Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Well, I'm fucked again & I dunno why

Yep, that's right -- I was canned -- AGAIN. No warning - no explanation from my boss (who hasn't returned my call) or the bitch VP. I'm pissed. I really don't "get" the only explanation I received from an obscure HR lady.

Seriously, I keep losing my jobs - this time last year, I would've said you're crazy if you told me I'd be fired multiple times in a year. I was never the "get fired" type of person.

I don't really even know why I got fired. The HR lady at the company's Minnesota office, who doesn't have anything to do with my job, had to break the news - b/c they wanted it done in-person. She said all she heard was that there were "several" times where my boss didn't know where I was and couldn't "find" me...and that's the reason.

Ummmm....two months ago I *did* oversleep by an hour - didn't hear alarm - and they couldn't get a hold of me that morning -- which I owned up to and apologized profusely for (and felt really stupid).

Another time, in early May, my boss didn't get my e-mail saying I was going to lunch with a friend for a birthday and might be gone a little over an hour. She couldn't find me then either, but all was taken care of upon my arrival back home/work (or so I thought).

Boss: Where have you been all morning?!?
Boss: We've been trying to find you to post a job and find resumes - urgent!

Kiddo: Didn't you get my email?
Kiddo: Ummm...I was on the conference call **and talked to you**, then worked for a while more, then went to lunch with friend - it's his Bday
Kiddo: My auto-reply should've also said "At lunch"

Boss: I didn't get any of those messages

Kiddo: Yeah - Anyway, I worked all weekend and also until 10:30 last night...

No response

Kiddo: Can I take a lunch for once?!?!?!?

No response


The only other thing I can think of is when my Internet wasn't working and I was on the phone for over an hour getting it back up -- I told them upon being able to sign on that I was now there and what happened -- nobody even seemed to know that I hadn't signed on that morning, so I assumed it wasn't a big deal. I guess I was wrong.

Word of Warning: if you ever telecommute from home - make sure they know where you are at all times and if you're going to be gone at all for more than ten minutes, tell your boss!!

ALSO: They don't notice you working nights and weekends. They don't care that you're making numbers and doing what's expected (and more).

Quit working overtime -- they never notice -- they only notice if you're there from 8-5.

Corporate America sucks. So did the public sector. Working for other people sucks!! When can I be the boss, applesauce?!?!?!?!?!?!

When can I just *yell* at people for a living like Judge Judy.
My dream job.


  • I am so,so sorry
    when it rains it pours I guess.
    I hope you find something better soon.

    By Blogger Stacy, at 8:01 PM  

  • aw, sorry to hear that. i guess it's resume updating time.

    By Blogger Brechi, at 9:01 PM  

  • BUMMER! I'm so sorry to hear it, Kiddo. This too shall pass, but it'll suck while it's happening. :-(

    By Blogger Twinkie, at 9:32 PM  

  • Note to self: "Inventory laptop" = "pack a box" What an original line of BS.

    This is the second telecommuting nightmare I've heard of in as many days, although yours seems to have ended up much 'shittier' than ( the other one.)

    By Blogger Jim, at 10:32 PM  

  • You are absolutely 100% right about working overtime, doing extra and working weekends. Being 10 minutes late is what they notice, not the 15 times you were there an hour early. There was a time when extra work was appreciated and noticed but that was long ago in corporate America.

    Anyway, sorry to hear about all your craziness with the car and the job. You'll probably hear this from lots of people (and cringe every time), maybe this will lead to better things. : )

    By Blogger potusol, at 12:33 AM  

  • 1) the crazy bitch calling you up saying I need you now, and not listening to your message is a red flag.

    2) You can't get ahold of the crazy bitch so that when you do want to take a lunch, you can't tell her and she can blame you. Another red flag.

    3) You over-slept and they never forgave you. Three strikes.

    Some bosses are taking advantage of the fact that unemployment is high and treat their employees like shit. Doesn't make it right. Your story is a good warning to others. When they turn the heat on -start looking for another job, before you get fired.

    Also, you can demand a written reason from HR, they have to give it to you within a reasonable amount of time. ( I forget how long -5 weeks?) And if you apply for unemployment, they also have to give them a reason, which you can read. Just don't get too bitchy or wordy when you apply. Your job will get to read your application, and can use that against you. State just the facts. How long you worked there and what hours you worked. Say you haven't received a reason for your termination, and if they haven't given you a written reason, they you "officially" have not received a reason. You can state that you requested a reason.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:29 AM  

  • Fuck her! Some people aren't working with/for. Surely with all the shit that's been happening lately good times can't be too far ahead! Got everything crossed for you! Tx

    By Blogger boy wonder?, at 5:00 AM  

  • Huge Bummer! Is there a full moon in MN or something?? Take care and hopefully things will get better very soon.

    By Blogger walktrotcanter, at 5:30 AM  

  • Oh shit. I'm sorry! Hope you find something infinitely better real soon.

    By Blogger Christine, at 6:07 AM  

  • Don't worry hotlips hulihan - being employed is overrated. My two months of unemployment was the best ever. You will find a better job where people treat you like a human being. F-them. I feel that people our age get totally taken advantage of because we don't have kids, unemployment is high, and we're willing to work extra hours at no extra money. What a bunch of a-holes!!! How dare they fire you!

    By Blogger Biglug, at 8:43 AM  

  • I am so sorry Kiddo!
    I can't beleive they would pull that shit after all the posts you had about woring all night and all weekend.
    This is total bull shit. I agree with Boy WOnder, Fuck 'Em!
    You'll kind somehting better. Your smart,funny, cute, and a hard worker.

    By Blogger lynne, at 9:22 AM  

  • Ouch!

    Wow I'm sorry, what a week you've had. The economy is looking up, and I hope something wonderful will present itself to you soon.

    Can you temp or something to keep afloat while you search for the Next Great Opportunity?

    My company is about to have us all start working "virtually" so they can save on rent. I will definitely keep your story in mind.

    Good luck, and think of this as the beginning of a new chapter.

    By Blogger PJS, at 9:37 AM  

  • You worked your ass off for them & then they fire you?!? Bunch o' bitches!

    By Blogger hot babe, at 10:07 AM  

  • sorry to hear that. The market seems to be strong now so I'm sure you'll find something soon.

    By Blogger BigDubb, at 10:28 AM  

  • Oh that sucks. That's happened to me a few times and I have always walked away learning from it. It sucks at the time but you will know what red flags to look for next time. My friend uses a phrase that's really helpful for me in times like these. "The universe needs you elsewhere."

    By Blogger ab, at 10:32 AM  

  • Sorry to hear that.

    I used to work from home for a couple of years, and it was indeed constant paranoia every time I left the house for lunch at an odd time, worrying that they'd think I was flaking on work. It really can be nervewracking.

    By Blogger Ryan, at 11:26 AM  

  • Man - you're really having your resolve tested, aren't you? I'm really sorry you got fired - I for one understand how getting fired can kick your confidence and sense of good and evil right in the balls. Ouch.

    Well, from the short amount of time we hung out last month, I got a definite sense that you're probably not a huge fan of playing the "kiss-ass corporate America" game. And that's admirable. Your independent thinking and sass-mouth will pay off for you someday! (hopefully VERY soon)

    Well, if things get desperate and you need a care package from Denver with cigs or alcohol or even something less important like food, let me know!

    By Blogger denverboy, at 1:10 PM  

  • Hey! I've been away for a while and I'm sorry that this is the first thing I hear when I return. I was just watching something the other day that said the only advice people know to give when someone they know loses their job is "Everything happens for a reason." Well fuck that. Here's to better jobs that pay what we are worth and don't treat us like mad-cow-ravaged-cattle.

    By Blogger jamesdamian, at 3:06 PM  

  • Kiddo,
    Your #1 fan from D.C. (and probable sibling, given our eerily similar tastes and opinions) sends lots of virtual hugs (yes, I know, you're not the hugging kind...if I could send virtual shots of Jack Daniels, I would). Just remember what Joan said to the Pepsi Board of Directors...


    By Blogger zeppgoddess, at 9:14 PM  

  • I'm sorry, kiddo. I get shit on all the time at work, and I have to fight every day from quitting. (I even went so far as to writing my resignation letter today) Gosh, don't you love how I just made this comment all about me?

    Anyhoo, I'm sure you'll find something better. Thinking about you!

    By Blogger Robert, at 9:15 PM  

  • Kiddo? Where are ya hon? You OK?

    By Blogger Twinkie, at 12:50 PM  

  • You nailed it when you said "Quit working overtime -- they never notice -- they only notice if you're there from 8-5."

    I also had a really bad year last year. I had never been fired in my life and within 6 months lost 3 jobs. Well really two jobs and a fill-in karaoke stint.

    The first was a sweet VP of Marketing job. I was fired after being on the job only 3 weeks. weeks of self pitty Twinkie made me get out of bed and on meds.

    Then I took a job I did not want with some crazy Nazi Christains and they fired me after 3 months.

    By this time I felt like shit.

    The worst was when I was canned while filling in for a drunk redneck DJ.

    I went from a VP of Marketing to Karaoke DJ at a redneck dive and was fired from each one.

    Yeah last year sucked.

    I promise you it will get better.

    By Blogger Ang, at 8:24 PM  

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