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2013-05-08 02:58:50 AM
I dont appreciate sneeze blessings.
 
2013-05-08 08:25:17 AM
THOSE BASTARDS MADE ME WEAR PANTS!
 
2013-05-08 09:42:48 AM

jehovahs witness protection: THOSE BASTARDS MADE ME WEAR PANTS!


I once met a nuclear engineer who was disappointed that he couldn't wear a kilt to work


my job has many reasonable rules involving cell phones, drinks, food, etc. and I ignore about half of them with no consequences
 
2013-05-08 09:47:45 AM
When I worked Armored a few years back, we were not allowed to carry phones with cameras on them.  Because 90% of Armored thefts are inside jobs.

Except that pretty much every personal cellphone in existence has a camera on it, and NO ONE was about to leave their cellphone in their car before work.

And then if there was an accident or a dangerous situation, of course you can't get pictures of it, because you're not allowed to have a camera.

I worked in another location where it was considered a Termination Offense to touch the thermostat.  Except that they were set 2 degrees apart.  Heat comes on, heats to 2 degrees above it's setting.  A/C immediately comes on and cools to 2 degrees below it's setting.  Repeat endlessly.  We changed it to 5 degrees apart so it wouldn't do that.  Boss threatened to fire us.  Pointed out the stupidity and energy waste of previous settings.  Threatened us with warnings, but ultimately didn't give them to us.
 
M-G
2013-05-08 11:05:04 AM
I'm going to play the [citation needed] card on the 'bless you' incident.  It sounds suspiciously like some BS story made up for Christians to prove how persecuted they are.
 
2013-05-08 11:06:47 AM
My last job was primarily overnight work in the medical field.  It was a very, very odd setup, because it was ultimately run by a tyrannical bean-counter with no medical training who also didn't work nights.  Some of the rules:

1.  If it's slow at night, clean (uh, no.  I'm not too good to help out in a pinch, but this will not be part of my duties)
2.  If you need to step out of the building (for food, a quick run, etc), you must call her no matter time of night (I made her live to regret that one).
3.  Every single study ever done on shift workers has shown the most beneficial thing they can do to both be more alert and last longer at their job is to get a nap.  So of course those were illegal.
4.  So were movies.  Even if you had literally nothing to do.
5.  Staff meetings were held biweekly at 9am.  My shift ended at 8am.  Attendance was mandatory.
6.  "2 weeks of vacation" consisted of scrambling to find someone to work your shifts, and then you covering theirs.

There were cameras just about everywhere in this place, and it was not unusual for the staff to get a call at 3am asking why we were standing around talking.  Soon as I could, I got the hell out.
 
2013-05-08 11:14:08 AM
Once worked for a certain company that built Exchange servers for a certain financial firm.  The area where we worked did not allow cameras of any type (especially in a phone) or any thumb drives.  There was even a basket for you to place those items in, in case you brought them.

/yeah, followed those rules for a week when I noticed everyone else not following them...
 
2013-05-08 11:38:45 AM
I brought a turkey sandwich one day and a supervisor stopped by who happened to hate turkey, so I was forever banned from eating at my desk, although everyone else in the department could continue to do so (and did).

/When my birthday rolled around, I had to "sneak" a piece of my own cake while the others guarded me. Seriously.
 
2013-05-08 11:45:56 AM
I have to work the prescribed hours if I don't I will be subject to discipline or firing.  This may sound normal but management has taken this to mean that as an engineer I am not allowed to come in early or stay late to work on a project even though I am exempt from overtime pay.  They went as far as to include "employees working overtime without permission are subject to discipline or dismissal..." Somehow they feel that if I stay late I might be cheating the company.
 
2013-05-08 12:23:49 PM
I'm not supposed to Fark while at work.  Today I'm waiting for the engineer to get back to us on a slab that needs to be removed.  So they expect me to sit at my desk productively doing nothing.  Thus the recent increase in Farking lately.

/need something to do while the engineers stuff thumbs up asses
 
2013-05-08 12:26:29 PM
My boss gets pissed if I have more than two beers while on the clock.

/TSB.
 
2013-05-08 12:27:53 PM
I'm not supposed to consume the illicit drugs I test for sciency reasons. Jagoffs.
 
2013-05-08 01:00:09 PM
Work for large network provider.  Although we sell convenience of work from home, we're not allowed to do it. Except when we're on call and not getting paid for it.  When we're NOT on call, we still have to lug our laptops home, because they might get stolen if we lock them in our desks.
 
2013-05-08 01:01:54 PM
No sex in the champagne room.
 
2013-05-08 01:49:22 PM
I'm supposed to be working on some design about a slab that needs to be removed. This architect is waiting on me, but I work from home so i'm going to have another beer and get caught up on Arrested Development.
 
2013-05-08 02:26:48 PM

Frederick: I dont appreciate sneeze blessings.


Such an outdated practice.  One gal in our office will actually lean her head around the corner to say "bless you" to someone who just sneezed.  I just pretend I can't  hear her over my headphones when she says it to me.
 
2013-05-08 02:48:52 PM

sxacho: I'm supposed to be working on some design about a slab that needs to be removed. This architect is waiting on me, but I work from home so i'm going to have another beer and get caught up on Arrested Development.


Go for it.  This isn't my schedule.
 
2013-05-08 03:23:04 PM

DVDave: Frederick: I dont appreciate sneeze blessings.

Such an outdated practice.  One gal in our office will actually lean her head around the corner to say "bless you" to someone who just sneezed.  I just pretend I can't  hear her over my headphones when she says it to me.


I say "Bless you" as a force of habit but, if somebody keeps sneezing (and I keep blessing them), I will usually say "Stop it!" on the third sneeze. Usually gets a little chuckle.
 
2013-05-08 03:35:00 PM
And you all say you don't need unions...
 
2013-05-08 03:40:58 PM

alice_600: And you all say you don't need unions...


There is nothing in architecture that needs a union
 
2013-05-08 04:06:12 PM

alice_600: And you all say you don't need unions...


If unions would stop fighting to prevent companies (and police forces) from firing total shiatbags, and if most of them weren't run by the mob, I might have a more positive view of them.

But when the Union and their "arbitrator" keep saying your town can't fire Tom Thumper over his 10th Excessive Force or Civil Liberties lawsuit...  They can go fark themselves.
 
2013-05-08 05:01:06 PM
"Gesundheit" is the correct response to a sneeze.
 
2013-05-08 05:03:18 PM

Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: alice_600: And you all say you don't need unions...

If unions would stop fighting to prevent companies (and police forces) from firing total shiatbags, and if most of them weren't run by the mob, I might have a more positive view of them.

But when the Union and their "arbitrator" keep saying your town can't fire Tom Thumper over his 10th Excessive Force or Civil Liberties lawsuit...  They can go fark themselves.


my union is pretty awesome and doesn't do any of those things. No mob activity, in fact our union reps are elected yearly and must be a regular working member themselves. We have fought for jobs but it's been about preventing outsourcing not protecting scumbags.

/proud United Campus Worker

//worst rule I had was when I was a manager for Spencer's Gifts. All my female employees had to carry a company issued plastic see through purse to work which I had to check every time they left the store. It was uncomfortable to say the least
 
2013-05-08 06:46:06 PM
The first dealership I worked at as a tech wanted everyone to have their shirts tucked in at all times. They wanted us to look clean and professional to the customers. So during the meeting I asked "Is it still okay to get dirt/oil/grease on my uniform?" If not then we have a huge problem about what you want me to do here.
 
2013-05-08 08:10:59 PM
I had to allow people free access to my work computer.  This included their kids.  So if some kid at the end of the day wanted to check Facebook, and I stepped away from my desk, I had to wait until they were done.  If a member came in and "just a quick e-mail check" for 30 minutes, I had to stop my work and allow them.  When I found out a kid (yes, a minor, under the age of 14 nonetheless) was looking at porn on my computer, when I wasn't even in the building - I got screenshots of the browser history, including times when it was accessed, and complained.  They implemented password protected logins on the computer, which were useless when my boss gave everyone the passwords anyway.
 
2013-05-08 08:13:17 PM
I just dislike scanning my RFID card every time I go through the doorway.

The door is always unlocked in any case.
 
2013-05-08 08:54:26 PM
ModernPrimitive01:

//worst rule I had was when I was a manager for Spencer's Gifts. All my female employees had to carry a company issued plastic see through purse to work which I had to check every time they left the store. It was uncomfortable to say the least

That seems discriminatory....I mean, shouldn't they make male employees carry the same purse?
 
2013-05-08 09:10:31 PM

MrEricSir: "Gesundheit" is the correct response to a sneeze.


No, "Ewww" is the correct response.
 
2013-05-08 09:38:29 PM

calm like a bomb: My last job was primarily overnight work in the medical field.  It was a very, very odd setup, because it was ultimately run by a tyrannical bean-counter with no medical training who also didn't work nights.  Some of the rules:

1.  If it's slow at night, clean (uh, no.  I'm not too good to help out in a pinch, but this will not be part of my duties)


Time enough to lean, time enough to clean.

2.  If you need to step out of the building (for food, a quick run, etc), you must call her no matter time of night (I made her live to regret that one).

Ok, that's bizarre

3.  Every single study ever done on shift workers has shown the most beneficial thing they can do to both be more alert and last longer at their job is to get a nap.  So of course those were illegal.

Manage your at home sleeping habits better.

4.  So were movies.  Even if you had literally nothing to do.

Clean.

5.  Staff meetings were held biweekly at 9am.  My shift ended at 8am.  Attendance was mandatory.

That sucks.

6.  "2 weeks of vacation" consisted of scrambling to find someone to work your shifts, and then you covering theirs.

So does that.

There were cameras just about everywhere in this place, and it was not unusual for the staff to get a call at 3am asking why we were standing around talking.  Soon as I could, I got the hell out.

Cameras where I am too. Farking bullshiat.
 
2013-05-08 09:46:56 PM
Previous job was at a Cumulus radio cluster. I wore a long sleeved shirt, with 3 buttons, but my PD said it was a T-shirt (fark you, as*hole).  In my current job, you need to be employed there for 5 YEARS before you get any sick days or personal days. AND you can't use one of your vacation days (if you have any left in the year) if you're sick or need a day off for whatever emergency that may pop up.
 
2013-05-08 11:43:18 PM
Had a consulting job where I could only clock in/out at the headquarters.  So if I was an hour away from 'shop' (which may be 30 mins from my house), I had to leave the client early to get back in time to clock out.  Could not do it over the phone or have anyone write it down.  My time was accountable through billing the client.  They also would not let me work after hours to fix server issues and take time off later the same pay period.  It had to be billed at double time and a half.

Not me, but

We had contractors that serviced microfilm copy machines.  Basically the machines would read through microfilm reels and make 'xerox' copies of the desired images.  The guys that serviced them had to wear white shirts.  Black toner looks great on a white shirt.
 
2013-05-09 10:57:55 AM

John Buck 41: 1.  If it's slow at night, clean (uh, no.  I'm not too good to help out in a pinch, but this will not be part of my duties)

Time enough to lean, time enough to clean.


Four years of professional school says they can hire somebody else to do that.  As I said, I'll help in a pinch, but it won't be expected.

3.  Every single study ever done on shift workers has shown the most beneficial thing they can do to both be more alert and last longer at their job is to get a nap.  So of course those were illegal.

Manage your at home sleeping habits better.


Or, you know, science and stuff.  No matter how much sleep you get during the day, if you work nights you completely goof up your circadian rhythm.  A nap can really help with that.  And given I was expected to make life or death decisions, would you rather I was rested or not?
 
2013-05-09 11:39:43 AM

calm like a bomb: John Buck 41: 1.  If it's slow at night, clean (uh, no.  I'm not too good to help out in a pinch, but this will not be part of my duties)

Time enough to lean, time enough to clean.

Four years of professional school says they can hire somebody else to do that.  As I said, I'll help in a pinch, but it won't be expected.

3.  Every single study ever done on shift workers has shown the most beneficial thing they can do to both be more alert and last longer at their job is to get a nap.  So of course those were illegal.

Manage your at home sleeping habits better.

Or, you know, science and stuff.  No matter how much sleep you get during the day, if you work nights you completely goof up your circadian rhythm.  A nap can really help with that.  And given I was expected to make life or death decisions, would you rather I was rested or not?


You sound entitled. You took a job with a job requirement to clean. So you clean. Simple enough. Take a nap on your lunch break.
 
2013-05-09 11:42:33 AM

squegeebooo: You sound entitled. You took a job with a job requirement to clean. So you clean. Simple enough. Take a nap on your lunch break.


You REALLY think that was part of the interview or contract?  Uh, no.  And what is a lunch break?
 
2013-05-09 11:49:48 AM

calm like a bomb: squegeebooo: You sound entitled. You took a job with a job requirement to clean. So you clean. Simple enough. Take a nap on your lunch break.

You REALLY think that was part of the interview or contract?  Uh, no.  And what is a lunch break?


A lunch break is a legal requirement for any shift over 6 hours. If you hate your boss so much, do the best job you can, within her crazy parameters and get her fired.
 
2013-05-09 11:54:18 AM

squegeebooo: A lunch break is a legal requirement for any shift over 6 hours. If you hate your boss so much, do the best job you can, within her crazy parameters and get her fired.


You missed the part where I said I left a while ago.  The board of directors ignored her craziness, which is why nobody at that place EVER signs a second contract.  I actually got out a little early with my bennies intact when I asked whether she'd prefer that or my lawyer talking to the state board about her hacking into my personal email.
 
2013-05-09 12:27:58 PM

calm like a bomb: squegeebooo: A lunch break is a legal requirement for any shift over 6 hours. If you hate your boss so much, do the best job you can, within her crazy parameters and get her fired.

You missed the part where I said I left a while ago.  The board of directors ignored her craziness, which is why nobody at that place EVER signs a second contract.  I actually got out a little early with my bennies intact when I asked whether she'd prefer that or my lawyer talking to the state board about her hacking into my personal email.


Oh, ha, I did miss that. I thought you were going for the my job sucks but I won't do anything about it angle. Instead you did do something about it.

My apologies.
 
2013-05-09 12:34:57 PM

squegeebooo: calm like a bomb: squegeebooo: A lunch break is a legal requirement for any shift over 6 hours. If you hate your boss so much, do the best job you can, within her crazy parameters and get her fired.

You missed the part where I said I left a while ago.  The board of directors ignored her craziness, which is why nobody at that place EVER signs a second contract.  I actually got out a little early with my bennies intact when I asked whether she'd prefer that or my lawyer talking to the state board about her hacking into my personal email.

Oh, ha, I did miss that. I thought you were going for the my job sucks but I won't do anything about it angle. Instead you did do something about it.

My apologies.


No problem. I got out as quickly as I could. I found out a month in I wanted out. It's funny- I interviewed at a dozen places in the same area, not one of them asked me why I was leaving or didn't list them as a reference.
 
2013-05-09 12:55:29 PM
Not so much of a rule, but my brother had a boss who told him "we can't have anyone performing below average".
 
2013-05-09 02:20:38 PM

Wyalt Derp: Not so much of a rule, but my brother had a boss who told him "we can't have anyone performing below average".


That sounds like a Dilbert quote
 
2013-05-09 05:07:21 PM
Used to work at a mom-n-pop art supply store, and if you had to use the restroom, and needed to alert another employee as to where you were taking off to (as in, "Hey, I'll be right back, I'm going to the bathroom."), you had to say, "I'm going to the library," because the owner did not want customers overhearing employees mention that they would be using the bathroom.

Also the dress code had no plain white t-shirts. You could wear any other t-shirt, with any other logo on it (aside from porn/profanity), you could have tats and piercings every which where, but no plain white t-shirts.
 
2013-05-09 05:26:29 PM
I really hate Bronco Burger.
Ever since they started with the chicken nuggets, everything went downhill.
You have to fry all their greasy food, and you have to polish things.
And the manager's an asshole. I was just wondering...
 
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