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 Post subject: Re: Working stiffs
PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 14:40 
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I like Grim...'s life story too!



:this: Awesome tale...

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 Post subject: Re: Working stiffs
PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 15:20 
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kalmar wrote:
I like Grim...'s life story too!



:this: Awesome tale...


:this:

Mine is another of the really short list ones

'gap' year at uni as a programmer for a very small software company
IT support (hardware/software) at a college
IT support job which turned into more of a helpdesk support role at a call centre for Sky
Telephone support role at a software company
Team leader within the support role at the same place
Support manager at the same place

The gap year role was a year , I spent around 2 years at the college which was great fun because i worked with a small group of other techies and we looked out for each other but as soon as the first one left the team fell apart and everyone else left shortly afterwards , the IT role at sky was not suppose to be phone stuff but they hired me and almost immediatly contracted out the face to face support stuff so i ended up doing mainly phone support - very draining and when something big went down you'd spend all day taking hundreds of very short calls "yes its down and its being worked on" - it lasted about 18 months and I got out of that because i met my girlfriend who happend to be living and working around 450 miles away and in a job she couldnt change - so i moved in with her and i've been with my current employer for the last 11 years.

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 Post subject: Re: Working stiffs
PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 15:22 
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Oh, I was a wine steward for a while at uni. Suit and bow tie, and working in relatively posh joints. Served Gary Neville at an awards event once.


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 Post subject: Re: Working stiffs
PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 15:24 
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I'd just like to say Working Stiffs?

christ, that took long enough!

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 Post subject: Re: Working stiffs
PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 16:10 
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This is why I love interweb forums, it is the best mix of people from diverse background and views all in one place. Here is 3 of mine...

The strangest job I've ever done was working night shifts (11pm till 7am) on one of them high numbered Sky channels where people send in text messages, I'd filter them for the screen, and then write some bullshit afterwards. The service was supposed to be geared towards single people looking for love, so I'd spend my shift talking about cakes and how much I couldn't stand Heart radio being pumped in the office, while at the same time consoling a lot of very distressed people who turned to the channel for a bit of company. What was even more crazy was the fact the same company ran chat sex lines and so you would hear loud moaning every few minutes from somewhere in the building. Just crazy.

Second strangest? Working for Danish tv but based in West Drayton. Never watched so much US tv tat than in them days... Days of Outr Lives? Check, Ricki Lake? Check, Simpsons? Check.

Possibly the dullest job I ever did was data entry of albums for the likes of Amazon. Imagine, typing up 6-cd box sets of Duke Ellington. Soul destroying


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 Post subject: Re: Working stiffs
PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 16:31 
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imtypingonakeyboard wrote:
The strangest job I've ever done was working night shifts (11pm till 7am) on one of them high numbered Sky channels where people send in text messages, I'd filter them for the screen, and then write some bullshit afterwards.


I did an afternoon's trial of something similar. It was vetting comments that came in to some news channel's live text-in service for people to comment on the news or some such rubbish. Initially, I thought 'Great.. getting paid for sitting around online for a few hours at a time', but in reality, you're tied to that view of the screen for the duration and it was incredibly dull. Hence the trial only being an afternoon - didn't take long to decide it wasn't for me.

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 Post subject: Re: Working stiffs
PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 16:38 
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Oh, I was a wine steward for a while at uni. Suit and bow tie, and working in relatively posh joints. Served Gary Neville at an awards event once.


I did :this: too.

Served Gary Neville, that is. Him and his brother Phil and his Dad Neville had a table at some function.

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 Post subject: Re: Working stiffs
PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 16:42 
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Served Gary Neville at an awards event once.

No thanks, I'll stick to the chicken.

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 Post subject: Re: Working stiffs
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West Brom. Working for the sister paper.. Was the company as much of a shambles then as it is now?

Express & Star?

Very much so. I was only on a temporary contract, but I'm glad I left in the end. I shortened my lunch hour from one hour to half an hour voluntarily, so that I could leave half an hour early and thus get home at a reasonable time (train and bus scheduling meant that if I left at 5.30 I wouldn't get home until 8pm some nights) and the bosses kept having a go at me because I was leaving early.

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 Post subject: Re: Working stiffs
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 Post subject: Re: Working stiffs
PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 16:35 
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Have you quit? Been let go?

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 Post subject: Re: Working stiffs
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A bit of both. New job on Monday, though!

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 Post subject: Re: Working stiffs
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Grim... wrote:
A bit of both. New job on Monday, though!

Porn star.


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 Post subject: Re: Working stiffs
PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 17:01 
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Coooool. Good luck on Monday dude.

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 Post subject: Re: Working stiffs
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Good luck big fella

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Grim... wrote:
A bit of both. New job on Monday, though!

Porn star.

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 Post subject: Re: Working stiffs
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 Post subject: Re: Working stiffs
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Good luck Grim... x

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 Post subject: Re: Working stiffs
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Not wanting to steal Grim...’s thunder, as of this afternoon, I no longer work with Mr Russell and will be starting a new job much closer to home on Monday.


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Double yay for you, then :D.

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 Post subject: Re: Working stiffs
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Not wanting to steal Grim...’s thunder, as of this afternoon, I no longer work with Mr Russell and will be starting a new job much closer to home on Monday.

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