Unfiltered Story #107359

, | Unfiltered | March 15, 2018

I had problems with my thyroid in my early twenties but before it was diagnosed, my doctor prescribed antidepressants. For him, it was not possible that I was depressed because I was tired all the time and he insisted it was the other way around! I was sleeping 10-12 hours straight because I wanted to avoid reality not because I was really tired!

When I started to grow facial hair and had my period only a few times a year he told me I must have ovarian cysts and this meant I was probably never going to get pregnant even though nothing was found with an ultrasound! He told me that they were probably too small to see to be seen. My thyroid test results were barely within the “normal” range but he considered them normal. I should have gone to another doctor for a second opinion but I did not have the energy for that! I also had at the time a really toxic relashionship with my mother that was starting to take its toll on my mental health, but that is another story! My husband had left me six months prior to that because of my health problems (including a miscarriage at 19). I felt my life was going nowhere and I was tired of the side effects of my medicationl so I stopped taking everything!

Another six months later, I had been feeling sick and really nauseated for a few weeks so I went to the clinic. Guess who was the doctor there that day? The same doctor who prescribed pills I did not need and who told me I was sterile! He was shocked when he realised that I was pregnant and even more after examining me. I had not gained an ounce and did not look pregnant but I was already five months along! He remembered the antidepressants that He had prescribed me and mentionned that it was bad for the baby. I angrily replied that it’s bad taking them when you don’t need them and that I stopped taking them six months earlier! He handed me the papers for an ultrasound and told me to book an appointment with his secretary. I went to another doctor instead.

I never took antidepressants again and it has been twenty years now!

AdSense Versus No Sense

, , , , , , , | Working | March 13, 2018

A couple years ago, I was tasked with buying advertising space through Google to promote our company’s video-on-demand service. However, after a few days, our ads were suspended, because we had to submit proof that we had the rights to use some intellectual property that belonged to movie studios; our ads featured lots of popular film characters. I told my boss what happened, and suggested we go ahead and get in touch with our contacts at the studios as soon as we could to obtain written proof that we could use the characters, My boss was having none of it. The way he saw it, Google was screwing us over, and my job was to get them to immediately reverse their policy-based decision and run our ads.

Unsurprisingly, I was not successful in doing so, although I had a very productive call with Google. They gave me further information and guidelines about their policy, and told me how to get the situation sorted out as quickly as possible. I told my boss about it, but he said that surely I wasn’t insistent enough, and called me into his office to show me “how it’s done.”

Cue the most cringe-worthy moment of my life, during which I sat in front of my boss while he called the reception desk at Google headquarters and (unsuccessfully) harassed the receptionist for 20 minutes, asking to be put through to Larry Page. When he finally gave up, he just told me to do whatever it takes to get the ads up and running as soon as possible, at which point I just followed Google’s guidelines as instructed. Wouldn’t you know it, the ads were up and running less than a day later.

This was one of many crazy things that happened at that company during the time I worked there. They were a very small outfit, yet they always expected to be treated like one of the giants out there — and spent money they didn’t have, accordingly. I smelled disaster coming and quit just a few months after this, and they went bankrupt less than a year later.

Unfiltered Story #105871

, , , | Unfiltered | February 16, 2018

(My father and I went out for lunch one day at a popular Canadian coffee chain. After sitting down to eat and unwrapping my sandwich I discovered a slight error and went up to the register to have it corrected.)

Me: “Hi, I ordered a turkey club, but this has no turkey in it.”

(The poor cashier had a look of complete confusion, but they were nice enough to correct their error. It ended up being a really good sandwich, especially with the turkey in it!)

Just Got Owned And The Owner Isn’t Even Here

, , , , , | Right | February 13, 2018

(I work in a hotel.)

Guest: “Come on. You can give me a better rate than that! I know [Owner].”

Me: *feigning glee* “Heeeyyy! Me, too!”

Guest: “Hmm… No. I mean, I know him! Personally!”

Me: “ME, TOO! I was just at the BBQ bash he gave for his best friends, associates, and business partners. How come I didn’t see you there?”

Guest: *gives up and accepts the standard rate*

Giving Them Room For Doubt

, , , , | Right | February 12, 2018

(A man calls in and asks to be transferred to a guest’s room, which I oblige since he has the name of the guest. Ten minutes or so later, I recognize the same man’s voice, calling for the same room, and I transfer him again. Finally, he calls for a third time not a minute later.)

Caller: “I want to talk to [Guest].”

Me: “Okay, sir. I’ll transfer you…”

Caller: “No, no one is answering.”

Me: “Maybe he is out of his room.”

Caller: “What do you mean, he is out of his room? Did you see him?”

Me: “No, I did not see him, but—”

Caller: “He just checked in a few minutes ago.”

Me: “Maybe he decided to go to a restaurant, or to the bar, or just out for fresh air?”

Caller: *pause* “People do that?”

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