Sunday, September 9, 2012

Bosses From The Eighth Circle Of Hell: Working Break

Throughout my career I've prided myself on working hard, performing what's asked of me to the best of my ability, and being an all-around good employee. I've also done my best to get along with my various bosses.

Alas, sometimes that's just not possible. Sometimes you end up with a Boss From The Eighth Circle of Hell.*

I worked part time at a grocery store when I was in college. One evening after working quite diligently for several hours, I asked my boss if I could take my fifteen minute break. He hesitated for a second and then asked if I'd mind taking a "working break." A bit puzzled, I said I didn't know what that meant. He said that since it was busy that night he wanted me to skip my break altogether. He wanted me to fill up the milk cooler, mop the floors and take out the trash, but he'd let me drink a Coke while I did it all. He called this a working break.

I told him if he needed me I'd be in the employee lounge taking a "sitting break."

 *According to Dante's Inferno the Eighth Circle of Hell houses, among others, those guilty of deliberate, knowing evil. I figured that'd be the most likely place to find a Hell Boss.

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