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Old 08-24-2011, 09:34 AM
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One of the guys that work for gave me his one week notice. Well, technically, three day notice. His excuse, you ready for this? We are too busy, and he needs his time off. REALLY? He takes off at least once a week during the week with excuses ranging from "My stomach is killing me, i've been up since 4 o'clock on the toilet and throwing up" to "I need to bring my wife to the doctor for her checkup" (His wife is also pregnant, due in November.)

What gets me is when he applied he told us his wife was pregnant, he needed to make more money with the extra mouth on the way, yada-yada. We were extremely busy, what the heck, we'll give it a try. Great worker and decently efficient when he was at work. Two weeks into it, he goes on his slide. Final straw was another sick day, then that evening he texts (did not have the nerve to call), he needs the next day off as well. Ok, we need to talk. And, he gives me this line of BS.

Before anyone asks, he was making about $300/week at his old job. His smallest check here was a little over twice that. WTF? Had to vent, sorry guys. Am I missing something here?

Added: I told him he pack his tools we won't need him anymore. Don't need the distraction in the shop for the next few days. I'm covered as he did sign an employee packet when he started stating that he was on a 90 day probation period. Can be let go for any reason.
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Old 08-24-2011, 09:36 AM
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yes, you are missing something. An employee who is more trouble than he is worth!
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Better off without him!

What kind of work you guys doing?
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Old 08-24-2011, 09:40 AM
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Nope, both my BIL I would have working for me, but they make WAY more money than me. One is a doctor, other one is a computer consultant.
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Old 08-24-2011, 09:40 AM
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Did you ever call his old boss before you hired him? Be glad he's gone and you don't have to pay him unemployment.
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Old 08-24-2011, 09:42 AM
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auto repair specializing in import performance and fleet work. I know the two specialties are vastly different. The fleet work pays the bills and the race work is play money
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Yep, and was actually referred by a "friend" of mine, but i'm not going to hold it against him
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Old 08-24-2011, 09:48 AM
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Don't be surprised if you get a notice that he is filing for unemployment anyway. How many weeks are people getting nowadays with all the extensions? Most employers won't/can't show up to dispute it. Sounds to me like he wanted you to fire him...
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Some people would not work in a pie factory tasting pies
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Not making accusations or insinuations, but do you have a drug testing program at your shop?

Fits a typical user profile....and I know that from personal experience.
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A buddy of mine used to be a VP at a big manufacturing company, in charge of operations and production. He had an employee, a really good hand, could do anything. But, he couldn't get the guy to work more than 3 days a week. Finally he asks him why he will only work 3 days a week. His response, "Because I can't quite get by working only 2."
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How about a beer taster?


We use temporary laborers from a service. had one guy (this actually happened with more than with one guy) that was a hell of a worker, polite, there everyday, etc...

He was looking for something more long term and where he could learn.
We hired him then he couldn't make a whole week to save his @$$.
Let him go shortly after.

Some people can not consistently go to work everyday.

I heard of a court case years ago where the defense lawyer proved the employee had a condition that kept him from getting up on time and showing up to work on time. The judge sided with the employee and the employer could not fire him.




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I have heard them all...I have had guys complain that they don't get any OT yet they can't put in a full 5 day week most of the time.
My favorite, we needed to do a job on a Saturday, I told the lead man to line up a couple of guys to help. I went to the job at 7am to make sure everything was set and they were missing a guy. I ended up staying and helping, the missing guy shows up at 10:30 he says: "______ said he only needed me for a half a day"
YES! THE FIRST HALF! NOT THE SECOND HALF!....I sent him home LOL
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My office manager pulld the "sick aunt" story for a week off, then texted to my receptionist that she wasn't coming back- this after 5 years, innumerable short term loans for rent due to a husband with allergies to work and breeder daughters. Then I find out she was totally screwing up the insurance billing - we redid it and have recouped $50k plus in 3 months. Good riddance.
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"Bob" was a contract employee who could not show up on
time, but worked like a madman once he did. The other
employees started bitching to me (the Boss) that it was
unfair, playing favorites, etc. I had a talk with Bob and
he said that there was no way in Hell he could show up
on time, cause he stayed up late partying and was not
about to stop. So I let him go. The next day the other
employees started bitching (not to me) that it was unfair
to fire Bob and that the Boss (me) was a SOB. WTF???
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Had a worker call in to work saying he couldn't make it in today because there were two skunks under his truck mating and he was afraid of going near it.

Another time, same guy, said he couldn't come in because his car tires were frozen to the ground.
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I called in once and told my Boss I wasn't coming in
due to a severe case of Anal Glaucoma. When I
explained that the only symptom was that I couldn't
see my ass going to work, he left, met me at the ramp
and we went fishing. Best Boss I ever had!
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Originally Posted by John Malloy View Post
Not making accusations or insinuations, but do you have a drug testing program at your shop?

Fits a typical user profile....and I know that from personal experience.
I would speculate that Mr. Malloy is on to something. If I had a dollar for every excuse I have heard while waiting for my client to show up for court, I could buy a new 36YF with a very tall stack of dollar bills.
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Old 08-24-2011, 12:27 PM
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you're better off without him. maybe someone else is looking for work? I heard the nation is around 10% unemployed??? Is that about accurate?
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Doing insurance investigations I have heard this tune, it does sound like the old drug head routine.
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