Pink Panties

And I am not talking about this kind, either.  Unfortunately.

I am talking about the worthless sack of shit who is my day shift counterpart at work. The guy who constantly has his panties in a bunch about one thing or another. So much so that I have nicknamed him PP.

He always seems to think that someone is out to get him. He is also easily offended. Justifiably so, once you understand that he knows more about everything than everyone else. And anyone who dares question his omniscience is summarily dismissed as an incompetent idiot.

Well, on Wednesday, he got his pussy hurt when the engineer in charge of our line dared to say something to him that could have been construed as somewhat unflattering. His response? To call out for Thursday.

He already had vacation scheduled for today (Friday), and had requested but been denied vacation for Thursday as well. Since personal days require no approval and he was pissed off, he didn’t show up.

FaucetCompany gives everyone their vacation and personal day allotments in advance at the beginning of the calendar year. With less than two years of service, PP gets five days of vacation. All hourly employees have the option to “buy” five more days via payroll deduction, and I do not know anyone who does not exercise this option. Lastly, everyone gets five personal days.

In other words, PP started the year with fifteen days, ten of which must be approved in advance. The only exception to this is once per quarter you can call out but use a vacation day instead of a personal day if nobody else has already scheduled the day off.

PP took last Monday and Tuesday as vacation. He used his call-out vacation day for the quarter last Thursday. He used a personal day yesterday, and has another vacation day scheduled for today. So, seventeen days into the year, he has used a third of his annual supply of days off.

I wouldn’t care, but last year, despite not being hired until June, he got between five and ten days off beyond what he was supposed to get (I lost count), yet was not written up for a single one. I got stuck covering for every fucking one of them. Our new boss uses the latitude given him by the company liberally, and covers for PP.

His elderly mother has a doctor’s appointment and he needs the whole day off. No problem. He has to meet with his lawyer about his child support/custody case and needs to take the entire day off. No problem. He needs to get his car inspected. All day, no problem. He needs to go BS the DA to get out of the ticket he got for expired tags. Which he couldn’t renew because he couldn’t be bothered to get his car inspected on one of the many days that he had off during the 90-day window preceding said expiration. No problem.

He became so deathly ill that he didn’t bother to seek medical attention until after he has already missed three days from work. That one was particularly spectacular. He was out for an entire week, and somehow he got it characterized as a medical leave. Which, per the policy, is only for absences in excess of five days (weekend days do not count) and if approved, is not retroactive to day one.

So, instead of being written up and fired long ago, he stays on as a huge thorn in my side. I know that no matter where I go within the factory, and what my schedule and responsibilities are supposed to be, I will be stuck covering his shift when he can’t be bothered to show up.

Every. Fucking. Time.

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2 Responses to Pink Panties

  1. Wraith says:

    I wouldn’t care, but last year, despite not being hired until June, he got between five and ten days off beyond what he was supposed to get (I lost count), yet was not written up for a single one. I got stuck covering for every fucking one of them. Our new boss uses the latitude given him by the company liberally, and covers for PP.

    Dude–DOCUMENT DOCUMENT DOCUMENT. Get all the evidence you can on this stuff, and keep it on hand until you can bring it up the Faucet Company ladder or to a lawyer.

    I know, it seems like a pussy move. “Men don’t care, men don’t complain.” Well, that’s a relic from the old days of the real America, when you could take a guy out back for a little “discussion” without being fired and/or arrested. The laws and rules are what they are, so consider how to make them work for you.

    • alaskan454 says:

      I most certainly keep records for what I know first hand, but I am not privy to everything. Plus, if I point out that he missed days X, Y and Z, but boss coded the absenses in Kronos (timekeeping system) as ‘lack of work’ or ‘not scheduled’, all I will have done is to make an enemy of my boss. If it gets blatant enough that there is no way of explaining it away, I will report it. Until then, I will cover, cash the paycheck, and whine to y’all.

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