Student worker:... so if you could fax the form over, that would be great.
Me:Okay. Should I fax it to your attention?
SW:Uh, what do you mean?
Me:Should I put your name on top of the form?
SW:Oh, yeah, sure.
Stopped by Target this evening just before 9pm. No line outside, parking spots available, checkout lines weren’t too long. Seemed less packed compared to last year where we waited in line circling around the building for 15 to 20 minutes.
The other day, I was at one of those large office supply stores, checking out tablets. There was a father with his ~8 yr old son who wanted to play games on the tablets. The boy first ordered his father to go ask an employee to unlock one tablet (the father said okay, he would, but he didn’t). Then the boy kept sighing loudly, whining, and glaring at me, willing me to leave already so he could use that tablet.
In a moment of stupidity, I looked at the boy and said “you should learn to be more patient”. The father, who had been standing at the end of the aisle, flew over in a heartbeat. “WHAT DID YOU SAY?!”
I’m not entirely stupid so I said nothing and just kept looking at the tablet in front of me. The boy, bless his soul, piped in: “YOU. SHOULD.LEARN. TO. BE. MORE. PATIENT,” he enunciated. The father then started ranting: “That’s my son, you can’t talk to him. If you have something to say, say it to me. I’m the father, you can’t talk to my son”.
"Yes, you’re right", I said as I started walking away, "you ARE his FATHER and he was RUDE to YOU, not me. You *should* teach him better".
The incident made me realize two things:
Thankfully, I didn’t get punched in the face, and if I had a time machine, I would love to go back in time to avoid the whole incident. Truthfully, though, that father needs to do a better job of raising his kid. We’re living in a society here, people, and good manners are the glue of society.
Cross-posted at Lifehacker:
1. The manager likes planning periodic lunches and Halloween parties - if you don’t go, you will be blacklisted forever. You might get a pass if you’re coughing up a lung, but tread carefully.
2. The manager is terrible at enforcing her own policies, which works out perfectly because her policies are ridiculous and pointless. When she announces them, nod politely, wait a couple of weeks, and go back to doing things the way you did them before.
3. The manager’s right-hand man (actually, lady) is a bit of a snitch - even if you are nice to her and help her with her work, she will find ways to throw you under the bus. She too is bad at enforcing policies so see # 2 above.
4. Neither the manager nor her right-hand lady know what they are doing. If you are confused, ask one of the staffers that those two hate - they are the ones that know how to get work done. No wonder the manager and her RHL hate them.
5. The manager will always tell you how busy she is, in every single conversation you have with her. Don’t bother telling her how busy you are - she makes 2x to 3x more than you and works 200%. You can’t possibly be busy like she is.
6. The manager’s door is only open ajar for a reason - she’s super busy and don’t you dare interrupt her (see #5). But she needs small empty boxes, so if you have one, hand it over. She may be running her own eBay store out of her office.
7. During your interview, the manager undoubtedly asked if you could work 8 to 5. She is big on this question, but in reality, less than 50% of the staff work from 8 to 5. She doesn’t even work 8 to 5. She will grumble when you ask to shift your hours, but she will let you.
8. You can’t be close friends with a coworker because the manager will get jealous. You can’t be close friends with the manager because she thinks you’re sucking up to her. You can’t not be close friends with anyone because the manager will think you are a loner. So you just can’t… be anything.
9. The rest of the people, aside from the manager and her RHL, are pretty decent. They’re friendly, sane, and most of all - they’ve been in your shoes. If you can just trudge along each day, ignore the manager/RHL and their crazy outbursts, you too can survive.