Drug Testing Again

Not another round, but I was told by a person who works at the hotel I stay at, and who also has a close relative who works at the ghetto company(this is  small town, folks), the close relative happened to walk into the HR part of the office prior to the testing and saw out in the open the list of names of those selected for random testing, among those names were people she knew would fail.

Apparently out of pity for these people as they also have families, there was the thought of letting these people know so they could simply take the day off & supposedly skip the test.  Said that had that happened, this person’s close relative would have been in a w world of trouble herself.

Have no issues with drug testing when in this case people  at the ghetto company operate machinery that could if the person is impaired, greatly harm then or others and make a defective product which if assembled onto a vehicle, could have serious repercussions as well.

So, have no sympathies in this case;  the rules are clear- zero tolerance  family to support or not.

On the other hand, HR leaving that list out in the open was just unprofessional as it gets.  That is confidential information which should have been put away when the person in charge of it left their desk.




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Struck Me Kinda Funny

One of many signs posted within the ghetto company’s  cafeteria……. Think the sign’s condition  says it all about cleanliness

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From the Dept of Junior High School Maturity

Some of the techs who work on the plant floor are given a set of Allen Wrenches by the company as a work aids, much like others  are given laptops.

There is one, a man named Pablo, not native-born, who is in the men’s locker room when I arrive in the morning to change into my Aum Shiri-kyo knockoff uniform.

Well one morning, he is there with his tool set, taped completely over with black duct tape….. by someone on the plant floor whose maturity level is equal to their shoe size. Maybe this sort of stuff goes on in other blue collar settings but …….

I guess this lesson is one’s co-workers could be like these  folks.  Imagine being married to one too…..

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Impressive, but at the Same Time, Creepy

Had breakfast at a Panera this morning -some 20 minutes away, but… and one new feature is instead of picking up your order as before,  one is given a disk and the order is brought to you.

As cool as this is, I asked how the server can track the customer down in the store and was told it was through GPS.

This is impressive as it shows just how more precise GPS has become.   Due probably to a new generation of orbiting positioning  satellites that were scheduled to be launched a few years ago.

Was told too military GPS is very, very precise and I guess with the new generation of positioning satellites, some of that tech has trickled down to civilian applications. But still thinking a bit more deeply- or too much-  if a server can track you down in a restaurant……… that’s also a bit creepy.

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What the Hell?!!!

As I drove out to have breakfast outside of this hotel….which serves the exact same thing everyday…. notice gasoline this weekend is priced 20 to 30 cents higher per gallon than it was last weekend.

What the hell is going on?!

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Dumber Than a Brick (And my aplogies to bricks)

This afternoon, as I sat at the desk at work, I heard someone call out my name which I paid no attention to at first as there are a couple of  people with the same name here , but when the name was called again, I looked left and there was someone behind me with a sheet of paper, who tells me I am wanted.

Thinking I was being called to the plant floor to interpret for someone, I asked “What’s up?”, as I have done to get the who, what, where etc., before going out.

Nope,  was told so everyone within 20 feet could hear, I was part of a group randomly selected for drug screening-never mind the drug screen I had to take to start employment here some 4 months ago.  So I am marched off to a partitioned area of the office, told to empty my pockets of my white, Aum Shinrikyo knockoff uniform, handed a small clear, sealed container and then marched past  (as others were too) all those sitting at desks between the partitioned area and the door to the men’s toilet, with labeled container in hand and in view.

Reaching the toilet, I was told not to flush or wash my hands (ick!).  Once business was ‘done’  I was marched back, again past the desks of co-workers with a now full container of my urine, visible despite efforts to conceal, into the partitioned area, told to hand over the sample, told to sign off on documents and then given an alcohol solution to finally cleanse my hands (wonder what the women do because…..) and then allowed to gather the belongings in my pocket and go back to my desk.

This sequence of events was done with all the delicacy, finesse and sensitivity of a lock-down drug screening.

Moral of the story:  no matter how crappy you think your day/ or place of employment is/can be, remember it could be like this.  No argument about random drug testing at some work sites, but the way this was carried out is another matter.

Just another reason why I will shed no tears when I put this place in the rearview mirror.

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And While I am So Motivated

Make it a 3-fer for the day.

Have had some lower tract issues prompting sudden and urgent trips to the men’s room at work.  Imagine the feeling of heeding ‘the call’ opening the door to one of the stalls and seeing this

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Now I am not expecting scented hand soap or soft linen towels to dry the hands, but I’ve seen clearer, more well kept toilets at seedy gasoline stations!  And this is not unusual here at work.  To me just another manifestation of passive aggressive push back.

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