I got selected to participate in this re-employment program from the state because I've been collecting unemployment. It's a three-session seminar type deal where I have to go in on three separate days and listen to shit, formulate an action plan for finding a job, and then attend a workshop seminar for stupid shit I don't need, like how to write a resume / cover letter or interview.
It said if I didn't attend the first seminar by X date, I'd lose a week of benefits. So, I fucking went to the first session yesterday because that week of benefits I'd lose would be my last -- why leave money on the table? Mind you, this is all after my having received and accepted my job offer. I don't "need" to do this shit.
After the first seminar yesterday, I told the lady that my start date is next week and I cannot finish the last two sessions -- can you please exempt me (figuring it'd be no big deal)? She says, I'm sorry honey, but you're gonna have to take time off of work to come in and finish your last two sessions. Otherwise, we're going to mark your status as having failed to complete the requirements and the state might retroactively take back all your benefits for failing to complete this program.
You're fucking telling me to take TWO DAYS off on my FIRST week of my new job to attend services geared towards helping unemployed people secure employment? THAT MAKES NO FUCKING SENSE.
Surely, your systems must have some way of handling this because I cannot possibly be the only person to have ever been in this situation. Nope.
Fortunately, I just got informed today that my start date is being pushed out a week, so I won't have to take time off of work to attend these things. But still, there ain't no fucking way in hell I'm going to waste two days for shit I Just Don't Need. Not only is it a waste of my time, it's a waste of their resources too!
Been on the phone all day playing phone tag trying to get my ass exempted from this shit.. but it's Gubment we're dealing with here. I cannot believe this sheer level of incompetence. Wow. Wow. Wow.