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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #2100 on: December 08, 2017, 12:43:46 PM »
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!!
No need to apologise: stories like yours are the reason this thread exists.  Congratulations on the FU money and the imminent move to part time/demotion/another job.

While you are waiting for a decision on the part time, you have nothing to lose by pushing back on some of those extra tasks.  Simply saying to someone who asks you to do something extra "I don't have time at the moment, if you want you can ask me again after [Christmas/New Year/Easter] might help in the meantime.

I'm so glad you have not taken their 'no' for an answer.

Another idea in the meantime is to start dropping the things you've asked to have taken off of your plate - "so sorry, I need to get X done". "Hi Manager, I know you said it was important I still do Z. In order for that to happen I'm going to need an extension on delivering Y or get help with it so that I have time to do Z". "I know that in the past I've been able to do Z, but that isn't possible for me any more."

Something for you to practice out loud with your SO? It is always easier if you have practiced scripts first.

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #2101 on: December 08, 2017, 05:54:02 PM »
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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.
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Many parallels with my employer ...

Me too, now my EX-employer!

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« Reply #2102 on: December 08, 2017, 07:32:23 PM »
Some really inspirational stories here. Mine doesn't feel inspirational, but I'll add it anyway.

I spent three years at a wonderful job getting to do work I really enjoyed, with people who were vocal about their appreciation. It was one of the healthier office environments I've been in.

Then, a couple of months ago, a guy who'd seemed fine when he was hired a year ago dumped a load of toxic bile on me in a private message, in response to my reaching out to him to clarify something about my role that he seemed to have misunderstood. He basically insulted my work, my work ethic, my competence, and my understanding of the industry, and he tried to set expectations for my job, even though he was nowhere in my management chain, and I've been working in this industry since he was in diapers.

I was shocked, upset, and angry. I didn't respond directly, because it was clear the guy wasn't going to listen to me; instead, I went to his manager, who agreed the guy was way out of line and said he'd talk to him.

Fast forward a month and a half, and suddenly, the situation has been reframed as a personality clash, and now I'm part of the problem. I'm getting pressure from the guy's management to see things from his POV, even though that initial incident was never resolved, and to sit down and have a meeting with him and his manager. I was uncomfortable but ultimately agreed, trying to be a team player.

That meeting was the most disturbing experience I've ever had in a work environment. It was clear to me that the guy didn't actually have an issue with me or my work, or even really understand it; he was overwhelmed and stressed out, and looking for someone to use as a punching bag. And his manager just sat there and let the guy verbally attack me; anger, hostility, and blame were just radiating off the guy the whole time.

So I gave notice. I'd told my manager about the initial incident, but I'd thought it was being handled, so I'd told him he didn't have to do anything. And then things escalated so fast there was no way in hell I was staying at that company. I barely ate or slept for the next couple of weeks, but managed to go into the office and finish up some final tasks. And then my last day came, and I was gone.

Funny thing -- I have heard at least two other people complain about the guy's behavior. So I know it's not just me. I also know that I could have escalated further up his management chain and mine, but it just wasn't worth it, because at the point where his management has been swayed to his side, it's game over and I can't win. I've seen this movie before. The more you escalate, the uglier it gets, and the more you become the problem. I wanted to leave without burning bridges, so I made my quiet exit. I know that as long as I was there, any issues the guy had would be blamed on me. Now, when he picks his next scapegoat, maybe someone in his management chain will start to see the pattern. The whole situation has left a really sour taste in my mouth, but at least I'm free of it now.

I don't know if I'm actually FIRE, but I'm certainly going to take an extended vacation for a year, or two, or ten.

And I thank my lucky stars for my FU money. Never again will I stay in a toxic situation that slowly destroys my health and sanity. And I am so grateful that I have the breathing room to put my stressed-out brain back together, and to recover from one of my more unpleasant and unsettling workplace experiences.

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« Reply #2103 on: December 08, 2017, 07:37:02 PM »
I think that's a badass story, RedmondStache.

You didn't put up with poor treatment, and gave notice instead. That's the whole reason to have FU money.

Well done!
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« Reply #2104 on: December 09, 2017, 12:36:25 AM »
I think that's a badass story, RedmondStache.

You didn't put up with poor treatment, and gave notice instead. That's the whole reason to have FU money.

Well done!

Seconded.  And a great decision and move for you too, Mrs. Hen. 

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« Reply #2105 on: December 11, 2017, 08:32:00 AM »
Mrs. Hen and Redmond Stash with the good stories. :)

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« Reply #2106 on: December 11, 2017, 05:31:11 PM »
2 good new stories, yay!

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« Reply #2107 on: December 11, 2017, 08:58:12 PM »
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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.
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Many parallels with my employer ...

Me too, now my EX-employer!

Well I know G-dog and I didn't work for the same employer, but I am wondering if rantk81 and MrsHen's were my same employer. It sure sounds familiar!

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« Reply #2108 on: December 11, 2017, 09:00:07 PM »
I don't know if I'm actually FIRE, but I'm certainly going to take an extended vacation for a year, or two, or ten.

Well deserved. Congratulations!

And I thank my lucky stars for my FU money. Never again will I stay in a toxic situation that slowly destroys my health and sanity. And I am so grateful that I have the breathing room to put my stressed-out brain back together, and to recover from one of my more unpleasant and unsettling workplace experiences.

That is the very definition of FU money.

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« Reply #2109 on: December 12, 2017, 01:37:41 PM »
Friends,

(TLDR; take this job and shove it)

My 20+ year career in enterprise IT is coming to an end in 2018 and thanks to FU money, I am not panicking or frantically searching for another job.  In fact, on a daily basis I feel like I might just explode from joy.

I work on a small team of highly experienced IT system engineers for a major retailer.

This retailer leases and operates several data centers across the country and owns tens of millions of dollars worth of data center IT equipment such as servers, network switches, firewalls, storage arrays, etc.

Earlier in 2017, the CIO and board of directors kicked off an ambitious project to close all these data centers and move their entire IT infrastructure to a cloud infrastructure.  The scope of the project is enormous.  Hundreds of applications and one of the top 10 e-commerce sites in the world will need completely migrated out of data centers and into the cloud.

In September of 2017, the company decided to outsource any job related to data center IT to Tata Consulting Services, aka TCS.  Over 70 people were laid off.  Storage engineers, UNIX engineers, networking engineers, data center engineers, anyone with a job supporting or engineering data center solutions was laid off in favor of TCS taking over the work.  I was one of these layoffs.

TCS arranged with the retailer to hire a small number of those laid off to come work for TCS and continue doing their old job, but as a TCS contractor, not as an employee of the retailer.  Of course this move to TCS would get you a huge pay cut, an enormous cost increase in benefits, and officially zero paid time off.

My name was identified as a key engineer, and TCS gave me the "opportunity" to apply for my old job.  I was given about a month to decide if I wanted to join TCS.  The alternative was to train my TCS replacements and be out of a job on 2/1/18.

It took me about an hour to decide to that this was my out. 

I was given a deadline to apply to TCS.  I would have had to interview for my old job.  The day of the deadline, I received a phone call from a TCS recruiter.  The recruiter said he was calling to find out why he hadn't seen my resume submitted yet.  My reply:

"I didn't submit my resume to TCS."

**** crickets  chirp chirp chirp *****

"Uh....... may I ask why not?"

"I don't want to work for TCS."

******** 30 second pause.........  "OK then well wishes to you..."  click

It's hard to describe how I felt during that conversation.  I knew I was willingly making a choice to abandon my career.  The only thing I've ever done in my adult life to make a living was now effectively over, and I did have the opportunity to keep going, but I chose not to.  I refused to work harder for less, and it's all thanks to having FU money.

So here I am employed until 2/1/18.  I'm mostly done training my replacements, and they sure will have their work cut out for them.  I'm abandoning several high profile projects that require attention and expertise.  Good luck to them.  As my last day approaches, I will be offering my services for after 2/1/18 at a very reasonable rate of $200/hr with a 2 hour minimum.

A few of my co-workers did interview with and accept TCS positions.  Other co-workers have found new IT jobs elsewhere.  When they ask me what I'm doing, I tell them that I am done with IT and will be taking at least a year off.  The reactions are comically mixed.  Some people can't believe it and think I'm making a huge, costly mistake.  Others are very supportive with a "good for you" attitude.

My plan now after 2/1/18 is to enjoy a reasonably generous severance, then file for unemployment.  When that runs out, I'll start tapping into my backdoor ROTH for living expenses.  I expect to look for a part time job within walking distance after unemployment runs out.  There is a very nice liquor store within walking distance that is constantly hiring for clerks and stocking staff.  I will absolutely have no problem whatsoever working there for beer money.

Cheers!

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« Reply #2110 on: December 12, 2017, 02:23:40 PM »
Nice!!!

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« Reply #2111 on: December 12, 2017, 02:26:16 PM »
Well done Kskillz !!! Great story :-)

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« Reply #2112 on: December 12, 2017, 03:15:13 PM »
What a funny coincidence - I have a friend in real life who also quit a stable job awhile ago to work part time at a liquor store. Apparently it's been going great.

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« Reply #2113 on: December 12, 2017, 05:25:19 PM »
After seeing TCS I couldn't get TPS report out of my head.

The guy who taught me nuclear spectroscopy got himself re-classified so as to be eligible for a layoff. 
Went to work in agriculture and truck driving.

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« Reply #2114 on: December 12, 2017, 05:42:23 PM »
Based on my experience with Indian companies, you should be able to buy lots of beer with your consulting fees.

Tata for now. 

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« Reply #2115 on: December 13, 2017, 12:19:41 PM »
Epic!

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« Reply #2116 on: December 13, 2017, 12:41:46 PM »
kskillz, so glorious!

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« Reply #2117 on: December 14, 2017, 10:26:27 AM »
That was such a pleasure to read.

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« Reply #2118 on: December 14, 2017, 11:12:14 AM »
Great stories recently - thanks!!

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« Reply #2119 on: December 14, 2017, 11:25:23 AM »
Great story from kskillz!

I've started pushing back at work.

The current project is huge, and management have realised they are going to struggle to deliver.  They have offered unlimited overtime hours to anyone who wants them.  I haven't asked for any, as I am in that place more than enough already.

The other day my very concerned manager (the one who said no to reducing my workload), asked me into the office.  Very worried I hadn't been given any overtime - lets sit down and allocate you some extra hours now.

I politely declined, while doing the happy dance in my head.  Why would I want more hours, when she has my part time request?

The look on her face was priceless

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« Reply #2120 on: December 14, 2017, 11:27:47 AM »
Awesome job Mrs. Hen! That must have felt amazing!

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« Reply #2121 on: December 14, 2017, 11:37:06 AM »
Awesome job Mrs. Hen! That must have felt amazing!

Felt Gooooooood!!

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« Reply #2122 on: December 14, 2017, 01:49:05 PM »
Well done!

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« Reply #2123 on: December 14, 2017, 02:13:09 PM »
Awesome job Mrs. Hen! That must have felt amazing!

Felt Gooooooood!!
Bam!  Love it.



OT hours...  I repeatedly get the spiel that we can't get more resources and must not be overloaded if we are only working 45 - 50 hours (I average 42).  Strange, but we don't get a dime for anything past 40.


I always zone out when I hear it.  I'm pretty blunt in my response to it though.  'Well, I guess we probably won't be getting a lot of things done then...' or 'Looks like we'll get further behind...'

Not really caring if you lose your job right then and there is a fantastic feeling.


I don't doubt I've frustrated the heck out of my managers.   But I'm still here....42 hours a week.


Others can only take advantage of you if you first give them your permission.  Its been a few years since I've done that.


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« Reply #2124 on: December 14, 2017, 02:19:04 PM »
(I average 42).  Strange, but we don't get a dime for anything past 40.
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Others can only take advantage of you if you first give them your permission.  Its been a few years since I've done that.

But why do you continually work 42 hours if you don't get paid for it?  I'd say that's them taking advantage of you.

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« Reply #2125 on: December 14, 2017, 03:35:50 PM »
Not really caring if you lose your job right then and there is a fantastic feeling.

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Others can only take advantage of you if you first give them your permission.  Its been a few years since I've done that.

Amen.

I've worked jobs that had long-term mandatory OT, and all I noticed was a lot of burnt-out people making a lot of mistakes, and often ultimately leaving the company and taking their knowledge and skills with them. Plus it costs $$ to recruit for, hire, and train replacements. Very cost-ineffective solution.

My pushing back on mandatory OT has always surprised people. I think a lot of managers aren't accustomed to employees who actually value themselves and make it a priority to take care of themselves, or who set clear boundaries. Which is strange because it's those who practice self-care who can continue to contribute consistent value indefinitely. I have left jobs because of boundaries I've set being disrespected, and I'm always surprised at how surprised management is when I do that. Maybe it, like FU money, is rare.

I guess even managers lose sight of long-term goals because of pressure for short-term returns. Not unlike some inexperienced investors, I suppose.

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« Reply #2126 on: December 14, 2017, 11:33:39 PM »
Not as epic as some, but here's a story from when I quit my old job to work on my own business:

I had been managing around a dozen test prep tutors, and had a good relationship with my boss. He was a great boss, really he was, the best I ever had. So I gave him plenty of notice when I decided I wanted to quit - about six months, so that we could transfer my responsibilities to someone else over time. I had been working on a big curriculum project as well as handling all of the high-end clients who wanted "the best tutor you have." I came with a $250/hr price tag, but the clients we had didn't mind paying it.

I'd been working on salary and managing all of the other tutors as well as handling my own students. As the months went by, I finished up the big project. I transitioned the management to the new manager. And then I had two months left and only a handful of students to take care of. My boss came to me and said that since I didn't have the same responsibilities, he wanted to change my pay to hourly, $75/hr. This was a huge pay cut since I only had a few students left, and was only working around ten hours a week.

So I said no.

He hadn't expected this response. Every other tutor was paid $25/hr or so, so he expected me to be thrilled. But I had been expecting my old manager's salary until my quit date, which was still two months away. He didn't want to pay it, he said, because I was no longer doing management stuff. Fair enough.

But still no.

I told him if I had given him a normal two week's notice, he would have been completely screwed, and I felt it was unfair to essentially fire me two months early for getting the transition completed ahead of schedule. Of course, he could fire me, but that would mean a bunch of REALLY angry parents whose students would be losing their "premium" tutor right before the SAT was scheduled. Did he want to do that?

He hemmed and hawed and eventually paid me my manager's salary for two months while I worked happily as a normal tutor with a very light load. And then I quit for good.

My new business did so well that I saved enough to retire in only three years of work. And boom, here we are, and I'm enjoying the FIREd life in my thirties while raising my baby. It wasn't quite an F U, since he was a good guy, but it was epic enough for me :)

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #2127 on: December 15, 2017, 12:48:00 AM »
Hell yeah, MrsWhipple!  I love it!

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« Reply #2128 on: December 15, 2017, 04:55:52 AM »
Not really caring if you lose your job right then and there is a fantastic feeling.

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Others can only take advantage of you if you first give them your permission.  Its been a few years since I've done that.

Amen.

I've worked jobs that had long-term mandatory OT, and all I noticed was a lot of burnt-out people making a lot of mistakes, and often ultimately leaving the company and taking their knowledge and skills with them. Plus it costs $$ to recruit for, hire, and train replacements. Very cost-ineffective solution.

My pushing back on mandatory OT has always surprised people. I think a lot of managers aren't accustomed to employees who actually value themselves and make it a priority to take care of themselves, or who set clear boundaries. Which is strange because it's those who practice self-care who can continue to contribute consistent value indefinitely. I have left jobs because of boundaries I've set being disrespected, and I'm always surprised at how surprised management is when I do that. Maybe it, like FU money, is rare.

I guess even managers lose sight of long-term goals because of pressure for short-term returns. Not unlike some inexperienced investors, I suppose.

Odd , that companies still push for "mandatory OT" as there is no such thing according labour law well at least where i am from..

Take for example we got sent an email that shift workers must cover Christmas and boxing day, i said flat out no!
They told me it is mandatory OT  for shift workers according to company policy, i asked them " show me this policy " and i can ask our Labour Law hot line number if a business can override the law...
10 minutes later an email came through for volunteers instead...

Then i emailed back, thanks for a moment i thought slavery was back sarcastically ..

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« Reply #2129 on: December 15, 2017, 09:27:25 AM »
Not as epic as some, but here's a story from when I quit my old job to work on my own business:

I had been managing around a dozen test prep tutors, and had a good relationship with my boss. He was a great boss, really he was, the best I ever had. So I gave him plenty of notice when I decided I wanted to quit - about six months, so that we could transfer my responsibilities to someone else over time. I had been working on a big curriculum project as well as handling all of the high-end clients who wanted "the best tutor you have." I came with a $250/hr price tag, but the clients we had didn't mind paying it.

I'd been working on salary and managing all of the other tutors as well as handling my own students. As the months went by, I finished up the big project. I transitioned the management to the new manager. And then I had two months left and only a handful of students to take care of. My boss came to me and said that since I didn't have the same responsibilities, he wanted to change my pay to hourly, $75/hr. This was a huge pay cut since I only had a few students left, and was only working around ten hours a week.

So I said no.

He hadn't expected this response. Every other tutor was paid $25/hr or so, so he expected me to be thrilled. But I had been expecting my old manager's salary until my quit date, which was still two months away. He didn't want to pay it, he said, because I was no longer doing management stuff. Fair enough.

But still no.

I told him if I had given him a normal two week's notice, he would have been completely screwed, and I felt it was unfair to essentially fire me two months early for getting the transition completed ahead of schedule. Of course, he could fire me, but that would mean a bunch of REALLY angry parents whose students would be losing their "premium" tutor right before the SAT was scheduled. Did he want to do that?

He hemmed and hawed and eventually paid me my manager's salary for two months while I worked happily as a normal tutor with a very light load. And then I quit for good.

My new business did so well that I saved enough to retire in only three years of work. And boom, here we are, and I'm enjoying the FIREd life in my thirties while raising my baby. It wasn't quite an F U, since he was a good guy, but it was epic enough for me :)

Hmm... this seems similar to an employer cutting an employee's pay by 20% and telling the employee they better take it because they won't be able to pay rent and groceries next month with no job. I guess sometimes the employee is the one doing the arm-twisting.
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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #2130 on: December 15, 2017, 09:42:26 AM »
Not as epic as some, but here's a story from when I quit my old job to work on my own business:

I had been managing around a dozen test prep tutors, and had a good relationship with my boss. He was a great boss, really he was, the best I ever had. So I gave him plenty of notice when I decided I wanted to quit - about six months, so that we could transfer my responsibilities to someone else over time. I had been working on a big curriculum project as well as handling all of the high-end clients who wanted "the best tutor you have." I came with a $250/hr price tag, but the clients we had didn't mind paying it.

I'd been working on salary and managing all of the other tutors as well as handling my own students. As the months went by, I finished up the big project. I transitioned the management to the new manager. And then I had two months left and only a handful of students to take care of. My boss came to me and said that since I didn't have the same responsibilities, he wanted to change my pay to hourly, $75/hr. This was a huge pay cut since I only had a few students left, and was only working around ten hours a week.

So I said no.

He hadn't expected this response. Every other tutor was paid $25/hr or so, so he expected me to be thrilled. But I had been expecting my old manager's salary until my quit date, which was still two months away. He didn't want to pay it, he said, because I was no longer doing management stuff. Fair enough.

But still no.

I told him if I had given him a normal two week's notice, he would have been completely screwed, and I felt it was unfair to essentially fire me two months early for getting the transition completed ahead of schedule. Of course, he could fire me, but that would mean a bunch of REALLY angry parents whose students would be losing their "premium" tutor right before the SAT was scheduled. Did he want to do that?

He hemmed and hawed and eventually paid me my manager's salary for two months while I worked happily as a normal tutor with a very light load. And then I quit for good.

My new business did so well that I saved enough to retire in only three years of work. And boom, here we are, and I'm enjoying the FIREd life in my thirties while raising my baby. It wasn't quite an F U, since he was a good guy, but it was epic enough for me :)

Hmm... this seems similar to an employer cutting an employee's pay by 20% and telling the employee they better take it because they won't be able to pay rent and groceries next month with no job.

Several years back, I was in that situation, where my pay as an IT freelancer was cut by 15%; all freelancers' pay was cut across the board. And it had been stagnant for years previously. I actually had FU money then and could have quit, but I finished that project and returned to the team the following year as a different type of freelancer with significantly higher hourly pay. I hate when employers use their power like this. But I get that business is business, and they won't pay more than they have to.

Also, great story, Mrs. Whipple. :) It is wonderful to see someone know their worth and insist on it, knowing they can survive if the answer is leaving the job.

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« Reply #2131 on: December 19, 2017, 12:13:27 PM »
Friends,

(TLDR; take this job and shove it)

My 20+ year career in enterprise IT is coming to an end in 2018 and thanks to FU money, I am not panicking or frantically searching for another job.  In fact, on a daily basis I feel like I might just explode from joy.

I work on a small team of highly experienced IT system engineers for a major retailer.

This retailer leases and operates several data centers across the country and owns tens of millions of dollars worth of data center IT equipment such as servers, network switches, firewalls, storage arrays, etc.

Earlier in 2017, the CIO and board of directors kicked off an ambitious project to close all these data centers and move their entire IT infrastructure to a cloud infrastructure.  The scope of the project is enormous.  Hundreds of applications and one of the top 10 e-commerce sites in the world will need completely migrated out of data centers and into the cloud.

In September of 2017, the company decided to outsource any job related to data center IT to Tata Consulting Services, aka TCS.  Over 70 people were laid off.  Storage engineers, UNIX engineers, networking engineers, data center engineers, anyone with a job supporting or engineering data center solutions was laid off in favor of TCS taking over the work.  I was one of these layoffs.

TCS arranged with the retailer to hire a small number of those laid off to come work for TCS and continue doing their old job, but as a TCS contractor, not as an employee of the retailer.  Of course this move to TCS would get you a huge pay cut, an enormous cost increase in benefits, and officially zero paid time off.

My name was identified as a key engineer, and TCS gave me the "opportunity" to apply for my old job.  I was given about a month to decide if I wanted to join TCS.  The alternative was to train my TCS replacements and be out of a job on 2/1/18.

It took me about an hour to decide to that this was my out. 

I was given a deadline to apply to TCS.  I would have had to interview for my old job.  The day of the deadline, I received a phone call from a TCS recruiter.  The recruiter said he was calling to find out why he hadn't seen my resume submitted yet.  My reply:

"I didn't submit my resume to TCS."

**** crickets  chirp chirp chirp *****

"Uh....... may I ask why not?"

"I don't want to work for TCS."

******** 30 second pause.........  "OK then well wishes to you..."  click

It's hard to describe how I felt during that conversation.  I knew I was willingly making a choice to abandon my career.  The only thing I've ever done in my adult life to make a living was now effectively over, and I did have the opportunity to keep going, but I chose not to.  I refused to work harder for less, and it's all thanks to having FU money.

So here I am employed until 2/1/18.  I'm mostly done training my replacements, and they sure will have their work cut out for them.  I'm abandoning several high profile projects that require attention and expertise.  Good luck to them.  As my last day approaches, I will be offering my services for after 2/1/18 at a very reasonable rate of $200/hr with a 2 hour minimum.

A few of my co-workers did interview with and accept TCS positions.  Other co-workers have found new IT jobs elsewhere.  When they ask me what I'm doing, I tell them that I am done with IT and will be taking at least a year off.  The reactions are comically mixed.  Some people can't believe it and think I'm making a huge, costly mistake.  Others are very supportive with a "good for you" attitude.

My plan now after 2/1/18 is to enjoy a reasonably generous severance, then file for unemployment.  When that runs out, I'll start tapping into my backdoor ROTH for living expenses.  I expect to look for a part time job within walking distance after unemployment runs out.  There is a very nice liquor store within walking distance that is constantly hiring for clerks and stocking staff.  I will absolutely have no problem whatsoever working there for beer money.

Cheers!

That's an awesome story.  I strongly encourage you to hold fast to your hourly rate and minimum -- if you spend 5 minutes responding to an email, they get invoiced for $400.

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« Reply #2132 on: December 19, 2017, 03:35:36 PM »
So, I have an amusing story from when I was a kid.  It's not based on FU money, but it bears telling because it's about having the power to walk.

At the time I'm 17, and I'm working as a dishwasher/busboy at a busy restaurant in my home town.  I'm toiling along, one with the dishwashing machine, when I remember to schedule myself off for a week the next month. 

On the schedule I black out my time as unavailable, because I was going to the beach for a week with friends.  I didn't think anything else of it because it was pretty far away and others would want the shifts anyway.

So the night before the trip I'm halfway through the dinner shift and talking with my manager.  He mentions something about tomorrow and I say "Oh, I'm out of town.  I'll be at the beach all week."  He says: "Oh, I'm sorry, I can't give you off, I need you next week."  I say:  "You are misunderstanding me, I won't be here next week, no matter what."  He says: "You are working next week or you're fired."

No more talking, just walked out the door.  I'm outside getting into my car when I see the other dishwasher dude coming out.  He says "If you quit, I quit."  LMAO so now they are in a dinner rush and have no one working the machine.  I can't even imagine the firestorm back there all night.

Moral of the story:  17 year old kids who still live at home and have plans to go to the beach don't need your dumb minimum wage job.  :)

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« Reply #2133 on: December 19, 2017, 07:27:52 PM »
I manage a crew of teenagers on our farm all summer.  Usually we have hard working kids who enjoy that our job would totally be cool with you missing time for vacations, dentist appointments, camps, etc.  Last summer one kid had a mom who let him do a little too much of whatever he wanted.  He would slack at work, and I would point out that working and money is better than working and no money, and what would your parents say? (because my parents would have kicked my butt for this type of thing, and grounded me, and shamed me, and taught me why it's good to have a work ethic by giving me a dozen chores every day for the rest of the summer....context)  He was like "my mom would be mad, but she'd get over it, and I'd get to sleep in".  Um, wow.  So your story reminded me of the teenager without strong enough parenting at home who was about to walk off the job because it was hot, and I was making him actually work while at work.  Also, he had to stay until 5 even though that would make him late to his random get together volleyball game.  Some teenagers have so much power.

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« Reply #2134 on: December 20, 2017, 02:07:02 AM »
I manage a crew of teenagers on our farm all summer.  Usually we have hard working kids who enjoy that our job would totally be cool with you missing time for vacations, dentist appointments, camps, etc.  Last summer one kid had a mom who let him do a little too much of whatever he wanted.  He would slack at work, and I would point out that working and money is better than working and no money, and what would your parents say? (because my parents would have kicked my butt for this type of thing, and grounded me, and shamed me, and taught me why it's good to have a work ethic by giving me a dozen chores every day for the rest of the summer....context)  He was like "my mom would be mad, but she'd get over it, and I'd get to sleep in".  Um, wow.  So your story reminded me of the teenager without strong enough parenting at home who was about to walk off the job because it was hot, and I was making him actually work while at work.  Also, he had to stay until 5 even though that would make him late to his random get together volleyball game.  Some teenagers have so much power.

Yeah.  Except rementis was a responsible teenager and blocked off his time off a calendar month in advance.  And his boss' response when he mentioned it a day prior was an ultimatum.  Rementis' story reminds me of a lot of bosses who are too lazy to do their due diligence as adults and plan ahead when confronted with information. He instead defaulted to childish bullying in lieu of accepting responsibility for his error and finding a legit solution.  And thereby caused an employee to take a knee jerk response to walk off the job along with a co-worker.

Can teenagers be lazy motherfuckers?  Absolutely!  But part of a manager's job is to know their employees.  Part of that is knowing what decisions a teenager is likely to make.  And surprise!  It's not necessarily going to be whatever values the manager's parents inculcated in them. 
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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #2135 on: December 20, 2017, 06:20:57 AM »
I was thinking the same thing as EricL - those two situations sound vastly different! I likely would have done the same thing had I done the responsible thing and blocked my time a month in advance!

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« Reply #2136 on: December 20, 2017, 07:50:27 AM »
That story reminds me of a story of my ex. When he was going to community college he worked as a prep cook at a very busy restaurant. He busted his butt, but noticed because he was cheerful and joking while he did his work, management felt like he wasn't working as hard as the main cook (who scowled and bitched all the time) and rode him. But the people who worked in the kitchen knew who was doing the work because they saw it (sous chef, diswashers, busers). I can't remember the exact reason why this happened, but he was given an ultimatum or that he would be fired. He thought for a few seconds and instead took off his apron and gave it to the manager and said, no I quit. He rides his bike home, wondering how he is going to tell his parents that he no longer has a job. The doorbell rings, and 3 other people from the kitchen are at the door, saying what he did was awesome, and that they all quit too! It was during the dinner rush.

I guess the morale of the story, is if you are going to be an *sshole manager, you need to accept the consequences when you push people too far. 

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« Reply #2137 on: December 20, 2017, 01:15:18 PM »
That story reminds me of a story of my ex. When he was going to community college he worked as a prep cook at a very busy restaurant. He busted his butt, but noticed because he was cheerful and joking while he did his work, management felt like he wasn't working as hard as the main cook (who scowled and bitched all the time) and rode him. But the people who worked in the kitchen knew who was doing the work because they saw it (sous chef, diswashers, busers). I can't remember the exact reason why this happened, but he was given an ultimatum or that he would be fired. He thought for a few seconds and instead took off his apron and gave it to the manager and said, no I quit. He rides his bike home, wondering how he is going to tell his parents that he no longer has a job. The doorbell rings, and 3 other people from the kitchen are at the door, saying what he did was awesome, and that they all quit too! It was during the dinner rush.

I guess the morale of the story, is if you are going to be an *sshole manager, you need to accept the consequences when you push people too far.
Yep!

I admit, that I can be rather surly at times.  This was true as a teen.

When I was in college, I was on work-study the first year or two, working the campus pizza joint.  First making pizza, then moved to the cashier position, because I was dating another pizza maker. Whatever.  Then I started dating another cashier.  Ha.  Showed that manager.

Anyway, the problem with being the cashier is that I didn't really like to take any crap.  And at an expensive private college, a lot of silver spoon kids gave me crap.  So I gave them crap right back.  (Things like just being snotty, or asking for something on the menu.  The man in charge of the kitchen would not make something if it wasn't on the menu.  He was not a college student, this was his FT job.  Or asking for the Monday special on Weds.  Again, it's not going to happen.)

My manager would lecture me on my attitude.  I just shrugged and said "sorry, but they are jerks, and I'm going to be jerks right back".

So here's the thing:
1.  I was one of the few cashiers whose drawer always balanced out at the end of the shift.
2.  I always picked up extra shifts.  Every. Single. Sunday., I would get a phone call at 2pm to come in early, when my shift started at 4 pm.  Because the woman (also not a student, this was her job) who was on shift at 2 pm never showed up until around 5 pm.  I was reliable, if reliably cranky.  The only time I said no was during finals when the manager actually called around to the various computer clusters to find me.
3.  I had to deal with a lot of sexual harassment from students at that job.  Customers.  Screw that.

In the end, I worked there 1.5 years to 2 years (can't remember which). Eventually, sophomore/ junior year I was on ROTC scholarship and my engineering load was hard enough I couldn't swing a PT job anymore.

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« Reply #2138 on: December 20, 2017, 08:40:45 PM »
And the amazing thing is that, teenagers being who they are, even if they have something at stake like car payments, romantic involvement or disciplinarian parents to worry about, there's a chance they'll say fuck it anyway.  In America we treat teens as guilty until proven 21.  So even teens that are trustworthy would just as soon be hung for being a wolf as for being a sheep. 

That's all I got on that.  Amazingly, I may have an FU story of my own in a week or so.  Certain things need to pan out first though.

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« Reply #2139 on: December 21, 2017, 01:32:07 PM »
My experience from jobs as a teenager is that managers think they can get away with everything when it's them vs. a 16 year old. Some really enjoy that power trip. I know I pushed back a few times against that kind of shit and I would definitely support my (hypothetical) kid if they stood up for themselves. My parents never cared much about what I did either way, but my s/o worked in a grocery store where he was treated very badly and his parents really tried to get him to submit to that abuse.

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« Reply #2140 on: December 21, 2017, 03:12:51 PM »
Well, MMM community, yesterday was my last day, which makes today my first day officially off!  YES! It feels great!   I woke up happy for the first time in a months.  My spouse was happy because I am already moving back to the old me and the kids are happy knowing that their parent is going to have more time for them.

A toxic, really super shitty coworker (and her just as awful family) was enough to get me to use FU money and walk away from a job that I used to love and that I'm genuinely good at.  It was affecting my stress levels and mood while at work and those feelings had even moved outside of normal work hours.  And yet, I stayed.  However, once my kids were being picked on at school by her kid and it wasn't resolving itself within a reasonable amount of time, that was the end of that!  I put my family's health and well-being first!

Interestingly, there were so many complaints from clientele about her (and really some laughable insane stories of her behavior) and yet nothing appeared to be done about it. I thought for sure the people in charge would see the toxicity and let her go, but so far she's only had meetings and been talked to.  I wondered why in the hell am I bothering with this insanity?  Why am I forcing myself to have to interact with someone so damn unhealthy and genuinely cruel to others?  And once that clicked in, I gave notice.  People close to me know that my resignation is a form of meaningful protest.  I don't have to stand idly by and be a part of a community that allows her to hurt others and so starting today, I DIDN'T. 
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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #2141 on: December 21, 2017, 03:16:51 PM »
@Secretly Saving - hallelujah and congratulations! This is great to read.

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« Reply #2142 on: December 21, 2017, 03:58:48 PM »
@Secretly Saving - Fantastic!!!!!

You need to post some of those stories over in the Overheard at Work thread (when you are ready) so that it can be shared and laughed about.  I'm sure some of its pretty funny in a sad way.  The Ask A Manager forum is full of stories of the crazies and that helped me through my last shitty job / job transition.

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« Reply #2143 on: December 22, 2017, 11:20:33 AM »
Well, MMM community, yesterday was my last day, which makes today my first day officially off!  YES! It feels great!   I woke up happy for the first time in a months.  My spouse was happy because I am already moving back to the old me and the kids are happy knowing that their parent is going to have more time for them.

A toxic, really super shitty coworker (and her just as awful family) was enough to get me to use FU money and walk away from a job that I used to love and that I'm genuinely good at.  It was affecting my stress levels and mood while at work and those feelings had even moved outside of normal work hours.  And yet, I stayed.  However, once my kids were being picked on at school by her kid and it wasn't resolving itself within a reasonable amount of time, that was the end of that!  I put my family's health and well-being first!

Interestingly, there were so many complaints from clientele about her (and really some laughable insane stories of her behavior) and yet nothing appeared to be done about it. I thought for sure the people in charge would see the toxicity and let her go, but so far she's only had meetings and been talked to.  I wondered why in the hell am I bothering with this insanity?  Why am I forcing myself to have to interact with someone so damn unhealthy and genuinely cruel to others?  And once that clicked in, I gave notice.  People close to me know that my resignation is a form of meaningful protest.  I don't have to stand idly by and be a part of a community that allows her to hurt others and so starting today, I DIDN'T.

Good for you, Secretly Saving! I swear I could have written parts of this word for word myself, except that I don't have kids. It is maddening when a toxic coworker's behavior is not effectively addressed -- or even acknowledged -- in the workplace, especially when it's affecting more than one person. I am glad for you that you had FU money to get yourself out of there.

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Re: Epic FU money stories
« Reply #2144 on: December 22, 2017, 11:34:57 AM »

OT hours...  I repeatedly get the spiel that we can't get more resources and must not be overloaded if we are only working 45 - 50 hours (I average 42).  Strange, but we don't get a dime for anything past 40.


I always zone out when I hear it.  I'm pretty blunt in my response to it though.  'Well, I guess we probably won't be getting a lot of things done then...' or 'Looks like we'll get further behind...'

Not really caring if you lose your job right then and there is a fantastic feeling.

I don't doubt I've frustrated the heck out of my managers.   But I'm still here....42 hours a week.

Others can only take advantage of you if you first give them your permission.  Its been a few years since I've done that.


Lol sound very familiar ; )

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« Reply #2145 on: December 23, 2017, 06:38:54 PM »
I got a private message that my original post at times, didn't make sense. I wish I could use alcohol as an excuse but can't. I rewrote it, this is the best I can do:


From all indications, son is a very good worker. Kind of like his Dad, can do it all, except Dad cannot work on computers.

Let me see if I can put this in order:
1. Son worked in IT at a hospital. Over the last 10 years, this particular Ďhospital groupí started springing up all over town, they seemed to be really growing.
2. There seem to be a lot of hospitals in this area that now have the colors of this group.
3. Son got a new boss. I could tell it was not a good match right from the beginning.
4. Several of the vendors of the IT dept wanted to hire son but whenever they talked to sonís boss about it, they were told if they did, they would never be a vendor of this hospital group again. So of course, they did not. I canít remember the exact words, but sonís boss told him he wouldnít work anywhere else (he must really be good at what he does!)
5. In the meantime, this hospital group bought an independent hospital, proceeding with plans to change it, partly in its IT dept, so son worked over there a lot. So son was in their computer as an employee of the same company that purchased them.
6. I donít know who brought it to the FTCís attention, but the hospital group went all the way to the Supreme Court on appeal (who declined to hear the takeover case) and then started making plans to divest the hospital. The FTC said the takeover would give the hospital group too much power, mostly in raising prices.  FTC  appointed a third-party monitor to oversee the divestiture.
7. Like I said, son was in the system as the hospital groupís employee, so he went over to work at the hospital that was once again gaining its independence. Seems like there were several people in the IT dept that son used to work with so he got all the references he needed.
8. I know quite a few nurses who work at that hospital and they all love it there. They have been there 25 Ė 35 years!
Bye Bye, old boss!
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« Reply #2146 on: December 24, 2017, 02:16:16 PM »
I'm not exactly sure if this fits here, but his stash would have been used if necessary (he gave me permission to add this, because he said it's public knowledge)
My son worked in the IT department of a hospital, part of a company that owns a lot of hospitals and medical stuff around here and keeps buying more. He knows his networking stuff, and I know he's an excellent worker, so is valuable, especially with all the buildings they're buying that need to be 'networked.'

He got a new boss and he came to the realization that he did not care to work for him. A couple of the vendors that came in were interested in hiring son, but he 'heard' that they were told if they take him, the company would no longer be needing them. So he stayed.

A few years ago (maybe 6-7-8?) that company bought an independent hospital and they were working on bringing it up to their level of computer/networking/ some other computer word.

The beginning of 2017 the FTA  said nope, it will give them too much power to raise prices, and the Supreme Court agreed, the process was started to make that lone hospital independent again. It was supposedly the first hospital that they had 'broken up.'

The files they had still had old files, so my son was still in the system. There were a lot of people over there that had left too, gave him glowing reports, so he now works for the newly independent hospital, as their network guy.

We've taught our kids, you play by the rules, but if there's a problem, find ways to work within them to get what you need.

I know people who have worked at that hospital for 15-20-25 years and love their jobs.

Good for your son!  Sounds like he had to weather the storm, but is now sailing with clear skies.  When you love your job, it really shows in the work you do.  I'm guessing he is a SWAMI =)

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« Reply #2147 on: December 24, 2017, 05:07:25 PM »
I was thinking the same thing as EricL - those two situations sound vastly different! I likely would have done the same thing had I done the responsible thing and blocked my time a month in advance!

Same - and actually my son has had something similar happen to him. He works for the same company in his university town and our hometown, and the university manager has accidentally scheduled him several times when he's in hometown for holidays. The manager has called him at shift start and apologizes right away, but it's still awkward. Today (in town for the holiday), my son was debating whether he should somehow remind his away manager he's not available. He decided it's ultimately not his responsibility once he's submitted his hours and the schedule has been posted, and that a reminder may be interpreted negatively by his manager.


I don't have any FU money stories but I love this thread. I've had more than a few I Will Hold To What I Think Is Right situations at work, though. The most recent was arguing a policy about on call shifts. The upshot is that call shifts started at 3pm and we were expected to call in by 1pm to see if we were needed at 3pm. In my mind this meant we really were on call by 2:15pm as we're required to be within 45 minutes of the workplace. This seemed obvious to me, especially from an hourly employee perspective, but it was quite a dramatic reaction from my supervisor and management and hadn't been questioned in 20+ years. I won.

I've had other situations like that over the years, some more dramatic and led to the firing of people above me in the management chain. It helps that, even though I don't make a lot of money, I know my skill set and personality are valuable in my local job market. Or maybe because I don't make a lot of money I know I can always get another $15/hr job. Professionally-licensed staff don't have quite the same flexibility ;)

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« Reply #2148 on: December 25, 2017, 02:19:59 PM »
I am asking for a sabbatical in the end of february with start in August. About a year ago I had pretty much enough of my manager that gave me a shit rise of salary. The manager that hired me quit after four months and one of my coworkers becomes the manager after a six months hiring process and delat with it a way tha I didnít like.. I was pissed off for 2 weeks after that but had bought a new apartment and lived in it for 2 weeks so I was not prepared to relocate to another city. After being pissed off I decided to save money for a sabbatical and let him deal with finding a replacement. He lost me there and have continued doing it with the next discussion about salaries and recent micromanaging. I absolutely hate micromanaging. Thereafter I have been doing my job but in relation to him nothing extra.

 Here the company have to allow you to take a sabbatical for studying. They can postpone it for 6 months hence the 6 months notice. And I dont want to live my clients or colleagues in a lurch as I like most of them. I will probably take some online courses at university or at least sign up for them to keep my social security. I am planning to come back in june next year which will make him jump of joy because I work in consulting with a fixed salary. Summertime can be really slow in the job especially if you havenít set up work for summer. When I get back from the sabbatical I am planning to start looking for a new job so I am not planning to stay there longterm. I actually applied for two other positions before Christmas because they sounded interesting and was for an interview for the other. As I havenít heard back I guess I didnít get it so I am back to plan for a sabbatical.

Funny thing is that I am heading one of Three development groups within the company and the two other  leaders have left the position for different reasons. I let it slip to one of the members that I was the only original left and WHO know when he needed to replace me. It got totally silent in the phone and he said that it sounded worrisome and hope that I didnít have something planned. I had to lie that I didnít. Interesting enough in a meeting with the groups he had made a comment about how he had the confidence in my ability to head to group etc..

So fuck you money is nice to have. If my company doesnít approve of the leave I am starting to look for something else immediately.

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« Reply #2149 on: December 27, 2017, 01:32:11 AM »
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.