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Manager tries to gaslight worker that there's no snow at their house when they call out of work: 'There is no snow on the ground'

Remember that scene from The Matrix where that kid with the spoon is all like, “There is no spoon,” when there's clearly a spoon right there in front of Neo's face? Yeah—well, it turns out that kid is now managing a team, except now, instead of “There is no spoon,” it's “There is no snow.” as if they somehow know more about the situation than what their subordinates are currently witnessing outside of their own window.
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'The customer is always right—I am the customer!': Entitled customer demands manager drop everything and rearrange store to her liking

'The customer is always right—I am the customer!': Entitled customer demands manager drop everything and rearrange store to her liking

Two basic rules are taught to us when we work in customer service. First of all, we should never presume that consumers will read the small print at the bottom of our signage. The second universal guideline is to never, ever concede that you are correct and the client is mistaken. The story below is an account of a frustrated arts and crafts store manager. OP has been managing the store for a while, and quite frankly, presumably has encountered an endless amount of difficult customers. However,…
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 ‘Pretty sure you’re not in the right place’: Entitled customer storms into a random store to complain about the Postal Service then returns a week later to file an 'official' complaint

‘Pretty sure you’re not in the right place’: Entitled customer storms into a random store to complain about the Postal Service then returns a week later to file an 'official' complaint

Some like to complain, while others take pleasure in solving problems. However, for a strange reason, we always encounter the 50% of the population who get their kicks from criticizing and complaining about those around them. The account that follows is the story of an innocent bystander who was the target of an irate customer who was attempting to mail an item through the postal office. At this point, you probably think this is just another typical event. Unfortunately, it probably is. But thi…
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HR manager tells worker they can't work remote whilst working remote: 'It is 100% about control'

HR manager tells worker they can't work remote whilst working remote: 'It is 100% about control'

Walking the walk of your own talk is important as a leader as it shows that you're willing to stand by the words that are coming out of your own mouth. It also helps your subordinates realize that there's no hypocrisy at play and that the rules and requirements you're enforcing apply to everyone equally.
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Manager gets demoted in their own store so that another manager can take over after their branch went out of business: 'I got demoted'

One of the most horrible realities that slowly dawns on you as you settle into your working life is that political standing and social status have far more bearing on your career than aptitude, skills, or results ever will.
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'I got a half-hearted "I was joking" apology': Engineer quits and then roasts the company with a bad review after getting ‘fake fired' as a joke

Not to be dramatic or anything, but getting fired is a rather traumatizing experience. If it's unwarranted and unexpected, being pink-slipped can make any good worker question their work efficacy, their skills, and it might even make them question their entire life. However, for some employees, the workplace isn't a drama, it's a sitcom– one where the joke is always on you.
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Customer sets manager straight for being impolite to his staff: 'I hope he was momentarily embarrassed'

Customer sets manager straight for being impolite to his staff: 'I hope he was momentarily embarrassed'

They say the customer is always right, even though that's usually not the case; this time, however, the customer was very right indeed when they put a manager in their place who was being impolite to their staff in front of the customers.
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'The boss couldn't be mad or retaliate': Workers collectively send thoughtless gifts straight back to their boss

Working is all about time: clock-in, clock-out, lunchtime, break time, taking a ten, filling in a timesheet, etc., etc. Still, while you might think a watch would be a great gift for keeping track of all of that time… It depends on the watch, and whatever watch your company gives to you says a lot about how you feel about them… Is it a Rolex? Timex? Seiko? Patek Philippe? Or is it just some random piece of junk they got from the bargain bin at the dollar store? One thing's for sure, if you're g…
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'That's so messed up': Employer changes holiday pay and refuses to pay employees for the holidays they already worked

"I have altered the deal… pray I don't alter it further…" is a great quote when it's being spoken by one of the greatest movie villains of the 20th century, but is not something you want to hear coming from your boss—especially when the thing they're changing directly affects your upcoming pay.
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'Tomorrow, I'm putting in my notice': Overworked IT worker details his plans to quit a toxic employer

'Tomorrow, I'm putting in my notice': Overworked IT worker details his plans to quit a toxic employer

Fantasizing about quitting a job that you hate is one of the few things that can get you through a shift. Fueled by caffeine, pure hatred, and the dream of one day leaving this wretched place behind… you find the strength to go on. And, on that note, nothing is more likely to make you want to quit your terrible job than a horrible boss. As we've learned many times, people don't usually quit jobs; they quit their boss. This overworked and underappreciated IT worker, who works in the notoriously…
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Worker given more work after trying to discuss their too-high workload: 'He responded by adding more work'

Worker given more work after trying to discuss their too-high workload: 'He responded by adding more work'

There's no feeling like constantly being behind the ball, especially when that ball is a heavy boulder that you're being forced to push eternally uphill only to have it roll back down, forcing you to start over. The Greeks regarded this tortuous task as suitable eternal punishment for violating the rite of hospitality and killing guests in your home, along with a long list of other crimes that included cheating the personification of death himself. Nowadays, we just call that “employment." The…
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'My boss is trying to micromanage me while I'm on vacation': Boss won't leave worker alone while out of the country on leave

'My boss is trying to micromanage me while I'm on vacation': Boss won't leave worker alone while out of the country on leave

Nothing shows you how essential you are to the business like taking a vacation. If your boss or team can't handle a week without things going off the rails, then that's saying a lot. The thing is, the types of bosses who insist on being able to contact you during your “vacation” are the same bosses who try to tell you how expendable you and your role are, negging and gaslighting you to keep you in your place. This worker went out of the country in order to visit their family for the holidays, l…
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Worker wastes their boss's time before quitting: 'I asked everything'

If there's one thing your manager probably hates, it's having more work to do. Whether they're just lazy or already have too much on their plate, chances are pretty good that they won't want to be spending hours combing over your work in addition to what they're already working on. Even the most micromanaging sort will quickly grow tired of the additional work if you can manage to reflect their time-consuming processes back onto them.
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'I didn't see a day off request': Worker gets fired after being scheduled when they weren't available

In shift work, particularly in locations that rely on staffing part-time workers to handle annual increases in foot traffic and trade, it's pretty common to have workers list their availability, determining when they're available to work and be scheduled. This allows for part-timers to keep a second job, attend class, look after their kids, or whatever other life obligations they might have. Usually, some indication of your availability will be given and negotiated upon during the interview pro…
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‘I doubled my income leaving’: Guy calls out his ex-employer for offering poverty wages to new hires after complaining that ‘nobody wants to work anymore’

It's no secret that minimum wage has been nearly the same for decades, except all of our expenses are getting exponentially higher. Back in the 80's a mom could buy a haul of groceries to feed a family of 4 for a week for $20 and now, couples with only a cat to care for are spending 10x that amount just for basics at Trader Joe's. Hmm… Where did we go wrong here?
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'View the job as a chance to give, not to earn': Out-of-touch executive tells struggling workers to do the job for the love, not the money

Sometimes, you really can't help but wonder if people even listen to the words coming out of their own mouths or if they're so out of touch that they hear and even believe the wildly out-of-touch things that they are saying. The reality is that whether we love, are passionate about, and believe in what we do—or not—is really a moot point. We work for money to provide for ourselves, to put a roof over our families' heads, and to put food on our table. The service, skills, and time that we provid…
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