You want my money but you won't do your job?

@mommyboo (13198)
United States
May 20, 2009 3:35am CST
Bottom line - when someone is employed and certain things are within their job description - and you are paying them to fulfill those obligations, who is right? Should anybody who is being paid to do a job do it? Or do you honestly think it is okay to NOT do something when someone is paying you to do it? This picking and choosing what you FEEL like doing crap has got to come to an end. If you're a trash hauler ie waste reorganization engineer, then if I pay my trash bill, you'd better be emptying my trash cans every week. If you work at the preschool and my daughter is in your class, then you make sure nothing bad happens to her while she is at school. If you write up wills for people and I hire you to help me compile mine, when I pay you for your services, you do it. If I buy a burger and ask you to cut it in half, why can't you cut my freaking burger in half? No I am NOT afraid you're going to give me swine flu, I'm not grossed out that you have to TOUCH it, if I was worried about that or planning to sue you for touching my burger I wouldn't have asked you to cut the damn thing. I just need to know why over the last decade or so, people have started arguing with the customer so much or adding in these little 'but' clauses. No buts! Seriously! If I want to buy a bottle of water, hand the bottle over, here's a dollar. I don't want a pack of gum with my water, quit trying to upsell me. I'm barely in my 30s, I do not want to be accosted by some jerk selling burial plots, I went to the doctor for a physical, I don't want to get a full body scan for $180 that MIGHT tell me what OTHER problems I have even though I feel completely healthy. If I DO decide to do that and it comes up with 3 problems and I only want to deal with one, then let me deal with the ONE and leave me the heck alone about the other two. GRRRRR. What do you think? Don't you think that it should just go back to being simple? I give you 5 bucks for your service or item that costs 5 bucks, you give me the service or item, no questions asked? Life needs to be simpler. No wonder everybody is on anti-depression meds and anxiety meds! It's enough to CAUSE a chemical imbalance in a healthy person!
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@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
21 May 09
Hey mommyboo! Are you referring to me? lol (private joke) I think that you should maybe run for some sort of public office! You probably would be very good at it! You kind of sound like a politician already! I agree with you that people nowadays do not even want to do the jobs that they are paid to do and God forbid you ask them to do something just a bit extra or out of the ordinary, as you described with the hamburger! Cutting it? Now that would require a whole other skill, maybe more training, possibly an increase in pay! What were you thinking by asking someone to CUT the burger in half? WTF? This is what the world has come to! No more polite service, no more trying to please a customer! Nobody gives a damn! They would rather argue with you then take the two seconds to cut the damn burger in half! How pathetic this world has become! And yes, it's a very good thing that I take my meds or I might have to hurt one of those burger flippers!
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
22 May 09
Yes totally... wtf. I still don't understand the whole 'we can't cut your burger ma'am' deal. I mean they were actually POLITE while declining to do what I asked... go figure. It made me late for where I was supposed to be though because I had to park and cut the damn thing, meanwhile my poor daughter is in the back going 'mommy i'm hungry, i'm hungry....' because if they had cut it at the window she'd have been done eating it before I even got it cut in half and handed to her, that's how hungry she was. Bad mommy, that's what I get for not packing snacks, yes I know. You know, sadly I have to avoid politics. Everybody IN politics is deadly and evil and I really wouldn't want to be lumped in with those people because suddenly I wouldn't have any more friends, and what's even sadder is that I would understand why. Although it would be tempting to be able to actually make a difference and try to give the power back to the people where it belongs. And oh yeah... to cut a burger, that would require the employee be sent to a training seminar... in Arizona. So they'd have to get 3 weeks off from the burger joint and the company would have to pay for a small plane or a bus or car or whatever to get them to the training seminar... and they'd have to pay for a hotel and meals for the employee being trained... and oh gee, that would mean they'd have to raise the price of their burgers one cent and how dare they do that to their loyal customers.. you know because paying $1.50 for a burger instead of $1.49 is heinous and unheard of... so sorry, we cannot afford to cut your burgers for you. And oh yeah, now we have to pay this 'trained' employee 20 cents mre an hour so now he's going to make $8.20 instead of $8, so now we have to charge 3 cents more for the burgers.... I do not know why all those strangers are so keen to argue with me. Although I am a small person, it doesn't mean I'm afraid of them or that I will EVER back down if I don't agree! I don't need meds, when somebody is stupid, I have the right to point it out lol.
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
22 May 09
That's why I love you mommyboo!
@calyxus (827)
• Philippines
21 May 09
Haha! Let me first ask you a question: this is about your personal experience, right? No wonder I couldn't agree less. I also experienced some of those scenarios you mentioned. Indeed, life is simple and we dont need to make it complicated by not doing simple tasks. I admire your courage to speak up for those who are fed up by other people's carelessness but were afraid to speak up. But I would like to tell you, that you really should speak up. I mean, the moment somebody do something that you dont want, tell him immediately that you didnt like what he did, or ask him why dont he do this or that. Meaning, we have to deal with the problem right there and then. It is rather okay to post it like in here, but the thing is, the person concerned wont know that they have done something that upset you. So the next time you encounter such "things", just take a deep breath and tell that burger guy: "Hey! Just do it!" Because if he always does that, who knows, you might save him from being fired.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
22 May 09
I actually HAVE spoken up a lot about things and as far as the burger thing I still don't know the answer to that. I was at a Wendy's and they refused... and I was ticked off because I had somewhere to be but my daughter was hungry, and rather than buy a kids meal she wouldn't eat all of, I got a sandwich to split with her - hence the reason I needed them to cut it in half, so I could just hand the piece back to her. But no.. they wouldn't cut it although they could give me a knife..... egads that was a pain in the butt. I had to park and cut the stupid burger and then hand it back to her so I was essentially late for where I was going because I had to cut it myself. I guess I should pose that question to fast food workers here at mylot... WHY can't you cut a burger? I have had some places cut burgers but others won't. Subway ALWAYS cuts the sandwiches, and if you need it cut into smaller pieces, they'll do it! When you have four small hungry kids, you have to cut it into four pieces... know what I mean? And they must be equal or the kids will scream lol. I guess the main point is that I shouldn't HAVE to speak up, get upset, or demand that people just do what I ask. I really have to wonder what happened to 'the customer is always right'. I can understand for a customer who is super picky and won't accept anything or one who doesn't pay, but a reasonable request when I didn't even price haggle and PAID ALREADY really should be honored without world war three!
@calyxus (827)
• Philippines
24 May 09
Haha! i get your point... you really should be pissed about that. but you know what? you shouldn't go there anymore.. just kidding.. hehe!
• India
20 May 09
Let me have my laugh first…. I could not really understand in the beginning what this post was about, I mean to me a job is a job is a job…I do exactly what I am paid for. That’s OK! But the problem with people nowadays is more of job-retention and doing better than that colleague so that I get that promotion. You can blame them either, companies themselves have no hard and fast rule about how much an employee should do…the more they do the better. If they manage to sell the entire cosmetic range to that lady who’s come to buy shampoo, what better than that! I feel this is why people talk too much and try to divert your attention from what exactly you want and push-sell items you really do not want to buy.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
22 May 09
No kidding. The upselling thing REALLY irritates me. Usually I will tell the person UPFRONT and RIGHT AWAY that I ONLY want this or that, and that's all, and that's all the cash I brought or ALL I am willing to spend, and I don't even want to hear about anything else or I will leave and go to their competition. I don't always have to be that snippy, but I am willing to go that far if necessary, to the point of cutting them off. Also, for instance I get REALLY angry at places that will do something extra (that wasn't asked for) and then sneak it onto the bill and of course after it's already done, how can you get out of paying for it? I actually did get out of it once... when my older daughter was 14 she was too old for the ins to cover sealants because I checked with the ins for coverage and they said no... so i told the office in no uncertain terms NO. I wasn't going to pay $140 four times.... so anyway they did it ANYWAY and I said - here, here is the paper I signed saying I was not going to pay for this service because although you RECOMMENDED it, the ins refused to pay because she was one month over the age limit.... so even if you did it, here is the proof that I told you NOT TO. So you can eat it. I never did pay and I never got billed so I assume they dropped it. I was PISSED. And apparently they didn't tell my daughter what they were doing either and she was upset because they didn't tell ME or let ME go back there. Probably because they wanted to do it before I found out. Jerks.
@kritipen (4083)
• United States
20 May 09
I agree with you that life would be a lot easier if everyperson does only that work which he/she is supposed to do and no more/no less. We wouldnt have to put up with people who try their marketing skills on every customer, and it is very annoying that every tme you buy something you also have to put forward your best rejection skills. And then there are this set of people who are lazy enough to do what they are supposed to do. Again we waste our time urging them to complete their part of the job. But then these have become unavoidable. It is better to take both kinds of people as fairly common and deal with them since we cannot change them as these behaviours are also a part of human nature.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
22 May 09
It's just frustrating. I think I should be able to go to somebody who does x thing and y thing and say what are your prices and then pay them to do x thing ONLY and not have them complain about me not paying for y thing also... or argue with me and not do what I asked either. If I'm the one holding the money, I think I get to make the decision, the whole decision, so help me God. lol! If you don't like your job because you don't like the customers, get into another job field lol. I just don't like having to go to war each and every time I decide to buy something or not buy it, get a service or not get a service, hire somebody, or not hire them. It is ridiculous. Especially in this current economy where EVERYBODY should be happy for ANY job they can get doing WHATEVER they are qualified to do. Sheesh.