It’s Time To Hang Your Hat

, , , , , , , | Working | March 16, 2018

(I worked in a mall throughout high school. After I went to college I was hired back for the following summer. Another employee I used to work with the previous year came back as well and started again a week before I did. Since most of the rest of the staff are high school kids, the two of us are the only ones working weekday mornings — high schools don’t get out for another month.)

Coworker #1: “You’ll like most of the new kids working here. They are all pretty cool, except for this one guy, who is a complete moron. I’m pretty sure he is stealing from the store, as well.”

(As if on cue, this particular new coworker walks in.)

Coworker #1: “[Coworker #2], what are you doing here? Don’t you have school?”

Coworker #2: “School is for p***ies; I don’t need school.”

(I stand there kind of in shock while he demands my coworker give him a free sandwich, before eventually leaving as my coworker declines. Before I have a chance to work a shift with this kid, he is fired for trying to walk out with an entire case of energy drinks while the owner is in the store. We think this will be the end of having to deal with him, but he is immediately hired at a hat store directly across from ours. He regularly comes in, trying to get people to give him free food. After about two weeks of him working at the other store, their manager comes in to chat with us.)

Hat Store Manager: “Hey, guys. I have a question about [Coworker #2]. He used to work here, right?”

Me: “Yeah, the owner fired him for stealing a few weeks ago.”

Hat Store Manager: “That’s what I figured. He told me he quit because you didn’t give him enough hours, but our entire inventory has been off since he started. Guess I should have checked over here before I hired him.”

(It turns out that in the short time he had been at the hat store, he had taken home a few dozen hats. His classmates told us he was trying to sell them at school, but no one would buy them because of how obvious it was they were stolen.)

Another One Goes Down The Tube

, , , , , , | Working | March 8, 2018

(I am pregnant with my first child and trying to train girls to take over my job when I go on maternity leave. I have already hired and fired several girls who just cannot get the hang of answering a phone, being an office manager, and a host of other duties. I have one girl who, after only 30 minutes on the job, says she has a headache and needs to go get aspirin out of her car. I never see her again. The next girl thinks work is the best time to catch up on calling her friends. I fire her before lunch. I FINALLY think I have found an older woman who might work out. She has several problems understanding how to use the computer to order supplies and send messages, but she seems willing to learn. Her first four days go okay… until Friday, which is casual dress in our office; the rest of the week is business dress. She comes in wearing a tube top, a denim mini skirt, and flip-flops.)

Me: “What the hell are you wearing?”

New Hire: “Well, you said it’s casual Friday, so I put the business suit up and came casual!”

Me: “Hon, it’s casual Friday, not bar-hopper Friday!”

(The bosses were not amused, and she was let go that afternoon after some of my customers complained.)

Don’t “Play” With Their Settings

, , , , , | Working | March 5, 2018

(Where I work, we clock in and out via a program on the computer in the back office. This is also the same computer that new employees sometimes use to watch training videos. We’re a small enough store that this rarely causes an issue, but on this particular day a new hire happens to be watching a video on the computer when I have to clock out at the end of my shift.)

Me: “Can I get in there just for a sec to clock out?”

New Hire: “Sure!”

(She scoots her chair back to allow me access to the computer. I lean in, pause her video, pull up the window to clock out, then bring the window with her video back up when I’m done. However, rather than playing the video, she just sits there staring at the screen for a moment.)

New Hire: “Um… How do I…?”

(Internally face-palming, I lean in again to click the play button on her video for her.)

New Hire: “Oh! Thank you!”

(Now, the new hire was middle-aged, and I understand that older generations sometimes struggle with new technology. But the concept of pressing a play button to make a video play has been around, in one form or another, for decades. How does one get this far in life without making that connection?)

Unable To Face Life Without Facebook

, , , , , | Working | March 2, 2018

(We have a new intern working with us. He has been fine for the past week and has been set up with a computer login to get some involvement with actual estimating. After a couple of hours, he pops this question.)

Intern: “How do you guys work without the Internet?”

Me: “What do you mean?”

Intern: “You said I need to use the Internet, but I can’t get on it.”

Me: “You’ve been emailing me, though.”

Intern: “I know, but the Internet won’t work.”

(I go over to his computer and see that he is trying to access Facebook.)

Me: “I see. Facebook is blocked on our network.”

Intern: “You blocked the Internet? How do you get any work done?”

Me: “No, we haven’t blocked the entire Internet. Just Facebook.”

(This confused him so much that he had to lie down. After a week of similar questions, our manager agreed mutually with him that perhaps this office wasn’t the best place for him. He now works on the tools, and seems much happier for it.)

Allow Me To Partition You Some Advice…

, , , , , , | Working | March 1, 2018

(I’m a web developer at a small company. I have just returned to work after maternity leave, during which time my computer has been “loaned” to a new employee so that my boss could avoid buying a new machine for him right away. When I boot up my computer I notice a few strange things. First, the limited, non-administrator account I had set up for the new guy to use is gone. Second, the administrator account appears to have been renamed with the name of the new guy, and given a new password. I text my workplace’s group chat to see what’s going on.)

Me: “Hey, what happened to my computer? Really not cool to change the password, because I can’t log in now.”

Coworker #1: “It got repartitioned; I don’t know the details.”

Coworker #2: “It was running out of space, so we had to get rid of the Linux partition.”

(At this point, I’m very confused. My computer never had a Linux partition, although one of my former coworkers did on his computer. And my computer should definitely not have run out of space, as it has two hard drives on it: a smallish SSD that has Windows installed on it, and a huge secondary hard drive for file storage. Finally, a third coworker chimes in with something useful.)

Coworker #3: “Here’s the number for the computer guy who did it.” *gives number*

(I call the guy.)

Computer Guy: “I had to reformat your drive and reinstall Windows on it.”

Me: “What about the second hard drive?”

Computer Guy: “I only detected one drive on the machine.”

Me: “Did you make a backup?”

Computer Guy: “No, I was told not to bother with that.”

Me: “I need you to come in so we can talk data recovery.”

(While I was waiting for the guy to arrive, the coworker who had been using my computer finally arrived and logged me in. When I checked “My Computer” I saw a total of five disks/partitions listed. Cue even more confusion on my part. Finally, the computer guy arrived, and we talked and pieced together what had happened based on the state the computer drives were in. My computer’s SSD had been getting full, because my coworker was saving everything to it instead of to the file storage drive. When he started getting “disk close to full” warnings, he tried to delete some files to free up space… except that he deleted part of Windows, causing the computer to crash. This is why the computer guy was only able to detect one drive; whatever my coworker deleted made the drive undetectable at first glance. So, the computer guy had installed Windows on my file storage drive, overwriting everything on it, with no backup. Because the SSD was more or less untouched, he was able to recover all of my data that was stored there. But I had code and data for three websites on the secondary drive, and that was lost forever, forcing me to download the contents of those three sites again, which took nearly a week. My computer-illiterate coworker was never disciplined for his actions, because my boss is equally computer-illiterate and didn’t really understand what had happened.)

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