Did you ever lose a job for a stupid reason?

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Yeah, just like a lot of people these days I got fired for a shitty reason.
I worked a crappy job at an electronica webshop's customer service.
I don't have a car. I can't even afford a licence. So to get to work I used to ride a bike from home to the train station, take the train and there take another bike to ride 20 minutes to the office.

But on Monday I found out that the bike I kept at the station got stolen. I called and arrived 40 minutes late.. So for the rest of the week I had to take my bike on the train and got declined entry because according to the train conductors (or whatever they're called in English) won't let me ride the train with my bike during work hours (From 6AM to 9:30AM). And so I couldn't make it to work in time for the entire week (I was about 5 to 15 minutes late every day) And I even bought a replacement bike, and on friday when I was on the train with my new bike and on time for once, I got called by my supervisor telling me I shouldn't bother coming in anymore. Because "if we can't trust you to come in on time, we can't use you".

Now keep in mind, I worked there for three months and always came in at least 15 minutes early. But no one really liked me, and even got into trouble for wearing gaudy clothes in a no-dresscode office! I think they were just waiting for a reason to get rid of me.

Any relatable stories?

Never had an honest job in my life, so I'll have to say no.

I've never been fired from a job but a co-worker of mine got fired for flicking a nine year old kid on the ear as a punishment, which sucked since he was otherwise great at his job.

I was a temp at a bank for a year or so. When I was relieved of my duties, the temp agency told me that it was because, and I quote: "You asked if you were allowed to dress up for Halloween".

In the end, I realized that that was just a bullshit reason. I was terrible at my job there; that was not an atmosphere that I could thrive in (think "Office Space"; work is super serious! type of place). I had no clue I was terrible at my job, I only found out later when I talked with a few of my buddies who worked there to find out their numbers versus mine. Instead of someone talking to me and telling me what I was doing wrong, I was bounced department to department to department until eventually, they finally just cut me.

With that said, it was the best thing that could have happened to me. I now work at US Bank, which has a MUCH better atmosphere for an employee like me (unlike the previous job, you will not be shot for smiling :D). I am much happier at this job with an incredibly helpful manager (who helped me when I was struggling and is now helping me look internally for a promotion, even if it's in a different department) than I ever was at the old bank that shall not be named...

I got fired from my first and so far only job cause I was the only one working. Well, that is my specific job, which was mostly folding clothes and keeping everything tidy. Everyone else in the same position made it a skill of goofing off, so all the bosses saw was me alone doing not so great and no one ever doing bad (or good). The whole job was bad though, they told me nothing and kept forcing me to switch to new areas, and gave me no information, which made customers annoying to deal with.

I did not know how to react when it happened. I regret not ratting out the others.

Well there was this temp job a month or so ago where through some line of my mother knowing someone who knows someone else I got a temp job that was literally me sitting in the corner of an office ringing people to ask for information. Just a huge spreadsheet of endless phone numbers. That is ALL I had to work with. I was quietly informed that the last person who did this was fired for skipping numbers and making shit up and I cannot blame her at all.

No offense to Scottish people but it didn't help that every one of them had an incredibly thick Scottish accent. There's only so many times you can ask people to repeat themselves before you have to take a guess on what the words were.

It was one step up from cold calling people since it was a legit internal survey but I still felt mildly uncomfortable. I had a paragraph of a script to work from and any extra questions from them threw me completely. I suppose it's a bit unprofessional to just say "look mate, i'm just a temp worker staring at a spreadsheet so I know nothing of the details" when they get a bit aggressive but fuck it, I don't care.

I was randomly dropped with zero notice a few weeks in because they found a replacement and i'm still waiting for them to fucking give me my pay. I know i'm going to have to passive-aggressively nag them to death with several emails until they pay up. How very English of me.

Don't ask me why, but I have a feeling I will never hold a permanent standard 9-5 office job in my life. My intuition is pretty solid on it. I'm counting on having any idea on what the hell i'm doing to do once I hit Uni. I can probably drop phone tech support from the list too.

Because I asked for the day off for my High School graduation 1 week in advance. I kid you not.

Never been fired, and to be honest I actually got away with a lot of shit in my first job. I left that to go pursue another job which I won't bring up here. My current job now is pretty sweet. Low hours for hard labour with high pay. Not to mention my bosses are awesome and actually acknowledge my hard work.

The Wykydtron:
Well there was this temp job a month or so ago where through some line of my mother knowing someone who knows someone else I got a temp job that was literally me sitting in the corner of an office ringing people to ask for information. Just a huge spreadsheet of endless phone numbers. That is ALL I had to work with. I was quietly informed that the last person who did this was fired for skipping numbers and making shit up and I cannot blame her at all.

No offense to Scottish people but it didn't help that every one of them had an incredibly thick Scottish accent. There's only so many times you can ask people to repeat themselves before you have to take a guess on what the words were.

It was one step up from cold calling people since it was a legit internal survey but I still felt mildly uncomfortable. I had a paragraph of a script to work from and any extra questions from them threw me completely. I suppose it's a bit unprofessional to just say "look mate, i'm just a temp worker staring at a spreadsheet so I know nothing of the details" when they get a bit aggressive but fuck it, I don't care.

I was randomly dropped with zero notice a few weeks in because they found a replacement and i'm still waiting for them to fucking give me my pay. I know i'm going to have to passive-aggressively nag them to death with several emails until they pay up. How very English of me.

Don't ask me why, but I have a feeling I will never hold a permanent standard 9-5 office job in my life. My intuition is pretty solid on it. I'm counting on having any idea on what the hell i'm doing to do once I hit Uni. I can probably drop phone tech support from the list too.

Honestly. Even if your job is to call people up and ask for info, it won't go down to well. Same thing with organizations who try to get you to sign up in shopping centres and the like. It's your job, but all you do is annoy the fuck out of people.

There is this one organization who tried to get me to sign up every day for 2 weeks in a row when I walked past them and said no every time. They need to take no for a fucking answer for once.

OP, I feel for you, but since you knew you had no bike - you probably should have left for work with ample time to get there. I also don't have a car, and when I've been forced to walk (sometimes 90+ minutes to, and then from work) you gotta do what you gotta do. After the first or second day, you should have been able to arrive on time.

Sorry. That's the truth of it.

As for me, I've never been fired, though I have been blamed for things that were not my fault.

Also, if you don't have a car, it's usually a bad idea to have a job so far away from home. Personal experience talking...

Kinda. I worked for a car company called Huling Brothers (a company that involved a ton of paperwork & red tape to fire anyone for anything) that went belly up, with 8 buildings worth of employees laid off, all because our egotistical sales manager (who was cheating on his pregnant wife) & a few of his buddies thought it would be real funny to steal from a bum. Gee Automotive was nice enough to buy the company & hire us all back, but the scandal of the previous owners had tainted the entire West Seattle car industry, & Gee shut down less than 2 years latter.

michael87cn:
OP, I feel for you, but since you knew you had no bike - you probably should have left for work with ample time to get there. I also don't have a car, and when I've been forced to walk (sometimes 90+ minutes to, and then from work) you gotta do what you gotta do. After the first or second day, you should have been able to arrive on time.

Sorry. That's the truth of it.

As for me, I've never been fired, though I have been blamed for things that were not my fault.

Also, if you don't have a car, it's usually a bad idea to have a job so far away from home. Personal experience talking...

While I see your point, I would counter with the point that any management staff that intentionally blinds themselves to circumstances are probably not worth working for in the first place. Yes they have demands they have to meet by their boss and blah blah, but life is going to happen regardless. If they refuse to accept this, to hell with them.

Looking up "fuck" on Wikipedia. (They'd already decided they were getting rid of me and wanted an excuse - yeah, I might have made it easier, but it's quite a stretch to cite somebody for accessing offensive content on freakin' Wikipedia...)

I almost lost a job once for doing too much work.

Yes, you read that correctly. I was almost fired for doing too much work.

The place was on a university campus, had a paid membership and the members could vote on how things were run... up to and including the prices for meals. The board had consistently voted to keep the prices low to the point where the business was basically a non-profit. BUT there was a clause in their contract with the university that said if certain financial situations were to occur (the exact details I was never made aware of) the university could step in and make changes to the business to ensure that the "Space was optimized". NOT that the business was made more profitable.

So this place was woefully understaffed. Me, being a young ambitious go-getter, worked far too hard to make sure things worked properly and I (along with two others who worked there, so it wasn't entirely about me) was literally keeping the business in business. So the new manager - drunk out of her mind at the time from booze from the bar - sat me down and told me that if I kept on "doing other peoples jobs for them" I would be fired. Which was a laugh because we all knew that I wasn't doing anyone elses job for them, I was doing work that wasn't going to be done by anyone because there was no one hired to do the work in the first place.

Ahh... my introduction to the real world.

I admit, I made a lot of mistakes, and I was slow and learning the ropes in a high speed and high pressure area. I worked at Staples as a tech. (For the record, the staples where I worked, we only had 1 A+ certified technician, and he was doing sales. If you take your computer to Staples for work, ask to see the cert.)

I informed my manager that I had gotten a work term from collage, and I "Wanted to make sure I had a job when I came back." He agreed that I would be moved to Sales, and I said that I was okay with this.

Three weeks later in my real job, my mother on the other side of the province received my ROI (Record of Employment) I had been fired. YEAH STAPLES!

Needs was also fun, Although I was a bit of a prick here too. As a good ol' convenience store, we've got dirty nudie magazines in the back near the office door. I trained the manager's idiot cousin who asked. "Can we read magazines during slow times?" Assuming the guy meant something like men's health or some other bullshit cosmo variant or tabloid, I said "I don't imagine there'd be an issue with this."

As week later, the manager (Who not only looks like it, but is a wife-beating scumbag. But that's another story.) brings me in back and shows me a bunch of nude mags, out of the plastic cover. "I can't sell these like this. Did you do it?" I said no, that I was a techie, I could bring up better shit than those on my phone. A week later, I roll into work and the doors are locked, my key doesn't work, and looking past the foggy glass the place was cleaned out. Called the manger and there was no answer. I'll assume that I was sacked. Furthermore, this was my second job. I was paid under the table. YEAH SOBEYS!

Haven't really worked a day in the last decade (that is, since I got out of college), so like your first response I'd have to say I've never been fired for a stupid reason.

However I have been refused a job for a stupid reason. In 2004, I applied to work at a supermarket. I got an interview appointment - the first and only one I've ever had - and off I went to it.

Things were going so-so until they asked me whether I'd be prepared to change my "messy" hair and shave my beard.

Now they weren't wrong, my hair *is* messy. One because I cut my own hair and always have. Two because I fucking like it that way so get stuffed. As for my beard, it's a short goatee- a bit longer than a shadow, that's it.

Naturally I said no(t a chance in hell what's wrong with you). They said something that I chose to hear as "you aren't 1950's-white-picket-fences enough for us". That was basically the end of that.

I once pissed off a girl who got revenge by claiming I slammed her head into the register counter.

Thing is, I'm pretty big. And I was hauling 30+ inch TVs all day back in the CRT days when this happened. If I had done what she claimed, she'd be huuuuuurt. She didn't have so much as a bruise.

Because I didn't do it.

Pretty stupid reason.

She later used our photo lab for nude pictures and got one of the operators fired, then got busted stealing a couple grand in video game consoles.

I've never lost a job by being fired. But honestly losing a job just plain sucks. Worst I've had it was I was let go because the woman who was taking maternity leave was coming back. However here is the part that sucked. I was hired directly by the county, it is very hard to actually even get hired by the county and it was for a full time position. The other people in the department also brought in a bunch of temp workers, however they got to stay while I got cut.

So the actual financial investment for me to be hired directly by the county, interviews, tests, medical tests, get the proper security clearance, county training, IT codes, health care registration and more. Was not enough to actually take the time and re-assign me to a different department. Of course it didn't help when during the one month I was employed by the county that other people who worked in the county for decades would demote themselves and chances are if they didn't demote themselves to my department I probably would of still had a job.

Never did get fired. Got threatened multiple times by a manager who obviously didn't understand our job, but she was demoted within a couple weeks to her old position, so I'm assuming everyone else realized how unfit she was for management at the time. She was a nice person, but a bad manager. To be fair, though, a lot of the people that worked my particular job at the time had a reputation for being somewhat lazy, and I was a new employee. That created a very bad combination where my ignorance and inability to do the job 100% passed as laziness due to the stereotype. Unfortunately, she never worked one of the shifts were I worked myself to the point where the managers forced me to take a break, so she never had a chance to know that I didn't fit the stereotype.

Also, I did have a friend who got fired for "marketing to the wrong people". Of course, in that situation, "marketing to the wrong people" meant "marketing to minorities".

Came close once.

Store manager said that if I went over my part-time hours I'd get fired, then on multiple days I was scheduled to work late shifts without someone being scheduled to take over when I was done. Each time took an extra hour to resolve itself and I went past the hours.

One appeal later from my department manager and it was resolved, but it was one of those reasons I try to avoid shopping at wal-mart now.

I got sick while working a seasonal job at Hot Topic (I know I know... it was a job and I was good at it), and it was around Fall/Winter in California. I was going to go into work that day, had every intention of going when it began to rain at 40 degrees. I didn't own a car (didn't need one in the SF Bay area) and it was about a 2 mile walk to the bus stop. Even with an umbrella I would have gotten soaked and being already sick with a 99 degree temperature, I felt it was a hazardous even dangerous proposition to risk it. So I called in and told my manager the situation, her response was "You can't call in. If you don't come in you're fired."
Despite the fact that I worked my ass off every day and put some of the long-time employees to shame with my ethic, also chased down a shoplifter and saved the store a decent amount of loss at one point also was always on-time and stayed later than my scheduled shift many times. None of that mattered to them, including my own health. So they fired me on the spot for calling in sick.
Still it wasn't a huge deal to me at the time because I had a decent amount of savings from other odd-jobs I did. But really of all things to get fired for, being sick and caring about my health during inclement weather is just stupid to me.
Another job I had right before Y2k was web-development for a shady douchebag lawyer in Miami. I basically would update the site daily with new content and whatnot. Every now and again the dude would walk into my office and spout random web-jargon like "Javascript! I want it!" and leave the office, which left me with no clue what he wanted me to do with it. But the kicker was when he basically ordered me to sift the web for e-mail addresses to spam his business... which is not legal. He'd already been banned from one ISP for doing that and I explained to him that you can't just troll the web for e-mails and mass-spam them with his BS. Well he didn't like the idea of that so I got my walking papers the next day. Trying to save him from legal action got me fired... well he later did get banned from every ISP in the Miami area for it so I was right and when he called me to come back in, I said "Sure, but I want a flat salary, no hourly bullshit." Didn't get a call back after that and I was satisfied.

Boss did not tell me what time I needed to be a work, as a result I was half an hour late, thinking I was early. I was promptly fired from a job I daily arrived at, half an hour early.

I so hate this. After all, when you answer questions about being fired at an interview, you're supposed to say you were laid off or that you learned from the experience, to ingratiate yourself to your potential new employer so you don't sound like an a**whipe who always passes the bill. The best I could say is "I learned to be punctual"... well I survived five years in the army, I should hope I figured that one out. And then IF they contact any employers of mine before that, an employer will learn being a half hour early for everything use to be a policy of mine so... that will be an easily detected lie. I try to avoid talking about it, but that never works either.

I lost my most recent job because my stupid manager forgot to alter the schedule after I requested a day off (and reminded him several times, too), so when I took the day off, I technically was a no call no show and was instantly booted. I was pretty flaming mad as you might believe but honestly the job was shit anyway so I don't feel so bad.

Saelune:
I got fired from my first and so far only job cause I was the only one working. Well, that is my specific job, which was mostly folding clothes and keeping everything tidy. Everyone else in the same position made it a skill of goofing off, so all the bosses saw was me alone doing not so great and no one ever doing bad (or good). The whole job was bad though, they told me nothing and kept forcing me to switch to new areas, and gave me no information, which made customers annoying to deal with.

I did not know how to react when it happened. I regret not ratting out the others.

That sounds eerily similar to my first working experience. A few years back I was working as seasonal help at a JCPenney, mostly folding clothes and getting bounced around to different departments. Including an uncomfortable stint in lingere. But I left that job of my own accord, once the holiday season was over.

OT: I've only been fired once, and I'm not sure it even counts considering that they offered me my job back two days later. I was working at a semi-respectable deli, making food in the back. I enjoyed it, but the management was awful. Anyways, one day when I was changing into my uniform, I tore open my industrial piercing(which I had gotten only a day or so prior) while pulling off my shirt. My uniform got covered in blood, and it had to be washed. Since it's frowned upon to show up to work looking like an axe murderer, not even considering the sanitary issues, I called into work and set my clothes aside to wash. My general manager picked up and begrudgingly accepted my excuse, even though he never really liked me.

But when I show up the next day, I was terminated for being a "no-call no-show" even though I spoke to him personally. I would've been quite upset but he realized I was the fastest cook they had on line and called me two days later with an apology and asked me to come back.

I quit a few weeks later of my own choosing for a higher-paying, more respectable job.

I used to work freelance for a company that dismissed me for asking to get paid for extra hours, though the official explanation was "reorganization". I still think it was pretty stupid, but from me. I should've just slaved it for at least another month.

I've never been fired, however businesses I've worked for have gone under, and employers have run out of work for me.

when i was 16 i was a clean up guy for a bakery. i was obviously in high school - when i started the job it was 6:00 till done. a month later they moved it to 7. a month later to 8. when summer hit they wanted me to come in at 10. after summer, they wanted me to continue coming in at 10. i was in high school and i couldnt work till 1/2 a.m. so they stopped scheduling me.

Not sure if this is the reason or not (they never decided to tell me why I was fired), but it seems as likely a reason as any.

I was a cashier at this grocery store no one has heard of, and it was during one of the busy times of day. This woman comes up with two carts of groceries and says that she wants it delivered. I worked at one of the tiny registers where you're not supposed to put groceries together for delivery since there's no room, and you'd be holding up a lot of people. I tell her this, and she refuses to go to the register that did do deliveries because she didn't feel like waiting (she seriously said this). One of the managers tells me to do it anyway, so I begrudgingly start trying to scan, bag, and pack up all these groceries on about two feet of counter space. Naturally, this takes awhile, and this woman isn't pleased.
She kindly pointed out how I was worthless and how her $40+ an hour paycheck could crush my minimum wage. Doing my best to not throttle the woman, I ask her to fill out the delivery form that I had to get from the delivery lane. While filling out her address, she complains to her companion about how I was "an ignorant dumbass".
I'm super pissed at this point, and when she hands the form back, I say to here "Now, I'm gonna have to read this back to make sure that all this is correct, what with me being such an ignorant dumbass and all." She's not happy with this, even though she didn't bother to lower her voice when she said it to her companion, and informs me that she's complaining to the manager. I give her the receipt, and with my most forced smile, I tell her to have a nice day. She didn't like that much either.

A few days to a week or so after that I was fired. It sucks that I lost it since no more pay and because their bad reference probably utterly soured any potential new jobs I could of had, but on the other had, that was a shitty job where the homeless alcoholics threw things at me, the old Hispanic ladies yelled at me about I don't know what, the manager never really cared to give me change whenever I asked for it, and the register I had to work at was filled with trash I wasn't allowed to dispose of.

My first real job I lost due to nepotism:

I was hired just after college to fill in for a teacher who came down with a sudden long term illness. I hadn't actually applied for it but the principal knew me and she couldn't find anyone to fill in. It was definitely rough going, and frankly a nightmare, but the pay was good and after a month things settled down. Two months later I was still teaching because they still couldn't find anyone, when the principal who hired me, took maternity leave. Within a week, the new principal calls me in and fires me on the spot because they "need someone with teaching credentials in that position." He then brings in his son (a second year college drop-out)...who quits three weeks in and he comes crying back to me but I already had another job lined up and he was shit out of luck. I seriously considered going back since I missed my students and wanted to close out the year with them but I couldn't turn down a permanent job for a couple more months of teaching.

That reminds me of another stupid reason I lost a job- well it was kind of a job- was due to infighting way back in high school when I was tutoring for the school. They gave me a list of students to tutor and almost all of them wanted French help but that was the one subject I had explicitly said I couldn't tutor so I went to one of the two people running the program and told her my problem. The woman was slightly high strung and preceded to get screaming mad at me and took me off the tutor list altogether. A few days later the other guy running it puts me back on the list and gives me a new set of students with no French, only for a few days later that I'm completely off the list again. That back and fourth went on for two or three weeks (pain in the ass for me and the students I had to tutor) when finally the guy that was sticking up for me quit...and of course the next day I'm off the list again.

Mines not a firing story, but one that would have resulted in one.

After I graduated high school, I was in a die-hard search to find a job until I left for college. I got an interview at a place I had worked at previously and a small mom and pop store that is run by a corrupt cop who abuses his employees and withholds their last paycheck.

After the interview with the small store, I got a call two hours later from the store, which I missed. I called him back only to get a voicemail. He never called me back. I ended up getting the job at my old place of employment and decided to work there. The day I was starting at my old place, I get a call at nine in the morning with that small store saying I was supposed to appear for work at nine that morning. Completely confused I ask when I got the job. Turns out that was what the guy had called me about. I said thanks but no thanks as I already had a job. Really confusing turn of events.

I was once fired for being 3 minutes late.
Less than 6 months later the shop closed down for good.
Felt like I dodged a bullet on that one.

I got screwed out of a temp job a while back at a packaging facility for a local winery.

I had been working a rotating shift for a year or so at that point, when a work order for a premium wine came up. Now normally, there would be five operators per line (1 on the glass depalletizer, 1 on the filling machine, 1 on the labeler and 2 in the packing section). However because it was a high value order (in the region of $70 a bottle), 2 groups 2 spotters were added to the line to make sure the product was perfect.

The first day was fine, I was with another temp and we did our job with a minumum of fuss and the shift went smoothly, as did the second shift... and then the fun began. The next day, I went to change over with the night crew only to be told that the other spotter wasn't coming in today because they weren't needed. Little did I know that a machine had broken down and the replacement part was occasionally leaving a 2mm crease in the tin caps that cover the cork.

At this time, the line was running at about 15000 bottles per hour (250 bottles a minute or a mere 4 bottles every second) which didn't end well, as you could imagine. Half way through the shift I was pulled off station, replaced by two new spotters and sent home. I got a phone call the next morning to say that I had been blacklisted from that site.

I was seriously pissed at the time as it was reasonable work for good money, but I don't miss working rotating shifts at all. (7am - 3pm one week, then 3pm - 11pm the next followed by 11pm - 7am, rinse and repeat)

michael87cn:
OP, I feel for you, but since you knew you had no bike - you probably should have left for work with ample time to get there. I also don't have a car, and when I've been forced to walk (sometimes 90+ minutes to, and then from work) you gotta do what you gotta do. After the first or second day, you should have been able to arrive on time.

Sorry. That's the truth of it.

As for me, I've never been fired, though I have been blamed for things that were not my fault.

Also, if you don't have a car, it's usually a bad idea to have a job so far away from home. Personal experience talking...

Yeah, I have to agree with the time thing. If you know you're going to be delayed for as much as 10 minutes every day then you try to adjust so you get there 10 minutes earlier. Just because you usually showed up before time that doesn't mean you're excused when you suddenly start to be consistently late. Showing up before time means you'll likely be overstaffed (which might not be a bad thing depending on what job, but it rarely improves anything) showing up late means they'll be overstaffed for a time which is a bad thing.

The thing is according to his post they were looking for a reason to fire him and no-one there liked him and from reading the OP I can kinda see why. Dealing with delays you know are coming is a part of work, no dress code doesn't mean wear whatever you like regardless of the atmosphere and if no-one there likes you you are doing something wrong.

Consider this a lesson learned and hopefully you'll find a job where you fit in better the next time.

OT: I've never been fired... never been hired for that matter. It sucks, but I'll just have to keep trying Maybe I'll be able to get a part time job or something for the summer.

I was working at Toys'R'Us doing the Night Shift unloading and stocking during Christmastime.

After two months, I called up the regional manager, very angrily, and lost it on him. He fired me.

The reason I'd lost it on him? Because in the two months I'd been working there, I hadn't received a single paycheck. And when I complained to the store managers, they said to me "It's probably a computer error, you should just get over it."

There is a lot of shit I will take from a boss. Not being paid is not one of them.

I lost my last job...well...because my last boss was irresponsible. Sort of. I worked in a retail shoe store in town and the business season was winding down. This meant hours would be cut, people would be let go. I was a plenty hard worker, but even so, issues with some customers (sighing in front of them and what not) meant I would one of the ones to go. I did not know this until on my very last day. I found out from the assistant manager. Her boss and mine was currently in Spokane for the weekend and was thus nowhere in sight. The asshole.

That's the full account. Arguably worse than being fired from McDonalds for breaking a monitor.

yet to get fired properly, but when I was on job seekers allowance I was forced onto voluntary work at places that weren't anything to do with my skill set. one of these jobs was at Poundland, it was 9am to 5pm, five days a week. after five weeks of working hard for them and saving one of the staff members from serious injury (more on that later), they told me the job center wanted to see me the following Friday. when I got there, it was me the job center's manager, my 'carer' for lack of a better name and two of the security guards. they told me that the store didn't want me there anymore because 'I Had several confrontations with staff members'. they then started to lecture me that I would never get a job for doing such a thing, which with the shock and feeling of betrayal I broke down and cried for being used (which they were completely lost at handling).

It turned out that they completely believed that I was confrontational and violent despite all the meetings we had, hence the security. I'm not a confrontational at all, never been in a fight in my life and arguments are something I try to avoid. I'd been on job seekers for four years and that was the first time where I thought I'd might actually get a job, and for them to be so cowardly and two-faced still makes me sick.

The saving someone story:

So if anyone works retail or has been in a retail while they were restocking may know that most if not all of the product comes in wheeled cages. so four of them were bringing out this cage that had nothing but 1kg bags of sugar on it. (these cages are about 6.5 foot in height, slightly taller then me), when the cage made a creaking sound before one of the wheel that was rusted collapsed on itself. instinctively they all let go of the cage and backed off as it could easily crush someone, save for one of them who had a problem with tying their own shoe laces; which the cage had pinned his laces underneath the cage as it started to tip in their direction.

seeing this I dropped what I was doing and went to help them prop it up at first before it started to fall at that moment I rushed in and pushed against it, I only slowed it's descent long enough for someone to yank the trapped guy free before it fell. there was much cheering from the customers and the guy was really grateful for as he put it 'saving him'. then an old lady noticed I was bleeding along my forearm. turns out as it fell a sharp piece of the welding slashed down my arm as I redirected the fall to miss the nearby shelving units.

Despite all this it was never technically a job.

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