Will work for food. Tried that and I still got stuffed over

I seem to be asking myself an awful lot was recently the age old question of “is it me”. Time after time no how much I want to help people ain’t all when business or do anything that I can be a part of that might be successful I’m the one who seems to lose out in the long haul.

I die in a local village has just set up his own gourmet pizza restaurant and of course he is one of the types of people that says he has no money to do anything. To the point where he is home with me wages for some work that I’ve done quite a while ago and has only just coughed up.

Unlike the issues I’m having with the other dickhead who hasn’t paid me I was always confident that he would.

Hello setting up a website takes me about 30 minutes just to get the basics up and running I offered him a lifeline. He wanted a business, I like his food, so let’s do a deal.

He pays me to buy the domain names, or will do, and in return for some free food I maintain the website, do the blogging and all the other social media type stuff.

Morning once the pizza guy has been happy to explain that it costs me pittance to make a pizza something along the lines of 69p for the base ingredients and about £30 per night to keep the wood burning pizza oven is going.

What costs work out to be about $15 per month for my web hosting and that’s pretty much all-you-can-eat so in my world if I can get some free food out of him then it means I’m spending less overall.

Is one really important thing here. This guy is obsessed with Facebook. I mean completely obsessed he seems to be under the impression that the whole business community, feedback, customer satisfaction and perhaps more than most importantly to him, the number of lights he gets per post it directly attached to his mood.

Granted Facebook does have its place in the business world but I’m still yet to be convinced that it should be your only port of call. Yes you can have your own page on Facebook but it’s still a little bit like spending money on Google ad words and not having a website to really engage with people.

I’ve tried to explain to him many times that not everybody will see all these updates because Facebook customises what you see based on trends and past history. The gig out there know all this but for me you’re fighting for the attention of people who will gladly played like 1 million times on the picture of a cute cat. Not that I have anything against cute cats LOL.

What are the pinnacle of working for the pizza guy is that we get half price pizzas and if the order is incredibly large say £30 or afterwards we get about 25% off. No I rambled on for ages but I feel it’s important to set the scene of why I’m so incredibly pissed off right now and with one of the girls who works there.

Sunday night is Top Gear night so I gave them a call at 7:20 PM and ordered a pizza and seeing as it’s buy one get one free it was happy days.

The girl on the phone Tasha, tells me is going to be 8 pounds including delivery and should be more than 40 minutes.

40 minutes comes and goes.
60 minutes comes and goes.
One hour 20 minutes after placing my order I get a phone call

The phone call is from Tasha, the girl who took my order, to tell me that I would now be paying full price for my pizza and she’s just spoken to the pizza . The pizza guy said to charge for delivery pricing.

I asked politely at first outcomes I’m not getting any discount and all I was told was speak to the pizza guy.

My next question was did he mean that I have to pay full price for delivery i.e. one payment or am I paying full price on the entire delivery i.e. the retail prices of all the food.

“I don’t know speak to Pizza guy”

Me: “are you actually being serious? After one hour and 20 minutes of waiting I know you have to pay full price?

(Remember that earlier on when I placed the order I asked for confirmation of what it would cost)

Tascher then proceeds to get a little bit shitty with me saying speak to the pizza guy. I said okay, try to call him and wouldn’t you believe it his phone is off so I left a nice unpolite voicemail message on Sunday evening.

Side note: it is worth noting that the pizza guy when he’s not at work doesn’t want anything to do with it other than looking at the feedback on Facebook.

I come back the pizza shop again saying if its full price for delivery does that mean I still get it at staff discount if I come and collect it.

“Yes”

One hour 40 minutes has no past since placing my initial order.

It’s obviously now gone past 9 o’clock, The peace and tranquillity of Top Gear night has been smashed into smithereens but to make it even worse the food I received was incredibly substandard.

I’ve never seen a fat girl moves so fast and when I pulled up outside of the restaurant to collect my order because she obviously didn’t want to deal with me.

Tams The chef of the night apologised because she called the pizza guy to query the delivery charge to another village on this is apparently where it’s all kicked off.

I’m going to hazard a guess that I should pay the full delivery charge which is fine, I don’t mind paying them for thinking them to my door and tipping the driver for delivery. The drivers by the way only get 10p per mile.

After you’ve done 54 miles around the back roads of where I live you soon realise that 10p a mile is nowhere near enough.

I’m pissed off on occasions of several things.

One. Waiting over an hour and 20 minutes for food. The weight so much doesn’t bother me as I have worked there so I know exactly what it’s like I tend to be more tolerant than some of the customers that they get.

But then To then be told I have to face full price sucks.

Two. If the pizza guy has suddenly decided to charge full price to staff surely common sense and good manners would mean he would give staff the heads up?

Three. We have an agreement. going nothing was written by but at least I’m glad to say this is my last ever time I will take anybody at their word.

I’ve done, the value of ID from experience and knowing a little bit more about web design and marketing than the pizza guy.

If he’s going to make me pay full price for things that he selling to me and we think it’s only fair that I even withdraw my services to help him or charge him accordingly at the standard rate.

But most of all I’m pissed off with Heimrich power this young girl hands. This is one of her first jobs and takes great pride in bossing me around. Not anybody else, none of the other pizza drivers, but me.

This isn’t some sort of I will with me, look at me I’m a victim here but actually standing back and being as objective as possible.

I’d even mentioned it to another coworker to get a response “oh that’s just her being her”.

Excuse me but when the fuck has that ever been acceptable for being rude.

As I said in any previous posts it seems like the lower the wage you are on the more shit you have to eat just to keep that small amount.

I worked all levels and the only difference with being paid 7 pound per hour and being paid five times as much as that is the type of shit you have to wait but I know one thing. Shit sure tastes a lot nicer when you get paid more money.

Tomorrow’s post: how I lost £6000 in the first opening sentence from my solicitor

Will work for food. Tried that and I still got stuffed over

Part 2 Of Is He Fucking Clever Or Fucking Stupid?

Its a follow up post to is My Boss Clever Or just a dumb shit. I’ve NOT edited any of the text apart from to hide the identies of anyone involved. Any spelling mistakes have not been intentionally put in there, nor the grammar mistakes. So it’s part 2 of Fupin Clever or Fupin Stupid

From Redacted : 22 Jan (5 days ago) to me
M.. a code woo be sent to the phone I need you to email me it when you receive it please

From Redacted : 22 Jan (5 days ago) to me
M.. I need that code is very important

From Redacted 22 Jan (5 days ago) to me
Mark I need that code within 3 hours or I’m missing a flight. Ams it will cost me a futune

From Me 22 Jan (5 days ago) to Redacted
Only just got the messages now. I will charge the phone now and get it to you asap.

From Redacted 22 Jan (5 days ago) to me
Mr B is coming to collect the equipment off you. Key for office and van key. Simply card. You can give the fob to rob if you like or Mr B will

From Me 22 Jan (5 days ago) to Redacted
Redacted,
Was there any particular reason why you didn’t call me and got a colleague to call me instead?

Redacted has kept in touch with me and has said there have been quite a few people turning up to the office with laptops and computers.

Just so you know he has said to me that the key and the fob for the yard is not to be handed to anyone but himself.

Once the phone is charged I will send across the code.

From Redacted
Stop being awkward. Turn the phone on and send me the code now. I am in cash …
22 Jan (5 days ago)

From Me : 22 Jan (5 days ago) to Redacted
Redacted,

I’m not being awkward but I know exactly how you feel with regards to having cash issues.
As I said in a previous email if you would like to come up with a instalment plan then I will be more than happy to consider that.

The code has just come through and it’s 547XXX
Hopefully you will have this code in the time to make your flight.

From Redacted : 22 Jan (5 days ago) to me
Hand the keys and sim to rob tomorrow and wait for me to come home to sort your payment out.

From Redacted 22 Jan (5 days ago) to me
What is the new code that one expired

From Redacted 22 Jan (5 days ago) to me
I need you to send me the new code now  Redacted

From Me 22 Jan (5 days ago) to  Redacted
Redacted,
As explained I’ll drop the items to Redacted the next time I am passing through M…….

Am I to assume that you are not interested in settling outstanding balances via smaller instalments? If you would kindly explain to me why I have to wait till you get home before clearing outstanding amounts owed it would be appreciated.

The new code came through as 547… (bloggers note. The SAME code as before)

For the record when was the lock put onto the office door that R.. has informed me about?

Regards
M…

From Redacted 22 Jan (5 days ago) to me
I am paying you once missed this flight now that once again last money. We seriously need to talk about why this communication had broken down. What have you been speaking to rob about please.

Redacted

From Redacted 24 Jan (3 days ago) To me
Redacted have you Handed the keys intro rob yet?

From Me 25 Jan (2 days ago) to Redacted
Dear Redacted.

I write this email as a courtesy as I don’t normally work on Sunday’s.

Yes the communication has broken down as you seem unable or unwilling to answer anything I have asked.

To the point where you able to give my personal number to someone I don’t know as opposed to contacting me yourself.

You closed the business with “immediate effect” after not being in contact for 9 days!

1. To recap. Once again.. I am NOT prepared to make a special trip to the office. I will GLADLY drop the keys and fob off when I next head that way. This will be Tuesday.

This I have said to you on no less than three occasions. My reason is that I literally cannot afford to incur any more costs. I am unwilling to have s stranger call to my home address.

2. When was the lock put on the office? I still have some personal items there and it looks very much like the lock was out on there after I informed you of this. Please confirm the date and time you locked the office.

3. You say that CBT work has not been completed. I have asked what else needs to be done. You have neither acknowledged that I have offered to finish this task nor provided the information I asked for. I.e what EXACTLY has not been done. Again I am more than happy to finish this once the details have been finalised.

4. I have asked several times about company 1, company 2 and company 3 outstanding balances. You have neither acknowledged or provided me with any updates.

MOST IMPORTANTLY. When are you going to pay me? From your communication it would seem you are able to afford flights around Cambodia etc yet I am still waiting.

To answer your query about what I have discussed with MR RE could you be more specific and I’ll do my best to answer any questions or queries you might have.

Regards

From Redacted 00:51 (23 hours ago)
The communication has broken down via email. You have a problem with authority from me. The van needed to be used for a job that i have now lost out on. I will be reporting the van key stolen to the police within 24 hours. You told me friday you would drop the key off.

I will speak to you in person when i arrive back in the UK as you don’t seem to cooporate over phone of email.

Part 2 Of Is He Fucking Clever Or Fucking Stupid?

“The 100”. A Vampire Diaries Set In Space

From the trailers it looked like it had the potential to be a bit of a classic. That bloke from lost (Henry Cussak), excellent CGI rendered space stations and what looks like it could of been a semi decent plot.  Man kind left earth and now 98 years later wants to go back but it might not be safe blah, blah blah.

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“The 100”. A Vampire Diaries Set In Space

Is this guy incredibly clever or stupid. Your opinion please!

Be prepared to embrace stupidity or someone who’s incredibly clever and knows how to play the game of business in a level that i’ll never comprehend. This is exactly why I’m not doing favours of throwing myself into small companies ever again

To give the back story I’ve been working for this guy in his van and protacabin computer business for a month.  he went away in november leaving me to run the business but so long as I didn’t change anything and just got PC’s in to format and re install.

I NOT edited the spelling of these emails at all.  I’ve removed a few key identifiable details but thats it.  So settle back, grab a beverage and prepare yourself.

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Is this guy incredibly clever or stupid. Your opinion please!

Radio four and the ever increasing cost of using the train.

I’ll make no bones about it that I find myself tuning in more and more to radio four. This isn’t because I’ve had a magical Perlethorpe bestows me with any more intellect than perhaps I should have but I genuinely do you find some of the content interesting.

Of course for the most of this is just going beyond middle-age pomposity radio but there is something to be said for listening to a station that still has all the hairs, graces and social classes which used to make up the mainstay of radio stations.

However like most radio stations journalistic credibility has just come into doubt. Last week they had a an interview with the general director of the rail services asking him if he would take his yearly bonus giving all the delays for passengers over the Christmas period.

He argued that it’s okay to accept the hundred and £36,000 bonus because that’s less than 20% of his annual salary, which his previous bonus system would’ve given him a higher bonus.

Almost one week to the day the rail companies have announced they are increasing their feathers by 2% to enable the much-needed repairs to make our railway safer continue.

Throwing another spoon into the mix was the government backing of the proposal for the price fare increase but what I want to know it is true is this increased possible given the all time low, Well in recent years, of the cost of fuel?

Being slightly OCD about fuel efficiency in my latest motor I’ve been keeping a log of the cost of fuel over the last four months. It currently going from £1.29 per litre to 1 plane 15 L.

Of course that’s a rather weak arguments as they locked themselves into long-term contracts which is basically like saying mortgage payments making up as well is as down, terms and conditions apply.

The last experience I had going on the train was during the autumn international rugby season. May hours before the rugby game started I boarded a two carriage train for the 2 1/2 hour journey to Cardiff. The first 45 minutes were quite enjoyable with the trolley making its way through the aisles.

After that it became a Guinness world record type attempt to see how many people they could smash into two carriages at any one point. Again I know my point here would be Holleigh idealistic to think they could put another carriage on if given enough notice but let’s face it. Major sporting events are advertised months and months in advance and yet we, the public, are always in the same situation.

Getting back home was more than a complete fiasco as well. At Cardiff railway station they have a queueing system to make things safe. No problem with that. Apart from there are no announcements as to what training is going well. Yes, they make you cute to keep you safe but don’t actually tell you what training is going well.

At least my train waited for its allotted slot in the queue and we were on our merry way. Well for 20 minutes until everybody had to get off the train in Swansea leaving me still with two hours of travelling time in front of me.

When the station manager tells you this happens all the time and yet it still keeps happening you have to wonder where that 2% of money is going.

Thankfully a bass that was laid on to take people back home and the route is very, very simple it is pretty much one long road from Swansea to Haverfordwest. Unfortunately this was beyond the grasp of our bus driver who, despite using satnav, still managed to get lost.

So perhaps I did see are very small share of the magical 2% figure in action by providing a safe environment in which to queue. It just wasn’t very helpful with regards to actually getting home.

Coming back briefly to the radio four interview FairPlay to the director-general of Railtrack for not saying he wasn’t going to take his bonus but managed to skilfully weasel his way out of answering the question and pretty much said, between the lines, be grateful I’m not taking more money.

I was going to conclude this post by hoping for some sort of uprising, but what can we actually do? We are trapped in a vicious circle of reliance.

Our rail fares are amongst the highest in Europe and given the quality of service we get amongst the poorest.

Anyways what good would pro testing do? It didn’t stop us going to war So have we already lost in the grand scheme of things and the government and corporate businesses just letters have a little tantrum to get out of our system?

Radio four and the ever increasing cost of using the train.