Suprise checkride...am I a jerk?

Discussion in 'FedEx Discussions' started by SmithBarney, Sep 22, 2015.

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I'm a real jerk, right?

  1. Nah, not really

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  2. Sure, but I like you anyway.

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  1. SmithBarney

    SmithBarney Well-Known Member

    So usually one of our esteemed managers will give at least a days notice for a check ride
    I know it's not necessary but they do it to be nice, let us plan better etc...

    I'll preface this by saying I have a very rural route and usually break at home with my partner.
    (when I know of an upcoming ride along, I pack a lunch and park)

    So today I'm greeted with a familiar pink cooler sitting on the passenger seat during my pretrip...check rides don't bother me, it's just the flavor of the month for the managers honeydo list. I was unprepared for this, what happened during lunch makes me smile, even if it makes me a jerk. I went home for lunch, parked down my driveway a little bit, told the manager to get out, I locked the vehicle(vehicle must be secured) told my manager I'd be back after lunch... I left her sitting on the bumper with her pink cooler...(my partner has history with the manager and definitely wouldn't want them near the home.)

    So am I a jerk, sure...maybe but it's my break not theirs.
     
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  2. dex 84

    dex 84 Active Member

    I would've at least given her the key to the vehicle. It's still secured if you leave it in her responsibility.

    I used to have a route in the same town as the station and so I never had a checkride that didn't end with the manager asking to be dropped off around noon.
     
  3. burrheadd

    burrheadd Superstar

    Is your partner a chick or a dude?
     
  4. SmithBarney

    SmithBarney Well-Known Member

    Depends... ;)
     
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  5. burrheadd

    burrheadd Superstar

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  6. SmithBarney

    SmithBarney Well-Known Member

    It's intentionally misleading, wouldn't want to be hunted down by the local gestapo if I give too much info... ;)
     
  7. burrheadd

    burrheadd Superstar

    Ok then!!
     
  8. RonBurgandy??????????

    RonBurgandy?????????? God is Great, beer is good , People are crazy.

     
  9. TheJackal

    TheJackal Active Member

    Who cares?
     
  10. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Yes, you were a jerk.
     
  11. dezguy

    dezguy Well-Known Member

    I always take my break at home and my manager is not invited in. Usually he/she will just take the keys and do their own thing. I've never told them to get out and make them take their lunch on the back bumper, though. Might have to try that one! LOL
     
  12. Operational needs

    Operational needs Well-Known Member

    I remember, once upon a time, when a check ride always meant a free lunch. Lol.
     
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  13. dezguy

    dezguy Well-Known Member

    Haven't seen a free meal or offered one in ages. In any case, these days I'll give up a free meal just to avoid having to spend more time with my manager than I have to.

    It's always awkward anyways; You and your manager sitting there trying to make small talk while waiting for your meal. My manager is a good enough manager but I'm not friends with them, nor do I want to be.
     
  14. Operational needs

    Operational needs Well-Known Member

    I get along great with my manager. We always have plenty to talk about. I just try to keep the subject away from religion, or then he's preaching. LOL.
     
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  15. STFXG

    STFXG Well-Known Member

    I really don't miss check rides. Used to get awkward listening to Stern with a manager in the passenger seat.
     
  16. l22

    l22 Active Member

    I would have given her the keys.
     
  17. hypo hanna

    hypo hanna Well-Known Member

    Was it raining?
     
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  18. 59 Dano

    59 Dano Well-Known Member

    Here's hoping you don't have an issue and it will be decided at her discretion.
     
  19. DontThrowPackages

    DontThrowPackages Well-Known Member

    It bugs people when they can't put you in a box.
     
  20. l22

    l22 Active Member

    Just seems like a bad thing to do, unprofessional too. Ops managers have a hard job just as couriers do. Sure, a lot of them are bad - it is a lonely and hard job for them. For the few good ones, it is even lonelier and harder to do. We need to all act civilized in this business and professional above all... Even if she hadn't acted civilized/professional in the past, you still could have led by example. After all, you have to work with her.
     
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