invites someone they hate into their home for no good reason? I feel like there has to be a lot more to the story.

    • Linda

      I’m the OP. Yes, there was a lot more to it but the story was already quite long. As I was originally typing it out, I felt like I was writing a novel, or a severe ranting, outlining everything anyone’s ever done to pee me off. 😀 So, I had to cut it back a bit. Sorry about that.

      • Jackie Fauxe

        I just read your follow up on the other post. Thanks so much for taking the time to do fill us in on the missing bits. It makes a lot more sense now.

    • heymoe2001

      And the OP will post why she is a hero and not an odd-ball, unconvincingly.

  • LegionOfDo

    Way to go, kitty!

  • WonderRabbit

    Your cat farted, and you didn’t plan it to.
    That’s not revenge, that’s a coincidence.

    • Linda

      Course it is, but it was fantastic timing from my perspective (even though she was farting quite often whilst her tummy was off!)

  • ladyrage8

    I love cats.

    • JB

      Even when their fur covers your clothes?

      • Evie Heaven

        Keep the cat that fur matches your most official clothes (e.g., if you wear dark suits, keep the black cat…)

      • Kitty

        I have a t-shirt (black with white writing) that says, “You aren’t properly dressed unless it has cathairs on it”, so…

      • ladyrage8

        Have you seen my profile picture?

        • Huck Perry

          your kitten is cute!!

          • ladyrage8

            Not mine, sadly 🙁 I’m a volunteer at the local humane society, I socialize the cats and prep them for a home outside the shelter!

          • Huck Perry

            ah okay, that’s wonderful 🙂

  • Lorraine ER

    That last bit had me laughing gleefully. Good kitty!

  • Fuzzball is the hero we need, but not the hero we deserve.

  • Erin Elizabeth

    I would call that Katma

  • Noel Harris

    Good kitty 🐱 I hope it smelt like the Somme 1916.