About 20 years ago, in the dead of winter, I was visiting a guy I knew who had a lounge setup in his garage. Tables, small refrigerator, wood burning stove. People would come over, shoot the shit, play some cards, smoke some weed, etc. In his garage so he wouldn’t have all these people tramping through his house messing it up, smoking cigarettes inside, spilling beer, etc.
Sitting there one evening when this guy comes in, sits down and pulls out a quarter pound of weed. As he’s holding it, there is a knock on the door. Owner yells “Come in!”
In strolls a cop. :eek:
Asking for a guy who wasn’t there who lived in the house and was apparently wanted on a warrant for failure to appear on a minor charge. Well, he finds out the guy isn’t there and leaves. But he only goes back to his car and calls in the cavalry. About a half dozen cars showed up within 5 minutes, and they come walking right in (hey, probable cause). We’re all sorted out and patted down, read the riot act, threatened with being charged, etc.
Ultimately, since I didn’t have anything on me, I was released - told to leave.
About 15 years ago I walked in to work on a Monday morning to see my Director waiting for me. He then led me up to the Accounting Manager’s office. Silence all around, I figured I was being let go. Then they demanded to know why I had been call every night the previous week. Oh. Is that it? :rolleyes: Well, two nights the printer upstairs wasn’t working and the operator wouldn’t listen to your people, so I had to call the operator myself to have it taken care of. Two other nights it was a similar easy issue they didn’t really need to call me for, but I got fixed for them. The last one was a difficult TCP/IP issue with the client site and I had to come into the office, call them and deal with their top IT guy to resolve it (hushed wide eyes all around because NO ONE there had ever previously spoken to this near mythical figure and… The dude had given me his direct line under the promise that I didn’t give it to anyone else.)
Still a bunch of residual anger. WHY had their people called me each of those four night? Why was I padding my (contractor) bill with frivolous calls? EXPLAIN YOURSELF!!!
“You’ll have to ask your people why they call me. But I can tell you that the computer operators listen when I call, they don’t listen when your people call. That’s why your people call me when the printer doesn’t work, because I get it fixed. If you want that to change, you need to talk to whoever manages the operators.”
Working as a Security Supervisor, I got called in by my boss and an HR rep, and given a written warning for ‘embarrassing’ an older officer who was blatantly not doing his job and refusing to listen to me. He was manning the metal detector, but staring at the ceiling ignoring it going off and allowing people through. When I called his name, several times, he ignored me. I finally waved my arms in the air (from 10 feet away) and yelled his name. This was my crime. :rolleyes:
HR person said I should have walked over, taken the wand away from him and started doing his job. Nope, that would have involved not doing my job (it was a two man operation) and I’m not forcefully taking something from him. And anyway, how would that be less humiliating for him? Well you should have stopped the line, gone over and tapped him on the shoulder to get his attention! Nope, unwanted physical contact, if he was going to complain about this, he would only complain about that. Besides, rule book specifically states we’re not allowed to stop the line except under certain circumstances.
They gave me the warning. I called the main office HR and filed a complaint. They were quite astonished both with the warning and what I was told to do instead. They rescinded my warning while I was on the phone with them. Pissed my boss off no end. I don’t know, but I suspect he and the HR person got some kind of warning out of it. At least, I hope they did. They were fucking stupid.