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    Domestic Domestique UnsafeAlpine's Avatar
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    I can't even post what I want to.

    I got a phone call last night. After turning down the parks job in favor of the bike shop job, the bike shop decided to let me go. I apparently adjusted a brake incorrectly and the owner of the bike came back last night after I left. He was pretty irate. The brake failed and he went down hard.

    They said that while they know mistakes happen, they're a small shop and just can't handle these kinds of mistakes.

    Do I call the parks office back and try to get that job or what?

    Damn.

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    Sorry to hear that UA. Did they say what specifically was wrong? If it was your mistake that caused the person's fall then you'd know and wouldn't repeat it.

    Couldn't hurt to at least see if the other position has been filled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
    I got a phone call last night. After turning down the parks job in favor of the bike shop job, the bike shop decided to let me go. I apparently adjusted a brake incorrectly and the owner of the bike came back last night after I left. He was pretty irate. The brake failed and he went down hard.

    They said that while they know mistakes happen, they're a small shop and just can't handle these kinds of mistakes.

    Do I call the parks office back and try to get that job or what?

    Damn.
    Sometimes life sucks. Get back on that horse and make the phone call. Yes it will be a difficult call to make, but it's better than the alternative ... not having a job.
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    Sorry to hear this. This sue happy litigious society we live in leaves many with very little if any margin for error.

    Did the shop train you at all? Where you supervised at all, as in was someone more senior checking your work due to your limiited experience? Did you ride the bike before it went out the door? Did anyone?

    Mistakes happen, I bet there is not a wrench in that shop who has not made a mistake. Sadly, you are the newest guy with little margin, etc. and you were let go. And this is the guy that was supposed to be your friend, etc? Wow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    Sorry to hear this. This sue happy litigious society we live in leaves many with very little if any margin for error.

    Did the shop train you at all? Where you supervised at all, as in was someone more senior checking your work due to your limiited experience? Did you ride the bike before it went out the door? Did anyone?

    Mistakes happen, I bet there is not a wrench in that shop who has not made a mistake. Sadly, you are the newest guy with little margin, etc. and you were let go. And this is the guy that was supposed to be your friend, etc? Wow.
    That's exactly what I was thinking. In a properly supervised shop this should not have happened. You have to mentor and supervise employees, not throw them under the bus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post

    Do I call the parks office back and try to get that job or what?
    Yes. Tell them the other job was not what you thought it would turn out to be, and ask if the position you applied for is still available.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
    Yes. Tell them the other job was not what you thought it would turn out to be, and ask if the position you applied for is still available.
    +1, hope it all works out for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
    Yes. Tell them the other job was not what you thought it would turn out to be, and ask if the position you applied for is still available.
    +1. And this is why it is always good to not burn bridges...ya never know.

    sorry to hear this, brother - but chin up and move on, stuff happens. None of us are perfect. Glad the irate rider is okay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
    Yes. Tell them the other job was not what you thought it would turn out to be, and ask if the position you applied for is still available.
    + 10. Hopefully you were able to resign from the bike shop as opposed to being fired. If I was in your shoes, I would tender an actual letter of resignation and send it to the bike shop. This would avoid you having to disclose that you were 'fired' to future employers.
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    We're hoping it's an April Fools joke.

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    If it is an April Fool's joke, I am firing UA from Foo.
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    Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    If it is an April Fool's joke, I am firing UA from Foo.
    Nice avatar change there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    Nice avatar change there.
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    OH NO... you're freaking me out here.
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    UA hasn't been on since 6am Cali time. He must be at work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
    UA hasn't been on since 6am Cali time. He must be at work.
    Or lawyering up since he is gonna get his pants sued off, assuming he is wearing pants, for screwing up homeboy's brakes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colorider View Post
    Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

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    are you saying they'll sue the couch out from under his pantless ass?
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    People whose sig line does not include a jsharr quote annoy me.

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    April Fools!

    The owners love me. I love my job. Life is good.

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    Just for that I'm not letting you work on my brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
    April Fools!

    The owners love me. I love my job. Life is good.
    I shed some tears for you

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    Quote Originally Posted by skijor View Post
    Just for that I'm not letting you work on my brakes.
    I'd probably mess them up anyway.

    I got my first paycheck today. Then I took my wife out for dinner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
    April Fools!

    The owners love me. I love my job. Life is good.
    You should be punished for that.

    By your wife.
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    Haha, great prank. I love april fools day and found this little compilation of pranks:


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    Quote Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
    You should be punished for that.

    By your wife.
    Yes, you should get a thorough spanking.
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    Ummm... he would like that...
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