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This May Be A Sign That They Don’t Care About Their Job

, , , , , | Working | August 11, 2022

I am at the cash register in a small local chain supermarket. As I approach the front of the line, I notice a box of candy bars with a sign saying, “Two for £1,” on display behind the cashier. Since I like that brand, I figure, “Why not?” It is then my turn. I point to the box.

Me: “And can I have two of those, please?”

The cashier picks them up and holds them in the air.

Cashier: “These aren’t scanning at that price.”

Me: “Okay. Can a supervisor override it, then?”

Cashier: “No. That price is wrong. They’re actually a pound each.”

Me: “Well, perhaps you should take the sign down, then, if it’s wrong? It’s kind of false advertising.”

She stares at the sign.

Cashier: “I don’t do the signs.”

There is a long awkward pause.

Cashier: “Do you still want them?”

You Can’t Pay An Old Dog Old Wages

, , , , , , , | Working | CREDIT: rexmoose | August 11, 2022

I’m definitely not the best bartender or manager but I’d say I do a good job. Over the past three years, I’ve worked at three different bars and hotels ranging from cocktail bartender to assistant bar manager. I’ve ended up leaving all three because of low pay, poor working conditions, and being treated like I’m dispensable when I’ve been literally holding the bar together

I’ve now just started doing agency work, and out of the twelve places currently offering agency jobs, three are my old places. One is so desperate for staff that they’re offering £15 an hour (UK) for a “glass collector and table clearer”.

I accept a shift there, and I can’t wait to walk in and have them pay me £15 an hour for collecting glasses. I was a bar supervisor there for £9.50 an hour and they told me they couldn’t increase my wage eighteen months ago.

When I go back, my two old managers are there and welcome me back with open arms. We have a good catch-up. Although I’m just there to collect glasses collector and clear tables, I end up doing the bar as a favour.

I end up working with a lot of my old colleagues, but they are severely understaffed and I kind of feel sorry for them as I was there for seven years. They made 60% of the workforce redundant a few months ago due to the health crisis (even though they could of kept them on furlough), and now that everywhere has opened, they are in the s***.

I do really well on the shift, and I am supposed to be booked in for the next day.

I get a message in the morning before my shift (5:00 pm to 12:00 am) from my old manager. She had a meeting with the assistant general manager about me being back, and they’ve decided to cancel me for tonight’s shift and block me from all future shifts.

The funny thing is that they can’t cancel agency staff with less than twenty-four hours of notice, so they still have to pay me!

A Transparent Solution

, , , , , | Working | CREDIT: 12altoids34 | August 10, 2022

I am a senior tech with a popular personal computer company. As a senior tech, I deal with a lot of escalation calls. One day, my team lead comes over and puts my phone on “aux,” meaning that when this call finishes, I won’t be getting another one. After I complete my call, he comes over to my desk.

Team Lead: “I’m sending you a call from an irate customer.”

No shock there.

Team Lead: “They have replaced his mouse twice and his PC once. He has just finished his third reload and it’s still messed up.”

Me: “What’s the actual issue?”

Team Lead: “His cursor is jumping all over the screen when he uses his mouse.”

I take the call. First off, I give the standard apologies. Then, we go into Device Manager and look for splats (marks indicating errors or conflicts). He’s having a hard time negotiating cause the cursor keeps jumping around. No splats. We check current driver versions. We reboot into safe mode. But he’s having the same issues.

We reboot with the mouse out and plug in after. No change. We delete mouse drivers, disconnect the mouse, and reboot. We plug in the mouse and load drivers. The cursor is still jumping all over the screen.

At this point, I’m at a loss. As I’m trying to think about what to do next, I hear a, “click, click, click” from the customer’s end.

Me: “What’s that sound?”

Customer: “Sorry, just tapping my pen on my desk.”

I can barely suppress the grin on my face. I feel like laughing out loud.

Me: “Do you have a glass desk?”

I ask, although I already know the answer.

Customer: *Frustrated* “Yes.”

Me: “Take a piece of printer paper and set your mouse on top of it.”

Customer: “Okay, now what?”

I can tell he’s losing his patience.

Me: “Try using your mouse.”

A moment later…

Customer: “OH, MY GOD! YOU FIXED MY COMPUTER! You’re a miracle worker!”

I explained that he had an optical mouse and the beam was being scattered by the glass desktop. That’s why his cursor was jumping around. All he had to do was put it on something NOT GLASS for it to work properly.

Learn To Let Go Of The Things You’ve Let Go

, , , , , | Working | August 10, 2022

It was an ordinary Tuesday morning when my entire department was let go due to budget cuts. We were told all of our company possessions (phone, computer, and all documentation) needed to be cleared and handed to Human Resources by the end of the day. Instead of working that day, we all wiped our electronics and left within the first hour.

A week after I was let go, an unknown number called my personal cell phone.

Me: “Hello?”

Manager: “Hi, [My Name]. How are you? I’m trying to do [spreadsheet task], but I can’t find it on our group site.”

Me: “Sorry, [Manager], I no longer work for [Company].”

Manager: “Yeah, I know, but I need this spreadsheet for a meeting this afternoon. Where is it?”

Me: “I can’t help you. I’m sorry.”

Manager: “Why not?!”

Me: “Because [Company] deemed my job an expense they were willing to cut out of the budget. So you’ll have to figure it out yourself.”

Manager: “You know what, [My Name]? When the budget opens up again, I will be sure not to include you in the rehiring process.”

Me: “Thank you. I wouldn’t want to work for a company that would treat me the way you have.”

I hung up on him and blocked all the numbers I had associated with the office.

Perhaps Further Train-ing Is Required

, , , , , , , | Working | August 10, 2022

This is not my story, but that of a friend who was a computer engineer back in the 1990s. He was regularly shuttling from NYC (where he lived and generally worked) down to DC (where his company had a major client). They paid for travel. If I recall correctly, they were required to spring for First Class. He was paid something like $150 an hour at the time.

Normally, [Friend] flew, but one time, the weather went to heck and he had to take the train. He wound up in First Class on the Metroliner (high-speed train) with a nice dinner and drinks included. He liked it, so he opted to take the train the next time; it turned out that it was actually cheaper than a last-minute ticket flying from NYC to DC.

The client threw a fit, saying that their travel reimbursement system couldn’t handle train tickets and they really only dealt with the train the prior time because it was a weather emergency. He checked his contract and the following exchange ensued.

Friend: “So, you’re saying that you cannot reimburse me for the train tickets?”

Company: “That’s right. You’ll have to fly.”

Friend: “All right. In that case, if I have to fly, you can reimburse me for door-to-door travel time, which will be about three hours each way, if New York traffic cooperates.”

Company: “What?”

Friend: “Well, I’m entitled to travel time in our contract. If I have to fly, you can pay me for the travel time. Or, if you can reimburse my train tickets, I will happily waive that clause.”

Somehow, in the face of having to fork over an extra $900 per trip, their system was “suddenly” able to handle reimbursing train tickets.