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FaxModem1 wrote: 2019-12-23 09:36pm I've gotten to know the homeless at my job. Since I'm security, I HAVE to get them to leave. More often than not, it's just a polite conversation. You get really good at listening to their personal histories, when more often than not, I get lost in what they're talking about.
Good on you... More often than not people just like being heard.
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The homeless are a valuable asset. They have a lot of time on their hands, and will work for a sandwich or a safe place to sleep. Never discount them. They are your friends and allies.

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It wouldn't surprise me to learn that larger properties had areas set up homeless can crash in during bad weather, provided they keep the area clean and safe, and help out when they can.
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Solauren wrote: 2020-01-01 09:38am It wouldn't surprise me to learn that larger properties had areas set up homeless can crash in during bad weather, provided they keep the area clean and safe, and help out when they can.
Depends strongly upon the property and how generous the landlords are...
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It snowed today, which is rare in North Texas. So I had to direct some homeless people away from the building. One of them was this middle aged woman, who was convinced that I was her nephew and started spouting celebrity names at random.

Woman: "How old are you?"
Fax: "33"
Woman: "Do you recognize me? I think I'm your aunt."
Fax: "I don't think so."
Woman: "Dennis Hopper. Denis Leary. Where am I? Katie Homes, Kathy Griffin."
Fax: "Let's get you somewhere warm, okay? There's a Jack in the Box over here, and I'll get you some food."
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I was friendly with an incredibly organized group of technically homeless people in Denver, the Invisibles. I dated one of them for a while. They're crazy, but not necessarily incompetent.

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Previous Shift Supervisor: "Hey, there's a leak here. Would you mind reporting it during your shift?"

Me: (looks at watch, it's 30 minutes until my shift): "Sure, why don't you want to report it during your shift?"

PSS: "Man, I have been way too busy training this person."(Both are sitting around doing nothing. )

Me: "Okay, do you want to train her on how to do it?"

PSS: "Nah, man."

Me: "You know how to do it, right?"

PSS: " Of course. Will you do it?"

Me: "(resigned) Sure.

5 minutes later:

PSS: "Hey Fax, show me how to do it."
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*Checking elevator intercoms at work*

Fax: Hey, how's your night going?
Elevator Intercom Lady: (sighs) It's going all right.
Fax: Oh, are you having a bad day?
EIL: Oh no, it's not bad, it's my birthday.
Fax: Congratulations. Happy Birthday. How are you celebrating it?
EIL: Quarantine and cake.
Fax: Oh.....right. Well, I hope it's a good day. I'll talk to you soon.

(at the last elevator check for the night, which is typically where I just wish her a good night and we talk to each other the next time I do them.

EIL: (Company name) How can I help you?
Fax: (sings 'Happy birthday to you' in slow Ratpack lounge style)
EIL: laughs. Thank you.
Fax: See you next time.
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UBER DRIVER: I filed my unemployment claim six weeks ago, and I still haven't gotten my money!

BITTER FORMER TAXI DRIVER: So it says here that you worked for Uber until a Pandemic-related layoff... Did you do something for them other than drive?

UBER DRIVER: No, I'm a driver. I worked over forty hours a week until all the restaurants closed and I stopped making enough.

BITTER FORMER TAXI DRIVER: So you weren't actually laid off, you just decided going to work wasn't worth it?

UBER DRIVER: [after much hemming and hawing, grudgingly agrees]

BITTER FORMER TAXI DRIVER: So your statement that you were laid off was not in the strict sense accurate? You checked the box that says you acknowledge that providing a false statement to obtain benefits carries severe legal penalties.

UBER DRIVER: What do you mean, false!? I can't live on $25/day!

BITTER FORMER TAXI DRIVER: I'm sorry, but you've reached the Department of Unemployment, not the Department of I Don't Want to Work Unless I Make More...

MY SUPERVISOR: [virtual office chat] LMAO

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ME: Thank you for calling the Division of Employment Security Helpline. How can I help you?

TRAVEL AGENT: Uh, yeah, hi. I'm wondering about the status of my claim, it's been three weeks...

ME: Sure, let me get your Social Security Number and I'll take a look.

TRAVEL AGENT: Okay, it's XXX-XX-XXXX.

ME: One moment please... Right, are you [FIRSTNAME] Corona, of [TOWN?]

TRAVEL AGENT: Uh-huh.

ME: Get a lot of jokes about that lately?

TRAVEL AGENT: [sigh] Yeah.

ME: I bet. I won't dogpile you, I'll just do a search for any outstanding issues and we can - A-HA! It says here that YOU started the plague! I knew it! No wonder your benefits are denied!

TRAVEL AGENT: [laughs] You got me. It was supposed to be a harmless prank, until it got out of hand on my vacation to China.

ME: Hey, gotta get The Wall for your Instagram, right?

TRAVEL AGENT: Of course! [long pause] My claim isn't really denied, is it?

ME: Nope, just a pending resolution on your elegibility. I can't fix that, but hey, at least I've got jokes!

TRAVEL AGENT: Super.

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ME: Okay, next up are the demographic questions. "Other" and "Choose not to answer" are valid for most of these.

OLD SOUTHERN LADY: Okay.

ME: First off, what is your gender?

OLD SOUTHERN LADY: Now what kind of question is that!?

ME: I have to ask all of them as-written. Should I put "Choose not to answer?"

OLD SOUTHERN LADY: I am a LADY!

ME: Female, got it. Next, what is your race?

OLD SOUTHERN LADY: White.

ME: Okay. Are you also Hispanic or Latino?

OLD SOUTHERN LADY: *condescending snort* No, my ancestors are European.

ME: Spain is in Europe, ma'am.

OLD SOUTHERN LADY: ...well, I guess you've got me there.

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[JUST YOUR AVERAGE WORKPLACE FLIRTING ON A TUESDAY AFTERNOON]

NEW COWORKER: So yeah, I grew up in Vermont.

ME: Really? What town?

NEW COWORKER: [SMALL TOWN]

ME: No way! I totally went to school there. Did you ever hang out there?

NEW COWORKER: Holy crap, small world. The students there don't talk to us much, we just know them as the stuck-up weird kids on the hill, but I always felt like I'd fit in there.

ME: Not me, I actually dated a townie for a bit. She worked at the coffee shop.

NEW COWORKER: You mean [ONLY COFFEE SHOP?]

ME: That's the one. She was great, her name was [NAME].

NEW COWORKER: How random! My Mom's name is [NAME] and she used to work there, too, before I was born.

ME: [becoming very uneasy] Really. Um. Do you know your father?

NEW COWORKER: [saddened] No, she said he left town right after she got pregnant. She never told him.

ME: [feels an icy finger run down his back] ... How old are you..?

NEW COWORKER: Twenty, why?

ME: Ohthankfucking- I mean, that's too bad for him, he had a great kid.

NEW COWORKER: Thanks!

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[CONTEXT: Due to work slowing down at the Unemployment Office, I have started working part-time at a large hardware chain]

ME: [holding a can of paint-remover and calling across the paint department]: Hey, TECHNICALLY-NOT-MY-DAUGHTER, what do I do with, "Premium Stripper!?"

TECHNICALLY-NOT-MY-DAUGHTER: [calling back across the department] Pay her extra!

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I always like reading the More Conversations From Raw Shark's Front Lines thread...

a) they brighten my day.
b) unless Shark has figured out how to post from the afterlife, we know he's not dead yet.
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The_Saint wrote: 2021-03-03 01:46am b) unless Shark has figured out how to post from the afterlife, we know he's not dead yet.
I am checking the "inbox" every day - I'll let you know if he shows up here...
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The_Saint wrote: 2021-03-03 01:46am I always like reading the More Conversations From Raw Shark's Front Lines thread...

a) they brighten my day.
Thanks! I try. :D

The_Saint wrote: 2021-03-03 01:46amb) unless Shark has figured out how to post from the afterlife, we know he's not dead yet.
I actually did die once, in 2018, but I got better.

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Raw Shark wrote: 2021-03-03 12:06pmI actually did die once, in 2018, but I got better.
I thought that was just you having an acid flashback.
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Zaune wrote: 2021-03-03 04:39pm I thought that was just you having an acid flashback.
My acid flashbacks are usually way more fun than that.

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I used to work on a rather large food factory. At the time of a expansion on the production lines we had an Austrian team trolling over the Italian team (the production line used machines from different companies) anyway, the mess they both left behind on UTP and phone cable was epic. Since I was the sys admin, network admin, help desk and field tech all rolled into one it was my task to unravel all the mysteries left behind.

At the end of all that was left behind was to connect the desk phone of one of the workstations, nothing to fancy, a simple analog phone. When finished checking the connections on the panel I ask the operator:

Please could you pick up the phone and tell me if it has tone?

The guy pick up the phone and blankly stares at my general direction for a while. I ask:

Well? Does it have tone?

Operator: "I don't know, it only has this continuous "beeep" sound."

I just stared in disbelief at another guy in there, thanked the operator and walked out.
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In a conference with a really obstructionist programmer who (during this conference):
said that the user not being able to work with the program is fine, sinde it matches the design, the version that they might work with will be rolled out in a few monts, anyway.
Says that the current design is to be 1:N for tarifs and bookings, so more than one tariff is not possible in the code (even though I just fixed it)
we can't do 20 lines of bookings because the window to show them is only big enough for 10 (as if adding scrolling was impossible...)
has accused me of breaking his code when I fixed bugs he implemented for a Bugfix, and when they got merged up, his testcases would not work anymore, complained about that IN THE TICKET THE CUSTOMER COULD READ! and then simply deleted my fixes so his code would run clean, again.
(He got a very thorough "behavior adjustment talk" from the bosses after I managed to clean up the mess he caused with that.)

Side chat while talking to that guy, with a Designer who transferred from that guy's team to mine, because of the mess they have been causing with the latest code and trying to blame him:

Me: Feels like talking to a wall, or an AI assistant...

Designer:
Just think - I had to deal with this for 2 full relases.
do you understand why I m so happy to work with you (smile)

imagine, getting yelled at bythe ProductOwner for something not working, then trying to build up a solution, only for "guy" later telling you " I do not need the design I understood the expected behaviour "
...for two releases .
​...and I felt to be the wrong one, since I was not understanding him

Me:
Just asking - is he always like that - I mean this kind of inflexibility must be a thing or not? Feels like he would be the kind of guy who has his Wardrobe sorted by color and pattern of his shirts.

​Designer:
For his standards, he was even way too kind, since you were there and he knows who you are.
And - his wardobe, as he confirmed, is 3 pair of the same shirt, tshirt, pants, shoes. literally the same. and the justification for this is that if you do the same thing each day it become perfect! (smile)

Me:
just as I imagined...
He is Maurice Moss, or Sheldon Cooper.... just with less amiable traits...

​Designer:
(laugh)
​Me:
He is the guy that all people think "programmers" are like (laugh)
​Designer:
EXACTLY!
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TECHNICALLY NOT MY DAUGHTER: Does this shirt make my tits look too small?

ME: Quit fishing for compliments, you know you look great.

TECHNICALLY NOT MY DAUGHTER: They're never going to be as big as my Mom's...

ME: Nobody has tits like your Mom, when she was your age I wore them like a hat.

TECHNICALLY NOT MY DAUGHTER: EW! TMI!

ME: Well, maybe don't bring up your Mom's tits with the guy who used to love playing with-

TECHNICALLY NOT MY DAUGHTER: Okay, just stop! Question withdrawn!

ME: Mm-hmn.

~~~~~~~~~

SMUG LIBERAL: May I help you?

ME: I don't mean to stare, I'm just trying to read what you wrote on your apron.

SMUG LIBERAL: It says, "I wear this mask to protect other people."

ME: Oh man, if you're going to feed me a straight line like that...

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