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Old 01-09-2013, 10:08 PM   #1
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First day at a new job stories

This is not an RV question but I'm wondering how many first day at a new job stories are out there.
Here is mine.
I was about a year out from high school and not really doing much when my sister's guy friend asked me if I was willing to help build a house.
I said sure thinking to myself it will be a great experience. So I asked what would I need to bring in way of tools. He said to bring a hammer, a tape measure and a pencil.
So I dug around my parents junk drawer and found a wooden handle hammer, a small tape measure and an HB pencil.
At work in the morning after introductions I find myself soon working away nailing rimboards to joists. During the morning coffee break the boss comes over to me and asked to see my hammer.
"Do you know your hammer had a wee in it?" He said to me
" No" I said. " it just has a loose hammer head. "
"Here I will show you" said my boss. He then takes my hammer and threw it into the bushes while shouting "Wheee"
"Leave it there and I will buy you a new one at lunch."
When he came back after lunch he had for me a new hammer, tape and a carpenter's tool belt.
Which the cost of them he took off my first cheque.
That is my first day at work story.
So how about yours?
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:07 AM   #2
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If your boss threw your hammer he damn well had ought to have paid for it, and as far as him shopping for you and then taking it out of your check?Without asking? You brought just what he asked you to bring! By the sounds of it your equipment just was old, could you drive a nail with it?Did he take you to lunch and pay?
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:16 PM   #3
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First day as an apprentice, I find the place where the company keeps all it’s stuff on the job site. As I enter the area a guy comes storming out past me yelling and swearing. He had just hit his boss with a hammer! Welcome to construction work….

At the end of that work day I go the elevator rather than walk nine floors down. The door opens and the elevator is still moving down! Way toooo many people in it. None of them were smiling. Always took the stairs after that.
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I liked my last day more but thats another story
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:38 AM   #5
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I was hired as a truck driver for a place that makes concrete pilings and bridge decking. The first day out you ride with a senior driver, we chained down the load of 50' long pilings on an expandable flatbed trailer we head out for the construction site.
The site is a highway project and we must wait for the highway patrol to stop traffic so we can back across traffic and unload in the median. After unloading we slid the flatbed back together and pulled back unto the highway.... That's when we heard the terrible noise followed by the thud of the back half of the trailer hitting the pavement... The senior driver forgot to engage the locking pins that hold the two half of the trailer together! Luckily the crane was able to pick up the back half
and we were able to slid them together and lock them. It tore the air brake lines and wires but we did manage to back off the brakes and get back to the yard... What a first day !
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I was hired as an I.T. Director for a textile company back in the late 1990s. Textiles were booming, and these guys wanted to bring all their facilities into the 20th century, from an I.T. perspective. They hired me to do the job.

I was at the corporate offices in Raleigh, NC on my first day. I had gone out to Chick-fil-a to grab a quick bite for lunch, got it to-go and brought it back to the office. Never had a chance to eat it until the end of the day. So I tossed the bag into the microwave, and set it to re-heat. Walked to the CEO's office to tell him I was leaving for the day.

That's when the smoke alarm started going off.

Turns out, the bags Chick-fil-a uses for their sandwiches are lined with foil. Microwave: ruined. Yes, Mr. Technology shows up on the first day and blows up the microwave.
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If your boss threw your hammer he damn well had ought to have paid for it, and as far as him shopping for you and then taking it out of your check?Without asking? You brought just what he asked you to bring! By the sounds of it your equipment just was old, could you drive a nail with it?Did he take you to lunch and pay?
While the boss was out of line just buying the hammer and charging for it without permission, there are more to hammers than just age. If the head was loose (common on old, wooden handled hammers), the head could fly off and damage something or someone. The weight may have been too light for the job. It might have had the wrong claw. The striking face has to be clean without dings, etc. and needs to have just the right amount of curve on it (if not checkered faced) to avoid bending nails and making union marks. It all sounds trivial but, believe me, it does make a huge difference in productivity (I minored in Industrial Arts Education in college and worked in various cabinet shops and some construction during college and for a while afterwards).
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Listen to the lady she knows of what she speaks.

A framing hammer is different from a regular hammer and if you are framing a so designed hammer will improve productivity very quickly.

BTW I would have had no problem with what the boss did either as it is a life lesson.
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You have to have the right tools for the job. My first framing job, 30+ years ago, I hit my thumb and let out a howl. In unison the rest of the crew yelled out "wrong nail"
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Listen to the lady she knows of what she speaks.

A framing hammer is different from a regular hammer and if you are framing a so designed hammer will improve productivity very quickly.

BTW I would have had no problem with what the boss did either as it is a life lesson.
As posted , as we progress and grow in age and learn, One will as we have learn about the different kind of tools for each job. I am at the end of my life lessions on tools of the world, from house to auto to big rig tools. The O.P here wasn't even out of school yet(maybe 17 years old) and borrowed tools from his Dad and showed up for work. Myself, I would of been impressed that he gathered any tools to work with(in todays world of young kids). If another kind of hammer was needed I would of talk, explained, and bought for him the new hammer. In my view that is how I would expect to be taught at that age. For the boss just to make the joking statement and throwing his hammer is just what he is going to remember. Treat people as you would want to be treated, talk to people how you would like to be talked to. This persons boss might of thought this was funny and it might of been ,but he for sure has no teaching skills.
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I can't speak for the OP but couldn't what the boss did be construed a 'life lesson?'
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Was it a life lesson? Probably not.

He bought me the hammer and tools so that I can work faster and more efficient.
He was also the one who after a year signed me up for an apprenticeship in carpentry.
BTW I now use a framers hatchet at work.

P. S. I was 19 not 17
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