Welcome to Work Sucks, the column where you get to complain about your most terrible, lousy, soul-sucking jobs. In this issue, we’ve brought you more of the best of your worst work stories from the past year. If your job sucks even worse than this, submit your story at the bottom of this page.
I work at a nursing home. This one old lady got a new roomate who need oxygen on all the time. She asked one day what the noise was, referring to the oxygen machine, I told her what it was and she responded with “oh, that’s why I haven’t been feeling well lately, I am allergic to oxygen.” I didn’t even know how to respond to this.
I work in a restaurant and saw my boss use the grill scraper to clean shit off the floor. He then used it on the grill without cleaning it…in front of customers.
Customer walks up to customer service desk.
Me asking politely: “How can I help you, sir?”
C: “What do you think I want, a hamburger?!”
I work in a hardware store. My job is to answer customer questions, connect customers with employees from each department, supervise the cashiers, ring people up, answer phones, and do exchanges and returns.
Kinda shocked, but still polite, Me: “Umm…so a return?’
Glaring at me, C: “Yea”.
I quietly return his item.
Bluntly, C: “Call your manager.”
I call. My manager arrives, and he and the customer go outside the store and stand in front of my window. The customer complains about my service, all because I asked how I could help him.
Customer leaves and my manager walks back in.
Manager: “Can you believe that guy? He told me exactly what he said to you. Some people…”
I handle many complaints at the store, and most people that complain are just grumpy assholes, but few are stupid enough to tell the truth.