Unfiltered Story #198700

, , | Unfiltered | June 26, 2020

I work as a Receptionist at a Leisure Pool but also do covers as a Lifeguard. A customer walks in:

Customer: ‘My daughter has a private lesson but I need to pay for me to swim as she was kicked out last week after her lesson and she likes to have a swim after her lesson’.

Me: ‘Okay, that is £5.50 and I didn’t ‘kick her out’. She was was swimming right next to the next lad who had a lesson and then told me she was seven.’ (Under 8s are not allowed in the pool on their own.)

Customer: ‘Yeah, she is 8 soon and I told her off about hanging around. She said she was helping.

The kicker? The mother that week was on her phone and was not even looking at her child also the swimming instructor complained about me and was told I was doing my job. Winner!

They Need More Lifeguards… For The Out-Of-Water Hazards

, , , , , , | Working | June 25, 2020

When I was fourteen or fifteen, I worked in the snack shack at my local swim club. This was my first real job, so I didn’t have a lot of experience, but I learned quickly. The snack shack was run by a separate company from the pool, so technically, they were my employers. But I will tell you, it sucked.

This place, had anyone actually checked on it, would have broken so many health codes that they wouldn’t have even been able to fit them all on one paper. The entire floor under our grill and fryers was a massive grease pit, and the entire summer, I was scared it would catch on fire and explode.

One time, I swore I saw a mouse disappearing into the bread drawer. Halfway through the summer, there was a fly and maggot infestation. When food went bad, we usually scraped off the ick and still served the good parts!

Toward the end of the year, the company basically gave up on us and stopped sending restock items. This meant that, on Labor Day, by far the pool’s busiest weekend of the year, we were out of fries, onion rings, bread in general, hamburger buns, waters, sodas, candy, and tuna.

And, to top to all off, they took an extra three weeks after the snack shack closed for the year to get us our pay, and they likely wouldn’t have paid us at all if I hadn’t put up a fuss.

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Drowning In Frustration

, , , | Working | June 18, 2020

The pool I work at hired a new employee who previously worked at a famous water park in our area. Since she had that background, we assumed she’d be a great employee. When I first met her, she was caked in makeup with eyelashes up to her forehead, and she was about to teach a swimming lesson. Surprisingly, none of it came off, so I asked her where she got her mascara. She then tried to play it off like her eyelashes were natural, which was warning number one. 

She has a shift on Saturdays from four to eight, but a month into working, she advertises that she wants the shift covered because she recently had a concussion and her grandma is sick.

Legitimate reasons, and I’m sure if she had talked to our boss, it would’ve been covered no problem. She didn’t, though, because she only wanted the six-to-eight part covered. No one wants to only work two hours on a Saturday night, but I’m already working noon to four, so I offer to work the entire four-to-eight shift. I hear nothing later and just assume she’s changed her mind.

A week or so passes until I’m working with the girl and she brings up the topic of her Saturday night coverage.

Girl: “It’s just been a hard decision for me because I don’t feel well, but I need the hours. So I’m trying to just get rid of two hours of my shift, so I can just have a break because it’s hard with my concussion.”

Me: “I understand, and I really want to help out. What if I worked four to six? It’s more convenient for me and you would still get those two hours.”

Girl: *Pauses* “Mmm, I have to think about that.”

I was stunned by this response because that was as good as she was going to get. I didn’t live nearby at all and didn’t want to work noon to four, have two hours off, and then be back from six to eight. I decided to drop it and cover someone’s opening on the next Saturday, instead.

On Friday night, around 11:00 pm, I was lying in bed and I just got a feeling to check our work’s email. I opened it up and, sure enough, that girl replied to my old email recently with, “Thanks, [My Name], you’re the best.”

So, I basically had to work a 6:30 am to 8:00 pm shift, and I was not happy. Luckily, she didn’t last long.

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Unfiltered Story #195970

, , | Unfiltered | June 9, 2020

I work as a concessions aide. In front of the window for the orders is a giant sign listing categories of food, such as hot food, ice cream, and drinks. A couple weeks ago, a middle-aged man walked up to the counter, and tried to order a sandwich (ice cream). While he was in the middle of the order, he asked what meat we use. Both my co-worker and I did a double-take, and told him that it was ice cream. When he became upset about our answer, he attempted to call a manager on me. Unknown to him, I was the manager on duty. After much squabbling and bickering, he finally left, but got a full refund at the front desk on the way out

Unfiltered Story #194979

, , | Unfiltered | May 28, 2020

Customer: ‘Do you have swimming days?’

Me: ‘Yes, we are a swimming pool’.