Over ten years ago, OP worked as a material handler at a manufacturing company. His job was to manage materials, ensuring every station was supplied and organized, and plan for future needs.
He Revealed a Disastrously Pending Shortage
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 testing.
Following protocol, he put a hold on the questionable 25k lot and alerted the appropriate parties.
A quick system 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 a lackadaisical, “We’ll look into it.”
Yet They Demoted Him for Doing His Job
After the parts ran out, OP was ordered to release the unsuitable lot. 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. 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.
Panic ensued, mandatory overtime was implemented, and OP was left smirking at the mess.
He Left Them in the Thick of Chaos
The overtime burnt 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.
The grueling overtime had expedited another problem: the machines were running out of the spray material needed for parts production.
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.
He and Nine Others Quit!
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.
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