Post by Simon D. Aelsi on Jun 18, 2018 23:03:20 GMT -8
I've seen threads similar to this in other forums. I thought I'd bring the hilarity here. Now, I used to work at a theme park and then at a flavor product manufacturing company, and there are actually quite a lot of stories to tell! Some of them seemed so insane you'd have to BE there to believe it. I've got so many stories from my last two jobs it would blow your minds.
Many of our members are of working age and have jobs. I'm sure many of you all have hilarious or outrageous stories to share!
Maybe a warehouse worker saw a coworker drop a whole gallon of raw materials into a work order thinking it was excess product? Maybe a market employee caught someone eating all your strawberries? Maybe a theme park employee saw a couple walking around in their, erm... bare essentials?
Tell 'em here! You just might make someone's day! Some guidelines, if you please:
Post by Emily "Emisen" Hanley on Jun 19, 2018 0:58:32 GMT -8
Man...tales on the job- I have so many I could share, regarding both VA work and work outside of acting. How I still cannot to this day live with 2 of them...
I worked at KFC previously, to try and help gain some extra money because Im a student. I enjoyed the job, though it had its ups and downs, but most of the downs were the customers. I never believed my friend when she said you get asked some weird things, until this day. A woman entered, and ordered a bucket for the family, and of course I asked if there was any additional notes; to which I was not prepared for this one. She demanded the drinks had to be a mix of fanta, and pepsi cherry, and all the skin (which HOLDS the flavouring) had to be taken off of EACH piece of chicken. When I tried to explain, she looked at me like I was crazy...That was one day at work i really cannot forget.
My second one, was for a Voice acting job I did around 2 years ago. I auditioned for the project, I cant remember what it was now, but it was a British or Irish accent required. of course, I had the natural advantage with me being British and half Irish, so I jumped to my booth and recorded. I posted the audition once I was happy, and waited. The upvotes piled in, i was happy- until I received one comment. I love taking constructive criticism, and I love dishing it out; however, I was severely confused when this person said that my accent wasnt authentic, and needed practice. I of course, tried to explain that I was British/Irish, to which they refused to believe- until I sent them natural voice samples to compare...After that, I've never seen someone apologise so much XD They said my american accent in previous auditions was convincing enough to suggest I wasn't British at all. Its one experience I never will forget, because it happens more than I'd like to admit lol
Previous Roles: Young Sophie - Harvester Games "Downfall"
Post by Dom Dinh | Frost on Jun 19, 2018 0:59:26 GMT -8
Do I gots a story for you. *rubs hands together*
Right, so, I'm an Asian-Australian fellow but I don't sound like I was actually born here. I have a fully blown General North American accent, and it's probably attributed to how much TV I grew up watching. Anyways, customers at my old job, without fail, would ask me where I'm from. And y'know, I don't BLAME them for their curiosity, and sometimes I'll let them know the actual deets, but sometimes I like to have a little improv fun; I am an actor after all.
Stuff like, "Oh, well, my family's from Sacramento in California, but my parents transferred here when I was a sophomore and I've been here ever since."
Ask me about the US Election? "I didn't come back home in time to vote."
It's not like I would ever see any of this people again, it was fun. And you know, they mean well. They REALLY do mean well; sometimes it's just annoying to hear the same garble over and over again about where people've gone in the motherland and the "motherland".
My last day at this job wouldn't be without its bout of casual racism either; this one dude whose order I took intercepts me in the dining room as I'm cleaning up and he goes: "You know what? I would REALLY love to be in the Philippines right now. It's really cold here; probably nice and cool there. So, uh, where ya from mate?"
In trying to tell stories from work, I'm coming to realize there's no way to protect the innocent. Most of my stories can be searched on Google. :/
Eeeeh I'll tell one anyway. Back when I first started here, we were integrating what we thought was the largest digital camera in the world. (Turns out the military had a larger one, but we didn't know that.) Initially, the image quality was TERRIBLE! Every month we took it apart and tried to figure out what was going wrong. Disassembly and reassembly took about a week of working at 14,000', so after nine months, work life was starting to approximate some level of hell.
During reassembly of the lens barrel, our manager walked by and said, "Don't put any of those lenses in upside down!" My co-worker casually reached out and flipped him off. (With this particular co-worker it was practically his equivalent of waving, so no one took offense.) As it turns out he DID put the lens in upside down! The only lens in the entire assembly that wasn't keyed to only go in one way.
At the start of the next run the first images came out and the image quality was almost perfect! The Director of Science sent out an email saying, "Whatever you did, DON'T TOUCH IT! Leave it alone!"
Our optical guy went back and verified that no, it hadn't been manufactured wrong. It really was in upside down. The best we've been able to guess, one of the lenses was just made wrong and flipping this other lens put just enough power into the system to correct for it. It was a thousand to one mistake on our part that provided a million to one solution to a manufacturing problem we didn't even know we had. And now we'll never know for sure because fifteen years later, we still haven't opened it up again.
Sometime after that, I was at a conference and this guy was giving a talk on engineering mistakes and unlikely solutions. His poster child example? Our lens flip! After the talk, I introduced myself and let him know I was part of the work crew that had flipped the lens. I asked how he'd even heard the story. Turns out he'd read about it in the Journal of Unrepeatable Results, a science humor journal. We still don't know how they got hold of it.
Moral to the story? Sometimes it pays to be sloppy and flip off your boss!
Post by Simon D. Aelsi on Sept 17, 2018 0:35:00 GMT -8
Oh... right. Since I started this thread I should contribute, yes? Very well... I was working at a theme park with a Chute the Chutes ride: I was at the control panel so I had to keep my eyes glued to the ride. I couldn't turn to talk to people at all. (Many people complained about this BTW, but fortunately management sided with us on that) After seeing THAT, a woman, looking at THAT... turned her head to ME and asked: "Excuse me... do you get wet on this ride?" One would think she was joking, but no. She was DEAD. SERIOUS. I had to take a moment to compose myself before I could mutter a "Yes". Woman: "How wet do you get?" Me: "Very." W: "Is it like... putting a bucket of water on your head?" M: "That's a good way of putting it." W: "But that would hurt! Who would throw a bucket at someone's head!" Before I could say anything, it was time for me to go on break. I'm sure I laughed for a good 5 minutes straight once I got to the back area...
C_Squint: Hi Y'all, thanks again for answering my question from before. Again with resumes, like the thread example, if the Company's/Developer's name is too long and goes into the second line, how should we format it?
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