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Postby nismoZtuner » Sun Mar 23, 2014 12:29 pm

cashback wrote:I'm a boss.


Rick ross came to mind. .
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Postby nismoZtuner » Sun Mar 23, 2014 12:31 pm

MemberSince99 wrote:I work in IT. I sit in a fabric covered box and fix stuff that breaks. I write memos that no one ever reads and go to meetings that are absolutely pointless. I obey the impossible and insane commands of the freaks I work for, who get huge bonuses for screwing things up while I can't even get a raise for fixing what they break. My goal is to get a job that provides me with some sense of satisfaction while removing me from working for complete lunatics and idiots. But if I were a betting man I'd say the odds of that happening are roughly about the same as me driving my car to Mars.


I know, I know, more than you wanted to know.....I work in IT would have sufficed....


Sounds like my job at a service office...
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Postby augiedog » Sun Mar 23, 2014 12:55 pm

tbka wrote:Don't forget to tip your dealers!!!


Wow, I thought I had it bad when people didn't tip.. $5/hr sounds terrible, so I do hope you make lots of tips!

I work at a race track (horse racing) as a pari-mutuel teller. Essentially that means I collect and payout money in the wagering pools. I sit at a window with a machine in front of me that takes the bets for the races, and I operate it. Part of working there also entails I simulcast other race tracks (you can bet across the country) so whenever a race gets close to running I have a lineup of people who are quickly saying a bunch of numbers and how they want them arranged in a wager while I'm typing it as fast as possible to get the bet in before the pools close and the race runs. The problem with that is my machine essentially prints money... I'm given an account with an unlimited credit line. When the race runs, and the pools close, tickets can't be cancelled.
We make more than $16/hr and get tips (sometimes). But it barely compensates for the fact that if I don't hear someone mumble a bet correctly, and the race runs, I'm stuck with a ticket (possibly $100s) that might not win and I lose my money. Just yesterday my coworker was working beside me, and he heard "Ten Dollar superfecta" instead of "Ten Cent superfecta" and that mistake ended up costing him $200.
We also have a guild that ensures everyone who worked for the company gets first position to work; we have plenty of people 90 years old who don't understand anything and can't do the job. That frustrates me since I only get to work one day each week and they work five days.
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Postby JoDa » Sun Mar 23, 2014 7:55 pm

augiedog wrote:We also have a guild that ensures everyone who worked for the company gets first position to work; we have plenty of people 90 years old who don't understand anything and can't do the job. That frustrates me since I only get to work one day each week and they work five days.


This is government work at its finest. :) As the person who gets to explain our technology to people, I'm often frustrated by people who can't create a document in Word but got a job as a quantitative analyst because they have years in with the government. Apparently our division used to have a civil service exam for quantitative skills (not so much technology, but people who can do intermediate algebra and statistics are usually quick enough to pick up our fairly simple tech), but it was shot down as "discriminatory." It's gotten really bad lately as people near retirement panicked in the 2008 crash, cashed out of the market (into bonds with decreasing rates), lost their shirt, and are working longer than they should. Doubly bad for the very bright people I know who want a job with us and can't get one because they don't have any preference.

Hopefully the slightly better market will push some of the dead weight out everywhere. I honestly feel that people hanging onto jobs is the biggest hurdle for our economy to recover. Young people buy homes and cars and all manner of other stuff when gainfully employed, but getting gainfully employed is pretty tough these days. It took me about 5 months to get a good job YEARS ago when the economy was *okay,* I'm glad I'm not graduating now.
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Postby MemberSince99 » Sun Mar 23, 2014 8:00 pm

Even back in 2006, I can remember needing to find a new job in two weeks, and beating the deadline. (Was notified I was being "reduced" and given two weeks).


That simply could not happen today. Today you will endure round after round of grueling interrogations that are probably much like Gitmo but without the waterboarding (at least for now) and they will do every possible check under the sun on you, from credit to background to FBI finger prints to if you're on the Terror Watch list (yes I had an employer do that to me, and I was highly miffed they could find out if I'm on it, but I can't find out. That's Freedom and Democracy in action, American style!). It could take weeks just for all the background nonsense after you've survived round after round of interviews (in some cases all day long over a few days).

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Postby craigm1 » Sun Mar 23, 2014 8:36 pm

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Postby nismoZtuner » Sun Mar 23, 2014 10:46 pm

FastSRT8 wrote:Proceed to take said candy cane. Smash into bits and throw in garbage. Hell the entire office should pulverize their candy canes and sprinkle the crumbs all over the boss' car.




Haha good way to get him-her pissed off!
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Postby darkguy2 » Sun Mar 23, 2014 11:26 pm

MemberSince99 wrote:I was highly miffed they could find out if I'm on it, but I can't find out. That's Freedom and Democracy in action, American style!).


But companies are "People" so they get better rights than people such as unlimited contributions to political funds and extra access to areas regular people cannot. They are People+. And you cannot stop their money as that would be violating their rights as money is speech now. Makes you sick, the power large corporations have now.
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Postby tbka » Mon Mar 24, 2014 7:27 am

tbka wrote:Don't forget to tip your dealers!!!
augiedog wrote:Wow, I thought I had it bad when people didn't tip.. $5/hr sounds terrible, so I do hope you make lots of tips!


I make a fair amount, thank you. I just wish everyone would consider being generous when playing games. I see people talk about how hard Corporate America is, imagine doing your job perfectly, being told "Thank You" with a smile. The customer is happy and made a few hundred bucks, management is happy because you gave superb customer service and they know the customer will be back and spend more money here. But you... You get for all your hard work and effect that whole time... $1.00. The guy just tosses you a white chip(one dollar chip) after you did everything short of kissing his ass and paying him out hundreds of dollars on a straight flush... One Dollar! That brought my hourly rate up to $6.00 an hour. THANX

OR even worse, the time I helped a person with a simple strategy question of the game and after winning some money, they give a tip to the player next to them who already won a bet that same exact time. WTF! I'm the one working over here for a living, I'm the one who have you the winning hand! I'm the one who stop and explained thing to you. He just gave you a high-five. That is like tipping the dish washer at a restaurant. Really, people, what am I? Chopped Liver?

And there is more... Much more we deal with other than being stiffed. But that is a story for an later rant.
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Postby Kaiokenryu » Mon Mar 24, 2014 11:56 pm

two jobs....

day job: Auto parts store manager
off day job: stock trader and property manager for my properties.....that second one gets old after a while....



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