November Themed Giveaway Roundup: You’re Fired!

Not Always Working | Working | November 18, 2012

Hey readers! Check out these great You’re Fired stories we’ve already received for the November Themed Story Giveaway:

Got a story of your own? Submit it for a chance to win a Not Always Working T-shirt!

Submitting is as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Submit a story based on the theme-of-the-month: You’re Fired!
  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 gift certificate, to use in the official Not Always Working shop!

PS: winners will be announced the first Wednesday of every month. Next free t-shirt: Wednesday, December 5!

November Themed Giveaway Roundup: You’re Fired!

, | Not Always Working | Working | November 18, 2012

Hey readers! Check out these great You’re Fired stories we’ve already received for the November Themed Story Giveaway:

Got a story of your own? Submit it for a chance to win a Not Always Working T-shirt!

Submitting is as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Submit a story based on the theme-of-the-month: You’re Fired!
  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 gift certificate, to use in the official Not Always Working shop!

PS: winners will be announced the first Wednesday of every month. Next free t-shirt: Wednesday, December 5!

Senseless & Centsless, Part 3

| Fort Worth, TX, USA | Working | November 17, 2012

(I am shopping at a chain superstore that has been running commercials about their price matching policy. The cashier begins to ring up my potatoes that are also on sale at the competitor.)

Me: “Those are two pounds for $1.00 at competitor.”

(I show the cashier the ad, but she ignores me and rings it up without the competitor’s price. They ring up at $0.88 per pound.)

Me: “Excuse me, those were two pounds for $1.00 at competitor’s store.”

(I show her the ad again.)

Cashier: “Yes, but our price is cheaper.”

Me: “No, the other store is two pounds for $1.00 and is cheaper.”

Cashier: “But our price is $0.88 and their price is $1.”

Me: “Yes, but their price is two pounds for $1.00 and that’s only $0.50 per pound, which is cheaper than $0.88 per pound.”

Cashier: “Two pounds for $1.00 isn’t the same thing as $0.50 per pound!”

(She eventually acceded, but not without acting like I was trying to pull something sneaky. I haven’t tried to price match since!)

 

Some Bars Make You Tend For Yourself

| London, UK | Working | November 17, 2012

(My mum and I are tourists in London. We have stopped at a pub for lunch which has multiple levels, bars and restaurants in it. There is no table service, and not knowing where to go exactly, I approach the nearest bar.)

Me: “Hi, could I get two glasses of wine and a couple menus please? Also, is this where we order food from?”

Bartender: “We don’t have menus here.”

Me: “Oh, sorry. In that case, just the drinks, please. Where can I go to get menus and order food?”

Bartender: “I told you, we don’t do menus here. There is one there I guess…”

(The bartender points to a lone menu on the bar.)

Me: “Umm, that menu is covered in spilled beer and coke and is sticky and unreadable. I am happy to pick up menus elsewhere. I just need to be told where, please.)

Bartender: “I don’t have menus! It’s not my job!”

(Hearing this, the duty manager comes over and asks what the problem is. After I explain…)

Duty Manager: “For god’s sake, [bartenders’s name], if a customer wants a menu, get your lazy a** out from behind the bar, walk two meters and get her one!”

(The duty manager and the cashier actually argue for five minutes, making me and all the other customers nearby feel very uncomfortable. However, we finally get our menus and drinks. When we’re finished, I go to pay for the two drinks.)

Bartender: *obliviously* “That’s [amount]. Would you like to add a tip today?”

(Needless to say, I didn’t tip. Furthermore, when we did finally order and get our food, they messed up the order and the bread was burnt.)

Foot In Mouth 101

| Virginia, USA | Working | November 16, 2012

(Note: I am a Criminal Justice major at a college in rural Virginia. The head of our department is notoriously sexist and racist but nothing has even been done about various claims filed against him. I see him walking by with a family, giving a tour.)

Department Head: “Oh, and as you can see, we also promote diversity on our campus by giving scholarships to a few less privileged students. Most of them, like these ladies, are in the nursing program because it’s fairly easy and there is a thriving work force.”

(He gestures at two female African-American students. Both are wearing business attire. One of the women, obviously having overheard him, calmly walks over.)

Female Student: “Hello [Head of Department], I see you are leading a tour around campus. My name is Jessica [Name of Major University Benefactor], Granddaughter of [Name of Major University Benefactor]. I am a Criminal Justice major and have been in your classes the past two terms. I used to think you ignored me because the classes were so large and I am still only in my second year, but now I realize you are a racist, sexist chauvinist. I wish you the best of luck in your future job because once I speak with [Major University Benefactor], you will be needing a new one.”

(She then walked away with her friend. Sure enough, the next term we had a new department head—a former US Congresswoman!)

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