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Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014
8:58 pm - How to Start a Business without Money

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Saturday, February 16th, 2013
5:47 pm - Unemployed for 5 months, very angst

I am very angst about finding a job and keeping it. I have lost over five jobs in the past and I have made adjustment and changes to my lifestyle to fix my situation. However, I seem to have the same thing happen over and over again (even I do a different type of job)

How can I deal with this angst about my job performance including being unemployed?
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Monday, June 18th, 2012
11:48 am - Drunk Dialing When Inquiring About Employment For Someone Else is Very Poor Form!!!


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current mood: pissed off
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Thursday, November 18th, 2010
8:04 pm - Administrative Notes

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Wednesday, July 21st, 2010
12:48 pm

I work at a cafeteria who feeds college students taking summer classes and kids who come for summer sports/music camps. This summer has been the worst one yet. It's just been barely shy of physical fighting going on amongst the student staff.

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current mood: cranky
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Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
9:59 am - Slacking Students Stike Again

What is with the student slackers lately?!

I answer the phone for a living for a non-profit. You can imagine some of the phone calls I get. I'd had some real winners especially when I first started here. Anyway...

I didn't post about my last experience here, but briefly, a girl called who was doing a project for school. She needed a volunteer opportunity for that day (Friday) or over the weekend related to a non-profit dealing with food (a food pantry giving away food boxes). I explained that we didn't place volunteers, but that I could give her some suggestions. But seriously, who decides on a Friday, Oh I need to do that project! Bad planning for her, I'd say. And I think she was just now deciding she needed to do her term project because classes here are wrapping up and going into finals this week.

Today I get another one. Last night at almost 11 someone left a message on my voicemail. She needed some materials from us for a project she was submitting today. We are open 8:30-5 M-F. She wanted to pick up the materials at 9. I returned her call at about 8:15 this morning, but never heard back. She comes in at about 9:15. Again, seriously, who just decides, Oh, I need brochures and posters? What if we hadn't had any? What if we had run out and were waiting on an incoming order? What if we'd purged all of our last year's materials for new ones? She just got lucky that we had massive amounts of extras from our last campaign.

current mood: annoyed
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Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
7:40 pm

Here follows a TL;DR rant, because this is the internet and I can say what I like.

6 weeks ago, I took a job (chef) in a new restaurant in Cardiff (Sale Pepe, St Davids 2). The food is fresh Italian food, made from scratch without a microwave in sight. All good, I thinks. Except the owner is the biggest douche on the face of the earth.


1. On my fourth day, 10 hours into a shift on a saturday (in 45 degree heat) I slightly over cook a poached egg. The owner, Simon, turns to me and screams "YOU ARE A CUNT!" into my face. At this time I am unsure whether to stab him or laugh in his face, but then I realise I need the money and do nothing.

2. He abuses all the staff routinely for the next month.

3. The day before pay day I have had enough of his bullshit, so I start looking for another job. I see on gumtree that the head chefs, the commis chefs and my job are all advertised. We have received no notice of this, nor any disciplinaries.

4. Pay day! Yay! Or not. I worked over 250 hours in a month for this guy, so on my meagre hourly rate I was expecting around £1400 in pay (that's in the region of over 9000 dollars, if my understanding of current exchange rates are correct.)
He gives me a cheque for £915.20. (around $7.89) I go- WTF mate, you've missed off 75 hours from my time sheet! He says "those are the hours you've given me." I go- No (pulling out my copy of my timesheet) these are the hours I gave you. You owe me £500! ($972349!) He says he'll look into it.

5. I try and cash the cheque through Western Union. They tell me they won't, as the company has fuck all credit. I go back to work, and ask for a bank transfer. Simon agrees. I ask for the outstanding money. He refuses. I say, why not? He fires me on the spot. I put the cheque in my bank, and seek legal advice. I notify Simon in writing that he owes me £1400 ($1,000,000) and that he has 7 days to pay me, or I'll be taking him to court.

6. Today, the bank inform me the cheque has been returned unpaid. Under UK law, it is illegal to knowingly write a bad cheque- it is also illegal to stop a cheque for wages once it has been presented, as it is an unlawful deduction of wages.

7. I present Simon with a notification of legal proceedings, advising him that if I am not paid in full within the next 3 days, I will take him to court. I also ask him whether he's breaking the law for bouncing my cheque, or breaking the law by cancelling the cheque. I ask him where the bank transfer is, if he was paying me that way, I would understand if he had cancelled the cheque. He says "so you want to be paid by bank transfer AND you paid in the cheque?!!?" I say, yes, you needed to pay the balance by bank transfer, obviously less the £915.20 on the cheque. As the cheque has now bounced, you now owe me the full balance. He says "no, I don't owe you that. I'll respond to your letter through my solicitor."

Luckily, I now have a new job, where the people are decent. Yay. As it stands, I'm now on the brink of running this guy through the courts and nailing him to the wall for every penny he's got.
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Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
12:35 pm


*sigh*  Another day, another child screaming in the food court.

current mood: annoyed
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Monday, April 12th, 2010
9:04 am - Racist AND Sexist!

Dear Boss

When you say, "I don't mean to sound racist but, I always have trouble with Indians. If someone Indian calls I don't want their buisness." You ARE being racist you silly twat.

Not to mention all the other little racist and sexist comments you make every damn day.

Ugh, I wish I could find a better job.
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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
5:30 pm

I've been at my job since I was 16, and that makes me the longest continous employee besides the managers.Ahh, workCollapse )

Some days I wish I could quit my job.
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Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
10:29 pm

Fucking hell, I hate my job. Apparently, Lord o' Leeds Gas has decreed that all advocates (that's House of Gas speak for Helper Monkeys) will do a minimum of three hours 'phone time every day. That's three hours taking meter readings, producing bills and taking card payments. That's three hours of the House's supposedly best and brightest doing a job someone who's been there a month could do, instead of supporting said newcomers and all the other Phone Monkieys with complicated or confusing enquiries that we, the Helper Monkeys, have been specifically fucking trained for.Read more...Collapse )
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Thursday, September 10th, 2009
12:17 am

Dear boss:
Congratulations. Never before have I met someone who so deftly combines the problems of working for a disinterested, distant, "hands-off" type with the downsides of an obsessively involved manager.

If your policy is "I don't want to put any work into this business, I want you lot to earn money for me", fine, I can live with that. I'd prefer to work for someone who loves their business enough to show some dedication to it, but there are advantages to an absentee boss. However, you promptly squished them. The fact that you don't work nearly as hard as your staff means that you automatically lose the moral authority to criticise.

You decided that three training shifts per new employee was too expensive so you bumped it down to one - and then grumped that nobody knows what the hell they're doing. You fire people impulsively (for shortcomings like not knowing how to make every drink after two shifts) and wonder why we're understaffed. You pay minimum wage in a town where dishwashers earn two dollars over, pout about giving people their breaks, act as if we should be grateful for the job and then say you don't understand why the turnover rate is so high. You talk about raising morale and take away the employee discount.

Meanwhile, you can barely use the till, never brew fresh pots of coffee, haven't a clue how to pull a shot or steam a pitcher of milk, and don't wash dishes or empty garbages - when you're here, which is maybe ten hours a week. Yet somehow, you have time to call us every hour and ask how everything's going, not to mention watching us on your security cameras. You are not helping. When you're present, all you do is stress us out by ordering us around in ways that don't make any sense and actually interfere with productivity. Everybody breathes a sigh of relief when you depart.

I've stayed this long for my coworkers. Now, I quit. This used to be a great coffee shop but it's going to be in the toilet within the year thanks to your mismanagement.
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Friday, August 14th, 2009
3:56 pm - y

why does my boss ask me about the one thing I haven't managed to get round to today? And then expects me to get "all those other wee things" done within the 2 and 1/2 hour time slot between her leaving and me leaving so that on Monday I can get that thing that I haven't done..done.

How can someone so well educated (apparently) not understand or even guestimate the amount of time it takes for me to do certain tasks............................I've just noticed I'm complaining again. Dam it! I was so trying to be peppy today!

current mood: aggravated
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Thursday, August 13th, 2009
4:41 pm - Just a Dream?


I would love to go to work everyday and enjoy it.
At this scary economic time in the world way too many people are unempolyed and dont want to be. These people would love nothing more than a job. And then there is me, I come in to work and aim to do as little as I can, not because the work is hard or particularly boring but because it doesnt interest me and I'm pretty lazy. Instead of taking a little pride in the work and just doing the best job I can. I would love to have the "Do the best job you can regardless" work ethic.

I waste too much time complaining and daydreaming and dodging. Maybe it wouldn't be as broing if I applied myself. There is a saying that life is what you make it and i take it that is true for work as well, ok this isnt the job i want to be in for the rest of my life but would it kill me to show a little pride and work ethic when there is so many people out there jobless.

Does anyone else enter work and hear themselves complain and hate it? If so how do you be a more positive person?

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Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
1:37 pm - Work Angst (What Else?!)

I hope people still read this community, because Oh, I have stories for you! They are so horrible, it's almost unbelieveable, but you really can't make this sh!t up.

Back in May, my boss, who we shall call "B" started saying some rather offensive things to my coworker, who we shall call "CW." So B went into CW's office and told CW he was looking fat. (CW is rather plump, but I'd say he's really the norm for an almost-60 year old guy, and it's none of B's business). B went on and on. "CW, you are just puffing right up. You're so puffy! It's killing me!" At that point, I interjected. I said, "It's killing YOU, B?" I couldn't think of anything better to say, but I was upset that B keeps bugging CW about his weight. B even said, "You are so fat, I can't bear to look at you!"

B went on about how CW needs to get off his medications (one for diabetes and one for a thyroid condition) and exercise more so that he'll lose the weight. He wouldn’t listen when CW said he needed those medications to LIVE. But no, who cares if you live or die, as long as you are skinny, right?

Another day, my boss came in to CW and was talking about a client of ours. "She is one that's worth losing the weight for," my boss told him. "If you lost the weight, you could date her." What the F***?!

I passed a post-it note to CW later that said, "CW = puffy. Too puffy to get LAID." He laughed and said "It really isn't true you know. Women don't actually care when you get down to it." I said, "I KNOW they don't, that's why it's hysterical." We are enjoying making fun of my boss and laughing at him together, but it's still maddening. It's like watching someone too drunk to know they're being a complete asshole. On one hand you're disgusted by their behaviour, and on the other hand, you just can't believe that they really continue to insist they're sober despite what an ass they're being. (Yes, we have told him it is inappropriate and yes, we have threatened to sue, but for now we need the money so we're staying here and just trying to laugh it off, which is really why I'm here).

So, we get junk emails all the time for seminars and classes in my inbox at work. Usually I just throw them away, but yesterday I was annoyed at my boss and feeling creative, so I went through an email and changed a lot of the text to make it really funny, including lots of "puffy" jokes. I also included stuff about not making sales calls, because the whole business is going under because he refuses to make calls (he's a sales guy, and makes 2-5 calls per 9 hour day, and wonders why we don't get any sales). I also added in a bit about religion/atheism because my boss always makes sure to take a minute to encourage me to go to church (you don't have a regular babysitter? Well, you should join a church. You found a white dove outside? That's a sign you need to go to church!). Seriously!

So now you have the back story, and here's the best part:

(I didn't see anything in the rules about photos, so I assumed the standard rule: one picture out, the rest behind a cut).

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current mood: aggravated
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Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009
11:52 pm - my boss doesnt use toilet paper and we don't have a bidet

He keeps reiterating that he is from africa
He hated how I made new Windows xp sp3 cds, insisting I use sp2 (it takes up to a half hour to update to sp3)
I found a "Why Whites Do What They Do" Documentary dvd
He tells me to ignore tickets and rediagnose machines, yet only to ignore my ticket so he can recheck it later.
He keeps ram (and EDO) that is under 128mb (such as 32, 16, and even 8ms sticks), bad batteries, disk drives and hard drives, and has over 200 pcimia 56k cards (with only a dozen cables)
Pentium 2's fill up my workspace.... about 50 behind me and another 50 or more in another room.
He has at least 12 copies of every cd, despite being old, and most of them driver cds to usb 1.1 pci cards.

What the fuck is the point?

Also... he told me to install 98' instead of a recent copy of xubuntu on a laptop today. Seriously.
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Friday, July 10th, 2009
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Wednesday, July 8th, 2009
9:09 am - @ a place that stocks groceries

if i have to see one more dead roach at this place, i might die.

current mood: ......
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Tuesday, June 30th, 2009
12:10 am

Background: Slightly higher-than-your-average Phone Monkey in a call centre for a Big Energy Company. Advocates, or Helper Monkeys as they are more commonly known, take on more complex cases from a team of Phone Monkeys and manage them until either they are resolved or the advocate kills themselves from the stupidity of those who she must deal with.

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At lunch tomorrow, I am going to buy a bottle of drain unclogger and a box of injectin' needles, and every person who wastes my time with another soul-destroying display of dimwittedness is going to get stabbed in the neck with a syringe full of agonising death.
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Thursday, June 18th, 2009
3:45 pm - bar waitress joys

Hey douche bags! Do you hear that bell ringing?? Its impossible not to! They ring it very loudly. It means your food is up! At the moment, my tables are all eating. I have no food out. So I KNOW its not mine. You have three tickets out! So it's got to be yours! But you're too busy flirting or whatever to care. Awesome... so, being the nice person I am, I will go get your food and bring it out to you. Oh.. Can I just take it to the table for you, since im already holding it? Suuuure.

You think we should roll silverware? Good call! We're low. I'll even be a sport and grab it. You roll like 5 then disapear. Awesome!

You: do you want this table that just walked in?

Me: oh... sure thanks!

You: thanks for taking that table. Those guys NEVER tip. *giggle*

Are you fucking serious?

Also, yes, this is a bar. Its kind of a "rock n roll" environment. Yes, we're allowed to drink on the clock sometimes (thank god) but that doesn't mean you should be stoned/drunk halfway through your shift. When we have downtime... bus your tables!! We only have 14 of them! If they're covered in dishes, people can't sit down!


current mood: aggravated
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