Why Can’t You Be In Two Places At Once?

, , , | Working | June 7, 2017

(I’m very new to the hotel business, and have learned that there is only one person — me — working overnight. Lately, the customers having been complaining about me.)

Manager: “Why are there so many complaints about our overnight service?”

Me: “Probably because I’m delivering things to rooms when someone else calls needing stuff.”

Manager: “What can we do to make it better for you?”

Me: “Have someone else watch the desk while I deliver stuff?”

Manager: “NO!”

(My suggestion was ignored and the complaints kept coming. The manager never consulted me again on this matter and seemed happy with the complaints coming in. Sad.)

Making A Display Of Themselves

, , , , | Working | June 7, 2017

(My manager tells me she needs a display made with a certain item of stock.)

Manager: *holding up Stock Item #1* “I think this will look good. You can bunch up the front like this.” *demonstrates with her hands* “Oh, and you will need to get [Stock Item #2] to go under it. I’m so glad that corporate is finally giving up on their strict ruling about these things. It doesn’t matter how we do them now.”

(I start setting the display, using the exact item she had and bunching it up the way she told me. Several people comment how good it looks.)

Manager: *coming back* “[My Name], what are you doing? That’s not the way it’s supposed to be done. You aren’t even using the right item. It’s supposed to be done only with [Stock Item #3] that corporate has specified, and it’s not supposed to be bunched up like that. It’s supposed to be tight. Haven’t you done this before? Where’s the paperwork I gave you to follow? You are supposed to be following only the rules laid out by corporate.”

Me: “You didn’t give me any paperwork and I used what you told me to use. Also, I haven’t done it for a long time especially since the new rules came in, which you told me didn’t matter anymore.”

Manager: “Well, they do matter; I’m not going to get in trouble just because you don’t want to follow the rules.”

(This happened quite often.)

As Clear As Black And White

, , , , , | Working | June 6, 2017

(My manager leaves me a list of jobs to do, one of which is to merchandise some new products. He leaves a picture of how it’s supposed to be set up. A few days later a representative from our corporate offices comes in and sees the display, after which she leaves.)

Manager: “[My Name], who did the set up for this?”

Me: “I did. Why?”

Manager: “Well, I just got told off because it was set up wrong. I have to write you up”

Me: “What was wrong with it?”

Manager: *points to one shelf out of five* “On this shelf the colours aren’t in the right order.”

Me: “You’re kidding?”

Manager: “No, I gave you a picture to follow and you didn’t follow it.”

Me: “Yeah, you gave me a picture all right. It was black and white. I tried looking for a colour copy of it. Where was that?”

Manager: “Oh, I took that home… Oh… I’ll let you off this time.”

(I’m so lucky to have a considerate manager… not.)

The Sweet Taste Of Support

, , , , | Hopeless | May 30, 2017

(I and a friend are sitting in a fast food place, eating our food and talking. We are both trans (MTF) and are very early in our transitions, so it is noticeable. We have just finished our burgers and are about to get up to leave, when the store manager walks over with two small desserts. She places them on the table in front of us.)

Me: “What’s this? We didn’t order dessert.”

Manager: “It’s on the house. This is just my way of saying congrats on living your lives the way you want. I have an aunt that’s a member of the LGBT community, and the stuff she has to go through on a daily basis… I can’t even comprehend. This is just my way of showing support.”

(The manager walked away, and my friend and I began tearing up. It was years ago, but it made our day, and I will never forget that kindness!)

Taking Meetings Like A Boss

, , , , | Working | May 28, 2017

(It’s 7:55 am on a Friday morning.)

Boss: “I have to go to a meeting.”

Coworker: “What kind of crazy person schedules an 8:00 am Friday meeting?”

Boss: “I did.”

Coworker: “Oh…”

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