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I used to volunteer to work Xmas day when I was single and significantly more bitter than I am now. I got double pay plus *two* days in lieu, so essentially for days' pay for one day of being in work on the quietest day ever.

Did it a few years in a row and usually didn't have to answer the phone more than once each shift, I just sat and watched dvds on the computer.

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7 hours ago, Hedganian said:

Surely they wouldn't be using those in the field on Ops?
 

Ha!  Of course they do.

We've got all sorts of *suitcase* that doesn't work or do the job it's supposed to do.
My favourite are the ones that "meet" a statement of need - at the lowest bid and on a technicality while other pieces of equipment could do a job 5 times better for 150% of the money for twice as long before breaking and with cheaper, easier to fit spares.

However, short-sighted budget controllers make life difficult or impossible for the guys on the ground due to utter lack of subject matter knowledge.


On the subject of xmas - I hate it.
More every year.  I gladly vacuumed up xmas shifts when I was a young man.  Now I am required by company policy to use up 6 of my precious leave days on mandatory xmas leave.
Pointless.

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However, short-sighted budget controllers make life difficult or impossible for the guys on the ground due to utter lack of subject matter knowledge.


Same everywhere, mate - military, police, NHS, every government department and most private sector companies too. "This month's cash flow" is more important than end of year profits. Nice predictable expenditures are preferred over uneven ones even if the total outlay would be lower.

The world is being run by idiots.
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I've spent Christmas arguing with drunks and then fighting them. That was fun though, as I didn't give a *fruitcage* about them and they brought about their own demise. 

Growing up, and as a young adult, it was ace. Family galore and booze too. Then dad went, and other family, not the best, but tolerable after a couple of years. 

Now, I'm jaded, but my wife loves it, and my boy is 5 so it's still really magical for him. He thinks it's all real so I make a proper effort, and that is good. He has one of those effing elf on the shelf things, and really believes he moves around and gets up to mischief. That has saved Christmas for me. 

However, I'd happily spend it on my own with a box of wine and some decent paté, and not have to suffer the *suitcase* that is seeing the in-laws. Edit, I would let the wife and child be present, I'm not completely heartless! 😂 

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On 12/9/2018 at 12:44 PM, amateurstuntman said:

At work we have Iveco trucks and they are fitted with the standard NATO starting socket.
The usual SOP is to plug the dead truck into a live truck and start it.

If you do that to the Iveco it will catch fire.  You have to turn on all the electrics in the dead truck (lights, horn, wipers, heater, the lot) for 5 minutes before and after you start it.

Imagine that in a harbour area with the Russians looking for you.
You'd be dead to artillery before the truck even got started.

 

I work for IVECO.. couldnt agree more. Why they are every chosen over a Volvo or Mercedes is beyond me. MAN used to be up there with the greats but recently one small electrical fault will take the vehicle off the road for weeks as they're just SO unnecessarily complicated. If only we could go back to mechanically controlled trucks rather than 80% electrically controlled! 

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It would certainly make sense for a military vehicle but there are 3 problems.

1 The MOD lost its "Crown Immunity" to things like safety law and is therefore still required to comply with things like the Euro emissions regs.

2 The manufacturers don't make them any more and nobody is falling all over themselves to design and tool up a new vehicle just for a military contract of 10 or 12 of them.

3 The MOD through ALC now cares how much they can sell these things for at end of life.  The used to be written off and bought by handsome, intelligent people who had a need for an over-engineered military vehicle.  Now they need to be as close to civvy spec as possible for re-sale.

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So our wonderful Audit department has decided it's going to hold our roughly quarterly audit this coming Friday and Tuesday. Not sure how we got this information as it's meant to be unannounced.

 

We are definitely in the Christmas build up so don't need an auditor on site for two days to count both wet and food stock, the holding levels of which are going to be high (probably looking at 50K wet stock alone, cost price), check our people standards, compliance and generally get in the way.

 

Add in to that Fridays are one of our busiest breakfast services so even taking away a single member of staff to assist an auditor count (and heaven forbid our deliveries turn up mid count as they get dropped in the middle of the customer area before heading to the appropriate store rooms).

 

The most annoying thing is our current auditor is a decent guy and I know it's the head bods at Audit that have told him he needs to "DO IT NAOW!", especially as the other week he told me we probably had 8/9 weeks to help bring the food stocks back in line.

 

Good idea fairy strikes again.

 

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What idiot decides to do an audit in the middle of the December rush?

In other news, I found out why we haven't got our new car yet. Apparently, VW in their wisdom decided to change the engine specification from a 1.4 to a 1.5 without telling anyone - even their own dealers, according to the guy - so all the new cars are sitting at the port and can't be delivered until the new specification has been tested by the government and insurance industry issue the categories, etc.

Once *that* is done, Motorbility have to alter the records for the vehicles to reflect the new specification and update everyone's order. Which apparently has to be done case by case. Manually.

So, we're almost certainly not getting the new car we ordered in July before Xmas. The dealer man said he's got a retail customer who ordered in April and is still waiting for delivery, and I'm sure the mobility orders will be behind the retail orders in priority.

Stupid car manufacturers.

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But surely VW don't mess about with engines without telling anyone...? 

 

Edit, can you not badger them for a loan car because you've been messed about? 

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I only went to VW after Vauxhall discontinued te Zafira and hadn't started taking orders for its replacement. So I literally couldn't give them the order if I wanted to.

Then I found out they'd be acquired by Puegot Group, so I was happy not to give them my business anyway.

I'd have gone to Ford but they're too expensive.

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