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Tale # 125
Dept: All-Staff Score: 0
Nov 3rd 2007 Submitted by Anonymous
“DISILLUSIONED - AT LAST!”
A donut I once thought I wanted to be a teacher - Tech Teacher that is - practical electronics, radio, computers, business machines and the like. I attended a reputable university and received my accreditation in due course in education and yet another later in psychology. However, inasmuch as I could put across the most intricate concepts eluding almost all who tried, I was persona non grata in the local school board. How does that work? Thought I in terms of Darwin and evolution. I once naively told a hiring principal that the only reason I wanted to teach was to encourage young people to think for themselves, question authority and be more than an iron bomb (zombie). It took the entire board, the entire teachers' union, and the ministry to force me to go away for I questioned their authority to inflict learned helplessness on virtually all the children and their parents. That was about ten years ago. In my almost 70 years I have seen young people reduced to little more than chickens being raised for market once all the curtains are drawn back and authority can be seen in its proper perspective. Today we have business leaders who truly match the psychological profile of psychopaths showing no remorse or responsibility but to money - making them mercenaries and nothing more. So we ask not why unions formed to protect the defenceless. I am vindicated in my conclusions having just seen the movie Corporation. All of this has as its cyclorama, the white man's mistreatment of the First Nations people, of which I find I am a part.
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Tale # 547
Dept: All-Staff Score: 0
Jul 25th 2012 Submitted by Anonymous
“I made it work and said Okay!”
A donut I work for a call center who's main focus is rewards memberships and card protection programs. I worked in a another division with a contract from one of the major credit card issuers for four years as a team leader. when I was asked to take a Unit Manager position in our "rewards" department.

Shortly after I was transfered to this Department, I found myself shackled with impossible circumstances. The Department had three Unit Managers. One leaves on Maternity leave and I am asked to over see her team. The other is terminated for inappropriate relationships and I was asked to oversee her team. I am now at over 50 employees. I made it work and said okay! They hired one Unit Manager and he was walked off the job. He could not handle to daily berating of the Dirictor and redicules disputes from Human Resources. The new mother returned and things settled for a few months.

Then the company outsourced the department to India. In a poorly planned layoff exit, they placed employees in three rooms. One for those being kept and one with the boxes. They held six positions in this department for proccessing and consumer affairs calls/issues. I won the Unit Manager position, but I made it work and said Okay! I must state the programs sold by this company and enrolled in not so legal manner. This lead to special projects with two state Attorney General's offices and a class action suit. I managed the team and handled appropriatly. I made it work and said okay!

The company who multiple shell names change on a bi-yealy basis, transfered current sales to thier Ireland branch. I now have been threatened/screamed at by customers, lawyers, and advocates. Due to a pay freeze for five years, I have recieved nothing but one mandated cost of living raise. I made it worked and said Okay!

Now they have decided to close my department and outsource our jobs. They want me to return to my original division as a team lead, but assist them on explaining my work to those taking my job. I will have to take the offer due to unemployment and job opportunity is lacking in our area. I will make it work, but this time it is not okay!

Sometimes in life people feed you broken glass. If you eat it that is all they will serve you. LINK
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Tale # 304
Dept: All-Staff Score: -1
Mar 24th 2010 Submitted by Anonymous
“the tripping up of an employee”
A donut Done the job and was trained up well, but new staff arrived from another firm they bought and hay presto his job was on the line, no they could not just get rid, they needed a reason....so day after day they piled on more work and told him he was managment material so he grafted and grafted until one day he was having an of day and started to make mistakes, thinking that they would cut him some slack well a few days later he was asked to come to a tribunal meeting to discuss weather he was fit for the job he was employed to do...well as you guestit they decided he was not and he got his notice in the post... LINK
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Tale # 195
Dept: All-Staff Score: -1
Jun 17th 2009 Submitted by Michael
“collective responsibility in 2009”
A donut I have joined a company in the software business, looking all good, not so many people, with good outlook for growth, the product was good in quality and somehow it all made sense. Two weeks in the job the boss calls in a company meeting to tell us that one of our colleagues is missing 300 euros from his wallet which he left on his desk while going to lunch /a very smart move obviously/. Now the solution proposed was not to call the police to investigate this, but our boss suggested that all of us throw in some money for our colleague /he refused to accept the money collected from us himself/ as a memento for someone being dumb enough to keep the entry door opened for strangers to walk in and take stuff out. Two weeks in the job, not knowing any of these guys I refused to pay the amount and insisted on the standard crime-police solution. However my new boss didnīt like this and called me anti-social and not-a-team player telling me he canīt trust me anymore and that he is going to deduct the amount from my salary anyway. I told him that to do that he would need an order from the judge. I kept on working normally without paying further attention to this "thing" but soon I had to realise that my great boss didnīt want to understand that I am not going to discuss this any further with him and refused to accept my own control over my own finances he was called an idiot by my self and I left the company. LINK
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Tale # 229
Dept: All-Staff Score: -7
Jul 30th 2009 Submitted by Anonymous
“scary”
A donut Our lab is testing a strain that creates a body stasis to help triage patients whose bodies go into shock. We test on cadavers we purchase from a company. Some of them smell like they are homeless. A girl complained about the smell and asked why some smelled so bad. She was fired the next day. We don't dispose of the post experiment cadavers, we resell them to other labs.. LINK
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