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Chthonic asks: What's the naughtiest thing a boss has ever asked you to do? And did you do it? Or perhaps you are the boss and would like to confess.

(, Thu 7 Jul 2011, 13:36)
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I once, in desperation,
applied for a telesales job that, it turned out, firstly involved me getting out to the very, very boundaries of what could reasonably be called the city limits;
secondly, was in an office clearly rented from one of the builders yards that were the only other activity within two miles in any direction, always a sign of permanence and prosperity;
and thirdly - and this was the bit that really made me boggle - wanted to charge me £700 quid for 'equipment and training' before I even began, (sitting at a computer and being told how to read a script costs £700 now?) and another £400 for...I don't know, invent your own excuse, it can't be any more fucking spurious than theirs was...that would be taken out of my commissions (the only pay) until I'd paid it back.

I signed nothing, said I'd let them know, and got the bus home in the rain.

Ninja: Actually, they weren't round numbers at all. They were weirdly specific, like "£697.20", presumably to give the impression that they'd been scrupulously tallied and added up from a list of discrete and genuine costs, rather than scrupulously extracted from somebody's discrete and genuine backside.
(, Thu 7 Jul 2011, 17:57, 9 replies)

in desperation a friend paid 3k borrowed from the company - to become an electrician... at home.
(, Thu 7 Jul 2011, 18:10, closed)
Handy hint:
If it's unsolicited, it's dodgy.
Unless you have no other choice taking a job in telesales, door-to-door sales or anything of the kind marks you out as a piece of shit.
Unsolicited sales is mugging by legal means.
(, Thu 7 Jul 2011, 18:13, closed)
Oh I know that.
Like I said, desperation. It was just the sheer cheek of demanding about £1,100 off each of your workforce. That's spectacularly dodgy. I don't know how they got anybody at all to work there.
(, Thu 7 Jul 2011, 18:22, closed)
Sorry, I was mainly venting.
There's something about unsolicited sales which makes my blood boil.
I think it's something about turning every knock at the door, phone call, or conversation in the street into a potential attempt at theft.
(, Thu 7 Jul 2011, 18:44, closed)
Its actually quite clever in its own, evil, way
I imagine Telesales has a high turnover of staff. Putting newcomers into your debt would encourage them to stay at least a little longer. Also means that for the period of employment (as I doubt many people would stay beyond the debt being paid off) they can get away with paying below minimum wage.

Quite cunning, albeit like a fox made professor of cunning at McDonalds University, and then sacked for being a fraud.
(, Fri 8 Jul 2011, 4:21, closed)
Are you still dole falstaff?
After all my motivational speeches to you as well, you fucking loser
(, Thu 7 Jul 2011, 18:25, closed)
I see you've got new material.
Don't worry, I still want to lick you.
(, Thu 7 Jul 2011, 21:37, closed)
Still dole :((

(, Wed 13 Jul 2011, 14:20, closed)
had a job once
with a company called kantar who do door to door and other sites for market research, they couldn't give a straight answer to any questions regarding pay and holidays three days training with them but no answers told them to shove it after the third free lunch
(, Thu 7 Jul 2011, 19:05, closed)

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