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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10400 on: September 03, 2015, 04:52:57 PM »
I can't find the study right now, but I'm pretty sure it was from Michigan government or one of their university's. Apparently speed limits have nearly 0 impact on the speed people drive. They raised the speed limit on one stretch of road and lowered it on another. Speeds on both didn't really change.
I can sort of attest to that for my own driving. I drive sort of slowly on some stretches of road. Rather, I accelerate slowly depending on the conditions/road, but I'll go as fast as I comfortably can on a given road despite the speed limit (I rarely go more than 7mph above the limit though). I drive in a way that maintains a decent fuel economy; my gas Civic is averaging 41.7mpg for this current tank of gas, and 38-39mpg throughout its life.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10401 on: September 03, 2015, 06:50:49 PM »
Holy shit folks, are we still on this!?! This used to be my favorite thread on this site. I stayed away for a couple of days to see if things would hopefully get back on topic - apparently not. Thanks for ruining a perfectly good thread.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10402 on: September 03, 2015, 07:59:32 PM »
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10403 on: September 03, 2015, 09:09:31 PM »
My coworker's house has been in foreclosure for many, many years--no mortgage payment, no rent payment.   In the last few weeks CW has spoken of buying a truck (well used), but it has broken down and needs to be fixed.  They needed it to pull their camper.  They bought a 4-wheeler (used).  CW's spouse wrecked said 4 wheeler and messed up his shoulder badly.    Today, I heard that the 4 wheeler had bald tires--cause of the wreck.  Spouse is going to be out of work for a while,  he had been working a lot of overtime so they would be able to afford the rent on their new place. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10404 on: September 04, 2015, 08:42:20 AM »
Holy shit folks, are we still on this!?! This used to be my favorite thread on this site. I stayed away for a couple of days to see if things would hopefully get back on topic - apparently not. Thanks for ruining a perfectly good thread.

Calm down, this isn't half as bad as that damned black (or was it orange?) box.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10405 on: September 04, 2015, 09:27:39 AM »
At a new job and I just had my first contribution to the 401k plan. I wanted to add the account to Mint to track it so I needed to know which brokerage the account was held at. No one knew! I asked 6 co-workers including my boss, and got various responses from "I only check it once a year" to "No idea". One coworker didn't even know what I was talking about. Finally I just went through all the documentation myself to figure it out. Unbelievable.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10406 on: September 04, 2015, 09:48:29 AM »
I do group fitness classes during lunch at my on-site work gym.  I was jumping around before class started.

CW: Aw, the energy of youth
Me: I get a little antsy trapped in my cubicle all day; I need to get my wiggles out.
CW: Better get used to it. You have 40 more years in the cubicle

Luckily class started before I could respond with WTF! I am 33 years old, there is no way Im going to be trapped in cubicle jail until I am 73.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10407 on: September 04, 2015, 10:00:27 AM »
I was telling a notoriously spendypants coworker about a gorgeous lake house that's for sale and how I wished I'd didn't feel the need to be responsible with money so I could buy it. She said I should cut my retirement contributions to afford it.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10408 on: September 04, 2015, 10:03:42 AM »
I was telling a notoriously spendypants coworker about a gorgeous lake house that's for sale and how I wished I'd didn't feel the need to be responsible with money so I could buy it. She said I should cut my retirement contributions to afford it.

Well, depending on how you look at it it could be retirement savings....

Probably not a good way to look at it. But enablers, they enable!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10409 on: September 04, 2015, 10:05:07 AM »
I was telling a notoriously spendypants coworker about a gorgeous lake house that's for sale and how I wished I'd didn't feel the need to be responsible with money so I could buy it. She said I should cut my retirement contributions to afford it.

I will say that living near a lake (not lakeside but has a good view of it) is pretty sweet and though I don't know how much I would be willing to pay for proximity to a lake, it is something I plan to look for if I ever need to buy another house or move.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10410 on: September 04, 2015, 11:11:33 AM »
I do group fitness classes during lunch at my on-site work gym.  I was jumping around before class started.

CW: Aw, the energy of youth
Me: I get a little antsy trapped in my cubicle all day; I need to get my wiggles out.
CW: Better get used to it. You have 40 more years in the cubicle

Luckily class started before I could respond with WTF! I am 33 years old, there is no way Im going to be trapped in cubicle jail until I am 73.

You could take it as a compliment that they clearly must think you are in your early 20s?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10411 on: September 04, 2015, 01:11:38 PM »
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Thank you for this. So many great threads are hijacked by other topics that have nothing to do with what the thread is about. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10412 on: September 04, 2015, 01:28:39 PM »
More like overheard while running, but still:

A former coach works with someone who has a disability.  When this former coach couldn't handle this other person's money to help him out, it meant trouble because this guy spends everything that he makes immediately on shoes.  Even though my former coach tries to educate him on saving some money for food, some money for a tatoo that he complains that he can't get, he just doesn't have financial literacy.  At least this guy has no concept of going into debt to fund this habit...  At least he is having fun with each pair of shoes that he purchases...




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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10413 on: September 04, 2015, 01:52:28 PM »
I was telling a notoriously spendypants coworker about a gorgeous lake house that's for sale and how I wished I'd didn't feel the need to be responsible with money so I could buy it. She said I should cut my retirement contributions to afford it.

I will say that living near a lake (not lakeside but has a good view of it) is pretty sweet and though I don't know how much I would be willing to pay for proximity to a lake, it is something I plan to look for if I ever need to buy another house or move.

It is definitely a longterm goal of ours, but not at the expense of retirement savings. My husband and I both work in walking distance to Lake Michigan so we get to see plenty of it during the workday.

This coworker is saving $65/paycheck to retirement. I'm saving $465. I look forward to walking out of here 10 years earlier than her.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10414 on: September 04, 2015, 04:24:49 PM »
It is definitely a longterm goal of ours, but not at the expense of retirement savings. My husband and I both work in walking distance to Lake Michigan so we get to see plenty of it during the workday.

This coworker is saving $65/paycheck to retirement. I'm saving $465. I look forward to walking out of here 10 years earlier than her.
On the plus side, at least she is putting a positive sum towards her retirement, which is a lot more than can be said about some of the people mentioned in the stories here unfortunately.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10415 on: September 04, 2015, 07:56:09 PM »
With $65 per paycheck they have a long way to go though, that's not even $1600 per year.

I regularly hear horrific stories, a good friend of mine has a colleague that is contributing zero to his 401k, leaving a fat 7% match from the company on the table, because "I can't afford it".
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10416 on: September 05, 2015, 06:27:12 AM »
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Thank you for this. So many great threads are hijacked by other topics that have nothing to do with what the thread is about.

Like your reply, and my reply. This is like a reply-to-all reply.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10417 on: September 05, 2015, 09:24:28 AM »
Threads get boring, stagnate, and die pretty quick if you force them to stay on topic.  Try doing that in real life.  'Sorry we were talking about X, please stay on topic.  If you would like to start a new conversation go over there.'

That said this 214 page thread has benefited from being reigned in from time to time when the derail starts going nowhere.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10418 on: September 06, 2015, 02:40:10 AM »
I overheard someone buying a Playstation (or similar, I can't tell). They didn't get another controller because it was 14.99 and that was too much money. Then they decided to pay by monthly payment. I didn't catch the whole of it, but the options were either X a month for three years or 2.29 a month for X years. With interest, they could be paying for this games console for a DECADE!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10419 on: September 06, 2015, 05:48:22 AM »
I was telling a notoriously spendypants coworker about a gorgeous lake house that's for sale and how I wished I'd didn't feel the need to be responsible with money so I could buy it. She said I should cut my retirement contributions to afford it.

I will say that living near a lake (not lakeside but has a good view of it) is pretty sweet and though I don't know how much I would be willing to pay for proximity to a lake, it is something I plan to look for if I ever need to buy another house or move.

When we lived near a lake, it regularly came for a visit in our basement. It was quite unpleasant.

Yikes, that would be terrible. Unless of course you lived at this place http://www.fallingwater.org/

I'm a decently far enough away to avoid any lake water.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10420 on: September 06, 2015, 09:52:07 AM »
With $65 per paycheck they have a long way to go though, that's not even $1600 per year.

I regularly hear horrific stories, a good friend of mine has a colleague that is contributing zero to his 401k, leaving a fat 7% match from the company on the table, because "I can't afford it".
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One more component to add to The True Cost of Commuting, amirite? :D

When we lived near a lake, it regularly came for a visit in our basement. It was quite unpleasant.
You can't really blame the lake for the builder's poor site planning.

I overheard someone buying a Playstation (or similar, I can't tell). They didn't get another controller because it was 14.99 and that was too much money. Then they decided to pay by monthly payment. I didn't catch the whole of it, but the options were either X a month for three years or 2.29 a month for X years. With interest, they could be paying for this games console for a DECADE!
What the everloving fuck??
« Last Edit: September 06, 2015, 09:55:30 AM by zephyr911 »
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10421 on: September 06, 2015, 12:42:38 PM »

With $65 per paycheck they have a long way to go though, that's not even $1600 per year.

I regularly hear horrific stories, a good friend of mine has a colleague that is contributing zero to his 401k, leaving a fat 7% match from the company on the table, because "I can't afford it".
Drives a gigantic German suv bought new two years ago.
One more component to add to The True Cost of Commuting, amirite? :D

It's incredible, really.
The fact that someone with a $100k salary cannot figure out a way to do without a little above $200 net per paycheck to get $583 in a 401k in exchange blows my mind.

I say this all the time, the main issue with people today is that nobody seems to be able to do math.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10422 on: September 06, 2015, 09:05:33 PM »
I say this all the time, the main issue with people today is that nobody seems to be able to do math.

This reminds me of a short video I can't find now. The basic premise is a fairly parody based video talking about how to save and buy things, and constantly "but what if you don't have the money?" then "don't buy it!"

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10423 on: September 06, 2015, 09:08:33 PM »
I say this all the time, the main issue with people today is that nobody seems to be able to do math.

This reminds me of a short video I can't find now. The basic premise is a fairly parody based video talking about how to save and buy things, and constantly "but what if you don't have the money?" then "don't buy it!"

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/dont-buy-stuff/n12020

YES!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10424 on: September 07, 2015, 09:32:54 AM »
I say this all the time, the main issue with people today is that nobody seems to be able to do math.

This reminds me of a short video I can't find now. The basic premise is a fairly parody based video talking about how to save and buy things, and constantly "but what if you don't have the money?" then "don't buy it!"

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/dont-buy-stuff/n12020

That is great.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10425 on: September 08, 2015, 09:02:50 AM »

With $65 per paycheck they have a long way to go though, that's not even $1600 per year.

I regularly hear horrific stories, a good friend of mine has a colleague that is contributing zero to his 401k, leaving a fat 7% match from the company on the table, because "I can't afford it".
Drives a gigantic German suv bought new two years ago.
One more component to add to The True Cost of Commuting, amirite? :D

It's incredible, really.
The fact that someone with a $100k salary cannot figure out a way to do without a little above $200 net per paycheck to get $583 in a 401k in exchange blows my mind.

I say this all the time, the main issue with people today is that nobody seems to be able to do math.

The materialism culture says that you should buy a depreciating asset for $500/month instead of putting that money in an index fund.
How dare you drive a 7+ years old vehicle and not have a monthly payment? 
We're doomed as a species. Even the Chinese and Indian savers are becoming spendypants.
leave the logic at the door. it isn't required for this planet anymore.

Maybe they are fake Zen Buddhists and living in the present moment.
But actions have consequences.
If I genuinely enjoy my profession and workplace, is there a reason to FIRE? Keep Calm and Carry On Milking.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10426 on: September 08, 2015, 11:02:43 AM »
Coworker just walked in and announced that she bought a new car. Her old Ford Expedition was starting to have problems (to the tune of $600) she obviously the best option was to buy a new Ford Explorer! She said "it's really nice switching to a smaller car," and she's excited about the excellent 18/25 MPG!

Wait, which one gets 18/25? I'm seeing 17/24 mpg for the FWD model, a little worse for the AWD model...

I guess my Subaru Legacy GT, a turbocharged AWD beast that goes 0-60 mph in under 6 seconds, gets excellent fuel economy too...

The 2016s with the Ecoboost get 19/28. I believe she got a 2015, but yeah, looking now I have no idea where she got those numbers.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10427 on: September 08, 2015, 11:13:54 AM »
I overheard someone buying a Playstation (or similar, I can't tell). They didn't get another controller because it was 14.99 and that was too much money. Then they decided to pay by monthly payment. I didn't catch the whole of it, but the options were either X a month for three years or 2.29 a month for X years. With interest, they could be paying for this games console for a DECADE!
YIKES! Monthly payments on a gaming system!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10428 on: September 08, 2015, 11:58:55 AM »
A car 'accident' isn't an accident.  That's quite a misnomer.  It's always brought about by a mistake made by one or both of the drivers involved.  They are all caused intentionally.

So the accident caused by my dad's brakes going out right as he was approaching a red light (due to a shop's poor work) was totally intentional on his part?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10429 on: September 08, 2015, 12:44:59 PM »
A car 'accident' isn't an accident.  That's quite a misnomer.  It's always brought about by a mistake made by one or both of the drivers involved.  They are all caused intentionally.

So the accident caused by my dad's brakes going out right as he was approaching a red light (due to a shop's poor work) was totally intentional on his part?

I don't think it's your dad's fault. I think it's your fault. You should have changed the brakes for your dad. :p

jk man, but seriously please don't derail the thread again tho. :)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10430 on: September 08, 2015, 01:53:46 PM »
I was telling a notoriously spendypants coworker about a gorgeous lake house that's for sale and how I wished I'd didn't feel the need to be responsible with money so I could buy it. She said I should cut my retirement contributions to afford it.

I will say that living near a lake (not lakeside but has a good view of it) is pretty sweet and though I don't know how much I would be willing to pay for proximity to a lake, it is something I plan to look for if I ever need to buy another house or move.

When we lived near a lake, it regularly came for a visit in our basement. It was quite unpleasant.

Yikes, that would be terrible. Unless of course you lived at this place http://www.fallingwater.org/

I'm a decently far enough away to avoid any lake water.

Yeah houses don't have to have basements. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10431 on: September 08, 2015, 02:00:53 PM »

Yeah houses don't have to have basements.

Though if you are in an area where basements are ubiquitous, you'll see very little sympathy when you die in a tornado because you skipped out.



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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10432 on: September 08, 2015, 03:49:19 PM »

Yeah houses don't have to have basements.

Though if you are in an area where basements are ubiquitous, you'll see very little sympathy when you die in a tornado because you skipped out.

Course, if you're dead, you won't care whether you get sympathy or not ;)

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« Reply #10433 on: September 08, 2015, 03:58:08 PM »

Course, if you're dead, you won't care whether you get sympathy or not ;)

Haven't been dead yet, so I have no idea how much I will or won't care. Different afterlife theories give me different views of what might happen.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10434 on: September 08, 2015, 08:17:25 PM »

Yeah houses don't have to have basements.

Though if you are in an area where basements are ubiquitous, you'll see very little sympathy when you die in a tornado because you skipped out.

Sounds like a storm shelter would be more appropriate
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10435 on: September 08, 2015, 08:30:46 PM »
OK, not my work but someone else's work and retirement-related... and trying to help get the thread back on track ;-)

I was asking after someone I know who was very ill in the hospital recently... 71 years old. Told he's doing much better "he's back at work and everything, even though they said he could work at home if he needs to."

Me: "He's at work!? But I thought he finally retired!"

"Yeah, they asked him to come back at 75% of his original pay, so now he's working again..."
...it's not at all alarming that people have started quoting me in their siggy lines.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10436 on: September 10, 2015, 09:38:10 AM »
"Yeah, they asked him to come back at 75% of his original pay, so now he's working again..."

I have heard of coming back for more pay... Why would you come back for less?  Hopefully he is only working one or two days a week???

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10437 on: September 10, 2015, 09:42:48 AM »
"Yeah, they asked him to come back at 75% of his original pay, so now he's working again..."

I have heard of coming back for more pay... Why would you come back for less?  Hopefully he is only working one or two days a week???

Yeah, is he working the same or less or something? Or is there a chance that he is bored or misses working and thus might want to come back? I have heard of someone coming back for less wage because they don't really need the money and the office doesn't necessarily need them as much as they did before they retired.

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« Reply #10438 on: September 10, 2015, 10:08:27 AM »
Apparently the place where he worked said they really needed him, and that was all the money they could scrape up to pay him. I'm sure the reason he agreed to it is because he feels like no one can replace him and he's doing important work (at a non-profit org).

The part that really gets me is that he is in his 70s, "retired" and was just in the hospital for a week for something very serious, and he STILL can't manage to take some time off! And it's not like he has an easy office job, either. He travels to some of the worst places in the world just about every month, it seems like.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10439 on: September 10, 2015, 12:39:19 PM »
Was talking to a coworker of sorts the other day.  She is getting excited about visiting her sister in Seattle who is a travelling nurse.  She goes on to tell me that her sister has little to no living expenses, and that she actually gets paid a stipend above and beyond her salary for these expenses.

I was like holy shit!  This girls got it figured out!  She's probably saving  at least a couple grand a month.  Coworker goes on to tell me that their father is a financial advisor...so I'm like damn, she's set!  Then she drops this "yeah, my dad has her to put 500.00 a month away for savings, and if there's any money left at the end of the month, she can add to it...

At least she's saving...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10440 on: September 10, 2015, 02:11:23 PM »
I was front ended one time by someone at a traffic light who decided to reverse because they were in the wrong lane. Am I at fault? Possibly as they were in a hummer with about 2% vision of the car behind. That was a new danger to me, so I guess I'm learning. I honestly believe that the majority of drivers shouldn't be allowed to drive.

One of the things I do when driving is never change lane if another car two lanes over can enter at the same point.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10441 on: September 10, 2015, 02:22:50 PM »
I was front ended one time by someone at a traffic light who decided to reverse because they were in the wrong lane. Am I at fault? Possibly as they were in a hummer with about 2% vision of the car behind. That was a new danger to me, so I guess I'm learning. I honestly believe that the majority of drivers shouldn't be allowed to drive.

One of the things I do when driving is never change lane if another car two lanes over can enter at the same point.

Generally any driver backing up is going to be the one at fault.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10442 on: September 10, 2015, 02:26:43 PM »
Was talking to a coworker of sorts the other day.  She is getting excited about visiting her sister in Seattle who is a travelling nurse.  She goes on to tell me that her sister has little to no living expenses, and that she actually gets paid a stipend above and beyond her salary for these expenses.

I was like holy shit!  This girls got it figured out!  She's probably saving  at least a couple grand a month.  Coworker goes on to tell me that their father is a financial advisor...so I'm like damn, she's set!  Then she drops this "yeah, my dad has her to put 500.00 a month away for savings, and if there's any money left at the end of the month, she can add to it...

At least she's saving...

wow, he must fucking suck at his job.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10443 on: September 10, 2015, 03:29:41 PM »
The old head of our department is an incompetent who has near bankrupted us. We have an energetic new head of department who was brought in to try and keep us afloat but unfortunately due to public sector issues the old head couldn't be fired and was therefore promoted to supreme overseer of the department with responsibility for doing nothing. He emails me asking me to buy a staff member who I've never heard of a new MacBook. I mention that we have a surplus of computers lying around and that perhaps she could have my work MacBook if she really needs one as I don't really use it. This would save us $1400 and I know money in tight in the department, part of my job description is to try not to spend it. He takes offence to this and he and the new head get into an argument about it.

It turns out that the woman I was meant to buy a MacBook for isn't in our department and therefore can't use my MacBook because mine is a departmental MacBook (But apparently can use our money? It's unclear.)
It also turns out that she already has her own MacBook, but the keyboard is dirty. She mentioned she would like a new one.
Also the account that I was to buy it from has money sitting around idle in it and the old head doesn't like that because he's afraid that if we don't buy something on the account soon someone will think that we don't want or need the money that we're not using or spending. Therefore to show the world how much we need that money he plans to spend some of it on things that we definitely don't need.

I am now buying her the MacBook.

You taxpayers can take solace in the fact that at least we're aware of our crimes here.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10444 on: September 10, 2015, 03:42:41 PM »
The old head of our department is an incompetent who has near bankrupted us. We have an energetic new head of department who was brought in to try and keep us afloat but unfortunately due to public sector issues the old head couldn't be fired and was therefore promoted to supreme overseer of the department with responsibility for doing nothing. He emails me asking me to buy a staff member who I've never heard of a new MacBook. I mention that we have a surplus of computers lying around and that perhaps she could have my work MacBook if she really needs one as I don't really use it. This would save us $1400 and I know money in tight in the department, part of my job description is to try not to spend it. He takes offence to this and he and the new head get into an argument about it.

It turns out that the woman I was meant to buy a MacBook for isn't in our department and therefore can't use my MacBook because mine is a departmental MacBook (But apparently can use our money? It's unclear.)
It also turns out that she already has her own MacBook, but the keyboard is dirty. She mentioned she would like a new one.
Also the account that I was to buy it from has money sitting around idle in it and the old head doesn't like that because he's afraid that if we don't buy something on the account soon someone will think that we don't want or need the money that we're not using or spending. Therefore to show the world how much we need that money he plans to spend some of it on things that we definitely don't need.

I am now buying her the MacBook.

You taxpayers can take solace in the fact that at least we're aware of our crimes here.
Yeesh, ouch! Well, at least you gave it a good effort! Some of you are aware of the crimes ;)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10445 on: September 10, 2015, 03:55:03 PM »
Also the account that I was to buy it from has money sitting around idle in it and the old head doesn't like that because he's afraid that if we don't buy something on the account soon someone will think that we don't want or need the money that we're not using or spending. Therefore to show the world how much we need that money he plans to spend some of it on things that we definitely don't need.

Is this a real concern? If idle money sits too long does someone cut back the department funding?

I know at some companies if you don't spend all the money they give your department then you get less funding the next year. Mostly because plenty of other departments will claim to not have enough funding so some of your department's funds will be allocated to them instead. You reach equilibrium once everyone claims to be underfunded.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10446 on: September 10, 2015, 04:07:36 PM »
Is this a real concern? If idle money sits too long does someone cut back the department funding?

I know at some companies if you don't spend all the money they give your department then you get less funding the next year. Mostly because plenty of other departments will claim to not have enough funding so some of your department's funds will be allocated to them instead. You reach equilibrium once everyone claims to be underfunded.
That happened to the department I worked at the last place I worked. I was working on a project that needed more capital than usual, but due to not using the entire budget in 2013, the company split (another reason; the company didn't split because of underused budget) , and the reorganization, the department's budget over the course of following two years were not enough for the project I was working on.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10447 on: September 10, 2015, 04:09:01 PM »
Nope. We get our money from the State government and from grants. Once it's ours it's ours and we fight with everyone else for limited money all the time regardless of how much we have. He probably just already told her he'd hook her up with one and doesn't want to look bad.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10448 on: September 10, 2015, 04:20:51 PM »
Maybe he's getting some benefit from it
That's so sad

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10449 on: September 10, 2015, 05:11:24 PM »
cw: I just impulse bought a drone last night(a little over $1k). Whats your biggest impulse buy?
me: Ummm ill have to get back to you.

how is impulse buying different from regualar buying? I'm pretty sure i just regular buy my things...