Paycheck Checkup

, , , , , , | Working | March 17, 2018

(I’m working for a privately-owned restaurant. My manager has developed a bad habit of forgetting to bring in my paychecks. It has even resulted in me being late on rent on multiple occasions, because I couldn’t get the money in time. My morale has dropped considerably to the point where my coworkers have noticed. I have been trying to find another job, but I’ve had no such luck.)

Coworker: *as I’m clocking in* “I had a talk with [Manager] earlier today.”

Me: “Huh? About what?”

Coworker: “I told him that because he’s been late with your checks, you’ve been looking for other jobs.”

Me: “You did what?!

(While I have been looking for another job, I haven’t told anyone at work about it.)

Coworker: “Yeah, he wants to talk to you.”

Manager: “[My Name], can you come to my office?”

(That was the day I learned that I had job security. My manager was so worried about losing me, I never had a late paycheck again. I eventually had to quit when I moved out of state, but my now-former coworker and I still regularly keep in touch. I even came back up for his wedding.)

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The Cult Of Spongebob

, , , , , , | Right | December 13, 2017

(Our restaurant is divided into two rooms, and because the second room contains a TV and small arcade, it’s very popular among families. An action movie is playing on the TV, when a customer comes to me at the cash register.)

Customer: “Excuse me, but could you please change the channel to something more kid-friendly? That movie is completely inappropriate.”

Me: “Yes, ma’am. I’ll take care of that right away.”

(I go into the room and all the kids are either running around or playing in the arcade while paying little to no attention to what’s on TV, but I decide to oblige and begin flipping through the channels, when I finally reach Nickelodeon.)

TV: “Oooooooooooh, who lives in a pineapple under the sea? SpongeBob Squarepants!”

(I looked back to find all the kids that were bouncing off the walls were now taking a seat and quietly watching TV. Creeped out, I went back to my post.)

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Sim-ply Instigating

, , , , , | Friendly | June 29, 2017

(I’m at my friends’ place. One of them tends to be a bit of an instigator, to the point where he’s lost other friends over it, and is also a hardcore gamer. I’m a big fan of The Sims, and I’m currently playing it on my laptop.)

Friend: “I just don’t see the point in The Sims.”

Me: “Mmmm?”

Friend: “I mean, that has got to be one of the most boring concepts for a game ever.”

Me: “Oh… to each his own, I guess.”

Friend: “It’s a dumb idea. You’re just creating people and have them go about their everyday lives. There’s no excitement in that.”

Me: “Whatever you say, man.”

(Realizing he was not going to get a rise out of me, he gave up and went back to what he was doing. It wasn’t the first or last time he’s tried that with me, but I figured out the quickest way to defuse him was to not get upset. He’s thankfully matured out of that phase since then, but not before ruining another close friendship, and almost destroying the one he had with his roommate at the time.)

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