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Old 03-24-2009, 12:23 AM   #21
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I had a friend that blew off work to go to the Cubs game and they called him while he was at the game to tell him they were watching him on TV.


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Hard to explain that one away!


I worked on one house where the whole sub contracted framing crew (who were behind schedule) decided on the spur of a moment to head to Vegas for a week.

I worked on another job where two guys missed work one day because the night before they got really really drunk and decided to break into the city pool and go swimming at 1:00 in the morning. After the cops came and arrested them, they let one of them go (jails were full or something), and he decided to call the lead carpenter at 3:00 in the morning to tell him that he and his buddy wouldn't be able to make it.
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Old 03-24-2009, 01:07 AM   #22
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Hard to explain that one away!


I worked on one house where the whole sub contracted framing crew (who were behind schedule) decided on the spur of a moment to head to Vegas for a week.

I worked on another job where two guys missed work one day because the night before they got really really drunk and decided to break into the city pool and go swimming at 1:00 in the morning. After the cops came and arrested them, they let one of them go (jails were full or something), and he decided to call the lead carpenter at 3:00 in the morning to tell him that he and his buddy wouldn't be able to make it.
I did that at my high school when I was a teenager. The problem was that there was a cover on the pool. My friend and I both came VERY close to drowning that night after trying to swim under the cover the length of an olympic sized pool in pitch blackness. As it turns out, you don't swim in a straight line when you can't see where you're going.
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cat shut off the alarm clock ? wtf ?
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Had this happen last week. A youngster female (20'ish) was like 45 minutes late. I called her in and started the 3 strikes, you're out stuff. Come to find out, she is pregnate (I never notice sh!t like that, I thought she was putting on some weight is all). She was halfway to work and had to pee and couldn't hold it. Had to go home and change.

Ever notice that women will tell you the truth and men will lie? Some times I'd rather hear the lie...
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Last year a helper said he couldn't make it to the shop at 6 as planned. I asked him the problem and he said his girl friend flattened his tires,and the whole time she's screaming in the background.That was at 5 am.I picked him up but let him go that night,I'm not dealing with the drama and screaming at all hours of the day.Leave the drama for your mama!
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I asked him the problem and he said his girl friend flattened his tires,and the whole time she's screaming in the background.That was at 5 am.I picked him up but let him go that night,I'm not dealing with the drama and screaming at all hours of the day.Leave the drama for your mama!

Don't you think a nutty broad is enough punishment for 1 man? Poor guy.
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I had to register just to chime in on this subject. I've heard them all, a lot of jail excuses. The best was from my wifes nephew. I got him a job with a union contractor, and after a few years I went on my own. He would work 4 10s for them, and beg me to put him to work on the weekends. I tried a few times with no succes, I guess he was worn out from already working 40 hrs. It never bothered me to work more. A couple of times he would come to work on fridays still drunk from the night before and work a little while. His phone would ring and he would drop everything he was doing to answer it. He would come to me and say that he has to go, Why? I ask, my cheak didn't come in, he would say, and then take off. It still doesn't make any sense to me why he would have to leave when his cheak did not come in. I could see if he had to go to the bank to deposit it, but there was nothing to deposit. After about 5 more tries, I finally gave up on him. It seems to happen more when I'm busy and need to get projects done.
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Not exactly an excuse- more like disappearing.
Years back when I was running my own crew for builds I had a guy stop by looking for work. He "talked" a good game so I told him to show up the next morning- give him a try.

He gets to the job the next morning on time- got dropped off.
After talking for a minute or so and the guys getting started I told him to go around back, behind the house to grab a ladder to start on the front of the house- putting up shutters.

After a couple of minutes I am wondering where the *^$# this guy is.
I walk around behind the house and he is gone. There was another road a short distance behind the house- he must have walked through the woods and left- never saw him again.
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pre-cell phone era, new guy doesn't show up monday morning (after one weeks work). I talk to my wife on the radio and have her call him. She radios me back, new guy says I (the boss) didn't like him so he wasn't coming back (he still had a check coming).

The next morning, reading the newspaper, there's a short article with his name in it. He died in a motorcycle accident the previous afternoon.

I mailed his check to the girlfriend.
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Not exactly an excuse- more like disappearing.
Years back when I was running my own crew for builds I had a guy stop by looking for work. He "talked" a good game so I told him to show up the next morning- give him a try.

He gets to the job the next morning on time- got dropped off.
After talking for a minute or so and the guys getting started I told him to go around back, behind the house to grab a ladder to start on the front of the house- putting up shutters.

After a couple of minutes I am wondering where the *^$# this guy is.
I walk around behind the house and he is gone. There was another road a short distance behind the house- he must have walked through the woods and left- never saw him again.
Guess he realized he wasn't cut out for it, at least he didn't waste any of his or your time. I had a similar situation once with a guy who answered my help wanted ad... Showed up dressed nice, had a portfolio of all kinds of stained bookcases and such that he'd built, he seemed over-qualified for the condos we were trimming at the time.

His first day I had him start trimming the unit next door to the one I was doing. I walked over at noon to check on him... he was packing up leaving. Said he just wasn't cut out for it, he's sorry he wasted my time, he didn't even want any pay... I told him that's ridiculous, at least stick around and finish the day, and I wanted to pay him for his time, but he wanted nothing to do with it. Dude was stressed out and dead set on leaving. He was even talking about moving back to wherever he came from, that he wouldn't make it here... nuts.

The really odd thing is that he wasn't even doing that badly, he'd set most of the doors and run a good bit of base, all by lunchtime... Everything looked fairly tight, I don't know what the hell made him freak out.
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I hired a guy once that I figured for a meth addict. He worked out good for the first week, but the second week we were wording out of town. The first night he wanted us to all go out and take on the town, but I said no we've got a lot to do, so were not going to party. The next day he tried talking me into driving him 45 minutes to the next town so he could pawn his wedding band, I said no, if you need the money wait till the weekend to pawn it. I could tell that the situation was boiling him over, and he was trying to work over a bunch of tangled up extension cords. Instead of taking a few minutes and clean the area up, he kept putting up with it. My other helper didn't help any, he knew what was going on and kept stirring the pot. He finally flipped out when I told him to hand me the router, or something, I don't really remember, but it wasn't anything to serious. Anyway he through down his tool belt and said f87k this! I'm out of here! I don't know how he got back home, must have hitched a ride from someone. The only time I heard from him is when he had spent up the wedding band money and needed more, after I paid him he disappeared. To bad, I think he was a good worker, if he could get his act together.
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One year when I was working in commercial sheet metal in beautiful Southern California I had used up all my sick time so I called in dead. God I hated that job, I didn't get fired though.

Some times it's good to work for family.
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Don't you think a nutty broad is enough punishment for 1 man? Poor guy.
I actually had mentioned a few times before to keep that kind of drama to himself.I don't need a guy on my site yelling into his cell phone every hour,arguing with his girl.Young kid,new hire,worked a few weeks before I'd had enough.Try to help people
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I had a guy call in sick, food poising...

He never missed work, was one of the toughest old roofers I ever met. This guy was an animal, worked bare-foot on hot tar jobs. was told he had to wear shoes so he went and got Converse Chuck Taylor tattooed on his feet and gloves on his hands... he had a heart of gold but was yeller, hard to be around or work with. He would get all worked onto a frenzy calling all the guys "stupoes", even the boss. Lunch would come and it was like turning a switch, we'd all go eat nice as could be but as some as we hit the ladder it was on again... anyhow he had been roofing since he was like 13, for real. So he was not real educated and got words mixed up a lot...

anyhow he called in and said he got "syphilis" from undercooked chicken....
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and we wonder how immigrants are able to steal American jobs



entertaining stories though!
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On the dudes 2nd day of work -20 deg shows up 45 min late I ask him WTF
he says I forgot to call in for parole . I gave him a check & said see ya
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Had a guy with a drinking problem that would always come in late all beat up looking with scratches on his face and body etc...


The problem was, he would go out to a bar near his place on a bike and leave so drunk that he couldn't ride it home without crashing.


On two separate occasions he said these scratches came from a cat. Now, a scratch could come from a cat, but this guy's wounds must have come from a lion.


Oh well, he was a decent worker.
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We had a commercial company tell us our check hadnt came in the mail because a filing cabinet fell over and they lost our invoice. They are notorious for being months late on payments, going to quit working for them very soon.
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My Boss asked me why I was 3 Hr late?

I looked him square in the eye................Said: Your Daughter would'nt let me out of bed! (frisky)

Been with her for 21 Years ( He is now my Father in Law) LOL
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I had this one guy call me about 10 one night to tell me he was sick.
During the night he called and left 2 more messages each one less coherent.Then he shows up the next morning, no clue what I was talking about. He lasted till lunch that day.

Then there was this guy that shows up @ 10 one morning looking for me to start work, I says we start at 7 where you been? He tells me my boss told him to start at 10, didn't make sense to me so I called, and the boss said I didn't tell him that! So I says You wern't told that,He says he even wrote it down. Shows me this paper

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