"Can I speak to your manager?" The dreaded words that no employee wants to hear. Not because it's an actual threat, but because the complaints are typically so unnecessary and excessive. Here are some of the weirdest complaints, recalled by the managers themselves.
Managers of Reddit, what's the weirdest complaint you've gotten about an employee?
I own an establishment that serves alcohol. We had a guy complain that the bartender was pouring his beer into "gay glassware" and I need to train him to pour beer for men into manly glasses. He was dead serious.
This bar near me has a drink called Beast Mode and it comes in a flower teacup with matching saucer.
What a miserable person.
I had a customer complain that our carrot sticks were too thick and were for horses. She threw it at my server...which she then ran to me in tears. I walked out there and she was just some stupid c**t who wanted to make someone have a bad day. Her words were, "it's our job as customers to let you know everything that's wrong."
How about you f*ck your self and treat people like human beings?
These all sound like good things.
I'm not a manager, but I once worked with a manager who liked to share the oddball complaints with us.
The manager of another department made a formal complaint against me because I was too friendly. He felt it was a huge waste of his precious time to have to say hello back to me every time we passed in the hallway.
One of my colleagues had a complaint made against him for being too helpful. He offered to press the lift call button for a woman in a wheelchair, who couldn't reach it by herself. She found it 'belittling'.
Another colleague was accused of being too happy. Whistling a tune while walking from one work order to the next. Disgusting.
And I collected another complaint for being too quick. A user claimed that I couldn't possibly have fixed his computer in the few minutes I spent in his office. The manager got him to switch it on and he had to admit that it worked fine now.
Not a manager but years ago at a job I got called into the office of the big boss. My boss was also there. I was told about my unacceptable behavior from that morning. Confused, I asked what I did. Apparently, my boss passed by my desk that morning and said "good morning" and I said nothing back. They told me it was unprofessional to be giving her "the silent treatment."
I laughed because I thought they were joking around. They were totally f*cking serious and didn't believe me when I said I just didn't hear her. They gave me an hour speech about how mean and unprofessional I was and how bad I hurt my bosses feelings.
Sounds like a you problem.
Not a manager but we had a girl who always used to complain about new people not knowing how to do simple things even though it was HER responsibility to teach them how to do said things
This is kinda funny.
I managed a IT desk for a very large corporation, and we got a complaint about a guy giving inappropriate temporary passwords when they would call in to get their passwords reset on their accounts. Example being "whiskerbiscuit 420" or "millertime69"
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That one of our employees started clapping when he heard a customer said they would take their business elsewhere. Doesn't sound abnormal until you looked over and saw he was carrying a very large box with two hands, and impossible for him to clap at all.
There was only 2 employees in the area. The manager who she was speaking to, and the man carrying the box.
We have a store next to a massage business. A woman complained that the loud cackling of the manager of my store ruined her massage. Really funny.
Was your manager Skeletor?
Not a valid reason.
One of the trades working for me right now asked me to kick a guy off site because he doesn't talk much. Like, the guy was competent, friendly enough, but just didn't really have a lot to say about anything. Other workers on site would pester him about things and he'd give 2-3 word answers most of the time.
I get that people like to be able to talk to people working next to them, but how am I supposed to justify getting this guy off site simply for not being talkative?
Manger at Walmart. A older woman would call at least once a week for a month to complain that my employee was a witch who put a curse on the toaster she bought and she wanted the employee fired.
Tell her the employee has been disciplined. Then tell her she can remove the curse by toasting rye bread or something silly like that.