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Thursday, May 17, 2012

officially a quitter

I hate giving up.  I do.  I'll be the last guy in a losing argument.  I will negotiate, I will wiggle, I will give a little to get a little, but giving in completely goes against my grain.
I've been having problems with my new job.  I go home after every shift and feel like ripping someone's head off, and usually C needs to put up with be being not my usual bitchy self, but mean nasty, "fuck you and your little dog too" attitude.  The worst part of my job is this thing called "on call".  For those of you who do not know what this is (lucky shits), it means you call in a couple hours before your shift starts to find out if you are needed.  What this means is if you have an on call at 5 o'clock on a Saturday and you get invited to a barbecue, you can't drink until after you call at 3 o'clock to find out you may be working.  These are considered "scheduled shifts", even if you don't work them.  So when your boss promises you 3 or 4 shifts a week, half of those or more, you may not be working.
But back to my barbecue at 3 o'clock.  I call in, no work.  Part of me was pissed off as I would like the hours, the other part was happy to hang up the phone and grabbed a beer.  Then 4:30 hits, I get a call, my "on call" is back on.  Uh, no.  Sorry, drinking an hour and a half in the sun.  No, I am not fit to work.  My boss was being a real dick, so I hung up the phone.
So last night I went in for my shift to find it cancelled.  No call, no nothing.  "You know you still have to pay me for three hours," I told him.  He told me he left a message, I went into my received calls, nothing from him.  He just shrugs and said he must have dialed the wrong number.  "Then you still have to pay me for three hours."
"No, I called the number you left, if you gave me the wrong number that is your fault."  I fucking snapped.  "Dude, you managed to call me on Saturday for the on call you told me was off."
He "suggested" I re-evaluate how much I want this job.  So basically, I shut up and not get paid for the three hours for the cancelled shift I showed up for, or I have no job.  Fuck that.  I may be able to small that big shit eating grin while customers treat me like shit, but to pick up a dozen hours and have a boss treat me like shit, I think not.
But the oh-so-childish part of me wants to just not show up for my shift.  I want to just send a big "Fuck you" to him.  BUT I probably will not and give a whole two weeks notice and all.  Not for him, but because I don't want to be that guy.

16 comments:

  1. That is complete and utter bullshit Jamie! So if you did go in a little drunk then you would get shit too, it sounds like you were stuck between a rock and a hard place. I hate when I have to work for or with incompetent people, nothing could be more agonizing.

    People fuck up and then they expect you to put your life on hold and drop everything, so that you could be at their beck and call. It's disgusting how employers abuse the "little guy" these days! And then to threaten you with the loss of your job, what a prick!!

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    1. Yeah, it's guys like him who really make it tough for teenagers who need to work.

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  2. Can you file a complaint to corporate? There has to be some fairness somewhere. If you're required to call 2 hours prior your on-call shift, one would hope (hope!) that it applies the other way, not just a mere 30 minutes. And the boss cancelling shift without notification? I'm sure there's corporate POLICY for a boss not to be a dick.

    I'm assuming you're at the Golden Arches place. Their corporate HR tends to take complaints against franchisee seriously, especially if it's repeatedly consistent. Give it a try.

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    1. I should, but I won't. It's horrible to admit, but I just can't be bothered with my time. Perhaps if it was last year, but by the time they get around ot checking it out I may have moved and contact info changed. So it seems like a massive headache for nothing.

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    2. But of course you can spare some of your time. You have time to blog about it....

      The idea is, even if Corporate doesn't follow-up with you personally, his behavior should be on record. The same goes with the other employees. Otherwise, future young workers will be abused by this boss.

      Again, if I think you work at the Golden Arches corporation, 3 or 4 reports will be enough to trigger HR to have a chat with this boss of yours.

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  3. Oh Jamie, you do give me a laugh at times. I feel your situation but work is work and it pays the bills. I hope that your boss don't browse blogspot in his spare time, and it has your photo (?) as Jamie won't be smiling :O

    The best way to get him back is to go into work with a massive happy attitude, to show that he isn't getting to you. If he cancels again, then just say ok, see you tomorrow. Make sure others can see and know what is going on (evidence for later).
    Funny post though.

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    1. Part of me thinks you may be right. One of these days my rants are going to so come back to bite me on the ass. But until then.....

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  4. He didn't leave a message. There's NO proof that he left a message, therefore he has to pay up.

    I'm with Cup-o-Noodles, file a bloody complaint.

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    1. I should, and I know it, but to tell the truth I can't be bothered. Too little time to really follow through.

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  5. Don't give into him Jamie... get even and get a better job, remember that you are better than how your boss or customers are treating you. I have worked at places like that, I am an amazing worker, I give my heart to a any job I have but the minute I don't feel appreciated, I look elsewhere and I always find better.

    Lately I have been realizing that I was born to do more than where I am right now, fear has held me back... I am giving up on the fear and I am going for it... it may take a little time but I will get there and so can you :)

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    1. This is not long term. It's a second job to put away some more money to pay my college tuition for next semester.

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    1. LOL, Food service. Why is it the crappier a job pays the crappierr they treat you?

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  7. yikes that's brutal. on call sucks. you don't have a life with that kinda shift!!

    you poor thing

    xo

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    1. Yeah, I never knew regular businesses have "on calls" like that. We have vets on call, but they own the business. I cannot imagine asking someone to keep their whole day open in case I might need them. Crazy.

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