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Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP30 Aug 2013 7:29 a.m. PST

Disclaimer: standard.

Sooooooo… I go up to Ohio this week to coordinate the installation of an LCD screen….
To get technical…

1: The Factory Focus Tech wants the 42" LCD on the warehouse wall to show the WMS warehouse inventory application overlay to anyone that is standing around outside to see it.

2: While this is nice, he had to be reminded that A: There is no one in the area that stands around to see this and B: Everyone in the department can bring up said data on their pcs by clicking on the WMS file.

3: Doesn't matter. He "needs" this installed.

Soooooo…I coordinate hooking up the LCD to an EU's {C. We're going to use an extra long HDMI cable with a y splitter to be able to run the app.
Simple right?

So on Thursday we discuss this….
Guy who "doesn't listen" is in the communications loop.

Friday. I send out follow up info on this asking for his input. No answer…

Monday…Tell everyone I have coordinated to have this done on Wednesday. Ask him for his input. No answer…

Tuesday…get onsite….walk to back of area.
I dont' see the LCD.
See..when they built the office, they put the door in the wrong location, (right in front of the garbage chute), so when you put the trash bin there it blocks the door. How the hell they didn't see a bin door there the size of a truck hood, beats the hell outta me.
So I see the bracket there but no LCD.
"Hmmm…" Says I. "They must not have put it up yet".

I walk into office. I don't see LCD.
In the office is Guy Who Doesn't Listen, also known in previous posts as "C", and Maint. Manager.
"Hey guys" I say. "I've got the electrical contractor coming up to do the cabling tomorrow."

"Okay" C says. (Remember in our previous topics that he always says "Okay." Doesn't mean that he has listened to what you have said.)…
"Anyhow…" I continue…"We need to get the LCD mounted up on the bracket to get this done…where is it?"
MM starts laughing…
C has that "look" on his face.
In a good impersonation of "the boss from office space", C looks down and says "Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh we need to talk about that…"
First think in my head "Oh geez, WHAT now?!"….

So it seems that on the previous Thursday when they finished the wall reconstruction, they didn't put the monitor back up, (a 42" LCD).
C "didn't think" about securing said item, and just "left it" out in the warehouse….
Thursday night at 6:30 pm it was there…
By 7 pm it had "grown legs" and "walked away"….

Now the killer of all this was that HE KNEW about this, and didn't tell me. So for the past three days I had been working this issue (with him in the loop), and he said NOTHING to me about this, (thereby wasting MY time, the contractors time, and company money for the trip AND the cotnractor), for a project that we couldn't do because the item was missing.

So now we have to order a new monitor, the new special bracket that goes with it, along with the cord and y splitter….

Simply because he "Could not be bothered" to let me know what happened….

And I get to go BACK to Ohio next week to reinvent the wheel….

submitted grumpily;


Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2013 8:24 a.m. PST

No-one likes to admit that they "mislaid" a 42" screen.

Parzival30 Aug 2013 8:28 a.m. PST

Sounds to me like someone at work is now all set for football season.

Personal logo Dan Cyr Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2013 8:53 a.m. PST

No cameras, I guess?

Had a ticket open for a voice mail system down on the west coast get to me (I'm in Milwaukee, WI). Could not remote access it and local site contact cannot find the equipment to reboot it manually. Open a ticket with the support vendor to send tech on-site.

Tech calls me and askes where the voice mail cabinet is, as he is in the equipment room and it is gone. Like, in really, gone, just the cut cables left on the floor.

Security watches the tape and a guy out of the warehouse had slipped into the office after hours and walked into the "locked" equipment room the night before, cut the cables and stole off with it (he thought it was a big PC). Sold a $55 USDK box for $50 USD to support his coke habit.

All on tape. Did not get us our box back, but ruined his day.


Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2013 9:28 a.m. PST

Murph, given previous reports involving this guy,
how is he keeping his job ? Does he 'have the goods'
on some suit somewhere ?

Tom Bryant30 Aug 2013 9:38 a.m. PST

Did you keep a log and copies of all E-mail tgransactions with this doofus? If so I'd be talking you your HR and possibly his manager about this. It sounds to me like this may not be the first time "C" has been so boneheaded, nor will it be the last. Somebody needs to call this guy on his behavior and soon.

MahanMan Inactive Member30 Aug 2013 10:19 a.m. PST

Yeah, he really *does* sound like John from my previous workplace.

Parzival30 Aug 2013 11:30 a.m. PST

Meanwhile, pay close attention to any employee who suddenly starts jawing about "watching the big game" on his "new TV."

SECURITY MINISTER CRITTER Inactive Member30 Aug 2013 12:35 p.m. PST

how is he keeping his job ? Does he 'have the goods'
on some suit somewhere ?

My bet is pictures of the higher up with a goat…

Last Hussar08 Sep 2013 8:50 a.m. PST

Forget the conspiracy theories – this is just normal corporate life. I remember when the Office was on. People who didn't work in offices saying "There is no way he would keep his job" and those of us who did saying "We KNOW people like that as managers…"

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Sep 2013 7:54 a.m. PST

Forget the conspiracy theories this is just normal corporate life.

Amen, Brother!

Murph may just be on the suck end of the corporate balance stick. Some guy wastes thousands of dollars over here. And he generates and saves tens of thousands of dollars over there. Net positive gain.

Would you trade him for someone who wastes zero dollars here and generates hundreds of dollars there? If so, who in the organization would you screw to make up the difference?

Ideally, we would hire the guy who generates hundreds of thousands of dollars there and wastes none anywhere. Apparently, I am the only person in the planet's workforce who does that. :)

Hang tough, Murph.

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