Have you ever been fired?

@sacmom (14250)
United States
April 13, 2013 2:35pm CST
I've been. It just happened a few days ago... As some of you know I had a test to take for my job. What you didn't know was that from the beginning of training for it, I was told that I could take my test as many times as needed until I passed it. At least, that is what I was told by the woman that does the training. Unfortunately I failed my first attempt miserably. For one I had been misinformed about having to take it. If anything, I thought I was going in for more training. For another I hadn't worried about studying for it. I could take it as many times as I wanted, after all. I did try to study for it, but apparently didn't know how to go about it. Still, I didn't worry. I just continued to work, and work hard at that. It wasn't until a month and a half later that one of my supervisors came to me while I was on break and said to see her after my break time was over. Curious, I did just that. It was then she told me that if I don't pass my test that I would have to quit. She didn't wait for a reaction from me. She just gave me my next job assignment and went on her way. Needless to say I was shocked and confused! No one ever bothered to tell me this before! I continued to work, but I just couldn't hold back the tears. So I ended up crying while I was working. A co-worker who was coming into work saw my distress and asked me what happened. I told her what one of our supervisors said. This co-worker ended up talking to another supervisor and told me he was going to give me more time to study. She (the co-worker) also said she'd show me how to go about studying for the test, so that I could ace it for sure. I couldn't thank her enough. I also told her she was an angel. I got on the ball right away with the studying. However, a few days later the manager of the place said I had to take my test again. The supervisor who had been willing to give me more time was right there when she said it too. However, he just looked defeated and didn't say anything. I didn't bother to explain it to the manager. The manager obviously didn't want one anyway. Angered and knowing I wasn't ready for the test, I didn't go. A few days later, the manager asked why I didn't go so I told her. Again, she told me I had to take my test. I told her I wasn't ready, but she didn't care. So I went. Sure enough, I failed terribly...although I did do a bit better this time around. However, the computer showed that I was on my 3rd and final attempt. Confused, I spoke to the woman that does the training and she said not to worry about it. The woman (as well as another woman) that do the testing wasn't there when I went in for my 3rd attempt. I had to find someone to help me. Fortunately, it didn't take me long. I found the driving instructor and he helped get someone for me. Needless to say, I didn't pass. But with no one there I was able to talk out my answers, which really helped a lot. By my 4th attempt, I did a lot better, but still nowhere near passing. I again expressed my concern to the woman that does the training and she assured me that I could take the test as many times as needed until I passed it and that they stopped giving out grievances after the 3rd failed attempt. Talk about relieved! I was so happy! I could finally relax and focus on studying...or so I thought. Before my 5th attempt I spoke to the supervisor, you know, the who told me I'd have to quit if I couldn't pass my test. We ended up discussing just that and I told her "K" told me I could take my test over and over again. The supervisor was shocked because "K" told her I'd have to quit. Anyway, it seems we got different information from 2 different people, who just happen to have to the same first name! This is when we found out the person I was talking about was not the same one she was talking about! Confused yet? I know I am! With finding out this new bit of information I worried about taking my test. I again spoke to the woman in charge of training. When I told her what my supervisor told me, all she could say to it was that they could let me go if they wanted to. Huh? WTH? What happened to me being able to take my test until I pass it?!? What happened to getting rid of the grievances?!? By this point I knew the majority of what I needed to know, but with everything that was going on I just couldn't concentrate and failed my test again. Still, I had done better than I had with my previous attempts. Just not enough to pass it. I let this supervisor know how I did and asked when I could take it again. She said in a week. However, 3 days later I was let go. And well, here I am. Unemployed, yet willing to work...
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@ajithlal (14613)
• India
13 Apr 13
Yes I was fired from the job two times. I think most probably it is common to get fired from the job when the work is down or when they want to hire better people I think most probably one should not feel sad or depressed and try to find a better job.
@sacmom (14250)
• United States
13 Apr 13
Work's definitely not down. If anything they are always shorthanded and understaffed. I was the only one that always showed up. I'm not sad anymore. I'm just mad. I so hate getting the run around.
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• United States
16 Apr 13
Once..I helped a friend learn how to do my job..& she did everything In her power to get me fired..the week after her position was changed..due to my training.# never again.
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@sacmom (14250)
• United States
16 Apr 13
With friends like that, who needs enemies?
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@Hatley (164262)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Apr 13
hi sacmom well all I can say is nobody seems to know what the other one is saying and I sure would not want to work for such inconsistent people as they might not even pay me what they said they would. I hope you can find a much better job without having to take that weird test.I realize the job market is really dreadful but hopefully there are other jobs o ut there.
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@sacmom (14250)
• United States
13 Apr 13
Thanks Hatley. Hopefully I'll find something and soon! As for the company that fired me, it may have been inconsistent, but one thing's for certain, they always paid. At least they paid me anyway. Well, they do still owe me one more pay check. It'll be interesting to see what happens with that one... Happy mylotting!
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
14 Apr 13
Oh I'm sorry sacmom, that stinks. The one time I have been fired was before I was married and it wasn't really a "you're fired" kind of thing, it was more like, "If we need you, we will call you" and that was at least 40 years ago and the business is no loner there, so I am assuming they didn't want me back...
@sacmom (14250)
• United States
16 Apr 13
I'd say that's a safe assumption! I had a similar thing happen to me. After moving about 20 miles away from the place I worked for they never called me in for work. I called them and they'd give me the okay to come in. However, with it being part-time and the pay being low it wasn't worth the drive there, so I eventually stopped called them... That was 17 years ago. Last I saw, they were still around. Hmm, I wonder if they'd want me back? LOL I doubt it. All the people I worked with aren't there anymore.
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• United States
16 Apr 13
I'd love to work for the business that took over, but since I moved, it is a good 45-50 miles away and I am sure the pay wouldn't not be enough to cover the fuel to get there, especially in our van..
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@sacmom (14250)
• United States
16 Apr 13
What kind of van do you have?
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@katsmeow1213 (28926)
• United States
13 Apr 13
What kind of job was this? I definitely think there should be a limit on how many times you can take a test. I mean.. you wouldn't want a surgeon who failed his medical exams the first 20 times but then got lucky on the last one, right?
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@sacmom (14250)
• United States
13 Apr 13
Well, it wasn't like it was a surgeon's job, that's for sure! LOL It was putting parcels into hampers, so it wasn't like anyone's life was in my hands. Just their packages. LOL And I for one did my job well, even if I couldn't pass the darn test. Which, by the way, if they would have told me from day 1 that I'd lose my job over it, I would have been more on it than I was. Why do you think I got on the ball when I did? My job was on the line, after all. And now it's gone. It may take some longer than others to pass their test, if the job requires it. It doesn't necessarily mean that they'd be bad at that job. It could just mean that they're bad at taking tests. The same can be said for those that are good at tests. Just because they're good at taking tests doesn't mean they'd be a good at a particular job. Happy mylotting!
• United States
13 Apr 13
Some people just don't do well with tests even if they know the material.. that's how some are. What was required on the tests?
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@sacmom (14250)
• United States
14 Apr 13
It was to memorize street names and numbers, so that I wouldn't have to rely on looking at a sheet. I hate to say it, but I found the training kind of pointless. Not only is it done on a computer, but most of the addresses are in between what's on the actual test. And there are a heck of a lot more addresses when working then on the test yet I was (almost) able to make it within the time frame (and here I used the sheet). Even the veterans use there's every so often, with the exception of maybe one, and here they passed the test years ago! From what I was told the one that doesn't has a lot of miss throws, yet they still kept him on.
@mythociate (16265)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
17 Apr 13
I just 'skimmed' the opening, but to me it sounds like the 'root of all harsh truth': "everyone will get along just fine without you." (That's also the root of 'peace with one's own place in the world'--that they don't need you, that you've done all that they needed you to--but it's hard for one to understand that as 'peace' when it's obvious there's more to be done.) The job I was fired from ... I won't go into too many details (though I probably already have, years-&-years ago---possibly under the myLot profile-name "mythman"). That job was wrong for me, so I made sure that I was WRONG for the job ... or I was wrong for the job, and 'the job being wrong for me' is what I tell myself to get over the burden of guilt--- Point is, the job & I parted on agreeable terms. (Luckily for them; because--if I HADN'T agreed-- ... ) But "Life goes on without me"
@sacmom (14250)
• United States
18 Apr 13
I didn't try to be wrong for the job. Nor was the job wrong for me. I was just at the wrong office apparently.
@mythociate (16265)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
19 Apr 13
Same-difference---The point is: you & that environment were wrong together, and (I hope) you two parted on agreeable terms
@sacmom (14250)
• United States
23 Apr 13
On the contrary. That environment was in need of someone like me. As for parting on agreeable terms...there was nothing to agree to. I was fired, after all.
@crossbones27 (26006)
• Redlands, California
15 Apr 13
All I am going to say is I think that is BS. If the teacher fails to teach then the student fails to learn. I am not exactly sure if that is how that quote goes but it is something like that. I do not get why this country is so eager to fail people. This is my point of why everything is so screwed up. We are not failing them, they are failing us. Sorry that happened to you because it is BS and it should not matter how long it takes you to learn what you need to learn as long as you eventually learn it. Its like life, it is not a race it is more a marathon. This is the problem when they make everything about money. We start to not do the things necessary that keeps us alive in the first place. Eventually this mentality will catch up to us and bite us in the @ss. You are just a victim of this ignorant behavior. In the military they let you keep trying to you get it. Why hasn't the private sector figured this out. This is why I do not trust people no more.
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@sacmom (14250)
• United States
18 Apr 13
Maybe it's because they don't want the "little people" to succeed. Maybe they're afraid that these people would pass them up and eventually become their superiors. Who knows? What I don't understand is why the office I was at isn't willing to follow suit with the other offices and stop with the grievances already. Are they so stuck in their ways that they can't see it does more harm than good? Not only does it hurt people that are willing to work, but it hurts the company as well.
• Redlands, California
23 Apr 13
I get exactingly what you are saying. It pretty much means you have more heart and care more about your job than most of them. At least as far as the hire ups. The lower people grasp things better because the get treated like crap so it keeps them grounded. Which is sad to say it threatens people these days. It is a sad world we live in because no one cares about doing the right thing. They care about career and money. The rest is just obstacles in their ways. These were some of the people with the purest of intentions too. Now they just mow people down like no tomorrow. Yet the country goes ape like over abortion. No morals no sense. It's all hypocritical
@sacmom (14250)
• United States
23 Apr 13
Sounds like you know a thing or 2 about the working world. It's all still pretty new to me, but you've pretty much nailed it on the head from what I saw there.
@o2bnocn (2895)
• United States
14 Apr 13
Sorry about your experience. I would be aggravated in your situation. It sounds like you were trying your best. Yes, I have been fired before. I was fired from a retail job. It sucked but it lead to me starting college and now I have an associates, currently studying for a bachelors. I just hope I do a better job in the business administration field than I did in retail. I almost now I will but I still worry. I feel like the person that fired me from retail was just looking for reasons to fire me. That might be the same thing that happened to you. I don't know, maybe I am making excuses. I know I wasn't good at retail but I don't think I deserved to be fired, it isn't like I did anything wrong...just wasn't fast enough. I also heard other employees telling me that the manager that fired me from retail, has fired a lot people and to be on the lookout. Sure enough be the end of the day, I was fired.
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@sacmom (14250)
• United States
16 Apr 13
Thank you o2bnocn. I sure did. I gave it my all. They knew it too. I was even known as the go-to girl by the supervisors there. Anyway, you could be right about that. The manager certainly seemed to have it out for me. As a matter of fact when I spoke to the head of HR about it yesterday, he said she spoke to me about it. Nope, all she said was I was terminated. No warning, no nothing. Guess who he believed? Oh well, on the plus side, he recommended a different position to me. I just have to apply for it when it comes up. Hopefully, it'll be listed soon, as I need to work so I can support my family...
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@o2bnocn (2895)
• United States
16 Apr 13
I understand. I am looking for a job soon also because I will have no income soon. I will also have a student loan that needs to be paid off. They are going to want me to start paying monthly payments. I'm hoping I can defer it until I find a job. I'm worried about unemployment, so I am trying to start looking for work right now. I'm also trying to save up and not spend on anything that is not absolutely necessary. It's rough nowadays. Good luck!
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@sacmom (14250)
• United States
16 Apr 13
Thanks! Good luck to you too!
@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
14 Apr 13
Hi sacmom, No matter what anyone said, I would have studied really hard and only made 2 or possibly 3 attempts. Any more than that I figure would make me look really bad as if I couldn't be bothered. I would just leave being too embarrassed to go further. I hope you find something else soon, but I just know that you will. All the best.
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@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
14 Apr 13
Forgot to say - yes, I have been fired. One boss fired me 3 times and then asked me to come back twice and I asked him once if I could go back. Yeah, I'm a glutton for punishment but I needed to work.
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@sacmom (14250)
• United States
15 Apr 13
'No matter what anyone said, I would have studied really hard and only made 2 or possibly 3 attempts." That's pretty much what my husband said. And I know both of you are right, but with working my tail to the bone trying to support my family, I was just too darn tired to listen. As for being embarrassed about failing it, how could I be when I was told different things? Speaking of being embarrassed, weren't you embarrassed about asking for your job back after being fired? I know I would be.
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@mariaperalta (19089)
• Mexico
13 Apr 13
Sorry to hear this. I have never ever been fired from a job. I feel real sorry for you for this. Hope you find something fast there. Good luck...
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@sacmom (14250)
• United States
15 Apr 13
Thanks Maria! I hope I can find something and soon!
• Mexico
15 Apr 13
I bet you can find something. make sure you use newspapers and online as well. Good luck !!
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@sacmom (14250)
• United States
15 Apr 13
I don't get the newspaper, but I'm definitely looking online!
• Wheat Ridge, Colorado
4 Aug 15
Firstly, I am sorry to read of your unemployment friend. This is a blinking disgrace from what I am reading. In some way, I dont think many people would be alright working at that place..it sounds to me like it is a bunch of rigmarole and malarchy that they are giving people the run around until they can let them go. They probably do this all the time. I hope something good comes your way soon xo
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@sacmom (14250)
• United States
4 Aug 15
Thanks. It's amazing that more people don't go postal the way they're treated there. By the way, this is an old post. I really need to post an update @TiarasOceanView. lol
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• Wheat Ridge, Colorado
4 Aug 15
@sacmom Okay good I am glad this is old so perhaps by now you have a better place. Yes I believe it..and who could blame people for being postal?
@danix1982 (593)
• Philippines
15 Apr 13
i think there's a job that is really meant for you, maybe you didn't find it now but i am sure time will come that you will have it soon, just don't give up and pursue your dreams. good luck!
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@sacmom (14250)
• United States
18 Apr 13
One thing's for certain. I'm never going to give up!
• Philippines
19 Apr 13
that's the spirit! always think positive and never give up.
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• India
14 Apr 13
I am not qualified enough to apply for any job and so I have never been fired. What happened with you is really miserable. Well, I guess this is the time you should really make up your mind to go through the test if other companies also require the candidate to pass that exam. I genuinely hope and wish that life brings you better opportunities in future and may you have the best in your life.
@sacmom (14250)
• United States
16 Apr 13
If I ever have to do any test again I'll make sure to study for it no matter what anybody says! Thank you Inderjeetkaur! I appreciate it!
• India
17 Apr 13
You are welcome dear... Now that the true spirit. Keep it up and life will surely unfold pleasant surprises to you in the near future.
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@cupkitties (7618)
• United States
13 Apr 13
Sounds like major lack of communication and people who aren't able to stick by what they say. I hope you find a much better place to work than that in the future. Good luck. The first time I ever got fired was because apparently this woman called and complained to the owner that I did not "smile" for her. That is what the manager told me. Sure the day before I was not feeling well being pregnant with my first child and all. The food smells in the restaurant were not agreeing with me, but some how I find it hard to believe that anyone was actually stupid enough to get me fired over a smile. Most likely the truth was they didn't want to continue to employee a pregnant woman. Maybe it was for the best, but they could have been more honest about it. The last time was due to my ex not showing up to take care of the kids when it was time for me to go off to work. I didn't know anyone or have friends to ask for help either. So ended up fired. Later on the same company called and begged me to come back to work for them. Luckily that time my ex father in law and his wife had moved in down the road and they offered to baby sit.
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@sacmom (14250)
• United States
13 Apr 13
Thank you cupkitties. I'm sorry to hear those things happened to you. You're probably right. The woman was probably just an excuse for your employer to get rid of you. At least you got your other job back. It'd take a miracle for something like that to happen for me. Happy mylotting!
@sacmom (14250)
• United States
17 Apr 13
Ouch! I bet not, but at least you can laugh about it now!
@OreoBrownie (3658)
• Commerce, Georgia
2 Aug 15
It's wrong to be misinformed. There is a lot of misinformation when getting info from humans lol. Unless it is written I think we should doubt. I have never been fired but I stepped down from my job when I knew I was not on top of my game. I had to have total knee replacements but still could not keep up.
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@sacmom (14250)
• United States
4 Aug 15
I agree, it is very wrong @OreoBrownie!
@TLilly12 (1229)
• United States
25 Apr 13
I was fired from my last job because, when I was told to take my sick leave, when I was sick with cancer, I didn't come back to work, so they fired me, which I really didn't care I like not working for these people, to me it was a very stressful job and I hated, going to work everyday, now I can work here online, and do what ever I wan to do.
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@sacmom (14250)
• United States
25 Apr 13
@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
24 Apr 13
That sounds like a total headache, would you really want to be still working there? At the end of the day you are probably better out of it, they've lost a good employee in you, trouble is they are probably too thick to realize it. I have never been fired from a job, but I did walk out and hand my notice in without having another job to go to, mainly because we were being treated like children, and I hated the job anyhow. I wish you every success in finding a job more suitable and that won't give you so much stress and the runaround my friend.
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@sacmom (14250)
• United States
25 Apr 13
Honestly? Sure, I would. Not just for the paychecks, I enjoyed the job for the most part. Well, other than getting the runaround, that is! Thank you wolfie. I appreciate it!
@inertia4 (27942)
• United States
23 Apr 13
Confusing as though this story is all I can say is you are probably better off. It seems to me they were playing with you, using you to accomplish what they needed to accomplish and then let you go. This happens a lot in jobs. Take it from me. You now have the opportunity to find something better. Thats the way it is. Is it fair? not at all. Thats why no one is ever loyal to a job anymore. And I don't blame them.
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@sacmom (14250)
• United States
23 Apr 13
You're probably right, although I'm sure going to miss that income!
@allknowing (84389)
• India
15 Apr 13
I was never fired but have had the weirdest experiences with some of my bosses in my career. It was tough no doubt but I waded through and survived.
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@sacmom (14250)
• United States
17 Apr 13
@chiyosan (30197)
• Philippines
15 Apr 13
So sorry to hear about them dieting toy and letting you go. But they do have a basis for doing so I believe that was due to the failed exam results. I read your discussion and you said it was almost your fourth attempt bit then they already let you go. Perhaps that is already ab limit I am sure you had a tough time with the exams but companies does test there employees with what they know and these are especially trie for those who are new bies and are still in the training period or pre employment. I have never been fired but luckily for me I have always taken their exams and passed them during trainings and during employment. I am sure you will find another job for you. Ibwish you goodluck.
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@sacmom (14250)
• United States
17 Apr 13
Actually there was no limit...at least not with other offices. That's why the training technician thought I could take it over and over again. However, the office I was at has their own rules and doesn't go by that. Neither of us knew that...until my 5th attempt. Oh well, at least the technicians and HR know better now. Hopefully they'll put that bit of information to good use for other employees there that have to take that test. Happy mylotting!
@Ntombe (3)
• South Africa
14 Apr 13
Worst feeling ever. In my case I was fired because I had the worst supervisor in the whole company and she hated me with everything in her, so when I missed my target by 20 points she fired me said that I wasn't good enough for the company. But only later to find out that there were people who came short of the target by more then 20 points and they were not fired. I am really sorry hope things work out well for you.
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@sacmom (14250)
• United States
17 Apr 13
That sucks. I'm sorry you were fired for that.