Unfiltered Story #32229

England | Unfiltered | December 25, 2015

We have a new apprentice start with us, we know that there where problems with her performance, but every time we ask, we are told half answers or silenced on the situation. Everyone is puzzled to see what they could have done wrong to earn such a bad reputation.

Boss: Ok so (apprentice) will be working here tomorrow. (Me) can you please show her the ropes.

Me: Err yes sure. What time?

Boss: Normal time 7am.

(7 am the next morning comes and goes, at 11:30 she turns up. Says nothing to anyone and sits herself at a spare desk.)

Me: Hi, i’m (name) and I will be showing you what we do here.

Apprentice: Hang on I need to do this. (starts texting)

(I wait for 10 minutes, finally she finishes texting.)

Me: So where is your safety equipment?

Apprentice: I don’t have it.

Me: How could you not have it?! you need to be wearing it when you enter the building?! Oh just pop down the gangway and ask to borrow a spare form the safety office.

(Wordlessly she gets up and walks out, I see through the window walking in the completely wrong direction. Over an hour later she turns up still without the safety equipment.)

Me: where is the kit I asked you to get?

Apprentice: Oh, I forget, I will go get it now.

(She disappears yet again, after another hour I give up and explain to my boss that I cannot work with her. She gets handed off to everyone in the team who in turn all get fed up with her attitude and time keeping. Eventually my Boss has run out of staff to train her.)

Boss: So could you look after (apprentice) for me today?

Me: Sorry but n way, she is rude, her attitude to work stinks, she won’t do even the most basic tasks I ask her. Every time I look around she is on her phone, even after I have repeatedly told her not to.

(Without any other option my boss has to ask that she is removed form the department, I find out later she repeated this two more times in two more areas. Eventually she was let go. Of course when I saw her afterwards, none of this was her fault, and she was being picked on!)

Unfiltered Story #27957

Gresham, OR, USA | Unfiltered | December 24, 2015

(So me best friend, her sister, her niece and I were having a girls night to celebrate winter brake. We ended up meeting at a nickel arcade and have accumulated 3000 some tickets all together. We split them up so we have around 900 each. My best friend and I have both gotten large inflatable sponge in bats and are deciding what to do with the rest when she stops and looks at me.)

Best Friend: We should combine the rest of our tickets to buy as many (candy) as we can.

*Pause*

Me: I love that idea!

(And that’s how we went home with 9 boxes of sugary candy each.)

Unfiltered Story #56680

USA | Unfiltered | December 24, 2015

(I used to work in a call center for a very large insurance company. At this point in my career I was still a contract employee meaning that I was employed technically by another firm to work for the insurance company. Many of the agents from the insurance company didn’t have an issue with contractors. However…)

Me: Thank you for calling [Insurance Company] Help Desk, this is [My Name], how can I help you today?

Agent: Yeah I’m having a problem with the server in my office and I need some help fixing it along with the printer and some other stuff.

Me: Sure! I can definitely help you with that. Could I get your name so that I can get started by creating a ticket just in case I can’t resolve all the problems you’ve been having today?

Agent: Yeah it’s [Name] of [Agency Name known for being difficult].

Me: Alright, so I see that the issue with your server just requires a reboot of the computer itself. So why don’t we fix the printer stuff first and then we can reboot the server last that way your office can still function?

Agent: Yeah sure no problem.

Me: (I begin working on his printer issue and decide to make small talk) So you’ve been an agent with us for quite a while now. How do you like it?

Agent: Well yeah, except that corporate has been hiring all these contractors lately and they just don’t care about the business you know? They just don’t give the same level of customer service that a true agent of the company would. I mean all they do is fix the problem but then they leave something broken so we have to call again and again. (He continues ranting using words like incompetent, rude, obnoxious, while I’m fixing the printer and we finally get to the part where we need to restart the server)

Me: I can certainly understand your frustration with that. I need you to restart the server which is just simply holding the power button on the front until it turns off then wait about a minute then turn it back on again. While you’re doing that, I’d like to just interject and say that I sincerely hope that I’ve solved all your problems today.

Agent: Yes you’ve been great, things are functioning much better.

Me: Good, well, I want you to know that I am one of those contractors that you were complaining about earlier. I’m sorry you feel that way that we are as you said incompetent, rude, or obnoxious. I’ll be sure not to be that way ever again. Okay, you can go ahead and turn that server back on now.

Agent: [silent]

Me: Did that fix your issue sir?

Agent: Yes, yes it did. I’m sorry for what I said. If you’re even in [area where the agency is located] come find me and you’ll have yourself a job.

Me: Have a nice day sir thank you for calling [Insurance Company] Help Desk.

(I talked to him several more times over the course of working for that company and he was much more pleasant afterwards. Never again did he complain about the contractors and he would often ask for me by name!)

Unfiltered Story #47655

NY | Unfiltered | December 24, 2015

(My parents are considering getting a new sofa, I walk into the room. The company that sells furniture is named after a woman.)

Mom: …So we could try getting (company’s name)’s sofa.

Me: Who’s (woman’s name)?

Mom: That’s the name of the company, you idiot!

Me: Oh. I was gonna ask who’s (woman’s name) and why we’re taking her sofa.

Unfiltered Story #32228

Lexington Park, MD, USA | Unfiltered | December 24, 2015

(I have come across a highlighter top in class)

Me: (to girl next to me) Here. Put this in your hair!

Girl: What is it?

Me: (clips it in her hair) It’s a highlighter top. Wear it.

Girl: Okay.

(Time goes on, and eventually I see it on my computer)

Me: Why did you take it off?

Girl: (Teacher) kept giving me looks.

Me: Fine. (sees other girl) I wanted to thank you, so here is this.

Girl 2: What is it?

Me: It’s a highlighter top. Put it in your hair.

Girl 2: (takes highlighter top, then turns and effortlessly throws it into a trash can)

Me: …

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