Gut Rumbles

December 23, 2003

be careful!

I received "involuntary separation" from my job because of my blog, and I wrote a lot less than this. The writer disturbs me. He doesn't seem to take his job seriously and if we have a lot of cops who think the way he does, we're in deep shit.

I always took my job seriously. I always believed that I earned my paycheck. I never mentioned the name of the company I worked for on this blog, but I did blog about work. That error in judgment cost me my career. I believe that what happened to me is pretty chickenshit, but that's the way corporate America treats "human resources" today. Corporate weenies run scared, all the time.

So, I offer this piece of advice to bloggers: DO NOT BLOG ABOUT WORK! Definitely do not do it if you are a supervisor and you work for a bunch of corporate weenies who run scared all the time. You'll piss the wrong person off and they'll drop you like a hot rock, just to cover their asses.

Yeah. They preach "risk-taking," and "thinking outside the box," but watch them in action. They don't want risk. They have goddam "procedures" for how to wipe your ass when you take a shit. And you had better keep your "risk-taking" self INSIDE that box; otherwise, you are a bolshevik and you might rock their tidy little boats. Can't have that happening in a corporate structure.

Fuck 'em. I never wanted to be inside their box. It felt like a cage.

But beware of blogging about work. That crap can get you in a lot of trouble. I just hope that the cop is lying about the way he handles his job.

I always tried to do mine the right way.


"Thinking outside the box" is precisely why I threw in the towel. I was so sick of the asshole administrators that didn't know how to wipe and was tired of fighting. Everytime I turned around I had to use a teacher union attorney to protect myself and always won.
I'm living on a whole lot less money now but I'm so happy. It's worth it to be free from their evilness. They couldn't handle my intelligence and I was too stubborn to let them roll over on me so I played the game to get out. I paid a whole lot into the Arkansas Retirement System and so what if I'm drawing it a little early. I might not reach age 62. Rob, Never regret being yourself and speaking the truth.

Posted by: Lexia on December 23, 2003 08:16 AM

Sara Brady says "Only the Police and the Military should have guns"
Doesn't That make you fell safe?

Posted by: Airboss on December 23, 2003 08:24 AM

Seems there are always a few bad apples in every barrel. I admire cops who do their extremely dangerous, difficult jobs right. I hope and think they're in the majority. If what this dude has posted is true, he's a fucking slug who wouldn't take ANY job seriously. He sure as hell doesn't belong in law enforcement.

Posted by: Larry on December 23, 2003 08:30 AM

but what if you blog about work and say stuff like "MY EMPLOYER ROCKS!!! I LOVE MY JOB!!!"

Posted by: sugarmama on December 23, 2003 08:57 AM

I think Denny gets away with it because he's "handicapped" and he's in the enviable financial position of being able to tell them to shove it up their sphincters sideways.

You, on the other hand, were an able-bodied white male in "management" so they had a minimal fear of any lawsuit you might bring for wrongful termination.

The fact is you can still blog about work but you'd better set up a pseudomym to do it.

Posted by: Ralph Gizzip on December 23, 2003 09:02 AM

...About doing your job the right way....

That's the perfect way to get passed over, gossiped about, and left out of the loop. The ones who get ahead are the folks at the water cooler, or going from desk to desk, garnering information and gossip, planting little ideas and seeds of doubt. They don't do a lick of work if they can help it, either. They're the friendliest, nicest folks you'd ever want to meet...and then they'll stab you in the back if you take them into your confidence.

In this "recovering" economy" it's gotten pretty vicious in the workplace. Be careful out there.

Posted by: Joan of Argghh! on December 23, 2003 09:13 AM

I hope you find new work soon, lots of people have lost there job becuse of blogging. Stay strong. This might open up a new set of possibilities.

God bless

Posted by: Guy Real on December 23, 2003 09:15 AM

I don't need another job. My early retirement package will cover ME for a long, long time.

Yeah, I believe that I was fucked-over, but I came out smelling like a rose.

Posted by: Acidman on December 23, 2003 09:57 AM

I am rather glad he is being watched by the rat unit. He had to have known he would be caught.

Posted by: Anna on December 23, 2003 11:06 AM

Re: the blogging cop. If he tells the truth, he's a disgrace to the profession I worked in for 30 years. If he's bullshitting the blogosphere, he's an idiot.

There's a third possibility though. He may be trolling to catch Internal Affairs in a trap of harassing him, as IA is wont to do in damn near every police department. If he is an IA spook troll, he has balls of brass, and is doing a dangerous but vital job.

Posted by: Rivrdog on December 23, 2003 11:07 AM


I don't believe you've told the story of what went down with work.... I've scoured your archives and I can't find it..... I'm extremely curious to know.

Posted by: Jim S on December 23, 2003 12:00 PM

I'm with Rivrdog on this one. If the cop is writing straight, he's of no further use to the profession.

If he's trolling for an IAD sting, he's playing with fire. And Airboss is 100% on target. Sarah Brady can eat my used toilet paper.

Either way, that blogger's nuts for what he's posting out there.

Sloop New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim on December 23, 2003 01:31 PM

The first rule of Work Club, is you never blog about Work Club.

Posted by: inkgrrl on December 23, 2003 04:58 PM

Just wait until Acidman novelizes about work! Fictual cheeks shall burn!

Posted by: Brett on December 23, 2003 07:01 PM

That fellow in B'lyn sounds like an honest (about himself) cop with a bad attitude. I imagine it's hard to do that job, in a place like that, for very long without developing a bad attitude. If you didn't have one to start with.

Posted by: Justthisguy on December 23, 2003 07:43 PM

Ralph - I get away with it because TCIDNN's management doesn't know about it. My being a cripple has nothing to do with it.

Posted by: Denny on December 26, 2003 03:27 PM
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