Sliding Into A Longer Shift

, , , , | Working | March 26, 2018

(I work at a pool that has an indoor water slide. Our schedule comes out weekly. We notice a typo has occurred and that one of the slide workers is only scheduled for a half-hour. He has worked the shift before and knows it is actually five hours. He is waiting for the shift to start.)

Me: “Hey, [Coworker], pretty funny about the typo, eh?”

Coworker: “What?”

Me: “Oh, you didn’t see? Instead of 1:00 to 6:00, our boss accidentally put 1:00 to 1:30. Pretty funny, right? I mean, who would want to—”

Coworker: *angered* “Wait, I’m working until six?”

(I stare at him, too stunned for a moment, until I reply.)

Me: “Uh… Well, I thought… I mean, that’s what you usually work. I thought you would know it’s a typo; I mean the slide is open until six.”

Coworker: *sighs and gives attitude* “I guess I can stay later; I just have to call my mom.” *leaves*

(I know it was technically a scheduling error and he could’ve contested it, but who wants to work for only a half an hour? Plus, he had been working there for almost a year; why not question it when he saw it on the schedule? I guess he really did want to come in from out of town for only a half an hour.)

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