We asked for bad boss stories and boy, oh boy did you deliver. Here are our favorite stories of good-spirited employees working for some very crazy and unreasonable bosses.
“You sure look tan…”
I became very sick with swine flue in September of 2009. I was out sick for a week, but doing a lot of work from home on my laptop. When I returned to work, I sat in [my boss’s] office on Monday morning for our weekly meeting. She said, “Your hair sure looks different today.”
“Oh. It’s getting long. I haven’t had a chance to get it cut. I’ve been sick,” I reminded her.
“Well, you sure look tan, too. That’s interesting.”
So I finally said, “Look, either you don’t believe I was home sick last week or you never noticed I was Hispanic before today. Which is it?”
“My little ulcer…”
About seven years ago, I worked for a fabulous lady dentist in Florida. Mind you, she was a fabulous dentist, NOT a fabulous person for which to work. She moved a mile a minute and expected everyone around her to keep up her pace.
I thought that I had finally succumbed to an ulcer because I got so sick, so fast and my husband had been telling me for months that an ulcer was inevitable. After a month of suffering, I went to an urgent care clinic and found out that my ulcer was actually a baby! The next day, I got myself to work and explained to my boss that my illness was not going away anytime soon and that morning sickness was in full swing.
She proceeded to tell me that there was no way I could be pregnant. Once we hashed out the fact that, yes indeed, I could be pregnant and I was, she matter-of-factly proclaimed that morning sickness was all in a woman’s head and that it was ridiculous that anyone could be ill while pregnant. So, I’d better put mind over matter and do my job at her pace…
One morning, after being late for work due to an extended bout of “praying to the porcelain god,” she told me that it was my job or the baby. Guess which I chose?! My little ulcer is now almost seven years old and I wouldn’t trade him for a job… ever!!
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