22 Workplace Anecdotes That Will Make You Cringe

“I spilled a glass of red wine down the mother of the bride.”

We asked the staffers of BuzzFeed’s UK office for the worst things they’ve done at work.

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“When I was a singer, I pushed a speaker off stage and it broke someone’s foot. (They stayed ‘til the end before going to hospital though.)”

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“I worked in a hotel and served red wine in an ice bucket.”

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“I once faxed my hair to Phoenix, Az.”

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“When I was an office cleaner, I accidentally let the office parrot out of its cage and it flew up on to the ceiling and then bit someone.”

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“Worked as a receptionist. When a call came in you put it in a system called Orbit and then announced it on the Tannoy so someone on the shop floor could pick it up. One day a man called Phil Rocket called. So I had to announce ‘Mr Rocket is in Orbit’ to over 1,000 people.”

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“At a magazine internship, I had to collect 25 celebrity quotes about Bob Dylan. I spent 2 weeks calling their agents and chasing them for quotes before I realised it was actually Bob GELDOF I was meant to be getting quotes on.”

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“When I worked at Starbucks I accidentally threw an Americano all over a woman wearing a while dress.”

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“Forgot to go to work for a week.”

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“A customer at a nightclub once nicked a mop and pretended that it was a giant penis and she was having intercourse with it. I continued mopping whilst she did it.”

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“I spilled a glass of red wine down the mother of the bride when I was a waitress at a wedding reception. Luckily, she was too drunk to care!”

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“I once vomited whilst serving a customer whilst handing her change because I was hungover.”

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“When I worked in a chocolate shop, I left chocolate Easter bunnies in the window. Their faces melted off and at least 10 children cried.”

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“Had a job directing cars into a field that was being used as a car park. I directed them into the wrong field. It wasn’t a car park. The farmer wasn’t happy.”

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“When I was a waitress, I dropped a basket of steak knives, sharp end down, onto a man’s crotch. He cried.”

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“I used to offer to close down the bar, then stay there drinking free and watching late-night NBA games.”

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“I once interviewed two people with similar accents in one day and attributed all the quotes to the wrong people.”

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“I was driving the Isle of Man safety dept. van… and crashed it!”

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“I fell asleep while working in a carpet shop. I was the only employee on duty.”

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“I used to drop potatoes on diners’ heads when I was a silver service waiter.”

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“I called a man a ‘stingy cunt’ under my breath when I was a charity fundraiser. He came back 20 mins later and chased me down Tot Court Road.”

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“I once worked in a Total garage. I was packing up a woman’s shopping for 2 mins before I realised I hadn’t been scanning it. I had to unpack it ALL and start again. I still think about it and cringe 12 times a day.”

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“I once caused the evacuation of a building because I burnt some toast.”

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