exit, stage right

I just resigned from my job, effective immediately. The Junta wanted me to become an extension of their injustice, lying and manipulation and I refused, so obviously the position became untenable and leaving was the only option.

Nice to be knifed in the back when you are very ill too, but that is when cowards always attack, when you are vulnerable.

Sometimes, you have to hold tight to your beliefs and values, and fight injustice with all your might, no matter the personal cost, and this was my time. Once I would have fallen on my sword and swallowed my beliefs to save my job, but I won’t do that ever again.

Twice I have encountered pure evil in the workplace, this being the second. Oddly enough, both times it was an evil woman and weak men.

Now, I just have to go and lie in wait to take down some teachers from Fanny and Maude’s School for Fine Young Ladies…I wonder if my flu germs are still contagious?

 

47 thoughts on “exit, stage right

    • I had grave concerns all along, so am not surprised. I guess I was mentally prepared for the time this would happen. I think the government should keep closer tabs on these “religious” schools as they appear to just be a front for power politics. So many laws being broken endangering both staff and students.

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        • I was unhappy. Even when I accepted the job I was always hopeful of finding another position so I didn’t have to go there. I tried to make the best of it, but there was never much hope for the long term. I am just another body in a long line at the school

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    • I am angry in some ways, and this morning was visualising a voodoo doll in Mrs Junta’s likeness with pins stuck in every fibre, but I think I am over that. I am not upset, just a bit weary, but that might still be the flu, too!

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    • I am sorry to leave the students as most of them were very sweet. I tried to make it a library that was relevant, but apparently that was not what the power base wanted. Onward, ever onward!

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  1. their loss, I’m sure.
    A job in another department popped up for me otherwise I may have done the same!
    good luck for the future

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  2. So sorry to hear it didn’t work out, FD. I hope you soon find something more to your liking.

    I’ve been retired ten years now. The worst memories I have are of people in senior positions who not only were not interested in doing their own job, but even less interested in allowing you to do your job.

    Think positive. Only another 16/17 years…

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    • Fundamental Christians – except I never witness one Christian act or thought from Mrs Junta, nothing except meglamania. Maybe that is allowed when you start the school and plant your children throughout. The government needs to audit them as they really shouldn’t have accreditation, and it is small wonder that there is a steady flow of student exits now.

      I wish I didn’t have to work those 15 years but if I want to live to be 102 I need to eat, and hence money to buy the food. In my next life I shall marry rich. Rich and msierable is much better than poor and miserable!

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    • Well, this is the only one I left under such circumstances, usually I find another job to move to first! The jobs last year were just 6 month contracts so no choice but to move on… though I am getting promising sounds from Fanny and Maude’s.
      Compromising my beliefs and values is a very serious thing to me, and not something I do easily. Not on the big stuff that impacts on other people’s lives.

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  3. that’s the kind of reason I left my last paying job. Not to mention the stress on me and mine. Now, I am doing what I really want to do, pursuing artistic endeavors and hoping to make some of the money back that I’ve spent over the years learning my craft.

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    • It is rarely the job, it is usually the people who cause the issues isn’t it? People who work from home must be so much happier. No wonder so many people run their own businesses! I am going to help Mr FD with his business in the short term but as it is in its infancy we still need my income… fingers crossed.

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  4. Thinking of you FD at a time of stress – FIL now this. Obviously your boss didn’t value you enough to intervene, solve the problem and keep you for the school. Now that you have found that out, it would have been a matter of time before this inevitability – having to leave. Been through the same situation. Had a job in the not too far distant past where I found out on day 1 I wasn’t wanted, and it was down hill from there for 2.5 years.

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    • A family run school – the school principal is the son of the woman, and the woman is on the board, as is her husband and other relatives throughout the school. Too many family politics hiding behind religion, but as my Dad always said “the biggest hypocrites are in the front row at church” and this one was just pure evil. There are only so many values one can swallow for the sake of a full time job!

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  5. It’s something I’ve done — and on single income. I’m not sure that was smart but at the time, it was easy enough to get another crappy-paying job. I cannot do that at this time. No health care, still single income and there are NO jobs around. All my friends who got laid off in the past 3 years now haven’t found anything else. I’m happy that you had an “out” for your conscience.

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    • I wouldn’t have been able to do it, had our children been younger. I certainly worked in some horrible situations when they were younger, but now there is just Mr FD and I – and we have some savings left, but I will need to find a job fairly soon. A little hard as major hiring in teaching is at the end of each year, naturally. Maybe I will start a vegetable garden today!

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  6. This is the stuff of … great drama? Good heavens, what next? I’m so sorry about your job, and coming on the heels of your illness, although it occurs to me that your illness may have been a side-effect of the job. Things become more clear when our heads are filled with snot and we can’t move off the bed, or so it seems.. But evil must be resisted. You will find another job. And you will get well. Blessings.

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    • Going in I said it was either going to be a good thing or a really bad thing, well it didn’t take long before it was evident just how bad. I found out that I am the 5th librarian in 3 years! Mrs Junta says she wants to retire but she doesn’t so she keeps causing issues for everyone, and I just said that I wouldn’t lie and manipulate on her behalf as she required to maintain her power. So, exit.

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  7. Good for you for standing up for yourself! I’m sure the right job will come around soon. There is a certain deja vu re: what happened to you. I too was in a similar situation two years ago. The cowards do attack the vulnerable and, like you, it involved a few evil women and one weak man. I also left without finding another job and it still remains by far the best decision I could have made given the circumstances..

    Don’t worry though, karma does catch up and when it does you’ll be long away at a job that suits you. You are too good of a person to put up with that crap.

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    • Yes, karma does catch up, and in the meantime I have peace of mind. The last time it happened, not long after the business went bankrupt and the people involved were exposed in a very public manner which was humiliating for them as they were proud and arrogant. So, I never worry about ruminating about it, or wishing them ill (well most of the time!) because I figure they get their’s in the end in some way.

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    • It does all seem to be hitting us at once. FIL has rallied a little and has now been moved to palliative care in an aged person’s facility. I am still deaf in the left ear which is a worry. Lots of people are suffering far worse though.

      Life is a roller coaster and we just ride it to the end!

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  8. I’m sorry it didn’t work out with you being happy there until retirement day. That would’ve been a wonderful scenario. Best wishes in the search for something else. And, I hope you are feeling much better healthwise now.

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    • I knew it was a gamble as I had spoken to other people who had bad experiences there, but the lure of a permanent position was strong. It was just a bad three months … and now I get to clean my house!

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    • The older I get the more I realise how important that is. Of course, now that our children are grown I can do that, if they were still dependant on us I would have swallowed anything to maintain a job… and have. All I can cling to is that two wrongs don’t make a right, and I wasn’t going to second Mrs Junta’s wrongs.

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      • “The older I get the more I realise how important that is”

        Others may not always understand our decisions, but there is something comforting about entering senior years (or in your case young middle life).. ahem…knowing that as much as possible we have not compromised our principles.

        Oh, and happy birthday to Mr FD from me.

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  9. I’m so sorry, FD. You shouldn’t have been put in that position. I hope that you find a new better job. Great job for standing up for yourself and your principles! I don’t know if I would have been as strong. You are a great example to me.

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    • Well, not everyone has the luxury of being able to take a stand and to put their job at risk, but in this instant I feel very comfortable with my position. It was never going to improve, even if I did swallow my principles and values, so it was better to draw the line in the sand now.

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  10. Well, good for you, getting out before the evil encompassed you as well. A better opportunity is out there, and you’ll be glad you’re free to jump at it when it comes sailing by!

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    • I am getting a bit over the crazy people who populate the education system, believe me, though Fanny and Maude’s was wonderful in all ways. I am starting to feel very strongly that they should cease picking on the poor classroom teacher for the failure of our students and look at the management of those schools – that is where the real problems appear to be.

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  11. I’m so sorry to hear this.
    Scary to leave a job in times like this, but BRAVA!
    I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for you finding something new, and especially Better.
    (And you have to know that when the old lady finally leaves, her spineless offspring will simply find a new improved model to run their lives.)

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    • You are right, the old lady has so conditioned the offspring that they are incapable of independent thought. I found out that the son had once before been appointed principal but was so bad at the job that he got sent north to a small indigenous school until they chewed through a couple of principles and then brought him back, because of course no one can do any job correctly, except Mummy and Daddy who started the school.

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