So I’ve been fired once and that was enough. I went home and cried. Which I know is probably the norm, except I knew it was coming because I was trying to get fired. Lol. It just caught me by surprise is all and it devastated me a bit. “Like wow, this is what it feels like, this sucks.” Which is a strange stance; I get.
So the reason I wanted to be fired is that they hired me as a secretary. These two men from India had this company that made non OEM car parts. Supposedly. Although I never saw more than one tiny box of car parts in the huge warehouse and no other employees except the skeleton crew in the office.
The VP/HR manager seemed a really schmoozy older rich white guy from Newport Beach. The younger customer service guy was weird, but friendly. The phone barely rang. One day soon into my job they tell me I need to organize the shipment and release of goods at the ports for items to go through customs and such. Ok, I think to myself. Sounds complicated but I’m up for it. Plus I was bored out of my mind already with literally nothing to do.
Turns out it was hard and I had little training beyond “get it through”. I would call one person to then talk to ten more officials. It was comical but fun in a weird way. Like a game of where’s Waldo? Who did I really need to talk to here? Finally I got to a guy and he says in the most genuine way I could imagine “you know, yes these chemicals your company wants sent to India in huge giant container fulls can be potentially used for car parts, but it can also be used for artillery and weapons of warfare”.
It shook me to my very core. From that day in I never lifted the phone again. A week later they canned me. I guess the whole thing really freaked me out. I talked to my boyfriend about it at the time and I think I told my grandparents too. I should have called the FBI, but I figured they wouldn’t believe what some “dumb young girl” would tell them. You learn people think of you that way and that’s how you react in the world; I guess.
If it happened now I would have called that very first day I heard that man tell me that, with all the other suspicions that surrounded it as well. I was dumber then but I guess everyone else was as well. It wasn’t something on people’s mind. Who even knows we create those chemicals that we don’t want exported because of that.
Mind you, I can’t even say if any of the above was true. What if the man on the phone lied? What if they were a legitimate company. Who knows. I just follow my Spidey senses and they told me “get the fuck out” and so I did.
It shouldn’t count when employers ask if you’ve been fired but ever honest me can’t say no because it would be a lie now wouldn’t it? Lol. I gotta roll my eyes at myself even sometimes.🙄🙄🙄