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  •  Disagree. (10+ / 0-)

    The diarist's instincts were saying the $765 paycheck wouldn't be forthcoming at all, or at least without a fight.  

    Why wouldn't Haroun just level.   "I'm afraid we won't cover parking during the probationary period."  Or,
    "I'm sorry, private vehicle versus public transport is a personal choice, so we won't be able to validate parking for this position."  

     It's not an issue of "Gee,  I'd rather not have a job than pay for my own parking." There was clearly dodging and weaving going on.  

    I'd trust my gut too, in a case like that.

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Wed Jul 25, 2012 at 01:32:01 PM PDT

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    •  Agree with lgmcp (12+ / 0-)

      First, a person's going to be nervous the first day of any new job; I usually am. Things like lunch & parking do get overlooked, but few of us have had to deal with situations where one has to ask all of the questions -- especially the trivial ones.

      Another thing is this. I've worked with "Middle Eastern types". & they've struck me as forthcoming on basic issues like parking & meal times. They may be blunt about it ("Whaddya think I'm made of money? Pay for your own parking, guy!"), but what comes across in US culture as shady is far more often than not shady in foreign cultures. Personality types are amazingly cross-cultural.

      The big tell -- which I missed the first time I read Charles' account -- is that the would-be boss was evasive about filling out the employment forms. Every employer does that ASAP in order to avoid breaking the law inadvertently (e.g., hiring an illegal alien, not properly withholding some tax, etc.). Unless he's going to pay you under the table, in which case it's all in cash -- preferably paid daily.

      I don't think Craigslist is necessarily unreliable. It's like the classified ads of old: there will always be a certain percentage of jobs advertised that are, er, undesirable.

      The crappy thing is I suspect the misadventure Charles described in this diary will become more common for more people. It's far too easy to forget that saying someone is "involved in a start-up" is just the modern way of saying "going into business" with all the same drawbacks & uncertainties of the earlier time.

      •  Flat out - no. You made the right decision. (5+ / 0-)
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        Argyrios, glorificus, PeterHug, hoof32, lgmcp

        this is as good a red flag as any:

        The big tell -- which I missed the first time I read Charles' account -- is that the would-be boss was evasive about filling out the employment forms
        Would-be boss is (hopefully) flirting with well deserved disaster.

        "No man is rich enough to buy back his past." ~ Oscar Wilde

        by ozsea1 on Wed Jul 25, 2012 at 09:26:45 PM PDT

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