I got fired

United States
November 30, 2006 10:04am CST
Today was my first day at my new job, which I was hired for yesterday. This morning when I went to start the car to get it warmed up before going to work, the doors were all frozen shut. We tried the hair dryer, and hot water, as people from mylot suggested, but nothing worked. I then called my boss, and told her the situation and that I would be there AS SOON AS I COULD! she said ok, its not a problem! And then, I continued to try to get into the car. Nothing was working so I called a friend to pick me up. She came and got me, I then called work again from the car to let them know I was on my way. They said Great, see you in a few. I got there, apologized for being so late (30 minutes), and then my boss said, in front of the training class of about 15 ppl, YOU ARE VERY IRRESPONSIBLE, I DON'T WANT SOMEONE LIKE YOU WORKING UNDR ME. GO BACK HOME AND BE AN IRRESPONSIBLE NOTHING ON YOUR OWN TIME. I was in tears by the time I left there! This is ridiculous! What do you think about this??
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209 responses
@brokentia (10394)
• United States
30 Nov 06
Aw, hun. I am so sorry you were humilitated like that! People like that should not be in a position of authority. It would have been more humane to take you to the side if that is how the person felt. I know it doesn't change how you feel. But things happen for a reason. Think positive because maybe the universe is about to hand you a better job.
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• United States
1 Dec 06
God, I hope so. I tried for so long to get a job besides Bell ringing, and had no luck until yesterday, and I felt so good when she told me I was hired, I started thinking, now my daughter can have christmas, and then today, the walls come crashing down again. I was extremely upset! But, Im going to keep my head up and keep moving forward, thats all I can do! Thanks for your reply.
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@medooley (1874)
• United States
1 Dec 06
Listen to Tia she is a wise woman. She is right, it is possible that this happened for a reason. Keep your chin up little camper. My only question is this... why did you take the time to come inside and ask the myLot people what you should be doing when during that time you could have called a cab?
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• United States
1 Dec 06
During that time, when I was inside, I was calling a friend to come pick me up and take me to work...lol....thank you for your positive response though...plus for you...
@Lillith (775)
• United States
30 Nov 06
Oh this is just HORRIBLE! And that woman was VERY unprofessional to say the least! You may not feel this way now, but you are much better off NOT working in a place with such terrible leaders. You most likely would not have stayed very long due to the treatment you would be receiving. Try to just see this as a learning experience and then just move on. If you think it will help you feel better, you could try writing a letter to HER boss saying how you were treated.
• United States
30 Nov 06
I agree with you... should write a letter about her actions, she was wrong for that. I have been in you shoes thought, it seems like I can never have good luck!
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• United States
1 Dec 06
I am writing a letter tomorrow, and I am going to call and find out who is above that woman. And, I am sending the letter, and I will even go as far as to call my lawyer and see what he can do for me. Watch guys, Im going to make more than just the days pay.....in the end!
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• United States
1 Dec 06
lillith, check out page 4 on my discussion....someone did a copy paste job of your response to me...lol...Im reporting it and giving it a negative rating...but if I report it, will they delete my entire discussion?
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@honestabe (396)
• United States
30 Nov 06
Wow. I'm sorry to hear that. It's one thing to be late for no logical reason, but it seems that there was nothing else you could do and you definitely had a good reason for being late. It's also ridiculous that the boss says it's not a problem on the phone and then tells you to go home when you arrive.
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• United States
1 Dec 06
And I explained to her again the situation, and she just said YEAH
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@ruby1459 (2602)
• United States
30 Nov 06
That is very mean... _
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• United States
1 Dec 06
Thanks for understanding! And, Plus for you, because you responded with more than one or two words.
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@bzinger (412)
• United States
30 Nov 06
Well, it is probably in your best interest not to work for an employer that is not understanging of these circumstances.
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• United States
30 Nov 06
I am sorry they were not more understanding. What kind of job was it? Was it a real high profile job? Something like that happened to me once. I was driving down the road to start my job as a server at a restaurant. About a quarter of a mile from my house, my left tail light just fell off my car. I live in a really strict area as far as car regulations go, so I called my father in law. He immediately came to help me (he duct taped it back on!) but I had to call my boss to tell him I would be late. It was only 20 minutes but I still was so embarrassed. Don't worry-we've all been there!
• United States
30 Nov 06
How terrible I don't see how they sleep at night knowign that this wasn't your falt and still fired you..
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@boeyong (256)
• Malaysia
1 Dec 06
That manager is very sub-level in my opinion. You could have said "Excuse me, I at least had the courtesy to call and explain my situation which was not my fault. Wait till YOU get late and you get your own medicine. It's not you not wanting me to work for you. I DON'T want to work for such an idiot as you". Don't worry about being rude to her. You won't be working there anyway.
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@KrauseHome (36689)
• United States
30 Nov 06
Wow!! This is a little rediculous if you ask me, but at the same time, might have been your blessing in discuise. Sounds like this is not a Company you should want to be working for in the first place, and the person who treated you this way should not be in Management. But Honestly I can relate with your situation, and let you know this could have been a Blessing in discuise for you, and something better is bound to come up.
• United States
1 Dec 06
I honestly do hope so. I thank you, and everyone else for being so caring, compassionate and understanding. Thank you so much mylotters!
• United States
30 Nov 06
Man that is screwed up I sure would have told them off and made them feel lower than they tried to make me feel
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• United States
1 Dec 06
I wanted to....man oh man....lol....but, she had me in tears and I just couldn't think at that moment. But, as soon as I got out of there I was like....I almost told her....blah blah blah....and, I was gonna say...blah blah blah....LOL.....u know...
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• Italy
30 Nov 06
I think the your boss is not a correct person.. You had called her for explain the problem of the car..
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• United States
1 Dec 06
I did....thank you for your response
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@DeenaD (2688)
• United States
30 Nov 06
I am sorry this had to hapen to you. First the bad luck of having frozen doors coincide with the first day of a new job, and second, having a real jerk for a boss. It sounds like she is the kind of person who does not know how to exercise real authority, and is abusive instead. I hope you find a BETTER job soon!
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
30 Nov 06
Whao, that's bad... It's not like you didn't make every effort to get in. You were being responsible by calling them and letting them know the situation. I am late every day, just because I can't seem to get to work at the right time. But my boss is cool about it and I do all my work and stay late when needed. My husband is so sick of his job though that we're working a home-based business so that he can be his own boss and not be at the mercy of other people and their whims. Good Luck to you!
@Desdemona (1305)
• Canada
30 Nov 06
Yikes, sorry to hear this. Crap happens, but this boss should be more understanding. As a boss, I have always given people a second chance, regardless of their reasoning for being late etc... Move on is all I can say. Don't let this experience hinder your job success.
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@remaster74 (4064)
• Greece
30 Nov 06
First of all you should have said toi that boss of yours few words of wisdom, but it seems she got to you first. I think you should find a way and report the incident to her supervisor. I think she did very well firing you cause imagine the hell you were about to go through working for that type of boss. Don't worry, all obstacles are for the best. Another job will come around very soon, and I think it will be the best. lol
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@Khangura (924)
• Canada
30 Nov 06
wow ur boss is a retard.. he says great, c u in a few then says that? u know somethings wrong with him/her when this happens.
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@usmcsgtwife (4997)
• United States
30 Nov 06
thats awful, you were being very responsiable by calling and saying that you were going to be late
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• United States
30 Nov 06
That is so mean, I am so sorry that you lost your job your boss is very unfair and strange as well. It seemed she was trying to seem "big" or something but it wasn'nt nice or fair. Sorry to hear that happened to you!
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@hm1177 (1223)
30 Nov 06
yes sounds like your boss was showing off in front of the training class. He's prob got a small willy and needs to feel powerful. Surely you're not allowed to be sacked like this. Seek advice from someone who knows for sure but would you want to work there anyway?
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@cdirock (289)
• United States
30 Nov 06
I'm sorry what happened to you. Hope that you can get another job and look back on this as an experience that was meant to happen. Good Luck.
@Vulcanik (944)
• Netherlands
30 Nov 06
Yes it is really ridiculous, bad luck can happen to everyone. I understand that it is bad to be late on the 2nd day, but everyone deserves a 2ns chance. I was myself late this morning and my boss did understand that i was too late because of the traffic jam.
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@micheller (1365)
• United States
30 Nov 06
that was very mean of them. they could have told you that on the phone instead of making you go in and get fired infront of all them people.
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@jcvelina (1256)
• Philippines
30 Nov 06
i totally agree.
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• Lebanon
30 Nov 06
i agree
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• United States
1 Dec 06
I am so sorry that they behaved that way. I agree with everyone. But listen, don't let it keep you down. Just look for a better place. Everything happens for a reason. Good luck.
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• United States
1 Dec 06
I used to be a trainer. I understand your point of view in this situation and also want to share some insight. A lot of trainers are told that with a group of new hires, they need to "make an example" of someone who comes in late or is absent during training or the rest of the group might think it is ok. It sets the tone that the company is serious about attendance and there is no good excuse to miss or be late to work. I am in no way saying I agree with this tactic, but you do run into it a lot. Unfortunaely for you... A lot of people who just started a new job would decide just not to go in at all in your situation. I applaud you for your effort, especially since you even had a friend take you to work rather than sitting around all day waiting for the sun to come out. Consider this a learning experience, and also realize everything happens for a reason. Maybe losing yor job is a loss to you, but losing an employee who cares about their job is a bigger loss for that company.
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• United States
1 Dec 06
Thank you for your insight, it helped me see the OTHER side...
• Canada
1 Dec 06
Yes I agree with your point on setting example. However, is this a good example? she has called in and informed the trainer about her situation.So i guess it was wrong application of the example...or can we say abuse of power?