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« Reply #2150 on: December 27, 2017, 08:34:38 AM »
And after the third time, my boss was really pissed off, because he had to priorize this fright before others and make a lot of calls. And I had to sleep in my truck again. So I backed my truck up to the front gate , and activated my tipper and unloaded it all at there front gate.

I wish I could see there faces when they arrived at there work the next morning. My boss did not do business with them afterwards and he supported what I did:P.

This is one of the best stories in this thread. I really hate customers that pretend their order is very urgent, so we make all kinds of special arrangements, only to find out it wasn't urgent after all.

To expect someone to sleep in their truck 3(!) times, is just so rude, they deserve this kind of delivery. Luckily your boss felt the same.

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« Reply #2151 on: December 27, 2017, 08:40:46 AM »
And after the third time, my boss was really pissed off, because he had to priorize this fright before others and make a lot of calls. And I had to sleep in my truck again. So I backed my truck up to the front gate , and activated my tipper and unloaded it all at there front gate.

I wish I could see there faces when they arrived at there work the next morning. My boss did not do business with them afterwards and he supported what I did:P.

This is one of the best stories in this thread. I really hate customers that pretend their order is very urgent, so we make all kinds of special arrangements, only to find out it wasn't urgent after all.

To expect someone to sleep in their truck 3(!) times, is just so rude, they deserve this kind of delivery. Luckily your boss felt the same.

Yes! 3 times, that is nuts.

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« Reply #2152 on: December 27, 2017, 10:07:38 AM »
Based on my experience with Indian companies, you should be able to buy lots of beer with your consulting fees.

Tata for now.

Hahaha ... good one!

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« Reply #2153 on: December 27, 2017, 10:22:08 AM »
My DH was offered a job once and before he accepted, he negotiated leave without pay for a dream vacation we had already scheduled and booked for a couple of months after his start date. This trip took a lot of planning time and also involved some nonrefundable costs.

As the time got closer, his new boss said there was no way he would be able to go on the trip. DH remained calm, replied something noncommittal, and talked to me about it that night. We decided that he was going to tell his boss the next day, you gave your word before I started and there is no negotiation here. I'm taking this trip. (We had a 6 month emergency fund in addition to our trip fund, so decided we didn't care if DH got fired.)

DH delivered the line, boss was shocked, we took the trip, and nobody got fired or quit.

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« Reply #2154 on: December 28, 2017, 10:19:33 AM »
My DH was offered a job once and before he accepted, he negotiated leave without pay for a dream vacation we had already scheduled and booked for a couple of months after his start date. This trip took a lot of planning time and also involved some nonrefundable costs.

As the time got closer, his new boss said there was no way he would be able to go on the trip. DH remained calm, replied something noncommittal, and talked to me about it that night. We decided that he was going to tell his boss the next day, you gave your word before I started and there is no negotiation here. I'm taking this trip. (We had a 6 month emergency fund in addition to our trip fund, so decided we didn't care if DH got fired.)

DH delivered the line, boss was shocked, we took the trip, and nobody got fired or quit.

It's so important to hold employers & managers accountable for their promises. Good for you.

I'd also recommend getting things like this in writing before you sign that job offer on the dotted line. Even an email exchange creates a paper trail.

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« Reply #2155 on: December 28, 2017, 10:55:34 AM »
My DH was offered a job once and before he accepted, he negotiated leave without pay for a dream vacation we had already scheduled and booked for a couple of months after his start date. This trip took a lot of planning time and also involved some nonrefundable costs.

As the time got closer, his new boss said there was no way he would be able to go on the trip. DH remained calm, replied something noncommittal, and talked to me about it that night. We decided that he was going to tell his boss the next day, you gave your word before I started and there is no negotiation here. I'm taking this trip. (We had a 6 month emergency fund in addition to our trip fund, so decided we didn't care if DH got fired.)

DH delivered the line, boss was shocked, we took the trip, and nobody got fired or quit.
Wow, that is fantastic.  My girlfriend did something similar a few years ago when she needed to get time off for an event she needed to go to for her side gig, and the boss said the policy was no time off for that month (November in what was basically retail, so I get it).  After they said no, she basically said fine, the day before that will be my last day.  And that's what led to her side gig becoming her only gig (and it's since grown nicely).

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« Reply #2156 on: December 28, 2017, 01:14:01 PM »
My DH was offered a job once and before he accepted, he negotiated leave without pay for a dream vacation we had already scheduled and booked for a couple of months after his start date. This trip took a lot of planning time and also involved some nonrefundable costs.

As the time got closer, his new boss said there was no way he would be able to go on the trip. DH remained calm, replied something noncommittal, and talked to me about it that night. We decided that he was going to tell his boss the next day, you gave your word before I started and there is no negotiation here. I'm taking this trip. (We had a 6 month emergency fund in addition to our trip fund, so decided we didn't care if DH got fired.)

DH delivered the line, boss was shocked, we took the trip, and nobody got fired or quit.

I'm curious if the manager turned out to be psycho or just oblivious?

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« Reply #2157 on: December 28, 2017, 01:30:30 PM »
My DH was offered a job once and before he accepted, he negotiated leave without pay for a dream vacation we had already scheduled and booked for a couple of months after his start date. This trip took a lot of planning time and also involved some nonrefundable costs.

As the time got closer, his new boss said there was no way he would be able to go on the trip. DH remained calm, replied something noncommittal, and talked to me about it that night. We decided that he was going to tell his boss the next day, you gave your word before I started and there is no negotiation here. I'm taking this trip. (We had a 6 month emergency fund in addition to our trip fund, so decided we didn't care if DH got fired.)

DH delivered the line, boss was shocked, we took the trip, and nobody got fired or quit.

I'm curious if the manager turned out to be psycho or just oblivious?

He was a bit of a psycho, but also a good guy who was new to managing and just hadn't quite figured out boundaries yet. He was actually pretty fun (see also psycho, lol) and we ended up becoming friends with him.

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« Reply #2158 on: December 28, 2017, 02:35:16 PM »
My DH was offered a job once and before he accepted, he negotiated leave without pay for a dream vacation we had already scheduled and booked for a couple of months after his start date. This trip took a lot of planning time and also involved some nonrefundable costs.

As the time got closer, his new boss said there was no way he would be able to go on the trip. DH remained calm, replied something noncommittal, and talked to me about it that night. We decided that he was going to tell his boss the next day, you gave your word before I started and there is no negotiation here. I'm taking this trip. (We had a 6 month emergency fund in addition to our trip fund, so decided we didn't care if DH got fired.)

DH delivered the line, boss was shocked, we took the trip, and nobody got fired or quit.

I'm curious if the manager turned out to be psycho or just oblivious?

He was a bit of a psycho, but also a good guy who was new to managing and just hadn't quite figured out boundaries yet. He was actually pretty fun (see also psycho, lol) and we ended up becoming friends with him.
In my experience, most "emergencies" at work are purely in the mind of some manager. I can't count the number of times I've heard "This has to be done today" and then it wasn't actally needed until weeks later.

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« Reply #2159 on: December 28, 2017, 03:31:53 PM »
He was a bit of a psycho, but also a good guy who was new to managing and just hadn't quite figured out boundaries yet. He was actually pretty fun (see also psycho, lol) and we ended up becoming friends with him.

Definitely not a psycho in the sense I meant, then.  Sounds like he was a bit out of his depth and finding his feet --but ultimately educable.  Great outcome for everyone.

Thanks for replying back.

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« Reply #2160 on: December 28, 2017, 03:46:41 PM »
I had a truck delivery to France, they called that it was very very extremely urgent, I should not stop because the entire factory was waiting for it and they needed it today! I said I expect to be there at 18:00, We will be waiting for you after closing hours 17:00 because we really need it before tomorrow

So I drive immidiatly to them, and when I arrived at the gate, it was closed.  I called the office, and this france lady said every one was at home and I could unload it the next day. Bud you told us it was very urgent I asked, and I stayed polite. You can unload it tomorrow at 08:30 when the company is open.

I had to sleep in my truck at the gate from 18:00 to next day 08:30.

They next morning they unloaded it and there was no urgentsy.

And a couple weeks later, they also called they needed it very urgent. Really urgent this time it's real! We really need it today!, it can't wait until tomorrow. We will defitnly wait for you until you arive after closing hours. Other frights get reschudeled that is a lot of work/phone calls and other drivers have to do more loads and drive extra.
So I drive to them with a lot of haste. And when I arrive it's closed again, and the same lady tells me I can sleep here and unload tomorrow at 08:30.
This happened a third time.

And after the third time, my boss was really pissed off, because he had to priorize this fright before others and make a lot of calls. And I had to sleep in my truck again. So I backed my truck up to the front gate , and activated my tipper and unloaded it all at there front gate.

I wish I could see there faces when they arrived at there work the next morning. My boss did not do business with them afterwards and he supported what I did:P.

That is an awesome story. Well done! and good on your boss.

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« Reply #2161 on: December 28, 2017, 04:50:35 PM »
My DH was offered a job once and before he accepted, he negotiated leave without pay for a dream vacation we had already scheduled and booked for a couple of months after his start date. This trip took a lot of planning time and also involved some nonrefundable costs.

As the time got closer, his new boss said there was no way he would be able to go on the trip. DH remained calm, replied something noncommittal, and talked to me about it that night. We decided that he was going to tell his boss the next day, you gave your word before I started and there is no negotiation here. I'm taking this trip. (We had a 6 month emergency fund in addition to our trip fund, so decided we didn't care if DH got fired.)

DH delivered the line, boss was shocked, we took the trip, and nobody got fired or quit.

I'm curious if the manager turned out to be psycho or just oblivious?

He was a bit of a psycho, but also a good guy who was new to managing and just hadn't quite figured out boundaries yet. He was actually pretty fun (see also psycho, lol) and we ended up becoming friends with him.
In my experience, most "emergencies" at work are purely in the mind of some manager. I can't count the number of times I've heard "This has to be done today" and then it wasn't actally needed until weeks later.

Or not needed or used at all. That happened to me so many times (office job, writing reports and pulling data because god forbid they’d figure out what they need, plan and prepare for the meeting, or look it up themselves)

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« Reply #2162 on: December 29, 2017, 03:37:40 PM »
Wow.  I just finished (re)reading the entire thread, and there are some amazing, inspirational stories here.

It's really helped me come to terms with my own situation, and make a big decision.

I've been working in my field for nearly 30 years, and 21 years with my current employer.  I am good at what I do, work with some great people, and am respected.  I have a good pay and benefits package.  So far, so good.

My company has changed culturally over the years to the point where the only thing that matters is the bottom line.  I understand we need to make money, but there used to be a caring attitude towards employees that paid them back in spades.

The changes have happened gradually over several years, but have suddenly added up to become a huge deal for me.

I am currently working for my 7th line manager in 6 years.  In the last 2 years, I have dealt with my Mother's breast cancer (she's fine now), my Father's rapid decline and death, my Grandmother's gradual decline and death, my own diagnosis with adult onset diabetes, and planned my wedding (the good bit!).

Funnily enough, I ended up in a very fragile mental state , and I was prescribed medication for stress and depression.  These have been slowly reducing over the summer, with a view to coming off them altogether very soon.

Being respected in my role is wonderful, but it has meant I've become the "go-to girl" for everything.  I took on as much as I could over and above my primary role, but I'm aware most of my colleagues are only doing the primary role.  I am not paid any extra for doing the extra work.  I realised I was not coping, went to my manager (promoted into the role 3 months ago), explained my concerns about my health, and asked for my workload to be temporarily reduced for a couple of months while a particular large project was delivered.  Once that was done, I was very happy to take on the extra stuff again.

My manager said no.  No discussion.  My colleagues would be upset, and she wouldn't like that.  So no.

Cue lots of tears (in private!), and a text to my husband asking him if we could afford for me to quit.  He said we could afford for me to do whatever I needed to do.

My doctor has put my medications back up to the maximum dose.  I did not take any time off sick.

I did, however, start looking at our savings in a different way.  We crunched some numbers and realised we were in a pretty good place.  Not FI, but well on our way.  A line from way back in this thread came back to me.  I may need A job, but I don't need THIS job.

I do love my primary role, so I've come up with a plan of action, and I've put in application to go part time.  The company has 3 months to give me an answer, but I think I have a good chance.  If they say no, I will ask to be demoted to a level where there is no expectation of accepting extra tasks.  If they reject that, I'll quit.

So a HUGE thank you to everyone who has posted here.  Some good decisions early in my working life, living within my means, and a nudge (facepunch) from here has made me realise I actually have FU money, and I've had the nerve to use it.

Sorry for the long post!!

UPDATE:

Today my employer has APPROVED my part time request!!!!!

I don't have words to describe the relief, but I'm also really proud of myself for doing the right thing for ME.

FU money rocks!

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« Reply #2163 on: December 29, 2017, 04:02:12 PM »
Congrats! So now its time to practice saying NO to requests and prevent the part time job becoming full time with half pay.
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« Reply #2164 on: December 29, 2017, 04:37:18 PM »
Jesus, your manager said no to you reducing your workload because it would upset your coworkers, while you were CRYING to her about your excessive workload?!  What about YOU being upset?  Sincere congrats on getting your part time request approved, but that manager deserves the biggest 'fuck.  you.' possible.  If I were that manager's manager they would be fired.

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« Reply #2165 on: December 29, 2017, 10:17:30 PM »
Wow.  I just finished (re)reading the entire thread, and there are some amazing, inspirational stories here.

It's really helped me come to terms with my own situation, and make a big decision.

I've been working in my field for nearly 30 years, and 21 years with my current employer.  I am good at what I do, work with some great people, and am respected.  I have a good pay and benefits package.  So far, so good.

My company has changed culturally over the years to the point where the only thing that matters is the bottom line.  I understand we need to make money, but there used to be a caring attitude towards employees that paid them back in spades.

The changes have happened gradually over several years, but have suddenly added up to become a huge deal for me.

I am currently working for my 7th line manager in 6 years.  In the last 2 years, I have dealt with my Mother's breast cancer (she's fine now), my Father's rapid decline and death, my Grandmother's gradual decline and death, my own diagnosis with adult onset diabetes, and planned my wedding (the good bit!).

Funnily enough, I ended up in a very fragile mental state , and I was prescribed medication for stress and depression.  These have been slowly reducing over the summer, with a view to coming off them altogether very soon.

Being respected in my role is wonderful, but it has meant I've become the "go-to girl" for everything.  I took on as much as I could over and above my primary role, but I'm aware most of my colleagues are only doing the primary role.  I am not paid any extra for doing the extra work.  I realised I was not coping, went to my manager (promoted into the role 3 months ago), explained my concerns about my health, and asked for my workload to be temporarily reduced for a couple of months while a particular large project was delivered.  Once that was done, I was very happy to take on the extra stuff again.

My manager said no.  No discussion.  My colleagues would be upset, and she wouldn't like that.  So no.

Cue lots of tears (in private!), and a text to my husband asking him if we could afford for me to quit.  He said we could afford for me to do whatever I needed to do.

My doctor has put my medications back up to the maximum dose.  I did not take any time off sick.

I did, however, start looking at our savings in a different way.  We crunched some numbers and realised we were in a pretty good place.  Not FI, but well on our way.  A line from way back in this thread came back to me.  I may need A job, but I don't need THIS job.

I do love my primary role, so I've come up with a plan of action, and I've put in application to go part time.  The company has 3 months to give me an answer, but I think I have a good chance.  If they say no, I will ask to be demoted to a level where there is no expectation of accepting extra tasks.  If they reject that, I'll quit.

So a HUGE thank you to everyone who has posted here.  Some good decisions early in my working life, living within my means, and a nudge (facepunch) from here has made me realise I actually have FU money, and I've had the nerve to use it.

Sorry for the long post!!

UPDATE:

Today my employer has APPROVED my part time request!!!!!

I don't have words to describe the relief, but I'm also really proud of myself for doing the right thing for ME.

FU money rocks!

Congratulations!!!  That's outstanding.

No job is worth having to be medicated all the time.

Hopefully they respect these new boundaries and don't try to run you down anyway - and if they do, you sound ready to hop away with your health intact now. I am very happy for you.

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« Reply #2166 on: December 30, 2017, 01:32:43 AM »
Good for you, MrsHen!  Best wishes for a peaceful and healthy new year.

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« Reply #2167 on: January 01, 2018, 04:46:10 PM »
That's the biggest downside for me of working at a small company. Only one person can take a vacation at the time and in those type of companies there's often a strong hierarchy. Which means if you're the new person (and you can be the new person for 10 years) you're basically screwed. I'm lucky that my coworkers don't care about christmas, so I get to take the week between christmas and NYE off, but I didn't have a summer holiday. Coworkers have kids, so they want to spend that time with their kids (understandably) and I'm stuck in the office working overtime for the entire summer.
Imma, the fall is a lovely time to travel. Could you plan something for then so you have something to look forward to in the dog days of summer? I used to go to DC a lot. The best time was in early September. Lovely weather, no lines, and shoulder season rates. The kids were back in school and hadn't had time to plan their rampages field trips yet. It was heavenly.

One of the great joys of FIREing is that we have discovered that the worker bees have a very fixed window to enjoy a whole lot of opportunities when it comes to recreation and tourism, and since you are post-unemployed, you get to enjoy the best places during the times when the masses have to stay chained to their desks.  We relocated to the heart of the Amish country in PA, earlier this year. We had been visiting the area for two decades, and had a huge concern about moving to a place that sees eight million tourists a year. We had spend many Saturdays in years past, crawling in tourist traffic, and didn't want to turn that into a lifestyle. After a few months of being here, and unwinding a bit, we finally figured out that the ONLY time our neighborhood sucks is from about 10AM to 6PM on Saturdays, from mid-spring to Christmas. That is less than 10% of the time, and we now have a very good handle of every farm road, and back alley in the land, and how to use them to get around the lines of out of state cars that stack up on those days. We just smile when people from out of town say, "you live in a beautiful place, but oh, God, that traffic".

We have also used this concept as we spent a few years roaming around the states in our motorhome, and rarely did anything the would potentially involve crowds on a weekend, or peak times. We made darn sure to find quiet places to hide on the big summer holidays. The wonderful world of RVing can really turn to shit on holidays like the 4th of July, when the campgrounds are 110% full. Occasionally full of families with a litter of screaming little brats and a $300 pop-up camper that blew two tires on the way there. Due to awesome parenting and social skills, they then decide that the way to address the sugared up, screaming little spawn, at 11pm, is to make the bonfire bigger, kick up the drinking a notch, and turn up the sorry-assed country music they and half the county are "enjoying". The amazing part is that, by the last week of August, chucklenuts like this are long gone, and great places are very lightly attended. If you really want your experience to be wonderful and uncrowded, push the limits and get there a week or two before the places are about to roll up the sidewalks for the winter.  Places like the Black Hills, SD, or the coast of Maine, absolutely kick ass in the second half of September, and 80% or more of the crowds are gone. Yellowstone is another great example. They have been setting attendance records every year, and by noon on a typical mid-summer day, the place looks like a street in Manhattan. Get there the week after labor day, and it's like another planet. Without kids to accommodate, being able to take time off in fall and spring is a gift.

Yes.  This is the reason why I only take vacations in the fall.  Beautiful weather and no crowds!

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« Reply #2168 on: January 01, 2018, 07:11:51 PM »
Yes.  This is the reason why I only take vacations in the fall.  Beautiful weather and no crowds!
Homeschooling your kids has similar advantages. Tour DC in mid October? No problem. Disney world in January, with almost no lines? Yup!

(DW is looking at photos of the parks today. Some rides had a wait time of over five hours. The line of cars waiting to park at Magic Kingdom stretched all the way to Hollywood Studios. )
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« Reply #2169 on: January 02, 2018, 01:14:26 AM »
Yes.  This is the reason why I only take vacations in the fall.  Beautiful weather and no crowds!
Homeschooling your kids has similar advantages. Tour DC in mid October? No problem. Disney world in January, with almost no lines? Yup!

(DW is looking at photos of the parks today. Some rides had a wait time of over five hours. The line of cars waiting to park at Magic Kingdom stretched all the way to Hollywood Studios. )

Who seriously waits in line for over 5 hours????

I do remember the signs Disneyworld and Universal Studios... signs of the "You have 6 hours wait from here" variety. My brother and I schemed a way of being this.

When we were there* the first thing we did was tell mum and dad to go to the coffee shop at the entrance. My brother raced around the park one way and I went the other way to every single ride and we picked up the express line passes - the ones where you can take a card and come back at a designated time of day and jump to the front of the queue. We picked up 8 for every ride - just in case we wanted a second ride :)

They're big parks obviously, but after half an hour we had cards for every ride. We then went round the park backwards... because the majority of people enter the gate, turn left and go around clockwise. Beat the queues and have a much better time all round.

*December 1999, things may have changed since then :)

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« Reply #2170 on: January 02, 2018, 07:09:54 AM »
I went to Disneyland Paris once when I was about 11 (October 2001 maybe?) and I remember having to pay extra for those skip-to-the-front passes. My parents bought them for exactly one ride for me and one for my brother at the end of the day after we had deemed them the best rides we had been on all day by far and one parent went on with each of us. Mine was called something like Thunder Mountain and my brother's was a haunted house thing. A Friday in October outside the usual UK half term, though, so waits were not insane.

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« Reply #2171 on: January 02, 2018, 08:00:02 AM »
*December 1999, things may have changed since then :)
Yeah, unfortunately Disney caught on to that, and clamped down on it--you could only get fast passes every X minutes.  And then a couple years ago at Disneyworld, they revamped the whole system so you can only have 3 fast passes total at the beginning of the day, and you can't get any more until you use all three, and then you can only have one at a time.  For people like you and me that understand the system, it was a significant downgrade :(

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« Reply #2172 on: January 03, 2018, 08:31:13 AM »
And after the third time, my boss was really pissed off, because he had to priorize this fright before others and make a lot of calls. And I had to sleep in my truck again. So I backed my truck up to the front gate , and activated my tipper and unloaded it all at there front gate.

I wish I could see there faces when they arrived at there work the next morning. My boss did not do business with them afterwards and he supported what I did:P.

I LOVE THIS STORY!  Hurray for your boss, too.

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« Reply #2173 on: January 03, 2018, 03:49:31 PM »
This story 100% reminded me of Office Space. If you haven't seen it, rent it tonight!

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« Reply #2174 on: January 04, 2018, 12:47:07 AM »

And after the third time, my boss was really pissed off, because he had to priorize this fright before others and make a lot of calls. And I had to sleep in my truck again. So I backed my truck up to the front gate , and activated my tipper and unloaded it all at there front gate.

Curious, if you can share, what is the material that you dumped in the front gate? I would love to see their faces when they come in the morning :)

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« Reply #2175 on: January 11, 2018, 10:11:37 AM »
Jesus, your manager said no to you reducing your workload because it would upset your coworkers, while you were CRYING to her about your excessive workload?!  What about YOU being upset?  Sincere congrats on getting your part time request approved, but that manager deserves the biggest 'fuck.  you.' possible.  If I were that manager's manager they would be fired.
I kept it together enough to only cry in private, but yes, that's about the size of it.
Congrats! So now its time to practice saying NO to requests and prevent the part time job becoming full time with half pay.
The part time shifts start in July, but they've already come to me with another project.  I've said no, and pointed out I wouldn't be there so much.  This appeared to take them by surprise. 

I'm not entirely sure this battle is over, but for the moment I feel as though the weight of the world has been lifted.

Happy new year everyone.

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« Reply #2176 on: January 11, 2018, 10:36:19 AM »
Jesus, your manager said no to you reducing your workload because it would upset your coworkers, while you were CRYING to her about your excessive workload?!  What about YOU being upset?  Sincere congrats on getting your part time request approved, but that manager deserves the biggest 'fuck.  you.' possible.  If I were that manager's manager they would be fired.
I kept it together enough to only cry in private, but yes, that's about the size of it.
Congrats! So now its time to practice saying NO to requests and prevent the part time job becoming full time with half pay.
The part time shifts start in July, but they've already come to me with another project.  I've said no, and pointed out I wouldn't be there so much.  This appeared to take them by surprise. 

I'm not entirely sure this battle is over, but for the moment I feel as though the weight of the world has been lifted.

Happy new year everyone.
I've worked PT a couple of different phases in life, and here is what I found:

1.  It took work to regularly walk out the door on time.  But when I had kid pick-up, and a deadline to do so, that made it easier.  It took a month or two to train my coworkers that if they needed data from me for Friday morning, you have to ask by 1 pm on Thu, because I'm out the door at 3:30 pm.  Or I can get it to you by 8 am (because I started early).

2.  In some positions, where there were late meetings and such and no kid pickup issues, it was easier to just come in late and maybe combine that with a long lunch (like take a walk AND eat lunch AND go grocery shopping, or to the pharmacy).

In both cases I was working shorter days, not fewer days. YMMV.

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« Reply #2177 on: January 22, 2018, 11:31:59 AM »
This isn't very epic or epic FU money but it did take a lot of courage to go through with it.  We have some savings but not FU savings and we really need to maintain insurance coverage right now.

My company was purchased this past summer and it seemed like it would be a really great thing.  I loved the values that the new company publishes, my very worthless boss was quickly removed from his position, they promised to put a lot of money into this place to upgrade things, all great stuff.  While although the published values are great they are not really at the top of the priority list and we were given a new facility manager that does not "practice what he preaches" when it comes to these values, he also appears to think women should be at home not at work (but I don't have concrete examples of this).  They replaced my worthless boss with somebody that has zero experience in my field, without even opening interviews for the role (I was never considered), several upgrades were made but not in the areas that they were actually needed.  And best of all we all have a lot more paperwork busy work that they like to get all pissed off about if you don't do it but they don't want to tell you what they expect from you beforehand.  We were all given new titles (mine was originally an entry level title that I refused to except), new (more expensive) health insurance, no raises, and it appears that they will not be giving out bonuses.  On top of all of these changes we found out we were pregnant (had been trying for about 6 months) about 2 weeks after the new company took over.  In general everyone recommends you do not try to find a new job while you are pregnant because benefits, FMLA, and specifically short-term disability/maternity leave.  So when I first started getting kicked around I decided that I would just grin a bare it until after the baby came then look for something new. 

It kept getting worse and around Nov I decided that I am good at what I do and maybe I can find another job that will accept my pregnancy.  First I went to my old job to see if they had anything open, they were going through a re-organization and couldn't offer me a position but if I was willing to wait until the re-organization was over they would love to have me back.  Then I saw a posting that looked like something I would be really interested in but it had been open for forever and was technically out of my reach.  I applied but didn't hear anything very quickly so I reached out to my old job again to see if they knew anybody at this new place, what kind of environment it was and if they would put my name in the hiring managers ear.  I got a call back from my old job saying they had just talked to the hiring manager and was forwarding my resume to him.  Fast forward about a month and I got an offer that was very flexible around my pregnancy and was a 30+% raise from what I am currently making. 

I start Monday, insurance will kick in before baby is due, maternity leave is not paid but I will make so much more through 2018 that it doesn't matter.  Savings allowed me to say FU now and not worry about paying for COBRA and taking unpaid leave vs waiting until baby got here, taking maternity leave, coming back to this toxic place before turning in 2 week notice, and then going to the new job.  Again, not very epic but I am really excited to be leaving this environment and to get a huge (to me) raise to do it. 


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« Reply #2178 on: January 22, 2018, 12:02:29 PM »
This isn't very epic or epic FU money but it did take a lot of courage to go through with it.  We have some savings but not FU savings and we really need to maintain insurance coverage right now.

My company was purchased this past summer and it seemed like it would be a really great thing.  I loved the values that the new company publishes, my very worthless boss was quickly removed from his position, they promised to put a lot of money into this place to upgrade things, all great stuff.  While although the published values are great they are not really at the top of the priority list and we were given a new facility manager that does not "practice what he preaches" when it comes to these values, he also appears to think women should be at home not at work (but I don't have concrete examples of this).  They replaced my worthless boss with somebody that has zero experience in my field, without even opening interviews for the role (I was never considered), several upgrades were made but not in the areas that they were actually needed.  And best of all we all have a lot more paperwork busy work that they like to get all pissed off about if you don't do it but they don't want to tell you what they expect from you beforehand.  We were all given new titles (mine was originally an entry level title that I refused to except), new (more expensive) health insurance, no raises, and it appears that they will not be giving out bonuses.  On top of all of these changes we found out we were pregnant (had been trying for about 6 months) about 2 weeks after the new company took over.  In general everyone recommends you do not try to find a new job while you are pregnant because benefits, FMLA, and specifically short-term disability/maternity leave.  So when I first started getting kicked around I decided that I would just grin a bare it until after the baby came then look for something new. 

It kept getting worse and around Nov I decided that I am good at what I do and maybe I can find another job that will accept my pregnancy.  First I went to my old job to see if they had anything open, they were going through a re-organization and couldn't offer me a position but if I was willing to wait until the re-organization was over they would love to have me back.  Then I saw a posting that looked like something I would be really interested in but it had been open for forever and was technically out of my reach.  I applied but didn't hear anything very quickly so I reached out to my old job again to see if they knew anybody at this new place, what kind of environment it was and if they would put my name in the hiring managers ear.  I got a call back from my old job saying they had just talked to the hiring manager and was forwarding my resume to him.  Fast forward about a month and I got an offer that was very flexible around my pregnancy and was a 30+% raise from what I am currently making. 

I start Monday, insurance will kick in before baby is due, maternity leave is not paid but I will make so much more through 2018 that it doesn't matter.  Savings allowed me to say FU now and not worry about paying for COBRA and taking unpaid leave vs waiting until baby got here, taking maternity leave, coming back to this toxic place before turning in 2 week notice, and then going to the new job.  Again, not very epic but I am really excited to be leaving this environment and to get a huge (to me) raise to do it.

That is ENORMOUSLY epic!!!! Looking for a new job while pregnant takes some serious ovaries, woman. I bow before you. Don't downplay this - this is one of the best stories on the thread, from my point of view.

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« Reply #2179 on: January 22, 2018, 12:38:45 PM »
This isn't very epic or epic FU money but it did take a lot of courage to go through with it.  We have some savings but not FU savings and we really need to maintain insurance coverage right now.

I love new FU money stories. OK, maybe it wasn't technically EPIC, but it was an awesome story using your FU money status to improve your working conditions. I think that is one of the best uses of FU money - improve your circumstances from a position of strength, because you can!

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« Reply #2180 on: January 22, 2018, 12:44:54 PM »
I don't know if this qualifies for epic but it happened none the less. The DW is a doc that decided to come back to where we grew up to practice medicine. We were pregnant with our first child when she took her job. We negotiated maternity leave and all started well. As time went on she got busier and busier. We asked that they hire another doc but that was not an option. We continued to work and got pregnant with #2. Her partner that owned the practice offered her a contract making significantly less and deleted the maternity portion of the contract. We nicely declined and he greeted her with a copy box for her belongings and escorted her off the property. Nice guy right? We took a job with the hospital because we wanted to be close to grandparents and loved where we lived. Her practice literally exploded over night. Soon she was 70-80 hours a week and miserable. We once again begged for more partners, but the hospital was un able to find anyone... for 18 months. Finally we drew a line in the dirt and gave them a deadline to make changes. They drug their feet and got very angry when she resigned. AMAZINGLY four weeks later they found another doc.
Had it not been for MMM we would never have made the changes to allow the switch. After the first doc escorted my wife from the property, we started to pay off debt and save $$$ like a fiend. We have gotten 3 "offers" to come back and we still laugh hysterically. We took a 35% cut in pay, but the DW works 3 days a week and quality of life has gone up tremendously. We can't save 60% of the pay anymore, but I can still keep 30% if we stick to the plans. Having a wife and mother back in our home is priceless!

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« Reply #2181 on: January 22, 2018, 01:45:46 PM »
I don't know if this qualifies for epic but it happened none the less. The DW is a doc that decided to come back to where we grew up to practice medicine. We were pregnant with our first child when she took her job. We negotiated maternity leave and all started well. As time went on she got busier and busier. We asked that they hire another doc but that was not an option. We continued to work and got pregnant with #2. Her partner that owned the practice offered her a contract making significantly less and deleted the maternity portion of the contract. We nicely declined and he greeted her with a copy box for her belongings and escorted her off the property. Nice guy right? We took a job with the hospital because we wanted to be close to grandparents and loved where we lived. Her practice literally exploded over night. Soon she was 70-80 hours a week and miserable. We once again begged for more partners, but the hospital was un able to find anyone... for 18 months. Finally we drew a line in the dirt and gave them a deadline to make changes. They drug their feet and got very angry when she resigned. AMAZINGLY four weeks later they found another doc.
Had it not been for MMM we would never have made the changes to allow the switch. After the first doc escorted my wife from the property, we started to pay off debt and save $$$ like a fiend. We have gotten 3 "offers" to come back and we still laugh hysterically. We took a 35% cut in pay, but the DW works 3 days a week and quality of life has gone up tremendously. We can't save 60% of the pay anymore, but I can still keep 30% if we stick to the plans. Having a wife and mother back in our home is priceless!

Family time is what life is all about!  Awesome!

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« Reply #2182 on: January 22, 2018, 02:17:22 PM »
Two really fantastic, Epic FU Money stories in a row. Love them both and kudos to the posters!

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« Reply #2183 on: January 23, 2018, 10:44:48 AM »
I don't know if this qualifies for epic but it happened none the less. The DW is a doc that decided to come back to where we grew up to practice medicine. We were pregnant with our first child when she took her job. We negotiated maternity leave and all started well. As time went on she got busier and busier. We asked that they hire another doc but that was not an option. We continued to work and got pregnant with #2. Her partner that owned the practice offered her a contract making significantly less and deleted the maternity portion of the contract. We nicely declined and he greeted her with a copy box for her belongings and escorted her off the property. Nice guy right? We took a job with the hospital because we wanted to be close to grandparents and loved where we lived. Her practice literally exploded over night. Soon she was 70-80 hours a week and miserable. We once again begged for more partners, but the hospital was un able to find anyone... for 18 months. Finally we drew a line in the dirt and gave them a deadline to make changes. They drug their feet and got very angry when she resigned. AMAZINGLY four weeks later they found another doc.
Had it not been for MMM we would never have made the changes to allow the switch. After the first doc escorted my wife from the property, we started to pay off debt and save $$$ like a fiend. We have gotten 3 "offers" to come back and we still laugh hysterically. We took a 35% cut in pay, but the DW works 3 days a week and quality of life has gone up tremendously. We can't save 60% of the pay anymore, but I can still keep 30% if we stick to the plans. Having a wife and mother back in our home is priceless!
This is pretty epic.  Work life balance is really important.  I've heard horror stories from doc friends about workloads.  One doc friend's wife was complaining that 2 of the 4 docs were going to be gone.  I said "there is no reason why your husband's office cannot bring someone else in temporarily."  I thought this was important because one of the 2 that was out was on mat leave (someone I know), and it's not like you can't predict that.

Our kids' pediatrician is a hard working guy and has 3 kids, about my kids' ages.  He works at an office with 5 other pediatricians, and they used to share space with urgent care.

My best friend was the pharmacist at Urgent care.  I remember having dinner once and she starts off on a rant at how lazy our pediatrician is.  I don't remember the details, but he had slowly refused to do overtime and at one point negotiated cutting his hours down to 35 a week or so.  I remember this being near the time his 3rd kid was born and his first was starting sports (he's a volunteer coach).

I looked at her and said "wait a minute.  YOUR pediatrician is in the same office.  A woman.  SHE just took a 9 MONTH LEAVE OF ABSENCE to go take care of a sick mother AND refused to come back after the 9 months.  You have no problem with that?  ALL of the other docs have been picking up her slack."

Anyway, it was such a double standard.  She said "oh, you know, you are right!"  It's easy to think someone ELSE needs to be working longer hours, isn't it?

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« Reply #2184 on: January 23, 2018, 12:02:20 PM »
I don't know if this qualifies for epic but it happened none the less. The DW is a doc that decided to come back to where we grew up to practice medicine. We were pregnant with our first child when she took her job. We negotiated maternity leave and all started well. As time went on she got busier and busier. We asked that they hire another doc but that was not an option. We continued to work and got pregnant with #2. Her partner that owned the practice offered her a contract making significantly less and deleted the maternity portion of the contract. We nicely declined and he greeted her with a copy box for her belongings and escorted her off the property. Nice guy right? We took a job with the hospital because we wanted to be close to grandparents and loved where we lived. Her practice literally exploded over night. Soon she was 70-80 hours a week and miserable. We once again begged for more partners, but the hospital was un able to find anyone... for 18 months. Finally we drew a line in the dirt and gave them a deadline to make changes. They drug their feet and got very angry when she resigned. AMAZINGLY four weeks later they found another doc.
Had it not been for MMM we would never have made the changes to allow the switch. After the first doc escorted my wife from the property, we started to pay off debt and save $$$ like a fiend. We have gotten 3 "offers" to come back and we still laugh hysterically. We took a 35% cut in pay, but the DW works 3 days a week and quality of life has gone up tremendously. We can't save 60% of the pay anymore, but I can still keep 30% if we stick to the plans. Having a wife and mother back in our home is priceless!

Totally epic!

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« Reply #2185 on: January 23, 2018, 08:41:29 PM »
I don't know if this qualifies for epic but it happened none the less. The DW is a doc that decided to come back to where we grew up to practice medicine. We were pregnant with our first child when she took her job. We negotiated maternity leave and all started well. As time went on she got busier and busier. We asked that they hire another doc but that was not an option. We continued to work and got pregnant with #2. Her partner that owned the practice offered her a contract making significantly less and deleted the maternity portion of the contract. We nicely declined and he greeted her with a copy box for her belongings and escorted her off the property. Nice guy right? We took a job with the hospital because we wanted to be close to grandparents and loved where we lived. Her practice literally exploded over night. Soon she was 70-80 hours a week and miserable. We once again begged for more partners, but the hospital was un able to find anyone... for 18 months. Finally we drew a line in the dirt and gave them a deadline to make changes. They drug their feet and got very angry when she resigned. AMAZINGLY four weeks later they found another doc.
Had it not been for MMM we would never have made the changes to allow the switch. After the first doc escorted my wife from the property, we started to pay off debt and save $$$ like a fiend. We have gotten 3 "offers" to come back and we still laugh hysterically. We took a 35% cut in pay, but the DW works 3 days a week and quality of life has gone up tremendously. We can't save 60% of the pay anymore, but I can still keep 30% if we stick to the plans. Having a wife and mother back in our home is priceless!

Great for you!  Glad you got more balance in life and stood up for yourselves under pressure.

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« Reply #2186 on: January 24, 2018, 02:59:26 AM »
Great stories, Slow&Steady and capt j-rod!

Long ago I was at a trade show for printing companies, and as swag they typically give away slick posters that so you remember how their awesome printers. One of the posters had a beautiful photo of a tree frog on it, and underneath the tree frog it said in big letters "Qualified employees don't grow on trees!"

My colleague and I grabbed two of those, trimmed them to cut the name of the printing company off the bottom, and put them up at work in two parts of the building. One of them got subsequently dramatically ripped down about two years later by a manager in an EPIC tantrum over one of "his guys" leaving gradually but in a scorched earth fashion (his guy was near normal retirement age and had claimed duress due to bullying, went on extended paid medical leave with a doctor's note for mental health, then sued the company for not reigning in the manager.) The dramatic ripping down of my poster made me believe the bullying part . . . although I already thought that manager was an ass.

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« Reply #2187 on: January 27, 2018, 08:50:08 AM »
I'm hoping to be able to add to this thread next week.  Notice goes in on Monday all thanks to FU money!!!

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« Reply #2188 on: January 28, 2018, 09:13:52 PM »
Good luck!  It feels great!

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« Reply #2189 on: January 28, 2018, 09:24:22 PM »
I'm hoping to be able to add to this thread next week.  Notice goes in on Monday all thanks to FU money!!!

We expect a report soon.

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« Reply #2190 on: January 29, 2018, 08:20:11 AM »
I'm hoping to be able to add to this thread next week.  Notice goes in on Monday all thanks to FU money!!!

Are you my coworker? She just gave notice!

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« Reply #2191 on: January 29, 2018, 12:45:16 PM »
I'm hoping to be able to add to this thread next week.  Notice goes in on Monday all thanks to FU money!!!

Are you my coworker? She just gave notice!

Hoping for unlikely coincidence.

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« Reply #2192 on: January 29, 2018, 02:01:30 PM »
I'm hoping to be able to add to this thread next week.  Notice goes in on Monday all thanks to FU money!!!

Are you my coworker? She just gave notice!

Hoping for unlikely coincidence.

And sorry to disappoint. Based on a bit of prior post stalking, not the same company - wrong fiscal year end. But that would have been cool.

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« Reply #2193 on: February 05, 2018, 06:39:30 PM »
Anticipatory FU story coming in:

My wife and I moved recently and last year she wasn't able to have Christmas with her family. This year, they're flying out and we'll spend some time with them; the first Christmas she'd have spent with them in a few years, and their first time visiting us.

She asked off for the 26th of December and was denied PTO - back over three months ago. So she's going to call out sick. If they fire her, so be it. It's ridiculous that with so much notice, in her line of work, she "can't" take that time off when family is in town. We've got the cash to deal with her getting fired if that's what happens. Feelsgoodman

Most excellent. It's a great feeling to look your boss in the eye and dare him to fire you that way. FU money is awesome. My guess is they will shrivel in fear and just let it pass. It would be dumb of them to make a big deal out of it.

So what happened with this?

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« Reply #2194 on: February 05, 2018, 06:40:44 PM »
   Here is a short one that will warm your heart. Longtime friend and former coworker works at megacorp. He works from home in IT but in the bizarro world of LIMS systems for pharmaceutical company. Supports a dozen or so sites around the world and is sharp as a tack, easily 3-4x the productivity of the average Joe. He makes very good 6 figure income, bonus, LTI in a LCOL area. He is 49, paid off house, completely FI and a single part time dad.
His boss dumps a metric ass load of work on him and she laughs about it. The laughing part was an error.
He says, "you know, I think I am going to just retire or go part time. I really am working too many hours now and this ass load of work you laugh about is really not funny.  I might be convinced to work a maximum of 20 hours a week with no travel, no stupid meetings, and no overtime. And I mean no overtime!"  She freaks out and is flying in next week to talk about it. My guess is he will tell her he is done and she can take her ass load of work to some other donkey or he will consult at $250-300 an hour when he feels like it. I asked him if he uses a sling to support his enormous balls. :) details to follow.

This is going to be gooood...let us know what happens!

So what happened with this?

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« Reply #2195 on: February 06, 2018, 07:07:36 AM »
Paging @GnomeErcy and @Blindsquirrel  with bat signal to get @Daisy some answers.

I'm especially curious about the LIMS admin story.  I've known a few LIMS admins and they have such specialized knowledge and have almost always customized the crap out of the off the shelf systems to meet a company's needs/wants.  Pissing this person off is a bad idea.  Even if they don't break things prior to leaving, finding someone who can understand what they've built and keep it going can take a long time.  When this stuff is used to make release decisions for regulated products, taking a long time can be very bad, depending on inspection frequency.

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« Reply #2196 on: February 06, 2018, 09:56:45 AM »
Thanks for tagging them. I didn't think to do that.

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« Reply #2197 on: February 11, 2018, 11:44:30 AM »
     Well, the jury is still out, the place he works at started offering packages for folks to leave at about the same time this happened, so my friend has stuck it out, he hopes to be able to get a package and walk out the door with some extra cash and draw unemployment for the first few months of his "retirement". To further that game he has upped his insolence a bit and has taken the approach of "Welp, if they give me a package, great! If they don't, it does not matter because they are going to get 40 hours of work a week and that is about it. Boss can dump whatever the heck she wants to on my list of S%$T to do, doesn't mean it is going to get done. People in hell want ice water."  His response to the giant mess of work was to go on vacation to Key West for a couple of weeks. Pretty much the absolute definition of F-U in my book. He is a very genial fellow but once he decides I am done with this crap, I think he may just say F-U (literally!) walk.

   That said, he read the copy of "Your Money or Your Life" I gave him and he is probably going to bail out as a full time worker this year. Whether he does that with a months notice and helps them out as a very highly paid consultant working on his lap top from Key West, takes a package (I think there is no way in hell they offer him one because he really is worth a couple of average high level people or he was when I worked with him), or drops his badge and company lap top off at the the security desk some random day has yet to be determined.  My guess is he agrees to work as a consultant 2 days a week remotely for awhile but do not know.  He has F-U money and has held off on actually saying, F-U.  However, lots of coworkers are shaking in their boots about the reductions in force. Having F-U money brings peace and serenity where ever it goes!

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« Reply #2198 on: February 12, 2018, 06:58:20 PM »

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« Reply #2199 on: February 13, 2018, 09:36:11 AM »
Anticipatory FU story coming in:

My wife and I moved recently and last year she wasn't able to have Christmas with her family. This year, they're flying out and we'll spend some time with them; the first Christmas she'd have spent with them in a few years, and their first time visiting us.

She asked off for the 26th of December and was denied PTO - back over three months ago. So she's going to call out sick. If they fire her, so be it. It's ridiculous that with so much notice, in her line of work, she "can't" take that time off when family is in town. We've got the cash to deal with her getting fired if that's what happens. Feelsgoodman

Most excellent. It's a great feeling to look your boss in the eye and dare him to fire you that way. FU money is awesome. My guess is they will shrivel in fear and just let it pass. It would be dumb of them to make a big deal out of it.

So what happened with this?

Sorry, it's been a while since I have checked this. She ended up going in late and leaving early. Things at work turned around quite a bit after I'd posted so we had a bit of a change of heart haha