today was my last day at work.

  mrgrumpy 18:35 19 Jul 2019

I have been working for a vending machine company for the last 13 years , testing and inspecting machines before they go out to customers. In a few weeks I will be 64 and due to family health problems I have decided to call it a day.

This was my closing speech to all my workmates , some people lolled and a few cried but I would like to share with you what I said.

I started work almost 49 years ago , I don’t know why but every where I have worked I seem to have been treated like shit by either so called work mates , bosses or over ambitious union men.

Maybe some people just saw me as an easy target.

That all stopped when I joined this company in august 2006.

I can remember the day Paul showed me round what eventually became my work area I asked him so many questions I think I fried his brain because I suddenly noticed him pushing me closer and closer to the fire exit. I felt a big boot heading in my direction.

I need to say a big thank you to Mick ( my director/boss ) , over the years he has pissed me off , wound me up , stressed me out , done my head in and on few occasions I have wanted to smack him. Joking apart though, he is the only person ever to give me a job with a lot of trust and a lot of responsibility, I gave it my best shot Mick and would just like to think I repaid the trust you put in me.

As for everyone else your the best workmates I’ve ever had the privilege to work with, there have been lots of laughter and a few tears. Whenever anyone has needed help with anything we have always been there for each other.

Over the years some of us have lost family members and close friends; we have also lost some workmates as well. Bill, Sylvia, Barbara, and of course the biggest shock of all Linda. I think about Linda almost every day because I have photos of her in different folders on my pc.

As I walk out of the door for the last time I will be taking 2 boxes with me, my tool box and a box full of happy memories that will stay with me for a long time.

* I was ok reading this till I mentioned Linda

The company only employs about 30 but they clubbed together and bought me a huge Tommy Hilfiger watch , an engraved whiskey tumbler and a few bottles to put in it.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:56 19 Jul 2019

Enjoy your retirement!

  wee eddie 19:07 19 Jul 2019


  Menzie 19:30 19 Jul 2019

Happy Retirement, I imagine adjusting to the extra free time after a while will take some getting used to.

  john bunyan 20:50 19 Jul 2019

Have a long and happy retirement. You won’t know how you had time to go to work!

  Brumas 21:24 19 Jul 2019

I echo all that has been said, good luck to you.

  QuizMan 22:52 19 Jul 2019

Sounds a shame that you have to retire for the sake of your family. Must have been a great place to work. But family ALWAYS comes first. I hope you enjoy your retirement.

  mrgrumpy 23:11 19 Jul 2019

thanks for all your replies , I made a in my head list of just who would reply and guess what , you were all on the list .

  hzhzhzhz 01:38 20 Jul 2019

I won't be on your list but happy retirement.

  wee eddie 08:21 20 Jul 2019

A, long time friend of mine, Chemist who retired a few years back. Went Golfing on his first day of Retirement.

On his return from the Course, he was met at the door by his wife with a very long list, which included all the household jobs that he had been putting off for years.

It also included weekly Exams in subjects like "Washing-up", "Dusting" and "Window Cleaning"

  oresome 08:37 20 Jul 2019

Enjoy a long and happy retirement.

I think you should now change your handle.

You're not old and will no longer be grumpy when you wake up. You can roll over and have another hour.

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