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2 hours ago, redambrosia said:

Friday, September 21: 

What's the most epic way you've seen someone quit or be fired?

At the bomber plant there was a mass exodus of about 11 or 12 out of my department.   It was done to avoid doing layoffs. 

 

They offered a one-time special package deal to those who had about 20+ years of service and about 55+ years of age. It was attractive enough that one Friday there was cake, punch, and sodas and a big farewell party and then they all disappeared. 

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More sad than epic, but I worked with a temp in 2010 that at the time was in his 20's.  He got pulled aside one day and was informed that his mother had unexpectedly passed away.  Visibly upset he rushed out of the building got into his car and sped away.  The problem being, at that time site security had set up a temporary manual gate that one of their staff had to physically move in order for traffic to pass.  I couldn't see the gate from where I was at but I know he accelerated through it and I'm told the guard that had gone out to move it had to jump out of the way or else he would have been run over.  HR contacted the temp the next day to let him know he needn't bother coming back.

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4 hours ago, redambrosia said:

Friday, September 21: 

What's the most epic way you've seen someone quit or be fired?

 

I've seen people leave or get fired, but nothing really epic.

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4 hours ago, redambrosia said:

Friday, September 21: 

What's the most epic way you've seen someone quit or be fired?

Sadly no real stories that are epic.  One of our guys was escorted by management to a cab and if he returned he'd be arrested (and charged with several different things), but nothing really beyond that.... 

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4 hours ago, redambrosia said:

Friday, September 21: 

What's the most epic way you've seen someone quit or be fired?

I didn't actually witness this, but I got a job once because someone else overdosed. 

It was my last day at a 1 week temp job where I had been babysitting an injection molding machine.  Someone else in another department went into a bathroom and overdosed on I believe it was heroin. Apparently in my single week of babysitting the machine, I had impressed the department head enough that during the ruckus of the ambulance and firemen coming to take the girl to the hospital, I was mentioned to the other department head as an immediately available replacement for her.  

I hope the girl got over her drug addiction, because I owe her a thanks for opening up that position. 

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4 hours ago, redambrosia said:

Friday, September 21: 

What's the most epic way you've seen someone quit or be fired?

 

I'm not proud of it, but the most memorable for me comes from my time at Sbarro. I was GM of a location, and decided to go back to school. I had stepped back to Assistant Manager to reduce my workload, and a 2nd assistant was going to be splitting my duties with me (he was from another store and we were going to borrow him for a few shifts a week, essentially). He had the worst closes ever, so I would get in extra early on my opening shifts to clean up his messes. After a couple weeks of this (and attempting to communicate all this properly with him despite not seeing him since our schedules never lined up), the Regional Manager decided not to pay me my final bonus as GM for the month I was still owed. I had been on and off the phone a couple times with him about the issue, and it seemed he had just decided I was not going to get it. I was still more or less running this location, the new GM was incompetent, I was still doing the scheduling, I was working close to a full schedule cleaning up after the other guy, and wasn't even getting the bonus I had earned back while I was a GM.

For some background, I had turned a location they were going to close into a profitable location, simply by doing random drawer audits and firing the skimmers (who were seriously skimming $100+ per shift, and there were at least 4). Having turned the location around several months earlier, and continuing an upward profit trend, I felt pretty entitled to my last month as GM bonus.

 

So I come in one morning and the back room is flooded. I find the ice machine is the culprit, and the drain has some rubber gloves sitting next to it, and a towel in the basin underneath, so the other assistant was clearly aware there was an issue and had decided to just go home instead of working on it. That was pretty much the last straw for me. So I left. I called the Regional Manager and told him to get the other guy back in to fix his mess, because I was done.

 

A few minutes after I called him, the mall called me (as I was still listed as the emergency number), informed me of the flood, saying it had spilled into the shared hallway, and I simply said "Sorry, I'm no longer employed with Sbarro, but I'll pass your message along" and hung up.

 

Not proud of it. In retrospect, I would have done several things differently, but live and learn.

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6 hours ago, redambrosia said:

Friday, September 21: 

What's the most epic way you've seen someone quit or be fired?

 

There were no personal firings where I worked, just mass layoffs.

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11 hours ago, redambrosia said:

Friday, September 21: 

What's the most epic way you've seen someone quit or be fired?

"I'm sorry.  Your position has been downsized."

 

I live a dull life.

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11 hours ago, redambrosia said:

Friday, September 21: 

What's the most epic way you've seen someone quit or be fired?

When I was AT&T customer service there was a supervisor who, on his last day, put his entire team into AUX 5(a schedule code for Team Meeting) at the beginning of their shift and took them all to a nearby bar for the entire shift. (Don't applaud him; this guy was a horse's elf who was always full of himself. He was once in charge of training employees in a new program we were going to use, and he hyped it up so much over the 40 minutes that when the rest of us left it, none of us knew what the program actually did, only the name.)

 

Worse yet, about a year later he was hired back on again as a hiring manager, and he bragged constantly about what he did and that he could never be touched. He was fired about 6 months later for gross incompetence.

 

There's also a personal story about my own firing, but it's a long one and I'll do it only if others want me to write it out.

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All of the firings I know of or have been a part of have been unhappy matters, so no epic stories there. As far as quitting, at the last Subway I worked at, twice we had someone leave on their break...then just never come back. We also had someone quit via text message. :blink:

 

As for me, the only story I feel comfortable sharing is how a week after I put in my two weeks at Toys R Us (this was many years ago), I checked the schedule and found I was still on it for after my final day. I pointed out to the scheduling manager that uh, it would be a tad difficult for me to do that shift, and it took him a moment to remember that I'd quit, hence the problem. He apologized and said in his defense that he'd made the schedule at 3am that morning. I didn't hold it against him, but I found it amusing after the fact. 

 

Huzzah! 

--OneBoot :D 

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4 minutes ago, OneBoot said:

As for me, the only story I feel comfortable sharing is how a week after I put in my two weeks at Toys R Us (this was many years ago), I checked the schedule and found I was still on it for after my final day. I pointed out to the scheduling manager that uh, it would be a tad difficult for me to do that shift, and it took him a moment to remember that I'd quit, hence the problem. He apologized and said in his defense that he'd made the schedule at 3am that morning. I didn't hold it against him, but I found it amusing after the fact. 

That reminded me of the time I had quit a service tech job to move onto a much better position.  At the end of my last day, about 20 minutes before the official shift end, I was in the parking lot cleaning out my personal belongings from the company van, and the department manager tried to send me on a service call 90 minutes away. I had already done my exit interview paperwork and turned in my uniforms.  He got frustrated when I told him no. 

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14 hours ago, redambrosia said:

Friday, September 21: 

What's the most epic way you've seen someone quit or be fired?

 

 

Honestly, I have never witnessed anything funny, or exciting about a departure.

 

Update:

Holy smokes, how did I forget this one:

Back in 2005, I was tech lead for a software product, leading a team of 8 engineers, one QA engineer ("Jeff"). We were a small team for reasons you can infer from the sad post below, and because the product was not a massive part of the company's portfolio.

 

One fine Monday morning we come in to find that "Jeff" isn't in his office and his computer is gone. Nobody has an explanation.

A little before lunchtime our manager pulls us together to tell us that the police had been there over the weekend, and taken his electronics, but nothing besides that.

By around 2pm, furious Google searching turned up a story about a man getting busted for distributing bootleg DVDs.

There's a photo in the local news story. Holy crud! It's "Jeff"!

That seems like small time crime for a news story. What gives?

*read*

*read*

Thousands of DVDs!?

Distribution for Russian organized crime!!??

("Jeff" was not Russian.)

I don't know precisely when (or if) the company formally asked him not to come back, but suffice it to say he was no longer part of the team.

 

Never did get the computer back.

 

This is the sad one I originally posted:

 

 


The one that stands out as most dramatic was my then-manager nearly sobbing as she showed over half her team the door during the post-90's tech crash. One of the victims was actually comforting her as he left. That was one of my roughest days at work.
 

 

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14 hours ago, redambrosia said:

Friday, September 21: 

What's the most epic way you've seen someone quit or be fired?

I've spent most of my life in the Navy; you can't quit, and to get 'fired' (thrown out) you've gotta be a real dirtbag.

 

Most of the people I've seen get thrown out were for using drugs. I remember one guy who slugged the Commanding Officer, he was gone quicker than it took me to type this.

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On 9/19/2018 at 8:33 AM, Doug Sundseth said:

 

 

Hmmm: ichthyosaurus, meganeura, Machairodontinae, alicorn. One of those.

 

Oh, no. Wait.

 

Definitely the Red-tailed Hawk.

 

::P:

 

I was absolutely ready for a raptor joke the second I read the dinosaur question!

 

My favorites are the hadrosaurids, specifically the Parasaurolophus!

I haven't watched this video since it came out, I wonder if it's still fun....?

Edit: Yep, still loved how informative he was <3 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zk9dvhJAscA

 

 

On 9/19/2018 at 6:12 PM, Keianna said:

It was. I will never forget it. Years later I met his wife at a Star Trek club and got invited to a couple of their Scifi Sunday's. They invited all of their college professor friends, including professional writers, for Sunday brunch. I learned so much from those discussions. The world is smaller than any of us know and any connection can make a big difference even years later. 

 

That sounds like an AMAZING Sunday brunch. Wowwww. I would just happily bask in knowledge and friendship. :wub:

 

On 9/20/2018 at 2:30 AM, redambrosia said:

Yar, I be a day late an' a dollar short!

 

Thursday, September 30: Tell me yer favorite pirate stories, ye filthy bilge rats!

 

Arrrr... that be harsh... I luv ye all, me hearties!

 

Pretty much every adventure my husband, friends, and I have in Sea of Thieves!

 

.... A moment of silence for those memories. I'm pretty sure I didn't move that folder over when I last wiped my hard drive. Oh. Man. And I had stories for each of them. :<

 

I found these in our discord though. Getting ready to set sail -

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/409752845785759755/427123563770806273/Sea_of_Thieves_Screenshot_2018.03.23_-_21.39.25.24.png

 

After lots of pirate antics! It was a good LAN party. Parrrty.

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/409752845785759755/427194867249184786/Sea_of_Thieves_Screenshot_2018.03.24_-_12.21.36.41.png

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 The first time I worked at the sheetmetal place (I was there for awhile as a temp forklift operator, and then ten years later came back as a machine operator) I heard a story about a guy who'd gotten fired several years before.

Y'see, in order to dump out an entire dumpster full of little sheetmetal bits, you need to chain it to your forklift, put it over the big dumpster outside in the parking lot, open the door on it and secure it to the side, and then tilt it so all the stuff falls out.

(I once accidentally dropped the dumpster into the big one and had to spend half an hour getting it back out.)

 

Apparently, the guy was screwing around with his (totally not allowed) music, and wasn't paying attention.

He drove the front wheels of the forklift right off the loading dock, and the weight of the dumpster on his forks tipped the ENTIRE FORKLIFT into the large dumpster... 

They had a picture of it, with the lift sitting front-down on the dumpster and the elf-end of it sticking straight up into the air... :rolleyes:

 

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