Today will be a fun post. I’m sure everyone has witnessed some strange events at work. Previously, I had written about things that I’ve personally witnessed that you should never do at work. I was recently on a discussion forum called City-Data and stumbled upon a discussion about strange complaints at work. I thought I would share some of the weirdest complaints that I found.
“I once worked with a lady who used to complain to bldg. mgmt that the toilet paper they provided in their restrooms was too rough and demanded they switch! I still remember this 25 years later! So silly to me.”
It's Charmin toilet paper or else!
“That the free pizza brought in for lunch for staff to enjoy one day was "only" cheese and not pepperoni.”
I guess we can't satisfy everyone!
A women complained that we were busy. I started laughing to myself while thinking, "Don't you want our company to be busy and make money?"
Obviously she doesn't think like a business owner...or someone who values job security.
“I used to complain that the "breakfasts" (twice a year) only had fruit, bagels and decaffeinated coffee."
My solution to this would be to set up a monthly breakfast club and have a member bring in breakfast foods that he/she likes.
“My SO's (significant other) company brought in some really nice sandwiches for lunch during a training session. A coworker was upset that they didn't just use "normal" bread (plain white), to the point that he became almost belligerent about it.”
This is the first time I've heard of someone being "belligerent about bread".
I am the biggest complainer where I work. I once complained that the cleaning fluid used in the office smelled too strong...and in the same week complained that the office was not cleaned often enough.
Sounds like someone wants his cake and to eat it too!
“I once had a co-worker who was so upset she had almost quit her job right then and there. Reason ?? She had found out that the lone single man on the full time staff was getting health insurance through the company. She believed that such things should only be offered through the company if the person is married, widowed and/or have children under 18 no exceptions.”
Think of it this way, that lone single man is lowering the cost of your insurance premiums by creating a larger pool of employees to spread the risk across. Furthermore, if he is young and healthy, he is less likely to use healthcare services while still contributing the same premiums, further lowering your costs.
“We have one who complains that we DON'T have to punch a time clock.”
I like contrarian thinkers.
“One company I worked for would celebrate each employee's birthday with a cake. One employee was on a diet and requested no cake for her birthday. Thing is, all the other employees enjoyed the cake regardless of whose birthday it was. On top of that, the manager felt that if he didn't get her a cake, then later she'd be upset because her birthday wasn't acknowledged. So he bought a cake and we all sang Happy Birthday to her. She started crying and stomped away because she couldn't eat the cake because of her diet.”
I requested a fruit and cheese plate instead of a cake for my last birthday at work, does that make me weird?
Have you heard any strange complaints at work?
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