Over ten years ago, OP (the original poster) worked as a material handler at a manufacturing company. His job was to manage materials, ensure every station was supplied and organized, and plan for future needs.
Faulty Parts, Serious Consequences
One day, OP noticed a new lot of parts that were out of spec. These tiny parts, crucial for the final product, could cause the entire batch to fail to test.
He Alerted the Appropriate Parties
Following established protocol, he put a hold on the questionable 25k lot and alerted the appropriate parties.
The Countdown Begins
A quick systems check revealed an impending shortage. The company had only enough parts for one week.
OP ordered another 30k parts, which would take three weeks to arrive. Despite his warning, the response was lackadaisical, “We’ll look into it.”
An Order to Release the Unsuitable Lot
After the parts ran out, OP was ordered to release the unsuitable lot.
He Was Forced to Comply
He refused – the decision should have been made by an engineer. Despite his resistance, an unrelated engineer gave the green light and OP was forced to comply.
Demoted and Sent Back to Production
For his insubordination, OP was demoted and sent back to production.
Two weeks later, the fallout began. As predicted, parts started failing. Two weeks of labor, machine time, and countless parts were wasted!
He Left Smirking at the Mess
Panic ensued, mandatory overtime was implemented, and OP was left smirking at the mess.
The overtime burned out the employees, and resignations started rolling in. With the 4th of July weekend looming, many workers were forced to work through the holiday.
OP, however, had planned ahead and secured a long weekend off.
Unseen Crisis, Sweet Revenge
The grueling overtime had expedited another problem: the machines were running out of the spray material needed for parts production.
It Required a Three-Day Cycle
Replenishing this supply required a three-day cycle, which no one had anticipated except OP.
Leaving a team meeting early, he dropped this bombshell on his way out.
Unexpected Holiday, Mass Exodus
The company ran out of spray material the next day, leading to an unplanned four-day weekend for the employees.
On the following Monday, ten people, including OP, quit.
The takeaway? Don’t mess with those who have foresight, especially if you lack it yourself!
If only the company had listened to OP in the first place, they could have avoided this entire mess!
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