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Old 08-04-06, 07:58 AM   #1
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Ever get fired? If so for what?

I just voluntarily got layed off earlier this morning because there was no work left for half of us summer guys, and my coworkers with families and debt need the money worse than I need car enhancement and ammo money.

Anyway, I certainly wasn't fired this morning, I volunteered to be layed off, but the last time I lost a job I was. A couple of years ago I worked for a construction company that was such a burocracy that they would hold meetings for no brainer decisions, and they would out do Wallmart when it came to screwing over employees and customers. They got tired of me pointing out simple things they could do that would cut their costs in half, or please their customers better and make things run more smoothly. Even if they couldn't be more right, companies don't like it when 18 year olds (20 now) point out obviously better ways do things, and they fired my ass. I went right from there and got a job making 50% more money, so it was a mutually benifitial firing. In any case, getting layed off gave me the idea that it would be interesting to have a discussion about why some of us foosters were fired from various jobs.
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Old 08-04-06, 08:47 AM   #2
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I once got fired for not wanting to tell people they looked good in the clothes we were selling when they didn't. That's actually the only time I've gotten fired, though I quit under a one night suspension at Meijer for refusing to cover someones break back in the college days.
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Possibly for having a strong sense of ethics. Later I learned the company was under investigation.
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Old 08-04-06, 09:24 AM   #4
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i didn't turn up to work for 2 and a half months, and when i finally did show up they put me back to work straight away- its so hard to get fired by the nhs.
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i didn't turn up to work for 2 and a half months, and when i finally did show up they put me back to work straight away- its so hard to get fired by the nhs.
Obviously, they didn't want the bad press of having terminated the employment of an orang-utan.

Not technically fired, but I got out of a few months of service in the Navy because I got fed up with the Chief Master at Arms on our ship bringing kids up for really petty offenses, and the Captain giving everyone nearly the maximum punishment without any regard to mitigating circumstances. When one of my guys got written up by the Marines at the station gate for not obeying their order to go away while they were manhandling his buddy for having a recently expired ID, it pushed me beyond the limit. I wrote a rather rash, but scathing set of comments on the incident, and I learned that the Captain had zero tolerance for objections to kangaroo court proceedings from his Division Officers. The MidPac commander offered me a fresh start on another ship, but I declined the offer.
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Old 08-04-06, 09:33 AM   #6
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i didn't turn up to work for 2 and a half months, and when i finally did show up they put me back to work straight away- its so hard to get fired by the nhs.
I was working for a guy that owned a small business back in the partying days and I also decided to take a few weeks (not months) off. I didn't bother to tell the guy I was working for, I was to busy partying and getting drunk every night.

After about a week I stumbled (literally) into my boss at a party. He said, "i wondered where you have been." I pretty much ignored him. A few days later I went back to work and he never said a word. It was business as usual. Obviously he didn't have a lot of backbone and I was more than willing to take advantage of that.
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I worked at this one Garage back in college and on all the cars I did oil changes on, we put those little stickers on the windshield that tell you when to come back. Well, these particular stickers had a place for your name, but since I didn't feel like having my name on it, and in past garage's I've worked at didnt have that space, I didn't put my name. So instead, I put "Dr. Love" for some stupid reason, and after 5 or 10 cars and two days, my boss informs me that someone took offense to the sticker and is filing a lawsuit. No more job...
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Been fired many times, usually for attitude problems. Walked out of many more jobs out of anger and frustration.
Haven't burned any bridges since college though... I'm a good boy now
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Something Explody just said in another thread reminded me that I was actually fired from another job. I worked retail to put myself through college and when I finished my Masters, I was working at a library and a K-Mart. I gave notice at the K-Mart and the very last night of work, 15 minutes before closing, I was closing up the photo area when a guy came back. He'd picked up a phone in electronics and gone up to find that it was not the phone he thought was one sale. He came back and stopped at the counter and yelled at me about how he had to walk all the way back because I was too lazy (I believe he called me illiterate too) to make sure that the sign was on the right phone. I told him that I was in photo (hence the lab coat) and if a man his age (college age) had a hard time walking the 100 feet from the front of the store to electronics he had bigger problems and quite frankly he could kiss a certain part of my anatomy (of course, worded differently) because I didn't intend to be someone anymore that people could dump on and expect to stand there quietly.

The manager came back a few minutes later and asked me what happened. He thought it was pretty funny but said that maybe - as I was leaving anyway, I should just take off early. I got the message but didn't care because OHMYGOSH after seven years of taking bad attitudes and condescending crap it felt good just to let it go.
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Will be fired in two months due to the shutting down of the one profitable group in our company. Being successful irritates this company to no end; the guilty are shown the door.
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a mutual agreement.
I disputed a new commision program where I worked, they wanted to pay me less on some very large accounts and wanted to put me on a click-down on the commission structure and I said No.
So they said well Gary, I said Adios.
That was on a Friday went to work with a competitor on Monday.

First time in 30 years, it was a humbling experience
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I was "let go" along with the cleaning lady because the dot-com I was interning for simply ran out of money.
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Old 08-04-06, 12:24 PM   #13
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I got fired for showing up to work drunk, its not like I was driving or anything. I was just teaching people how to drive.
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Twice....first time at a pizza joint for drinking beer and making too many pizza's for myself while washing dishes. To explain: I had to maintain the kegs since it was a tap beer place so why not have a pitcher and a few pizza's while cleaning up at night.....sounds harmless.
Second time I spent the weekend in bed with my girlfriend and never called my work at a clothing store to tell them I wasn't coming in. Two weeks later, I was in there shopping and the manager asked if I wanted my old job back. I said sure and he promoted me to manager immediatly and he quit. The owner was dead, the store was closing, I was the manager and there were only two employees left. Needless to say, we took long lunch breaks......
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Only once in high school. An assitstant manager at at a resturaunt I worked at for three years thought I was hitting on his girlfriend. I wasn't. Anyway, he made me work kitchen clean up duty every night for a couple weeks when I wasn't even a kitchen employee. And gave me extra assignments so I was always the last one to leave. My last night there I cornered him and let him have it (verbally). I used words I haven't used before or since. He had another manager fire me, he wouldn't even do it himself.

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Old 08-04-06, 12:48 PM   #16
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I volunteered to be layed off...
So now you can collect unemployment for six months, you socialist.

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Old 08-04-06, 12:57 PM   #17
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So now you can collect unemployment for six months, you socialist.

I am uneducated on unemployment pay. I only had the job for about 10 weeks. Does that actually qualify me for 6 months of unemployment?
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Just once...my grocery store job I had during my high school senior year (e.g. almost 20 years ago).

I ran a "scrub machine", with a few other guys who mopped behind me to clean the store floors after closing. At one point I accidentally bumped a produce display and a piece or two of fruit fell off. I didn't notice them, but the guys mopping did and picked up and started playing catch with it. About a minute later I noticed them playing and made them stop and go throw the fruit away. We continued and finished the floor cleaning.

The next day, I find out that another guy working after hours, who was kind of my "rival" went to the manager with another story. This guy and I always competed because we were technically the same level, and he tried to boss me around all the time. Being the guy I am, I usually told him to "shove it up his assteroid". Anyway, he told the manager that "we" were playing in produce...I was knocking fruit around all over the place and we were having a big ole' fruit fight. As evidence, he showed the manager some fruit seeds that had apparently splattered against the scrub machine when that initial (and only as far as I know) piece of fruit fell.

Anyway...next day the manager calls two of the four of us involved and tells us we have until next week for find another job. Then he says "are you going to work hard for me until then?". Wes, the other guy gives a big "yes sir", I just scoffed and laughed. He sent us out to go back to work, "for now".

I talked Wes into just clocking out and leaving that night....if we're fired, let's not hang around. I went across to the street to a rival grocery store, in my uniform, and was hired on the spot. And because it was the manager's night to close, with 2 of 4 people leaving, he had to get out and help mop himself! Hah!
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Old 08-04-06, 01:04 PM   #19
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I've been fired twice. The first time I accepted a job I wasn't right for. The person hiring seemingly wanted ANYONE to fill the position. I told them I'd need training, and ALOT of guidance (I was just out of college). They hired me, weren't interested in showing me how to DO the job and then told everyone I was fired (except me). I turned up for work on Monday & was handed a check and asked to leave. I wrote the boss a letter laying out the circumstances of my hiring and firing. He wrote back with a letter of apology and included a glowing letter of reference.

The second time I was fired was a classic case of New Boss/New Staff. A new person was hired to run the startup that employed me. Even though I had done a great job in my opinion (with very little money & staff) the new guy decided a change was needed. He hired one of his cronies from his old job at double my salary. I was fired, got 6 months severence and benefits. The startup declared for bankruptcy before my severence ran out and I found a new job within a month of getting fired. The people still employed by the company at the time of bankruptcy were owed a month of salary, recieved no severance or benefits. They later got some of their back pay.

In both cases I thought it was a lesson learned. Don't take a job you're not right for, especially if that company has no intention of training you. And secondly, a new boss or administration or company might eliminate your job or fire you for reasons other than job performance. There isn't much you can do about that. Don't take it personally. See it as an opportunity and move on.

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I was fired once. I was supposed to have a plane out of the hangar and on the tarmac by 7AM. It was a King Air. Normally this would take me about 30 minutes. So I showed up to work at 6:30 and they were already tugging the plane out. I was like WTF? My coworkers did not like me I think because I reported one of them who hit the wing tip of a Cheyenne on the hangar door and didn't want to say anything about it. I was directing him and yelling stop but he thought I was incompetent and kept going and smashed it. You can crash a plane that has damage to the wing. Anyway they used that whole incident of me showing up to work supposedly late and not getting a plane out on time to fire me. Pissed me off but I moved on to better things.
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i got fired from subway for not being the managers freind and not going to get the copy paper she forgot to pick up. :/


i hope she's in jail on drug charges now.
Come on, MERTY, my boy....I'm sure you have at least another dozen firing stories you could share with us.
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Old 08-04-06, 01:47 PM   #23
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nope. just that one.

i still can't figure out why it's so hard for me to get called in for an interview.

the only problems i can think of is that maybe they think i'm using a fake first name (my first name is a tad odd), or that they think uncharacterized entry level seperation means dishonorable discharge...

what all do they find on the checks they run? health problems?
I wouldn't think so....are you sure your resume is well written?

Try a book called "Resumes that Knock 'Em Dead" by Martin Yate. It was recommended by a guy teaching a class about interviewing as "the bible" for resumes and job related information.
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nope. just that one.

i still can't figure out why it's so hard for me to get called in for an interview.

the only problems i can think of is that maybe they think i'm using a fake first name (my first name is a tad odd), or that they think uncharacterized entry level seperation means dishonorable discharge...

what all do they find on the checks they run? health problems?
Bike Forums is pretty popular you know.

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Only ever been fired once and that was for inapproriate relations with management.

I was dating the assistant manager they fired her as well!!
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