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    M 
  • Macho Masochism: “Bah, safety equipment is for sissies.”
  • Major General Song: This customer is refused service due to a bigoted waitress thinking that she isn't an American. She proceeds to sing the first verse of the song to prove that she really is American, while the waitress is later fired for her bigotry.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: This new hire cuts his finger so deep with a box cutter than the blade skips off the joint, but still insists on finishing his shift, visibly impressing his ex-Marine manager.
  • Making Love in All the Wrong Places: Note to workers who do this: CCTV cameras are a thing and will probably catch you at it.
    • Along with the mistreatment and subsequent firing of a fellow employee, this gets this boss and his girlfriend fired themselves.
    • The night manager in this story did this with a subordinate on a restaurant's grill. The night before an inspection was scheduled. Oh, and they didn't do any actual work, either. Upon looking at security footage to determine why this was the case, the Squicked out management fired them, threw out the grill, and sued them for the cost of a replacement.
  • Malicious Misnaming:
    • This assistant manager, in addition to forcing a pregnant worker to do work that would put her unborn child in danger, insists on incorrectly referring to her as Karen, even though the submitter's real name is clearly visible on her name tag. Luckily, the store manager quickly notices and scolds the assistant manager for her behavior, and later transfers her to another store when she tries to pull the same stunt on another pregnant worker.
    • The barista in this story continuously and blatantly deliberately calls the submitter, Jim, by the wrong name - Germ for Jim, Janine for what is presumably James or Jamie, and Burp for Bob. Jim eventually stops going to that coffee shop, and he clearly wasn't the only one the barista did this to, as the shop has apparently lost a significant amount of business since Jim decided to get his caffeine fix elsewhere.
  • Mama Bear: Don't tell THIS mother that her daughter's migraine and double vision are psychosomatic. They weren't, and if mama hadn't complained to the doctor in charge, the daughter could have gone blind, or worse. No report on what happened to the first doctor in the story.
    • Here is a Mama-in-law Bear.
  • Mathematician's Answer: "Do you have a middle name?" "Yes."
  • "Metaphor" Is My Middle Name: This coworker's kid. Literally.
  • Mistaken for Evidence: This manager accusses the submitter of being a homophobic sexist, citing an email sent by him to her that she claim he called her a "B*** S*** Lesbian". However, the senior manager points out that the acronym, B.S.L., which she thought was proof, actually meant "British Sign Language." The manager was threatened with dismissal when she refused to apologize to the submitter when she herself earlier used a homophobic slur at the submitter when he revealed he's actually gay to refute her accusation.
  • Mistaken for Junkie: This customer is asked to leave a store because the worker thinks that they are high, when in reality, they're just loopy from a really bad migraine.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile:
    • This girl's boyfriend gets brought to a police station when a cashier thought she saw a 20-something male kissing an 11- to 14-year-old girl; the young girl is 26.
    • Second verse, same as the first. Even the ages are nearly the same.
    • And now for something completely different: someone mistaken for a pedophile because the receptionist thinks a lady born in 1992 is only eleven years old in 2013. Even worse, this comes after the receptionist clearly sees the boyfriend's birth date was only two years before the girlfriend's - he justifies this by claiming "I thought he was trying to trick me".
    • And here it's a nurse. After being the third one to not know a woman gave birth without an epidural, she also thinks she's a teenage single parent; and when her husband shows up, she immediately accuses him of being a pedophile and goes to call the cops. Luckily, his mother, who also works at the hospital, is there and drags the idiot nurse off. When the girl wakes up next, she's greeted by another nurse who was put there by the mother-in-law to keep other stupid nurses away.
    • This manager believes that the submitter, a 25-year-old woman, is a teenager trying to get a teachers' discount (as the submitter just got certified to teach). When the submitter's 30-year-old fiancé makes a statement about climbing into bed with her, the manager calls security. Luckily for the couple, the submitter is able to straighten the situation out before the manager got the police over and get the meal comped, but it means that the manager ignored the alcohol on the table as well as the submitter's photo ID, which had her date of birth clearly printed on it.
  • Mistaken for Pregnant:
  • Mistaken for Racist:
    • Not racism, but this worker was reprimanded by their supervisor for insensitivity towards the disabled. The supervisor thought the employee was using the term "Mr. Walker" as a derogatory name because he uses crutches to walk, the real reason is that the man's name really is Mr. Walker. The worker sarcastically suggests calling the disabled man "Hey, you!" or just simply ignoring him completely, but the sarcasm flies completely over the supervisor's head and he agrees with him.
    • Here's a case of Mistaken for Nazi, with a side order of Sustained Misunderstanding.
    • This worker and manager both come to the conclusion that a person is refusing to do business with the worker solely because she is wearing a burka, even though the person repeatedly tells them that she's deaf, and she legitimately cannot do business with that worker because the burka prevents her from reading their lips.
    • This front desk manager is scolded by his boss for racially profiling applicants even though the submitter gives numerous valid reasons for not accepting the non-white applicants including not replying to calls that are noted on the resumes, living in a different continent, having interviewed people of color and the boss rejecting an Asian candidate because she didn't understand his accent on top of the submitter being First Nations, and being in a rural town that is 80% white. The boss then suggests a black person whom the submitter doesn't want because said applicant came in with no resume and in unprofessional attire, is unable to speak English (which is the language the system and paperwork uses), and barely speaks French in an accent that is so thick that the submitter can barely understand him. In response, the boss scolds the submitter for being racist, only hearing "he's black" and "he has an accent", and hires the guy anyway. The new hire is shown to have a terrible attitude, no work ethic, and a complete inability to do or learn his job, lasting less than a month. However, the boss learned never to doubt the submitter again.
    • This new worker thought the submitter was racist against him due to the weird way he looked at him and complains to human resources. However, both HR and the submitter explains he has prosopagnosia, a condition that makes it difficult for him to recognize faces, and he gave the new worker a weird look as he was trying to figure out who was he speaking with.
  • Mistaken for Romance: This waiter apparently assumes that the submitter is his pregnant friend's significant other, and gives him some nasty looks because they split the bill.
  • Mistaken for Servant:
  • Mistaken for Special Guest: These shoe salespeople know a mystery shopper is visiting the store, so they give a man with a notebook royal treatment, while giving the barely-out-of-high-school submitter barely any attention at all. The submitter is the mystery shopper, and suffice to say, she didn't give a positive evaluation.
  • Mistaken for Subculture: This story with a mix of Mistaken for Junkie. Two American pizzeria cashiers refuse to serve a Maori uncle and nephew, thinking they were "druggie tattoo freaks" due to their Ta Moko tattoos, and trying to force them to leave. When the nephew tries to explain their Ta Mokos are actually part of their culture and it’s against regulation to not serve customers just because they come from a different race, the cashiers think they're making it up. Thankfully, their manager knows Maori culture and apologizes to the customers by giving them a free pizza.
  • Morton's Fork:
    • This hotel manager is insistent that a customer's free night at the hotel was fraudulent. She ends up having one of these forced upon her: either she admits the beds were not cleaned as she says they were, or she admits that a maid ignored a 'do not disturb' sign on the door and took their towels.
    • This mechanic gets another one forced on him, after replacing a sensor in the submitter's car that had already been replaced the year previous and did not cost nearly as much as he's trying to charge for it now - either he admits he's lying about either the status or the price of the sensor to rip the submitter off, or he admits he's been deliberately installing faulty sensors that barely last a year into people's cars to rip off the submitter, and every other customer he's ever had.
  • Mugging the Monster:
  • Mundane Solution: How did this supervisor handle an employee stealing money from the store tills? By showing her that the supervisor had to pay it all back, and that her thefts were only hurting the coworkers around her.
  • Mushroom Samba: Caused one employee to think there were cockroaches in a PlayStation 2.
  • My Eyes Are Up Here: One need not be subtle when telling their boss this.
  • My Nayme Is:
    • This passport office employee adamantly believes that the submitter has been "lied to" and attempts to "correct" what the employee believes to be a missing hyphenation, even after the submitter explicitly states that it's an unconventionally spelled middle name. The supervisor is more aware, though, and sends the employee on break, implying that she will be let go for that.
    • This DMV employee outright turns away the submitter because she believes that the submitter's name is spelled wrong on the submitter's birth certificate and social security card. The submitter's mother immediately calls for a manager, who, just like in the previous example, is baffled at how an employee would think that someone would not know how spell their own name.
  • My Rule-Fu Is Stronger Than Yours:
    • This student points out that if they're liable for taxes in California, they want the services their taxes pay for. They will gladly pay the $8 in taxes... from a refund of $10,000 out-of-state tuition.
    • In an example overlapping with Screw the Rules, I Make Them, this supervisor implements a new rule in his company's social media policy requiring all employees to add him on their social media accounts so he can monitor them. The submitter refuses and the boss threatens to fire him for insubordination. The submitter then reveals that while it's legal in their state for companies to monitor public social media posts, it is also illegal to force employees to give up their right to privacy if they have private social media accounts. The supervisor immediately backs down, and is later written up by his superiors for implementing the change to the policy without consulting the legal team.
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    N 
  • Nepotism: There are exceptions, but most employees shown to be married or otherwise related to a higher-up in their company can and will get away with laziness, incompetence and even criminal acts, because either they think that family connection to a higher-up makes them above the rules, or said higher-up actively covers for them. Thankfully, Laser-Guided Karma is still in effect, and most such employees end up fired by the end of the story - if not by said relation, then alongside them if they were actively allowing that employee's problem(s) to slide.
  • Never Heard That One Before:
  • Never Learned to Read: This young man, while looking for a job, reveals that he never learned to read or write because he was homeschooled and his entire "education" consisted of his parents reading him Bible stories.
  • Never Mess with Granny: The 75-year-old customer in this story puts a Bad Boss in his place after he wrongfully fires the submitter and steals the tip she gave her.
  • Never My Fault:
    • This boss completely forgets about an interview with the submitter, and as such decides to label them as a "no-call, no-show", despite the submitter arriving early and being in the process of calling them about it.
    • This boss starts to hand the submitter two documents (one an extremely important original with signatures, the other a copy), then decides that they don't need the copy. They then proceed to tear the original in half. The boss then panics and blames the employee for it, even going so far as to say that they "saw what they did," despite said employee pointing out that the documents never left the boss's hands. Even worse, the submitter states this was neither the first nor last time something like this happened.
    • This receptionist refuses to accept it was her fault that she made a note in a patient's file that the patient should make a call first before scheduling an appointment, but didn't make any effort to call the patient and notify them about this, blaming it on the patient and claiming she should know since it's in the file, completely oblivious to the fact that said patient does not have on-demand access to her own file from anywhere in the world like she seems to think. Then it gets worse when the receptionist accuses the patient of being a liar and tries to get her to leave, despite the patient's name being on the doctor's list to get her prescriptions ASAP. The doctor has the receptionist removed while she continues to argue she didn't do anything wrong.
    • This employee refuses to accept that she was at fault for making a lesbian couple pay for their son's birthday party twice, even though they had already paid a month prior, and tries to blame everything on her fellow coworker, even though they were both guilty for the whole thing.
    • These two hotel receptionists take an unauthorized $700 deposit from the submitter, and then place the blame on her for "spending" all of the money that they wrongfully took. After having to call her mother to cover the hotel bill from home, the submitter complains to the hotel chain about the incident. She gets her money back, and the receptionists get suspended for taking it without her permission.
    • This boss tries to place all of the blame on the submitter for the massive failure of a major business dinner, despite the submitter trying to patch every missing piece that came about because of the boss's laziness, failure to follow procedure, and going behind the general manager's back. When the general manager finds out that the boss had made all the demands and unfairly punished the submitter, he reverses the submitter's punishment and instead suspends the boss without pay for two weeks before firing her. The submitter reveals that she got a promotion a week prior to submitting the story.
    • This coworker yells at the submitter for leaving the tools in the company truck, even when the submitter makes it clear that it is allowed by policy. The reason the coworker is complaining? The coworker took the truck out the previous day and had left the windows rolled down overnight.
    • This manager refuses to admit he forgot to give change to the submitter and insists that it was her fault for "losing the change" despite the fact the change was with him the whole time on camera!
    • This trucker refuses to accept that it was his fault that he didn't listen to a female employee's directions to her store, instead he blames her for being a woman who knows nothing. The employee's coworker reported the trucker's behavior to his boss, and the store never saw the trucker again after that.
    • This waitress intentionally ruins a customer's order by specifying an obscene amount of extra mushrooms on a dish that doesn't normally come with them, then dismisses it as an accident. Her boss doesn't buy the excuse, and the waitress is fired immediately for sabotaging the order.
    • This employee accuses the disabled submitter for using a disabled parking space without a disability. When the submitter, an amputee, reveals her prosthetic leg, the employee insists that she's not at fault. This pushes the submitter's Berserk Button big time, and she gets a manager involved. Incredibly, before the manager can speak, the employee begins a long rant and continues to deny responsibility for her actions. The manager immediately sends the employee to the office, and the submitter is given a $50 gift certificate as an apology. While it is not specifically stated what happened afterwards, the ending implies that the employee was fired.
    • "It's not my responsibility to communicate schedule changes. I'm not going to baby everyone here because they're too lazy to check their own schedules."
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished:
    • A story with very nearly the same name: three customers decide to leave a $13 tip for a server who's serving them poorly, thinking she's having a bad day. What does the server do? A thank you? Nope! The server calls the cops on them when they leave, lying that the customers tried to dine and dash and only paid four dollars, despite the fact the customers saw the server counting the money paid for their food at the counter! Thankfully, the cops believe the customers due to their willingness to cooperate and the presence of a security camera. The customers call to complain about the server's conduct when the police never call them back; the server gets "serious discipline" and the customers get an $80 refund (almost double what they paid for the meal, including the tip) for their trouble.
    • Nearly happens in this story as well; a passenger about to board a plane stops to help another customer who's having a heart attack by doing CPR, with other people actually stepping over the two to board the plane. Once the patient is being taken care of by paramedics, the passenger tries to board the plane... but the gate agent says he forfeited the right when he didn't board. There happens to be a higher-up nearby, however, who dresses down the gate agent appropriately, and makes sure the good Samaritan gets to board, even throwing in an upgrade and free miles for his trouble.
  • No Indoor Voice:
  • Non-Indicative Name: Apparently: "I do apologize, but the accidental damage plan does not cover accidental damage."
  • Non-Verbal Miscommunication: You can actually understand him?
  • Noodle Incident:
  • No OSHA Compliance: The owners of this vegan bakery require employees to stir recipes with their bare hands, don't bother to install heat in the building during January, and locks the employees inside for several days to keep a health inspector from finding out the building is in use (preventing them from escaping if there had been a fire).
  • No, You: Happens here, combined with Insult Backfire.
  • No True Scotsman: A Jewish duty manager commits several layers worth of this while trying to justify throwing out close to £15,000 worth of the restaurant's food because it wasn't kosher. The restaurant has kosher options already? The mere existence of non-kosher food is against her religion. The submitter is also Jewish and has no trouble with non-kosher food being served? He's "probably just a convert", while the duty manager is ethnically Jewish. By her logic, the restaurant should also have only halal food for a Muslim coworker? Only Jews' religious wishes need be observed, because of the Holocaust. The kicker is that after she was fired, the submitter later ran into her eating a bacon sandwich (Her excuse? "It's hard sometimes!").
  • Number of the Beast: Apparently it's not just customers that try to avoid amount of $6.66, as seen with this convenience store cashier and this one too.

    O 
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat:
  • Offscreen Inertia: Inverted here, where a cashier actually is still in the same spot they were fifteen minutes ago because of the lunch rush, but a manager still assumes that what she asked for got done.
  • Old-School Chivalry:
    • This waitress firmly believes that the man is supposed to pay for his girlfriend's meal and not the other way around; it doesn't matter if the woman isn't his girlfriend, nor does it matter that it's the man's birthday, nor does it matter when the restaurant's owner fires her for being a jerk about it and gives them the meal on the house.
    • Like the previous example, this cashier refuses to serve couples if the girl pays for anything, even if they're not really together. Also like the previous example, she gets a pink slip for her behavior.
    • This waiter doesn't say anything, but he gives the submitter several nasty looks when he and the woman he's dining with, who is not in fact his significant other, split the bill.
  • Older Than They Look:
  • Omniglot: Who knew that a hot dog vendor would know 25 languages?
  • One Side of the Story:
    • There are several instances where a worker continuously berates another person for something, without letting them get a complete sentence in edgewise, and when the other person finally gets to speak, says something that completely disproves what the ranting worker was raving about. Like here.
    • A more tragic example here. A waitress brings a customer to tears by insulting the customer for being extremely thin, among other things, assuming that the customer is anorexic (or possibly bulimic). If the waitress had bothered to ask and not jump to conclusions, she would've learned that the customer was like that because she was hospitalized. Fortunately, the waitress was fired on the spot since it wasn't her first such incident, and the customer was given a 70% discount. However, one can only hope the ex-waitress felt REALLY awful after that. (Given that her prior assumptions were health-related, a Sustained Misunderstanding may be the more likely outcome.)
      • Here's a similar case; the submitter recently had a tonsillectomy, and the waitress refuses to take the submitter's order, believing her to be bulimic, despite the submitter and her mother trying to explain otherwise. Even the manager is skeptical of the submitter's explanation until she shows him the stitches from the tonsil surgery. The manager, out of guilt, comps the meal, and later fires the waitress.
    • Another tragic example where two employees of a drugstore see a mom and her sick kid waiting outside the drugstore for it to open, and immediately assume she's a "crack whore" with a "crack baby". Nope, the kid has a bad fever, and neither the baby nor the mom were able to sleep as a result. Thankfully, a third worker, a parent himself, is far more understanding.
    • Another instance, when a manager first mistakes the submitter for one of his employees (even though her clothes don't look anything like the uniform), and then starts berating and screaming full-blast at her before she can even say that she doesn't work there. Fortunately, a security guard comes to the submitter's aid and the police are also called, and the psychotic manager ultimately has charges pressed against him for his outburst.
    • An employee tries to force the submitter to buy a real Christmas tree instead of an artificial one, cutting the submitter off whenever they try to get a word in. It takes fifteen minutes before the submitter finally manages to get out they are looking for a fake tree because they literally cannot have a real tree because they're allergic to fir and pine trees. The employee is so embarrassed (or scared of the submitter) after the submitter explains that he immediately flees from them. (It's later revealed that the employee got better commissions on real trees, hence why he was so pushy.)
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: The submitter of this story can tell something's very wrong when a normally exemplary restaurant employee answers the phone in a confused, utterly incoherent fashion. In addition, anyone who knows her well enough not to dismiss her as a drug-addicted moron is concerned that she's spouting nonsense and forgetting to remove metal spoons from soup before microwaving it. Turns out, the poor girl hasn't had enough time for even vaguely adequate sleep since taking a second job at another restaurantnote , and after Boss 1 gives her a week off in response to her blacking out during an enforced coffee break and Boss 2, who is not so understanding, preempts a presumably intended resignation by firing her, she's back to her old self.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: At a New Year's Eve party being hosted by Alcoholics Anonymous (and, obviously, a no-booze party), the hired DJ opened things off by yelling "Let’s get this party started; the more you drink the more fun we have!" note 
  • Overcomplicated Menu Order: A guy makes a drink order so complicated that it apparently took several minutes to order, and the barista was able to make the drink in less time then it took to order it. Thus winning a bet with the boss and earning all the baristas lunch on him. Apparently that bet was made especially to help boost morale in situations involving complicated orders.

    P-Q 
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: An unintentional example that nearly gets the submitter in trouble—she's not initially recognized because she'd tied her hair in a ponytail, which the submitter unties to prove her identity. As the submitter remarks, who knows what would have happened if she'd gotten a haircut or dye job!
  • The Password Is Always "Swordfish":
  • Perspective Flip: In a meta sense, this site is one for Not Always Right.
  • Pet Monstrosity: This service Chihuahua. The employee's reaction to mistaking it for a bat of all things makes the adorable, harmless dog seem like a vicious animal.
  • Playing the Victim Card: This jerk manager is a rude asshole to his employees and gets away with it due being Camp Gay and cries discrimination and homophobia anytime someone criticizes him.
  • Plot Allergy: This fast food employee is allergic to artificial sweetener. This means she can only be given certain tasks that don't involve touching anything that could potentially trigger her allergies, including cups filled with diet soda. The manager tells her to cover for a coworker (a task that would involve touching the cups) and doesn't believe her story about the allergy. Sure enough, the employee has to call in sick the next day. The owner is not pleased.
  • Poe's Law:
    • "The reason I never realized this was a fake call was because, sadly, it was not even close to the weirdest calls I've had."
    • This story begins with the submitter telling us about how notoriously awful the baggers at their local grocery store are. Knowing this, they still have to contemplate this trope when a bagger responds to a request to put a loaf of bread in a separate bag by completely ruining that bread, putting a two-liter of soda in with it despite the request, and then shaking it until it's ready to explode trying to tie the bag closed.
  • Pointy-Haired Boss: There are a lot of bosses in the stories that make you say "I can't believe this idiot is a boss." And you never forget that.
    • Here's one such boss, who doesn't know what kosher actually entails and threatens the author, who tells him what it means, with being fired. After the author threatens to sue him for wrongful termination, the boss tries to fire him anyway, but is implied to have not succeeded as the author mentions still being employed there at the end of the story.
    • Here's another such boss - a general manager of a fabric store, to be specific. The submitter informed her that the rolls of fabric that weren't on the floor were custom orders not intended for general sale three times, yet she still put the custom orders on the floor, resulting in one of them being ruined. The store had to prohibit her from handling custom orders because she clearly couldn't be trusted.
    • Yet another example in this country club manager. He does pretty much everything wrong when a toilet clogs up on a busy night, causing sewage water to flood the kitchen. Instead of closing down the country club for the night and calling a plumber, he instead chooses to close down both bathrooms, continue to serve (potentially contaminated) food, and have his dishwashers (who likely are not trained to deal with sewage) sweep out the contaminated water from the kitchen. On top of all that, he even goes so far as to write up anyone who refused to clean up the sewage. Needless to say, the submitter, who also had to work sick that night, booked it out of there as soon as she could.
    • This assistant manager proudly displays her discrimination against the wheelchair-bound submitter. After she is chewed out by the store manager for threatening to fire the submitter for calling out sick, the first thing the AM does when the submitter comes back is to make her work register and stock shelves - which the submitter cannot do because of her disability. When the the submitter tries to point this out, the AM instead berates her and again threatens to fire her. The submitter delivers a prompt "The Reason You Suck" Speech and leaves. The AM then attempts to fire the submitter for stealing from the staff room, only for the store manager to step in again and fire the assistant manager instead, both for discriminating against the submitter and being the REAL thief.
    • This woman is implied to have been one in the past, as she states during an interview for a manager position that her best qualities are her ability to scream at people and fire people - which turns out to be exactly what got her fired from her last job.
    • For this boss at a grocery store, it seems that having "good customer service" and making sure the customer is always right overrides all else, including making sure people don't come down the express lane with more than 15 items, to the point that they take the side of a customer who left a petty complaint about the submitter having to rush through the customer's transaction (implied to be a full cart of items) so not to keep the people behind the customer in the express line waiting.
    • This manager develops an unexplained hatred towards the submitter and eventually fires her under falsified claims of theft. The submitter then sues the manager for unfair dismissal, and while they and their lawyers are working, the manager actually has the guts to ask the submitter to save an important project for one of the company's clients. In other words, she was asking the submitter to work on something she was not legally obligated or even allowed to work on due to no longer working for the company. Not surprisingly, the submitter adamantly refuses, then proceeds with her lawsuit, and wins. The manager ends up demoted for her actions, and later fired for a separate incident.
    • In this story, the front end manager places the blame on the submitter for an accident caused by a pre-existing fault in a scanner, even going so far to issue a write-up and threaten to fire him. When it happens again ten days later, she then tries to follow through on her threat, only for the assistant manager to stop her and call her out for issuing a bogus write-up over something that wasn't even the submitter's fault and didn't warrant any discipline at all. The front end manager angrily demands the assistant manager let her fire the submitter anyway, even after being told that doing so would violate company policy. Instead, the assistant manager shreds the initial write up, then suspends her on the spot and forbids her from disciplining employees without permission from the higher-ups. As implied at the end of the story and confirmed by the submitter in the comments, the front end manager was fired a month later due to a crackdown on unfair discipline caused by this very incident, just before the submitter requested a transfer to another store to get away from her.
    • This manager at a pet store takes Bothering by the Book to Lawful Stupid levels: She tells the submitter (a dog trainer for the store) to reschedule three customers' puppy-training classes to a different time because corporate requires the classes to have four participants in order for them to be considered profitable. The boss refuses to listen to the submitter when they point out the customers may be unhappy about this, and the submitter reluctantly calls the customers up. Predictably, the customers are unhappy, and two of them refuse to transfer to another class and instead pull their business out of the store entirely; one of the two filing a complaint to corporate in addition. The boss then writes-up the submitter for the loss of business despite the fact that the submitter did exactly as they were told to do and the two customers refusing to accept the transfer was not the submitter's fault. The submitter's attempts to reason with the manager end up being fruitless, and they soon give up and go to work at a nearby store. It's later revealed that the boss couldn't find a replacement dog trainer and the store was losing thousands of dollars through refunded classes as a result.
    • This manager fires the submitter just because she was having a bad day. The submitter initially thinks she's joking, until they are shown their pink slip which actually reads "I needed to fire someone to take out my frustration; lucky you" as the reason. Needless to say, when the union and the business owner find out, the submitter is promptly reinstated, while the manager is fired later over a separate incident.
  • Police Code for Everything: The best a theater worker can come up with for "There's a dog loose in the building" is asking for "Technician Scooby" over the walkie-talkie.
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad:
    • And down a rather narrow path. As usual.
    • This budding Knight Templar.
    • This movie theater employee refuses to sell two white customers tickets to see Black Panther (2018), saying the movie is for black customers only, and pointing out how white people like them wouldn't understand it and are just taking away seats for black customers who deserve it. A black customer behind them is confused by the employee's logic and his female manager chews him out for his insane logic. The white customers got their tickets for free and a movie pass for their troubles.
  • Poor Communication Kills: A misinterpreted order for a virgin daiquiri results in... "Did you just give RUM to a FIVE-YEAR-OLD?!" Thankfully the kid didn't actually drink it.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure:
    • Ladies and gentleman, a rarity in these times... a person who doesn't know about Star Wars!
    • The employees of this restaurant apparently haven't heard the jingle that lists the ingredients of a certain signature sandwich they carry.note  One wonders how the employee can simply shrug off leaving the meat off a sandwich that normally has it, though, jingle or no jingle.
  • Potty Emergency: This clerk refuses to give the poor kid access to the bathrooms unless he buys something first. When the inevitable happens, the clerk tries to blame the kid.
  • Potty Failure: When this happens to a boy in this submission, the manager screams at the top of his lungs at the boy and his mother and threatens to have them arrested. Between the manager's outburst and him subsequently calling the customer and her child "white trash", his entire staff promptly quits on the spot, including one supervisor who has a son with similar bladder problems. In the end, the manager ends up having to explain the entire incident to his boss (who also has a similarly-aged son), who then reprimands him for his poor handling of the situation and subsequent loss of staff.
  • Promoted to Scapegoat:
  • Psychopathic Manchild: This apprentice tattoo artist decides to ruin a client's tattoo (essentially mutilating the poor lady) because he's "too good" to do the butterfly design she wanted. When his boss, the submitter, chews him out and fires him for his actions, he has a hissy fit and throws his equipment on the floor. This is followed by near-immediate Laser-Guided Karma — the owner proceeds to call all the other tattoo parlors in the city to tell them about what he'd done (essentially blacklisting him from the tattoo industry), and presses charges against the fired apprentice for his tantrum. Topping it all off, the woman whose tattoo the ex-apprentice ruined sues him for it and, according to the submitter, wins.
  • Pull the Thread: One way to deal with a telemarketer.
  • Quit Your Whining: This manager does this to an overly pessimistic new hire, with a pick-me-up rant.

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  • Sarcasm-Blind:
    • "Sure, I'll... schedule my parents' anniversary for a different day next time." "That's more like it!"
    • This collector somehow failed to realize that the debtor's comment about having to start a meth lab to make the suggested payment (NZ$1000 per week, or about US$800 - this after the debtor explaining he only made NZ$320 in that time) was not an option the debtor was seriously considering. To top it off, the collector somehow failed to realize the suggestion was illegal.
    • This one almost led to an increase in one individual's student loan payments.
  • Scary Black Man: This customer, which leads to a case of Mistaken For Stalker.
  • Schmuck Bait: "Hey, this file I just got in my email says it has an important message about my bank account! It's not from my bank, though, but it must be important, since it says "IMPORTANT!"
  • Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up: "When I was young, we just found a scrawny kid and beat him up when we were bored.”
  • Sci Fi Ghetto:invoked This bookstore seems to have fallen victim to it, much to the disappointment of both the customer and the employee.
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: This bus driver seems to use the trope regularly, given that he seems to have a reputation with the bus company that hired him.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!:
    • This character seems to be under the impression this is the case for her, since her uncle's the assistant manager. Comes apart when her uncle is the one to fire her.
    • This coworker is "in tight" with the assistant manager, and uses this as an excuse to boss an employee around. Unfortunately for him, he's trying to boss around the son of the business's owner. Oops.
    • This coworker is deathly afraid that this is the case with the sales manager (who happens to be the boss's wife), to the point that said coworker tries to stop the submitter from writing a complaint to them, even erasing a draft of the email in the effort. ("This is for your own good!") It turns out the boss appreciates the complainer's honesty and guts, and the sales manager's work improves significantly as a result of the complaint.
    • This waitress is rude to customers, brings out the wrong food, and then flat-out ignores their complaints, claiming that nobody will stop her because her dad's the owner. And, of course, she then goes absolutely ballistic when the customers refuse to give her a tip for the piss-poor service.
    • Another waitress, being the daughter of the restaurant's manager, tries to invoke this when she is fired by the head chef for stealing a customer's food and lying about it... only for the chef to reveal that he owns the restaurant. Bonus points for the chef firing the manager as well afterwards.
    • This story concerns an asshole who constantly sexually harasses female employees of a theatre production, and his equally-asshole father who refuses to acknowledge that any wrongdoing is taking place no matter how much the other employees complain. It backfires on them when a security employee who has had enough duct-tapes him to a table after he gets particularly aggressive with her, and when the boss threatens to have her fired over it, the owner steps in and fires him and his son instead, in the meantime setting them up for the security employee to sue them both for the sexual harassment (the son for doing it, the father for pretending it wasn't happening).
    • The owner of this restaurant defies any attempts by other people to claim this, as a matter of restaurant policy.
    • These cops refuse to do anything about a groom not only refusing to quiet down his party but also having far more people in his hotel room than the fire code allows, simply because he happens to be in the military. Fortunately, his commanding officer isn't having it, and the groom ends up demoted and discharged for it.
    • This male employee has been harassing female coworkers by making lewd comments at them and got away it due to being gay and the HR manager being his sister in law who didn't take the complaints seriously because she thinks it's not harassment when the man is gay. However, the company's higher ups didn't think so and fired the gay employee for harassment and demoted his sister in law who later quit as she refuse to take training of harassment at the workplace.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!:
    • This arena employee tries to stop a teenage girl and her younger sister from leaving their seats and going to the bathroom, claiming those under 18 cannot leave their seats without an adult, a rule she made up. When the teenager points out no such rule exists and she's 18 and tries to leave, the employee calls security to stop them and lies that the girls tried to cause a scene and made threats. Too bad there were onlookers who called out on her lies and how she didn't bother younger children than the girls who were also leaving their seats without their parents. Even the security criticizes the employee for making up the rules and her unlawful interference with patrons. The employee was given disciplinary action and wasn't allowed back to work until she memorized their policy.
    • This company's policy is that every manager has to work at least one holiday so the rest of the store's employees can have a chance to take them off. Naturally, there's one manager who's decided he will not work any holidays - if the entire rest of the store has to work every Thanksgiving and Christmas rather than spend them with their families to facilitate this, so be it. He's soon demoted and moved to a different store when someone picks up on this and reports it to corporate—but not before that manager is also forced to work both Thanksgiving and Christmas.
    • Again for this manager - days off at the gymnasium they work for are on a first-come, first-serve basis, but even though the submitter was the first one, the manager scheduled them for a day they wanted off anyway because nobody else wanted to work that day either. To top it off, the submitter puts in their two weeks' notice (which would likely have happened anyway)... and the manager tries to schedule the submitter after their last day.
    • This manager tries to invoke it by saying "YOU CAN'T TELL ME WHAT TO DO! I'M THE MANAGER!" For context, the manager is trying to give a customer a pizza that got dropped on the floor in violation of health and safety codes. In front of the customer. Eventually the employee wins the argument.
    • This tax agent, against company rules, sends a customer's tax return to the IRS without checking her latest check stub, delaying the customer from getting her tax refund. And when the tax company, as an apology for the delay, gives her the money now until she can pay back the company with her tax refund once it arrives, the same tax agent who was responsible for this mess in the first place, rather than wait for the customer to come to the company after her work at school was done, came to the customer's school unannounced to not only give her the money but make her sign an unfair contract that would charge the customer if she didn't pay back the company in 45 days, something the company didn't approve. Due to the agent's greedy nature and working behind the company's backs, causing the customer much trouble and stress, the CEO of the company gave the customer a cash settlement for her troubles and fired the agent.
    • This library administrator practically embodies this trope, believing in change for change's sake. He implements a new rule to the time off policy, stating that an employee receives a mark every time they take off, whether it is urgent or not. If an employee gets 3 marks in a month, they can't take any more time off for the next 3 months. This backfires when the author receives a mark just because she has to take her mother to the hospital due to Stevens-Johnson syndrome. Not surprisingly, when another administrator hears about the incident, they quickly scrap the Jerkass administrator's policy.
    • This pet store manager is a prime example. When the submitter comes in early with her dog, the manager demands to see it and orders the submitter to stock shelves off the clock, despite the fact that A) she cannot work off the clock, and B) company policy prohibits the submitter from handing her dog over. The submitter refuses, citing the policy, and the store manager writes her up for insubordination after she does clock in. Unbeknownst to the store manager, however, the submitter reported her behavior to the corporate manager beforehand, and the write-up gave her the perfect reason to call him. The store manager threatens to fire the submitter as she makes the call, only for the corporate manager to point out the store manager's willful violation of policy, and then chew her out for a good half hour over it.
    • This receptionist at a private dental clinic, rather than follow the clinic's rule that patients who wish to cancel an appointment must call early or at least twenty four hours before the appointment or they will be charged with late fees, makes up her own rule that patients must call them exactly six days before canceling their appointment - even calling earlier than six days won't count. Even after being fired by her boss for her stupid rule since a of lot patients were unfairly charged for this, she could never explain why she insisted on canceling before six days.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!:
    • This person certainly thinks so, but... "Let's see if you being 'pretty' will matter to your manager, shall we?"
    • "I'M PRETTIER! MEN SHOULD BE INTERESTED IN ME!"
    • A rare male example here, in which the male absolutely refuses to to listen to his female manager (the submitter), thinking she's jealous of his "hot" and "buff" body. The submitter tells him to clock out and leave, but he continues to brag about his "hot" and "buff" body, insulting two other coworkers in the process. This gets him instantly fired by the store owner, who was right behind him.
    • This girl shows up to work in a factory and completely disregards the dress code there, wearing fancy clothes and refusing to wear steel-toed boots. Furthermore, she refuses to work on a machine because she'll get dirty and won't help with crates because she'll break a nail. As the entry states, she only lasted two days.
    • One woman in an office uses her feminine charms to get what she wants. Unfortunately for her, her charms don't work on her boss, so she ends up having to swap her office (rearranged so that the computer screen is not visible from the outside; services obtained by said methods so nobody will know she's not actually working) with another employee who purportedly has an actual business need for said rearrangements (they work on financial data that they don't necessarily want the casual observer to see).
  • The Scrooge: This bank manager is one on level with the likes of Scrooge McDuck and Mr. Krabs; what kind of person calls the police over someone accidentally being given one dollar too much?
  • Secret Test: A hotel manager here sabotages a guest's request in order to make one, with unpleasant results.
  • Secret Test of Character: Here, where a situation involving an Angry Black Man attempting to purchase a gun under suspicious circumstances turns out to be a test of the employee.
  • Separated by a Common Language:
  • A Sinister Clue: Referenced here.
  • Skewed Priorities:
    • This teacher refuses to let her students leave the class during a fire alarm because they're taking an exam. She would rather the students burn to death rather than leave an exam unfinished. Luckily the director came, got all the students out, and the teacher was fired and sued by the school.
    • This coworker prefers working electricity to a house.
    • This pizza delivery worker was involved in an auto accident that damaged property (including another person's car). The first thing he did? Borrow a neighbor's cell phone to call his job to make sure he wouldn't lose it, rather than check on the occupants of the car. This, among other acts (such as lying to police) eventually caused him to lose said job.
    • This guard is more worried about the fallout from a potential Ambulance Chaser (without any proof that the seizure victim in question would even consider it, for the record) than actually saving the person's life, to the point he actively tries to stop emergency services from doing so. Because interfering with emergency services is a serious crime, the obstructive behavior gets him a criminal record, which means he can no longer work as a security guard (or in many other jobs, for that matter).
    • This doctor puts patient turnover ahead of patients' well-being. "Dr. Jerk" would be insufficient to describe him.
    • This receptionist thinks finalizing her nose job on the phone was more important than getting a patient who's in pain to meet the Doctor. What's worse was the patient was the only one in the lobby, meaning the receptionist could have done this at literally any other point in time without issue. The receptionist was later fired.
    • This division officer. Someone else daring to get married in a manner other than the way he did so? That's threatening the sanctity of his marriage! Having an affair with the daughter of a rear admiral, though? No, that's perfectly fine (until someone takes that information to his wife).
    • This photo lab manager, after catching another employee she doesn't get along with selling cigarettes to a regular customer without checking his ID because they both know he is in his 40s, immediately claims to be friends with that man's mother, that she as such "knows" he's actually a 14-year-old boy with a "growth disease" that just makes him look like he's 40, and she's going to report that employee and get them fired for selling cigarettes to a minor. The manager she goes to reprimands her for standing by and letting this happen, hoping that a coworker will get fired over it, rather than actually stepping in and stopping the transaction if she's so sure that the customer is a minor.
    • This caller, after wiping her baby's bottom with some wipes (noted specifically not to be for personal use) and having the baby's butt start to bubble, is more worried about how the company's going to compensate her rather than the health of her baby.
    • This doctor gets an infant with a fever of 106 degrees Fahrenheit, and rather than try to find what's causing this life-threatening condition, and treat it, fixates on a birthmark, accusing the parents of being abusive because they're more worried about the unexplained fever than getting a birthmark they were told would go away on its own surgically removed. Thankfully, the child survived, and the birthmark disappeared on its own, exactly as promised, by the age of 6, but the story does have an at-best Bittersweet Ending: the submitter was the only one of six children who suffered from this unexplained malady and lived through that night.
    • The manager in this story doesn't care if there's a severe thunderstorm raging outside, she wants her employees to gather shopping carts, even going so far as to plainly state that she does not care if they get struck. When one employee objects, the manager screams at that employee and fires them for insubordination, only for her boss to discover the following day what happened and fire her instead for willfully endangering that employee's life.
  • Small Name, Big Ego:
    • This stationery supplier insulted one of the owners of a small company (thinking it was the secretary), and kept belittling the owner in a who-the-hell-do-you-think-you-are manner, resulting in the small company terminating their existing contract. The stationery supplier went out of business not long after--it turns out the small company was their biggest customer.
    • A new transfer employee thinks she's the fastest in opening and unloading boxes for a retail store chain. When she's transferred to another store stockroom, her superior points out only opening a box an hour is slow, since two local regular employees can do two or more boxes an hour. Refusing to accept there are other people better at her task than her, she has a fit and calls corporate which got her fired for lying about the circumstances.
    • This DJ contacts a music venue and demands they cancel already-booked bands to give her their performance slots. When she's only booked for a single performance (because the venue manager had never heard of the self-proclaimed "most famous DJ in the area"), she arrives for setup to demand the site immediately replace all their lighting with lights from her preferred "eco-friendly" shop, move the (permanently fixed) stage so she'll have natural light for her gig, and tries to harass other performers into giving her their scheduled slots because she's a "celebrity". When she starts her performance, her friends immediately start harassing anyone who might have access to a camera because she holds copyright on all images of herself. The lousy performance and harassment results in enough complaints to get her booted early; the venue manager finds out a few days later that most other venues in the area had banned the wannabe-DJ for similar behavior.
  • Smug Snake: The workers in these stories, until they lose that smile:
    • This cashier takes away a customer's ID and passport as fakes because she believes nobody actually lives in Washington, DC. The customer calls the police on her because the cashier is planning to destroy her ID and passport (while smiling smugly thinking it's the customer who's going to be arrested). Unfortunately, the cashier loses it when the cop calls her an idiot for thinking nobody lives in DC and not realizing her IDs are legitimate.
    • Another cashier stops a young girl from leaving because she sees the girl writing something in her notebook and immediately jumps to the conclusion that she was going to steal a car, loudly proclaiming that she caught a thief. However, when the police and the girl explain to the cashier what's written in the notebook are not car license plate numbers but the dates of when she found license plates from different US states, she tries desperately to justify her accusations that the girl is a thief. The cashier got in trouble with the police instead.
    • A "nurse" calls a patient an idiot for coming to a medical lab and tells her to leave because the patient came for a catheter, which the "nurse" claims they don't do - and then it's revealed she's not actually a nurse and has no idea what she's talking about. After the patient gets her blood taken from her doctor, the "nurse" continues to insult the patient, telling her that she's going to die because her doctor is stupid right before she's paged in by the Big Boss; the submitter learns later that she was fired on the spot for turning away eleven other patients over jumping to conclusions, couldn't for the life of her figure out why she was being fired, and had to be dragged away by security while screaming about stupid people and stupid doctors.
    • This night security supervisor at a resort orders the couple who runs the bike rental shop to close down despite there being customers still being helped. When the couple ignores the security supervisor's warnings, he gets mad and calls the couple's boss, the General Manager, thinking the boss will side with him. Instead, the General Manager praises the couple for their work in helping the customers and tells the security supervisor to help the customers or stop bothering them and leave. Losing it, the security supervisor threatens to have the couple fired, but the customers come to the couple's defense and complained about the security supervisor's behavior to corporate. The supervisor was fired and denied unemployment benefits.
    • This clerk rejects an ID and calls the police because he claims that the woman on the ID can't be the submitter, even though the submitter states that she looks exactly the same as the ID photo down to the hairstyle and shirt color, and then makes her "give back" a packet of chocolates that the store doesn't sell, charging her for them even when she starts feeling dizzy due to her diabetes. When the police do come, the police officer confirms that the ID does belong to the submitter and that the store does not sell the chocolates that the submitter is accused of stealing. When the clerk admits that the submitter did tell the clerk both that the store does not sell that brand and that she has diabetes, the officer berates and threatens to arrest the clerk for refusing to give her the chocolates, noting that because she was clearly ill, the police officer would have allowed her to have the chocolates even if she was stealing them.
    • This girl demands a job at a custom knife store, admitting that she is only getting a job because her dad wants her to get one and she doesn't plan on doing any actual work. This fact, combined with the fact that the company isn't hiring anyway, means that the submitter's friend refuses to give her a job. The girl threatens to complain to the owner, claiming to know "him," and leaves, later coming back with her father. Said father threatens to get the submitter fired by the owner, when the submitter makes a deal: if he can call the owner and relay the owner's approval, she'll hire the girl. When the father starts talking on the phone, the submitter calls him out, noting that she's the owner, based on the fact that the picture on the wall next to the owner's number is of the submitter, that her name tag has "Owner" printed on it, and the name on said name tag is the same as the sign outside.
    • After a customer complained to a deli cashier that the chicken she's selling is the wrong order as the price is lower than the customer usually ordered, the cashier tries to act smug, saying the customer lost a chance to get chicken at a cheaper price, only to lose that smile when the customer points out the cashier would have gotten in trouble for selling the wrong item at the wrong price and get written or fired.
  • Snipe Hunt:
    • In this story, the newbie found the snipe in question (skyhooks). Turns out they're pretty expensive, too. The boss stopped using snipe hunts after this.
    • This 12-plex movie theater employee is told that there is a secret 13th theater.
    • This grocery store employee is told to shake the vinaigrette dressings to mix them.
    • This young employee is sent to get skirting board ladders by a prank-loving boss. However the employee is Genre Savvy enough to know when he's being pranked, so he instead spends four hours at home playing video games and then calls the boss out on it when he's summoned back.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Invoked by this story. Whoever chose the hold song - a rendition of "Lavender's Blue" by a man who absolutely, positively cannot sing - either chose it as an act of spite, had horrifically bad taste in music, or had some sort of conflict of interest. The song was so awful that everyone who heard it burst out laughing, and multiple people tried to bring its poor quality to the company's attention before the submitter succeeded, causing an office-wide distraction resulting from the worker's Bile Fascination.
  • The Social Darwinist: This manager never donates to cancer research because he believes that diseases like cancer help prevent overpopulation.
  • Spanner in the Works:
    • These prankster employees unwittingly foil a shoplifting scheme that includes their assistant manager as a collaborator.
    • The original customers here want a necklace that must be transferred from another store. Because of the way the system works, the transfer request won't go through until the next morning, so when the submitter checks on it the next day, they find out that it was purchased by an employee the previous night. The submitter goes on to learn that that location's night supervisor had been purchasing jewelry with his employee discount and selling it to customers at just above that discounted price(but still far less than the regular asking price), pocketing the difference, for five years. Too bad that that couple happened to want his most recent target.
    • This manager, shortly after beginning work at a pizza place, disconnected the security cameras so they wouldn't catch him Stealing from the Till among other things, and running the restaurant into the ground. However, a new delivery guy dusted around the disconnected cables and re-connected them thinking that he'd bumped them on accident, meaning that for a week before the delivery guy went to the owner to report the manager's thieving ways, the cameras were on and caught his misbehavior. That one week of hard evidence was enough to get him sent to prison for grand larceny. The look on his face when he realized the cameras were still on was priceless.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: No, seriously, that's a really smart raccoon.
  • Spoonerism: The shitted feets.
  • Stay in the Kitchen:
    • This video game store cashier is disgusted when a girl walks in to retrieve a game. The game was for the girl's brother, but the cashier's disgust and remarks are, well, disgusting.
    • Thankfully, not all misogynists are beyond redemption.
    • This cashier seems to think that women are completely incapable of doing any woodwork.
    • When a cashier gives a female customer a hard time (including dropping the trope name), the customer's five-year-old brother proceeds to lay a verbal smackdown.
    • A bizarre case here where a female employee clearly believes that auto maintenance and repair is beyond a woman, but the male employee she summons clearly sees that in this case, the woman who had to pop the hood had things in hand.
    • Inverted here, when a man isn't employed because the worker thinks they're not as hard-working as women. As the story says, sexual discrimination laws go both ways - and, of course, the employer is still dumb enough to tell this to that man's face.
    • Another inversion here, with a female employee who will bend over backwards for female customers, but is dismissive and rude towards male ones, including making up stories about them being rude to her (e.g. claiming the submitter was trying to get a refund for expired food he bought months ago, rather than warning them of long-expired food still on their shelves).
    • This woman has had to deal with many home improvement stores that fall deep into this trope, so imagine how she feels once she finds a store that averts it. To top it off, said store is run by a woman, perhaps inverting the trope as well.
    • This registrar is a jerkass sexist won't register girls for the mall's sports activities (Soccer, Football and Hockey) but instead puts them into ballet and gymnastics because he thinks all girls like those and hate sports. What's worse, the organizer of these activities allows it because he only cares whether all of the activities have at least 9 kids attending each otherwise they be canceled, claiming it's fair and equal despite the fact the girls basically have no choice in what they get to do. It eventually backfires once a couple of Mama Bears, unhappy about the situation, organize a boycott, leading to most—if not all—of the activities being cancelled.
      • This registrar is better in this regard; his excuse is that every other girl signing up legitimately did want ballet, so he assumed this one wanted that too, and is quick to fix the mistake when she points out she wants to play football. Unfortunately, the organizer is just as sexist as the last example; he even talks as if the girl will end up dropping off the team immediately, even after being shown video evidence of her liking the game and being very, very good at it. At least the organizer (albeit grudgingly) allows her the chance to try. Also, this incident takes place in Darwin, so they may have been talking about Australian Rules Football, which is a very rough sport.
      • Rounding out the possibilities, this registrar is a jerkass sexist who, without the knowledge of the parents, sign up girls for ballet and gymnastics despite their requests, and even threatened physical violence on a woman who complained about it. Unlike the previous two stories, the organizer is not happy when he finds out, and ends up firing the clerk on the spot and correcting the misplacements that he can. (Bonus points: Apparently, the clerk was later arrested on sexual assault charges for a different incident.)
    • This nurse repeatedly reminds a patient that an operation will make her sterile, ignoring the patient repeatedly saying that she was already sterile due to the condition she's getting the operation for. Eventually the nurse snaps and says that the patient's godly duty as a woman is to have children. At least the nurse was kept away from the patient when the incident was reported to the surgeon.
    • This waitress actually cuts a female sailor's military ID in half because she thinks women can't serve in any capacity in the Navy and it's therefore a fake ID. The customer ended up getting the meal free instead, along with a coupon for another free meal at a later time, while the waitress was chewed out by the manager over the incident.
    • The new manager in an aerospace company dismisses what he thinks is an overpaid secretary. Nope, she was the only one with the applied mathematics skills necessary for the group to do the work... and the CEO, once it became known why certain projects had been stalled for months, tore into the supervisor before firing him.
    • This car dealer who assumes that the wife of a pair is only interested in the aesthetic features of the car, and is subsequently surprised when not only is she the one doing the test driving, she proceeds to rattle off everything that's wrong with the car afterwards.
    • In an inversion, this male employee refuses to help a male customer with back problems carry bags of gardening rocks to his car on the grounds that "he is man and is strong enough to do it himself" and complains that a female employee, who did help the customer, shouldn't do that as it's "that man's job" even thought both the customer and female employee repeatedly point out the customer's back problems. And it turns out, this wasn't the first time the male employee did something like this.
    • This coworker doesn't think it's a man's job to clean, and tries to order his own manager (who is female) to do the cleaning instead, snapping his fingers and shouting as if he's the boss of her. This gets him sentenced to cleaning the staff room during the evenings, not that he's budged on his views even remotely.
    • This part time seasonal worker outright orders the female submitter, who is the store manager (and five levels above him) to clean up a mess he was asked to sweep up thirty minutes prior, under the logic that “MEN don’t clean.” When the submitter attempts to write him up for refusing to work, the worker quits on the spot.
  • Stealing the Credit: A hallmark of bad managers and incompetent coworkers.
    • In this story, the manager attempts it after a customer makes a compliment about the submitter bending over backwards to make a special drink. The store manager knows he's lying and gives the submitter a promotion for her professionalism. The Jerkass manager later changes shifts so that he doesn't have to work with the submitter anymore.
  • Stealing from the Till: A fairly common occurrence among dishonest workers/bosses. A few examples:
  • Stock "Yuck!": This pizza place worker makes the assumption that teenagers ordering a pizza with anchovies is a prank call - and, in typical Not Always Working fashion, is unnecessarily rude about it, which gets him fired within five minutes.
  • Stupid Evil:
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: Discussed here, including the sexual-orientation flip.
  • Surrounded by Idiots:
  • Suspect Is Hatless:
    • This worker at a nursing home, who describes a resident as the one who "has gray hair and glasses, and is sitting in a wheelchair." A coworker points out that that description doesn't narrow it down very much.
    • The only clue the submitter is given on the identity of a secret shopper is "she's a lady".
  • Sustained Misunderstanding:
    • "Oh... I didn't know they let Nazis donate."
    • This fast food worker continues to believe the customer wanted a latte despite both the customer and the manager saying otherwise.
    • A teenager buying diapers for her new baby sibling gets harassed by a nosy cashier who assumes that she is a teen mom and refuses to listen to her explanation otherwise. It's bad enough that the teen winds up going to a different store to buy the diapers.
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