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Customer Slur-vice

| Working | December 3, 2012

(I am working as a cashier in a well-known thrift store. One day, the manager flops into a sofa and starts loudly mocking the customers using racial slurs, even though the store is full of paying customers.)

Coworker: *to my manager* “You’d better watch out. Some customers are right behind you.”

Manager: “Nah, they don’t know English, so they don’t know what I’m saying.”

Customer: “Excuse me? I understood perfectly what you were saying and it was disgusting! Rest assured, I’m going to complain and hopefully get you fired! You are a very bad man!” *storms out*

Manager: “Why? What did I do?!”

(One by one, the other customers leave, giving dirty looks to him. I throw down my apron and leave for good too. He got fired soon after that, I’ve heard.)

A Shortage Of Men-tal Ability

| Working | December 2, 2012

(At the warehouse where I work, we’re taking some new hires inside the huge walk-in freezer. Everyone has to put on freezer suits, but I notice one of the new hires is too small to wear our freezer suits.)

Me: “So, one of the new people can’t wear the freezer suit. We’ve gotta put her in a different section.”

Manager #1: “Just zip her into it she’ll be fine.”

Me: “No, the freezer suit is three times too big for her. She wouldn’t be able to safely move and carry things around.”

Manager #1: “Well, maybe she shouldn’t be so small, then!”

Me: “Um… I don’t really think that’s in her control. She’s kinda short.”

Manager #2: “What the h*** is going on?”

Me: “One of the new people is too physically small to safely move around in the freezer suits, so I want to have somebody take her over to another section of the warehouse.”

Manager #2: “Is that [new hire’s name]?”

Me: “Yeah, how’d you know?”

Manager #2: “[Coworker] is a friend of hers. He was joking yesterday that he knew she’d be too small to fit in the suits.” *to the Manager #1* “I left you a note to have her on the other side of the warehouse!”

Manager #1: “I thought that was just ’cause she was a girl!”

This Employee’s A Real Cut-Up

| Working | December 2, 2012

(I am about to go on an extended trip, so I’m getting my hair cut from shoulder-length to about an inch long. The hairstylist is very excited to cut and style my hair.)

Hairstylist: “I have a great idea for a style for your hair. But first, would you mind if I give you a mullet and laugh at it for awhile before I give you the cut you want?”

Me: “…Umm… I suppose not.”

(She proceeds to cut my hair into a mullet and almost wet herself laughing, before cutting it short like I wanted.)

Bureau-crazy, Part 3

| Working | December 1, 2012

Employee: “[State disability office], how can I help you?”

Me: “Hi, I got a rejection letter in the mail in the mail for my disability. I talked to my therapist about it and she said there was supposed to be a mental evaluation during the process. I didn’t go in for any evaluation. They only called me to ask about my contact information and reason for applying for disability.”

Employee: “I don’t get it.”

Me: “I applied for disability and I just got a rejection letter. When I talked to my therapist about it, she said the department was supposed to send me for a mental evaluation with someone I don’t normally go to. That didn’t happen. The Department of Social Security only called me one time and it was to verify my contact information. I was just wondering if they skipped a step.”

Employee: “I dunno. They rejected you.”

Me: “I understand that—”

Employee: “If you got a letter in the mail that says you were rejected, then you don’t get disability. Appeal it!”

Me: “Is there someone else I can talk to?”

Employee: “No there ain’t! You can hang up and try again!”

Me: “Alright, moving on. I went to fill out the appeal online and it asked about a Wage Earner. I looked up what that was and it said that it was a parent or spouse who has social security credits. Now I filed my own claim but I do have a working spouse. Did I fill out-”

Employee: “No that’s you. How old you?”

Me: “25.”

Employee: “Ain’t got nothin’ do wit him! Leave him out of this! He ain’t the one sayin’ he disabled!”

Me: *giving up* “Alright, thank you.”

Employee: *click*


In Need Of Hire Education

, | Working | December 1, 2012

(At the fast food restaurant where I work, most of my coworkers are in high school.)

Manager: *to coworker* “I need you to stay late and close. [Another coworker] called in sick.”

Coworker: “I can’t. I have to study for a test I’m taking tomorrow.”

Manager: “But I need you to stay. What’s more important, school or this job?”

Coworker: *stunned* “Finishing high school is more important!”

Manager: “Fine, have it your way. But with that attitude, you’ll never amount to much!”