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I Was Walked To The Door

Updated on November 24, 2011

After twenty-five and a half years with my last employer, and six months from my sixty-fifth birthday, I was walked to the door, kicked to the curb, thrown out onto the street like trash. This from a company that liked, no, loved to talk about being a “family company”. At Christmas parties, it’s owners gushed about how much they valued their employees. As it turned out, it was just so much lukewarm air.

In twenty minutes I was standing at the curb. I was angry, hurt and insulted.

Six months before that unforgettable day, there was a luncheon to honor the long-service employees. There were speeches, gifts, and photos taken with the owners who put on their biggest and brightest smiles. What a grand display of deceit. What hypocrisy! How do these people sleep at night?

I was told that my position no longer existed because of re-organization. Another lie. My position, and the work, still existed but were given to a friend of the head of the department. That individual passed away ten months later. Divine justice?

It took hiring a lawyer, and three months of wrangling, before I received a somewhat reasonable settlement. The alternative was to spend years in court. It wasn’t worth it.

Is it any wonder that most companies, large and small, face so many problems today? Or that the world’s economy is in chaos and on the verge of a complete meltdown?

Companies want their employees to be loyal and dedicated to their jobs, but loyalty is a two way street. I was one of the most loyal and dedicated employees. Being from the old school, I walked many an extra mile to get the job done. In my dealings with outsiders, including government officials, I did my very best to present the company’s position in the most positive light.

In the end, all of this meant absolutely nothing.

This unpleasantness occurred almost two years ago and I’m almost over it. I say almost because the memory lingers, and I have flashbacks of how it happened, how it was handled, and the classless way in which the company conducted itself. Surely, I deserved better.

There were many who smiled at me every single day, but none of them contacted me to offer support, except for my manager, who called twice and left voice messages. I returned her call one year later. The other employees were too afraid, or hated me so much, to even take up a collection to buy me a “we wish you well” card at the Dollar Store (cost: $1), and a stamp (cost: less than a dollar), total cost: less than $2. What does this say about these individuals, and the company?

I have kept in touch with two colleagues who were also booted out, and with a few others who are no longer with the company because they quit or retired. I have also spoken a few times with my former manager. Actually, she is a good and decent person.

I know that nothing is forever, especially not a job. However, the parting of ways can, and should be handled in more humane and civilized ways, and certainly with class. But it seems that in this day and age, that is asking too much.


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      Ramsa1 6 years ago from A citizen of the World

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mike. Being self-employed is a great option. Companies talk the talk but rarely walk the walk. Thanks for your kind words and the follow. I wish you all the best.

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      mikeq107 6 years ago

      I remember years ago back in Michigan Watching as guys who had been with the company 25 years beening escorted out like yourself.Knew then well and then younger collage grads who would work for less being brought in...My manager quit 6 months later even though they told him he was needed..right...lots of other guys /women jumped ship as they were younger...I left and eventully became selfemployed...sorry that happened to you Ramsa....Great Hub!!!!

      Mike :0)

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      Sheila Brown 6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      PS, Thanks for the follow! :)

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      Sheila Brown 6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Thank you Ramsa1, I do wish you all the best!

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      Ramsa1 6 years ago from A citizen of the World

      Thanks for your comments, Dee. I'm sorry to hear that you had an experience similar to mine. The days when companies cared for their people are, sadly, long gone. Frankly, some companies don't even care about their customers. What they fail to realize is you cannot have a good result by putting out bad thoughts and actions.

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      Ramsa1 6 years ago from A citizen of the World

      Thanks for your comments and kind words, SG. I'm sorry to hear that you were treated badly. Letting you go over the phone is really low. There aren't a lot of companies which care about people anymore. It's all about money.

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      Dee aka Nonna 6 years ago

      So sorry you had to go throught this. I too was the "victim" (and I use the word for lack of a better one) of a merger. At the time I was heartbroken. Once I got pass the heartbreak I was able to look back and see that it was prehaps the best things that could have happened to me.

      It trully is a sad state of affairs that companies are doing so much to hurt the people who help them build their companies and organizations.

      Sharing your experience will help others. So, thank you for sharing. For me personally, I know I was not alone but to hear/read that someone else had those same feeling helps me to know that I don't have to feel bad that I was heartbroken.

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      Sheila Brown 6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I know somewhat how you feel. After many years with my company, I was suddenly let go also. They blamed it on the economy, had to downsize. I was probably the hardest working employee they had. I had not taken vacation but once in the last 8 years. They let me go over the phone! All the hoopla about how you are such a great employee and how much we value you was all just a lot of bunk! It makes you wonder if there are any employers left who really do care about their employees. I wish you the best of luck and it was THEIR loss!