What is the weirdest experience you’ve had on the job?
I’ve experienced a lot of weird events on different jobs, but the following was the most WEIRD.
Several years ago, I was living in a state other than the one in which I now live and working part time at that state’s major department store. On this particular day, I was put in the lingerie department. I went about my business, cleaning up and hanging up things. Then, from behind, I heard someone say: "Miss, can you help me?" I turned around and found an extremely large busted, much older female standing there. When I smiled and said "Hi, yes?," she lifted her shirt up to her chin, exposing herself, and said: "Do you have anything that will fit these boulders?" Ugh!!! I was so embarrassed!!
Has anyone else had weird job related experiences?
My ‘job’ was across 4 continents as a Humanitarian Aid Relief Coordinator. There were so many things that happened. I’d have to say the one thing, above all else, that sticks in my mind are all the times I’d get stopped at a check point to PROVE my citizenship. (this was AFTER I was already officially "cleared") All the while, clearly visible, was my USA passport. There were also plenty times that caused me to wonder if I’d get out of certain nations once I’d gotten in. When traveling to a nation where the USA has a "travel advisory" you’re pretty much on your own. This poses a whole host of other issues. I understood the risks, yet, had a job to do. Do I travel outside the USA now? No way…unless it has to do with a family emergency. Even if I could change things that happened back then, I wouldn’t change a single thing. :heart::heart:
I forgot to add in my below account that I don’t even think the managers pressed charges against the screwy temp. Ridiculous!!
The other year, one of the ladies in another department was retiring. She told everybody, she did not want a cake or anything. Well, one of the girls brought a cake anyways. Because that’s what people over here do all the time, theybring cakes for retirment, and gifts and whatnot. So the retiree saw the cake and went NUTS. She was literally screaming at the other girl on the top of her lungs for what seems like hours (I am sure it was less, but it sounded like it). I was told the HR was tyring to get the younger gal to apologize for her offending actions (she was, after all, warned) and she refused; we all thought it was ridiculous that she be the one to apologize.
Years and years ago, I was working in a very large and unproductive organization. Apparently, during the meeting of senior officers, one VP slapped another one in the face. Then later, after work, the one slapped in the face before came to the other guys’ office and beat the living stuff out of him, while another VP was standing watch. The VP that got beat up went to the police, and the general director swore that both the offending VPs were at his office at the time and could not have beat the guy up; I think they also got some lackeys to confirm that. Oh, I was also told that the reason nobody worked too hard there was that before I joined, they worked very hard and put a lot of overyime into some report. They submitted it to the management only to see it the next day blown out of the trash and all over the lawn…
Another place I was at – one of the secretaries was harrassing the cleaning lady. She would write up a complaint that the cleaning lady did not clean her office; then when the cleaning lady came, she threw her out. Did that a couple times; well the last time she did it, the boss was standing around the corner, and he heard it all and she got in trouble. But that was not when she got fired. She got fired a couple years down the road after starting a fist fight with a lady from accounting over them both sleeping with this other guy there.
Was that much older female trying to be funny, or was she mentally unbalanced? Maybe both?
I used to work in an office that used a lot of different temps. This one temp, who struck me as screwy the first time I saw her, claimed to have had $20 stolen from her bag her first week on the job. At that time, I’d been with the company for almost four years. No one had ever had anything close to that kind of experience on that job prior to her claim. A week later, the owner and two assistant managers collectively had $500 taken from their bags. The police were called, and a detective came to the office. A whole procedure ensued, and we were all finger printed. It turned out that the screwy temp had stolen the $500 dollars and had also made the previous false claim in an attempt to ‘set the stage’ for the theft of the $500. Of course, she was fired. I was annoyed, though, because she got palsy with the managers and would go on smoking breaks with them. Just about everyone there seemed to fall for her act. Some people who’d been with the company for a long time, I for one, were ignored in favor of that screwball.
Years ago, I worked for the worst firm in the country. The females were catty; they also lacked all manner of self-respect. The males were rude and unprofessional. And, the owner was beyond repugnant. That owner, for his 55th birthday, threw himself a party. He invited two strippers to ‘perform’ for the entire office. A sign-in sheet was passed around for the "event", and all of the office participants (female workers included!) assembled in a private room in the firm. The door was closed and the blinds drawn. The blasting music and loud whooping and cajoling could be heard throughout the entire firm.
As the party roared, I walked out for good.
chimein, I remember that quake. I was at my mom’s trying to walk down the hall which was going in two directions. So scary a few years later I left the state..:womansad:
Closing time at the jewelry store where I worked in Berkeley, CA. A little after 5 p.m. and the Loma Prieta earthquake hit. Feeling like rollers under my feet. Crystal chandelier in the center of the store swaying back and forth. When it was over, none of us knew how bad it was. Customer still standing there in front of me. Couldn’t make up his mind. I asked where his wife was and he said she was in San Francisco. I told him he better have a present for her when she gets home because she may not get home tonight. He bought some earrings and finally left. My husband picked me up and we ended up having a guest for dinner. One of my coworkers couldn’t get home on BART (our subway). I was just glad my son was ok. He was 2 at the time. Very weird and surreal at the same time.
just curious chimein? Did you continue to work there? I would have never made it past that day! I’m sure I would have got fired,hopefully from not being able to stop laughing..
I don’t know if this counts as weird but I blew up an acetlyne cutting torch on the job by turning on the wrong valves. Filled the whole shop up with black smoke. I couldn’t even see my hand in front of my face. As the smoke cleared I saw the boss running out of the office toward me. Between the noise and smoke he thought I was killed. He couldn’t believe I didn’t have a mark on me. That was my first job and someone was looking out for me….Ronnie
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