The "I'm losing my job!" thread.

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  1. Kickback

    Kickback Proud father Administrator Super Mod News Staff

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    Economy is in meltdown. I know a LOT of people here have lost their jobs (a lot of people have PM'd me letting me know they feel my pain) so I figured, why not post what job you were in and why you lost it.

    Ready? Set? Go!


    I was (and still am for a couple of weeks) the Store Manager of a KB Toys Outlet store. I've been in this position for over a year and make decent money for what the overall job is. I've done everything from special events for kids to coordinating massive events like having companies and businesses spend a few hours after close purchasing thousands of dollars worth of toys. Everything from the local county magazine to the Children's Hospital to even a Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum business.

    When I joined my store (was previously with Discovery Channel Stores, which closed up to go online-only) it was in disarray -- it was being run in to the ground by 18 year olds and their friends that they hired. The store was trashed, there was little to no reason to why things were placed the way they were, and the store itself was a pigstein.

    I hired on my co-worker from Discovery and he and I decided we'd stick around for a year and then move on (irony). We decreased our defecit to our "Last Year" numbers from -23% in September 2007 to less than -3% by the end of the fiscal year in Feb 2008.

    In late June of 2008, my district manager offered me a chance to run the highest grossing store in our district, a store in Milpitas, California, for two weeks. I jumped at the opportunity and meet up with my Regional manager, the Vice President of the company, and the heads of many departments in our home-office. It turned out I was the ONLY manager there for those two weeks (the entire staff had quit), and so I had to unify what team was there and get them to have fun as well as their job.

    They made their sales plan every single day I was there, and my store back home did so as well. I got a phone call from the Vice President of the company personally thanking me for my hard work and that I was a shining example of what the company was looking for in their Store Management.

    Because I consider myself retail-suavy, as soon as notice came down that we were "no longer selling gift cards" because they wanted us to "work harder on sales" and "the gift card system is a costly system that isn't reaping the benefits it once did", I knew that was corporate legal speak for "we are closing our stores".

    One week later they announced the bankruptcy.

    And by the end of the month I will be unemployed :(  But ... such is the life in retail. But that's the story of my job and the fact that now it's leaving. I can hold my head up high ... I was one of like, 30 stores in the entire company, that were still positive to our last year numbers at the time of the announcement of bankruptcy.

    In the worst recession of our generation, I ran a toy store that sold over-priced toys that most of them didn't work and was able to turn profit.
     
  2. Cheetatron

    Cheetatron Eh

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    your a hustler baby you'll be back on your feet in no time at all on the plus side of things maybe you can get the VP to give you a letter of reference and shit maybe take your experience to toys r us
     
  3. Tekkaman Blade

    Tekkaman Blade Professor of Animation

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    I'm down one of my teaching jobs this session(not enough enrollment) Hopefully next session I get to teach for that school again. At least I'll still be making money at the other college, but now I have to be thrifty an budget a lot more. I just cancelled several pre-orders I had.
     
  4. cbff

    cbff Destroyer of Botcon

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    I don't suppose you have enough saved up to start your own store, do ya? I mean, you've been a toy store manager (a great one from the sound of it), you might as well be a toy store OWNER.

    Small business grants/loans FTW!
     
  5. dark69

    dark69 BlackArachnia Terrorize!

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    i was in construction i lost mine 2weeks b4 Christmas:( 
     
  6. cbff

    cbff Destroyer of Botcon

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    Not to get too political, but hopefully once the new administration gets in, we'll get that promised new deal with a complete overhaul of the countries infrastructure, resulting in lots of new construction jobs. Our transportation system really needs it, as well as our economy.
     
  7. Lupis Convoy

    Lupis Convoy Paw Prince Veteran

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    Worked in a Solar power furnace company as a warehouse employee and team leader, shipp/rec clerk, etc. etc. etc.

    I was let go just before Turkey Day. Since the huge credit crunch, the company had no income since they ran on letters of credit. I was the first to be let go since I was a temp contract and was one of the highest paid in the department.

    Now I'm working as an inventory control specialist for a transmission company, and while it's a passable job, it's not paying the bills. I'm only making half of what i was making before, and have yet to have a full week's amount of hours. As such, it's on the look out for another position, this time closer to where I'm moving.
     
  8. seven

    seven RIP Poopers 4-1993/5-2008

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    I work at a mall kiosk selling what ever my bosses deside to sell on a whim. I believe I'm back to knock off sun glasses this week. While I do still have a job I fear that the kiosk will be closed soon and the other malls are staffed enough that I wouldn't be moved. My assistant manager is my best friend (he got me the job) but a horrible person to be selling anything. He's very anti-social and usually just stands up when some one comes to the kiosk and acts like they're bothering him. Yesterday he sold a total of $5.35 worth of product. I'm not saying I'm better but I double his sales on Thursdays with the same base business and triple or quadruple them on Friday. While the kiosk is some what profitable it hasn't been enough to warrant keeping it in my opinion. Before that I worked at Target for 7 years (with a 3 year break in between applying at anything and everything with not a single call), as of January 17th that store will be closed.

    I have social anxiety disorder. It makes it incredibly hard for me to find jobs. Once I have a job I have no problems but the hunt itself and meeting people I don't know is something that is stressfull for me. I also like being the grunt which makes potential employers shy away from me since I'm 27 and should be grasping for something higher.
     
  9. Mega-con

    Mega-con Autocon

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    I've never been fired from a job, but I've been laid off 3 times before. It's such an empty and helpless feeling. Sorry.
     
  10. seeker311

    seeker311 The Collector

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    Ive been laid off once; used to work at a restaurant, was there for about 2 months, then I got a call from the cook manager and he said the owner had just sold the place and not to bother coming in that day.
     
  11. Dark_Convoy

    Dark_Convoy Old Bastard Veteran

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    I really feel for all of you that are going through tough times. It sucks to lose that stability of having a job.

    You guys are all in my thoughts.
     
  12. Zeta Otaku

    Zeta Otaku Who ya gonna call? TFW2005 Supporter

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    I've been laid off since the middle of September....

    Actually worked out in my favor with my mom and her recent medical problems.

    I think we should band together and whore ourselves out.... there are a LOT of ugly people that need some lovin!
     
  13. soundwave86

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    I had to quit TRU it was so unbearable, we went through 7 managers in 2 years. By the time i left we didnt had only one original employee that i knew. Everyone i knew employee and manager left because the company was getting too shitty and ridiculously strict. I had to quit because of some shit between me and a stupid bitch/ supervisor who was bullshitting about me when it wasnt true. Everyone including me and my coworkers knew it too. Sorry to hear about losing your job man it sucks :( .
     
  14. Mega-con

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    Tell them why your mad, son.
     
  15. Darkspeed

    Darkspeed Avatar Freak

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    Been laid off once myself... Worked as a data clerk for British Gas, and two weeks after I started there, they announced they'd be shipping all the jobs off to India because it was more cost effective. We managed to hold out until September before they kicked us all out. Although I never achieved the position you earned, I sympathise.

    Kinda makes me scared about having to find work again when I go back to England... I really need the money bad.
     
  16. X-BRAWN81

    X-BRAWN81 Survived Huriicane Dolly

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    That was an awesome story, Chris and I am truly sorry about you loosing your Management job and no offense to you but I am extremely happy that KB Toys is closing down. See my problem with the company is that I was unjustly fired 3 years ago, three days before Christmas.

    I had dedicated myself to that store for about 4 years, our store was the best in our district, making LY plus more constantly. As much as I can say about the situation was new management came in because my store manager had recently quit. They brought in someone out of the company to run our store, biggest mistake ever, ran the store to the ground! Three months after she took over a witch hunt was started. I was the Truck Manager and Over Night Manager running the night crews and was accused of something I did not commit yet they did not believe me. It didn't help that we had a new DSM as well, so they carried on with their hunt and was ultimately I was fired. I hired a lawyer and went to Workforce to plea my case. The outcome to their investigation was that I was fired for no apparent reason, they had no ground to fire me yet they did.

    Four more of the old crew were let go as well that day, too. All that was left was the new people and from what I heard they were the ones committing all the crimes and were let go as well. Sorry if the story sounds confusing but I still have anger issues towards this company and cannot disclose too much information about my situation.

    So KB's is not my favorite store but I have alot of great memories about the people I met and friendships that evolved from working there.
     
  17. Kickback

    Kickback Proud father Administrator Super Mod News Staff

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    In the state of Colorado, you have to have a paper-trail or someone can actually find grounds to sue their former-employer for anything no shorter than racism. Did they create a paper-trail on you, or did you have a paper-trail from previous things?

    I can't believe Loss Prevention didn't get involved in it. Maybe the LP department now is different than three years ago, but if anything was ever going to happen, LP was always right there on top of it.
     
  18. iheartarcee

    iheartarcee Idonotheartbeastwars

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    working for a small film distribution company and I'm losing my job at the end of the month. Its hard as hell finding something new..
     
  19. X-BRAWN81

    X-BRAWN81 Survived Huriicane Dolly

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    Oh LP was involved. My attorney asked me if I wanted to sue but I didn't care to, my job was offered back to me later on but I did not want it back. Just left a sour taste and wanted to be done with it. I over worked for that store, I was the Night crew manager at my store and another store at the same time, I loved that store it was my second home but never again. So I went back to college and am about to graduate soon. It was a lesson learned. But again I am sorry about loosing your job, I know how it feels.
     
  20. MetalRyde

    MetalRyde is an a-hole with a heart.

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    what about someone who is looking for a job? which is harder, keeping a job or looking for one?
     

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