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Biggest Mistake At Work?  
User currently offlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17288 posts, RR: 46
Posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2047 times:

What's the biggest mistake you've made at work?


E pur si muove -Galileo
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User currently offlineScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 56
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2035 times:

Believing I had job security.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


But that was when I ruled the world
User currently offlineLeviticus From New Zealand, joined Oct 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2029 times:

I once worked at a GSM store that supplied employees of huge corporations with private cell phones (sold tens or hundreds at each transaction). One day I got a phone call from a real bitch who started the conversation by yelling at me, I told her to fuck off and to hang herself (big mistake) because she was holding me responsible for something I have never heard of. Later on it turned out to be the vice president of their, at the time, most important customer (a Swedish energy corporation) who were supposed to buy 3000 phones. The deal never went through, and I do not really regret it either because she really was a horrible witch and I was supposed to quit two weeks after that incident anyway.

[Edited 2004-09-22 01:37:12]

User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2028 times:

Putting up with bureaucratic BS and people who have never done my job trying to tell me how to do it, for 5 years.

User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3605 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2010 times:

A few of us made a MASSIVE Drain-o bomb one day... it was massive. Bad idea.

User currently offlineKiwiNanday From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1983 times:

A few of us made a MASSIVE Drain-o bomb one day... it was massive. Bad idea.

Do continue....


User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3605 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1963 times:

Pshew, ok... Here's the bomb story.

I was working in a restaurant that was literally falling apart and about to go out of business, so nobody there really cared what went on. Being males, we took full advantage of that.

So, one day I get the idea to make one of those bombs you always hear about...

We get this massive (empty) bucket used to store 5 gallons of mayonnaise, some industrial strength drain de-greaser, and about a square yard of aluminum foil, pour a good amount of drain-o in, throw the foil in, smash on the lid and throw that mother as far as we can in the parking lot behind the place. We wait.

About 30 seconds later this thing blows up like no other... You could see the vapor shock from this thing it was so big. We never found the bucket.

We were open for business and had customers when this happened, too. Good, good times.


User currently offlineMxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 35
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1959 times:

30 years ago, I made a horrible vocational error and actively joined the airline industry. Then I got hired by PA and thought I had a job for life! BIG MISTAKE. This industry allowed me to see the world, meet some great people (and some scumbags too), meet my first wife (and lose her as well), taste the sweet taste of success, the bitterness of bankruptcy and enjoy a wealth of memories (good and bad) from that journey.

Truthfully though, I wouldn't trade this ride for anything else. I had a "real job" once and hated every minute of it. Like my signature line says, I want to arrive at the great end, bruised, beat up and smoking saying, 'That ride was a fu*king HOOT! Can I go again?'.

I came back to the airline industry, got jet-blasted by a 727 on my second day, breathed in the smell of burnt kerosene and knew immediately I WAS HOME AGAIN!

MxCtrlr  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Freight Dogs Anonymous - O.O.T.S.K.  Smokin cool



DAMN! This SUCKS! I just had to go to the next higher age bracket in my profile! :-(
User currently offlineClrd2go From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1000 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1955 times:

Becoming romantically involved with a co worker.




Jim



What a long strange trip it's been
User currently offlineNudelhirsch From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 1438 posts, RR: 19
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1938 times:

Well it is not really a terrible story, but one day I had to get some papers out of my drawer, enter some data in my computer and put the papers back. So I took the papers, left the drawer open because I would bring the papers back in a second and started my task. Then someone came to my desk to grab a certain folder. I gave my chair (on wheels) a big push to roll close to my file cabinet, but dammit, the drawer was in the way. 30 people staring at me, incredible noise, me laughing like crazy, and my boss was just 10 feet away from me, he even had a smile for that crappy situation. The drawer was broken then...pretty much deformed, but we had quite some fun...


Putana da Seatbeltz!
User currently offlineAir2gxs From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1932 times:

I failed to turnover the fact that my had installed the sumping equipment on an inboard main on a jumbo. Got a call at home asking if I knew why there were several hundred pounds of fuel on the ramp around the airplane.

User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7084 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1907 times:

My friend's friend went out with his boss' daughter. They broke up and his job is now on the line.

User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1895 times:

I only drank 3 beers with my "boss" instead of 5, and he was pissed!

Signed, LHMark


User currently offlineAirlinelover From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 5580 posts, RR: 23
Reply 13, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1888 times:

Yes that is good as for you with the 5 beers as with boss of LHMark. Now ban as for lifted as me KROC!

By Signed,

Scottysair



Lets do some sexy math. We add you, subtract your clothes, divide your legs and multiply
User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1880 times:

Getting caught sleeping in the galley of an A320!  Sad

Signed, Airlinelover


User currently offlineBoeing767-383 From Denmark, joined Nov 2001, 86 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1849 times:

Driving a forklift into loads of Bacardi rum. I made damages for about 5000USD, and all I did were tipping over some liqourbottles  Smile

User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 16, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1842 times:

neglecting to torque tighten the bolts up on a CFM engine mount...

Dont worry, I realised and the engine left in working condition



Whoever said "laughter is the best medicine" never had Gonorrhea
User currently offlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17288 posts, RR: 46
Reply 17, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1798 times:

Woohoo...I'm feelin' better already.


E pur si muove -Galileo
User currently offlineAGrayson514 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 396 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1793 times:

I was working as a desk secretary for the Democratic Coordinate Campaign Office of Michigan a few weeks ago as a desk attendant. The woman who is in charge of volunteering in our precinct has a seven year old son who hangs around most of the day. He and I were having a vicious rubberband war, using the desk and the several tables and chairs in the lobby as our shields. Well, I let one fly, and at that very moment the head of the Fifth District walked through the door and it hit him square in the forehead.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy I didn't know I turned that shade of red.

~ Andrew Grayson



Give a little bit...
User currently offlineAIR757200 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1579 posts, RR: 7
Reply 19, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1768 times:


...checked in the wrong passenger with similar names. Luckly they were both going to STL (on different flights). Let my supervisor know then did some ticketing changes (reset the E-tickets) to reflect the right people who actually flew. Neither passenger knew what was going on (just lots of typing) and everyone was on their merry way.


User currently offlineGreasespot From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 3077 posts, RR: 20
Reply 20, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1759 times:

Hitting a cargo loader while towing a 737 to the hangar.
1 wing plank and aileron and slat had to be replaced. The A/C was out of service for a month...

Gereasespot



Sometimes all you can do is look them in the eye and ask " how much did your mom drink when she was pregnant with you?"
User currently offlinePropulsion From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 294 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1761 times:


 Wink/being sarcastic Accepting the job offer!!!  Wink/being sarcastic



A bus is a vehicle that runs twice as fast when you are after it as when you are in it.
User currently offlineWindowSeat From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1311 posts, RR: 58
Reply 22, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1752 times:



At the previous hotel I was working at, something I said to a colleague was completely taken out of context by a guest standing nearby (it was a humorous line from a comedy). Turned out that he made a big stink out of it and he was the guest speaker at the conference we had inhouse. He refused to go ahead with the seminar unless I was fired and the hotel stood to lose about 200 roomnight's business because of that. Oh what a mess!

Luckily our General Manager stood by me and we convinced the guy to finally stay. Turns out he was making a stink because he wanted to get a free stay out of us. My GM at the time, never said a word to me.

Thankfully that time working in operations is behind me. It is so much fun to work at the corporate office. Big grin


cheers





I'm all in favour of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with keyboards.
User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 5
Reply 23, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1747 times:

Accepting the position.


Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
User currently offlineDmeeky243 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 204 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1736 times:

I watched it happen to my friend. Working at one of Seattle's large hotels in one of my first jobs a few years ago, we had these rows of big 50 gallon steam kettles. One of the preps had made a large batch of chicken stock during the day, but it turns out the drain screen had been removed and not replaced. While he was draining a chicken bone had lodged itself in the spigot in the bottom. He cleaned out the kettle and all was fine, and the spigot closed. Enter my good friend. There was a large banquet later that night, and he had to make forty some gallons of alfredo. All went fine until he had to drain it into smaller vessels to cool, but the bone jammed and wouldn't close. 40 gallons of steaming alfredo all over the kitchen floor. It was unreal.


"I have a favorite dish, which tends to change daily depending on my mood, or whether I have a hangover, or whether it's
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