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On the one hand, it was a total walking-out moment, but I didn't.   When I was being walked back out the door after a job interview at an Ivy League University and the guy (one of the interviewers) told me, 'Quite honestly, you do not want to work here.  This is a horrible place to work.'
I took the job anyway, and he was right.  It was also a $6000 pay *cut* from my former job, but I took the job as a stepping stone to better things, and while I went from that horrible job (18 months), to an even more horrible job (3 years), they really were stepping stone jobs to better jobs, and I can count them as part of my education for a better career.    On the other hand, at least I got paid and had vacation days during those jobs.  Nobody cheated me.
And, if I ever do get the chance to be a manager, I know exactly what *not* to do!   
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Swearing three year old
« Last post by Goosey on Today at 11:12:34 AM »
Would anyone like to place a bet that the video will show up at her Wedding reception when this child gets married 20 or so years down the line?

Why would it be shown at her wedding reception?

Some people have embarrassing slide shows/videos of the bridal couple playing at the reception.

Okay well. I think they're too many assumptions going on about her future, her friends, Family,, etc. to make this kind or accurate prediction.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Swearing three year old
« Last post by Sharnita on Today at 11:10:16 AM »
Would anyone like to place a bet that the video will show up at her Wedding reception when this child gets married 20 or so years down the line?

Why would it be shown at her wedding reception?

Some people have embarrassing slide shows/videos of the bridal couple playing at the reception.
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To a certain extent, if a company is so bad at doing business that they can't manage to keep track of when equipment is returned, when renting equipment is a part of their business, and the problem is not once in a while but an ongoing, regular problem, and yet they continue to send people to collections claiming that the person didn't return it... I'd consider it moral fraud, even if it doesn't meet the legal definition.  When they send the case to collections, they're claiming that they know the person didn't return the equipment.  But they know that they don't know that, that their system is unreliable (trust me, if everybody else in the country knows that they are notorious for this, it can't have escaped their notice as well), and thus they are making a false claim.  I'm not claiming that this is fraud in a legal sense, but I think they are still defrauding their customers and the collection system.

I agree with you completely. However, it's often a case of "it's not my job". No one is in charge of hitting that little button that says the stuff was returned. Or, the one person who is forgot, and no one is going to do it for them. I've been through it, and it's enough to make you rip your hair out.

The worst case I ever heard was of a man who for two years was reported as having a serious felony conviction that actually belonged to his brother, because the records department kept telling him, "Oh, yes, we'll change that right away!" and never did it. He finally had to go to a tv ombudsman to clear his name. (It was having a serious affect on his attempts for employment.)
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Family and Children / Re: Misunderstanding between teacher and DS
« Last post by Lynn2000 on Today at 11:07:38 AM »
I agree with the idea that DS should not say anything to the teacher, but watch and see how the teacher acts in the future. Most of my teachers were great and I never had any trouble with them, including PE teachers--even though I was the opposite of athletic I always tried and they could see that. FWIW I'm also an only child so I know what you mean about relating more to adults. Her comment was definitely unprofessional but I would wait to see if it was a one-off or a pattern with her. It wasn't hard for me to see that some of my teachers were just "that way" and picked on everyone, especially at the start of the year--that it wasn't really anything personal against me.

My first thought was that she didn't see the ball hit DS, and she thought he was trying to get out of playing somehow or go back to chat with his friends rather than stay on base. That's behavior I used to see all the time in PE classes at every level, and it drives even the most reasonable teachers crazy. IME it's easy for them to jump to that conclusion, even with a student who hasn't been any trouble--if she's not familiar with DS she doesn't know yet whether he's a good kid or a troublemaker, and she might be coming down hard during the early days on purpose, to establish a certain level of discipline. She shouldn't have done this in such a patronizing way, of course.

For him to go and apologize to her would, I think, be taking the incident much more seriously than it deserves, in the scheme of things. My gut feeling is she's probably forgotten all about it.
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We had a child like this - came in from school with a 100 degree fever, coughing, upset, miserable. School had called her parents, but they couldn't get her until after work. So she exposed the kids at school, then the kids at after school. Lovely.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Swearing three year old
« Last post by Goosey on Today at 11:07:34 AM »
Would anyone like to place a bet that the video will show up at her Wedding reception when this child gets married 20 or so years down the line?

Why would it be shown at her wedding reception?
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Last post by Twik on Today at 11:04:57 AM »
I believe Publisher's Clearing House actually shows up at your door if you win. They make a huge production out of it too - they want to get your exited reaction on camera.

I've always wondered what PCH does when the person isn't home.  Hang around waiting?  Ask a neighbor if the lucky winner still lives there?

I've wondered about that, too.

From my understanding, they actually scout you for a few days. Then once you are home, someone relays the message to the production team that are parked nearby.

I can see it now:

Police: We've caught the guy casing the house! Hands up!

Dude: Don't shoot! I'm from Publisher's Clearing House!
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There are people in my family like this.  What I have learned, is that they love the drama.  It's some kind of Masochistic thing, I'm not really sure, but I've noticed when there is no drama, they will do something to stir some up, and then complain about it.

What I've done is just look at them and ask them, "Why are you so surprised at the outcome, or the response, or whatever it is they are complaining about. I just point out that they are well aware of the shortcomings of whoever they are complaining about, or that they knew they were going to the mall on at a very busy time of day (you're complaining about not being able to park, when you know the mall is going to be full).

The point is that most of the time, the complaining I hear is not anything new, but they are acting shocked that they have been treated in such a horrendous manner and I just don't play into it.  Eventually they stop complaining to me and have to find other victims.
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