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Incompetent Boss Insists Special Contractor Be On Call 24/7, Ends Up With $10,000 Invoice

Those phone calls are almost as expensive as talking to local singles in your area. Usually having a stupid and demanding boss doesn't leave you with getting paid thousands of dollars for doing almost no work, but seeing it happen here is encouraging. Dumb bosses usually just make people frustrated or cause everyone to quit at once. Honestly, this story just makes us want to be programming contractors now. 

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    stupid boss - Text - r/MaliciousCompliance Posted by u/Altrissa 32 2 2 days ago The most expensive phone calls on the planet oC L Many years ago (more than 15), I worked as programmer for an Oil and Gas automation company. This means we would design and build the computer systems for oil and gas plants, commission them, and support the operators during day to day operations. Because of this, my company ran a 24/7 support phone. Every week a member of my
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    stupid boss - Text - team would get the phone and be expected to be available to answer calls 24/7. We had enough people on the team that it would roughly equate to getting the phone twice a year. Most of the employees of this company were salaried, and the 24/7 phone was written into their contract. For every phone call they took, they could charge a minimum of 1 hour in banked time. This was a good deal for them, and made the 24/7 phone easier to handle.
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    stupid boss - Text - I was a little different than my coworkers in that I wasn't a salaried employee - I was an hourly contractor. My coworkers would bank their time but I was just paid out biweekly. My contract also stated that if I was being paid by the company, I had to be available exclusively to the company. This was added by their HR department because a few years before they caught an hourly contractor running side jobs for other businesses at his desk. This also meant that if they wanted
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    stupid boss - Text - For two years I knew the 24/7 phone existed but had never had to take it because according to my contract, if they wanted me to be available they had to pay my hourly rate after normal work hours to ensure that I was available to answer the phone when it rang. Then, as in most corporate stories, my completely awesome manager left for greener pastures and was replaced with an absolute tool. After a month of being in the office, he decided it wasn't fair that everyone took tur
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    stupid boss - Text - I didn't want to cost the company a ton of money, so I tried to explain that if I'm on the 24/7 phone that means they have to pay me 24 hours a day for 7 days. He scoffed and told me I obviously didn't understand how business worked. I told him he didn't understand how my contract was laid out and that I'm an hourly contractor, not a salaried employee. He insisted that to be a team player I had better take the phone or look elsewhere for employment.
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    stupid boss - Text - I didn't want to seem like I wasn't a team player, so I accepted the phone..and started my clock 7 days later I handed the phone off to the next guy, and submitted my biweekly invoice. It came out to just over $10000, with $8400 being just that one week of having the phone.
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    stupid boss - Text - I waited about 15 minutes before I was pulled into the manager's office. When I arrived the manager, the head of HR, and the manager's boss - the head of the department - were there with my most recent invoice sitting on the desk. The department head just looked at me and asked what the hell I was thinking when I gave them that invoice.
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    stupid boss - Text - I explained that the new manager insisted I take the 24/7 phone even though my contract clearly stipulates that if the company wants me available 24/7, they have to pay for every minute I have the phone The new manager became redder with every word. When I was finished, the department manager turned to him and asked him why he didn't know this, since it's common knowledge that no contractors are ever put in that kind of position
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    stupid boss - Text - As he was stuttering for an answer, the department head dismissed me and told me to expect my cheque at the usual time. The best part? During the entire week I had the 24/7 phone, it only rang twice - both during work hours and both calls asking for a specific person in the department. All I had to do was give them a phone number. Those two 3 minute phone calls cost that company $4200 each
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    stupid boss - Text - After that the new manager pretended I didn't exist and refused to talk to me for 3 months until he was moved to sales in a different department. I was at the company for another 2 years and never saw that phone again.
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