Pretty Upset That You’re Not Upset

, , , , | Working | October 21, 2019

(Though my schedule is not written in stone, I’ve worked the same days every week for several months. Because of this, I’ve been able to plan my non-work life with little trouble. One day, I am in the break room looking over my schedule when I see I am scheduled for a day I don’t usually work. It also happens to be a day I have a doctor’s appointment scheduled.)

Me: *to myself* “Oh, crap.”

Coworker: “What’s wrong?”

Me: “Oh, I didn’t ask for next Friday off and I have a doctor’s appointment.”

Coworker: “You don’t normally work Friday, do you?”

Me: “No, that’s why I didn’t think to ask off. I’ll just have to reschedule my appointment. Oh, well!”

Coworker: “Why are you upset if you didn’t ask for it off?”

Me: “Oh, no, I’m okay. It’s my fault for not asking for it off. That’s all.”

Coworker: “I just don’t understand why you’re upset if you’re the one who didn’t think to ask for the day off.”

Me: “I’m not upset. I was just saying that I forgot and now I have to fix it. It’s not a big deal.”

Coworker: “You should have asked for it off.”

Me: *giving up* “Yeah, I guess. Lesson learned.”

(The day of the shift arrives. I walk in and my manager calls me to the office.)

Manager: “I heard there was a problem with today’s shift.”

Me: “There is?”

Manager: “It was brought to my attention that you were complaining about having to work today.”

Me: “No, I wasn’t. Who said that?”

Manager: “I can’t tell you. You know that this shift is within your availability, right?”

Me: “Yeah.”

Manager: “And you didn’t ask for the day off.”

Me: “Right.”

Manager: “So, I don’t understand what the problem is.”

Me: “Nothing. There’s no problem.”

Manager: “That’s not what I heard.”

Me: “Well, like I told [Coworker], I recognize that it’s my fault I didn’t ask for this day off. I was just basing things on how they’ve been for the last several months.”

Manager: “So, you’re upset because I scheduled you on a day you are available?”

Me: “I’m not upset. I assumed I’d have today off because that’s how it’s been for months. When I saw I was scheduled, I changed my appointment. It was my mistake.”

Manager: “I just don’t understand why you were complaining when you did nothing to prevent this.”

Me: “Oh, my gosh.”

Manager: “What?”

Me: “Nothing. Life is good.”

Manager: “Well, maybe in the future you’ll remember to ask for the day off instead of complaining.”

Me: “Yup. Thanks.”

(Apparently, my manager started using this experience as an example of thinking ahead when other employees asked for days off or had conflicts. Every time it came up, I had to explain again that yes, I know it was my fault and yes, I learned from it. And every time, my manager tells the story like I was furious and blamed him.)

Never Ever Off The Clock

, , , , | Right | October 21, 2019

(I’m back at work after a day off. I’ve opened the store and my colleague comes in an hour later.)

Coworker: “[Customer] called for you yesterday.”

Me: “Oh, okay. I spoke to her on the phone earlier this morning.”

Coworker: “Yeah, she was quite agitated and insisted that she had to talk to you immediately as it was urgent. When I told her you weren’t at work, she asked for your personal number so that she could call you at home.”

Me: “Wait, what?”

Coworker: “I refused to give it to her, saying that I couldn’t give out personal information. Eventually, I managed to get her to tell me that she wanted to pay off the balance on her order. I said that I could process the payment for her, but she refused my help and asked for you to call her today.”

Me: “She didn’t mention any of that to me! I even emailed her to say that I wouldn’t be in yesterday, but that I’d be back today. I don’t know why she didn’t just speak to you. It’s not like I could have helped her on my day off. I don’t have access to the order system at home and I don’t have a PDQ machine, either! Does she think I just carry a portable PDQ machine with me at all times?”

Coworker: “I guess so!”

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The Power Of Words

, , , , , | Friendly | October 21, 2019

(For the record, I have a bit of a temper and those who know me know to tread carefully. I am at the store chatting with someone on the phone, and something tweaks me, so I drop an “F-bomb” or two. Just after that, I feel a poke on the back of my leg, and I look down to see a kid staring up at me.)

Kid: “Mommy says that’s a bad word.”

Me: *bending down* “Well, go tell your mom…”

(I then let loose a nice long string of profanity. The kid ran off, and I went back to my conversation. Maybe their kid’s new vocabulary will teach their momma to keep them on a shorter leash.)


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I Taekwondon’t Work Here!

, , , , | Right | October 20, 2019

(Because I have just gotten out of taekwondo, I am wearing my summer uniform, which for assistant instructors like me is a blue polo with our logo stitched on the breast. I stop by the local superstore because one of my headlights is out and I need to replace it before it gets dark.)

Customer: “Hi. Can you tell me where your printer ink is?”

Me: “I’m not sure, but I think it’s—” *gestures* “—over there.”

Customer: “Well, can’t you look it up on the computer that you employees all have?”

(Keep in mind, I’m wearing my white pants with my taekwondo black belt around my waist, wearing flip flops, and sweating buckets because I just left class.)

Me: “Oh, I’m sorry, ma’am, but I don’t work here.”

Customer: *extremely irritated and snooty at this point* “Well, can you page someone over to help me?”

Me: *slightly irritated because confrontation like this makes me mad, but trying to keep my cool* “Ma’am, let me repeat myself: I don’t work here. I already have a very good job at [Store], you know, up at [Intersection]? I’m not even wearing the same color shirt as the employees here.”

Customer: “I’m telling the store manager here about the way you treat your customers.”

Me: *with a huge fake smile* “Okay, make sure they write me up and fire me.”

(Cut to about ten minutes later; I’m checking out with my headlight.)

Cashier: “Hey, man, I was at the other end of the aisle when you had your little ‘encounter’ with that lady a few minutes ago. That made my night. I’ll keep a lookout for that write-up you mentioned.” *winks*

Me: “Haha, thanks! Unfortunately, I could have handled that better, but I was too tired to do anything else in the moment.”

(We finished the transaction and I left without any more issues.)

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Unfiltered Story #172098

, , | Unfiltered | October 20, 2019

(I am a customer at a retail store that typically has very good deals with can be combined with coupons to get even better deals. Some things are 80% off before extra coupons. I am in life behind 2 older women checking out.)

Woman 1: Can you tell me how much these are?
Cashier: $19.99
Woman 1: It’s not on sale? There was a sign saying it was on sale.
(Note: the 19.99 was still a discounted price)
Woman 2: They always do that. They put one thing on sale with a bunch of things and put a sign saying it’s on sale!
Cashier: *rings up the item along with the other couple items they were purchasing*
Woman 2 (to Woman 1): Oh you’re getting them? She rang them up already. You’re getting them? I thought you didn’t want them? (to the cashier) I have a coupon.
Cashier: Oh, sorry, that coupon doesn’t start until tomorrow…
Woman 2: Are you kidding me? This happens EVERY TIME I’m in here. I’m NEVER coming back. I’ll buy this now. But I am never coming back. This always happens. It’s ridiculous. I am never shopping here ever again.
Cashier: *silence*
(The 2 woman pay and continue grumbling and making a fuss)