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    It happened 2 months ago and today here we go again...

    I arrive at my site and find that another guy is already there to relief the s/o about to finish his shift. He tells me one supervisor phoned him 3 days ago and begged for him to work today. I´ve been working those last 3 days and no new schedule has been sent neither anyone has called to tell me about it. We call the office to solve the mistery and I get the "prize"

    I´m happy I don´t have to work today, since I´ve worked 9 nights in a row, but gas ain´t free and I have better things to do that drive up and down the city. When this kind of thing happens, the company has to pay us 4 hours, but for me it´s not worth the money. And what am I supposed to do with the cofee thermo now?. Let it sit until tomorrow...or flush it down the toilet.

    Do you find yourself often in situations like this? What´s your company policy in such cases?. I´m anxious to know.

  • #2
    Originally posted by Miguel
    It happened 2 months ago and today here we go again...

    I arrive at my site and find that another guy is already there to relief the s/o about to finish his shift. He tells me one supervisor phoned him 3 days ago and begged for him to work today. I´ve been working those last 3 days and no new schedule has been sent neither anyone has called to tell me about it. We call the office to solve the mistery and I get the "prize"

    I´m happy I don´t have to work today, since I´ve worked 9 nights in a row, but gas ain´t free and I have better things to do that drive up and down the city. When this kind of thing happens, the company has to pay us 4 hours, but for me it´s not worth the money. And what am I supposed to do with the cofee thermo now?. Let it sit until tomorrow...or flush it down the toilet.

    Do you find yourself often in situations like this? What´s your company policy in such cases?. I´m anxious to know.
    Haha... that's nothing, when I was a site supervisor, I got a new officer one day, he told me that he was working a Pepsi site when one day he arrived for work and was told by the new security guard that our company doesn't even have the account anymore. So basically we lost the account and no one bothered to tell this particular officer.
    "Alright guys listen up, ya'll have probably heard this before, Jackson vs. Securiplex corporation; I am a private security officer, I have no State or governmental authority. I stand as an ordinary citizen. I have no right to; detain, interrogate or otherwise interfere with your personal property-... basically all that means is I'm a cop."-Officer Ernie
    "The Curve" 1998

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    • #3
      Originally posted by BHR Lawson
      Haha... that's nothing, when I was a site supervisor, I got a new officer one day, he told me that he was working a Pepsi site when one day he arrived for work and was told by the new security guard that our company doesn't even have the account anymore. So basically we lost the account and no one bothered to tell this particular officer.
      I've seen companies in Florida that the guard who took over would of called 911. Even worse if its an armed contract.

      Petty BS like that is why things sadden me. At least the new contract service, or the client, was cool about it.
      Some Kind of Commando Leader

      "Every time I see another crazy Florida post, I'm glad I don't work there." ~ Minneapolis Security on Florida Security Law

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      • #4
        In Quebec there is a law that requires the business to pay 3 hours if you come in & there has been a change & yu are not needed. (This is better than a company policy!).

        During March break we always get contract guards wandering into the hotel thinking that this is where they are supposed to work. Half of them don't have an address or contact's name. In one case a guy showed up at 22h00. The escort from the group that hired an agency without advising us met the guard, gave him her instructions & placed him on the floor. Turns out he had come to the wrong hotel. The error was only found out an hour later when the guard working for the agency that was really booked to work for this group arrived. The group ended up getting an hour of free service & some other group at another hotel was short an hour!
        I enforce rules and regulations, not laws.
        Security Officers. The 1st First Responders.

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        • #5
          You could have shared the coffee But really, sounds like the Office needs to write things down. Maybe if you start calling the office everyday before you go in, they will get the message.

          Double booking can happen, hope it does not happen often for you.
          Quote me as saying I was mis-quoted.
          Groucho Marx

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          • #6
            The worst us when another co-worker who has ego issues crosses their name of the schedule and puts urs on there....and then you don't show up for work because the schedule wasnt like that the last u checked.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by BUCKSHOT
              The worst us when another co-worker who has ego issues crosses their name of the schedule and puts urs on there....and then you don't show up for work because the schedule wasnt like that the last u checked.
              Unless its authorized by the person in charge of making that schedule, that person should be written up for altering the schedule.
              Some Kind of Commando Leader

              "Every time I see another crazy Florida post, I'm glad I don't work there." ~ Minneapolis Security on Florida Security Law

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              • #8
                Originally posted by BUCKSHOT
                The worst us when another co-worker who has ego issues crosses their name of the schedule and puts urs on there....and then you don't show up for work because the schedule wasnt like that the last u checked.
                In one of my first sites, a co-worker warned me about some girls that had been working there for a long time and were major league b*****s. He told me that a few months ago they used to secretly get the schedules as soon as they were faxed, made changes to get tailored schedules for their own and faxed them back to the office, signing them in the name of the site supervisor. The other s/o´s working there wondered why it took so long to get their monthly schedule until someone uncovered the b*****s scheme by chance a few months later.

                I watched my back very carefully since then...and I always call my supervisor in case I don´t receive my schedule as soon as usual, to make sure nothing funny is going on.

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                • #9
                  Lets see... Where to begin...

                  My boss asks me to work a new acount (armed) 60 hours a week for a couple of weeks. So I leave my supervisory position and drive not 30 but 55 miles to work and back for 4 days, then get told the plant is closing tomorrow and they won't need us for 10 days. So for two weeks I get shuffled around from post to post as they try to find me work for those ten days. I show back up at the site on January 2nd at 6 am only to be told my shift will end at noon and they will not need us anymore.

                  So, boss finds me a site that is just around the corner from my house, at hours I can accept, 9:30 pm to 5:30 am, but unarmed. S I show up the first two nights to find myself working with another officer even thought they only want one officer there. So then they tell me to take the next 3 days off and start the shift alone on monday. Tuesday several hours before the shift the boss calls and says they no longer want a guard on the night shift, so he is going to try and swing me to the afternoon shift.

                  So here I am not making any money because the contracts can't figure out what the hell they want!

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                  • #10
                    This hasn’t happen to me yet, but it did happen to my relief last weekend.

                    The site manager calls him up Wednesday and asks him if he can work night shift the following weekend. He says ok. Thursday the guy picks up his paycheck and checks the schedule. It was not updated yet. Here comes Saturday and I’m looking at the clock and it’s five to and he is not there and he usually shows up 10 to 15 minutes early. Five after the shift supervisor calls him up and says you’re on the schedule to work. 30 minutes he shows up and says I looked at the schedule Thursday and I was not on for tonight. We looked at the schedule he’s on for Sunday and next weekend. The site manager just put him down for Sunday, but only told him about next weekend.
                    DizZy SO

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                    • #11
                      going on a week now without a post to work. This will play hobb with my paycheck. The account I was at decided they really didn't need us. DAmn Blue Cross.

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                      • #12
                        Kingsman,
                        Sounds like it's time to go around to a couple of other security companies and let them know that you are looking for regular work. If your company isn't giving you the work needed you have to go to someone who will.
                        Hospital Security Officer

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