Why You Shut off The Cell Phone

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When you work for a Boss From Hell you have to take certain precautions

Wednesday Morning

I usually go to bed early. Having worked a full day, with nothing to watch on T.V. and after semi-wasting about four/five hours on the Internet, I guess I’m tired.

Going to bed early means waking up early, so I'm usually functional by 6 a.m. or so.

I was sitting at the table, reading an email, eating my breakfast, about to take up my coffee when I saw the cell phone flashing. It was 6:20 am.

My cell is permanently on vibrate. It never rings. I don't have to shut it off. I park it way across the room and can't hear it or see the light when I'm in bed. If I’m awake, at the table, the light can be seen.

I find it strange anyone would call at such a ridiculous hour and out of curiosity I answered it. It's the son of my employer telling me he is coming to get me NOW for a matter on the other side of the island which requires Four (4) hours driving. I thought it was a joke.

Boss From Hell


My view is work means you sell Eight Hours a day to someone. My eight are 8:30 am to 4:30. pm. That means, to my mind, that nothing that happens before 8:30 or after 4:30 that anything at all whatsoever to do with work concerns me.

I closed the phone, took my coffee then the Boss From Hell calls, starting his diatribe with; "I've been calling you....!" As if he has some lien on my life and my entire existance must be tailord for his use.

I replied; "I shut off my phone."

"You shut off your phone?" he exclaimed as if I'd admitted doing unspeakable things to puppies.

Now I’ve worked with him a while so he knows I can sit and let his babble dance around two deaf ears for an inordinate length of time, so gets to the point. His son is coming to pick me up NOW and I should be ready.

"Sure." I say, and put down the phone.

I finish my breakfast, I wander to the shower, I take my time. When I come out the phone is flashing. There are over ten 'missed calls.' I use my moisturiser, I see the phone flashing. It's the son. "Soon Come." I say.

As you may note I am not rushing.

Being a Flake

Eventually I come out of my hovel and get into the car, and the drive begins. Every half hour The Boss From Hell calls his son to check on progress.

I sit back and relax.

Eventually we arrive. We have driven for nearly four hours on roads, highways, tracks to reach this forsaken town. The Big Important Matter , the matter that I have arrived for, is not going to be dealt with.

The trip was a total waste of time, and considering how much was spent on gas and tolls, an absolute waste of money. Assuming I am productive, (and not a flake) a waste of my time.

I don’t really mind, it is easier to do nothing while riding in a car then when sitting in the office.

On the ride back I take my cell to check on my messages.

A voice message was recorded at 4:36 A.M.---- At Four o'clock in the morning the BFH called my number; the first time, and left a message. He continued to call virtually every minute on the minute and then turned the task to his son..

Employment vs Slavery


There is a difference between employment and slavery. My BFH must assume he purchased me on some auction block and has absolute right to my time when ever he wants it.

He had passed my station over ten times and said not say a word on Tuesday.

Since he was ignoring me I did absolutely nothing at all whatsoever for two and one half hours. This is not a problem.

Although he knew perfectly well about this matter YESTERDAY he could only tell me at 4:36 a.m. Correction, attempt to tell me.

This is one of the many reasons why I shut off my cell phone or leave it on vibrate.

One Bad Deed Deserves Another

As the son took the turn just before the office, I popped out and took a cab home.

The next day I called in 'sick' and watched the World Cup.

On Friday I went to the office and watched the World Cup. The BFH was rather testy early in the day, but then shut his mouth. Even someone as mentally swampy as he realises he can't function without me.

I watched Two matches, then left at my usual time to get home to watch the Third.

A Little List

As a person with a slow brain I think maybe it took him 48 hours to realise;

1) You don't call anyone at 4:36 in the morning.
2) You don't tell anyone who is employed from 8:30 to 4:30 about anything that happens before 8:30 or after 4:30.
3) Calling someone over ten times between 4:36 to 6:00 am should not be done as:
a) the fact that you called is registered on the phone and can be shown to any passing stranger.
b) the message recorded can also be played for the general public
c) the entire 'urgent' matter was a total waste of time, money, effort, proving it wan't 'urgent'.

Hence, the fact I would spent Friday at 'work' watching television could not be mentioned.

Advice

Working for a Boss From Hell can be managed if you take precautions.

1) Always shut off your cell phone. If you have to buy a 'personal' phone for friends and another for work, do it. And shut off that work phone one hour after leaving work and do not put it on until you have had your morning coffee.

2) Be absent after a particular stunt. This absence is mentioned as; "I don't feel well." Make this announcement about thirty minutes before your work day begins. Do not give particulars.

3) Carry a large chip for your shoulder and do nothing the day following the abuse; (or the day after taking the day following the abuse).

Not Too Bad

When you realise that I spent the 2nd Day of the World Cup watching a far better television than I own with far clearer reception than I get, and was paid for it, you may consider that working for a Boss From Hell does have its perqs.

As Long as you know How To Protect Yourself.

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Abuse, Boss From Hell, Cell Phone, Employment, Foresight, Hours, Slavery, Sleeping

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
15th Jun 2014 (#)

Fun story. I hope if it is truth it does not bite you. I have had two wonderful bosses and many BFH during my working tenure. I figure I am luckier than most.

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author avatar kaylar
15th Jun 2014 (#)

I never worked for/with anyone. I found it a remarkable experience, in a kind of twisted way.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
15th Jun 2014 (#)

Ha ha. I do not have a smart phone but nearly everyone I work with does and most have them on all the time.

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author avatar kaylar
15th Jun 2014 (#)

Everyone except me has them on all the time, everyone except me is focused on the phone. I'm the only one who owns a cell; the cell doesn't own me.

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author avatar vandana7
15th Jun 2014 (#)

lol...I would report back with more things to worry and give the BFH more sleepless nights..lol Or at least talk about something so utterly out of context like that movie was great or something like that he or she would fret and fume ...that they are not getting across. lol

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author avatar kaylar
15th Jun 2014 (#)

No one can talk to him. He has slave owner genes. One never speaks to him unless spoken at.

This means, as you can guess, I do a lot of nothing.

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author avatar vandana7
17th Jun 2014 (#)

lol slave owner genes...good one..lol

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
15th Jun 2014 (#)

yes fun indeed although what a shame for you kaylar...

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author avatar kaylar
15th Jun 2014 (#)

He is totally demotivating, which means that, I don't worry, care, think about the office. Everything is his responsibility, I take none. My 'job' is to be at my desk from 8:30 and remain in the cage until 4:30.

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author avatar Musfiq us shaleheen
15th Jun 2014 (#)

sir it is a very nice fun story..
thank you sir for this interesting writing.

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author avatar kaylar
15th Jun 2014 (#)

Thank you Mustapi

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author avatar pohtiongho
15th Jun 2014 (#)

Very evil and greedy bosses do exist, If you cannot tolerate them further, and no legal action could be taken, it is best to quit, for health reason !!!

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author avatar kaylar
15th Jun 2014 (#)

You miss the point...I'm a flake. I don't care. As little work as possible.
He tries to make my life a living hell but when I was watching the World Cup on Friday ... both matches...11 to 1:30+ then 2:00 to 3:30+ I was quite comfortable.
And I'll be watching at the office for the rest of the month. Maybe I'll have to interrupt my viewing to do something, but mostly..I'll be watching.

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author avatar Mariah
15th Jun 2014 (#)

Now that's what I call standing your ground, 'with style' kaylar, that said I really wouldn't expect anything less from you, more to the point, neither should your boss and you sure put him in his place,
great reading, impressively written and presented as always, thank you for sharing

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author avatar kaylar
15th Jun 2014 (#)

One makes lemonade...and it tastes good.

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author avatar Retired
15th Jun 2014 (#)

Wow, funny story. I just have to wonder at what you do for a living because I have worked for less than nice bosses and have never gotten to watch T.V. while working.

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author avatar kaylar
15th Jun 2014 (#)

I am sure you never worked for anyone who could, without pause, call your number at 4:36 in the morning expecting the call to be answered.
This is a whack job.

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author avatar pohtiongho
15th Jun 2014 (#)

that boss is indeed abnormal., tell him to go for medical check up

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author avatar kaylar
15th Jun 2014 (#)

The whole staff knows he's sick. They are afraid of him. One of the helpers didn't go for physio because he said she couldn't take the time.

I told her to call in the morning, say she wasn't able to come in and take the day.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
16th Jun 2014 (#)

Employers have far too much power.

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author avatar kaylar
17th Jun 2014 (#)

What makes it so bad is that he's a big mouthed radio personality always talking about 'rights'

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
18th Jun 2014 (#)

Awesome and one of a kind post, cheers!

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author avatar kaylar
19th Jun 2014 (#)

Thank you

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