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smileyeagle1021
07-03-2010, 07:16 AM
If ever something isn't going according to plan, never ever ever ever ever ever (repeat ad naseum) say the phrase "it could be worse"
One of my coworkers said that during shift change... oh yeah, I clocked out fast and booked it.
Background, at 3am on my shift the switchboard interface failed... this means no automated wake-up calls, no call transfers, and well, none of the functions on the front desk phone. Now, fortunately room to room calls still work, as well as room to outside and outside to switchboard. So, using our cordless phone we can place room to room style calls to manually do the wake-up calls, use it as a room style phone to call outside the hotel, and there is a function on it that forces the switchboard to transfer an incoming call to it (the switchboard phone still would ring, couldn't answer it though, just had to use the force answer on the cordless).
So, it's bad, but not overcomable... while I'm explaining this to the morning shift girl, she says the dreaded words "well, that's not bad... it could be worse"
As I'm heading out I hear the 911 call alarm go off.
Once the 911 call alarm goes off, we cannot send or recieve calls until the switchboard is reset... of course using the interface at the front desk which is completely down. So, I'm sure you see where this is going. No inbound calls, no outbound calls, only thing that is working is direct room to room calls.
So dear coworker, you have learned the workplace rule number one... say it could be worse, and it WILL be worse.

Cazzi
07-03-2010, 08:37 AM
Don't forget the other 4 words you should never use, especially in a bar/restaurant establishment..

"Isn't it quiet today"

Those words had me running for the hills screaming as you could guarantee the world & its mother would then proceed to walk through the door :eek:

Bonus points if it was said when you were already short staffed & were thankful it was quietish, as it usually was in my kitchen... total staff me 90% of the time :cry:

Difdi
07-03-2010, 10:37 AM
My motto, all through high school, was "Cheer up! Enjoy it while it lasts! Because it WILL get worse!" :devil:

Whiskey
07-03-2010, 10:46 AM
"Isn't it quiet today"


"No bar rush tonight"

"I'm glad its slow"

"Cleaning is done early!"

:cry: :roll:

Squeaksmyalias
07-03-2010, 03:44 PM
It's quiet this weekend= rush on last minute calls or girls quitting, or both. :cry:

Sunsetsky
07-04-2010, 01:28 AM
Right before closing:

We are almost done!

That's when someone will call or walk in with an emergency.

Irving Patrick Freleigh
07-04-2010, 02:05 AM
As I'm walking in the door/entering the break room/punching in/going down to start work:

"Thank goodness you're here!"

This invariably means "We've been busy as fuck, and you will be too."

CrazedClerkthe2nd
07-04-2010, 05:34 AM
"looks like we'll be getting out early tonight."

Midorikawa
07-04-2010, 05:13 PM
"hrm. no major server crashes. May get out of here early today."

less than 5 minutes after that was said, a breaker popped and took out about 40 servers. It took 3 hours to get everything back online. I was just leaving as the servers crashed. I worked a 13 hour day that day, and I wasn't happy.

Green_Fairy
07-04-2010, 05:18 PM
"hm. mall sure is empty today!"

never fails. someone either in my store or a neighboring one says that, then the buses from specialville come and drop off their passengers. ugh.

MadonnaC
07-04-2010, 10:09 PM
"Smile, " they said, "it could be worse"

So I smiled, and it was

Shalom
07-05-2010, 12:43 AM
Don't forget the other 4 words you should never use, especially in a bar/restaurant establishment..

"Isn't it quiet today"

This is also a no-no in the emergency department...

Magpie
07-05-2010, 08:19 PM
"Gee, I haven't seen the trouble-makers come in today"

Mishi
07-12-2010, 12:53 AM
"Nothing's been stolen yet!" - Yup, now I'm waiting for something that I've just done or planted in the front yard to get ruined.

ralerin
07-14-2010, 10:31 PM
I dunno, I've used "It could be worse" or "It's quiet here today" many times with no ill effects.

underemployeed
07-14-2010, 10:39 PM
I dunno, I've used "It could be worse" or "It's quiet here today" many times with no ill effects.

Go ahead be naive