|01-31-2010, 12:46 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Oct 2009
I don't get embarrassed very often. Pretty rare really. I've got one though that I'll never forget...
I took a job at UPS in Calgary about five years ago. Working in the office. Easiest job I've ever had. Only thing is that the hours weren't that great. Only 4.5 hours a day. I heard about an early morning shift where you loaded trucks for another 6 hours. Foolishly, I decided to go for it.
Started sleeping 4 hours at a time, twice a day. I'd work from 3:00AM to 9:00AM and 2:30PM to 7:00PM. After a couple weeks, I got very, very tired.
One morning, taking a cab to work, I pretty zoned out and accidentally farted. I thought, "There's no way he heard that, that was a quiet one". And then came the last thing I ever wanted to hear.... the whirring of the power windows rolling down. That was a very long cab ride.
|01-31-2010, 07:52 AM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Where Living and Loving and Laughing are written into the Constitution
A very "high" powered European organization was holding a seminar for my employees, the top 13 best paid people, specialists at their job. On the first day,after the first session, they call me and say the translation is so bad that the ones that do not speak English are not getting anything and the ones that do speak it are so annoyed by the bad translation they can't concentrate on the speaker. So as the HR Director I get my 2 translators to step in but hire a new one for the next day because my 2 girls are tired from translating about 500 pages for the board meeting and simultaneous translation is the most difficult thing I ever did, specially when it is a super specialized language that is required.
But the project manager tels me the speaker is set on bringing the bad translator back the next morning. So I get up, get really pumped up that my best people are going to be tortured by this lady who has no clue with our industry. I storm into the meeting room and see a lady from her profile, get the speaker to step out and start the frontal attack! So I am talking 100 words a second going on how these people are not getting anything... bla.. bla my best people... bla bla... she has no clue... bla bla and the guy is looking at me with surprise. So the moment he catches while I am getting my breath to continue the attack. He says:"but this is THE lady you hired" ... I can't even describe how humiliating it was. The lady had the same haircolor, the same haircut, the same build, age... stile in dressing so I automatically assumed it was the same one form the day before who started all of this...
I laughed all morning at myself. When my CEO arrived I told him I jumped the gun. He was worried, had a meeting before he could listen to my story, but when he heard what I did had a good laugh himself. I am one of the top senior
managers so I am not supposed to do such things... but it happens to all of us!
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