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Have You Ever Ripped Your Pants At Work?

I have and it was damn embarrassing. Now if your pants rip, for whatever reason, and you are around your regular co-workers, I’m sure it would be funny and a bit uncomfortable. But I’m sure everyone would have a good laugh and go on with their day.

I chose, on the other hand, to have my pants rip in a client’s office. I was on an out of state trip and in an office where I knew the people dressed pretty casually. For that reason I had brought with me an older pair of pants that I thought would last a while longer but the pants were a little tighter than I had remembered. I guess that was the problem.

Sitting in a room full of desks and workers who I did not know at all, I got up to go to the bathroom and something didn’t feel right. I sat back down to survey the problem and to my horror I realized my pants were split in the middle. With some more exploring, I discovered my pants had a good 5 inch or so rip all the way around to the back! There was no way I was going be able to wear these pants and I needed a plan just to get to the car!

Fumbling around in the drawers of my desk that I had been given, I looked for some tape but of course there was none. I looked around the room and saw a tape dispenser on a desk not too far away. I needed that tape and I needed to get it to the bathroom where I could tape up my pants and then get to the car!

There was no one at the desk and so I casually (but quickly) walked by the desk and scooped up the tape. With the tape safely in one hand, I headed to the bathroom praying that the rip didn’t become bigger and that no one had noticed. Again, what was so embarrassing, was that I knew no one there and I was a guest in their office. I didn’t want to end up being the joke of their whole year!

I managed to tape up my pants and then I headed for my car. Like an idiot I had only brought with me that one pair of slacks on my trip (I always bring two pairs now) and so I headed to the mall which was luckily not too far away.

Once in the mall, I was able to find a nice pair of pants and I changed into them in the dressing room. As my other pants were headed for the garbage, I thought it would be simple for the checkout lady to ring up my pants purchase as I wore them. I was irritated when the following conversation took place:

Checkout lady: Sir, I cannot ring up the pants as you are wearing them. You will have to take them off for me to ring them up.

DayJobNuker: My other pants have a big rip in them and that’s why I am buying these. I need to wear these out of the store because I am going to throw my other pants away.

Checkout lady: I’m sorry sir, but you will have to take them off before you can pay for them. I am not allowed to let you pay for something that you are wearing.

DayJobNuker: But my other pants have a big rip in them and I can’t wear them! Don’t you understand? Why can’t I just pay for the pants?

Checkout lady: I am just doing what my manager told me. You need to take your pants off before I can charge you and then you can put them back on in the dressing room after that. I am just following the rules.

DayJobNuker: Well this is ridiculous and your rules are really stupid!

I could have taken it a step further and just taken my pants off right there in the middle of the store and let her ring them up and believe me, I wanted to. But I thought that might in the end backfire and I didn’t want to spend the night in jail or anything for indecent exposure. This fight was just not worth it.

I decided to give in and went back to the dressing room to change out of the pants, had her ring them up, and then went back in again to change into them once more. So silly.

Rules. Why does everyone have such silly rules? Can’t workers and employees be allowed some leeway to make their own decisions? Can’t managers give their employees a little bit of credit to make their own decisions in special circumstances?

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  • 1

    SO you’re the guy eh? LOL

    Actually, employees should be able to think for themselves when it comes to customer service. Problem is, most managers are too lazy to train their people, and secondly, most employees lack basic common sense.

    Tip: Where boxers and you’ll be covered, literally.

    Allyn Paul on December 4th, 2007
  • 2

    I actually pulled my entire inseam out one time. It looked like I was wearing a dress.

    Andy on December 4th, 2007
  • 3

    The sad truth is that most employees are not smart enough to think for themselves. Companies set these stupid rules so employees always know what to do with out question. There is usually a reason these people have the jobs they have and are not CEOs.

    Btw, did you give that guy his tape back? Now your known as a tape thief at that office, but its better than the alternative.

    Grant on December 4th, 2007
  • 4

    I left the tape in the bathroom. I thought I got away with no one seeing me take it so I didn’t want to ruin my luck and have someone see me putting it back and start asking questions!

    DayJobNuker on December 4th, 2007
  • 5

    I totally did that like a week ago…had some jeans that were patched in the back, bent over to pick up a monitor and then as I lifted it, the patch ripped open a good 4 inches.

    Was a good day 🙂

    Mike Olbinski on December 5th, 2007
  • 6

    She was just being jerk.

    Caveman on December 5th, 2007
  • 7

    at least none of your co-workers saw you.. and as for the store.. i don’t know what store you went to but I have been able to buy things while i am wearing them, but usually it is just a sweatshirt because it got cold or something.

    thewild1 on December 5th, 2007
  • 8

    I had a similar experience whilst at work. Was covering some manual work for one of my team as he was off ill and was working in my suit, ripped my pants totally down the back – very embarrassing, but lucky I had another suit with me that was identical.

    Nick on December 5th, 2007
  • 9

    I hate shop workers that stick to every little rule. She was just been a bloody tosser!! You should have just wipped the pants off at the counter!! Chicken 😉

    Sam Kidd on December 5th, 2007
  • 10

    DayJobNuker WAS a chicken in this instance Sam.

    DayJobNuker on December 6th, 2007
  • 11

    Rip or no rip I would have dragged myself to the next store. What a bunch of bureaucrats!

    Wi on December 7th, 2007
  • 12

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  • 13

    wow. that is fantastic. what a jerk store person.
    one night out, a girlfriend of mine split her pants on the dance floor. she could have completely gotten away with it due to the limited lighting, however, she gave herself away. as soon as it happened, she was the only person standing dead-still in the middle of the dance floor. to add to this awkwardness, she had a petrified look on her face, with one hand covering her mouth, and the other covering the split. thankfully, there were enough of use to surround her on her way out to her car. like a true champ, she returned 30 minutes later. in a skirt.

    erin on December 10th, 2007
  • 14

    I’ve ripped my pants at work too. It can be quite embarrassing. As far as the store clerk. Some people are ridiculous, just trying to assert whatever limited authority they have. I wonder how people who are that inflexible and lacking common sense get through life.

    Emma on December 13th, 2007
  • 15

    lol I’ve ripped my pants at work before. I just went home for the day.

    Technology Slice on December 20th, 2007
  • 16

    Yes! This just happened to me today…Luckily, I work next to a clothing warehouse, but still. I think I will keep an extra pair of clothes at work just in case…
    So glad we can laugh about it!!!

    valerie on January 9th, 2008
  • 17

    At least none of your co-workers saw you! One time my pen exploded on my shirt and I had no backup. That was very embarassing too.

    Anna on April 20th, 2009
  • 18

    I was just about finished servicing pc workstations in a graphic design studio and squatting under a desk trying to sort out tangled cables. There was an ominous ‘Rrrrip’ sound and I suddenly felt the seat of my pants give out. Trying to twist around to get out only stretched them more – ‘Rrrrrrrrip’. Now I felt them really tear apart letting in a shock of cold air. “Yikes” I gasped, frantically reaching behind to investigate. My guts did a complete somersault – all my bare arse was out! The back seam of my pants had split wide open from behind the crotch right up the back!

    Breaking into a sweat I panicked and jerked my head up – ‘CRACK’ – on the underside of the desk, causing a lot more colourful language. Unsuccessfully I tried to pull the gaping seam back together, then desperately tried pulling my shirt tail down but as soon as I moved it shot back up, like a roller blind! I was going to have to show my bare arse whether I wanted to or not. There was nothing for it, I started to back out from under the desk hoping for a quick escape. A burst of laughter right behind me told me that was not to be.

    It was Kev, the young lad on the workstation. He had poked his head under to find out what the swearing was about and cracked out laughing. Pretty soon he had all the other lads over to see the sight. The whole office erupted in laughter and I just laughed along with them but boy was I red-faced. I just raked all my stuff together and jammed it into my case and could not get out fast enough. Young Kev followed me out and as I bent over the security man’s desk to sign myself out said “Come on, show him what you’ve done.” And I found myself reaching behind to pull my pants apart for another round of laughter.

    Yes, I do ‘freeball’, always with jeans, shorts or trackies, but not usually when I’m wearing a suit but, Sod’s Law, on that particular day … Well it all makes for an interesting life.

    Dave on February 23rd, 2010