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  • I disagree. Sure he can biatch. But no one has to listen.

    Could have at least left a voicemail or text. Would have taken all of 1 minute.

    And I found Campolongo's texts rude. Not the boss'.
  • L&C co-owner Cliff Cini said Campolongo, who had been employed by the company for only about four weeks, was fired when he went AWOL during the storm after indicating he would be available to work.

    Only a month on the job and you no-call/no-show? I'd have fired you too.

    Campolongo: "Hey, you wanna fire me, fine. ... Look on the news and CNN, and you'll see why I couldn't call you. ... I'm ridiculous??? Well, it's after 4!!! ... I ACCEPT YOUR FIRING MY ASS!!!"

    Ohhh hell yea I would fire you after that! Never mind the fact that you're 40 and still don't know the difference between 'your' and 'you're'.
  • Can we stop prefixing Sandy with "Superstorm" yet?
  • i'm super, thanks for asking. -big gay sandy. {think south park}}

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    I have had plenty of bosses in the past that sent a meeting invite 3 minutes before the meeting is supposed to start. And they can't read e-mails or listen to voice messages. The guy probably shouldn't have lost his head and taunted the guy though. That is poor form on his part.
  • FTFA, "He said the tone of Cini's texts were offensive, so he responded that he would collect unemployment..."

    Good luck with that. NJ doesn't let you collect unemployment benefits if you are fired from your job.
  • Was that a poorly written headline or was it just me?
  • Campolongo said he had expected to hear from Cini over the weekend if he was needed to work. He said he had no cellular service in storm-ravaged Ocean County, and he didn't receive any messages until he was on his way back to Burlington County.

    BS. We had spotty cell service at best but texts worked fine, even at the height of the storm.

    Campolongo had no intention of continuing work at the trucking company. Nobody in his right mind would just not show up at a job they'd had for less than a month without at least calling first.
  • scottydoesntknow: L&C co-owner Cliff Cini said Campolongo, who had been employed by the company for only about four weeks, was fired when he went AWOL during the storm after indicating he would be available to work.

    Only a month on the job and you no-call/no-show? I'd have fired you too.

    Campolongo: "Hey, you wanna fire me, fine. ... Look on the news and CNN, and you'll see why I couldn't call you. ... I'm ridiculous??? Well, it's after 4!!! ... I ACCEPT YOUR FIRING MY ASS!!!"

    Ohhh hell yea I would fire you after that! Never mind the fact that you're 40 and still don't know the difference between 'your' and 'you're'.


    "About four weeks"

    Which sounds like he didn't work 30 days which I'm pretty sure is the required number of days you must be employed in New Jersey before being allowed to collect unemployment benefits.
  • Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii: FTFA, "He said the tone of Cini's texts were offensive, so he responded that he would collect unemployment..."

    Good luck with that. NJ doesn't let you collect unemployment benefits if you are fired from your job.


    You should always try to get unemployment even if you are fired, worst case scenario you lose in court but often judges will side with the employee on the he said/she said stuff.
  • He said the tone of Cini's texts were offensive, so he responded that he would collect unemployment.
    Photographs of text messages Cini sent to the Burlington County Times show some of the communications between the two men:

    Cini: "Rob, if you don't call me by 4 o'clock, I'm going to have to let you go. Everybody is working. You're the only one not answering your phone. Ridiculous, dude."

    Campolongo: "Hey, you wanna fire me, fine. ... Look on the news and CNN, and you'll see why I couldn't call you. ... I'm ridiculous??? Well, it's after 4!!! ... I ACCEPT YOUR FIRING MY ASS!!!"

    Cini: "Hey, Rob, just for your information, I was a cop for 15 years. ... My business surrounds emergency services. Out of the employees, you're the only (one) that didn't answer your phone. So yes, ridiculous it is. ... So yes, I take it very personally when you say you're going to work. And just so you know, we're in New York City, where real people are working and where there's real issues. Not some stupid (expletive) in Burlington County."

    Campolongo: "OK ... I will collect."


    What's Rob Campolongo's Fark handle?
  • Headso: Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii: FTFA, "He said the tone of Cini's texts were offensive, so he responded that he would collect unemployment..."

    Good luck with that. NJ doesn't let you collect unemployment benefits if you are fired from your job.

    You should always try to get unemployment even if you are fired, worst case scenario you lose in court but often judges will side with the employee on the he said/she said stuff.


    I out right quit my job with zero notice (I walked out) and collected unemployment in New Jersey.. Believe it or not the State doesn't fark around with unemployment benefits.. They don't try to weasel their way out of it. If you have a right to collect you will get it.. My job was involved in a buyout and the new owners promised one thing and once we were on their payroll decided to pay us differently (lower wage) for a peroid of 6 weeks.. So I walked out because it was not what I agreed to and it was not the same rate of pay as the previous owner paid me.

    The State investigated and completely sided with me..
  • brigid_fitch: BS. We had spotty cell service at best but texts worked fine, even at the height of the storm.



    Yep, I believe you.  Now, I'm not an expert... but from what I've heard text messaging (and the reason you're limited to 160 characters) goes across the band that basically was originally used to make calls happen.  Basically a band that would ping the tower and tell it you want to call 111-222-3333, it would contact 111-222-3333 and tell it you were calling, and so forth.
     
    So all in all, if the tower was slammed and your actual service wasn't working... its THAT band that would be informing you that no lines were avialable.
  • Article full of heroes.
  • ideamaster: i'm super, thanks for asking. -big gay sandy. {think south park}}

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    I have had plenty of bosses in the past that sent a meeting invite 3 minutes before the meeting is supposed to start. And they can't read e-mails or listen to voice messages. The guy probably shouldn't have lost his head and taunted the guy though. That is poor form on his part.


    Look at this exchange:

    Cini: "Rob, if you don't call me by 4 o'clock, I'm going to have to let you go. Everybody is working. You're the only one not answering your phone. Ridiculous, dude."
    Campolongo: "Hey, you wanna fire me, fine. ... Look on the news and CNN, and you'll see why I couldn't call you. ... I'm ridiculous??? Well, it's after 4!!! ... I ACCEPT YOUR FIRING MY ASS!!!"


    Campolongo isn't acting like someone who got a last-minute call into a meeting. Let's say that the guy didn't get Cini's text until after 4 (which I still say is BS)--a normal person would have just called back and explained the situation. "Sorry, boss--didn't get any calls, I'm in Burlington County rescuing trapped victims because I'm the only one who can pilot the special boat they need." Everything could have been cleared up within a few minutes. But Campolongo decided to be an ass. He wanted to get fired.

    /Won't he be surprised when he can't collect unemployment.
    //Can't collect if you've been fired
  • scottydoesntknow: Never mind the fact that you're 40 and still don't know the difference between 'your' and 'you're'.


    Hell, that's a firing in and of itself.
  • Headso: Was that a poorly written headline or was it just me?


    Not just you. It seems more like a cluster of rash thoughts after reading the article than a well-planned headline. Something about ending in an acronym didn't sit right either.

    /media connoisseur
    //I read the article pinky out
  • Complaining to the media is really helping your case
  • "I've been a volunteer a long time. I'm not here to play the firefighter card," he said. "But I don't want other firefighters to be afraid."

    Douche. You were even given an opportunity to keep your job and blew it off. You're a child.
  • brigid_fitch: He wanted to get fired.



    Beyond that I'd say what he really wanted was the attention.  He wanted the world to know he's a "hero" and now a "martyr".  I applaud anyone who helps out during disasters, but you've got to admit... some of them do it for selfish reasons.  And this guy took that to a whole new level.
  • brigid_fitch: ideamaster: i'm super, thanks for asking. -big gay sandy. {think south park}}

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    I have had plenty of bosses in the past that sent a meeting invite 3 minutes before the meeting is supposed to start. And they can't read e-mails or listen to voice messages. The guy probably shouldn't have lost his head and taunted the guy though. That is poor form on his part.

    Look at this exchange:

    Cini: "Rob, if you don't call me by 4 o'clock, I'm going to have to let you go. Everybody is working. You're the only one not answering your phone. Ridiculous, dude."
    Campolongo: "Hey, you wanna fire me, fine. ... Look on the news and CNN, and you'll see why I couldn't call you. ... I'm ridiculous??? Well, it's after 4!!! ... I ACCEPT YOUR FIRING MY ASS!!!"

    Campolongo isn't acting like someone who got a last-minute call into a meeting. Let's say that the guy didn't get Cini's text until after 4 (which I still say is BS)--a normal person would have just called back and explained the situation. "Sorry, boss--didn't get any calls, I'm in Burlington County rescuing trapped victims because I'm the only one who can pilot the special boat they need." Everything could have been cleared up within a few minutes. But Campolongo decided to be an ass. He wanted to get fired.

    /Won't he be surprised when he can't collect unemployment.
    //Can't collect if you've been fired


    This.
    I'm pretty sure if he had called his boss and explained to him what happened and apologized for not calling, he would have gotten his job back. But know he had to be an asshole, and know he is being an even bigger asshole by biatching about it to the media. Something tells me that this guy is just a plain everyday asshole.
  • freewill: "I've been a volunteer a long time. I'm not here to play the firefighter card," he said. "But I don't want other firefighters to be afraid."

    Douche. You were even given an opportunity to keep your job and blew it off. You're a child.


    I even had to post on the articles comment about that line. He says he's not playing the firefighter card but did a farking photo shoot for the article in full uniform at the firehouse.

    GTFO.. He's an attention whore.. I'm grateful he saved lives but it comes off really selfish of him to basically go to the media and say LOOK AT ME, LOOK AT ME I DID GOOD.
  • styckx: He's an attention whore.


    Agreed. He's one of those people who manages to tell you what they do within five minutes of you meeting them, even if you haven't asked. What a loser.
  • freewill: "I've been a volunteer a long time. I'm not here to play the firefighter card," he said. "But I don't want other firefighters to be afraid."

    Douche. You were even given an opportunity to keep your job and blew it off. You're a child.


    Even the states that offer legal protection for the Volunteers when they're on calls or doing disaster response from being fired require you to notify your employer up front, and make them aware of why you're not going to be there prior to doing so.

    Agreed. This guy's a wacker.

    /TCA 50-1-307 prohibits Vol. Firefighters from being fired as a result of their being late or absent because of a response. TCA 50-1-309 allows a Volunteer Firefighter to leave work or school to respond on a call and not be disciplined, provided their profession isn't seperately regulated (i.e. a nurse cannot leave a patient)
  • Yeah and after this article he will have "no trouble at all" getting another job.
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