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Funny Work Stories pt.3 "What's a slacker?"
This one happened a few months ago. I'm on night shift, and am the shift foreman. That pretty much means that I'm the one in charge once all the bosses go home. :domo: All the responsibilities, none of the pay. smilies/icon_stare.gif I'm in charge of about 4 to 6 people, depending how busy we are. Though right now, I'm only in charge of 1. smilies/icon_eek.gif
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One night, when there was six people on the shift, I had my first taste of management. There were two employees involved in this incident: Jose and Jim. Jose, was from Mexico, and had been with the company for about 18 months, and was one of the senior load builders on the shift. Jim was a new hire, and was struggling. He was always dropping his load, or making a mistake, but it was never his fault.
"If them lazy mother ******** would pick up their spacers that fall of their ******** lift, I wouldn't have dropped my load!"
"If that stupid ******** wouldn't pull out in front of me...."
"This yard has too many god-damn potholes! If them stupid ******** would fix them..."
"That mother ******** hit my rack! That's why the load looks like s**t!"

You get the idea. in the first two weeks he worked for us, he dropped more loads than I had in 10 years. I discussed this with my boss, who had a little talk with him, just to get Jim's side of the story, nothing like a reprimand or a chewing out. Jim exploded! He was screaming at my boss, blaming everyone and their sister for what was going on. My boss almost fired Jim right there, but decided not to because of business levels.

Not too long after that, I was checking loads, and found yet another mistake on one of Jim's loads, so I went out and talked to him about it. He was at the 2x4-12'#3 getting ready to get about 120 of them with his forklift. I told him about the mistake, then gave him some advice about getting the 2x4's. Later, Jose came up and told me that they were really messed up. Since the other guys on the shift were helping in another department, I knew that Jim had to be the culprit. Jim just happened to come by at that time and I asked him about the mess. He said that they were a little messed up, but he had straightened them up, and that they were all on spacers. The three of us then went out to look at the mess. smilies/icon_xp.gif I've seen worse messes, but not many. About half a unit scattered over 8 feet. A good half-hour worth of work to clean it up. I asked him what happened, and he exploded, yelling at Jose!
"GET THAT STUPID LAZY-a** b***h OUT OF MY WAY, I'LL PICK UP THAT MESS SINCE HE'S TOO MUCH OF A ******** SLACKER TO DO IT! I'M PICKING UP HIS MESSES ALL THE TIME AND YOU DON'T HEAR ME CRYING ABOUT IT!

*runs forklift and slams into mess to pick up part of it, which makes it worse*

"OH LOOK, LIKE THIS IS SO HARD! MOTHER ******** SLACKER ASSED b***h!"

*starts throwing 2x4's on forklift, attempting to straighten mess, but not making any progress*

I looked at Jose and asked him if there was anything else he could get, hoping that if I got him out of there, I could calm Jim down. Jose said he could, but asked me a question first; "What's a Slacker?" I said, "Not now, I'll tell you later." Jose drove off, and I listened to Jim for a few moments, then tried to calm him down.

"Picking up someone else's messes is part of the job. I've lost count about how many times I've had to do it. But leaving a mess like this is not cool! I wouldn't let anyone get away with a mess like this, and I know my boss wouldn't let me get away with it either."

"OH YEAH, THIS IS SUCH A BAD MESS. JOSE IS JUST CRYING BECAUSE HE HAS TO PICK UP ONE OF MY MESSES FOR A CHANGE! MOTHER ******** SLACKER!"

"If Jose has been making all these messes, why am I only hearing about this now? Why didn't you come to me earlier? And why has no one else been complaining?"

"THEY'RE ALL LAZY ********! *motions back to load* OH LOOK, THIS IS SO ******** HARD!"

I'm starting to get annoyed at this point.

"If this is so easy, then what's the problem?"

"THE PROBLEM IS THAT THAT MOTHER ******** IS ALWAYS IN MY WAY, SLOWING ME DOWN AND MAKING ME DROP MY LOAD!"

I could see that this was going nowhere, So I walked away to talk to Jose, and get his side of things. Jim yelled at me the whole way. I got to Jose, and the first words out of his mouth, "Hey man, what's a slacker?"

"It's a person who's always lazy."

"Oh, I thought it was racist or something."

I couldn't help but laugh. I then got back to business.

'Jim says you've been making messes, is that true?"

"No way! Jim's the one who's always leaving messes, just ask the other guys. That one night he wasn't here, the yard was so clean, remember?"

I did. We talked a little more, then I went back to my lift which was parked by Jim to go back and check loads, figuring that Jim would be too pissed off to reason with tonight, and we could sort this out the next day. As I did, he was still yelling at me.

"THAT MOTHER ******** SLACKER! HE WAS OVER HERE KICKING DOWN THE STACK TO MAKE IT LOOK BAD AND BE HARD TO CLEAN UP!"

"Come on, that's pretty hard for anyone to swallow!"

"OH YEAH SURE! TAKE HIS ******** SIDE! YOU OLD ******** STICK TOGETHER AND ******** THE NEW GUY! MOTHER ********!"

I just drove off. I got to his load to check it, and found I was so mad I was shaking.
It didn't help that the load was wrong. Later, I talked to the other guys and they confirmed what Jose had said about Jim making messes. I left my boss a long note about the incident before I left. I was dreading when Jim would come up, but he never did. One of the dock guys said he saw him in the bathroom crying. He must have punched out after that. The next morning, My boss read the note, and called the temp agency that Jim was through, and read them the note. Unfortunately for Jim, the regularly person was off, so the regional manager handled it. Needless to say, Jim was seeking other employment. I learned about all this when I came in later. I re-hashed the note, and answered the few questions they had. Then I mentioned Jose not knowing what a slacker was. We all laughed, including Jose. We still joke about that. smilies/icon_xd.gif

Damn this was a long-winded post.

The events are real, but the names have been changed.