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Tale # 538
Dept: Sales & Marketing Score: 9
May 16th 2011 Submitted by Anonymous
“and they wonder what went wrong.”
A donut I used to work debt collection for a bank back in '04. No names but at the time they were globally number 3 and trying to be the biggest.

Anyway...a couple of months in and I realised that the bank was doing it's utmost to deliberately market credit cards with astronomically high interest rates, to people that had no hope in hell of ever paying them off, and hiding the rates under a mountain fo jargon and overly complicated 'explanations' in the terms & conditions.

Not only that, but as debt collectors we were told that although we could harass people as much as the law would allow, we also had to encourage them to settle for paying the minimum amount each month, which was set so it wouldn't even cover the interest. Thereby ensuring that the debt would keep mounting.

I asked my supervisor about this, who asked the vp...and eventually a departmental email came down explaining that the debts owing to us were as good as money. I.e the more people owed us, the more our bank was worth on the stock market and this meant that debts could be traded on the commodity markets making even more money.

To quote: "one dollar owing to us for one year equals 10,000 dollars on the markets. Us being owed money is as good as us being able to print money."

All of which was based on the premise that Joe Schmoe who didn't quite grasp the concept that 'nothing to pay for the first year' wasn't the same as 'free money' and didn't have any money anyway.. would eventually pay up his share of all this virtual money instead of defaulting.

I was also reprimanded for a poor attitude when I tried to point out the flaw in this grand plan, and told it was the industry-wise standard so I had better not question it.

I started looking for new job the day after and wasn't all surprised when the financial house of cards the banks had built imploded, collapsing Wall street etc. LINK
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Tale # 537
Dept: All-Staff Score: 13
May 9th 2011 Submitted by Davis
“I Hate Your Shirt”
A donut I worked for an outbound call center that aggressively slammed real estate agents on marketing products.

Every morning at 6am we had a team meeting with about 40 people all standing around our cubicles.

One particular morning my manager, a 5'8" has been football player whose head connected directly with his shoulders yells at me in a very Vin Diesel "Boiler Room" Moment, "Davis, what the hell are you wearing!? You have f***** us all. We are going to have a terrible day in sales!"

I was silent and thought he was merely being rhetorical, he yells again demanding, "what the hell is on that shirt!?

I respond, "it's a sesame street shirt, you know, big bird, Elmo, Grover, Burt, Ernie."

He yells, "F***!" and shakes his head in disgust.

That day was in fact one terrible day in sales. Later that night I get a call on my phone with a message from my boss, "Thanks for F****** us today with your G** A** shirt, you are never allowed to wear that S*** again"

I showed up the next day with a purple, pink and blue pattern flannel looking shirt that he hated even more! LINK
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Tale # 534
Dept: All-Staff Score: 13
Apr 9th 2011 Submitted by Anonymous
“Efficiency?”
A donut I've been working for my company for 3 years. We recently underwent a "restructure", which as far as most of us are concerned means an excuse to dump staff.

As part of this restructure, a lot of admin jobs came up, including my own. Now I like to think I'd done pretty darn well at my job, and it requires a little more technical knowledge than a regular admin job, due to it involving asbestos knowledge.

But still, I had to apply for my own job, along with many other admin staff. I was informed that my interview would involve a manager and a HR representative. When I went to the interview, I found that it actually consisted of *six* managers. This threw me straight away, and I was a bit nervous throughout the interview, but felt confident that since I knew so much about the job, I'd be fine.

I was informed less than a week later that I hadn't got my own job, and what was more I had to train the clueless girl that did get it how to do my job! Nice going... LINK
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Tale # 520
Dept: I.T. Score: 7
Nov 13th 2010 Submitted by Anonymous
“COMMUNICATION!!!”
A donut This seemed to happen every time we had a new major project. Our Design team was quietly working away in our end of the building as the IT manager walks in and announces that she just got out of the weekly board meeting and we have a new and exciting project. We have a design meeting and get started. The four of us work for weeks as we go through a sequence of changes and ideas. Finally the dead line approaches and we are all excitingly finishing up the last bits. The manager comes in after another one of the weekly meetings and announces that what we have built got scrapped and here is the new idea and we have 24 hours to get it finished! This happened at least 4 times as I worked at this company for about 2 years. Can they say, "COMMUNICATION!!!!!!"? LINK
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Tale # 512
Dept: Management Score: 16
Nov 10th 2010 Submitted by Anonymous
“Last Laugh”
A donut I worked at a startup where I was largely left alone to get my work done, and things went along pretty well until the founder decided that I needed a manager and put me under the management of a loud, brash guy who did a lot of posturing and played a lot of power games but didn't seem to do much in the way of managing anybody. My work was unrelated to his area of expertise so fortunately we had very little to do with one another, but periodically he would come by to "check in," which generally consisted of standing outside my cubicle and insulting me and laughing at his own wit.

Our funding situation was touch-and-go, so it didn't surprise me too much when I got a call from him one day when I was working off-site. He said "I'm really sorry to have to tell you this, but our funding fell through and they're shutting us down. You can come in tomorrow and pack up your stuff." I reeled for a minute, asking the usual "How did this happen?" questions, and eventually he started laughing and shouted "April fools!" It was, in fact, the first day of April. Without thinking, I said "You're a dick," which only made him laugh harder.

A couple weeks later there was a round of layoffs, and he was replaced by a really nice guy who knew exactly what he was doing and was a great manager. A couple weeks after that, our funding fell through and they shut the company down.

I'm not entirely sure who had the last laugh... LINK
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