Today I went back down to the package center and turned in my brown hat and pullover jacket (we didn't get pants) and resigned as a driver helper. They hadn't called me yet today, either. When I turned in my stuff, the girl there said that they were still making calls to driver helpers and that I probably wasn't told how "it" works during my orientation. I told her she was right, we were told very little at orientation. I had higher expectations of UPS's general ability to manage seasonal help. After all, it's their job--they do it all the time. When I was being led around the center, I noticed a big sign installed over one of the package belts. It read, "It doesn't hurt if safety is working." If that is a typical example of the corporate-Orwellian mind-screw that goes on daily at UPS, I'm glad I'm no longer a part of it. Just look at the phychologically binding and blameful wording of that sign... To say that it only hurts if safety is "not working" is to blame the employee for hurting or for being hurt by not being safe or using safety on the job. Safety is a noun, defined as the condition of being safe from undergoing or causing hurt, injury, or loss. Very tricky way to tell someone that an inherant condition arising from schlepping packages all day is their fault. The sign says that if safety is being practiced, it won't hurt to do the work, which is obviously absurd.1 My final thoughts are that the old-school company culture at UPS is the thing that will bring it down, in the end. As I walked out of the package center, I saw various slimy-looking middle aged white guys in cheap shirts and bad shoes and dark dress slacks not making eye contact with me. Rats in a trap. They must have been the managers, since they were doing no work except handling pieces of paper. Slick black loafers, like wiseguys... Of course, the drivers were out, doing their jobs and making the company money. Bless all you people stuck at UPS. Have a happy peak season.