Sunday, October 31, 2010

She's Gone

It is with much glee sadness that I have to report that the Worthless Co-Worker no longer will be around to grace us with her presence at work, and the blog for that matter. Last Thursday was her last day of (actual) work, though that wasn't determined to be the case until Saturday.

Confused, huh?

This past week has been an entertaining comedy of errors at work. All the more entertaining because I was on the sideline watching this train wreck as it unfolded. Actually the past 12 months have been the most bizarre I've seen here in the 8+ years I've worked here. It comprised of the hiring of the Worthless Co-Worker, the realization within the first week of said hiring how woefully unprepared this 30-year-old woman was equipped to navigate life, much less a job. The mishandling of her by the boss throughout her tenure here, which culminated in her resigning, switching of dates several times of said resignation end date, the throwing of people under the bus, bad decisions, and ultimately the firing of Worthless Co-Worker on Saturday.

(You know there's something to be said for doing your job well though. While that bus I mentioned in the previous paragraph ran over three different people it missed me completely. Honestly I'm taking satisfaction in that fact with a small measure of smugness. It's a "I told you so" smugness on my part that I didn't even have to verbalize, but the boss is very well aware of regardless.)

The demise of the Worthless Co-Worker managed to cast  the boss in a bad light, his boss under the same bad light, to a smaller degree, and of course a pit of utter blackness for the Worthless Co-Worker. I literally shined. I was a beacon of sanity, safely tucked away on the sideline.

While I feel a bit bad about the boss being in hot water, all due to his being too nice of a guy, he knew better. He should have dealt with her antics long ago instead of coddling her and believing he could "straighten her out." You can't can't straighten out stupid and crazy. (For those in the dark there are plenty of posts about the Worthless Co-Worker here to catch up on.) It was an impossible task.

Anyway, back to Saturday.

All three of us were scheduled to work, with the boss opening, Worthless Co-Worker scheduled in at 11:00 am, and myself scheduled in at 1:00 pm. I didn't get to see the Worthless Co-Worker though. All the drama was wrapped up by 12:15 pm, or so.

Apparently 11:00 am rolls around, and no Worthless Co-Worker. No real surprise there, she's perpetually late. At 11: 20 am the boss calls her and asks where she's at. She informs him she's sitting in her car, in the parking lot, in the midst of a panic attack and/or mental breakdown. (Cue Twilight Zone theme here.) While she's definitely a mental case we're used to this drama act of hers. He tells her to get her ass to work.

Thirty minutes goes by, and you guessed it, no Worthless Co-Worker. He calls her again to hear she's on her way back. When he asks back from where, she replied that her glasses are broke, and she had to go somewhere to get them fixed. (These are the same glasses that have been broke for two weeks now. Along with that, the mall has three eye glass stores which could do a bang up job on eye glass repairs I'd imagine.)

He's pissed now. (Finally.)

She saunters in five minutes later, sans repaired eye glasses of course, and the boss starts in on her. Apparently she informs him to feel free to "write her up", she doesn't care. I think a light bulb finally (gasp!!) goes off and the boss antes up the pot and does one better by firing her on the spot. (That boy is finally learning something.) So she's gone.

I have to admit this isn't the time of year I prefer to be short handed at work though. Our company is woefully slow in the hiring process and if we don't have someone in place by mid November it'll be January before the boss will hire anyone. December is just way too busy for hiring and training quite frankly. I think I may have shed a tear now that I've seen my schedule on Black Friday go from 4:30 am to 1:30 pm to now stretch until 5:00 pm. Color me comatose already.

Blogging may have to take a bit of the backseat as well. Fewer days off and longer work days will be the order of the day for a couple of months. Not sure if I'll be posting less frequently but perhaps much shorter posts. That may actually relieve some of you folks though who wade through the mini-novels of spewage I subject you to normally. I guess bigger paychecks will be nice, but that isn't something I obsess over in all honestly. We'll see how this all pans out I guess.

Oh.... before I forget. Happy Halloween for those who think this day is a big deal, and stuff. May your tricks and treats be of the awesome variety.

26 comments:

Charlene said...

The boss needs to write all this up,even if it seem obvious he has cause because you can bet she'll go apply for unemployment and he will need to prove what happened.

Smart Ass Sara said...

Well...I'm glad she got fired. I'm only sad you weren't around to get pictures on a cell phone or something or the walk of shame.

Francis Hunt said...

Now that she's finally gone, what on earth are you going to post about here? :-)

Just Plain Tired said...

Charlene -- The last week is documented reasonably well, and her resignation letter is on record as well. Whether strong enough time will tell. I think the company is willing to pay the unemployment if they're ordered to now that they've seen clearly how bad she was though.

Smart Ass Sara -- I wouldn't have minded to see it first hand, but I'll some how manage regardless. ;)

Francis Hunt -- I've usually got a lot of inanity and weird thoughts circulating through my head here. I'll get by. ;)

Dazee Dreamer said...

In a way, I'm a little sad that she is gone. It was always fun to read about her stupidity. I will keep my fingers, toes and boobs crossed that they hire someone pronto.

I'm really going to miss out on the fact that we will never know if boyfriend really showed up for Thanksgiving.

Just Plain Tired said...

Dazee Dreamer -- I've got to tell you I'm intrigued by that whole boob crossing aspect of your comment. (You know only IF I was a dirty old man anyway.) ;)

Gail said...

Somehow, I feel this story is not over.

Miss Melicious said...

Boo! I was hoping she'd last a few more weeks...if only for my reading enjoyment!

Just Plain Tired said...

Gail -- I wasn't expecting this "sudden" of an ending myself. But I don't see another post about her. We don't get along well enough for any contact.

Miss Melicious -- Same here. ;)

Kristen said...

Does she have a sister? I think I work with her... Thanks to Sam at Rot Du Jour, I found your blog.

Just Plain Tired said...

Kristen -- Why yes, yes she does. 4 or 5 of them actually. The two I've met are nutty as well from what I've seen.

ChiTown Girl said...

Maybe someone told her to get herself fired (as opposed to just quitting) so she could collect unemployment. Whatever, she's gone! Sorry you're going to have to pick up the slack at work, though. Who knows, maybe Boss Man will be so desperate to hire someone, he'll find someone ever more entertaining that WC!

Just Plain Tired said...

ChiTown Girl -- I actually fear his desperation when it comes to hiring. Especially as it takes so long anyway with our company. He hates working any overtime and it clouds his judgment in the hiring process. He settles for a warm body.

darev2005 said...

Well, just like working in the Hive got me started blogging, WCW was your muse. And now that we're established we'll both have to start working for our internet fame. Have you got any book or teevee offers yet? (grin) Me neither.

Just Plain Tired said...

darev2005 -- Me neither sums it up well. ;)

Jodie-Ann said...

Aw... I was getting amused with her. o__O Anyways, awesome blog. :D I shall follow you. And Halloween isn't much of a big deal. Even though I went broke on my costume... hehe.
-Jodie

Sam said...

Wow she FINALLY got fired. I can hardly believe it...glad for the sake of everyone's sanity that she's gone but I am VERY sorry to hear about the new evil schedule you are to be subjected to. As if the holiday season weren't bad enough. Blargh.

Mustang Sally said...

Well hopefully the boss learned something and hires someone who's hilarious but not stupid. One can always hope anyway.

With the job market being what it is surely someone suitable should just be waiting for the job.

Sparkling Red said...

Wooohoooooo! *fist pump* That is fantastic news! I love that she got fired in the end. She should never have made it past her probation period.

The Blogger Formerly Known As said...

I am already missing her. But, I look forward to whatever replaces her here.
The enigmatic, masked blogger

Jean said...

This is normal retail drama.:(

Alicia said...

I think you should pretend to be friends with her now so that we can hear about her attempts at getting a new job and how much she fails at that as well.

Sarahf said...

I feel somewhat cheated out of a few weeks of crazy. I agree with Alicia above, screw your sanity, think of your readers! ;P

Just Plain Tired said...

Jodie-Ann -- She alternated between irritating and amusing. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

Sam -- Blargh definitely the feeling here. ;)

Mustang Sally -- We've had three applicants so far, resumes looked good, and all three failed testing miserably. This company tests the crap out of people before allowing an actual interview. It's a nightmare process to even get an interview here.

Sparkling Red -- You're right. She never should have lasted this long.

TBFNA -- I'll still keep plugging away here. She was definitely convenient for posting purposes though. ;)

Jean -- Gawd, I hope not. I'm all for a little crazy, but just not quite to her level ever again. ;)

Alicia -- Well, thats an idea, but I really don't expect to hear from her again.

Sarahf -- Me too, I thought I'd get a little more mileage out of her myself here. ;)

Nakamuras on Saipan said...

Rats....it was fun following her stupid life. I agree with one of the other posters above....perhaps you could "make friends" and get email updates....lol. This story was just getting good.

Mrs Midnite said...

Now I will never find out if she lives happily ever after with the prisoner from Tenesse. I'm gutted.