Wednesday, July 25, 2007

It was there all along...

` What happens to a door-to-door canvasser when they're the second best in getting sales and have earned the weekly 'best in van' bonus every week for the past five weeks?
` If they work for Penguin Windows, they get docked a day's pay - and worse!
` Even more, the cheaters who make pretend sales appointments (thus wasting time and gas money for salespeople), are rewarded!
` Such are the politics of bureaucracy, as my very own Lou Ryan has discovered firsthand. Similar situations are part of the reason why this has been our ghetto apartment view for over a year (courtesy of the Crappy Digital Camera).

` Apparently, the boss had devised a way to make it impossible for anyone to make bonus pay, which requires over ten points and no unexcused absences in a week:
` Simply change the rules so that, if one fails to get any points on a particular day (which happens at least once a week), force them to go home the next day with an unexcused absence so that they can't bonus,
and so that they're 1/6 closer to being fired!
` So, he started losing his employees who didn't create fake 'hits', which would have given them points but don't generate any money for the company (and actually lose money for the salespeople).
` An honest person, Lou was incredibly miffed about the fact that he had gotten eleven points - which would get him over $200 in bonus money - despite being benched - thereby losing his $200, plus $120 more for missing work - so he had no other choice but to walk out on them.
` And it's a good thing that he did, because the boss had raised the bar by forcing all the employees to get three customer appointments, with two of them confirmed over the phone! The only people who could muster such an unheard-of statistic would necessarily have to get their friends to pretend to be potential customers!
` These were dark times for Lou....

` So, what was his solution? Take a guess...

` That's right. That looming building across the street - Verizon! An ironic answer, since both of us have seen it through two winter solstice sunrises....

` ...and two summer solstices (this is a FabCam photo taken at 9 pm).

` Who would have thought that a man who has so often had hard times with jobs would come to find what promises to be a successful job as a field manager at the building right across the street from where he's lived for the past three-and-a-half years?

` I took this one with my FabCam yesterday morning, the first sunny day Lou had worked for Verizon. (The sun is already starting to go back into the pine trees, like it does in the winter!)

` Perhaps by the next time summer rolls around, we will have a different view! ...Just as long as I can still get the internet! ;)

7 comments:

Joey M. said...

Wow, is that an eclipse?

S E E Quine said...

` Actually, it's just one of many defects - I mean... features - of the Crappy Digital Camera. I call it 'black hole sun'!

Crabby said...

Yanno...I can't help but think that the guy who washes Verizon's windows has gotta be makin some big bucks.

Galtron said...

Ah! Now I can sleep at night! Since Lou has thwarted scamdom once again, all is well with the local superhero. And if all is well with the local superhero, then all is well with the locals!

Charles said...

Yay. Bravo for the honest. You should seek to force Penguin to pay for what was earned, since it was pretty obvious a rip off tactic.
On another note, what is this about oatmeal and peanut butter? I thought it sounded bad putting it on pancakes, but its actually quite tasty and I've done it for decades now, so please tell more about this.

J Morgetron said...

I think I can see a Yetti in that tree on the right.

Hi S E E Quine. I'm visiting you via your interview ...

-J

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