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Heard on the bus ....

Postby G4RMT » Mon Dec 19, 2016 11:52 am

Not a typical comment, but I had an amusing journey into work here in Belfast.Two traffic wardens complaining about their new digital radios. Not only do they talk on them, but they are tracked and the control room know where they go, and if they are not in their designated area they get an automatic ticket from their bosses indicating they were in X area, not Y and it asks for a reason. They can also log comfort breaks, tea breaks, lunch etc, and log on and off the system, plus receive text messages.

One had been suspended for having 3 away from his area notifications in a single shift, and was furious. As they walk past the BBC, somehow for five minutes he appeared to be in the main street in Georgetown Trinidad, and in the afternoon was in the Ivory Coast in Africa, before going back to Trinidad just before his shift ended. He was furious because the system insisted, and cannot be wrong, that he had been there, without authorisation. They'd passed it to the engineers who had said the new radios "got into the BBCs satellite dish and had beamed him up and down again. I doubt this was the case, but he was absolutely beside himself that the radios had got him automatically suspended.
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Re: Heard on the bus ....

Postby m0lsx » Mon Dec 19, 2016 2:30 pm

G4RMT wrote: They'd passed it to the engineers who had said the new radios "got into the BBCs satellite dish and had beamed him up and down again.


Those pesky engineers with their deep knowledge of how radios work. They catch us all out from time to time with their understanding of how these radio things work.
I would love to have that engineer explain to me how that one was possible.
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Re: Heard on the bus ....

Postby G4RMT » Mon Dec 19, 2016 3:22 pm

I just find it funny the bosses clearly didn't read the printouts before telling them off - a trip to the loo in Africa, then back to Belfast for the next ticket!
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Re: Heard on the bus ....

Postby m0lsx » Mon Dec 19, 2016 5:06 pm

G4RMT wrote:I just find it funny the bosses clearly didn't read the printouts before telling them off - a trip to the loo in Africa, then back to Belfast for the next ticket!


There use to be a Russian joke about the Police & it probably applies to those managers.
They go around in threes. One can read, one can write & the other is there to keep an eye on the intellectuals.
When I worked for first bus I got a disciplinary slip for running 45 seconds early. Their evidence was a complaint from a lunatic councillor who complained about everyone. They did not say 45 seconds could be a discrepancy between watches they issued a slip. Probably together with several others.
We took their warning slips real serious & more than 5 for one week got you a free drink in the canteen.
Someone took an over time claim form to a manager for a week about two months prior to that date.
"Whats this?"
"An over time form, can you sign it please."
"Why didn't you get it sorted at the time?"
"I was on Holiday in Spain."
"Well if you were on Holiday, I not bloody signing it. Is it some kind of joke?"
"Not a joke no. I got this disciplinary notice for that day, so rather than object to it, I thought I get some over time in instead."
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Re: Heard on the bus ....

Postby essexRXer » Mon Dec 19, 2016 6:24 pm

Slightly off topic, a work colleague recently revived a penalty notice for Speeding though an average camera.

average of 138 MPH in a Renault traffic is not bad eh?

Complete reliance on technology without questioning it, there back on topic :)
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Re: Heard on the bus ....

Postby Frequency Hopper » Mon Dec 19, 2016 9:47 pm

Good post to read. It is always nice to hear radio users input. Especially when radios are significant in their workplaces but they use them in complete ignorance of how they tick.

I monitor two local security companies with DSD+ who use a GPS system. Just like the bosses I can see the locations of all their vehicles. It is similar listening to airplanes while also watching their location on screen. When amateurs, layman and the casual joe public person on the street like us can do that it does make you wonder how on earth the authorities did not know the slightest round a bout location of Malaysian Airlines MH370.
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Re: Heard on the bus ....

Postby G4RMT » Tue Dec 20, 2016 12:02 am

Very good point! Somebody got his iPhone nicked yesterday and the closest they could place it was 100yds which isn't too bad, but looking at about 100 people, isn't much of a help if it's in their pocket - at least he could remote kill it and put a nasty message on the screen!
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