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With Co-Workers like this: Skip the Retirement party!

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Evil ... Thy name is Orville Redenbacher!!, Jul 18, 2019.

  1. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    I once worked in a bureau that had zero camaraderie, people barely even talked to each other. So when I moved on to another job and got the standard going-away party with cake, there were actually two cakes -- because there was no communication over whose turn it was to get it. But on the bright side, there could have been zero cakes.
  2. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Well-Known Member

    I recall a retirement party -- or maybe it was a new-job-so-he's-leaving party -- for a reporter where I worked, held at the corner tavern where many of the newsroom employees would congregate after their shifts. The place had a downstairs party room, and when one jackass reporter disliked by many showed up, it was only a few minutes before another -- a great friend of the guest of honor -- threw the guy out, literally by the old method of grabbing the guy's collar with one hand and the back of his britches with the other, walking him briskly up the stairs and shoving him through the front door out to the sidewalk.

    Highlight of the night and, so many years later, the only real memory of the gathering.
  3. Danwriter

    Danwriter Member

    Which? The cake or the urethra?
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  4. Jake from State Farm

    Jake from State Farm Well-Known Member

    When I took my buyout I was told to keep it quiet until the paper made the announcement
    They never did
    People found out when the new schedule came out and my name wasn't on it
    God bless them, I still got a goodbye page, some gifts and a makeshift party after my last shift three days later
  5. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Urine 2000
  6. Matt1735

    Matt1735 Well-Known Member

    Or the lady at my current job who is organizing her own going away party... when most of us are working....
  7. Sports Barf

    Sports Barf Well-Known Member

    Had that happen at my shop too
  8. Fredrick

    Fredrick Well-Known Member

    Great thread. Funny stories. ... I'd like to request to the suits, kill these parties. If the environment in newspapers were better, fine. But the employees all know how badly they've been treated with the no raises policy, the low grades policy, the intimidation. There's no reason to pretend things are great when somebody retires. Just let the person walk out for gosh sakes.
  9. WriteThinking

    WriteThinking Well-Known Member

    Wow is right with regard to the original post about the retirement party. I don't think you can properly call that a roast, which is supposed to have elements of humor, comedy and laughter to it.

    Wow is also right with regard to the Gannett publisher supposedly pissing on his cake. But I'm with some others in thinking/saying that you have got to be kidding about that...
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  10. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Our publisher/GM/managing editor (it's a small shop) left a few weeks ago, and they had a local BBQ joint bring in lunch. The leftovers fed me free lunch for a week. So I don't mind the going-away parties, as long they're done right.
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  11. Monday Morning Sportswriter

    Monday Morning Sportswriter Well-Known Member

    I once worked at an Ogden paper whose publisher finally said “enough” and retired after 25 years with the company.

    The business manager was told they could order pizza but there would be no party. He said “screw it,” and threw a party anyway, with the venue, caterer and other businesses conspiring on billing shenanigans to fund a really nice sendoff on the company’s dime.
  12. Bronco77

    Bronco77 Well-Known Member

    A veteran copy editor I worked with in Fort Lauderdale found an interesting way to avoid a retirement party. His specialty was editing national/international wire copy, which he was pretty good at. But he'd never pitch in during busy stretches and help edit local or business copy, and many co-workers questioned his work ethic. After the paper started downsizing, the AME in charge of the desk called the copy editor into his office and told him he'd need to expand his workload. He walked back to his desk and bitched through the rest of the shift. Next day, he didn't show up. The AME called him at home and got this response: "As of today, I'm retired. Goodbye." He hung up and never came back.
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