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This Place Is Going To The Dogs

, , , , , , , | Working | December 9, 2022

My daughter works for a pet adoption organization as an adoption coordinator. She usually works alone; her direct manager rarely is onsite. Her place of work is within a commercial pet store which also has a grooming center and a veterinarian clinic. In her “office” are kennels to hold at most three dogs and a dozen cats. Any animals that are held in this office have already been screened by their clinic; they’re up to date on vaccinations, have been fixed, don’t have any diseases, and are ready to adopt.

Most of [Organization]’s other animals are housed in foster parent’s houses; they stay there until they’ve been fixed and maybe a little longer. Many of the fosters work independently to find homes for their foster animals, contacting [Daughter] to take payments and get all the paperwork filed. Also, if an adopter wants to meet an animal that is housed with a foster, they make arrangements to meet at this office in a meet-and-greet room.

One day, [Daughter] arrives at work and begins cleaning the dogs’ kennels. After she finishes, she heads back to her desk. In the meet-and-greet room is a large Husky mix dog that wasn’t there when she arrived, with a note taped to the door from one of the vet techs.

Apparently, the vet tech found this dog lost in her neighborhood. She brought her in and scanned her for an RFID chip but found none. The vet clinic doesn’t have the facilities to hold animals, so she asked the store manager what she should do. [Store Manager] said that it’d be okay to put the dog in the meet-and-greet room — without consulting [Daughter].

[Daughter] confronts [Store Manager].

Daughter: “I legally can’t hold animals that haven’t been processed by [Organization]’s clinic. We could move the dog to the groomer’s area, which does have kennels to hold animals after their appointments.”

Store Manager: “We can’t do that because we don’t have any papers for rabies, distemper, etc., on this dog.”

Daughter: “That is exactly the reason I can’t hold the dog.”

The manager just shrugged this off.

[Daughter] called her direct manager at [Organization] and related the situation. She was directed to call the municipal animal control service (ACS) and have them collect the dog. In the meantime, [Daughter] kept the dog in the meet-and-greet room. This constrained the appointments that had been made for adopters and fosters to meet there. Also, the dog was in heat. Being a Husky mix, this meant she was howling, as well as bleeding (normal for females in heat). So, [Daughter] had to clean the room with disinfectant and put a “doggie diaper” on the dog.

After about six hours, ACS finally arrived and took the dog. In the meantime, [Daughter]’s manager had called [Store Manager]’s manager and complained about [Store Manager] just assuming that [Organization]’s space was hers to do with what she wanted. It turns out that [Store Manager] had done this about a dozen times before, just putting it on [Organization]’s staff to deal with an animal that they were not supposed to be housing.

[Store Manager] came over to [Daughter] after the dog was gone and complained to her that she didn’t need to go over her head and “complain” about the situation with the dog. [Daughter] countered with the fact that she was forced to deal with an undocumented dog, and that SHE would lose her job if it was discovered that she’d taken in an animal without going through proper channels.

This is just one of many horror stories that [Daughter] has about [Store Manager].

There’s A Hole In The Hardware

, , , , , , , | Right | December 3, 2022

It’s my first day on the floor in a tech support call center, and my trainer is showing me the ropes. He’s also a supervisor, so our training keeps getting interrupted by escalated calls.

Trainer: “So, those are the basics. I think you should be good to go as most of the calls we get can be answered using the scripts.”

Another worker calls over to us.

Worker: “Hey, [Trainer]! I need you on this one! The caller is threatening to sue us because he shot his laptop when it was freezing as he thought he could — and I quote — ‘shock it back into working again.’”

My trainer and I just stare at each other.

Trainer: “I said most of the calls we get can be answered using the scripts. I never said all.”

Why Bother Asking For Advice?

, , , , , , | Working | November 10, 2022

I was an individual contributor at a telephone directory publishing company. I was asked by our supervisor, along with a coworker, to sit in on job interviews to fill a position that would be our equal in the department.

There were three people interviewed. Two already worked for the company in a different department and would be great to work with. There was one girl — yes, “girl”; she was very young — who interviewed well.

However, my coworker and I saw right through her “act”. We both commented to our supervisor that she didn’t have enough experience to be considered. She also wouldn’t fit in well with the rest of the department.

Of course, the idiot supervisor hired her, and I was the one to train her. She never took notes, even though I suggested she should. I would give her tasks to complete to see if she was retaining what we went over. The task would not be done when I checked her progress.

I would complete it since it needed to be done in a timely manner. Then, I’d inform her I’d had to complete it since she hadn’t. Her excuse was always, “I was about to do the task, but you already did it.”

There were more issues that needed correction after she did do tasks. It was so aggravating to have to deal with her.

Then, she started coming in dressed in pajamas and slippers. She was told she needed to dress more appropriately.

Thankfully, she and the supervisor were both laid off during a reduction in force.

Stick To Your Guns About The Guns

, , , , , , | Working | November 2, 2022

I work security in Texas, and I’ve been doing it for ten years now. In this state, you need a license to work in unarmed security and a separate license to work in armed security (with a gun). Each license requires different levels of certifications and training.

When I first start, I am unarmed. I get offered a job with this company to walk around this cluster of office buildings (like a business park) overnight to make sure nobody is getting up to any shenanigans in the parking lots. It sounds easy enough, so I accept the job.

While I’m working, one of the supervisors comes out to check on me.

Supervisor: “So, how’s the night been?”

Me: “It’s been good so far.”

He looks down.

Supervisor: “Where’s your gun?”

Me: “Uhhh… I don’t have one; I’m not licensed for it.”

Supervisor: “Well, we can’t have that. This is supposed to be an armed post. Hang on.”

He goes back to his car, retrieves a small black bag, and comes back over to me.

Supervisor: “Luckily, I always carry a backup.”

He unzips the bag, reaches in, and pulls out a pistol in a holster. He goes to hand it to me.

Supervisor: “Here, use this for the night. You can bring it back to the office in the morning.”

Me: “I can’t legally carry that, though.”

Supervisor: “It won’t matter for just one night. We’ll get you a different post tomorrow.”

In Texas, State Troopers can do random checks on security officers to make sure their security licenses are on them and are valid. If they’re not, you can be arrested. I have this running through my mind as the supervisor is talking to me.

Me: “Naw, man, I’m not taking that risk.”

Supervisor: “Look, either carry it or you’re fired!”

Without saying a word, I just turned and walked back to my car. The supervisor shouted an insult at my back. I just turned around, said, “Have a good night,” and then left.

I never contacted them again, and they never reached out to me after that night, either.

Exposing Your Inattention… Among Other Things

, , , , , , , , , | Right | CREDIT: realSailorJim | September 23, 2022

A few decades ago, I was working part-time as an optician at a superstore’s Vision Center. My job was selling eyeglasses and fitting them to faces. I’m not sure why, but we were required to wear white lab coats while working, as were the pharmacy staff… and the guys working at the Photo Center, now that I think of it.

I was dressed in my white lab coat and I had clocked out for the day. My wife had asked me to pick up eggs on the way home, so I was standing in a checkout line, a carton of eggs in my hand, waiting my turn behind an obviously drunk pair of ladies.

One of them pointed me out to the other, who walked up to me.

Lady: *Demanding* “What would you call this thing on my chest?”

She then stretched her elastic tube top out about a foot and pointed at her totally exposed left breast.

Being a nice guy, I took a moment to study the matter and then replied:

Me: “Well, it’s just my opinion, of course, but I’d say it’s a nipple.”

She stared at me while her girlfriend cracked up.

Lady: “No, a**hole, the rash! What is it, and what should I put on it?”

Me: “I am neither a pharmacist nor a pharmacy technician. I work in the Vision Center.”

She just stared at me, blurrily, and then put her boobs away and started yelling for a manager and cops.

I didn’t get into any trouble, of course, but the privilege of listening to her try to explain to a policeman how I had sexually assaulted her by not stopping her from exposing herself in public would have made it worthwhile either way.