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Got fired again, any jobs for loners?

By Homeless 21 October 2010 58

[ED – This should be taken as a follow on from an earlier story]

I can’t understand it, I got fired again last night.

I was working in a fast food restaurant and have been there for a few months. My shift supervisor and I got on well, but the boss had been riding me hard after finding out that I lived in my van. Anyway my shift supervisor had in the past asked if I could cover some extra shifts when people failed to show up, which happens a fair bit in the industry I’ve heard.

Last night I had worked 8 hours and was about to knock off when the shift supervisor asked if I could work another shift because 2 guys didn’t turn up and there was just one guy behind the counter when there needs to be two. I said I was sleepy and could probably only manage 4 or 5 hours till 8 or 9 pm, was that okay because business really slowed down after then? He said that was great, so I did about 4 hours 40 minutes till things were quiet and went to knock off.

Anyway the boss came in wanting a free dinner and the other guy said I had just knocked off. The boss came out back as I was changing out of my uniform and asked what I was doing. I explained the situation, saying I had volunteered to do some of the extra shift because 2 other guys had not turned up. The boss had a go at me saying I was lazy and shifty and so on. I tried to explain politely that I had done over 12 hours straight and that I often did extra shifts at all sorts of hours and covered for other people. He ignored that and finished up saying if I can’t do the work then I shouldn’t be there. Before I could reply he said he wanted my keys and my uniform and that I was fired. I was too tired to argue, so I just walked off, got into my van and slept it off.

I tried to clear it up with my supervisor who was really pissed off because he said I was the most reliable and hard working guy there but he’s rang me and told me no go, even though he will be short staffed again until he gets new people in.

It sucks, but I’m used to sh** happening.

It strikes me though that I’d probably be better off doing a job where I don’t have so much interaction with people. Not that I don’t like people. I just don’t like people who are in my face, or big crowds. I mean if they had a job where they sent you out in the middle of nowhere and asked you to do something simple enough that you would not need too much supervision that would suit me fine. I would have made a great light house keeper. 

I would probably make an okay truck driver except I don’t like driving big stuff because I’ve seen some of the crazy stuff people do on the roads and having an accident seems like an eventuality, not a probability.

So any ideas on jobs with limited supervision?

Do you have a need of staff beyond the black stump with their own mobile accomodation?

Anyone know of a light house that needs keeping?

What’s Your opinion?


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Deano 9:42 pm 08 Jan 11

turlough3 said :

I would say being a librarian is not a job for a loaner.

I would have thought that being a librarian would be a great job for a loaner, or a lender even!

LSWCHP 8:32 pm 08 Jan 11

turlough3 said :

I would say being a librarian is not a job for a loaner.

No no…that’s terrible advice! Being a librarian is *the* ideal job for a loaner. All day, over and over again you loan and loan. Sometimes you have to handle the returns, and that can be a pisser, but overall there’s a helluva lot of loaning involved in the librarian business. Trust me on this.

turlough3 7:08 pm 08 Jan 11

I would say being a librarian is not a job for a loaner. You have coworkers and the general public is always asking you things.

I feel your pain I don’t like people. I don’t even like to give directions.

Woody Mann-Caruso 2:18 pm 01 Nov 10

Don’t let it get you down. Otherwise, somebody out there who needs your help and is in a position to take it might miss out next time.

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Just because somebody didn’t jump high enough, fast enough or even at all in response to your offer for help, it doesn’t mean they don’t need help or that they’re not genuine about their circumstances. I imagine it’d be quite confronting for somebody who’s grown used to making their own way in the world, particularly an extreme introvert, and it’d be perfectly understandable if that person felt pressured to try to meet you halfway but ended up not being able to make it.

You did the right thing by offering to help. If homeless is a scumbag looking for attention, then let it go. It doesn’t sound like he hit you up for money or anything else, so probably better for your own mental health to figure there were personal reasons it didn’t work out, and to be grateful you’re not in the same situation. The world’s a much nicer place to live when you assume people are basically good, probably flawed in some way that makes some aspects of their life a bit of a struggle, and are just trying to do their best to get by.

Personally I would rather be hit up for money. There are enough people in the world and not surprisingly this forum who enjoy kicking people while they’re down. It is heartening to see when someone who purports to be in dire circumstances is offered support.

However, when the person purporting to be in a tough spot exhibits all the characteristics of being nothing but an attention seeker it really bothers me.

Woody Mann-Caruso 1:18 pm 01 Nov 10

Just because somebody didn’t jump high enough, fast enough or even at all in response to your offer for help, it doesn’t mean they don’t need help or that they’re not genuine about their circumstances. I imagine it’d be quite confronting for somebody who’s grown used to making their own way in the world, particularly an extreme introvert, and it’d be perfectly understandable if that person felt pressured to try to meet you halfway but ended up not being able to make it.

You did the right thing by offering to help. If homeless is a scumbag looking for attention, then let it go. It doesn’t sound like he hit you up for money or anything else, so probably better for your own mental health to figure there were personal reasons it didn’t work out, and to be grateful you’re not in the same situation. The world’s a much nicer place to live when you assume people are basically good, probably flawed in some way that makes some aspects of their life a bit of a struggle, and are just trying to do their best to get by.

I am still interested to hear if any of the people who have offered help have had their offers taken up.

I stand by my comments that “Most people on this site took you on face value, but, it looks as if you have come on here just to tug at peoples heart strings – shame on you”

sirocco 11:06 am 01 Nov 10

Yup. If I were a homeless bloke low on self confidence and a little wary of people I’d definitely be giving my personal details to nutters on this site! (bee-tee-dubs; that was sarcasm)

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Right – the forum you joined after your post @41?

Well, I joined and messaged you and have had no reply – you have had a lot of people on this forum offer you support/help in a number of areas – have you taken anyone up on their offers?

Has anyone who has offered assistance to ‘homeless’ had an offer taken up?

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Most people on this site took you on face value, but, it looks as if you have come on here just to tug at peoples heart strings – shame on you

CSRI: whatever kindness & sincerity you may have started out with for this bloke you probably need to match that with patience and understanding rather than bitterness (at your offers being rejected?) and humilation. Otherwise your offers of help might appear to be short-lived, intimidating and a bit like trolling.

WMC getting popcorn suggests that it appears that way to other people too

Thumper 10:27 am 01 Nov 10

CSRI +1

Woody Mann-Caruso 10:21 am 01 Nov 10

*popcorn*

Just a quick recap:

You post here asking if anyone has jobs for loners, I tell you I may have something and ask for contact details, you won’t provide them and instead ask me to go to another forum to get them.

I post here asking for a user name so I can contact you, you provide a user name that was registered after I asked what it was.

To show my sincerity I gave you my work email address and real name, in return you gave me what clearly looks like a ficticious name – I liked the way you used my name as a firstname and surname – nice touch.

The position was in an area that you have professed some experience and all I requested was a resume – I assumed that as you have previously commented about how much time you spend applying for jobs this would not be a big ask but I have received nothing from you.

Most people on this site took you on face value, but, it looks as if you have come on here just to tug at peoples heart strings – shame on you

we have just gone through this via email – why are you posting it here?

Homeless 3:29 pm 25 Oct 10

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Homeless said :

Opps. Yeah, just remeembered I should have posted that. AusVanFan

Right – the forum you joined after your post @41?

Well, I joined and messaged you and have had no reply – you have had a lot of people on this forum offer you support/help in a number of areas – have you taken anyone up on their offers?

Has anyone who has offered assistance to ‘homeless’ had an offer taken up?

Read your email. I’m not online ever second of every day.
If you want to help thanks, but if you’re trying to give me a hard time I can do without it okay.

Homeless said :

Opps. Yeah, just remeembered I should have posted that. AusVanFan

Right – the forum you joined after your post @41?

Well, I joined and messaged you and have had no reply – you have had a lot of people on this forum offer you support/help in a number of areas – have you taken anyone up on their offers?

Has anyone who has offered assistance to ‘homeless’ had an offer taken up?

Anna Key 11:22 pm 23 Oct 10

Sounds like the employment practices of R** R******* in W*nn****a.

Homeless 1:44 pm 22 Oct 10

Opps. Yeah, just remeembered I should have posted that. AusVanFan

Homeless said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

I may have something coming up that could suit – how can I contact you?

I thought about that a bit. I don’t want to post my mobile or email address here, as having done that in the past elsewhere I got people emailing me and ringing me about all sorts of weird stuff. So I signed up to the homeless forums at http://www.homelessforums.org/ where you should be able to send me an email without having to sign up. I think.

As for naming and shaming, Canberra is too small and it is not worth it. My shift supervisor is happy to put in a good word for me if I go for other fast food jobs, so I don’t want to mess that up. I’ve been fired before from other jobs, it is no big deal. You just move on, try learn from it and be thankful for the work while it lasted. Life is too short to be obsessed with revenge.

I was only casual, and that happens on casual jobs all the time. Some times it is for no reason. You get called in and told they just don’t have work for you. Some are pretty generous about it. I was working at a Subway once and the boss told me after a peak period that work was going to slack off and that they’d have to let me go soon. Then he told me to feel free to take home any of the salad ingediants left over at the end of the day and to go wild with a few sub cards and stamps for free subways back in the day that they had cards. He called me up a few times later on to hire me again during peak periods.

My philosaphy, staff happens. Life is not about what happens to you, it is about how you react to it. I could have moped around getting mad at my last boss, but I find it more useful to simply start looking for another job. No use crying over what could have been.

what is your username?

Homeless 12:14 pm 22 Oct 10

colourful sydney racing identity said :

I may have something coming up that could suit – how can I contact you?

I thought about that a bit. I don’t want to post my mobile or email address here, as having done that in the past elsewhere I got people emailing me and ringing me about all sorts of weird stuff. So I signed up to the homeless forums at http://www.homelessforums.org/ where you should be able to send me an email without having to sign up. I think.

As for naming and shaming, Canberra is too small and it is not worth it. My shift supervisor is happy to put in a good word for me if I go for other fast food jobs, so I don’t want to mess that up. I’ve been fired before from other jobs, it is no big deal. You just move on, try learn from it and be thankful for the work while it lasted. Life is too short to be obsessed with revenge.

I was only casual, and that happens on casual jobs all the time. Some times it is for no reason. You get called in and told they just don’t have work for you. Some are pretty generous about it. I was working at a Subway once and the boss told me after a peak period that work was going to slack off and that they’d have to let me go soon. Then he told me to feel free to take home any of the salad ingediants left over at the end of the day and to go wild with a few sub cards and stamps for free subways back in the day that they had cards. He called me up a few times later on to hire me again during peak periods.

My philosaphy, staff happens. Life is not about what happens to you, it is about how you react to it. I could have moped around getting mad at my last boss, but I find it more useful to simply start looking for another job. No use crying over what could have been.

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