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If you have already been to my BOOKS page, you would have seen a book titled FED UP. This book, while on the humorous side, was written by me because I am fed up with numerous individuals, companies, organizations, etc.
THIS PAGE is dedicated to some of the FED UP incidents I have experienced. This page is not meant to be humorous and states only facts that I have been a victim of. If anyone would like to add their voices about unethical, devious, illegal, etc people...companies...etc....please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Maybe your stores will be in print too!
This page will be updated as necessary.
Verizon. There is too much negative I can say about this company so I will just mention one personal experience. I was a manager for Verizon for 20 years - leaving (unvoluntarily) in 2001. Prior to that, I have supervised as many as 40 union employees in New York City and Queens. From 1996 to 2001, I supervised 8 emplolyees in a Long Island location. One of the employees, a male in his late 50's, was, to put it bluntly, a nut-case. He would have bursts of violence...throw things (even at me, his boss), etc. When I called my boss (who worked in the city about 50 miles away) and told her that I had to call corporate security, she said that if I did that she "would have Jack," (her boss), 'fire my ass!" She did not want to have it on record that she had a violent individual working under her. Keep in mind, Verizon constantly preaches non violence - and any violence will not be tolerated. BULL SHIT!
This wacko employee kept up with his violent behavior. One day he came in with a gun. We, (me or the other employees) did not know if it was real or fake. I called Corporate Security AND Suffolk Police. When my boss was informed, she went through the roof. Not because he had a gun. Not because he was violent and dangerous to others. Nooooo! She was pissed that I reported it!
Now, to make a long story short....I had an accident on the job in a company car. I was out for months on disability. When I came back, I was told to go the city for a meeting with my boss' boss. I did. He was there with a "witness." They told me that, while I was out, they found porn on my company computer. Now even if I did go on porn sites, I know better not to do it at work. But they made this up to hold against me my reporting the violent employee!
They told me that I would be out on a two week paid administrative leave while they "researched." They were full of shit - research. There was nothing to research. Well the two weeks turned into 10 months. That's right...I was out 10 months. Why? Because at the end of the 10 months the company was going through a management force reduction and what better way to get rid of me that through "legal" means.
The company got what they wanted....once again (and probably a billion times more over the company lifetime) they lied. There was no porn on my computer. I went against my boss when she said not to report the violent employee.
The story does have a happy ending (in my opinion) and the term, "what goes around comes around" is fitting. My boss, the one who initiated my termination, died shortly after. Awwwww!
I was not fired. I was "allowed" to take a SHITTY retirement package - which amounted to really nothing.
Another VERIZON story -
Being concidered a Verizon retiree, I was told (several years later) that I qualify for the FIOS Ultimate Retiree Package. Phone, Internet, TV....the best of all of it for only $89.95 a month for life. I was told that all I had to do was have FIOS installed (I now had Cable)...then go onto my benefit site (I had a site but no benefits) and click on the discount FIOS link. I had the FIOS installed...then went to the website. Guess what? There was no FIOS link! What a surprise. I spent the next few months contacting different departments in Verizon - each time being told that I do qualify and keep trying to find the link. There was none. Then one day I get a call from Verizon Benefits Office. Do I get a pension? No, I told them...I took a measley lump sum. Do I get medical benefits? No. Well I am sorry then, you do not qualify for the Ultimate Retiree package. So, instead of paying $89.95 a month, I now (2019) pay $218. And you may say just cancel FIOS. Well as an employee and former employee, I had what they called Class A service for my phone - which meant I paid almost nothing. If I canceled FIOS, I would NOT get my Class A service back and have to pay for it just like a regular non-employee.
Boy does Verizon suck! Go do a search. Put in things like Verizon unethical or Verizon sucks. You will fine HUNDREDS of complaints.
PET SUPPLIES PLUS
In my town a new pet store popped up - Pet Supples Plus. They were right around the corner - a lot closer that the Petco I have been going to. I started taking my 2 year old grandson there to see the fish, birds, mice, etc. One day they had a bird in a big cage. I think it was called a Conjure. It was extremely friendly. We went back often and expressed interest in the bird. The bird and cage was about $900. At that price they could not sell it. After visiting with my grandson (and my wife) MANY times, I told the guy there (I think he was a manager). His nametag said CJ. Twerpy little fellow. He showed me the bird many times every time we visited. I even have photos of me holding this very tame bird. CJ told me that they reduced the price for everything to $300. Even before that I told him that I wanted to buy it. But on this day, this CJ said another woman was interested in it. Yeah, but I have been coming back for several months expressing interest. This woman only came in once. CJ said that if she does not buy it by Monday (this was Thursday) I could have it. What kind of shit was that??? I was a customer IN THE STORE with CASH IN HAND. But a one time visitor MIGHT want the bird????
Well I never got a call from CJ...and then went back to the store. They said the bird was sold. CJ was not there - I only hope he was fired.
I sent a fax and US Mail letter on Feb 19, 2019, March 7, 2019 and today, Arpri 8, 2019 to the following executives at Pet Supples Plus:
Christopher Rowland - CEO
Kenneth Miles Tedder, JR - COO
Dan Boose- CFO
Derek T. Panfil- Sr. VP Merchandising and Marketing
Heidi Char - Sr VP Human Resources
Jeff Suttle - Sr. VP Supply Chain
I RECEIVED NO REPLIES FROM ANY OF THESE "EXECUTIVES!"
My personal advice...go to Petco, PetSmart or ANY other pet chain but this one.