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    I have committed one of the dumbest acts of my young life today.

    I've been in this business for a number of years. I've been site manager for a year and a half. I've always worn a uniform of some sort, and I always make a point to look as sharp as possible.

    This morning I had to take a cab to work, as I usually do when I work Saturday. The cab came much quicker than expected, about three minutes after I called. I thought I had everything ready - lunch, backpack, jacket - and headed out the door. After we left the apartment complex, I realized I had forgotten one very important item - my uniform shirt. I couldn't go back because I'm the only one on today and couldn't risk being late.

    So here I sit in my uniform pinstripe dress pants and jacket, and a gray T-shirt. If it were my officer who showed up like this, I'd send her home to change. But here I sit, and my only viable choice is to tell management about it on Monday.

    So, any managers who want to write me up on the forum, knock yourselves out. I sure as heck deserve it.
    That's a direct quote. Not word for word, but the gist of it.

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    Originally posted by officerchick View Post
    I have committed one of the dumbest acts of my young life today.

    I've been in this business for a number of years. I've been site manager for a year and a half. I've always worn a uniform of some sort, and I always make a point to look as sharp as possible.

    This morning I had to take a cab to work, as I usually do when I work Saturday. The cab came much quicker than expected, about three minutes after I called. I thought I had everything ready - lunch, backpack, jacket - and headed out the door. After we left the apartment complex, I realized I had forgotten one very important item - my uniform shirt. I couldn't go back because I'm the only one on today and couldn't risk being late.

    So here I sit in my uniform pinstripe dress pants and jacket, and a gray T-shirt. If it were my officer who showed up like this, I'd send her home to change. But here I sit, and my only viable choice is to tell management about it on Monday.

    So, any managers who want to write me up on the forum, knock yourselves out. I sure as heck deserve it.
    Post a digital picture so we can measure the infraction strength.

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    • #3
      The person you relieved is lucky he/she doesn't work for our company, where it is a terminable offense to let an officer unfit for duty, i.e; no uniform, drunk, etc., take over your post.
      Consider yourself reprimanded.
      "Striking terrific terror in the hearts of criminals everywhere" Since 1977.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Badge714 View Post
        The person you relieved is lucky he/she doesn't work for our company, where it is a terminable offense to let an officer unfit for duty, i.e; no uniform, drunk, etc., take over your post.
        Consider yourself reprimanded.
        Actually, it's a cold start. We don't yet have over nights, so I didn't relieve anyone.
        That's a direct quote. Not word for word, but the gist of it.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ddog View Post
          Post a digital picture so we can measure the infraction strength.
          No digital camera yet. Although Walgreens does have one that fits on a keychain for about $10 that I've been thinking about getting. Tell ya what, when I get a camera, I'll don the same T-shirt etc and post a pic then, 'kay?
          That's a direct quote. Not word for word, but the gist of it.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by officerchick View Post
            I have committed one of the dumbest acts of my young life today.

            I've been in this business for a number of years. I've been site manager for a year and a half. I've always worn a uniform of some sort, and I always make a point to look as sharp as possible.

            This morning I had to take a cab to work, as I usually do when I work Saturday. The cab came much quicker than expected, about three minutes after I called. I thought I had everything ready - lunch, backpack, jacket - and headed out the door. After we left the apartment complex, I realized I had forgotten one very important item - my uniform shirt. I couldn't go back because I'm the only one on today and couldn't risk being late.

            So here I sit in my uniform pinstripe dress pants and jacket, and a gray T-shirt. If it were my officer who showed up like this, I'd send her home to change. But here I sit, and my only viable choice is to tell management about it on Monday.

            So, any managers who want to write me up on the forum, knock yourselves out. I sure as heck deserve it.

            Well, at least you have professional integrity.... That being said, I think we can let it slide.
            Apparently a HUGE cop wannabe...

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            • #7
              I think it was a darn shame that on your way to work a large Pit Bull attacked you and ripped off your shirt and ate it. Or was it the lady you helped keep from going into shock by covering her with your bloody work shirt. Although more then likely it was the little kid that you saved from drowning in the river that barfed all over your uniform shirt while giving mouth to mouth. Phew! Yup I would give you a medal and the day off for above and beyond. Well maybe I was a chronic school skipper but I saved a lot of people.
              THE AVERAGE RESPONSE TIME FOR A 911 CALL IS FOUR MINUTES
              THE AVERAGE RESPONSE TIME FOR A .357 MAGNUM ROUND IS 1400 FEET PER SECOND?
              http://www.boondocksaints.com/

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              • #8
                Reminds me of the time a probationary showed up on my post. He was a former Sergeant with the company, and a District Supervisor. All his uniform shirts and pants were tailored, he had one of the new badges on. It was an armed post, and he had full duty gear on.

                As he was talking to the manager about how he was an ESI graduate, I noticed something, and needed to get him away from the manager as quickly as possible.

                He had remembered everything, except for one thing. His sidearm. He was not armed, he had an empty holster.
                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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                • #9
                  I agree with sgtnewby, you have the right stuff. Chalk it up to experience and move on!
                  Enjoy the day,
                  Bill

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                  • #10
                    At least you honestly forgot.
                    I've worked with SOs who show up in street clothes because
                    "I have a doctors appointment in the morning after work and I don't feel like changing clothes in the restroom"
                    or
                    "I was doing my laundry at my neighbors house last night and went home were I fell asleep and when I woke up and realized I needed my uniforms it was too early in the morning to knock on their door and wake them up".
                    Neither of these SOs received any repermands for showing up and working their 12 hours out of uniform.
                    Hospital Security Officer

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                    • #11
                      If I were you I would call someone to relieve me of duty, then I'd send me right home so I could think about what I did wrong! LOL! I have forgotten things over my 10 years, but I have a take home car so I would simply turn around and retrieve the forgotten item. Your forgiven.....this time!

                      Be Safe,

                      Hank
                      " We are determined that before the sun sets on this terrible struggle, our flag will be recognized throughout the world as a symbol of freedom on one hand and of overwhelming force on the other" - General George C. Marshall

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                      • #12
                        I promise it won't happen again. As for forgetting to leave the keys and finding them when I get home, well, that's a different story.

                        I'm sure many people have done that (I hope). I used to work a cold start/cold stop, ie I came on in the morning to relieve no one, and no one relieved me at the end of my shift. On a couple of occasions I made it to my front door, only to find that I had the work keys, and my personal keys were locked in the drawer of my console. What made it worse was that I have to take a bus, and there was no way for me to get back to the building and exchange keys.

                        So I went to my partner's work and we went home together.
                        That's a direct quote. Not word for word, but the gist of it.

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                        • #13
                          It's tough when you realize your human too.
                          Security: Freedom from fear; danger; safe; a feeling of well-being. (Webster's)

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                          • #14
                            As a relief manager for 1 company I had 9 favoured posts. 1 site was a 2 minute drive from home and I always covered a week after Xmas due to leave. I arrived on the Monday to find my access card had been deactivated and had no access into the building. I went through the loading dock but could not get access into the Security office (prox or key access only) so had to remove a glass window to climb in to get the keys and update my access card.

                            At this same site when I have cold finished a few times, I once or twice accidentally came home with the master keys on my duty belt. It was a short sleep to go back at 0600 to hand them over to the day shift officer who needed them of course. I have known guards to walk home with tiny landline phones in their shirt pockets only to find them 30 mins later. But the predictable one is the missing rank slides, ties or belts which I usually have spares of and when I was promoted to level 4 would sometimes have to wear my 4 bars to allow someone to borrow my singles.

                            Some guys had plain white security shirts like a pilot they kept as back ups (some sites wanted generic uniforms) so in case of an emergency they had a spare shirt or back up trousers.
                            Last edited by NRM_Oz; 11-05-2007, 10:59 PM.
                            "Keep your friends close and your enemies even closer" Sun Tzu

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                            • #15
                              We have lockers at work that house a spare shirt, trousers & tie. Comes in handy as we often have to do extra duties above and beyond the norm.

                              Like hop on the roof and adjust air conditioners or crawl into tunnels to reset sewerage ejector pumps that are blocked up etc.

                              Shame is we just don't get the extra $$$ our maintenance man gets for doing the job when he is on deck.

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