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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

And I guess it's not the end of the world...

Well, it looks like stupid mistakes will turn around and bite you in the ass.

Ladies and gents, if you've ever been in trouble with the law, TAKE CARE OF IT. Something I did fifteen years ago is now preventing me from renewing my security license and keeping me out of a job I love. Until, that is, I get a pardon.

Which, from all my research, takes TWO YEARS.

I've spent five years in this company. I've worked my way from being (what we call) a pylon, to one of the most trusted guards on any call. And now I have to wait two years for a mistake to be removed from my record. There's no appeal process, no review board. Nothing that I can do except bend over and take it.

Because I've HAD my license for five years. I've passed background checks to work a casino strike. I've worked in the school board. Not once have I ever had an issue with renewing. And suddenly, the laws change (apparently two years in the works and all security companies were kept abreast of the process) and I'm out of a job. As are several good guards, who's crimes were so petty, and yet ....

SIGH.

So now I take a step backwards (and a pay cut) and become an USHER? Been there, done that, and there's a reason I'm still not doing it. Security guards don't get a lot of respect from the general public, but ushers get even less. I've done a damn good job to earn that respect.

See the problem is (besides what's listed above) there's a dividing line in the company. Reds (guards) and blues (ushers). Like sticks to like....

I'm so depressed - I know there are worse things going on in the world, and even in the lives of people I care about. But right now, I want to be a little selfish and dwell on my own stupidity. I know dwelling doesn't help, but until I can talk to my lawyer and see if it's possible to fast track this process (according to the person I spoke to at the pardons office, there's no way of it happening but I want a few opinions on this), all I can do is be depressed.

*grabs woobie, bottle and tv remote and heads to the couch*

I'm gonna hibernate with Senor Cuervo for a bit.....

Stay sane inside insanity ~ and never forget your towel.

9 comments:

Bond said...

Our past has a way of catching up with our future...

So sorry for your current situation Angell...

So sorry

Dayle A. Dermatis said...

Oh man, that sucks, honey. I hope you and your lawyer can find some recourse, especially given your great service in the job for so long.

{{{hugs}}}

Travis said...

Sorry for this trouble. All I can say is pester pester pester.

Good luck.

Julie said...

I was just gonna say what Dayle said....oh man..that sucks, honey....it's really an unfortunate situation. But something tells me that you'll land on your feet. You're tough and you won't go down easily.

Let us know how it goes.

Matt-Man said...

Sorry to hear that Angell. Life isnt always fair as I myself have found lately. All I can say is try to be optimistic and hang in there. Cheers!!

Turnbaby said...

Get with your lawyer sugar--you never know.

and

{{{{HUGS}}}}

Dana said...

Oh crap. I agree with Turn. If you've been doing it for five years now and they are just now finding out, something isn't right.

COCO said...

sorry to hear it, Angell. What they said ...

angell said...

BOND: Thanks hon. Man, sometimes we do some stupid things when we're kids don't we. Thankfully I was only caught at THIS one, hehe.

DAYLE: Well, my lawyer doesn't know anything about pardons. We have a few agencies here that deal in those. I'm looking into every possibility.

TRAV: Definately doing that honey. Thanks for stopping in. :D

JULES: MWAH darling. Thank you. But if I land on my ass, at least it's nicely padded.

MATT: Doing my best to stay positive. Cheers back at ya.

TURN: Thanks hon - see above for lawyer answer, and SMOOCHES to you too babydoll.

DANA: They've done some re-vamping and have decided to be less lenient. I was told that security guards STOP people from shoplifting, not do it themselves. :S

COCO: Thanks honey. Hope all is well with you. HUGS.

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