New Job Fizzles, Help? (in Off-topic)

AdminTal Destra [C and S Forgery Lmtd.] January 13 2009 7:54 PM EST

Ok I started a new job last night, and as some of you know I work a paper route that starts at 330 AM. My new job is a graveyard shift 11pm to 7am. I need to figure out how to be in 2 places at the same time. Now some of you will say to quit the job that pays the least, DUH!
Only problem is if I quit the route without 30 days notice I get charged for the papers that weren't delivered/sold.

Any suggestions?

Soul Eater January 13 2009 7:57 PM EST

Take your lunch break or whatever during the time the papers need to be delivered and just do that until the 30 days of your paper route are done.

InebriatedArsonist January 13 2009 7:58 PM EST

I suggest begging your wife, post haste.

Admin{CB1}Slayer333 [SHIELD] January 13 2009 7:58 PM EST

Pay the fee.

Optimus(Prime) January 13 2009 7:58 PM EST

ask a friend to help you
then give him half pay or whatever number of newspaper delivered

AdminTal Destra [C and S Forgery Lmtd.] January 13 2009 8:00 PM EST

Ok friend is out: Would still have to train the route to them
Lunch break is out: takes 3 hours to do the route.
Wife is out: She also works a graveyard shift.

AdminQBVerifex [Serenity In Chaos] January 13 2009 8:01 PM EST

Sounds to me as though you have made poor decisions. You've set yourself up for failure. If I were you, I would talk to my new manager and ask them for some unpaid time off for the first 30 days so you can wind down your last job.

Do you think about the consequences of your actions before, or after you make them?

InebriatedArsonist January 13 2009 8:11 PM EST

Alright, desperation mode:

1) Find a friend that needs money, preferably sometime in the next five minutes.
2) I'm guessing you have a list of customers. If so, get it out and make a map with the entire route laid out. Mapquest or Google Maps is essential here.
3) Get in your car, pick up your friend, and drive it out.

If the above doesn't work, think about the money you're about to lose and try the above steps once again.

AdminTal Destra [C and S Forgery Lmtd.] January 13 2009 8:12 PM EST

We had originally planned on Kat taking over but, she started working graveyards too. I think I'll just have to call in every other day or so to do it and Kat will call in every day that I'm not running it.

kevlar January 13 2009 8:17 PM EST

I say play this game until you can knock 2 hours off your delivery time ;) Seriously, you should contact the Paper and tell them your situation and see if they can work something out with you. If not, getting someone to do it for you is the best alternative other than just taking the loss. Not worth stressing yourself out and not performing 100% at your new job.

iBananco [Blue Army] January 13 2009 8:23 PM EST

Consider using an RoS to protect your investment from DM.

tasuki [UFC] January 13 2009 8:23 PM EST

With the current unemployment rate, it shouldn't be difficult to find someone to take over your newspaper route through listing sites.

DoS January 13 2009 8:52 PM EST

"Consider using an RoS to protect your investment from DM."

I found that really funny for some reason. Umm Tal, since friends are out then you are probably going to have to pay up.

AdminTal Destra [C and S Forgery Lmtd.] January 13 2009 9:20 PM EST

tasuki maybe in other parts of the country but down here unemployment is extremely low

TheHatchetman January 13 2009 9:22 PM EST

"Sounds to me as though you have made poor decisions. You've set yourself up for failure."

Howso? With the job market as it is, those without trades/college educations (and even many with) basically have to take any job they can get (Hence, Hatchy at Quiznos). Sounds like he took the crap job and tried moving up to something even a little bit better-paying...

Tyriel [123456789] January 13 2009 10:24 PM EST

""Sounds to me as though you have made poor decisions. You've set yourself up for failure."


I think that Fex is talking about taking a job that directly conflicts with a job already owned. A better decision would be to negotiate time with the new boss to work around the old job (so that they're not at the same time), or simply not take the second job at all.

Either that, or, about 30 days ago (or less, even. I'm sure that these companies or whatever he is working don't just pull people off the street and tell them theyh ave a job.), realizing that another job could/would be in the future, to let the boss of the first job know. I don't know very much about giving notice before quitting, but it wouldn't make much sense if you couldn't revoke a leave notice. So, let the boss know and give your notice, then revoke/leave the notice and quit as fit.

Did that make sense? At all? I tend to not make sense when I'm tired. :P

I have to agree with Fex, though. Unless you have a time machine, you've mucked everything up enough to have to see one or both bosses about temporary scheduling changes, finding somebody else for the time being, etc.

Brakke Bres [Ow man] January 14 2009 3:30 AM EST

take an early vacation from the graveyard shift job that would last for 30 days, buy days if needed, finish the paper route...

PearsonTritonRaveshaw January 14 2009 5:56 AM EST

Buy a familiar.

PearsonTritonRaveshaw January 14 2009 5:57 AM EST

Sorry, that was mean. =P

But in all seriousness, I don't know how to solve it. Another joking suggestion is to force your two kids (who are both less than five years old if I remember correctly) to do the route for you.

Flamey January 14 2009 6:15 AM EST

Why does the paper route need to be done at 3? Can't it be done before or after your graveyard shift?

Angel of Death [Hell Blenders] January 14 2009 7:29 AM EST

let your kid do it or get your union on the job, let them look for a way out

kevlar January 14 2009 8:39 AM EST

Why does the paper route need to be done at 3? Can't it be done before or after your graveyard shift?

They print the next days papers late night sometime, and people want their paper in the morning or will cancel subscriptions.

QBOddBird January 14 2009 9:43 AM EST

I have to agree with Fex. Why would you take a job with conflicting hours, knowing the hours conflicted, and without taking care of the overlap first?

You'll simply have to explain to one or another of your bosses. I don't think either one is going to be O.K. with you calling in every other day for a month, nor would Kat's boss.

Lady Die January 14 2009 9:58 AM EST

I'm going to have to agree about the bosses not being okay with the both of you calling in. My suggestion is to look for a day job for one. Two: Try talking to one or both of your bosses and see if there is something you can work out. Surely they will work with you if they want to keep you.
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