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Did I Do The Right Thing?  
User currently offlinePilot kaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2529 times:

Ok Guys time for another one of my rants  Smile

I Have Been working in a canteen for over a year now. Its my first job. Over the past year I have become quite good at my job.

In the past 5 with the Main chef I work with (chimmy) Has been away on holiday.

Now I have had trouble with him in the past. He is the type of person who would rather Sit down and watch TV then help someone out.

While he was away Our Shift increased by 50% which means a lot more customers to serve.

He Came back to work and I warned him about the increase ad that we was now serving more people, and there will be more washing up so he would have to help me if he wanted to go on time.

On time is not good enough for him, he must leave early every night and why? Because he is lazy.

So He is back, normal work starts, Im doing jobs that he does not like me doing because the more time I spend doing serving and food the less time I have to SCRUB stuff he has burnt onto trays from his cooking. So Friday I was making a pudding for someone because he was not around, he appears, pushes me out of the way and told me to wash up... Ok, My job is customer service just as much as his and if he is not around I don't just leave them do I?

Because he is not prepared with his food he falls behind... I told him that we needed more chips. He ignored this, we get a queue of 5 people, He is desperately try to cook the chips fast, brings them out of the fryer and said they was ready. Now im sorry as much as he is the chef and stuff these chips were NOT cooked. They were still a very pale color with oil dripping off them. I said to him they were not done, He gave me the dirty look shuved me out of the way and served them anyway. A customer later told me that the chips tasted horrible and they were frozen in the middle.

The past few nights he fails to see that I have more people to deal with than he has and I cant do it all on my own. Still he spends most of the night sitting down and leaving me to wash up all his cooking stuff, plates, the lot.

You ask, Why don't I go to my manager? Oh I have plenty of times! He thinks Chimmy is a great hard worker and the shift is fine and im just being lazy myself.. yea ok..

I don't get paid for overtime (which I am supposed to) so I choose not to stay a second longer to finish the job when I get no help or anything.

Tonight He crossed the Line, He started screaming at me for "serving wrong" all I did was give someone 2 burgers? If he had even bothered to tell me the portions tonight I would have known. so I gave the plate to him and told him to serve instead (I only served because he was sitting down). And walked away, He followed me screaming that he is in charge blah blah swinging his arms all over the plane and missed smacking me in the face by inches.

Im am Shaking with rage. So I walked into the Office, Took a Pen and Paper and gave in my 2 weeks notice.

He has not even been back a week and there is problem after problem. And quite frankly I have had enough.

Now I may have another Job sorted in administration but im still a bit worried about giving 2 Weeks notice without any over confirmed jobs...

Did I do the right thing?

Kaz x

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User currently offlineFlyAUA From Austria, joined May 2005, 4621 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2508 times:

If you need the money, you didn't do the right thing. Apart from that, you did the right thing. In any case, I hope it works out for you if you end up indeed leaving this place, because it's annoying to be unemployed once you've gotten used to the money. If it makes you feel any better, I wouldn't have tolerated working with such a twat either. Has happened in the past. I always approach the person first. Most of the time that sorts things out. When it doesnt (like in your case) and you get a cocky reaction back, then going higher up is the only way to get your voice heard. Shame though that the manager is equally as stupid as the so-called "chef" you work with!


Not drinking, also isn't a solution!
User currently offlineWe're Nuts From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5722 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2506 times:

I'm surprised you lasted as long as you did. If the establishment is hurting its customers, you definitely don't want to stick around. Karma will catch up with everyone involved eventually. Jump ship as soon as possible and find a job where you can be happy.

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User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2495 times:

Yes, you did the right thing. Letting some scumbag get over on you because the Manager thinks he is a delight is not right. I'm sure in no time you will have confirmation of another job and you will go on to better things. Nobody should have to deal with Aholes like Chimmy though. Plus, your manager might take some initiative and try and get you to stay and work through the problems, but from what you said, I'm not holding my breath on that one.

User currently offlineDiamond From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3279 posts, RR: 60
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2494 times:

Quoting Pilot kaz (Thread starter):
You ask, Why don't I go to my manager? Oh I have plenty of times! He thinks Chimmy is a great hard worker and the shift is fine and im just being lazy myself.. yea ok..

I would have said you acted too quickly, until I read that part.

It's too bad the manager doesn't appreciate your side of this. Since he doesn't - it's time to go.

User currently offlinePilot kaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2481 times:

Thanks guys.

Funnily enough One of the head drivers who I serve has got me an interview to work in the office's at my company. They know me already so hopefully I should get in just keeping my fingers crossed.

User currently offlineEuclid From South Africa, joined Apr 2005, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2456 times:

Hi Kaz.

Doubtless there are some people who would disagree with me, but in my humble opinion, you did the right thing.

You cannot work in circumstances like that. I've been there myself, where I had a job as mechanic in a truck workshop for a few weeks. I was actually hired for my skills as a forklift mechanic, because they were thinking of branching out to include forklifts, but until that would have happened I was stuck working on trucks, wich was fine by me.

Unfortunately the foreman, the guy I reported to, was a guy about my age and he was an absolute pig about it. Obviously one of those twits that were never popular at school and then got drunk on the little power he had as foreman. Within a week I was ready to kill him, and actually did grab him by the throat once and threatened to beat him to within an inch of his life. I also dared him to start disciplinary action against me for what I did, but he was so shaken up after the incident he merely said that we would not talk about it again.

The next day I resigned and worked my two weeks notice,and that was the best thing I ever could have done. One of the company directors asked me to stay, but I refused, saying that they would have to fire that pig first, something they obviously could not do without a valid reason to make it legal.

I used the chance to change careers. I went and did the A+ and N+ computer courses, and these days I work for myself, and am very happy to not be a mechanic anymore.

Something else will come up, I'm sure. Prepare yourself for some pretty serious mood swings. Sometimes you will feel happy and relieved for not having to work with this idiot anymore, and at other times you will feel that you should rather have kept your job, but being in a place that makes you miserable is just not worth it.

Best of luck to you.



User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11454 posts, RR: 72
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2440 times:
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Kaz...I'd say, with the info you've given, that you did not have any really better alternatives.

Let them see what they have with the clown and make sure they have your number so they can call you and offer you a raise to come back when this idiot's true colors become obvious to his supervisors.

In the meanwhile hit the bricks and find something to pay the bills.

Good luck..


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User currently offlineLogan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2426 times:

For every crappy job out there, there is a great one as well. You did what you had to do. As Ian said, hit the bricks, and you will no doubt find something very soon. The fact is, you gave two weeks notice rather than just walking away on the spot as some might do in a lousy situation such as this. This was a good move on your part, and it will work to your advantage in the future.

Good luck, Kaz.

User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 9426 posts, RR: 39
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2409 times:

I think you did the right think. When the gu who's supposed to work with you actually works against you and the manager doesn't get it, you'll probably be better off somewhere else.

Good luck!  Smile

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User currently offlineFirefly_cyhz From Canada, joined Jul 2000, 168 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2401 times:

Almost nothing gets me more fired up then hearing these kinda stories, seems the less you make the more crap you have to put up with and the harder you have to work. I was in a similar situation a few years ago and I quit...was months before I found a new job, but I didn't regret it for a second.

User currently offlineMexicana757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3067 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2368 times:

Quoting Pilot kaz (Thread starter):

You did the right thing. If you are not happy working where you are then its time to leave. I wouldn't take crap from anyone like Chimmy. Some people deal with it because they need money. I'm sure you will be able to find something better. Let Chimmy and the manager deal with the customers and work load.

I too was in a similiar situation just recently. I quit because I was given the job of a supervisor but without the title and pay. And some of the people I worked around were idiots. The day I had my evaluation I told them I was leaving in three weeks. That same day they gave me a crappy pay raise. Lets just say my piggy bank would have starved to death with that raise.

Kaz you will find something better. Everything will turn out for the better. Good luck!!!!!

User currently offlineRossbaku From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 673 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2353 times:

You did the right this Kaz. This guy seems to be a total p*ick: I'd of had him floored before my noticed was ready! Regardless of your position in a job hierarchy, every employee deserves the right to be treated equally.

Good on ya girl!  Wink

RossBaku  Silly

User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2337 times:

Chefs *shudder*.

Never before have I come across a race of men so arrogant and self consumed.

My advice?



User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 40
Reply 14, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2322 times:


Sometimes leaving is the only way you can send a message. Even though you have left, they still might not get the message. That's OK. You've done your best.

My mother had to leave a job that she loved because her manager was treating her poorly. It wasn't until she gave her notice that the manager finally said something nice, and even then, it was the backhanded compliment, "You can't leave, we need you!" To which my mother replied, "I have to leave because you do need me, but you create poor working conditions."

Good luck with your interview.


Up, up and away!
User currently offlineKanebear From United States of America, joined May 2002, 953 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2306 times:

Hopefully this will work out for the best. You'll find a better position for more pay that you like more. Alternatively, they'll find out what a tosser he is, fire him, and beg you to come back with a pay rise.

User currently offlineJetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7510 posts, RR: 49
Reply 16, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2293 times:
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I think you did. It's obvious that this pasty-faced fool and the boss are in cohoots with one another. You're better off finding a better place to work, because things wil only get worse. You're not going to win if you go toe to toe with this moron or his little lapdog boss.

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User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4053 posts, RR: 52
Reply 17, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2269 times:

If it's only your first job, and you are not wanting to make a career out of it, then you did the right thing. If it's only a crappy part time job whilst your still at school/college then don't worry about it as there are loads more part time jobs around that you could do instead.


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User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 56
Reply 18, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2247 times:

Kaz, go get another job.

I'm sure you'll be re-employed in no time  Smile


Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineVaporlock From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2235 times:

Kazzie, you definately did the right thing!! And if I were you I'd be sure to put in a written report on the dam guy!!! Shit, no one should have to put up with that crap while working.

But honestly, you will be much happier and with the experience you now have you'll get another job.

Keep that chin up "You Go Girl"...

Phyllis  bouncy 

User currently offlineLFutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3407 posts, RR: 30
Reply 20, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2222 times:
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You did the right thing. I know how you feel... im in the food business myself... i dont really like my job ( i do janitorial work and clean up after people) but i havent gotten treated like you have.

Hopefully when you find a new job, you'll be treated like you should be.

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User currently offlineAir380 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2212 times:

Yes, once you're walking, you let your feet do the talkin' (sorry, could not resist.) Good for you! If you don't depend on this job, it is the right decision!
Later in life, if you have family and kids, it might be advisable to have a new job lined up, before you give notice, if you are not independently wealthy. One thing I have learned over the years: life is not fair!

User currently offline4holer From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 3124 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2201 times:

You did the right thing. Absolutely.
Don't feel so sure yet? Wait a little bit. You will have NO doubt in time!

BTW, at least on this side of the pond, when someone shoves you like that, he's REALLY crossed the line. And management's decision to ignore the matter would not look good for them in court. I'm just sayin'!

Ghosts appear and fade away.....................
User currently offlineAirlinelover From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 5580 posts, RR: 20
Reply 23, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2194 times:

Kaz, I've had to deal with someone like that before, and I can tell you that you did the RIGHT thing... He'll get what is coming to him soon.. When you're gone, he'll have to do that much more, and the boss will see who REALLY was the lazy one..  Smile

Best of luck!


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User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2187 times:

I've left two previous jobs for treatment similar to what you described. As mentioned above, you were more that justified in your actions.

Some day you will look back on this and laugh, because you'll have a much better job, with half the workload!

25 GQfluffy : In your notice, did you give the reasons why you were leaving? And if so, did you give specific examples as to why, and why things ran much smoother
26 TedTAce : Kaz, I'm sorry I have been mostly dedicated to the Katrina thing, but in short you are doing the right thing no matter the financial consequences. I h
27 Aerobalance : So this Chimmy is the definition of 'bloody wanker'? You did the right thing. No need to work in those conditions. Now let's get an A.net posse rounde
28 Trekster : I have heard you talk about this guy for a hwile, so im glad ur finally doing something. I would have left ages ago
29 Post contains images Skidmarks : Go for it kaz. And don't forget to ensure that he and the manager know why you left. At your age jobs are easier to get so I doubt someone with your i
30 Pilot kaz : Thanks again Guys, I had a call from my manager this morning accepting my notice, He even had the cheek to say he was coning in tonight to go over all
31 1aMLA : Hi Kaz, If you dont mind me asking, what are you qualified in, or are u still studying. Im sure you can get your self a better job than that. Be more
32 Post contains images Pilot kaz : I'm in Collage, Just finished and passed my ICT GNVQ course and doing another year on my A-Level. Off the top of my head I could report to them that
33 Post contains images Pilot kaz : That Job up in Admin is looking extremely promising guys! Ill Know If I have it by the morning.. But I have been told that I will get it no problem be
34 Mexicana757 : Yayyyy!!!!! Good luck!!!!
35 AirxLiban : If that happened in the US perhaps you could sue him for physical harassment and win enough money to retire! All joking aside, I would say that you d
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