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Old 12-18-06, 03:48 PM   #1
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Unemployed!

So, I just quit my job!

Basically, they kept screwing me over. The boss in an incompetant b****monkey with a powertrip.

On 9/8 of this year the front desk didn't call me to let me know that someone booked between my two appointments then. They should have, as I was doing chair massage that morning and that final booking took me 1.5 hours over my safe working limit. When I had to turn that client away to preserve my safety, I was threatened with being fired, yelled at, and lectured.

That scheduling error the front desk made was blamed on me, wholly and completely.

Guess what! It happened again!

I checked my schedule online at 4am this morning. Nothing, an open day. Typical Monday. I went to lunch with visiting family, came home, sat on the john. Got a call at 1:59. It was the front desk girl. "Did you know you have a 2 o'clock?"

Hmmm. Interesting. I can't come in until 4 because my contract says that I'm required a minimum of 2 hours notice before being called in. I'm going to play the contract game so I don't get screwed over again.

Boss calls me back and starts saying that she expected me to "go above and beyond" after the incident on 9/8. I said "I can't do this, I quit."

Hopefully that'll leave a nice hole in their schedule.

I just can't put myself at risk for this company which stopped caring. I just wish I would have had more time to plan to get the other job. Luckily, I turned a job application into a rival store Satuday. They seemed to like me, but it's time to start spreading my résumé around more. I'll put it into two more places tomorrow.

I also have my first interview with the police department Jan 22. If I get into the PD, I'll be quite happy.
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Old 12-18-06, 03:52 PM   #2
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Good luck man, the best thing is you were already on the ball when you took off. That way you are already on the way to a new job.
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I have a feeling there might be more safety issues to deal with in the police department than there are giving "chair massages"....but good luck on that.
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Old 12-18-06, 03:58 PM   #4
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Denny, I'm not talking about getting shot at or anything with massage.

Massage is a very, very intense job. 5 hours of it a day and you are beat. The average burnout rate of massage therapists is under 5 years. If one doesn't pay attention to their body mechanics and how long they work for, they are at serious risk of getting injured. In fact, I started to get carpal tunnel syndrome from working too much, I thought I could handle it. I had to cut my hours to a very strict maximum of 5 per day so I didn't get injured.

With massage, I love the work, but hate the job.

I'm trying to get into the police department because they need people, it's a good job, and it's community work.
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good luck. things will work out !
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Thanks, Catatonic. I was planning on quitting soon...just not that soon.

Rd, thanks!
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Find a girlfriend/boyfriend- they will certainly appreciate your massage skills.
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Way to go. That takes brass and baby you got 'em!
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can you work for yourself?

a friend of mine is a self-employed massuse (?) and has been for almost 10 years now. she takes the odd part-time job at a spa once in a while for extra money, but for the most part she is totally self employed. she can take vacation whenever, schedule as little or as much as she wants, and just work under her own terms.
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Find a girlfriend/boyfriend- they will certainly appreciate your massage skills.
My girlfriend isn't thrilled that I'm an LMT. It's work and I don't like to take it home. That said, I do fix her up when she has an issue and sometimes give her a bit of nice basic Swedish.

Thanks Stacey!
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Sounds like you're getting out at a good time and for good reason. Good luck with the Police Dept! Sounds like you could probably have a bit of job security with them. I can totally understand how the work would wear you down.
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can you work for yourself?

a friend of mine is a self-employed massuse (?) and has been for almost 10 years now. she takes the odd part-time job at a spa once in a while for extra money, but for the most part she is totally self employed. she can take vacation whenever, schedule as little or as much as she wants, and just work under her own terms.
one of my friends does this too! she does quite well.
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can you take legal action for something like that even though you quit?

Good luck with the job search!
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a friend of mine is a self-employed massuse (?) and has been for almost 10 years now. she takes the odd part-time job at a spa once in a while for extra money, but for the most part she is totally self employed. she can take vacation whenever, schedule as little or as much as she wants, and just work under her own terms.
Nope. I don't have enough clients to survive. Plus, I hate client retention. I just want to massage, not chase people. I'd rather make massage a side job rather than my main source of income.

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can you take legal action for something like that even though you quit?

Good luck with the job search!
Even if they had fired me I wouldn't have had any legal recourse. Arizona is a right to work state.

Update, though! I went and saw Casino Royale with my family who're visiting for Chanukkah. While in the movie, I got two calls (on vibrate!). One was from the manager of the studio, the other from the owner/my boss. They were both basically begging me to reconsider.

Apparently I've taken the I'll-fire-you sword from her hand and turned it into my own weapon. They want to negotiate and reconcile with me. Well, they said they do. I don't trust them half as far as I can throw them.

They want a meeting to discuss terms, so I'll grant them their meeting. I do have my own agenda, though. How does this sound to you guys (I'm still quitting once I get to the PD or get a better job)?

1. Massage room walls must have the missing paint touched up within 7 days.
2. Circuit board in massage room #1 must be covered up within 7 days.
3. I must have 9 clients per week provided by the studio, or compensated for the difference if under 9. This one is a stretch, I know. But they owe me at least that. It's barely enough, 9 per week, but it's still better than the crap they've been giving me.
4. Front desk workers must be trained properly, including calling therapists when their appointments change.
5. I want to retain full employee benefits while severing the exclusivity contract. Even 9 clients isn't enough to pay my credit cards from school.
6. I want to be guaranteed I will never have to work over 5 hours per day.
7. I want my deposit for the Pilates Teacher Training Program to be refunded (boss said she decided she didn't want me to take it).

That's what I have so far. I know I want more terms to lay out, but we'll see. I'm waiting to call them back, and I won't take their call. Now that I have the upper hand, I won't let it go by letting them initiate the conversation. If you think that's childish, you don't know how manipulative my boss is. I know that I need to set my boundries and stick to them, and that includes not showing what they would consider weakness by answering their call.
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It's not a bad idea - for the most part unemployment can be collected if you are fired but not if you quit. If you have a problem with the PD you can have a fallback.

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Now that I have the upper hand, I won't let it go by letting them initiate the conversation. If you think that's childish, you don't know how manipulative my boss is. I know that I need to set my boundries and stick to them, and that includes not showing what they would consider weakness by answering their call.
That is so twisted and wrong, but you have to be that way with such people. I think 4-7 are the ones to fight for, personally. 3 is righteous, but I wonder how likely it is to happen. 1 & 2, well, I work for a nonprofit, we don't even have waiting room chairs that match.

I must say that as an office manager in a behavioral health clinic, I would write up my staff that pulled that kind of crap on a clinician so fast, she wouldn't know what hit her! My housemate is an LMT in a chiropractor's office - they fired a receptionist for doing that more than once, though I realize chiropractors understand repetitive stress injuries. I hope you get one of the other positions you are applying for.
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Apparently I've taken the I'll-fire-you sword from her hand and turned it into my own weapon. They want to negotiate and reconcile with me. Well, they said they do. I don't trust them half as far as I can throw them.

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That's what I have so far. I know I want more terms to lay out, but we'll see.
I'd stand firm on 4-6, negotiate on 3 & 7. #1 is a cosmetic thing, if you don't like it paint it yourself. #2 could possibly be a code violation, depending on what type of 'circuit board' you're talking about. This could result in closure of the facility by the fire marshal or building code inspector if not properly adressed.

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That is so twisted and wrong, but you have to be that way with such people. I think 4-7 are the ones to fight for, personally. 3 is righteous, but I wonder how likely it is to happen. 1 & 2, well, I work for a nonprofit, we don't even have waiting room chairs that match.

I must say that as an office manager in a behavioral health clinic, I would write up my staff that pulled that kind of crap on a clinician so fast, she wouldn't know what hit her! My housemate is an LMT in a chiropractor's office - they fired a receptionist for doing that more than once, though I realize chiropractors understand repetitive stress injuries. I hope you get one of the other positions you are applying for.
Basically, 1 & 2 I want to be done just so that the decor is whole. They have the money to do it, and it's really just 2 spots of paint 3 square feet at eye level. 3 is one of my bargaining chips. It'll be the term I'm willing to whittle down. 4-7 are what I need to be done to stay there. The deposit was just $25, but it's $25 I need. It'll cover the cost of a cheap voice recorder so I can record what is said in the meeting.

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I'd stand firm on 4-6, negotiate on 3 & 7. #1 is a cosmetic thing, if you don't like it paint it yourself. #2 could possibly be a code violation, depending on what type of 'circuit board' you're talking about. This could result in closure of the facility by the fire marshal or building code inspector if not properly adressed.

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