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    How did you say its over and goodbye (AIB Tresmo)

    Quote Originally posted by Tresmo View post
    No, it's a surprise. My director is going to be very sad.
    See ya! Bye bye!

    When I read Tresmo's sadness with parting, I started thinking of the ways I had said goodbye (and not only with employment either). I also thougths of ways I'd like to say goodbye to a few people.

    In work, I enjoyed saying goodbye once to a boss who didn't give a rats @ss about anything. I just plopped down a letter and told him I had a better offer down the road.

    Another place I wanted to leave very badly because of the lack of support from that supervisor, but I couldn't burn my bridge so I was just polite. A very generic letter and quick conversation. Later the Chairman asked me why I was leaving and I told him the truth after a while.

    The other one I wanted to leave, but was very apprehensive and probably would have stayed if they had asked, that one was difficult, but it was for the best.

    In the personal world, the first wife moved out, then tried to come back eight months later. I asked her a couple questions and then said "I see you haven't changed, so no."

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    My last job got an official polite resignation from me because I couldn't afford to burn a bridge (really, how many of us can?). A few other people got far more honest answers from me, including one former councilman that got this exact response following a particularly long meeting:

    Former Councilman: I heard you were resigning. Why are you going to <new employer>?

    My Response: Well, part of the reason is because you're not there.

    That particular person had been a thorn in my side since I began working there, but was oblivious to the fact that most people didn't like him. He was one arrogant ass and I got a few atta boy's from others that heard about my comment.

    I was also very honest in my exit interview. They gave me a reference letter to use before the exit interview, so I had little motivation to sugarcoat.

    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

    - Herman Göring at the Nuremburg trials (thoughts on democracy)

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    Actual notice letter:

    "While I am grateful to the company for affording many opportunities over the past four years, I am dismayed at the lack of consideration you showed for me and my family three days ago when you told me I was going to be moved to a different location 60 miles away in 5 days time or agree to less salary. Therefore, I am extending you the same consideration and giving you a 5 day notice of resignation and my last day will be Saturday. Just so you are not caught off guard there is an order for 300 sandwiches for the local church that needs to be ready by 9am on Sunday."

    Yes...I did leave without another job on hand but found one very quickly and which paid more money and was close to home. The irony of this little situation happened 2 years later when the a$$hat finished his PhD and ended up applying for a post at the university I was attending. The dean invited me to sit on the interviewing panel for his interview. I'm sure he had some streaks in his shorts when he walked into the room and saw me.
    "He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?" Jeremiah 22:16

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    With my previous job, I went in to speak with my supervisor to inform them that I have accepted a position with the DARK SIDE. She was very cool about it and wished me luck. I did my full two weeks, however I feel bad for Maister knowing that he inherited many of may cases.

    I could have done all sorts of hoopla when I left my first job, but I felt it was better to leave quietly (after two weeks notice) and return to the mid west.

    There was one job in college, after spending two years doing Landscape Design and running a retail greenhouse for a guy who had been in and out of jail for drunk driving and drugs, I decided that enough was enough. He had come into the greenhouse, yelled at me because he thought someone was stealing money out of the till. I just responded, yes, there is… YOU. He took offense to that and asked me who the H*** I thought I was. I just responded by saying, the guy who was keeping your business going. Good luck with the future. I then handed him the keys to the building and walked out. Three days later everyone else in the green house operations quit. I was the only middle person between him and the rest of the staff.

    The green houses fell into disrepair and the business closed. He and the green houses are long gone.
    "A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. Time makes more converts than reason." - Thomas Paine Common Sense.

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    During a retail job in high school, my boss was always big on these confrontational talks he had every now and then where he would just blow up on people. Sometimes he would even schedule meetings where he would blow up on everybody at once. The rest of the time, he wouldn't say anything, so you wouldn't know if you were doing something wrong. One time, he compared me to my older brothers who also worked for the retailer, saying "I know what your family is capable of" and asked me if I felt comfortable working there. On another occassion he told me, "that's strike one...", because I made a very minor mistake.

    That really got to me. Nobody talks to me that way, and the hell if I'm going to live in fear of my job like that. I took off like 2 weeks for vacation, and when I came back, I walked in there when I wasn't scheduled to work, walked up to my boss, and told him I needed to talk to him privately. I said something along the lines of: "I thought about what you said a while back about whether I feel comfortable working here, and no, I don't feel very comfortable working here. While I'm grateful for all the opportunities you have given me, I'm sorry but I am going to have to quit. Do I need to give you like two weeks or one week or what?" He told me two weeks, I put in the two weeks, said my last goodbyes to my co-workers (mainly the ones I liked), and just left. Never been back to that store or spoken to my boss since. I probably could mend fences, but I really don't care. I've since moved on to bigger and better things.

    I was making more money there than most 17-year old kids working in retail. But it was a very stressful job, especially with the bad-temper boss I had. I didn't get another job right away, basically taking my senior year off. I ran into a fellow co-worker at a college party recently and we both shared stories on our distaste for our former boss' management style.

    The next job I got was a professional planning internship which I absolutely love, that I've had for the past three years now. I know a lot of people get internships with different places every year. But why leave a place that you love and where they love you?
    "Life's a journey, not a destination"
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    I worked part time for this youth shelter, and my supervisor was the biggest tool ever. So, when I got my first planning job and was going to quit, he said pompously "I need a letter or resignation" (for a part time 8.00 an hour job?)
    So I wrote him a post it. "Dear __, I quit. my name"
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    I was working as a sales rep for a moving company when it came time to give notice. They immediately removed me from sales and told me they might use me on the trucks up to my last day. Finally, on the last two days of my 2-weeks notice, they called me in and sent me on a pack job.

    We arrived at the apartment and asked the shipper to escort us through the apartment . She pointed to the door and said everything upstairs goes and then turned without saying another word and disappeared.

    We opened the door and were greeted with the most disgusting odor you could imagine. After catching our breath, we looked closer and could see the steps to the apartment were covered in cat poop. The shipper had, apparently, surrendered her apartment -- complete with furniture and contents -- to her 17 cats. She would place food and water for the cats at the base of the stairs, but I suspect never ventured farther into the apartment for a long, long time.

    It literally looked like she walked away -- there was moldy disgusting Philly creme cheese and an english muffin on the kitchen counter, as if someone had stepped away to go answer the phone or something. Except they'd stepped away months ago. The cats had no litter box anywhere and cats do what cats gotta do. And they did it everywhere. Some of it was so old, it had started to grow some funky white mold on it. The odor was sickening.

    There were other, even grosser details. But I'll spare y'all.

    Yes, I went back on that final day to finish the pack job. I was sorely tempted to say *EFF-IT*, but I didn't want to leave my co-worker in the lurch.

    Taht;s the only time I've ever given notice.

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    I left on very good terms from the last county where I worked in California. I provided a three week notice when I submitted my resignation. On my last day, about 1-1/2 hours before leaving, an HR jerk came to my office and said, "RJ, we can't find your resignation letter."

    So? Not my problem. Ask the assistant director.

    "We need the original for your file."

    I reached into the recycling box, grabbed a piece of paper, hand wrote the date, 'I quit.' and signed my name. I couldn't prepare another resignation letter because IT geeks had already blocked my access to the computer.

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    I left one position where the nutty director refused to promote any of the planners. I was there 8 years, another was there 10, others less, and we were all still Planner II's. When I received a job offer in central FL, it was the first time both my boss and the director were on vacation at the same time. The director's secretary called HR and they said she could accept it. A week later the director came back and I was in his office at 8 a.m. It felt so good telling the jerk "I resigned to Mary last week. I'm out of here in 5 days. I'm taking a higher position elsewhere." My boss came back the next week and saw my empty cube and thought somebody was playing a practical joke on me. Boy was he surprised!

    When I left Dickhead, I took the kid, the cats, and the sterling silver flatware. A deputy served him with a restraining order several hours later.

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    I posted this a few years back...

    When I graduated some time ago, the engineering firm told me they "didn't need a landscape architect full time". Okay, fine... your choice, so I went and found a planning job. I turned in my two week notice, as a good employee would, and two days later they passed out end of the year bonus checks. I didn't get one. In front of the whole office... after six years of service.

    Of course, why they didn't realize I was going to a place the reviews their plans, I don't know. While I didn't actively try and harm them, I also cut them no slack whatsoever. None.

    Five minutes late for the deadline to review? Sorry... next month.
    Check plans for accuracy and adherence to regulation? Sent 'em back bloody.
    When they finally made the agenda? Dead last.

    I usually don't hold a grudge, but I make exceptions...
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    I have had three professional jobs:

    1. Left with standard two weeks notice less than three months after starting there;

    2. Left after four years with a one month notice and worked there as a contract employee for an additional four months (while working in my new position) so I could finish a large project;

    3. Still here!
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