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Posted 9/19/15
The title explains itself. I guess work horror stories in general are acceptable. As long as they are bad or strange, they should be interesting.
Posted 9/19/15
I had a job for a day. I went for days of training, and showed up on my first day. It went alright until they told me I had to pick up used cigarettes off the city floor, using my bare hands. I did it, but every part of my being didn't want to. It was disgusting. I quit because school interfered with working there, but there was no way I was gonna pick up people's cigarettes. No way.
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Posted 9/19/15 , edited 9/19/15
We had a hostage situation once. Dude brought a gun to work and took a women hostage (I think it was girlfriend or they were just sleeping together; idk) Luckily nobody was killed.

I remember I had to eat my lunch outside since they evacuated the building.

Edit: Actually I think that entire summer was an apocalypse.

2 x Explosion
2 x Fire
2 x Floods (Water Pipe Burst)
1 x Tornado
1 x Lost Hand
And a couple power failures.



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At my first job, I had a really demanding and mean boss. She'd use expired creamer for the drinks at her cafe, egg people on to hurry while they carried open tubs of boiling hot tea over wet tile floors, etc. Anyway, I was only working weekends since I was in school and she was very much aware of that. I went in one day to tell her I had finals coming up and I would not be able to work the next weekend. She told me she'd take care of it and I watched her write stuff down on her little planner book.

I didn't go in on the weekend, as was planned. The friday afterward, I went there to deliver a copy of my class schedule so she could work out the shifts. As soon as I stepped through the door, she roared and screamed at me for not showing up. As much as I tried to tell her I told her I would be absent, she would have none of it, threatening to "send me home" if I ever "pulled something like that again."

The restaurant was at least half full during her long bout of enraged screaming. I was angry but I didn't raise my voice or talk back to her. I just nodded knowingly while she threatened me and told me I'd better come in on time tomorrow. I quit and never showed up again. I hope she had to scramble her fat butt to find a replacement. Not long after that, she restaurant was shut down for violating safety and health codes. Well deserved.
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Posted 9/19/15
I worked at a summer program filled with angsty gossiping teens. Probably the worst kinds of people to work with
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Let me start by saying I'm not trying to be sexist, but the story may sound that way.

Had a woman boss, she was the worst boss I ever had, male or female. Everyone said she got the job because she was sleeping with one of the higher-ups in the company. Nobody liked her.

#1 It was near Christmas, and everyone in my department decided to meet at a restaurant for a Christmas Party Lunch. Somehow, she didn't get invited, but she found out anyway and showed up. In spite of her, we were all having a good time, and we realized that we were going to be late getting back to work.

She said, "Don't worry about it, I'll take care of it." Everyone thought she had been affected by the Christmas spirit and that this once she was trying to be nice.

When we got back to work, we found out how she "Took care of it" she wrote the whole department up for being late from lunch (excluding herself, of course).

#2 I was working in the lab one day, I was working testing some equipment that had a problem with the power supply, it would literally explode and catch fire, so I had an explosion-proof box built to contain everything. I was in the middle of a test when she came walking in, she saw the box, and asked "What's this?" and went to open it, I told her not to open it, but because I did, she had to, she opened the top of the box, and looked in. She had long hair, and some of it went inside the box. The power supply picked that moment to explode, her hair caught fire, and her eyebrows and eyelashes got singed.

She accused me of blowing up the power supply on purpose, wrote me up, and tried to get me fired. Luckily, the Director of the department was a reasonable man, and called me into his office, when he heard my side of the story, he overrode her, and about three weeks later she either quit or was fired.
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Ah yes the worse co-worker would the one who was really messy. At first I just cleaned up what I saw after while started to notice that she was depending on me cleaning up after her. I began to tell her to clean up her own mess. She began to threaten to call the immigration department on me . Oh, she's not British, I am but I do have the foreign look plus foreign accent.
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Posted 9/19/15
Lately with the whole refugee crisis going on in europe, i've started too notice that a fair amount of my co workers are pretty racist/anti-foreigner. It's very uncomfortable, especially when they start asking my opinion on it, i mostly just dodge the question when they do.
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I currently have a coworker who wants desperately to be the manager, but he is too young, inexpeienced, and hasty. And he is sort of mean. He's the kind of guy who talks a lot and talks big but is quick to point out where others messed up, even if it's a small thing. He messes up sometimes, we all do, but we don't really make a fuss. We do our jobs and try to mostly incorporate good teamwork. Since I work directly with the owners and the true manager, I'm sort of the "inside eye" and I'm in charge of the accounting and human resources since we (me/owners/manager) can't trust the people here. He doesn't need to know this, although I'm sure he'd talk to me differently if he knew. He knows I'm a shadower but he doesn't know what I do.

He likes to make up his own policies and doesn't think it's necessary for everyone to agree on them. He will do his own thing and it throws us off and sometimes causes us to make mistakes, and we end up cleaning up after him more than we care to. He doesn't write in the log book that the owners/manager wants us to write in, he never reads or signs anything, etc. He is supposed to be in charge of the scheduling but he never talks to us as a group to work out a schedule and it causes a lot of scheduling conflicts. I once pulled a 24-hour shift because of that. He himself only works weekdays and nobody has ever seen him cover a weekend shift. He always makes up some lame excuses while everyone else covers.

A few weeks ago, when visiting the hotel across from us for emergency supplies, the night auditor and I had a nice chat. Apparently, he used to work there and was fired for downloading porn on the job, drinking and bringing his rowdy friends, stealing cash, using rooms without authorization, smoking indoors, and a whole host of other problems. I didn't want to condemn him at the time and felt that he was doing a decent job at the front desk and that he might have changed, but it's sort of hard to not think about what that auditor told me. I haven't relayed it to the manager/owners yet but I'm sure they would not like the news. In short, he's not aware that the guy he is progressively disrespecting more and more has the very real potential to get him fired.

Sure, he doesn't currently seem to be the same guy that the auditor described him as, but I'm beginning to see traces of his real personality bleeding through his facade. I get the feeling he is very fake and is just trying to get the manager/owners to see all the negative stuff about the other coworkers so he can be promoted. Little does he know that as long as I'm there, that isn't happening. I've worked with the same manager for five years at five different properties and he is also my uncle. I don't want to unfairly criticize him and I do think he's not bad when interacting with guests, but he needs to get his sh** together and start meshing with the rest of the team instead of acting like a boss. Managers get their hands dirty and do what needs to be done. They don't just bark orders and sit inside. I go and help move stuff and water plants if I have to. I slather on the sunscreen and go outside to move tables and guest supplies. You'll never catch me watching a movie on the job since there's a lot of stuff to be doing.

Today, I sent a group message and asked someone if she is able to cover a shift that got called off on fairly short notice and he basically chewed me out over the group chat about how we need to stop blowing up his phone over things that have nothing to do with him. Excuse me, boss, you're in charge of scheduling and, obviously, it ain't working this week so it has every bit to do with you since I also need to know if you can cover so I don't need to drive 90 minutes. Seriously? The sound of a text on the phone is more important than knowing who covers potentially two emergency shifts? Why do we need to relay everything through "he-saids" and "she-saids" and desk notes you don't read when a group message solve all the problems? We use it probably three times a week so it isn't even that much.

It struck a nerve and pissed me off more badly than it should have but I kept quiet and decided not to fight with him over a stupid group chat. I have actual work to be doing. I definitely learned to keep a closer eye on him. Poor work ethic, f***ed up priorities, bad attitude and teamwork.

Last week, he even went on about his paycheck and tried to get me to believe I owed him some hours. Not so quick, buddy. I have records and I have your pay stub.
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Posted 9/19/15
never had a bad experience........because i've never been employed hahahaha
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Someone antagonized another guest and got into a fight with another person on the property and ended up getting stabbed by that person. The stabbed guy tried to sue the hotel property owners.

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