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Old 05-16-2019, 02:38 PM
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Oddly enough, all my co-worker does is sit around until I give him work to do.

Hey, wait a minute....

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Old 05-29-2019, 09:37 PM
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At least it's just office supplies! Many years ago, my then-supervisor ordered new chairs for the entire department. A lady from another department saw the chairs being assembled and decided to help herself to one. Her supervisor saw nothing wrong with this.


Wow. I’m amazed at what some people can get away with and not get fired.

I’ve been in InDesign hell and I finally fixed a problem with a complicated multilevel list today, but I don’t know exactly what I did that fixed it, so it will probably happen again. I don’t get paid enough to deal with things like this.
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Old 05-30-2019, 08:41 AM
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Wow. Iím amazed at what some people can get away with and not get fired.
It took more than interdepartmental chair theft to get rid of her. She really had it pretty good...her desk was in the document storage room, and all she had to do was scan stuff all day (and occasionally help out with accounting). She had the entire room to herself most of the time; since almost everything has been digitized, people only go in there to look at standards and other books. For some reason, her bosses never figured out just how little work she was doing until she was moved into an actual office to make way for more file cabinets...she didn't bother to change her mobile phone habits, and would sit in her new office in full view of everyone chatting and texting. She lasted about a week before a company-wide email was sent by her manager announcing that she was "no longer with the company." She didn't even pack up her things; someone from another department eventually put the personal-looking items in a box and dropped it off at her house.
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Old 05-30-2019, 08:45 AM
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I finished ringing up a customer, there was a line, and the next person did not step up. So I said "Next on line, the register is open."

The person complained that I was nasty, interrupting her texting and should have waited until she was finished texting. She also said I had a bad attitude and screamed at her. Oddly nobody else noticed this, even when they looked at the tape.

Fucking texting addicts.
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Old 05-30-2019, 09:23 AM
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Maybe she was annoyed because you said "Next on line" instead of the correct "Next in line"

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Old 05-30-2019, 09:25 AM
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Check my location. People in these parts are not ever "in line." We are always "on (the) line." And we don't wait "for" people. We wait "on" people: I'm waiting on the next on line to come to the register.

It a localism.

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Old 05-30-2019, 09:38 AM
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Old 05-30-2019, 04:10 PM
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One of my coworkers put an ice tray in the freezer that’s half full of ice cubes. The other half is just plain water. I do not understand these people.
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Old 05-30-2019, 05:57 PM
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One of my coworkers put an ice tray in the freezer thatís half full of ice cubes. The other half is just plain water. I do not understand these people.
How many ice trays are in the freezer? Is this one likely to freeze up before the other one(s) are emptied? In which case, it seems like a better idea than having a half tray of ice. YMMV
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Old 05-30-2019, 07:41 PM
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How many ice trays are in the freezer? Is this one likely to freeze up before the other one(s) are emptied? In which case, it seems like a better idea than having a half tray of ice. YMMV


We have five ice trays. We might use two trays of ice in a day, so there’s plenty of time for it to freeze.
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Old 05-30-2019, 08:24 PM
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Whoever it was didn't need a full tray of ice in their drink, but didn't want to leave a half empty tray in the freezer (and yes, I've heard people bitch about that, too) so they refilled it knowing that the water would freeze before all the other trays were used up.
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Old 05-30-2019, 08:33 PM
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Check my location. People in these parts are not ever "in line." We are always "on (the) line." And we don't wait "for" people. We wait "on" people: I'm waiting on the next on line to come to the register.

It a localism.
Yes I know that. Doesn't make it any less wrong.
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Old 05-30-2019, 08:39 PM
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I am convinced that my co-worker, Linda, begins yammering the second her eyes open in the morning. She is loud, she is non-stop, and she could not be more annoying. I don't know how she does not run out of breath.

She works four days a week, so she is not there every day. I know the minute my elevator door bings open whether Linda is working that day. Mind you, the elevator is a good distance and a couple of hallway turns away from her desk.

She goes all goddamned day long, telling the same inane stories to person after person throughout the shift. It is not unusual for me - based on my location - to hear 3 or 4 10-minute accounts of how her cat jumped up on the kitchen counter last night.

Linda-less days are a rare, peaceful blessing.


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Old 05-30-2019, 09:07 PM
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I am convinced that my co-worker, Linda, begins yammering the second her eyes open in the morning. She is loud, she is non-stop, and she could not be more annoying. I don't know how she does not run out of breath...
I feel for ya. I have a couple of talky coworkers, chief among them is the Pop Into My Office one.

No matter how quietly I approach, the second I silently sit down, she's IN my office. Not at the door, inside, inches from my elbow. And blathering non-stop. How her weekend was (even if it's Wednesday by now), and how was my weekend? It was such perrrrfect weather..."Fine. I'm really busy, sorry." So what did you do? On the weekend? Did you leave town, like my husband and I did and we found the cutest apple orchard... All drivel delivered to my ear, because for the last year I haven't made eye contact.

And in that last year, I have entered my office FIVE times during normal hours. I'll hit my office after six, when she's gone. During the day I've been keeping everything I need in my bike bag and logging onto a computer in random classrooms to get stuff done. So how come you never swing by these days? We never chit-chat!

Swing by? I honestly think she looks at it as my coming to visit, so we can "chit-chat". And she's fragile, if I tried to talk to her about any of this, she would Never. Stop. Crying.


I swear, it's not quite a reason I'm retiring, but it's on the list of "Shit I Won't Miss".
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Old 05-30-2019, 11:03 PM
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I feel for ya. I have a couple of talky coworkers, chief among them is the Pop Into My Office one.

No matter how quietly I approach, the second I silently sit down, she's IN my office. Not at the door, inside, inches from my elbow. And blathering non-stop. How her weekend was (even if it's Wednesday by now), and how was my weekend? It was such perrrrfect weather..."Fine. I'm really busy, sorry." So what did you do? On the weekend? Did you leave town, like my husband and I did and we found the cutest apple orchard... All drivel delivered to my ear, because for the last year I haven't made eye contact.

And in that last year, I have entered my office FIVE times during normal hours. I'll hit my office after six, when she's gone. During the day I've been keeping everything I need in my bike bag and logging onto a computer in random classrooms to get stuff done. So how come you never swing by these days? We never chit-chat!

Swing by? I honestly think she looks at it as my coming to visit, so we can "chit-chat". And she's fragile, if I tried to talk to her about any of this, she would Never. Stop. Crying.


I swear, it's not quite a reason I'm retiring, but it's on the list of "Shit I Won't Miss".
My "Linda" doesn't bother coming to me to chat; she learned long ago that I have ZERO interest in how she and her mom spent the night at the casino, played the penny slots, hit the buffet, went into the hot tub, then fell asleep watching 90-Day Fiance in the room.

But I still get to hear her tell everyone else - one by one - about it.

I know exactly what you mean about retirement. These scenes always pop into my head whenever I daydream about The Day.


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Old 05-31-2019, 04:21 AM
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*Knock knock knock*

[through the keyhole] Coooee! I just thought I'd drop by to see how the retirement's going? You've got plenty of time to chat now, isn't it lovely?! Maybe you should get a cat to keep yourself busy now; Mr Tiddles certainly keeps me busy, he's such a scamp! He was up on the kitchen counter five times yesterday, imagine! I'm taking him to the vet later though, every time he gets up there he heads straight for the knives, and I know this sounds silly, but he's rubbing his head on them, it almost looks like he's trying to cut his ears off...[/through the keyhole]
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Old 05-31-2019, 07:57 AM
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*Knock knock knock*

[through the keyhole] Coooee! I just thought I'd drop by to see how the retirement's going? You've got plenty of time to chat now, isn't it lovely?! Maybe you should get a cat to keep yourself busy now; Mr Tiddles certainly keeps me busy, he's such a scamp! He was up on the kitchen counter five times yesterday, imagine! I'm taking him to the vet later though, every time he gets up there he heads straight for the knives, and I know this sounds silly, but he's rubbing his head on them, it almost looks like he's trying to cut his ears off...[/through the keyhole]
I'm hearing this in the voice of Mrs. Flack, a (brief) character on the series As Time Goes By.
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*Knock knock knock*

[through the keyhole] Coooee! I just thought I'd drop by to see how the retirement's going? You've got plenty of time to chat now, isn't it lovely?! Maybe you should get a cat to keep yourself busy now; Mr Tiddles certainly keeps me busy, he's such a scamp! He was up on the kitchen counter five times yesterday, imagine! I'm taking him to the vet later though, every time he gets up there he heads straight for the knives, and I know this sounds silly, but he's rubbing his head on them, it almost looks like he's trying to cut his ears off...[/through the keyhole]
I think you should bring over that nice casserole, the one he's allergic to.




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Old 06-04-2019, 08:39 AM
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Wow. I don't speak Spanish, but that deck of cards... something about celebrating Father's Day? ... with 'adorable' racist stereotypes?

Yeah. No.
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Old 06-04-2019, 09:01 AM
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I don't know which one you got, it changes by location. For some reason, when I am at home it knows I'm in France but right now it thinks I'm in Argentina. I didn't know you could walk from France to Argentina!

If you got the same background I have right now it's an old game called "families", originally published in 1965. Each of the seven families is formed by six people (2 genders, 3 generations) and you're supposed to combine them into matching sets.
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Old 06-04-2019, 12:29 PM
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I don't know which one you got, it changes by location.
For me, it was showing a bunch of screens in rotation, faster than I could really taken in given my not speaking the language and my impaired eyesight. When I randomly clicked on something, I ended up here: https://www.nhfournier.es/blog/5-reg...dia-del-padre/

with caricatures labeled Swiss(?), Indian, Arab, Eskimo, Mexican, and Chinese. Anyway, NOT the sort of thing I'd bring in to most modern workplaces.
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Tirol. I didn't mean that one anyway, I meant normal Spanish cards: every single other deck on that exact same page. Also, while I usually wouldn't bring a children's game to work (in fact, I wouldn't bring cards to work) remember that most modern workplaces aren't in the US; some of us don't have a history of finding every caricature automatically offensive.

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My current situation isn't nearly as bad/toxic/frustrating as the last place was, but it has it's own... interesting... quirks. So far I'm keeping myself sane by ignoring it all, but I do notice. (I'm also encouraging myself with the knowledge that I'm not going to be here long as I plan to downgrade my career to part time, likely by freelancing because corporate america has some aversion to part time professionals (who aren't contractors or consultants). Some of the things that I would rant about if I allow myself to:

1. The client's rep is always pushing work back over to us whenever we ask him to do small tasks like submitting change requests. He's always oh I'm too busy, I'm going on vacation tomorrow, your team knows more about it than I do, whatever excuses.

2. The first one also extends to some of the detailed software requirements I'm supposed to get out of it. For example, they'll ask for different documents to be attached to specific system codes. It's their data and their documents, we just support the system with development, so they're supposed to provide the documents and the list of system codes that each one attaches to. Nope, he pushed back and said that our team had a list last time we did this change so just start with that list and update it. Isn't it strange how the list was WRONG, so we spent a few weeks of development time trying to get it all figured out without their help?

3. They keep submitting new requests for changes that overlap or usurp the last thing they requested only a few weeks ago. Very much a "moving target" combined with a "snowball rolling downhill" situation. We're all having trouble keeping all the changes straight in our heads, because they're all so similar that even in the issue tracking system they have similar names. A mocked up example is that we have some retention bonuses in production. Last December they requested some new bonuses to be set up as a pilot. January they asked for a new set of retention bonuses to be added to the system. March, they requested that the retention bonuses currently in production be changed. We're currently working on that development, and last week they requested some new urgent bonuses be added to the system modeled after the ones in production (not the ones we're currently working on!). Because that's urgent, it will be deployed before the currently-in-development ones meaning that those currently in development will have to be revised before we can test and deploy them. And there are two other new sets of bonuses that we're currently gathering requirements for, unrelated to all the others. Who the eff knows what we'll deploy at this point?

4. Oh, and the client rep who I mentioned in #1 above seems to have a habit of pre-emptive offensive escalation. For example, he wanted to know the status of that urgent request they sent us last week. In his email he mentioned that they discussed it last Friday but they need to know the status again today and if he doesn't hear from us promptly his next email will include the entire management chains from both sides. The urgency isn't an issue - that happens. What I kind of resent is that he made it sound like we're not responsive, when we totally have been.

5. So yeah, my management told everybody that we have a great relationship with the client. I really don't think so, as I am picking up a LOT of friction in things like #4.
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Today one of my main contacts asked "but, why do we have all these conflicting stuff?"

Well… someone asked for bespoke functionality A. Which makes sense, so it was approved.
And someone asked for bespoke functionality B. Which makes sense from a different point of view, and it was approved, but it conflicts directly with A.
And another person asked for functionality C. Which kind of makes sense, but only kind of because it's actually not very well designed since it assumes everybody needs it when actually only about a quarter of the company does, but it was approved so now everybody has to use it. It conflicts with both A and B.
And each functionality was the responsibility of a different team. So, take three things which each of them makes sense, or at least more-or-less sense, and...

Contact: "Ah. And we end up with Paris traffic jam. On first day of vacation. I see."

I'm SO copying that description.

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