You Can Win The Battle But Lease The War

| Toronto, Canada | Right | July 30, 2012

(This takes place just when DVDs are starting to replace VHS. A customer comes to the counter with a popular movie on VHS.)

Me: “You know, sir, the rental costs $4.99 for a week, but we are selling previously rented copies of this movie for only $1.99.”

Customer: “That’s okay. I just want to rent it.”

Me: “But sir, it’s $3 cheaper if you buy it, and you won’t have to bring it back.”

Customer: “But I don’t want to keep it!”

Me: “Well, you could buy it and then throw it out after.”

Customer: *impatiently* “Look, I don’t want to buy anything. I just want to rent this movie!”

Me: *gives up* “Certainly, sir. That will be $5.14 with taxes. The movie is due back next Tuesday by midnight.”

Customer: “Great! Thanks!”

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June Themed Giveaway Roundup: Bad Bosses!

, , , , | Not Always Working | Working | June 24, 2012

Hey readers! Just a reminder that you can win a Not Always Working t-shirt if you enter our June Themed Story Giveaway: Bad Bosses!

If you recall, entering is as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Submit a story based on the theme-of-the-month: Bad Bosses!
  2. Enter your email address in the form to qualify.
  3. All posted stories will be entered in a drawing to win a free t-shirt!

Want some examples? Check out some of the fantastic stories readers have already submitted:

PS – winners will be announced the first Wednesday of every month. Next free t-shirt: Wednesday, July 4!

Some Customers Are Out Of Line

| Canandaigua, NY, USA | Right | June 20, 2012

(We have a customer who occasionally comes in who is in a wheelchair. So, to make things easy, he just calls us when he’s in the parking lot and asks for assistance. We come out and take care of getting movies for him. This happens right after I come back in to grab him a movie, and hop back on the register. There is one other person in line.)

Customer: “This is absolute bulls***. Why can’t he just get out of his car like everyone else?!”

Me: “Sorry, guys, but he’s a paraplegic and this would just make things easier on him.”

Customer: “That’s no excuse! He should come in like the rest of us! I want you to take care of me now. I was first in line!”

Me: “With all due respect, no, you weren’t. He called long before you got up to the register, and I’m not gonna make him get out of his car and potentially hurt himself to save you an extra 20 seconds. I will be with you in a second.”

Customer: *shuts up*

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In The Line Of Hire

| Charlotte, NC, USA | Working | June 11, 2012

(I am 17 years old and running the register while the manager and another employee are restocking in the back. I see a big, scary, burly customer steal a box of DVDs, but as I weigh all of 100 pounds soaking wet and it is corporate policy to not confront thieves, I let him walk out the door and alert my manager.)

Me: “[Manager], someone just stole a box of DVD’s. I am going to go call the police.”

Manager: “So, you saw the guy stealing the box of DVDs?”

Me: “Yes, I saw him open the box, pour all the DVDs into a bag, and then walk out the door with it above his head so that the alarm wouldn’t sound.”

Manager: “And you didn’t try to stop him?!”

Me: “Well, I was told during training that we were not supposed to confront thieves.”

Manager: “Screw training! I expect you to try to stop thieves. I am so sick of them stealing from me!”

Me: “So, you wanted me to confront this big, scary guy and do what exactly?”

Manager: “You should have chased or tackled him or something!”

Me: “You wanted me to try to tackle a man who is three times my size?”

Manager: “Exactly! I am so sick of how all you young employees never take any initiative with your jobs!”

Me: “So, your idea of initiative is putting my life in danger over a box of DVDs?”

Manager: “Exactly!”

Me: “Would you have tackled the guy?”

Manager: “No! I have two kids. I can’t be putting my life in danger like that!”

Me: “But I am a kid!”

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See You Later, Gladiator

| Lynnwood, WA, USA | Working | June 1, 2012

(Note: I used to work for a manager who was such a complete jerk that everyone tried avoiding conversations with him. This happens late at night just before closing. Keep in mind I am a 20-year-old female and the only other employee in the store.)

Manager: “Have you seen that new show Spartacus?!”

Me: “Nope, never got around to it.”

Manager: “You should really take the time to see it. It’s great.”

Me: “Okay, maybe I will sometime.”

Manager: “Unless seeing naked women makes you uncomfortable…”

Me: “What?!”

Manager: “There are so many naked women in there…even guys!”

Me: “Right. Nice.”

Manager: “There’s just so much sex in it—”

Me: “Alrighty then.”

Manager: “Really detailed—”

Me: “Okie dokie.”

Manager: “I saw this one guy who just whipped it out!”

Me: “Are…you trying to relate to me, or are you purposely trying to creep me out?”

Manager: *face turns red*

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