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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by LordKaT, Jul 20, 2016.

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  1. Because you didn't give a properly corporate response is my guess. Basically, since you're dealing with people as a part of the job, they probably thought that if you were this upfront during the interview that you'd be even moreso against a complaining customer.
     
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  2. The most fun I've had on job interviews was when I was looking to quit a shitty job. Every job interview I've been to follows the same layout: practical exam[if any]->intro about yourself & why you're looking for a job->conversation about the job offer itself->questions on how you'd solve problems/deal with situations/etc. You can be civil and professional at all stages, and when it comes to the last part - make it a struggle session on your current employer. Just be sure to keep it job-oriented and point out actual inefficiencies and problems, not the fact that you don't like Stacy from accounting.
     
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  3. Currently slumming it in the exciting world of contract security because I have far too much going on to consider a career. My current site is a derelict Victorian building which has been broken into multiple times. The owners hired a specialist firm to come and secure the building with steel shuttering. When the job was done the owner got all smug with me and said "Nobody's getting in there anytime soon eh Laz?" My response was to silently assassins creed my way up the side of the building and drop through a skylight before calmly strolling out through the front door (which was unlocked at the time). The next day my boss turned up with a tin of anti climb paint and a brush. He plonked them down in the portacabin and said "Have a great day!" and left.
     
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  4. My boilerplate go-to excuse I settled on was either "the company's venture funding is running out and I'm not sure they're going to get more" or "grapevine is they're going to terminate our division and I want to get out ahead of it". Anything else invites uncomfortable questions, I found.
     
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  5. I used to work in law enforcement and have lots of stories both funny and horrifying. So here are a few...

    One early when we were all getting in a group of three officers were talking about their night out the night before, with one of the officers looking a little rough. At the morning briefing the shift sgt (having not heard the conversation) asked the rough looking one if he was ok to which he said "yeah, just a heavy night." The entire room then stiffened up at him being stupid enough to admit it.

    The next question was the killer and the officers didn't think before answering... The sgt asked the officer how he got to work and the officer instantly said "I drove as usual." After the briefing the sgt called the officer into the inspectors office, in there was the sgt, inspector and traffic sgt with a breathalyzer in his hand. That was the end of his career in law enforcement as well as needing to take the bus for a while.

    Some guy rang up and said some guy had broken into his house, stole some stuff (CDs) and attempted to rape his 16 year old daughter and they'd just jumped out of her window. We got over there bloody quickly and grabbed a 17 year old guy with the exact description and a backpack containing the items the guy said had been stollen. We got statements from the guy and his daughter, had to get specialist officers out to deal with his daughter. We did all the paperwork and got the guy charged with aggravated burglary and attempted rape, had him remanded to custody.

    About a week later I get a case update requesting I go to the house to speak with the victims. So I rang them and went round, the dad very apologetically explained that the guy was his daughter's boyfriend. The daughter had lent him the CDs and told him to stay the night. The only thing she hadn't done is told her parents she had a boyfriend. So middle of the night the dad hears something from the daughter's room and looks in to find this boy in bed with his daughter and the daughter not wanting to get into trouble pretends she has no idea who it was.

    I had to do the paperwork to get the kid released from custody and tried to press charges on the girl but the inspector wouldn't approve it because charging "the victim" would look bad in the press so the whole thing got dropped.

    I attended a call from a woman who said her 14 year old daughter had been hit on by a taxi driver. I went along and took the full story and it was much, much worse (should have been a specialist officer attending it worse but the mum's story on the phone didn't put it to that level).

    The girl regularly got taxis home from school (so clearly no confusion about being underage), on this occasion the driver had taken her to a remote location rather than home and insisted that she give him oral sex, while he was getting his junk out she'd managed to escape and make her way home.

    Now this taxi company is well known as dodgy as fuck. When I went to find out the details of the driver they first went with "well we can't get that information on our system" then "only the manager knows how and he isn't here" and finally "well we don't record that information anyway". I threatened to seize their entire computer system due to it holding evidence in a serious crime, 30 seconds later I had the name and address of the driver.

    I put together the case and put it forwards to the inspector because they have to approve cases of a certain level. They took one look at it and said it wouldn't be in the public interest to pursue it as it was clearly a "cultural misunderstanding". That happened way too often when it involved guys of a certain culture (guess which is it).

    I was in the job long enough to get plenty of stories and a decent amount of mental scaring but left for many reasons. If you want to hear more then I'm sure I can write more out.
     
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  6. Why is it that everytime I work somewhere some way some how I always get asked if I want to train to become a leader for a certain dept. I'm just a worker bee. Being authority isn't my style and if decisions and shit come from the territory it's a absolute nope. I work terrible under pressure of decisions. I just want to work so I can buy alcohol for my manic depression and wake up in the bath tub.
     
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  7. Anyone abusing steroids? I hear it's pretty common in police departments these days.
     
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  8. Really ? Source ? I'm curious
     
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  9. Considering how many times cops have to muscle unruly people to the ground I'd assume that many are juicing. I know I sure as shit would if I had a job like that.
     
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  10. Oh God yes. What's crazy is it is almost run like some sort of in-house MLM with long speeches about how it's natural and that things like roid rage and testicle shrinkage are just steriotypes and they've developed past that now. I have never seen anyone using the illegal kinds, just the ones that have just been developed and the government hasn't got round to adding them yet.

    You definitely see a progression through their career of coming in not touching the stuff to taking steroids to "keep up" to eventually hitting the bottle to forget all the shit they've dealt with. They've gotten much better at mental health with having counselors trained by the military for all that shit but there are still jobs you really don't want.

    The average time someone lasts on the high risk sex offenders team is like 1-6 months before they end up off with stress, depression, PTSD etc. The bulk of that job is going through every single image and video of cp they seize to summarise it for the court and catagorise it. Surprisingly there are plenty of people who want to go to that department because they think they can make a huge difference (I mean they can) and will be able to remain suitably detached, I've seen people go from full of life and eager to get started to the thousand yard stare in alarmingly short period of time.
     
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  11. I was talking to one of our engineers who goes out to sites to do analysis when one of our pieces of equipment breaks and the customer is blaming us. He told me about one last year where something burst into flames and did serious damage to the customer’s building. As such they were screaming lawsuit so he was tossed on the next plane to look at it.

    The unit had a battery rack as part of it, and that was what had burst into flames. Now data center batteries can catch fire, but you usually have to be abusing the everloving shit out of them to do so, and if they had been doing so we would’ve been in the clear. However, most of the batteries were utterly destroyed. Trying to figure out what had caused the fire was practically impossible. By a miracle he was able to find one label on one battery that was just this side of legible.

    The customer had replaced the data center specific batteries with motorcycle batteries. Unsurprisingly this did not end well (and yes there is paperwork specifying what kind of batteries to use when replacing them). But hey, it wasn’t our maintenance people who worked on it! They had a contract with somebody else, so it was no longer my company’s problem!
     
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  12. Just google "police steroid abuse" and start reading. Law and Order: SVU did an episode on the issue too, although it was a few years ago when they did so. Lemme see if I can find it if you want to watch it. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0629718/

    There's no roid rage anymore? Hmm. Then why do we keep hearing stories about cops going off half cocked and shooting everyone and anyone? There was a time when that didn't happen that much or if it did it only happened to black people and nobody cared. Now it happens to everyone.

    Granted you watch a few bodycams and it's really hard to be sympathetic to some dindu who can hardly speak english and has no idea of how to follow directions at all or how to be polite.

    But you roll the dice when you call the cops. Politeness costs nothing but could save your life if you're dealing with Officer Roid Rage. Keep that in mind the next news story you hear about some cop shooting a dog or tasering someone in the nuts.
     
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  13. Anything that increases testosterone production, which is the mechanism by which most steroids work, will increase aggressive or impulsive behavior.
     
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  14. Oh there is, it's just whole marketing speil/lie they tell themselves. It is certainly reduced over the early steroids but it is there. Though it's not uncommon for officers to be taking unholy amounts of caffeine to get through the night shifts and that doesn't help them stay calm and collected either.
     
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  15. I'm guessing you work in either Rotherham, Rochdale, Oxford, or Telford.
     
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  16. Wouldn't it be nice if it was just restricted to those areas? No though, I work in another town with a significant amount of that community and every weekend we had to go round the town looking for the groups of men in their 20-30s from that community and the 13-15 year old white girls they were giving large quantities of alcohol to. The lack of support from above and the lack of ability to take action without that support was one of the main reasons I left. It was just find the , take the girls home, get the lecture from the parents about why are you disturbing them and why is it their problem that their teenage daughter is in the park pissed then find the same girls in the same locations a week later. Short of catching one of those guys with their dick in her there was no support for doing anything because it would "hurt community relations". I did try to whistle blow to our local paper and to a couple of Nationals but neither were interested.
     
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  17. It's depressingly familiar. I had a family member who worked in Oxford at the time of Operation Bullfinch (the investigation into the grooming gang therein) for the local council, and they had to sit in on taxi licencing appeals. They reckoned something was afoot given the naughtiness of Oxford taxi drivers and general aura of iffiness surrounding them. Seriously, a lot of them had convictions for all sorts of things, but all of a sudden had "turned their life around" and had a wife and a kid or suchlike, and the taxi loicense was renewed out of pity. Again, and again, and again.

    I think I mentioned I did a stint as an in house solicitor for [area] Police a while back on a contract. The amount of general bollox I had to sit through was off the scale. Only a minor horror, but one of the things they did was to lock down the desktop wallpaper on all computers in the building so it displayed a motivational infographic about their mission statement and vision statement in eye-watering colours. I was able, though, to find a path to the file that it was kept on on the server which was merely hidden as opposed to access denied. I contemplated, on my last day, drawing a huge spunking cock on it in MS Paint, but didn't because I didn't want them to tell the agent and thus hurt my prospects of finding further contract jobs through that agency.

    Then again, the month afterwards I got offered a permanent job at a higher wage so I grabbed that. Fuck you in the heart, AL (my supervisor's initials.)

    [Area] Police also are on my shit list because they once rejected my time sheet because I hadn't logged all my toilet usages as breaks on it.
     
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  18. The company I used to work for got bought out in July of 2009 by a bigger company, and the four of five of us out of thirty they decided to keep on flew out to an unnamed rust belt factory town for training, then back a week later, and as we were landing the captain announced that they found Michael Jackson dead in Las Vegas.
     
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  19. Wait, the police in Bongistan are now juicing? I was assuming it was just us Murican rednecks that did this. Things must be getting bad in Bongland for the cops there to feel they need to juice. What about the rest of europe? Do the German fuzz, juice too these days?
     
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  20. The thing is even when someone is blatantly having psychosomatic symptoms, exaggerating/being a baby, or outright full of shit, it's not considered productive to say "lol bullshit" (I think some people need to be called out, but it's not acceptable for a medical professional to do so). Professionally we are more or less obligated to take people's reported symptoms at face value. We might be 100% sure that the woman with a sprained finger claiming chest pains suddenly because she knows it will get the ED doc's attention is in no danger whatsoever, but it could still be considered malpractice not to take it seriously. I'm sure some older doctors might call bullshit on people but it's not something I see. Personally I think fibromyalgia is a horseshit diagnosis, AnOminous is correct it's the "fucked if we know" option. I'm sure there are a few people saddled with a fibro diagnosis that truly do have extreme nerve pain or muscle aches that debilitate them due to some strange unknown or undiagnosed condition. But I think that is an extreme minority, and as a whole, there is a good fucking reason first line treatment for fibromyalgia is antidepressants.

    The thing is, there's all kinds of crap that can cause chronic neuropathy or nerve pain (diabetes, chemo, accidents, infections, alcoholism, etc) in the absence of an observable physical injury, but it's also true that stress/anxiety/depression/psychosomatic conditions can and do cause pain that is perceived as 100% physical. This isn't new, the Ancient Egyptians wrote about hysteria for fucksake. Doctors might refer these patients to a pain clinic if they believe it's severe, but usually they'll make a psych referral or just prescribe some antidepressants and/or benzos to ease the patient's mental state and thus, hopefully, the pain. If they get diagnosed with fibromyalgia this is usually around when it happens.

    I don't believe most fibro cases are necessarily drug seekers, but I freely admit I might be wrong. Usually drug seekers out themselves pretty quickly by asking for specific painkillers/benzos that are way inappropriate for someone who's never had them, claiming they're allergic to ibuprofen/naproxen/acetaminophen/diclofenac/ketorolac, or insisting their pain is a 10/10 while still capable of holding a conversation. Usually they are then refused, possibly sent to a pain clinic or given a list of addiction services. Some doctors don't care and will prescribe fucking anything, but the government is cracking down on them.

    I think most fibromyalgia cases are depressed people who really are experiencing some level of physical pain, I don't think most of them are totally full of shit about that. As I'm sure most of us know, depression and laziness become a vicious cycle - depressed people who become chronically unemployed and completely idle will never get any better unless they force themselves to get off their ass. Therapy for depression is focused on just that (forcing yourself to do something productive at least once a day, then working up from there). The thing is, depressed people are experts at coming up with excuses not to do anything. In that case "chronic pain" is a very convenient scapegoat indeed. (FWIW I don't mean to sound overly harsh towards people with depression, it's a vicious cycle and can fuck you right up, I get that. Medication can help and most doctors aren't shy about prescribing it. But ultimately idleness makes depression worse and if you never force yourself to break the cycle in small ways you will never feel any better, simple as that). I think diagnosing people with fibromyalgia in cases like this is doing them a huge disservice by giving them a fancy medical excuse to sit around and do fuck all. And for whatever it's worth I don't think I've ever seen someone diagnosed with fibromyalgia but not depression.

    Getting a tugboat for depression may or may not be helpful, it's up to the person whether they use the relative financial security to take time to improve and find something they really like to do, or waste it sitting around popping Xanax and watching TV all day. Most doctors will give people the benefit of the doubt here and agree to fill out paperwork for tugboat applications, but it's up to the government to decide and I've got no idea if "fibromyalgia" sets their bullshit detector off.

    Tl;dr, fibromyalgia might as well be called "idk lol" so I don't think I could categorize cases as "legit" or not, but if you were to ask how many are cases of psychosomatic pain/mental health issues/learned helplessness, I'd guess 80%.
     
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