Not a client from hell, just a terrible boss. I swear this happened exactly as I’m describing.
Boss: I know you booked tomorrow off but I need you to come in anyway.
Me: I’m really sorry, but that won’t be possible.
Boss: Come on, I’m sure this thing you’re doing tomorrow can’t be that important -what was it, again?
Me: I’m… attending my grandmother’s funeral?
Boss: Yeah, that was it! You can skip it, right?
Me: No, I’m sorry, I won’t.
Boss: You know, sometimes it really feels like other things are more important to you than working for me. You need to be more careful. I expect work to be your priority in the future.
Me: (goes back to work)
Boss: Oh, and you know what? You should smile more. Anyone would think you’re not happy here! (laughs at own “joke”)
Gee, I wonder why it seems that I don’t like working for you. Could it be that you’re a horrible person?
Sadly, I haven’t had any luck in trying to find a different job.