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The W - One Question... - Whats the most embarrassing thing you've done at (or for) your job?
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I ask this because next Thursday, I'll embarrass myself for the benefit of my work: I'll be donning the company mascot costume and marching in Moose Jaw's Hometown Parade. It's gonna be fun, but it's gonna be a bizarre time.

I admit, I'm excited, but at the same time, I'll never live it down; I know that my co-worker will be ribbing me for ages afterward. Couple that with my girlfriend and her family, and our friends. Fun.




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When I was in graduate school, I used to give presentations for the academic outreach program to high school seniors interested in computer music and digital art. They were always groups of students who had already expressed an interest in the topic, so it wasn't too much of a stretch to play some avant garde computer music as part of the presentation (along with some visuals and other examples). The presentations I gave were always well received, and I always received positive feedback from both the students and their teachers who were present.

Once, I was asked to give one of these presentation to a school about 75 miles away. I was under the impression that I was to give the same presentation in the same sort of context - students who were interested in computer music and digital art.

Instead, it was 400 high school seniors who had been locked in a gymnasium for four hours while the rest of the school took their standardized testing.

Yeah... after that, I decided to stop giving those presentations.




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Since: 17.8.06
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Two things come to mind....

There is a cheesy amusement park here in Calgary called Calaway Park. When it first opened up, some 29 years ago, they were affiliated with Hanna Barbera. I got a job there as Fred Flintstone. When we were promoting the park before it opened, we were in air-conditioned shopping malls. In the summer at the park, let's just say I think I know how hot hell is...

The second thing... At a call center I worked at, I had to tell an employee that they smelled.




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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.88
    Originally posted by babetsavant


    The second thing... At a call center I worked at, I had to tell an employee that they smelled.



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Ben an on-camera interviewer for a "person on the street" segment and a performer interview without any sort of notes or prepared questions. Then I had to watch the finished video while it was being shown to 10,000 high schoolers. I hate the sound of my own voice and there's one point in the interview where I'm totally winging it, and I get some weird answer and make a weird squeaky surprised noise. There was no way to edit it out. Everyone laughed.
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I was a model for a company brochure once. My official part was "Lab Engineer #2." The embarrassing part came when I forgot to wash the makeup off after the photo shoot before heading back to my lab. I ended up with the nickname 'dollface' for the rest of the week.

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One time when I was delivering pizza, I got out of my car without putting it in park. Shockingly, it began rolling away. I grabbed onto the door frame (the door was still open) with one hand with the pizzas in the other. I don't know what I was thinking, I could stop the car by grabbing onto it? Whatever I was trying, it didn't work. I slipped and wound up being dragged down the street, through a puddle, still holding on to both the car and the pizzas, rolling slowly toward a parked car. I launched the pizzas onto the passenger seat, lunged forward, and jammed the car into park mere inches before I would've hit the other car. I was soaked and dirty from the chest down because of being dragged. I can only imagine how that whole scene looked - and I still had to take the pizzas to the customer's house. They were nice enough to not say anything.



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    Originally posted by KJames199
    One time when I was delivering pizza, I got out of my car without putting it in park. Shockingly, it began rolling away. I grabbed onto the door frame (the door was still open) with one hand with the pizzas in the other. I don't know what I was thinking, I could stop the car by grabbing onto it? Whatever I was trying, it didn't work. I slipped and wound up being dragged down the street, through a puddle, still holding on to both the car and the pizzas, rolling slowly toward a parked car. I launched the pizzas onto the passenger seat, lunged forward, and jammed the car into park mere inches before I would've hit the other car. I was soaked and dirty from the chest down because of being dragged. I can only imagine how that whole scene looked - and I still had to take the pizzas to the customer's house. They were nice enough to not say anything.


I did this twice while delivering pizzas.

The first time was the stupidest and could have killed someone. The second time was less bad.

The second time I did it, I simply didn't put the car in park and it started to slowly roll away. I had already walked about 50 yards from it to the door of the building when I saw it. I was able to run back and stop it before it got more than 20 ft.

The first time it happened, though, it was my fault. I went out to my car and someone had parked right up on me on both sides. As I was delivering pizzas that day, this was not good. I had the window down, so I reached in and put the car into neutral. I had intended to just hop in and stop the car, but it was wet and the car started rolling pretty fast. I slipped, lost the car completely, and it rolled about 30 feet down the parking lot, jumped the curb, and landed squarely in a large bush.

I got in and drove it off. Still, it could have rolled over someone. It was completely out of control and luckily nothing bad happened.




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Since: 21.11.02
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The most embarrassing thing I did at work was to play tennis with the boss at a company outing. The boss was kind of a jerk and thought he was a good tennins player (he was OK). No one ever signed up for tennis but SOMEONE had to so this year I was one of the few who had to play. I had played a little when I was younger so I knew the basics but was prepared to get my butt kicked as fast as possible and get off the court. On my boss' first serve, I swung as hard as I could, caught the ball on the top of my racket and it shot directly into my eye. I let out the girliest scream when it happened and EVERYONE turned around. Thankfully for me, it looked so bad that most people were concerned and did not rag on me until later. But I did get it later. Bad. But at least I only had to play one point of tennis against my boss. So it was worth it (and my eye was OK).



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Since: 26.3.03
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Another costume story:

I worked at Target in the early 90's and the store had a Back-To-School promotion featuring Looney Tunes characters. The managers rented Sylvester and Porky costumes and chose me and one of my female coworkers to play the characters on a Sunday.

I assumed that, since I was tall and she was short, I would play Sylvester and she would play Porky. (Every time I've seen the characters at a theme park, that's the usual height proportion.) She pitched a fit, however, and insisted on playing Sylvester. That would have been OK, except the Sylvester suit was the only one that even resembled the actual character. The Porky suit was just a generic pig costume. No trademark suit. And the face was all busted up.

So, kids entering Target that day were greeted by a 5'5" Sylvester and his friend the 6'5" naked, ratty pig.

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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.18
    Originally posted by Guru Zim
      Originally posted by KJames199
      One time when I was delivering pizza, I got out of my car without putting it in park. Shockingly, it began rolling away. I grabbed onto the door frame (the door was still open) with one hand with the pizzas in the other. I don't know what I was thinking, I could stop the car by grabbing onto it? Whatever I was trying, it didn't work. I slipped and wound up being dragged down the street, through a puddle, still holding on to both the car and the pizzas, rolling slowly toward a parked car. I launched the pizzas onto the passenger seat, lunged forward, and jammed the car into park mere inches before I would've hit the other car. I was soaked and dirty from the chest down because of being dragged. I can only imagine how that whole scene looked - and I still had to take the pizzas to the customer's house. They were nice enough to not say anything.


    I did this twice while delivering pizzas.

    The first time was the stupidest and could have killed someone. The second time was less bad.

    The second time I did it, I simply didn't put the car in park and it started to slowly roll away. I had already walked about 50 yards from it to the door of the building when I saw it. I was able to run back and stop it before it got more than 20 ft.

    The first time it happened, though, it was my fault. I went out to my car and someone had parked right up on me on both sides. As I was delivering pizzas that day, this was not good. I had the window down, so I reached in and put the car into neutral. I had intended to just hop in and stop the car, but it was wet and the car started rolling pretty fast. I slipped, lost the car completely, and it rolled about 30 feet down the parking lot, jumped the curb, and landed squarely in a large bush.

    I got in and drove it off. Still, it could have rolled over someone. It was completely out of control and luckily nothing bad happened.


I also did this once, though not delivering pizzas. I was covering a high school football - Tim Tebow's second-to-last home game, in fact! - when one of the coaches, who knew me pretty well, stopped me in the middle of a question to say, "Adam, isn't that your car in that bush over there?"

I look over, and sure enough, there it is, the back wheels maybe a foot off the ground with some shrub underneath it. I looked and saw the car was still in neutral, and we could see the tracks in the grass on which it had rolled from the parking lot (probably 50 to 60 feet away) into these bushes. And it was very, very stuck there. Two assistant coaches with the visiting team, including the one I had just been interviewing, had to help me push it out of those bushes.

Luckily, the bushes had actually stopped it from going into a tree, and this was on a slight decline so the car must have developed a little bit of speed. Enough to make going into a tree cause some damage. I just got in the car and drove away, and there were no problems.

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Speaking of cars in neutral, did I ever post this video here?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XF5H_iLN4w

I got it from the owner of the gas station where it happened (I had to travel down there once a week to do their paperwork until they went out of business). The pavement around gas pumps is made with a slight incline built in (to make sure there isn't any running water). Pretty amazing how quickly it can build up speed.

To answer the question, there's nothing really. I've only had two real jobs and a paper route, and I can't really think of anything embarrassing that I had to do at either.
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Since: 10.10.02
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I was working for the local YMCA when my boss tossed keys at me and told me to move the after-school van out of the back lot because the garbage truck needed to get in there fast to empty the dumpster. He said it had to be done fast so I ran out, got in, checked the mirror, and reversed. Right into a parked car of a parent picking up a child. Minor damage, but I had to report it to my boss and was relieved of my duties of driving that van from then on.

Later on, at an office job I had, I locked myself out of my computer and had to call the I.S. department, who asked me for my password. Unfortunately, my password at the time was "DISCOSTUD" and despite my pleading, the I.S. tech laughed heartily over the phone.
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I have (on separate occasions) donned a Spider-Man costume, and done an impersonation of The Rock, both while working for my current company, Blockbuster.

Both of which need a little more explanation.

When the Spider-Man DVD was about to be released, we were pushing the presales of it pretty hard. I was tapped to wear a rented Spider-Man outfit, right there on the spot, no notice. To put it mildly I didn't feel comfortable stripping down to step into it, so I wore it over my work uniform.

With, um... unfortunate results. You could see my wallet and keys through the Spider-Man pants; I couldn't bend over; I could barely see (I wear glasses for nearsightedness), and I stretched it out so much it needed to be replaced.

On the other hand, I had a lot of fun with it. "Thanks for calling Blockbuster," I'd answer the phone, "your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man here!"

As far as The Rock impersonation... we were doing a big motivational seminar thing, and at the end of each section the speaker (a district manager) said, "If you smell what The Rock is cooking." (Didn't do the voice, either.) And then we'd all have to yell back, "JUST BRING IT!"

So, at the end of the seminar, he asked for a volunteer to do a Rock impersonation and lead us out; my hand was high in the air before he even finished his sentence. The DM started talking, and I lifted a palm up to his face, to shut him up just like The Rock does in real life. Then I closed it into a fist, did the People's Eyebrow, lifted my head towards the ceiling and yelled out,

"IF YOU SMEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLALALALALALALALA~! What The Rock...

*long pause*

"...is cooking."

And yeah, I had a lot of fun with that, too.

Both of those things, I got razzed for, but quite honestly... I enjoyed them!



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When I used to work in a lab for an environmental testing company, I accidentally broke a large beaker full of sulfuric acid. The acid splattered all over the front of my lab coat and pants. The sulfuric acid immediately ate through my coat and pants as I quickly pulled them off as fast as possible before it got to my skin and onto parts of the male anatomy that you do NOT want sulfuric acid touching.

My clothes were instantly ruined and all I had to cover myself up was another spare lab coat that I had. Thank god I had a small separate lab room and wasn't like most people in the company who had to share a larger sized lab with many other chemists.

I eventually had to get on the phone and tell my supervisor what happened and that I was stuck in my lab naked with just a white lab coat on. One of my buddies in the lab next to me had to drive to my house and get me another set of clothes. It was the longest and most embarrassing wait of my life as word quickly got around to the other labs on what happened to me. Needless to say I had alot of people sticking their heads in my door whistling and cat-calling me as all I could do was stand there and tug down on my lab coat.



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    Originally posted by Kevintripod

    I eventually had to get on the phone and tell my supervisor what happened and that I was stuck in my lab naked with just a white lab coat on. One of my buddies in the lab next to me had to drive to my house and get me another set of clothes. It was the longest and most embarrassing wait of my life as word quickly got around to the other labs on what happened to me. Needless to say I had alot of people sticking their heads in my door whistling and cat-calling me as all I could do was stand there and tug down on my lab coat.



You had such a golden opportunity there to finish that with, "and that's how I got my the-w.com username..."

I have either never really had a super-embarrassing moment at any job I've had or I've been completely successful in blocking it from my memory. Or maybe I'm just old and whatever it was seems far less embarrassing or significant now...
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