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I was Mordred writes, "I've been out of work for a while now... however, every cloud must have a silver lining. Tell us your stories of the upside to unemployment."

You can tell us about the unexpected downsides too if you want.

(, Fri 3 Apr 2009, 10:02)
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I went on holiday for a week...
And when I got home, a jiffy bag had come through the post containing personal items from my desk, a pay cheque and a letter telling me that due to a "restructure" I was no longer required.

I was shocked and devastated at being forced into enduring daytime TV without so much as a hint of warning. This being a company with only 6 employees, I took this "restructure" as a very personal slight. I think it still affects my confidence even now, despite having had 19 years to come to terms with it.

Fortunately, I was only out of work for a few weeks, and didn't even bother signing on. But, despite finding a better paid and more exciting job, I still found my bitterness towards my ex-employers almost overwhelming at times.

However, some 7 years after the event, they asked if I wanted to come back (maybe they felt bad about it) and I stupidly accepted. This time though, I took the piss big time and jumped ship of my own accord after a mere 6 months. I went to work for their biggest customer, who quickly became their not a customer anymore, thanks to me. I didn't even work the required notice period when I left - that showed 'em!

I think the saying is "what goes around comes around", it's just that sometimes you have to wait a while for that nugget of feel-good-ness.
(, Sat 4 Apr 2009, 17:00, 1 reply)
Pardon me, but...
You sound like a right bastard of an employee.

From what I hear, as far as your previous employer is concerned, their story is this:

"We (being a small company) rely heavily on all of our employees - when one of them wasn't doing their part, we had to let them go. It was unfortunately when they were on vacation, but it was necessary, business being what it is. He got another job a few weeks later, so it must not have been too terrible for him.

"A few years later, we decide to give the man a second chance. Proving that no good deed goes unpunished, he proceeds not only to do the same shitty job he did before, but abruptly quit, screwing us out of one of our biggest clients to boot."

You saying "that showed 'em!" for what looks like you screwing them over - twice! - just makes you look like even more of a bastard.

But that's just what I got out of what you said. I might be missing the important bits where they're truly heartless bastards.
(, Mon 6 Apr 2009, 18:43, closed)

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