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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13200 on: April 29, 2016, 10:25:38 PM »
We have 3 staff who drive to work and pick up company vehicles on a daily basis, their commutes are in the 20-30min range each way.  Only one of the three doesn't drive a 4 door 4wd pickup truck... He drives a 2 door 4wd pickup.

A buddy of mine works for Comcast and uses a company vehicle for most of his work days, he has a truck as well. Though he does hunt and has a family cabin, so perhaps he does get some other use out of it.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13201 on: May 02, 2016, 12:56:02 PM »
Conversation between a coworker and I; he knows that I am car savvy and sometimes asks me questions.

CW:My son bought a new Tacoma.
Me:Oh really?  Does he have a really good job?
CW: It's ok, I guess he can afford the payment.
Me: Oh mmhmm.
CW:Of course he had to get new rims and tires for it.
Me: [Trying not to visibly wince] Ouch, bet that was expensive.
CW: Yeah he had to buy different lugnuts and stuff too, so that was like another $100 or so on top of it.
Me: [I could tell at this point he thought it was dumb too] Do you think he learned his lesson?
CW: I hope so, he just wrapped it around a tree so it is in the shop at the moment.
Me: Oh.  [then silence, I had no more words]

Of course he does not need an expensive truck for his job or at all.  This is a reoccurring theme here though, especially for Tacoma owners.  I see hundreds of those things every day and the only thing they ever haul or tow is a dog!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13202 on: May 02, 2016, 01:31:08 PM »
... the only thing they ever haul or tow is a dog!

Now I'm picturing all the ways one could attach a trailer hitch to a dog.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13203 on: May 02, 2016, 01:58:57 PM »
A client paid an invoice of 300 CHF twice. My co-worker said that he wouldn't have been able to do this as he doesn't have that much money saved. If I lived like this I would go crazy.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13204 on: May 02, 2016, 02:55:32 PM »
... the only thing they ever haul or tow is a dog!

Now I'm picturing all the ways one could attach a trailer hitch to a dog.

Wait, wouldn't you attach the dog to the trailer hitch? I mean, unless you want the dog towing a trailer...

Anyway, for some dogs it's probably enough to stick a tennis ball over the hitch and yell "FETCH!"

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13205 on: May 02, 2016, 03:00:18 PM »
... the only thing they ever haul or tow is a dog!

Now I'm picturing all the ways one could attach a trailer hitch to a dog.

Wait, wouldn't you attach the dog to the trailer hitch?

OK, Sergeant Semantics. ;-)  You attach them to each other, is what I meant!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13206 on: May 02, 2016, 03:17:09 PM »
... the only thing they ever haul or tow is a dog!

Now I'm picturing all the ways one could attach a trailer hitch to a dog.

Wait, wouldn't you attach the dog to the trailer hitch?

OK, Sergeant Semantics. ;-)  You attach them to each other, is what I meant!

And I suppose the ears flapping will double as indicator lights?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13207 on: May 02, 2016, 03:18:38 PM »
... the only thing they ever haul or tow is a dog!

Now I'm picturing all the ways one could attach a trailer hitch to a dog.

Wait, wouldn't you attach the dog to the trailer hitch?

OK, Sergeant Semantics. ;-)  You attach them to each other, is what I meant!

And I suppose the ears flapping will double as indicator lights?

Do you know what the penalty for animal cruelty is in this state?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13208 on: May 02, 2016, 09:12:20 PM »
... the only thing they ever haul or tow is a dog!

Now I'm picturing all the ways one could attach a trailer hitch to a dog.

Wait, wouldn't you attach the dog to the trailer hitch?

OK, Sergeant Semantics. ;-)  You attach them to each other, is what I meant!

And I suppose the ears flapping will double as indicator lights?

Do you know what the penalty for animal cruelty is in this state?
What's the penalty for cruelly bad jokes about animals?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13209 on: May 03, 2016, 07:45:47 AM »
We have 3 staff who drive to work and pick up company vehicles on a daily basis, their commutes are in the 20-30min range each way.  Only one of the three doesn't drive a 4 door 4wd pickup truck... He drives a 2 door 4wd pickup.

A buddy of mine works for Comcast and uses a company vehicle for most of his work days, he has a truck as well. Though he does hunt and has a family cabin, so perhaps he does get some other use out of it.
Oh, boy, I can relate to this one. I walk DH to work every morning, all three tenths of a mile. For sport, he tells me how far each person who passes us has driven to get to work to pick up their company vehicles. The latest? FNG drives 80 miles one way! The worst thing is that they are sometimes on call, meaning they drive the company truck to and from work, collecting a premium for being on call and burning the company's gas. There's supposed to be a limit on how far they can take the trucks, but nobody's paying attention. Oh, it's a public utility. The waste is epicly facepunch worthy.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13210 on: May 03, 2016, 08:55:32 AM »
... the only thing they ever haul or tow is a dog!

Now I'm picturing all the ways one could attach a trailer hitch to a dog.

Wait, wouldn't you attach the dog to the trailer hitch?

OK, Sergeant Semantics. ;-)  You attach them to each other, is what I meant!

And I suppose the ears flapping will double as indicator lights?

Do you know what the penalty for animal cruelty is in this state?
What's the penalty for cruelly bad jokes about animals?

Well... it's probably pretty stiff.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13211 on: May 03, 2016, 09:19:52 AM »
[ FNG drives 80 miles one way!


YIKES! Though apart from the time, the stress, the wear and tear on the car, and the gas, I probably would be ok with it as it means like 3 hours of listening to audiobooks. I could probably finish 50+ books on my commute alone.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13212 on: May 03, 2016, 03:44:40 PM »
... the only thing they ever haul or tow is a dog!

Now I'm picturing all the ways one could attach a trailer hitch to a dog.

Seems pretty simple really. :P

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13213 on: May 03, 2016, 04:00:06 PM »
... the only thing they ever haul or tow is a dog!

Now I'm picturing all the ways one could attach a trailer hitch to a dog.

Seems pretty simple really. :P

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13214 on: May 03, 2016, 08:49:31 PM »
We have 3 staff who drive to work and pick up company vehicles on a daily basis, their commutes are in the 20-30min range each way.  Only one of the three doesn't drive a 4 door 4wd pickup truck... He drives a 2 door 4wd pickup.

A buddy of mine works for Comcast and uses a company vehicle for most of his work days, he has a truck as well. Though he does hunt and has a family cabin, so perhaps he does get some other use out of it.
Oh, boy, I can relate to this one. I walk DH to work every morning, all three tenths of a mile. For sport, he tells me how far each person who passes us has driven to get to work to pick up their company vehicles. The latest? FNG drives 80 miles one way! The worst thing is that they are sometimes on call, meaning they drive the company truck to and from work, collecting a premium for being on call and burning the company's gas. There's supposed to be a limit on how far they can take the trucks, but nobody's paying attention. Oh, it's a public utility. The waste is epicly facepunch worthy.

Ugh.  That's awful.  And why we don't let people take company vehicles home, lol.  Once i was working with a group of new hires and we were on a public site taking a lunch, when one new guy asks for the keys for the truck, so i give them to him thinking he needs to get something out of the truck.  Nope.  He planned to DRIVE the all of 500ft to the 7/11* down the road before i stopped him and asked WTF he was doing.
 
* Yeah, 7/11.  To buy junk food for lunch.  F#$k.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13215 on: May 03, 2016, 08:53:08 PM »
We have 3 staff who drive to work and pick up company vehicles on a daily basis, their commutes are in the 20-30min range each way.  Only one of the three doesn't drive a 4 door 4wd pickup truck... He drives a 2 door 4wd pickup.

A buddy of mine works for Comcast and uses a company vehicle for most of his work days, he has a truck as well. Though he does hunt and has a family cabin, so perhaps he does get some other use out of it.
Oh, boy, I can relate to this one. I walk DH to work every morning, all three tenths of a mile. For sport, he tells me how far each person who passes us has driven to get to work to pick up their company vehicles. The latest? FNG drives 80 miles one way! The worst thing is that they are sometimes on call, meaning they drive the company truck to and from work, collecting a premium for being on call and burning the company's gas. There's supposed to be a limit on how far they can take the trucks, but nobody's paying attention. Oh, it's a public utility. The waste is epicly facepunch worthy.

Ugh.  That's awful.  And why we don't let people take company vehicles home, lol.  Once i was working with a group of new hires and we were on a public site taking a lunch, when one new guy asks for the keys for the truck, so i give them to him thinking he needs to get something out of the truck.  Nope.  He planned to DRIVE the all of 500ft to the 7/11* down the road before i stopped him and asked WTF he was doing.
 
* Yeah, 7/11.  To buy junk food for lunch.  F#$k.

Oh, sorry.  That was misleading.  Just looked it up and Google maps says it was actually 540ft away.  Definately should have drove

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13216 on: May 04, 2016, 12:25:34 AM »
Hey,  540 ft is 5.46 minutes of walking.... EACH WAY.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13217 on: May 04, 2016, 01:39:32 AM »
Oh, boy, I can relate to this one. I walk DH to work every morning, all three tenths of a mile. For sport, he tells me how far each person who passes us has driven to get to work to pick up their company vehicles. The latest? FNG drives 80 miles one way! The worst thing is that they are sometimes on call, meaning they drive the company truck to and from work, collecting a premium for being on call and burning the company's gas. There's supposed to be a limit on how far they can take the trucks, but nobody's paying attention. Oh, it's a public utility. The waste is epicly facepunch worthy.

Not sure the geography of the situation, but I work for a contractor that does work for utilites. For about 6 months, I was driving 100-130 miles each way in a company pickup plus more driving between jobs. It's just something you do if you want to keep the employee. I'm sure as hell not driving my own car that much, I'll go work somewhere else.

Besides, the gas is nothing in the scope of utility waste. Someone ordered the wrong stuff? Throw that in the dumpster (non-returnable) and we'll order the right stuff. Oops, this was supposed to be stored inside? Someone marked it outside, $100k in electronics is corroded junk. Makes you sick until you realize that their ineptitude is what keeps your paychecks coming.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13218 on: May 04, 2016, 08:32:25 AM »
Hey,  540 ft is 5.46 minutes of walking.... EACH WAY.

more like 2 minutes.

In their possible defense, I used to do this at an old job when I needed to cross the street, but that was due to a lack of crosswalks and me not wanting to play frogger.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13219 on: May 04, 2016, 08:49:07 AM »
Hey,  540 ft is 5.46 minutes of walking.... EACH WAY.

more like 2 minutes.

Agreed. And if you can't walk at a pace of 20 minutes per mile then you need to do more walking anyway...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13220 on: May 04, 2016, 09:35:40 AM »
Conversation between a coworker and I; he knows that I am car savvy and sometimes asks me questions.

CW:My son bought a new Tacoma.
Me:Oh really?  Does he have a really good job?
CW: It's ok, I guess he can afford the payment.
Me: Oh mmhmm.
CW:Of course he had to get new rims and tires for it.
Me: [Trying not to visibly wince] Ouch, bet that was expensive.
CW: Yeah he had to buy different lugnuts and stuff too, so that was like another $100 or so on top of it.
Me: [I could tell at this point he thought it was dumb too] Do you think he learned his lesson?
CW: I hope so, he just wrapped it around a tree so it is in the shop at the moment.
Me: Oh.  [then silence, I had no more words]

Of course he does not need an expensive truck for his job or at all.  This is a reoccurring theme here though, especially for Tacoma owners.  I see hundreds of those things every day and the only thing they ever haul or tow is a dog!
Tacomas come with some pretty crappy tires, but thats no reason to buy new rims. If you're gonna wrap something around a tree, the Tacoma is a pretty safe choice.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13221 on: May 04, 2016, 10:28:13 AM »
Hey,  540 ft is 5.46 minutes of walking.... EACH WAY.

more like 2 minutes.

Agreed. And if you can't walk at a pace of 20 minutes per mile then you need to do more walking anyway...

I remember the look on my warehouse manager's face when I took my car to pick up lunch when it's a 5 minute walk each way. In my defense, everyone in the office was a trade show and so I had to be quick to avoid missing any calls.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13222 on: May 04, 2016, 05:29:09 PM »
Hey,  540 ft is 5.46 minutes of walking.... EACH WAY.

more like 2 minutes.

Agreed. And if you can't walk at a pace of 20 minutes per mile then you need to do more walking anyway...

I remember the look on my warehouse manager's face when I took my car to pick up lunch when it's a 5 minute walk each way. In my defense, everyone in the office was a trade show and so I had to be quick to avoid missing any calls.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13223 on: May 04, 2016, 08:39:59 PM »

That said, I run a good sized manufacturing plant, and I drive the crappiest car in our lot. It's kind of eye opening to me to see how many of my employees drive brand new trucks and such with a $40k income. I couldn't imagine spending a year's salary on an automobile.

I second this. I run a electronics manufacturing plant and my car is worth less than $2k. Most of my employees drive brand new cars $30-40k range(there entire salary). They used to complain how they were broke to me all the time and I would just point at there car and then to mine.

I have lost the title, or at least I have competitors for "crappiest car on the lot" title at work now that I got a new car. I've also vaulted over the $2k bar, and the new car is POSH. I have Air Conditioning again!

The new car? 2009 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.

The cost? $2,200 from State Surplus. I could easily turn around and resell for $3k, maybe $4k. I've got YEARS til I'm below $2k again, unless something major goes bad.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13224 on: May 04, 2016, 10:32:55 PM »
I have a good one from today.  We got an application (name and email have been altered slightly) for a job position that went like this

<Subject> For your consideration
<From> Tyler MuthaFuckn Lewis
(dumbenglishfcuk@hotmail.com)
<Date> May 4, 2016

Live locally, easy to work with.  Previously employed with ________.  Resume attached

<resume.doc>



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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13225 on: May 05, 2016, 12:08:23 AM »
I have a good one from today.  We got an application (name and email have been altered slightly) for a job position that went like this

<Subject> For your consideration
<From> Tyler MuthaFuckn Lewis
(dumbenglishfcuk@hotmail.com)
<Date> May 4, 2016

Live locally, easy to work with.  Previously employed with ________.  Resume attached

<resume.doc>

Jeepers. Do the kid (I hope its a kid) a kindness and gently point out how unlikely it is that someone will want an employee that chooses those words to advertise/describe himself. Just in case he doesn't know. Cause, wow, why on earth would you?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13226 on: May 05, 2016, 12:46:58 AM »
I have a good one from today.  We got an application (name and email have been altered slightly) for a job position that went like this

<Subject> For your consideration
<From> Tyler MuthaFuckn Lewis
(dumbenglishfcuk@hotmail.com)
<Date> May 4, 2016

Live locally, easy to work with.  Previously employed with ________.  Resume attached

<resume.doc>

Jeepers. Do the kid (I hope its a kid) a kindness and gently point out how unlikely it is that someone will want an employee that chooses those words to advertise/describe himself. Just in case he doesn't know. Cause, wow, why on earth would you?

I don't think he knew it was going to show up like that.  The job posting was on an employment website where you fill in your name and email and your message/resume and I guess it automatically fills in some information.  He probably thought that his email wouldn't show as from that account.  Either way, I think we will pass

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13227 on: May 05, 2016, 04:01:14 AM »
First time contribution to the wall, I got a new co-worker whom I overheard discussing when she going to get paid for the first time (we normally get paid monthly at my work place). Anyway she then says "I've only got three dollars to my name and car with half a tank of petrol [gasoline]" and this was one week after she got the final pay check from her previous job!

She then proceeded to talk about a time where she blew something like $300 in a single weekend (she did acknowledge that was a waste of money though).
So an update on this same co-worker who today mentioned that she bought a TV, even had the box right beside her at work. She was making mention of the fact that  when she first tried to buy it that she couldn't afford to pay for it in full so she put in a deposit (which also explains why she was asking if I got paid, the pay came slightly later than she thought it would). After she finally got paid she then bought the TV outright. Good lord, I'm getting the impression that she'll be doing this every month, just running out of money right before the end of the month and anxiously awaiting the next pay day as a result. Guess I'll be back in another month telling you what she blew it all on next...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13228 on: May 05, 2016, 07:53:09 AM »
So an update on this same co-worker who today mentioned that she bought a TV, even had the box right beside her at work. She was making mention of the fact that  when she first tried to buy it that she couldn't afford to pay for it in full so she put in a deposit (which also explains why she was asking if I got paid, the pay came slightly later than she thought it would). After she finally got paid she then bought the TV outright. Good lord, I'm getting the impression that she'll be doing this every month, just running out of money right before the end of the month and anxiously awaiting the next pay day as a result. Guess I'll be back in another month telling you what she blew it all on next...

Keep em comin! Sounds like she will be gold for this thread

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13229 on: May 05, 2016, 09:00:11 AM »
I have a good one from today.  We got an application (name and email have been altered slightly) for a job position that went like this

<Subject> For your consideration
<From> Tyler MuthaFuckn Lewis
(dumbenglishfcuk@hotmail.com)
<Date> May 4, 2016

Live locally, easy to work with.  Previously employed with ________.  Resume attached

<resume.doc>

Jeepers. Do the kid (I hope its a kid) a kindness and gently point out how unlikely it is that someone will want an employee that chooses those words to advertise/describe himself. Just in case he doesn't know. Cause, wow, why on earth would you?

I don't think he knew it was going to show up like that.  The job posting was on an employment website where you fill in your name and email and your message/resume and I guess it automatically fills in some information.  He probably thought that his email wouldn't show as from that account.  Either way, I think we will pass

My company had a job posting out for a technical position and received several applications for an IT job. I was on the review committee so I got to read through them and help screen out the ones who weren't going to be interviewed. One resume focused almost exclusively on the applicant's acting experience. Now I don't mind a resume that shows a bit of diversity in a person's interests, but at least a bit of it ought to be tailored to the job you're applying for. It shouldn't focus almost exclusively on a totally unrelated domain.

All I could think was: "does my workplace LOOK like the setting of 'America, World Police', where we need an actor in order to accomplish our counterinsurgent mission?" The resume hit the circular file almost immediately, but it was too late. I got that cheesy-ass song stuck in my head and walked around humming "America, fuck yeah" the rest of the day.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13230 on: May 05, 2016, 09:31:25 AM »
Yesterday, a financial advisor came to talk to us about diversifying and mutual or index funds and whatnot. She started out her demonstration talking about inflation. I didn't notice the charts she had in the pamphlet showing ... I guess "typical"? ... prices for things in 1934, 1980, and 2015.

So she goes "for instance, how much did you pay for your first car?"

Me: "$1800"

Financial advisor looks over, sees that I'm a 20-something, not a 60-something, throwing out that number, and goes "I don't have anywhere to go with that."

The chart had 30-something thousand as a price of a car in 2015. Whaaaaat. I've bought a brand new car before too. It was like $15,000 after the extended warranty and everything.

The rest of what she talked about was a subset of things I've learned from reading MMM, though, so there's that.

Student loan payback came up. We have a PhD here, with a LOT of student loan debt. I was like "I'm surprised YOU don't pack your lunch every day" (like I do), and he goes "heh yeah, maybe I should." But later he said food's such a small part of budget compared to the loans.... and I pointed out he could put an extra $200/mo to the loans if he packed his lunch, but he says the time spent cooking and cleaning up is not worth it. *sigh*

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13231 on: May 05, 2016, 09:33:33 AM »
I have a good one from today.  We got an application (name and email have been altered slightly) for a job position that went like this

<Subject> For your consideration
<From> Tyler MuthaFuckn Lewis
(dumbenglishfcuk@hotmail.com)
<Date> May 4, 2016

Live locally, easy to work with.  Previously employed with ________.  Resume attached

<resume.doc>

Jeepers. Do the kid (I hope its a kid) a kindness and gently point out how unlikely it is that someone will want an employee that chooses those words to advertise/describe himself. Just in case he doesn't know. Cause, wow, why on earth would you?

I don't think he knew it was going to show up like that.  The job posting was on an employment website where you fill in your name and email and your message/resume and I guess it automatically fills in some information.  He probably thought that his email wouldn't show as from that account.  Either way, I think we will pass

My company had a job posting out for a technical position and received several applications for an IT job. I was on the review committee so I got to read through them and help screen out the ones who weren't going to be interviewed. One resume focused almost exclusively on the applicant's acting experience. Now I don't mind a resume that shows a bit of diversity in a person's interests, but at least a bit of it ought to be tailored to the job you're applying for. It shouldn't focus almost exclusively on a totally unrelated domain.

All I could think was: "does my workplace LOOK like the setting of 'America, World Police', where we need an actor in order to accomplish our counterinsurgent mission?" The resume hit the circular file almost immediately, but it was too late. I got that cheesy-ass song stuck in my head and walked around humming "America, fuck yeah" the rest of the day.

Thanks, now I'm going to have that song stuck in my head.

A buddy of mine posted an excerpt of an email she received, it said, "I have the skills necessary and I'm ready to start work yesterday. In addition to my experience, I am a national christian rapper." This is off memory, I recall his grammar wasn't so nice.

A bunch of people posted, "I think I know this guy." And she quickly deleted the email, not wanting to shame the person.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13232 on: May 05, 2016, 09:39:39 AM »
Wholesaler came into the office today, feeding us lunch in exchange for listening to him.  As part of the warm-up chatting before he launched into what he was selling, he mentioned he had just sold his house and was in the process of moving -- they wanted the kids to have a country experience, so they're moving from a 4700SF house in the suburbs to a 3500SF house just outside of town, with a separate guest house and a barn and 10 acres because his daughter wants a pony.  He said in his "aren't kids cute" voice that when he showed his 10 year old son the new house, the kid expressed reservations that it was "too small" for their family of four and "dad, how will we ever fit in here?  I'm just not sure we can make it work."  Poor kid.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13233 on: May 05, 2016, 10:18:07 AM »

That said, I run a good sized manufacturing plant, and I drive the crappiest car in our lot. It's kind of eye opening to me to see how many of my employees drive brand new trucks and such with a $40k income. I couldn't imagine spending a year's salary on an automobile.

I second this. I run a electronics manufacturing plant and my car is worth less than $2k. Most of my employees drive brand new cars $30-40k range(there entire salary). They used to complain how they were broke to me all the time and I would just point at there car and then to mine.

I have lost the title, or at least I have competitors for "crappiest car on the lot" title at work now that I got a new car. I've also vaulted over the $2k bar, and the new car is POSH. I have Air Conditioning again!
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For every sub-2k vehicle I see where I work, there are two monster trucks blocking their doors in. They can't even fit in parking spaces anymore, too wide and too long to park properly, and too tall to work out of.

The irony is that clown cars used to be very tiny and packed full with dozens of clowns. These days they're so big they can't fit in a parking space and only one clown comes out when the door opens.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13234 on: May 05, 2016, 10:43:42 AM »
Oh, I've got one.
One of my coworkers recently (FINALLY thank god) moved out from her ex boyfriend's house and into an apartment of her own. It's pretty swank (dishwasher, huge bathroom, new everything) and she hates it (the cabinets are in the wrong spots, the turf hasn't grown in yet --it's new construction so the landscaping is a work in progress-- and her stuff doesn't fit so she 'has' to get a storage unit.)
She confessed she isn't able to save any money while paying her rent (when she lived with her ex, her room and board was free).
So what does she do? One month in to her lease, she asks me my opinion on transferring her lease from the 1-bedroom she's in to a 2-bedroom in the same building. For more money.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13235 on: May 05, 2016, 11:02:13 AM »
the kid expressed reservations that it was "too small" for their family of four and "dad, how will we ever fit in here?  I'm just not sure we can make it work."  Poor kid.

I think this is a great example of how kids really like to mimic their parents.  He probably overheard his mother saying something like that earlier and he repeated the sentiment.  I used to do crap like that all the time before I realized my mother's catch-phrases didn't always make sense.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13236 on: May 05, 2016, 11:27:47 AM »
I have a story:

DH gets a call around 3pm on a Wednesday.  His boss is at a nearby bar drinking with some other doctors and lawyers and wanted him to join him.  They actually had to change venues to a nearby nightclub (middle of the day) because the bar they were at told them they had a six drink limit.  The whole thing wound up as some bizarre anthropological expedition.  I'll just say that DH is not nearly enough of a drinker, misogynist, or spendthrift to hang regularly with this crowd.

The best story for this forum was from one guy who wanted to go to Vegas.  He goes to his bank and asks for a $10k line of credit.  The bank says sorry, they don't do LOC that small but they could do one for $25k.  So he takes his $25k LOC to Las Vegas for a week.  No word on what exactly he spent it on or whether he paid it off but somehow I think it's unlikely that he spent his time camping and cooking his own meals.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13237 on: May 05, 2016, 11:33:48 AM »
Yesterday, a financial advisor came to talk to us about diversifying and mutual or index funds and whatnot. She started out her demonstration talking about inflation. I didn't notice the charts she had in the pamphlet showing ... I guess "typical"? ... prices for things in 1934, 1980, and 2015.

So she goes "for instance, how much did you pay for your first car?"

Me: "$1800"

Financial advisor looks over, sees that I'm a 20-something, not a 60-something, throwing out that number, and goes "I don't have anywhere to go with that."

The chart had 30-something thousand as a price of a car in 2015. Whaaaaat. I've bought a brand new car before too. It was like $15,000 after the extended warranty and everything.

The rest of what she talked about was a subset of things I've learned from reading MMM, though, so there's that.

Student loan payback came up. We have a PhD here, with a LOT of student loan debt. I was like "I'm surprised YOU don't pack your lunch every day" (like I do), and he goes "heh yeah, maybe I should." But later he said food's such a small part of budget compared to the loans.... and I pointed out he could put an extra $200/mo to the loans if he packed his lunch, but he says the time spent cooking and cleaning up is not worth it. *sigh*

First car for $1800? Ballin!

My first car was $300 dollars. After a few years I upgraded to a $700 dollar car. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13238 on: May 05, 2016, 11:55:10 AM »
Yesterday, a financial advisor came to talk to us about diversifying and mutual or index funds and whatnot. She started out her demonstration talking about inflation. I didn't notice the charts she had in the pamphlet showing ... I guess "typical"? ... prices for things in 1934, 1980, and 2015.

So she goes "for instance, how much did you pay for your first car?"

Me: "$1800"

Financial advisor looks over, sees that I'm a 20-something, not a 60-something, throwing out that number, and goes "I don't have anywhere to go with that."

The chart had 30-something thousand as a price of a car in 2015. Whaaaaat. I've bought a brand new car before too. It was like $15,000 after the extended warranty and everything.

The rest of what she talked about was a subset of things I've learned from reading MMM, though, so there's that.

Student loan payback came up. We have a PhD here, with a LOT of student loan debt. I was like "I'm surprised YOU don't pack your lunch every day" (like I do), and he goes "heh yeah, maybe I should." But later he said food's such a small part of budget compared to the loans.... and I pointed out he could put an extra $200/mo to the loans if he packed his lunch, but he says the time spent cooking and cleaning up is not worth it. *sigh*

First car for $1800? Ballin!

My first car was $300 dollars. After a few years I upgraded to a $700 dollar car.

First car that my parents bought me was about $7k (they didn't let me buy a car since I was paying for most of my own college; they wanted all money to go to school). The second car they bought me (after dad wrecked the first) was about $7,000--we sold that after 5 years and 60k miles for $4,500. The first car I bought myself, while owning the second car they bought me was $200. It ran and drove! Sold that for break even after taxes and driving it for a month or two--I'd probably still be driving that thing if I had room for it.

Second one was for my wife and I to share since we only have one car. After taxes and title, we're really balling at $9k. But wifey spends a lot of time in the car, so it was worth it from that perspective of putting her in a nice place.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13239 on: May 05, 2016, 12:17:43 PM »


The best story for this forum was from one guy who wanted to go to Vegas.  He goes to his bank and asks for a $10k line of credit.  The bank says sorry, they don't do LOC that small but they could do one for $25k.  So he takes his $25k LOC to Las Vegas for a week.  No word on what exactly he spent it on or whether he paid it off but somehow I think it's unlikely that he spent his time camping and cooking his own meals.

My dad used to draw a bunch of cash for his trips to Vegas, he would get a line of credit from the casino and then settle in cash or check, but he had been going for years and knew his way around and his limit. I'm glad that's stopped gambling apart from playing cards with his friends.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13240 on: May 05, 2016, 12:26:12 PM »
First car 1949 Ford (14 years old at the time) for $50.  Second car from a field, but it ran: 1950 Chevy (also 14 years old at the time) also for $50.  I'm impressed that you folks found cars for $200 that actually ran.  Around here they are tow-aways.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13241 on: May 05, 2016, 01:35:20 PM »
Shoot, my current car I got a few years ago is an '88 Sentra that runs (even did a regular commute for a few months up to Denver), and I got it for $400.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13242 on: May 05, 2016, 01:48:20 PM »
Yesterday, a financial advisor came to talk to us about diversifying and mutual or index funds and whatnot. She started out her demonstration talking about inflation. I didn't notice the charts she had in the pamphlet showing ... I guess "typical"? ... prices for things in 1934, 1980, and 2015.

So she goes "for instance, how much did you pay for your first car?"

Me: "$1800"

Financial advisor looks over, sees that I'm a 20-something, not a 60-something, throwing out that number, and goes "I don't have anywhere to go with that."

The chart had 30-something thousand as a price of a car in 2015. Whaaaaat. I've bought a brand new car before too. It was like $15,000 after the extended warranty and everything.

The rest of what she talked about was a subset of things I've learned from reading MMM, though, so there's that.

Student loan payback came up. We have a PhD here, with a LOT of student loan debt. I was like "I'm surprised YOU don't pack your lunch every day" (like I do), and he goes "heh yeah, maybe I should." But later he said food's such a small part of budget compared to the loans.... and I pointed out he could put an extra $200/mo to the loans if he packed his lunch, but he says the time spent cooking and cleaning up is not worth it. *sigh*

First car for $1800? Ballin!

My first car was $300 dollars. After a few years I upgraded to a $700 dollar car.

I am probably a little older than you but my first car was $100, my second car was free (inherited), it wasn't until my third car that I decided to go upscale and spend $700.

Edited to add: I drove my first car from CT to OR a year after I bought it.  All in all I kept that car for about 4 years. After my (ex) GF wrecked it, I beat it back together (sort of) with a sledge hammer and drove it from OR down to central CA.  I finally sold it without further repairs for the same $100 I paid for it.  Gotta love those older American muscle cars. Hard to kill!
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13243 on: May 05, 2016, 03:44:18 PM »
Yeah, I suppose I should clarify due to age being such a skewer of cost. This($300) was in 1998, a 1984 Chevy Citation II. And actually that thing was a beast, I beat the crap out of it. Only two issues I can think of; occasionally I'd have to get under it and re-attach the muffler after hitting a big bump/pot hole and I had to stop and let it cool down(coolant boiling) when baha'ing up a mountain.
The next car ($700) was a 1972 Ford Maverick, kept it for about 4 years until a minivan ran a red light and t-boned me.  By that time I'd graduated college, and bought a $7500 dollar vehicle!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13244 on: May 05, 2016, 09:35:33 PM »
Hey,  540 ft is 5.46 minutes of walking.... EACH WAY.

I calculate 2.04 minutes at a slothly 3mph pace:

60/3 * 540/5280

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13245 on: May 06, 2016, 08:55:34 AM »
This bag looks nice because it is a classic style, clean lines. Also the pp's words of wisdm about dyes is useful.

The current societal obsession with big ass buckles all over the place is silly. Keep your classic bags and let the sheeple pay $300, $400, $500+ for things that are dated within 5 years.
I'm probably inviting the ire of many when I say this, but I feel the same way about a lot of bathroom and kitchen design ideas.  Like tiled countertops or butcher block countertops, hardwood or laminate in the kitchen, or the whole shabby chic movement (ick!).  Heck, I don't even care for subway tile or painted cabinets.

What is wrong with hardwood or laminate in the kitchen? Laminate is cheap; that is the appeal (although I do agree it doesn't look that great all of the time; sometimes I'd prefer linoleum). Hardwood... Well, it was installed in my aunt's kitchen in 1982 and through 3 kitchen renovations it has stayed. It was installed in my grandparents kitchen in the 1940's or early 50's and was only removed when the house was torn down. I always thought it looked excellent in just about any kitchen, and could be a timeless option. Obviously laminate is not, but that is where the price difference comes in.

The problem is really water damage.  I have hardwood in my kitchen but near the fridge is warped due to a water leak.  I like the way the wood looks, and it's moderately easy to clean, but if I was designing a kitchen I'd use tile or vinyl (the difference between vinyl and laminate being that vinyl comes in huge sheets so few water intrusion points).  My kitchen is open plan though so it would look a bit weird to suddenly change from wood to tile

My kitchen is open plan and it looks just fine to switch from hardwood to tile.  I am thankful to have tile in my kitchen instead of wood, but partly because my laundry room is basically in a closet off the kitchen, so I don't worry too much about dishwasher and washing machine leaks warping the floor.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13246 on: May 06, 2016, 10:22:46 AM »
Wholesaler came into the office today, feeding us lunch in exchange for listening to him.  As part of the warm-up chatting before he launched into what he was selling, he mentioned he had just sold his house and was in the process of moving -- they wanted the kids to have a country experience, so they're moving from a 4700SF house in the suburbs to a 3500SF house just outside of town, with a separate guest house and a barn and 10 acres because his daughter wants a pony.  He said in his "aren't kids cute" voice that when he showed his 10 year old son the new house, the kid expressed reservations that it was "too small" for their family of four and "dad, how will we ever fit in here?  I'm just not sure we can make it work."  Poor kid.
I'm not sure the free lunch was worth that.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13247 on: May 08, 2016, 12:32:21 AM »
One of my colleagues has always been struggling financially.

They've sold their home and have purchased a block of land which they'll be building a new home on. In the mean time they'll be living with family rent free. I commented that this would be a great opportunity for them to build some savings or pay off the land quickly and was told that the mortgage on the block of land is higher than their pervious home so things will be even tighter for them.

This is before they've even priced or added to the mortgage the cost of building the new house...

We all chipped in at work recently to get their daughter something for her birthday after they complained that they had no money in their accounts to buy anything. Two weeks later on payday they were celebrating their new mortgage with a $150/head meal at a top restaurant...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13248 on: May 08, 2016, 05:34:31 AM »
We all chipped in at work recently to get their daughter something for her birthday after they complained that they had no money in their accounts to buy anything. Two weeks later on payday they were celebrating their new mortgage with a $150/head meal at a top restaurant...
I would have asked my money back them. Clearly they lied and did have enough money for their child.

The poor little thing with such parents... 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13249 on: May 09, 2016, 11:29:11 AM »
We all chipped in at work recently to get their daughter something for her birthday after they complained that they had no money in their accounts to buy anything. Two weeks later on payday they were celebrating their new mortgage with a $150/head meal at a top restaurant...
I would have asked my money back them. Clearly they lied and did have enough money for their child.

The poor little thing with such parents...

How dare you. These people sound like they are really struggling and couldn't find a way to buy their daughter presents. That dinner celebration was something they deserved for surviving through their struggles. It comes from two separate budgets...1) actual money and 2) fairy-tale money. #2 is needed because can you really except them to live like paupers just because they are? Shame on you!