The Good Friday Before The Bad Manager

, , , , | Working | April 1, 2018

My husband works for a large chain grocery store, and has recently had a change in management. He is a department manager, and has a new store manager.

Corporate policy is that you must take your vacation days by a certain date, and you must ask for the time off in advance. My husband asks for the week before Easter off to go see his family across the country. We haven’t seen them in five years, and the week he asked for is Spring Break for our school-age children, so it is a perfect time to go.

He requests the time off two months ahead of time, but his boss turns him down, because that Sunday is Easter Sunday and he doesn’t want my husband to be gone on “such a busy day.” My husband explains his reasons why this is the only time that will work with all of our schedules before the vacation days expire. His boss smiles while he says, “Sorry, but I can’t have you out during Easter.” My husband isn’t happy, but has to deal with it anyway.

The Monday before Easter, at their weekly staff meeting, the manager says to let him know if anyone needs anything, because he will be on vacation the weekend of Easter.

My husband very nearly punches him and quits on the spot! Thankfully, he keeps his cool and starts looking for another job.

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The Manager Is A Regular A**hole

, , , , , | Working | March 29, 2018

Our local farm-style restaurant just underwent a remodel. While they were closed during the work they lost quite a few experienced cooks and servers; with no pay, the workers couldn’t afford to wait for the reopen. After the restaurant did reopen, we witnessed multiple mistakes. Here is what happened one evening:

Twenty minutes after ordering two soups online, I went into town to pick them up. I had to wait at the restaurant over 40 minutes because they had to defrost more soup. So, it took them more than an hour to microwave frozen soup. Yes, they defrost with a microwave.

While waiting for the soup, I overhead a server relaying a customer complaint. The manager’s response was, “Are they regulars? Because if they’re not regulars, f*** them!”

Unable To Drive The Economics Of The Situation Home

, , , , , | Working | March 29, 2018

(My vehicle has just gone out of commission due to an accident, and relatives that I live with have a conflicting schedule with mine, so I can’t get a ride into work. I phone in explaining the situation. I live about ten minutes, highway time, out of town, but my job is on the outskirts.)

Me: “I won’t be able to make it in. My vehicle is still out of order, but I should have it good to go by tomorrow.”

Manager: “I really need you in for tonight, though.”

Me: “I’m sorry, but I literally have no means to show up for work. I’m phoning to hopefully give you as much notice as possible.”

Manager: “I can just send a taxi.”

(Taxis have special “out of town” fees, making it cost around $80 for each trip.)

Me: “You realise the price of the taxi, each way, is going to be almost as much as you’d be paying me for the day… Right?”

Manager: “What about it?”

Me: “At this point, it’d just be cheaper just to get somebody else. If you can give me triple my pay without batting an eye, all of us are being underpaid.”

Manager: “Well, it’ll be fine.”

Me: “I refuse to see double my pay be used just to bring me in. It’d be cheaper to get somebody to work overtime or get somebody else.”

Manager: “So, you’re not coming in?”

Here We See The Bagels In Their Natural Habitat

, , , , , | Working | March 28, 2018

(I am at work and we are close to closing, so my coworker and I have started to clean up. My coworker is closing the bakery section of our cafe, and I am making fun of him having two empty bagel baskets out. My manager then looks at the bagel wall and says:)

Manager: “What is that?”

Coworker: “What?”

Manager: “The bagels, why are they like that?”

Coworker: “I wanted them to look nice?”

Manager: “No, you don’t see bagels in line like that in the wild.”

(My manager then just walked away. My coworker and I just looked at each other and started laughing. We started making jokes about bagels being little living creatures in the wild the rest of the night.)

I Have No Power To Help You

, , , , | Working | March 27, 2018

(A customer with a charger comes up to me on till and asks where she can find an outlet.)

Me: “Oh, well, there’s one over—”

Manager: *not looking up from clipboard* “Sorry, we don’t have any.”

Customer: “I don’t want to charge it behind the cash; I just need an outlet, anywhere.”

Manager: *still not looking up* “Sorry, we have none.”

(The customer huffs and walks away.)

Me: “Did we really have to do that?”

Manager: “Give them an inch, they take a mile.”

(This same manager also doesn’t allow lost children to use our store phone to call their parents. She makes one of our associates take them to guest service.)

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