Unfiltered Story #103331

| Unfiltered | January 6, 2018

I am helping out at another of our locations, packing up as they have closed down. There are quite a few staff in the store, the only way for us to leave is by the main door which has a roller door that is three quarters closed. We have boxes everywhere and am emptying shelves of stock into them. I look up to see a woman crawling under the door.

Me “Excuse me, I’m sorry but we are closed”

Woman “But I only want one thing”

Me “No, we’re closed, I need to ask you to leave”

Woman “I only want one thing, I know where it is”

Me “No, I’m sorry but we are closed as in closed down, you need to please leave”

Woman “But I know exactly what I want and where it is, I won’t be a moment”

Me “No, you have to leave we are closed down, we are no longer trading, you can’t buy anything”

Woman “I know where it is”

Me “You have to leave”

She starts walking away from me into the shop, again I stop her and ask her to leave.

Woman *looking around at the empty shelves “Oh are you closed?”

Me “Yes, Please go back out the door”

Woman “But it’s mostly closed how do I get out?”

Me “The same way you got in, go under it”

She leaves and I hear my name called by the Area Manager.

Area Manager “(My Name), what was that about?”

Me “Um, she wanted to shop”

Area Manager “You did that more politely than I would have, good job”.

A Crafty Way Of Getting Free Crafts

, , , | Friendly | January 5, 2018

(I run a small craft class at friend’s business. It is my second time doing so. The items we make turn out quite well. The small fee of $5 per person only just covers the cost of the materials. I am not worried because I’m not in it for the money. The next week one of the participants is showing off her creation at another group we are members of. Another woman takes interest in the item.)

Woman: “Ooh, that looks great. Are you able to make more, [My Name]?”

Me: *thinking, “here it comes”* “I’ve got a few supplies left. Not much, though.”

Woman: “Oh, great. I have a conference coming up in a few months. You could make some for me.”

Me: “Uh, how many is some?”

Woman: “A thousand.”

Me: “I’m not making a thousand!”

Woman: “Five hundred, then.”

Me: “No. I don’t have the time for that.”

Woman: “I’m giving you three months.”

Me: “How about I give you the instructions? You will need to source the supplies yourself.”

Woman: “I don’t have time to do that.”

Friend: “What makes you think [My Name] has the time, either? She works full-time.”

(This woman is always trying to get people to volunteer to do things for her. I can also see that she has no intentions of offering payment. She becomes insistent until people back down, but it’s never worked with me. She keeps on at me about making them.)

Me: “They will only cost you four or five dollars each to put together. It will be more if I have to do it.”

Woman: “Four or five? What? Maybe I better not.”

(Later:)

Friend: *to me* “I like how she backed off as soon as you mentioned it was going to cost her money.”

Me: “Yep. If I was going to make them, there’s no way I’d be paying.”

A Roster Not Fit For Public (Holiday) Consumption

, , , , , , | Working | January 5, 2018

(I have noticed that our store, which previously didn’t open on Boxing Day, has decided to open that day this year. My manager has scheduled me to work all day. She always does this for other public holidays and takes the day off herself. I don’t usually work on the day of the week that it happens to fall on.)

Me: “I’ve already made plans for Boxing Day, seeing as we normally don’t open and the fact that it’s not my normal rostered day.”

Manager: “It’s already been submitted.”

Me: “You do realise it’s not legal to force someone to work on Boxing Day?”

Manager: “Think of the money you’ll be getting.”

(My normal hourly rate more than doubles on public holidays. The next day I check the roster, and find that I’ve been removed from working that day.)

Me: “You’ve changed the roster.”

Manager: *not very happy* “Yeah, I had to; [National Manager] is forcing all managers to work to cut costs.”

(They are on fixed wage. It didn’t help much, as sales only took in an extra $40 after covering wages for the day.)

Cults Are Fickle Like The Wind

, , , , | Friendly | January 5, 2018

(One of my friends, a mature-aged lady, has become quite interested in a group that, to me, seemed quite cultish. She talks non-stop about it and is starting to get other friends interested, too. I am a bit worried about the change in her. The leader of the group is making a trip to our city, and my friend immediately buys her ticket to the event.)

Friend #1: “[My Name], are you going to come to [Group Meeting]?”

Me: “No, it’s too expensive for me; I can’t warrant the cost. *almost $400*

Friend #2: “It’s going to be worth it; we are going to get so much out of it.”

Friend #1: “I know, right?” *starts raving about the group*

(It’s a few days after the meeting. Usually my friends post everything to social media but I’ve seen nothing.)

Me: *to [Friend #2]* “So, how was the weekend?”

Friend #2: “Oh, my God, it was horrible. We paid all that money and they didn’t even supply chairs; we had to sit on the floor. And then the bowing started; we were supposed to bow down with our face in the dirty carpet.”

Me: “The bowing was the main thing that put me off of the group, but grovelling on the carpet sounds worse.”

Friend #2: “But that wasn’t the worst part! We decided not put our faces to the carpet and looked forward instead. That’s when the man in front of us started farting right into our faces. It was rancid. The rest of the day didn’t get any better. It’s turned me off this group, and also given [Friend #1] second thoughts.”

(Thanks to a farting man, I no longer had to worry about my friends.)

Getting Some Cash Back Flack

, , , , | Right | January 4, 2018

Customer: “Can I get cash out here?”

Me: “Yes, up to $50.”

Customer: “$50?”

Me: “Yes.”

Customer: “Is that all?”

Me: “Yes.”

Customer: “So I can’t get $125?”

Me: *internally screaming* “No.”

(I have some form of this conversation at least three times a day.)

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