Unfiltered Story #112805

, | | Unfiltered | May 19, 2018

I do some last-minute shopping at our general store. The employee at the till scans all items.

Me: I would like to have a bag with it please.

Employee: Would you like a large or a small one? (they have a different price, 15 cents versus 20 cents)

Me: A small one please (I do not have much)

Employee (without even checcking): we are out of small bags.

Me (hesitating): euh, then I don’t think I understand the question?

The employee looks blank. The guy in front of me, who is packing his stuff, starts laughing. “Then why do you ask?” Employee looks sheepish, takes a large bag, and finishes the payment.

Unfiltered Story #110712

, | Unfiltered | May 16, 2018

I was hired for a position combined with learning on the job. The first half year, everything went smoothly. Every monthly meeting, people were cheering for my contributions and efforts. I had never felt so rewarded before. In my half-year progress meeting, I was introduced to my new team lead, who had only recently been promoted. He asked me what I expected from him, and I gave honest advice from my seven-year experience in similar companies.

The meeting was recorded and notes were sent to me: my contract was prolonged without a doubt.

Fast-forward two weeks. The new team lead pulls me into the first of two awful meetings. He accuses me of not getting my job done (that was correct: I was behind on two tasks); on slacking off to social media, being distracted, on coming in late and leaving early; on my request to switch places so I’d sit in a quieter corner and could work more focused: he interpreted this as fleeing from supervision. He scolded me and said I was a disgrace to the company. He called my daily status updates incoherent and, as I agreed we all should stay sharp at those, he sneered I should say nothing advisory until I had my own work back on track again (I hadn’t even noticed I’d derailed, nobody had).

It took him two meetings, because at first, I didn’t believe him, and tried to take it lightly, and tone his temper down. That didn’t land well, so the second meeting he was furious. I shed a few tears, silently, because I was so taken aback by this mean, unfair behavior. I was doing so well!

In the next months, he and I tried to get back on track, but I couldn’t do anything right. I felt miserable and started to believe in my own failure. My next contract prolongment came up, so I arranged a meeting with our boss. He advised me to talk to the team lead myself, since it wasn’t his problem. I promised to. He also said, that I had surely apologized for slacking, so if I hadn’t, had my apologies been a lie, or the slacking? In any case, I was wrong. He told me we shouldn’t lie about the half-year meeting; it hadn’t been good; I should have done better and I hadn’t. I couldn’t believe it. Did he forget we’d put this all in words? I carefully advised him not to speak in hints anymore, in such meetings.

In the next week, I talked to the team lead, and asked about the contract prolongation. He wouldn’t prolong it, not to my surprise. I knew that, and I didn’t fight. Fighting him in any way had caused him to become unruly and outraged; not again.

He told me to let it sink in for a day, but I didn’t need that. I was surprised he’d assumed I did not see it coming. He even advised me to work less, because I had done so much lately (oh?) and he was afraid I’d end up home, sick (here, a company can’t let you off if you’re on long term sick leave). His sudden devotion to my health was paper-thin.

Next day, I told my colleagues I would leave the company soon, so I could be open about job seeking. Not asking for reasons, they supported me immediately. With help of them, and friends, I found a new job in only six weeks. My friends have been so supportive, it is a blessing. I am sad nevertheless. I re-read the notes from my half year’s meeting, and saw nothing but happiness and hope. And now I hope, that this team-lead one day learns to treat people better. I’ll be somewhere else.

Nail Fail

, , , | Right | May 15, 2018

(While I’m shopping, I overhear the following exchange between a customer and one of the employees manning the till.)

Employee: “Excuse me, sir, what are you doing with that nail clipper? Are you actually clipping your nails?”

Customer: “Yes. I have to test if it works, right?”

Employee: “That is not very hygienic, sir. I’m afraid you’ll need to buy it now. I can’t sell it to other people like this.”

Customer: “But… I just needed to test it out. All right, how much is it?”

Employee: “It’s [amount], sir.”

(The customer paid for the clippers and walked away. As they left the shop, I heard his wife saying to him, “I don’t understand why you wanted another one. You have dozens of those things at home.”)

Unfiltered Story #110683

, | Unfiltered | May 13, 2018

Customer: I’ll have the steak.
Me; Of course. Medium?
Customer: No, large.

Both Rooms Involve An Eventual Release

, , , , | Working | May 9, 2018

(We’re discussing possible activities for our annual team outing. We discussed the possibility of going to an escape room some days prior.)

Coworker: “Before it comes up again, I’m not going to one of those dark rooms! I’m not going, if that’s what we’re doing!”

Me: “[Coworker], I can promise you we will not be going to a dark room for our team outing. I’ll explain the difference between an escape room and a dark room later. On second thought… Maybe not.”

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