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Surprise me with secrets about your jobs or past companies

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by Davidko19, Jul 2, 2010.

  1. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Well-Known Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    NE PA
    Short answer? Poor and at-risk people get their child care partially or fully paid for by the government. In theory. Getting a center is easy - they can be run out of your home. Fix it up for the initial inspection and you're in business.
    "Hire" the other single moms in the neighborhood. "Enroll" their children at your unlicensed center (forcing them to be licensed has a "disparate impact") and bill the government for providing their child care. Give a cut to your "employees." Profit.
    Launder money there by buying swing sets, painting the rooms, etc...
    The Milwaukee Journal did a nice article about the rampant fraud that exists in the system.

    Long Answer - A big part of the welfare-to-work transition in the 1990's (under the greatest president of my lifetime, and undoubtedly your favorite, Bill Clinton). The Feds decided to make some much needed changes to the welfare system that would have the added consequence of kicking people off of welfare and putting them back to work.
    Now, no one in government really gives a damn about single men, so they were basically SOL. All the single mothers though needed someone to watch their kids as they were now forced to find jobs. Coincidentally, I'm sure, the illegitimacy rate amongst women soared after widespread welfare was introduced in the 1960's "War on Poverty (as effective as the War on Drugs/Terror/Racism/whatever. So not providing child care to all these mothers would be a social disaster.
    So the government stepped in and modified part of TANF to provide child care for poor, abused, immigrant, and "seasonally employed" people. The states were given block grants to administer these funds.
    States set up early learning offices, almost completely run by teachers and social workers, as they have the programmatic expertise. However, this group, while much needed in society to provide a counterbalance to calculating assholes like me, does not tend to make accountability a high priority when giving money to people. So the systems are rife with abuse and rules are usually very lax. The midwestern states as a whole have the highest rates of fraud. Miami-Dade county though, as with every single governmental aid program ever created (several billion dollars a year in medicaid/care fraud alone), has the most corruption of any MSA.

    I'd be happy to provide specifics on how to bilk the system, but I've already typed a novel.

    Also, Child Care Centers are great places from which to sell drugs. I have unsuccessfully defended several people charged with working at such places at the same time they were selling meth or crack out in the parking lot.
  2. StephenHero

    StephenHero Well-Known Member

    Mar 10, 2009
    I worked at a Papa Murphy's Pizza in high school. It was run spotlessly. Nothing to worry about on the consumer side. But the manager routinely smoked up, snorted lines, and sold pot out of the walk-in freezer. We'd be washing dishes in the back and random people would knock at the service door and come in to make a purchase. They used a scale that was meant to measure how much sauce went on the pizzas to weigh the pot if there was skepticism towards the amount. The manager paid us with 25 lb. bags of diced chicken to keep us from telling the owner. My coworkers were going places in life.
  3. word

    word Well-Known Member

    Nov 17, 2009
    North Carolina
    Can definitely corroborate this one. My dad worked for Fed-Ex in his late teens/early 20s, and he said exactly what just said, "Fragile" meant "How far can you throw/kick this". No wonder companies pack things so well.

    My dad refurbishes electric guitars and ships about 2 a week. He writes fragile like 20x on the box with arrows pointing "up" and stuff thinking it makes a damn difference. [​IMG]

    My first job was shipping/receiving at a small company. Many boxes I received were accordion shaped, had footprints all over them, corners well rounded, and obviously tossed around. This is normal wear and tear. The box is there to protect what is inside. Get over the shitty looking box. Product always made it intact IF IT WAS PACKED WELL IN AN APPROPRIATELY SIZED BOX, unless it was glass.

    I have shipped the same box back and forth (RMA type things) up to 4 times before. That's about the longest a box can last. The contents was always fine every time because of how it was packed up.

    Almost every problem I've had was because the shipper did a shitty job at packing the box. Call and chew them out for that? LOL "oh it was [shipping company]s fault, not mine." [​IMG] Next box they ship to me was packed much better anyways. Suure blame UPS for it.
  4. Henry Carter

    Henry Carter Well-Known Member

    Oct 27, 2009
    On the Monaro, NSW.
    I thought this thread would be a bit more juicy than this.

    I had sex with my ex gf on both my desk and the boardroom table at my previous job after hours. Meetings in the boardroom always bought a smile to my face after that....
  5. Teacher

    Teacher Well-Known Member

    Apr 2, 2005
    Grand Forks, ND, USA
    As a server, I really fucking hate people who do all of this. And it's not accidental, no- there are people who come in and do this intentionally, over and over, and we know who they are, and we do rub our balls against their second order of new york strip after eating half of the first one before complaining it's "medium well plus, not medium well".

    When I worked in restaurants, we just banned those people. There weren't a lot of them, but they certainly weren't allowed back in. Naturally, they said they were going to tell all their friends not to come to our restaurant. Usually, the manager said "good."
  6. globetrotter

    globetrotter Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2004
    greater chicago
    I've worked for start ups that were pretty sketchy, too, before I really understood how it should work.

    1. we'd go out in december and get everyone to put in big orders, and tell them that we would let them cancel the orders in january. so we would inflate our sales by 30% or more. the CEO would present to the board before the cancelations came through and get additional investment, as well as getting him bonus (and our commisions)

    2. I worked for one company that had "scheduled" maintance on the products, lets say a 5 hour maintanance session for every unit in the field every year. with thousands of units out in the field and only a couple of people in the company who could do the maintanance. so, if the customers actually sent in the units for the recomended maintanance (covered by warrenty and without which the warrenty was voided) the company simply couldn't have done the work.

    3. last small company I worked for shipped goods to a country under embargo illigaly. I had filled out the paperwork to ship (and it takes about a year to get the license) and left the company. they shipped before we got the license.
  7. mintyfresh

    mintyfresh Well-Known Member

    May 20, 2009

    Needless to say, I would not advise antagonizing telemarketers. There were a few cases where one of the prisoners would end up noticing that someone lived nearby...

    Best advice given on styleforum?

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