A few years ago I worked in retail. It was my job to plan the rosters, schedule staff, and replace them if they called in sick. I came to work early one Sunday, a few days before Christmas, listened to my voice mails and found one unusual message.
It was from a young woman, a new-ish employee, was time stamped around midnight, and went something like this:
“Hi! I’m calling to say I can’t come to work tomorrow. I’m just too drunk! Bye”
She sounded very happy, and her friends were cheering her on in the background. Where ever they were it was noisy.
I was surprised and a little annoyed. I covered her shift, and shared the message with a work friend. She helped me see the funny side of it. We were soon laughing about silly things we’d done when drunk.
Later in the day I called the young woman, and in my most professional tone said I was checking if she would be coming to her shift the next day. She was very subdued and said yes. We usually had a friendly chat when we spoke, but not this time.
I arrived at work on the Monday to find a bunch of flowers and a lovely note on my desk. Poor kid, she was so embarrassed and sorry about what she’d done. She was even in early. I called her department to thank her, and say we should just forget the incident, and that I would not be taking it any further. She was very apologetic and sweet.
A few hours later, her Manager was in my office. She was a friend of mine & asked about the flowers. I swore her to secrecy, made her promise not to say /do anything, & told her the whole story. She was surprised when she heard who it was, but also laughed about it.
Working there was often crappy. Especially over Christmas. But that really lightened the mood for a few of us.