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HeidiBoo1984 Wed 27-Mar-19 13:06:45

I love embarrassing moment threads and I'm always embarrassing myself beyond belief at work.

I have endometriosis and it often sends my bowels wild. Our office toilets are basically just within the office, rooms rather than cubicles, and our office, which is more or less open plan with about 8 of us, it's a quiet environment so you can hear everything. Anyway, I've many a time been to the toilet for just a wee and then unexpectedly farted really loudly. I die inside and consider just getting my coat and going home! No one ever says anything, but they must hear!

Does anyone else have any embarrassing stories at work?

Birdie6 Wed 27-Mar-19 15:26:52

In the hospital ward where I work, the staff had to use a toilet which was in the hallway - just a tiny WC , no entrance or anything. One of the staff had to go and do a Number Two one morning ......while she was in there, a doctor came along with a huge group of medical students - they all formed a crowd outside the toilet door and listened while the great man gave a talk.

My colleague had done a very smelly poo, and when she'd finished she opened the door of the toilet ......to find herself being stared at by several dozen students who were smirking, holding their noses and rolling their eyes . She was so embarrassed that she staggered to the staff room and burst into tears.

After that we all signed a petition asking for a dedicated staff loo outside the ward - and we actually got it !

esmethemum Wed 27-Mar-19 15:30:11

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DixieLandReject Wed 27-Mar-19 15:30:37

Eliza what’s an Addison Lee car?

I woke up in a colleagues childs bed and thought where am I confused

Apparently I couldn’t even remember my passcode to my phone so they couldn’t ring my husband to come and pick me up, hence why I slept at a colleagues house blush

Jenasaurus Wed 27-Mar-19 15:40:18

On a shopping trip recently, I was handing over the cash for a purchase they cashier handed me my change and instead of saying thank you, I said I love you...I dont know where that came from, I was burning inside with embarrassment and scurried off.

KateGrey Wed 27-Mar-19 15:41:09

First day at a new job and I went to use the loo in reception. Locked the door to find the lock had jammed and was broken. An hour and a half later we managed to Jimmy the door open and take the whole handle off. Not the best first impression.

ScatteredMama82 Wed 27-Mar-19 15:42:54

This is hilarious. The 'need a wee' one made me cry with laughter!

I was visiting a supplier and they laid on a nice buffet lunch with little bottles of freshly squeezed OJ. I picked one up and shook it vigorously, unfortunately they had helpfully loosened all the lids first. It went ALL OVER the Managing Director sat to my right. It was on his laptop, and dripping off his nose! It was also all over my white blouse. The whole room sat there in silence and I just couldn't help hysterical laughter bursting out! Thankfully they all laughed too, once they realised I was laughing not crying.

Eliza9917 Wed 27-Mar-19 15:43:38

@DixieLandReject Its like uber (but been about for years) but posh executive cars paid for by companies for their top management.

Jenasaurus Wed 27-Mar-19 15:44:39

Another time, (last week in fact) I was on a training course with 3 managers, we arrived early and went to the local cafe for breakfast. I spotted a colleague arriving through the window which our table was directly opposite. I went outside to wave him in, promptly fell in a pot hole in front of the window and the table my managers were seated at! I hoped they hadn't seen but alas they came out to check I was OK, I wasn't hurt just mortified with embarrassment.

trinitybleu Wed 27-Mar-19 15:44:47

Hams chair anecdote just made me giggle out loud at my desk

TaMereAPoilDevantPrisu Wed 27-Mar-19 15:47:23

On a residential course, the canteen had dished up my favourite meal and when I saw there were some leftovers I went back for seconds. As I finished, the three kitchen staff came out for their own lunch. Which I'd just eaten in full view of everyone.

Jenasaurus Wed 27-Mar-19 15:47:30

Oh just remembered another one (seems like im always making a fool of myself!)..I was training up a new lady to cover me while I was away. It was her first day, she was a lovely lady, very polite, a little shy. All was quiet around us, I coughed and farted loudly! It was just the two of us so I couldnt stare hard at someone else, it was obviously me. Because we had only just met, it felt so much worse.

littlemeitslyn Wed 27-Mar-19 15:48:02

Iampickle why bother to mention it ???

mimibunz Wed 27-Mar-19 15:50:27

In the early days of work email I accidentally sent an email to our global address list asking how I should get the Executive Director to Barcelona. It was meant for a colleague who knew it was a multi destination trip. International staff started sending itineraries with imaginary airlines and flight times.

Jenasaurus Wed 27-Mar-19 15:50:46

Yet another one. I was in Bulgaria with my family, we went on an organised day out that ended in a visit to a restaurant. At the end of the meal a few us needed to use the toilet, so a queue formed outside the one door in the middle of the restaurant. My teenage son was behind me, I asked him to hold the door with his foot from the outside as it didnt lock properly. I was squatting over the seat as it looked a little grubby...he then decided to fling open the door and say "work those thighs" as all the people queueing got a glimpse of me hovering in a squat position over the seat...last one I will share smile

MsTSwift Wed 27-Mar-19 15:53:12

Had some lilies at home must have smelled them as was getting my coffee in the work kitchen and the senior partner looked at me in horror as I made small talk. He sort of pointed at his nose so I fled to the ladies basically my nose was bright orange with flipping pollen had got the tube in as well.

Boysey45 Wed 27-Mar-19 15:54:22

esmethemum. He was either messing about or was having some type of mental health breakdown.

TakenForSlanted Wed 27-Mar-19 15:57:09

Just recently, actually. Met senior client at an event. We're acquainted and get along but we're not mates.

Cue the obligatory air kiss greeting. He assumed two. I assumed three. I kissed him on the mouth as he was turning back to straight. blush

My boss was there and - after recovering from a near-fatal laughing fit - suggested I teach a class on client relationship management, seeing as I was obviously very close with my contacts.

DarlingNikita Wed 27-Mar-19 15:57:52

My boss (male) once walked in on me (female) in the loo.

I wasn't just doing a number one either <<silent Munch scream>>

When I was back at my desk, he apologised and then we Never Spoke Of It Again. It still haunts me though, two years and a bit on.

pink412 Wed 27-Mar-19 15:58:19

Working in an office one day. Go into another room to fix a issue and find two members of staff emmmm ... (I will let you fill in the rest). They were both not seeing anyone at the time and never spoke about it to me. But we all know what was happening

DixieLandReject Wed 27-Mar-19 16:01:04

Eliza ahh right, Public Sector doesn’t allow for such luxuries grin at least you went home in style!

Tighnabruaich Wed 27-Mar-19 16:02:49

Long ago when I was very young and shy, I had a huge crush on my boss. I was working on a project he had given me, when he came over, and bent over my shoulder to see what I was doing. I was so nervous and all of a tizz that he was so close that I must have forgotten to swallow. So when he pointed at something on the paper and said 'and what's this figure?' That when I opened my mouth to answer him a flood of unswallowed saliva fell out and on to the page. I must have blanked it out with terror and mortification, but I just remember wiping my sleeve across it and carrying on. We never mentioned it.

Dubbadubbadumdum Wed 27-Mar-19 16:05:16

Many years ago, I worked a call centre for a magazine publisher, truly the most boring and tedious work. A friend of mine worked at a desk across from me and we would chat via email in between calls. One day, I was feeling giddy, so I emailed "save me Jeebus" in a multicoloured font, in the biggest size I could. I got a reply from the HR manager for the entire, massive company, who happened to have the same name as my friend, to say that I had brightened her day but please don't abuse the company email system. grin

Eliza9917 Wed 27-Mar-19 16:09:26

@DixieLandReject Lolz, yeah, style grin

I had to make the 1st one pull over so I could have a wee at the side of the road. I couldn't get my trousers down quick enough so wee'd ll over them and into my boots.

After the 2nd one I woke up in the morning at the foot of the stairs in a pile of sick. My mum had just left me there. I got to work on time though and someone bought me a bacon roll grin

I'd never do things like that now though, of course shock

Eliza9917 Wed 27-Mar-19 16:11:23

My god I think we've got a winner. That's horrendous.

@Tighnabruaich Wed 27-Mar-19 16:02:49
Long ago when I was very young and shy, I had a huge crush on my boss. I was working on a project he had given me, when he came over, and bent over my shoulder to see what I was doing. I was so nervous and all of a tizz that he was so close that I must have forgotten to swallow. So when he pointed at something on the paper and said 'and what's this figure?' That when I opened my mouth to answer him a flood of unswallowed saliva fell out and on to the page. I must have blanked it out with terror and mortification, but I just remember wiping my sleeve across it and carrying on. We never mentioned it.

Carblover Wed 27-Mar-19 16:13:20

A few years ago at a staff xmas party
I was a little tipsy and had been too the loo, came out headed straight on to the dance floor doing my best moves thinking i was the dogs.... everyone clapping and cheering to find out at the end my skirt had been tucked in my knickers the whole time... I'm retired now but still get reminded at any oldies reunions
The other one was during an emergency crash call (think holby city) i was wearing scrubs and had a pair of bottoms a little large as never enough in the right sizes , as iran they fell down so i stepped out of them picked them up carried on running and no one batted an eyelid as i tore down the corridor hoping my bare arse (thong) was being covered by my top..... it wasnt!!!!

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