Oops, That Didn't Quite Sound Right!

@moffittjc (42985)
Gainesville, Florida
October 10, 2016 9:01pm CST
Many of you may know by now that I am a division manager in our city's parks and recreation department. I oversee Aquatics, Athletics and Recreation, and have a lot of college students working under me, including my lifeguards at the pools. It is rare for me to see my staff up at our administrative offices, as I mostly interact with them out in the field. Such is the case with my lifeguards. Well, today, one of my female lifeguards was interviewing for a promotion, and so she came by the administrative office where her interview was scheduled. She was dressed very professionally for the interview, and when I passed her in the hallway, I totally didn't even recognize her, and walked right by her! As I passed, she said "Hi Jeff!" which caused me to turn around, because I was curious that someone knew me whom I didn't recognize. She saw the inquisitive look on my face, and she said, "It's me, Diane, from the pool." Then it clicked, and I recognized who it was. I laughed and said, "Diane, I didn't recognize you with your clothes on" just as my boss walked by! She immediately stopped, turned around, and yelled my name in a very unhappy manner. Both Diane and I turned bright red. I knew I was in for a chastising from my boss right then and there, but quickly smoothed over the situation. "No, you don't understand, she's one of my lifeguards, and I've never seen her in regular clothes before. I've only seen her at the pool in her bathing suit! It's not what you think!" My boss then breathed a huge sigh of relief and chuckled. "Thank God, I thought I was going to have to fire you on the spot!" Have you ever innocently said the wrong thing at the wrong time just as somebody important walked by? I'm still laughing at the way that convo went today at the office!
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@1creekgirl (10327)
• United States
11 Oct 16
Thank goodness your boss was understanding!
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@moffittjc (42985)
• Gainesville, Florida
11 Oct 16
Yes, thankfully! That would not have been a good way to end a lustrous career if I had gotten fired over an innocent comment! lol
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• United States
11 Oct 16
Hahahhaha. At my previous work - we wore smocks so when we saw each out outside out of work - we would be shocked too! I can relate minus the bathing suit. Luckily your boss understood the situation
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@moffittjc (42985)
• Gainesville, Florida
11 Oct 16
For the picture above, I had to make the girls put on shorts, since we were taking pictures of them to use in a social media post!
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• United States
11 Oct 16
@moffittjc Keeping it PG - 13
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@moffittjc (42985)
• Gainesville, Florida
11 Oct 16
@infatuatedbby Yes, for sure! Although I'm sure there are people out there who are having heart attacks because the girls' chest and shoulder areas aren't completely wrapped and covered! lol
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@TRBRocks420 (77498)
• Banks, Oregon
11 Oct 16
it happens to the best of us.
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@moffittjc (42985)
• Gainesville, Florida
11 Oct 16
Or the worst of us! LOL
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• United States
11 Oct 16
@moffittjc be careful with that... I resemble that remark!
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@moffittjc (42985)
• Gainesville, Florida
12 Oct 16
@CoralLevang Hey, I'm right there with you on that one! You must be my twin!
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@sharon6345 (125621)
• United States
11 Oct 16
Not that I can remember at this time. I know I have said some crazy things though.
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@moffittjc (42985)
• Gainesville, Florida
11 Oct 16
Sometimes, for the sake of our sanity, it may be better if we don't remember all the stupid, indecent, vulgar or otherwise rude comments we have made throughout our lives!
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• United States
11 Oct 16
@moffittjc I just have to throw in another way of looking at it... Some people are a little overly sensitive about things.
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@moffittjc (42985)
• Gainesville, Florida
12 Oct 16
@CoralLevang Yes, some people are VERY much overly sensitive about things.
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• Eugene, Oregon
11 Oct 16
I don't recall ever saying anything that wrong right our in front of my boss. Glad you could quickly explain things.
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@moffittjc (42985)
• Gainesville, Florida
11 Oct 16
I don't think a statement can get any more wrong than what I said in front of my boss! lol
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@silvermist (20100)
• India
11 Oct 16
@moffittjc No nothing that I remember.But I am glad that your boss was patient enough to hear your explanation.
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@moffittjc (42985)
• Gainesville, Florida
11 Oct 16
I'm sure she was curious to see how I was going to dig myself out of that hole, more than anything! lol
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@just4him (117005)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Oct 16
Good come back. I'm sure I have. I've certainly lived long enough to put my foot in my mouth enough.
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@moffittjc (42985)
• Gainesville, Florida
13 Oct 16
It what keeps life interesting! lol
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@just4him (117005)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Oct 16
@moffittjc Yes it is.
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@moffittjc (42985)
• Gainesville, Florida
15 Oct 16
@just4him I just wish more people had thicker skin though. So many people get offended so easily these days.
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@DeborahDiane (21570)
• Laguna Woods, California
11 Oct 16
That is funny! One of our daughters is the Rec Department manager for a small town in Southern California. She also overseas the lifeguards. I'll have to tell her this story. I think she will think it is funny!
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@moffittjc (42985)
• Gainesville, Florida
11 Oct 16
I'm sure she's got some hilarious and embarrassing lifeguard stories to tell! I have enough that I could write a book about them!
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• Laguna Woods, California
12 Oct 16
@moffittjc - I'll have to ask my granddaughter to share some of her lifeguard stories with me.
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@moffittjc (42985)
• Gainesville, Florida
13 Oct 16
@DeborahDiane I'm sure it would give us a lot to talk about, and maybe some funny or interesting posts to write!
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@DianneN (78056)
• United States
12 Oct 16
That is so funny!!!!
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@moffittjc (42985)
• Gainesville, Florida
13 Oct 16
It's funny now, but it wasn't funny in the moment when I thought I was going to get fired by my boss! haha
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@DianneN (78056)
• United States
13 Oct 16
@moffittjc Ha Ha Ha!!!!
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• United States
11 Oct 16
Sure. This type of thing happens all the time. It's why the phrase, "open mouth insert foot" exists.
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@moffittjc (42985)
• Gainesville, Florida
11 Oct 16
Yes, that's true! And there sure are a lot of people walking around with a foot in their mouth! Wait...if they have their foot in their mouth, they wouldn't be walking around, they more or less would be hopping around! So, there are a lot of people in this country hopping around with their foot in their mouth!
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• United States
12 Oct 16
@moffittjc They sure are.
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@LadyDuck (157285)
• Switzerland
11 Oct 16
No, I cannot remember anything like this, but it surely happened and I have removed the memory from my brain.
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@moffittjc (42985)
• Gainesville, Florida
11 Oct 16
Probably a very wise choice to block out any memories of saying something embarrassing like this!
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• United Kingdom
14 Oct 16
LOOOL yep I've had moments like these but can't remember off the top of my head
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@moffittjc (42985)
• Gainesville, Florida
14 Oct 16
I was having computer problems at work a couple years back, and I was having trouble getting a particular website to load. I asked one of my interns to come help me, a very attractive young college student. I was sitting at my desk, and she leaned over beside me so she could get a better look at the computer. She asked me what the problem was, and in my frustration I blurted out "I can't get it up!" (referring to the website). Just as I said that another female employee walked into my office. All she saw was the girl leaning over me, and me shouting "I can't get it up!" My co-worker still teases me about it to this day!
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• United Kingdom
14 Oct 16
@moffittjc LOL, oh now you're just making these up
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@moffittjc (42985)
• Gainesville, Florida
14 Oct 16
@annaroselock No way! Both of those really happened! But that is the only two times I've accidentally ever said anything that bad! (that I can remember anyway).
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• Rochester, New York
12 Oct 16
Awkward!! lol Oh to be a fly on the wall during that time. I'm glad you were able to smooth things over with your boss. lol
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@moffittjc (42985)
• Gainesville, Florida
12 Oct 16
Men always get a bad rap for saying vulgar or inappropriate things, but I work in an office full of women, and some of the things they say or talk about make me blush sometimes! You women are way worse than us men! lol
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• Rochester, New York
12 Oct 16
@moffittjc Oh I know! LOL There's horns holding up our halos don'tcha know!
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@moffittjc (42985)
• Gainesville, Florida
12 Oct 16
@LisaSteinmetz I am quickly finding out about those horns! lol
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@MarymargII (9743)
• Toronto, Ontario
12 Oct 16
Well your timing couldn't have been worse- but these things do happen!
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@moffittjc (42985)
• Gainesville, Florida
13 Oct 16
The story of my life...bad timing with my comments! Seems like it happens more often than not!
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• Toronto, Ontario
13 Oct 16
@moffittjc Awww, don't worry- just keep it clammed until the moment passes----LOL!
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@moffittjc (42985)
• Gainesville, Florida
14 Oct 16
@MarymargII I'll just have to work on that!
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@TheSojourner (17454)
• United States
11 Oct 16
Oh my goodness! That's my line! I had a funny story that I will have to write about from my Navy times. It was more embarrassing to me then funny, but it was a situation between me and my department head, who was a lieutenant commander
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@moffittjc (42985)
• Gainesville, Florida
11 Oct 16
Can't wait to read your post about it!
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• United States
11 Oct 16
@moffittjc I'll have to figure out a way to write it so I don't embarrass myself too much!
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@moffittjc (42985)
• Gainesville, Florida
12 Oct 16
@CoralLevang Nah...go on and embarrass yourself! You're among friends!
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• United States
11 Oct 16
Cute story - did she get the job by the way?
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@moffittjc (42985)
• Gainesville, Florida
11 Oct 16
No, unfortunately. She was up against some good competition. But she is still working for me in aquatics, and she has been promoted up to head lifeguard position! Not quite as nice as the other job she interviewed for, but at least she was able to move up the ladder a little bit!
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• United States
12 Oct 16
@moffittjc Glad she moved up the ladder a little bit. Maybe next time.
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@moffittjc (42985)
• Gainesville, Florida
13 Oct 16
@AbbyGreenhill She's getting ready to graduate with an accounting degree, so pretty soon she'll be making more money than me probably! lol
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@FayeHazel (18007)
• United States
12 Oct 16
Lol! Oh my goodness. Whoops! Someone did that to me once. We met at water aerobics class - and the first time we saw each other in town she said something similar to me.
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@moffittjc (42985)
• Gainesville, Florida
13 Oct 16
Do you still do water aerobics these days? We used to have a big class at one of our pools, but we lost our instructor several years ago due to a stroke and we've never been able to find good enough replacement instructor.
@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
12 Oct 16
When our middle child was born, many years ago, the nurse had taken our fussy baby to the nursery so we could have a few minutes of quiet. She promised to bring the baby back so she could have a cuddle with her daddy. Things got busy and as my husband prepared to go home...the nurse called out to him....Mr Hunt, you didn't get your cuddle. The outraged expressions on the faces of some hospital visitors.....
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@moffittjc (42985)
• Gainesville, Florida
12 Oct 16
I can imagine how that would have sounded at the time. It definitely would have raised my eyebrow!
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@PatZAnthony (12656)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
11 Oct 16
Yes, and probably many of us have. It is easy to have things we think of as being innocent thought of as best left unsaid if we had to do it again.
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@moffittjc (42985)
• Gainesville, Florida
12 Oct 16
Some people get really bent out of shape about words, other take it all with a grain of salt. I'm the latter. It takes a lot to offend me. I have thick skin, so I can either laugh off or shrug off any inappropriate words or comments.
@sol_cee (15430)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
11 Oct 16
Jeffu Moffittu!
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