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no quarter for fuck-ups August 17, 2009

Posted by That Guy in A Very Corporate Something, Getting Fired, Observations.
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These days, there’s no quarter for fuck-ups at work. Except where you work.

Why was I thinking about this? Because of this story:

Best Buy, based in Richfield, Minn., said it has corrected an online pricing error and will not honor the incorrect price. Orders made Wednesday morning at the incorrect price will be canceled and customers will receive refunds, the company said.

CC-licensed photo by Sean Loyless

CC-licensed photo by Sean Loyless

What they didn’t say is that the person who screwed up will be fired*.

Now why doesn’t that happen at your office? Why don’t incompetent people get fired when they screw up at your office? Why do they instead get given a pass and then the task of fixing everything is passed on to you?

No one knows. But it’s maddening, and it will continue happening until the end of time.

Just don’t fuck up. That amnesty? It doesn’t extend to you. If you screw up, you most definitely will be fired… and blackballed… and never work in the industry again… and be out of work for a very long time, until you swallow your pride and go work in retail.

No quarter for you.

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* I don’t know that. I’m just making it up. Don’t sue me, Best Buy.

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