Monday, July 03, 2006

Worse Boss Ever

There is a contest being held here for people to tell the story of their worse boss ever.

The most heinous boss I ever had was a woman at a family-owned business.

A family-owned business sounds great to work for until you realize that all the top positions are taken and always will be.

This family always hired family members and friends of the family at much higher salaries than I could ever hope to make.

I was always hoping for a raise and finally got one. My pay was boosted from 5.75 an hour to 6.00. Woo-hoo.

That felt, to me, like the equivalent of tipping your waitress a nickel.

Then the boss said, "Aren't you going to thank me for your raise?"


She also came in and screamed at the office staff when she was in a bad mood. On other occasions, she liked to brag about her five-hundred dollar leather chair. I didn't make five-hundred dollars in one paycheck.

Even her husband said, not in front of her, that he knew she was a bitch.

I lasted about a year before I couldn't take it anymore. That was a year too long.

If any of you have any nasty boss stories, I would love to hear them, here or on your own blog. Let the complaining begin.
The AMA is reccomending that Americans use less salt when we cook. Also, for those of you having sex, they are advising that you skip the orgasm.
Here is a definition I enjoyed from Reader's Digest.

Bakku-shan (Japanese) "A girl who appears pretty from behind but not the front."

I wonder if there is a word for men with long hair who appear to be a pretty girl from behind but scare the jeepers out of you when you see the front.
I just finished reading two books.

One was "Undomestic Goddess" by Sophie Kinsella. I'm sure everybody but me has already read it. It's about a lawyer who has to give up law and ends up working as a housekeeper. It was a fun, light, didn't make me think much book. I enjoyed it immensely.

I also read the latest Charlaine Harris book, "Definitely Dead." This was another light read. It wasn't as good as the last books in her vampire Southern series, but still a good read.

I should read something heavy and serious, but life is serious enough. Escapism suits me just fine.

Have a Happy Fourth!


Blogger Bearette24 said...

happy fourth to you, too.

loved "undomestic goddess". she's one of my favorite authors.

12:59 PM  
Blogger Crazedmomof4 said...

Happy Fourth!

I can't seem to nake myself read anymore & you use to have to pry a book out of my hands. This problem started a few months ago & I wish it would stop. I've been trying to read Da Vinci Code for a month now, I can't get past the second chapter & it has nothing to do with it boring me. I wanted to read it before I saw the movie, but saw the movie anyways.

I'll try & write about my worst boss on my new blog. Thanks for the idea.

2:57 PM  
Blogger crazycatladymel said...

My worst boss story still makes me want to cry, but doesn't compare to the terror some people endure (including my husband at his current job), but it sucked all the same.

My boss's name was Joe. He was an alocholic pothead in his 50s. No big about either of his favorite activites, except that he would show up at events stoned, and the alcohol had messed with his mind so much that he didn't have to be drunk to act like an ass. Whenever he went on a rampage, I'd get calls from coworkers all over the country, checking in on me (we were in an office, they were on their own out there), or offering to chip in for a hit man. He'd target 1 person, and you'd know they'd be on their way out. He was paranoid, and wrong, but no one was willing to stay to prove it. The day he called to threaten me (my turn!), I got another job offer. I quit, told our director that my boss was the reason why. I was the 4th person in a row to do so, and the 4th to say "I never want to hear is voice or see his face again." I do think I was the first to add "I have a gun and caller ID."

3:16 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Happy Independence Day!

Um, The orgasm thing was a joke, RIGHT?

I haven't read Undomestic Goddess. I did just read a Charlaine Harris book about a psychic who found dead people that was pretty good. I can't remember the title. I'm spending the summer reading southern women writers, old and new. There's an author from around here named Vicki Lane who seems promising.

Crazedmomof4- I went through the same thing a few years ago. I read a lot of magazines until it passed, and I find I'm much more selective about what I read now.

5:47 PM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

Bearette - I will have to try some of her other books.

Crazed - PJ is right. It will pass. I went through that too.

Crazy CL Mel - I love that you said you had a gun and caller id.

PJ - I think that book you just read is one that she is going to re-release with a sequel this fall. How did you find it? And the orgasm thing was definitely a joke - my way of saying food without salt is like sex without...

6:07 PM  
Blogger MsCellania said...

The WORST boss I ever had was named Burton Clarence _________, III. We called him Burt Da Turd in the office. He was an attorney who had just arrived back Stateside from a long tenure as a corporate lawyer for an American oil company in Dubai or some oil rich place in the Middle East. He was Dis Gust Ing. Horribly Obese, Stuttered, and Dumb. We figured out pretty fast that he was a flagrant liar, and he was a bully; if none of the senior partners were around, he would flounce around and demand extra work, work on his personal Navy crap, even expected us to SHOP for him "That's the way the top-drawer staff worked in the Middle East... "

The worst thing he pulled on me was in a packed elevator. He was in front of me. He turned and said "You haven't gotten that Brief I need to present to the Supreme Court on my desk and I asked you YESTERDAY! Where Is It? You know I have many Court appearances this week! You would be fired if it was at my last firm!

I looked around, looked amazed that he was speaking to me and said "Are You Talking to ME?! I don't even know you. Please, leave me alone or I will call the building security!" People physically squeezed away from him, and a man stepped in front of me to separate me from Burt Da Turd. The elevator stopped on our floor, and Burt got off and said "Are Are Are Are You C-C-C-C-C-C-C-Coming?!" I yelled "CALL SECURITY. This guy is NUTS!" and stayed put. After the doors closed, I said "I've seen that man in here before, babbling to himself stuttering and stammering. He is Crazy!" I rode the elevator to another floor and got off, then took the stairs back down to our floor where I stormed into the senior partner's office and told him what had happened. He said Burt had emotional problems but he would see that Burt apologized. I said he should get rid of Burt - Burt was lying, chasing us around our offices, threatening to fire us if we didn't do his work faster, and that he made sexual innuendoes. That did it. Good Ol' Burt Da Turd was gone soon thereafter.

The other senior partner always ran out and tried to hand our secretaries work at 3 minutes to 5 - it was a pretty lame law firm - but my first job! I was only 16 - lied about how old I was to get the job!

I'm going to google Burt da Turd and see whatever happened to him. He was a scum sucking pig. He brow beat me into babysitting one evening until very late in the night for him and his wife (who was wonderful; so were his young daughters - go figure!) and I painted those little girls fingernails and toenails brilliant red. He NEVER asked me to babysit again. It took he and his wife an hour to get that stuff off their nails. heh heh heh

I should be doing the invites for Oldest's birthday party (a home party; just shoot me now) and here I sit, strolling down memory lane!

6:59 PM  
Blogger Sarah Louise said...

My comment would be too long if I wrote about my worst boss. (I'll blog on this...)

(Actually, I had two bad ones)

I didn't like the Shopaholic books so I've not read any other S.Kinsella books but I've now heard from two + you that DG is good, so I may give it a try.

V-that is some story!

7:10 PM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

Vickee - Burt Da Turd. I love it.

SL - It was one of those books that never got boring, at least not to me.

7:21 PM  
Blogger Paula said...


I looked it up, it's called Grave Sight and I got it at the library.

Vickee- you crack me up!

5:17 AM  
Blogger verniciousknids said...

Love ya balls Vickee :D

I saw the Southern Vampire series on Amazon over the weekend for the first time...Sookie Stackhouse - what a brilliant name!

And for me, it's not about the salt - it's the pepper!

8:53 AM  
Blogger OldHorsetailSnake said...

I once saw a picture, from the rear, of a pair of blondes in a convertible. Only the blonde on the right was a dog. A REAL dog. But had hair like a real blonde.

11:32 AM  
Blogger Gingers Mom said...

Happy Birthday USA! Have a great 4th!
I'm gonna check out that book Undomestic Goddess. Looking for something new to read. I haven't read a book in ages. I wonder if I still can??

12:47 PM  
Blogger Mary Poppins said...

Haven't read that Sophie Book yet..I did finish Lipstick Jungle by Candance Bushnell..

Skip the orgasm??!! WTF??

Here in Puerto Rico we have the "Coño-Carajo's" which means the "Damn-F*ck"...

It goes like this, when man sees a woman from behind:

"Damn is she fine!!"
When she turns around and they realize she is butt ugly:

7:50 AM  
Blogger Chelle said...

You're not alone...I haven't read that book either. Though it sounds interesting so I may have to go get it. :)

My worst boss story would have to be the guy who managed the clothing store I worked in when I was like 19 or so. I was in the store working my ass off with customers and had to go to the back room for soemthing and lo and behold, mr. manager is back there (with the pt girl and her bf) snorting fricking COKE!! I promptly packed my shit and left :) He begged me to come back but I told him what he does on HIS time is HIS business...but when he does shit like that at work, it affects ME (and others) also....soooo bope, I did not go back. :)

8:20 AM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

PJ - I reserved a copy at my library. Yay

Vernicious - I like pepper too. We put it in a grinder. We could never go back to the pre-ground stuff.

Old Horse - I'd hate to be the guy riding down the road with his buddy that said, "You take the one on the left. I'll take the one on the right."

Kristin - Good luck with the kids letting you read.

Mary - I like the damn - fu@# description. :D The orgasm thing was a joke. If you happen to get some, you have my full permission to have an orgasm. LOL

Chelle - I'd quit too if the boss didn't share his coke. (Kidding)

11:20 AM  
Blogger BabelBabe said...

I liked the first few Shopaholic books, but Shop&Sister was bad.

Undomestic Goddess was fun, though.

I don't know if I have ever had an AWFUL boss - mostly just mildly annoying.

1:14 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Worst job I ever had was as a cashier (in high school). You got a lunch break in the middle of the day, plus two short breaks-- the first of which you were REQUIRED to take as soon as you arrived at the store.

On my first day I got to my register and started straightening up the magazines, candy, etc. during the 10 minutes before the store was to open. My boss yelled, "This is your break time! What are you DOING? You should just be STANDING THERE."

I think I lasted two months, max.

4:52 PM  
Blogger Ms.L said...

Mmmm,I love books like that. Perfect for summer time reading and lazin' about.

5:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been there. I have stories that would make you're hair turn gray. I recently went as far as creating an office humor satire website to deal with the frustration.

The office

7:18 AM  

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