i have 500 hours in it for a reason.

Cutting hours for Loss Prevention personnel is generally a bad idea.

I used to work in loss prevention for a regional chain of electronics stores. Let’s call it Shit Store. My job was basically to patrol the store in plain clothes and detain someone if I caught them trying to steal. I’ve worked private security before so this was a pretty nice gig.

Shit Store’s corporate policy, for reasons I cannot quite comprehend, mandated a weekly quota of shoplifter apprehensions, which we called “stops.” We needed to have at least 3 stops a week. Usually we had about 10, just shy of 2 per day, and obviously most of the stops involved expensive electronics. We paid our own salaries many times over and saved the company an astronomical amount of money.

Until one week. Saturday rolled around (our schedule weeks ran Sunday-Saturday) and all loss prevention personnel were called into the office. There were four of us. The store manager told us that only two stops had been made for the week, so we had not met our quota. He contacted corporate and they told him to give all loss prevention personnel the entire next week off to save on costs. An extra cashier would be scheduled to stand by the door as a deterrent. (I later learned that other stores were implementing this policy in order to phase out plain clothes LP altogether.)

As you can imagine, a week of no pay did not exactly go over well with us. It was particularly bad timing for me. My rent was due, my dog had some vet bills, and my nephew’s birthday was coming up. I, and all of my co-workers, did everything to fight this. We talked about how we usually met our quota many times over, How we paid our own salaries with all the stops we did, how much money we had saved the company, how laughably ineffective an untrained cashier standing by the door would be… but it all fell on deaf ears. By the end of it the manager was clearly flustered but insisted that we just stay home the next week. “Think of it like a vacation,” he said. We all had paid time off available but of course he said that we couldn’t use it. “It’s about cutting losses for the company,” he said.

Cutting losses, oh dear. If only he knew the shit I was about to pull…

We all went home feeling pissed and wronged. But before I even set foot in my door, I had the vague beginnings of a plan for vengeance.

The Revenge

Now, I had a few friends, or I guess acquaintances, who were a bit shady. They were generally straight-laced, but they themselves had friends who were even shadier. Dealers, addicts, and even a few gang members if the rumors were true. They usually hung out in one of three parks in the city limits, so after blowing off some steam at home, I began to make my rounds.

The conversation with each group followed a pretty set pattern: I would say hi but look a little pissed, they would ask how I was doing, I’d say something like “Not too good I guess, Shit Store just gave the entire loss prevention team the week off to save money! I’m gonna miss out on an entire paycheck!” A few would probe a bit and I would verify that, yes, anyone could walk into the store and take shit without having to worry about an undercover LP watching them.

I knew that my plan was beginning to take hold when someone I hadn’t talked to posted on Facebook asking if it was true that Shit Store had no loss prevention this week. Word gets around fast. All I had to do now was head to the store, grab a 30 pk of beer, and slowly drink the week away while shit went down.

People lost their fucking minds. A shit load of product went missing every day, and not just little things– people were apparently walking out with giant flat screen TVs and refusing to stop for the lowly cashier by the door (that usually wasn’t paying attention anyway). Tablets, laptops, netbooks, and consoles vanished into thin air. Several cell phones from the display case even went missing.

I would not hear about this till later, though. All I know is that on Wednesday, hardly halfway through my unpaid week off, I got a call from work. I let it go to voicemail and couldn’t help but crack a smile when I listened to it. It was the store manager asking me to come in and work a full shift because of “problems they’d been having.” You could almost hear the desperation in his voice. I knew my little scheme had worked. But sadly, I chose not to respond or come in for work that day. Even if I wanted to, I was pretty deep into a 6-pack at the time.

I got another call the following day, which this time I answered. Gee boss, I’m so sorry but I’m actually eight hours away at the beach right now. I thought going out of town would be a good idea since you said to treat this like a vacation. (Actually I was still in my PJ’s, drinking coffee and watching Breaking Bad.)

The following day I did not get a phone call. Shit Store had bused LP personnel in from other stores and had a police officer stand by the door. I’m sure the police department was happy to oblige, I can only imagine how many calls they got from Shit Store over the past week.

When I went back after my week off was up, there were two new policies that were tacked right on to the bulletin board: at least one LP associate must be on the floor from open to close, and the quota was changed from # of stops per week to amount of money saved in a month, a much more flexible and reasonable quota that the four of us would have no problem meeting. Well, three of us actually, one of my fellow LP’s made use of their week off by getting a new job, and good for them.

I never did learn the hard numbers on how much money hemorrhaged out of that store. I do know that it was in the six-figure range.

I thought about getting a new job myself, but it didn’t prove to be necessary. I guess a company that cuts all LP’s for a week must have deeper financial problems, because the whole chain folded two months later. I then got to spend my days drinking beer, watching Netflix, and getting paid unemployment for it. I ended up landing a new job with a private security firm that paid much better.

I ran into my shadier acquaintances showing off their new iPads a few days after this mess. I think I know how they got them.

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Want to help me move?

I know I have a donation post here on tumblr, but I also decided to make a Youcaring fundraiser, to try and help me get the money I need to move. Please, please boost this. I don’t have much time left and if I’m not able to raise at least 500$, I won’t have enough money to get down to Atlanta. I’m trying to get my portfolio together for art school, get medicated for my illnesses, and live in an affordable place where I don’t have to worry about someone I trust stealing 600$ from me, or work for a restaurant that cuts me down to 20 hours a week. If you have anything to give, even a dollar, it would help me. 

Thanks so much for reading this, and my paypal email is Kikismisandryservice@gmail.com, if you don’t want to go through Youcaring to donate, for whatever reason. 

I'm too tired for this sh...

Every morning I sit in traffic for an hour to get to work.

I have very sensitive eyes when I first wake up and am very sleepy.
A truck decided to hang out just close enough to the butt of my car so that his LED headlights were reflecting off of my rear view mirror and side mirrors directly into my eyeballs.

This wasn’t the first time. I know it won’t be the last.

I was hung over so it just added to the irritation. There was no reason for this person to be so close to my behind.

I moved the rear view mirror so it wasn’t blinding me, but alas, the side mirror was still unbearable.

Cue the evil plot…
I spent the next 30+ minutes of touch and go traffic redirecting the beam of death-light directly back in his face.

When I finally got it positioned properly his entire cabin lit up! He kept blocking his eyes in horror.

I laughed maniacally as he backed away and kept his distance.

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What engineering school has done to me
  • Physics Professor: We'll be having a quiz at least once a week, which I expect you to come prepared for. If you're having any trouble, I expect you to spent at least several hours on your own before coming to me about it.
  • Me: Oh, of course.
  • Chemistry Professor: For the next test you will need to be able to recognize and complete over 100 different chemical equations.
  • Me: Well ok, that sounds reasonable
  • Math Professor: Please do a triple integral to determine the density of this cube when the density is proportional to its distance from the xy-plane.
  • Me: Psh, piece of cake.
  • English Professor: I'm giving you two days to write a 500 word short piece on a childhood experience of yours.
  • Me: whaaaaa.. .. . ... what does that even....

Just a reminder to peeps never to do design contests where they only offer you several hundred dollars as a prize. I’ve seen contests where a big name company, nationally known held a rebranding/logo contest to college students and would have only paid them 500$. 

Thats what you would make -before taxes- working one full week at $12.50 an hour.

Stuff like that is what companies would normally pay thousands of dollars for minimum to rebrand, so don’t settle. Always read the fine print. Most contests I’ve seen, the artist gets shafted to some degree. Always consider the hours you need to put in, the value of the work you’re doing, and the value of the company (based on their size is the pay they’re offering stingy or reasonable?), and if you win or submit your work if they’ll get all copyright to it to do whatever they want with it. 

PSA

I just got a notice from the FBI.
It said I had been watching illegal porn, that I possessed and distributed child pornography.
It said my coordinates, my tablet user, and the device I was using.
It said that I could go to jail for 5-11 years for possession and distribution of illegal porn,
It said I could go to jail for 3-7 years for pirating.

I HAVE DONE NONE OF THIS.
I am 15.
I am an honors students.
I am in college.

This made me think that I would lose all of that.
That my entire life was basically gone; how would I get into a university with that on my record?
It said I was locked down for “security reasons” for 24 hours.
It said I had to pay a fine of $500 through pay pal.
This was my first clue that it may be false, but again, I’m 15 with my whole life ahead of me.
I was horrified that this may actually be real.
So I texted one of my best friends that was at homecoming, and even though he had better things to do, he talked to through the beginning of a panic attack.
After 15 or so minutes of nonstop crying and hyperventilating, I went outside to tell my mom what happened.
I was crying so much I couldn’t even talk.
It took five minutes to calm down enough to talk.

She looked it up on her computer, and found out that it was fake.
I just have a virus.
All I was doing was scrolling through my dash.

AND I GOT A MOTHER FUCKING VIRUS FROM IT.
IT SENT ME INTO AN ANXIETY ATTACK THAT TURNED INTO A PANIC ATTACK.
IM STILL NOT RECOVERED AND IT HAS BEEN HALF AN HOUR.

I had to reset and erase EVERYTHING just so I could access the Internet again; it completely locked me out with that pop up.

Please be careful. It attacks computers and mobile devices after you download a certain video program. I don’t know which one.
If you see anything saying:
• Owning illegal porn (then lists several)
• Watching and distributing child pornography
• Pirating (music, movies, etc.)
• Saying it’s from the FBI
• That you have been locked down for Security/Safety reasons for 24 hours
• That you must pay a fine of $200-$500
• That you must pay through PayPal

DON’T DO IT

The FBI doesn’t send notifications.
The FBI doesn’t have you pay through PayPal. You would be mailed a fine most likely.
The FBI would most likely not let you pay off a 3-7 or 5-11 year sentence.

Clicking the “OK” will also download child porn onto your device in some cases.

Just go to your setting and erase your browser history, then delete any video programs you may have.
Unless it’s something like Pinnacle or Sony Vegas pro that you actively paid for.
This program comes with video programs and especially attacks iOS and Android.

Watch out guys, I don’t want what happened to me happening to you.
If you have any questions, feel free to send me an ask.

anonymous asked:

Whenever you have a heavily modified ridiculous drink do you have the urge to call it out like "I have a grande complicated ass frappuccino!" Just because you know it will take 7 hours to call it out properly? I sure do.

Oh… I actually call out the entire thing, especially if there are a bunch of people waiting… because then, everyone else glares at the person who goes up to grab it, because they realize that the reason they have to wait so long is because I was so busy dealing with the 500 modifiers for this one drink.

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HEY PAN NEEDS CASH WANNA BUY SOME ART (/WRITING)

Okay in all honesty, I find that I need to get about $500 in approximately the next week, two weeks if I can make it that long, but it’s a real time crunch and I’d prefer to have it by this time next week because Reasons. I need to move to a different living situation where I can get by with 20ish hours a week instead of 40, because my mentally ill ass cannot handle that kind of stress, and it’s affecting more than my own health at this point.

So, I’m opening up commissions. I don’t know of a decent way to price things, but I’ll probably like start at bust sketches being $5 and move up from there. The pictures above are some refs of style/lining/coloring options. I figure, message me with what you’re willing to pay and what you want, and we’ll work something out from there.

Writing-wise, I’m thinking probably $1/100 words?

Most of my recent work has been over at ask-whippy-and-birdmom, where these are all from. If you want examples of my writing, as well, head that way. Anything tagged #panmethyst is me. My artblog is panpanpandy though there isn’t much there and on my personal blog (pandypancakes!) my art is tagged #pandydraws and my writing is tagged #pandywrites.

I’m willing to do NSFW in both cases, with a handful of “no”s in the kink department that you’re welcome to ask about (I’m pretty flexible in this matter). I can’t do mechas or really intricate armor. My main fandom is Steven Universe right now, but that only really applies to writing – art-wise, I can do anything with proper refs!

Anyway: please contact me via email to work things out: pandypancakes@gmail.com

That is also my paypal account if anyone is feeling particularly generous and wants to share their wealth with me. TT^TT9

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this! ;u; Have a really great day!!

EDIT: We’ve also set up a GoFundMe here! Thank you again for reading!!

Advice: Movie vs Novel Plot Structures

Anonymous asked: Would you say there is a difference between novel plot-structures and movie plot-structures? What differences might they be? Would taking note of events in a movie be good studies to prepare for your novel?


There are similarities between the two, but there are a lot of differences, too. If you’ve ever watched a movie based on a book, you probably noticed there were a lot of changes and things that were left out. A 500 page novel takes roughly twelve hours to read out loud, but that same story has to be compressed into about two hours in a movie. For that reason, the plot structure of a movie has slightly different goals than the plot structure of a book. Movies have to take a lot of narrative shortcuts that aren’t necessary in a novel. Still, movies are just another form of storytelling, so I do think it’s useful to watch a lot of movies if you want to be a writer. At the very least, it can help with things like character development, conflict, and tension. :)