today was my last day at work.

  grumpy old man 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.

  Pine Man 14:32 21 Jul 2019

Welcome to the club. I joined it 20 years ago and I have never looked back apart from being busier now than when I was working!

  amonra 13:40 22 Jul 2019

where have those nearly 30 years gone ??? It was never like that in my day grrrrrr

  grumpy old man 15:11 22 Jul 2019

I wonder if the wife is doing a secret "jobs to do list" , every retired person I talk to says they don't know how they managed to find time to go to work.

  wee eddie 15:35 22 Jul 2019

You are treading on thin ice there.

Of course she has a "To-Do" list. Ignore it at your peril. Paint the Window Frames is probably near the top

  grumpy old man 15:46 22 Jul 2019

Thankfully I don't have frames to paint BUT your job suggestion went to the top of the list on what me be the hottest day of the year , I just finished cleaning all the window frames with jiff and 28 windows plus 2 lots of facia boards and the facia boards on the side of the carport.

I did manage to scare her , she heard a loud bang , it was the wind shutting the bedroom door , I did not hear her shouting me and she thought I had had an accident.

  john bunyan 16:11 22 Jul 2019

I always have about 6 jobs in my wife’s “to do” list. If I do, say, 3, the list never decreases as new jobs are added. High pressure jetting of patio , painting shed, big fence are only the tip of a never melting iceberg. As for having time to read a paper, forget it, or “she who must be obeyed “ will ask when I’m starting work.

  Forum Editor 23:08 22 Jul 2019

"( I was mjs warlord )"

I know who you were.

  Govan1x 23:39 22 Jul 2019

Well my motto is never do today what you can do tomorrow.

I get away with it sometimes but not all of the time.

I can't do things that I could do when i was younger is my excuse. Not really an excuse as it is true.

I think my hardest job was tying my shoe laces.Then Velcro came along and made it much easier for me.

Mind you I can make a nice cup of tea when pushed.

What is Markdown?

Markdown lets you add more formatting to your post. Simply type in your post and it will display as written.

If you wish to add bold or italic characters, add a hyperlink to another website, a heading or a horizontal line, simply use the relevent icons above the text input field.

A preview of your post will appear in the grey box below. If you make a change and you're not happy, simply press the back arrow icon to undo.

Post a Reply


Elsewhere on IDG sites

Huawei Mate 30 Pro Review: Hands-on

Fred Deakin on creating the artwork for his sci-fi rock opera The Lasters

Best iOS 13 features: What does iOS 13 do

Les meilleures enceintes connectées avec écran tactile (2019)