Bad boss and coworker stories

Drywall Me A Misogynist

| Working | May 14, 2012

(I have a friend who is really good with her hands and likes to build stuff. I’m completely useless with tools, and I have absolutely no idea how to go about building things. So, when I needed to build a drywall patch, I called her. Note: I am male.)

Employee: *ignoring my friend* “Hey there, sir, what’re you looking for today?”

Me: *points to my friend* “Oh, she’s the one who knows what we need.”

Employee: “But…she’s a girl.”

Me: “I have no idea what I need for the project. She’s showing me how it’s done.”

Employee: *smugly, to my friend* “Okay, little lady. What do you think you need?”

My Friend: “Fiberglass drywall tape, quick-dry drywall mud, trowel, sandpaper…” *to me* “…do you have the paint chip of your wall color? We’ll only need about a quart of that mixed.”

Employee: *surprised* “You actually know how to patch drywall?!”

My Friend: “It’s just a small hole. And it’s not like we have to bead the corners or anything.”

Employee: “But…you’re a girl!”

My Friend: “And you’re a moron. Which aisle, please?”

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Hair Apparent, Part 2

, | Working | May 14, 2012

(I am really thirsty on my way home from work one day, so I decide to go to the drive-thru of a well-known fast food restaurant.)

Employee: “Hi, what can I get for you today?”

Me: “Hi, I would like a large Sprite. That is all.”

Employee: “Okay, your total is $2.50 at the second window.”

(I drive up to the window and I notice that the employee is a cute girl with black hair.)

Employee: “Hi, that will be $2.50, please. What sauces do you want with your drink?”

(I look at her in disbelief. After a couple of seconds, she realizes what she said.)

Employee: “F***! I thought dying my hair black would get rid of those stupid blonde moments!”


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Much A-Queued About Nothing

| Working | May 14, 2012

(I am in the check out line when the checker starts calling for a manager. He has called over the PA system 10 times. A bagger beside him has joined in trying to help. The manager eventually comes over, but ignores the numerous calls for help and instead pulls all the baggers to the side.)

Manager: “Okay, I need you over there, you in this line, you all the way at the end, and you need to go get carts.”

Bagger: “But why are [other bagger] and I switching lines? Can’t we just stay at the ones we are already helping?”

Manager: “No, because he is taller than you, and [other bagger] is taller than both of you! YOU MUST BE LINED UP BY HEIGHT!”

(My checker had to call the manager another 16 times before he would help.)

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The Pay’s Okay, But The Bosses Are A Real Chore

| Working | May 13, 2012

(I am a minor, but I love answering the phone in my house, and therefore often talk with many telemarketers. This one, though, takes the cake for strangest call.)

Caller: “Yes, this is [name] from [home security company]. I’d just like to ask a few questions about your home to get a better understanding of the systems that are or should be used in your area. Are you over 18 years of age?”

Me: “No.”

Caller: “I’m sorry ma’am, I didn’t catch that. Are you over 18 years of age?”

Me: *loudly and clearly* “NO.”

Caller: *still not understanding* “Alright, and what has your economic situation been in the past month?”

Me: “Well, my allowance went up five dollars!”

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Sweet, If A Bit Wonky

| Working | May 12, 2012

(My coworker and I are dusting chocolate bars when this exchange happens.)

Coworker: “Man…Willy Wonka must have, like, so much money!”

Me: “Yeah, but I think that’s Nestle.”

Coworker: “No, like, look at all the candy his company makes! He must just be loaded!”

Me: *playing along* “Uh, yep. Pretty loaded…”

Coworker: “I wonder how he comes up with all this stuff? He must be a mad genius or something!”

(I can’t tell if she’s joking, so I go over and grab a box of Runts, look at the back, and confirm that it’s Nestle.)

Me: “Yeah, definitely Nestle. It says right here on the back.”

Coworker: *ignores me* “I just can’t believe how many products he’s come up with. He seriously must have just so much money!”

Me: “[Coworker], you know that Willy Wonka is not a real person right? He’s a character created by Roald Dahl for a book.”

Coworker: “What?! Are you kidding me?” *laughs hysterically* “This whole time I thought he was a real person!”

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