My job just sent me home from work because I refused to wear a mask

1 yr
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I cannot comply any longer 🙅‍♂️

Earlier today I posted about how Hive is making me more money than my day job. Not even 8 hours later my job kicked me out of work because I refused to wear a mask. You can obviously see from the thumbnail image of this post that I work for USPS (United States Postal Service). I have been with the company as a clerk since April 20, 2013. It has been a long 8+ years, oftentimes I have been absolutely miserable at the place.

USPS was one of my only solid options for income in West Virginia when I first began my struggle with adulthood. I don't have connections anywhere in the world, I didn't get lucky with a high-paying job out of the gate, and I refuse to lie/cheat/steal my way to the top. There isn't much going on here in WV and $40-60,000 annually is considered pretty decent pay for the cost of living here. I have survived off of that income for nearly a decade now. It was always enough to get by, but never enough for me not to worry about my finances or live extravagantly.

You would think that after so many years of dedication towards a company, they would care about me, at least a little bit. That of course just is not the case. Today, the day after Thanksgiving and right when Christmas is about to be here, I was told that I had to leave work because I refused to wear a mask. Mind you there hasn't been anybody wearing masks in the building for around 6 months now. They are just all of a sudden demanding that employees obey again, eventually, I'm sure they may even do the same with vaccines.


Not this time 🚫

I don't want to get into a debate of whether or not masks do anything, the point is I do not wish to wear one. It ruins my ability to communicate and show expressions with my face and annoys my face tremendously, among other things. If freedom really is a thing in the USA, I should be able to make my own choices. Especially when nobody around me is feeling unsafe and asking me to wear a mask. It literally is just upper management trying to micromanage a place they will never come to. Plus many of the smaller post offices without supervisors/cameras are getting away with not wearing masks daily. It is an unbalanced treatment and somebody had to stand up against the tyrants. In swoops @daltono.

I obeyed at the beginning of this year when nobody really knew what was going on. It hurt my soul, but I reluctantly did it. I may be stubborn, but I do care for others, so I begrudgingly wore a mask for months despite being angry about it every day. At present time I now know that there is more to this than just a massive new sickness here to annihilate the world.


Live your life 🌃

At this very moment right outside of my window, there is a giant outdoor Christmas party happening downtown in my city. Everyone is walking around having a great time, nobody is in danger, and of course, less than 5% of people are wearing masks. It makes me happy to see people out there finally living their lives again, but I think they could easily be manipulated into barricading up in their homes once more. This is a farce and I cannot play along anymore. It is killing me mentally to blindly accept being told what to do.

I'm sure my co-workers partially hate me for leaving them to deal with all of the work, but this is much bigger to me. I care about them, as we go through the same struggles together each day at work. For them, they have no option but to say yes to anything they are told since they cannot survive without their paychecks. I wish we all had financial freedom, but it is not something that comes without great sacrifice.

Whether or not I get a rule changed or lose my job isn't the point to me. Deep within my soul, I am doing what feels right to me and it eases my mind. I'm not on this Earth to follow strict rules and live an unhappy life for somebody else's benefit. I am blessed with this human form to enjoy life on earth and find true happiness day in and out, no matter the obstacles.


Your loss, not mine 🤬

Customers love seeing my face and I legit do my best to make people's day. I genuinely enjoy making old grandmas smile for the first time all week. I am a godsend when it comes to calming down people when they freak out. I am good at this shitty job. I show up 5 days a week and dedicate 9 hours of each of those days to work. I may not be passionate about my job, but I definitely still go above and beyond what I am supposed to do. I am not a half-asser.

Yet here I am, sitting at home on my computer wondering whether or not I will be quitting my job soon thanks to my newfound wealth in crypto. Or if I will be fired for refusing to be mindless chattel before I can even hand in my two weeks notice. This is clear proof to me that they just do not care about me at work. I already knew that I could easily be replaced, no matter how good I am at what I do. I just ignored it for so long and have been thankful for the little bit of money that they let me have every two weeks. There are no rewards for being skilled at my job, all you have to do is show up and things will somehow work out. It is a total waste of my potential, but I have felt trapped there for so long.


An uncertain future 🔮

I really am not sure what the results of my actions today will be. I was told to go home today and show back up Monday morning to discuss what the next step is. All of the bigwigs were off of work today, so my supervisor really had no clue what to do. I'm pretty sure there hasn't been another local USPS employee who had big enough balls to say no and stand firm with that decision. I have to thank Hive for giving me the courage to stand up for what I believe in. If I didn't have a shit ton of money saved up, I probably wouldn't have done this. I surely look insane to everyone there and I can only imagine what they all will say to one another. They most likely assume I will come scrambling back begging for my paycheck, but I just refuse to let my dignity take that massive blow.

I can only see this playing out in a small number of ways.

  1. They ask me to come back to work and back off of the masks since it is the busiest time of the year for mail/shipping and they are desperate for staff.
  2. They proceed to terminate me from my position.
  3. Some higher-up attempts to intimidate me into obeying their order on Monday.
  4. I continue to stay at home and get paid until all of my annual/sick leave runs out. I have 19 days of total leave left.
  5. This is a continuation of #4. I am off of work for many months without getting fired and am brought back and given back pay thanks to our union finding a way to prove that what the USPS is doing is not tolerable.

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Instead of worrying about what is going to happen, I've gone right back to where my real passion lies... HIVE!

I feel like something is pushing me out of the door at my job at this point. Is this my sign that now is finally the time to say goodbye to USPS? Or am I doomed and making the worst mistake of my life? I have a really big feeling that Hive has a much brighter future than USPS. Then again there can't be any way that I know the answer, seeing as I am nothing but a mindless drone who will obey any and every order given to me by my superiors at USPS 😉


GIVE ME MY FUCKING FREEDOM BACK!

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I think you made the best choice man, and whatever happens, I hope it favors you. Its really tirin to live under strict rules as adults and as human beings. I totally understand how you must have been feeling all these while. Personally, I've had to take jobs where I was told what to wear, how to act and what to do with my time.. I totally hated it and had to quit after a couple months. Wish you the very best man. Stay Safe.

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I appreciate you taking the time to read and understand where I am coming from. My previous job was at a portrait studio. They made me shave my beard and cover all of my beautiful tattoos that I was so proud of. I didn't last there very long. At least USPS doesn't mind how I look, I give them that. I struggle with refusing to be controlled. Let's just say I am not a fan of leashes.

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Yeah, government owned jobs seem better than many private jobs in terms of strict rules. Though they may not pay so much for an extravagant lifestyle, but I do prefer them for leniency. And taking off your beards?????? That's harsh man!!! How's the beard and tat got anything to do with the skill???? Well man, I'm glad that's your past now and I hope things only keep getting better.

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I'm telling you, I will never be without a beard ever again after that nonsense. I was so young and naive/desperate, that is the only reason I did it back then. They said I didn't look professional despite the fact that I was the best photographer there.

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There are no rewards for being skilled at my job, all you have to do is show up and things will somehow work out. It is a total waste of my potential, but I have felt trapped there for so long.

👏 I feel you on that bro. Resonates with my situation to the T. The only thing is I actually got fired along with 12 others. And this was a government position teaching English. My countdown begins. Was not because of masks though but usual government budget shit.

The mask wearing shit, it seems people are freaking out about the “new variant” and already acting irrationally. It sucks you gotta fight for your right to breathe properly. I think they will go for option one since they are so busy and probably make a compromise like wear it around customers.

Bro, I just wish us true freedom! Stay up!

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I know many of us to have something inside of us telling us to follow our dreams. It is a scary thing to do, especially when you are like me and have crazy ass dreams that not many people believe to ever be possible. Let me remind you that literally, anything is possible.

I hope you are managing okay with the sudden change in income. Big changes like this are a fear that we must face. I have faith that more of us will conquer our fears rather than succumb to the fear.

Freedom to breathe is hindered some, but I really just do not like hiding my face. I am a very expressive person, it is like taking away my damn eyebrows... I just don't feel like myself and I look weird as fuck. I hate it so much, I think you can tell pretty clearly.

I doubt they will do option 1. They will just make one or two people do the work of 6-8. That is what happened last year when everybody took off "with COVID". I feel for those stuck there dragging that poorly built carriage.

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I hope you are managing okay with the sudden change in income. Big changes like this are a fear that we must face. I have faith that more of us will conquer our fears rather than succumb to the fear.

The good thing is they told us early, so I still have until the end of March. Just look around at jobs is feeling like the wrong path.

I know many of us to have something inside of us telling us to follow our dreams. It is a scary thing to do, especially when you are like me and have crazy ass dreams that not many people believe to ever be possible. Let me remind you that literally, anything is possible.

Yes indeed , it is scary but we only have one life. That’s why I see this situation with my job as a blessing, it gives me a chance to peruse my dreams and crypto is gonna help with that.

Freedom to breathe is hindered some, but I really just do not like hiding my face. I am a very expressive person, it is like taking away my damn eyebrows... I just don't feel like myself and I look weird as fuck. I hate it so much, I think you can tell pretty clearly.

For me it’s both, but breathing mostly, I gotta teach and talk in a mask all day. Every chance I get I’m outside getting fresh air.

I doubt they will do option 1. They will just make one or two people do the work of 6-8. That is what happened last year when everybody took off "with COVID". I feel for those stuck there dragging that poorly built carriage.

For real, probably give them an Xmas bonus or something.

I think you will be just fine, you are a talented dude with the graphics and you got the crypto eye, gaming, not sure if you are on twitch but if so you personality would get you followers easily.

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Good thing you have some time to prepare. I think you will find success and happiness elsewhere.

Teaching is even more important to not have a mask than my job. I mean both are hindered quite a bit, but I know you must be going mad about it too.

XMAS bonus at the post office, yeah right. That would never happen unless it’s with the incompetent management.

Thanks for the confidence booster bro I believe in myself to do great things, but it’s always nice when another talented creative acknowledges my skill. I know your music is special 👀
I really haven’t gotten into streaming, although I know I have what it takes to do it. Something about it hasn’t resonated with me yet.

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Tell them to get fucked. That's what I did under similar circumstances. Like honestly, you'll be much better off doing Hive/crypto full time and you'll actually be happy.

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I said everything but those exact words. The people I'm with there probably thought I was having a mental breakdown, but I am totally chill right now. I trust that my vision is going to crystallize rather than dematerialize.

I 100% agree with you. I have unlimited passion/creativity for Hive and being hindered by still going to a job is draining me harder than a Skid Row gutter slut.

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still going to a job is draining me harder than a Skid Row gutter slut.

That fucked me up lol. Chase your dream man. Fuck being a slave to some giant company that doesn't give a shit about you.

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1 yr (edited)

Ayyy I hope I didn’t make you pee your pants 😉🤣

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I would also love to do Hive full time. I live with multiple disabilities, and I receive a low pension-like income for that. Nowadays I also work in a four hours per day part time job as a packager, but my total income, which is approximately only $470 USD per month, still does not reach the local minimum wage, which is approximately $550 USD per month.

People, who do Hive full time are a great inspiration for me.

Have a nice day and have a nice weekend.
All the best. Greetings from Hungary.

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You will get here one day! It's all about consistency. Cheers

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I have refused to wear a mask this entire time. I'm not a sheep. #standyourground

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I wish I could say I was 100% like you. I knew right from the start this was BS, could smell it from a mile away. Sadly I was still desperate for a paycheck at the time, so I have to admit that I did do it for a few months. My pre-teen rage resurfaced during that time, I really was disappointed in myself to obey.

It felt pretty amazing to stand my ground earlier and be told that I had to leave. I swear my balls grew... and them fuckers were already BIG!

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Wait till they get hairy too 🤣

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I can't wait to sprout my very own pubes.

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yes I also feel like you, sick of the rules they give, but I can't resist their will, because in this place the only place that gives me a steady income

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I have to thank Hive for giving me the courage to stand up for what I believe in.

I had a similar incident at work which I stood up for myself, now that I've read your post I might have to write a post about my experience too.

Am very glad you stood up against the damn mask, people are so clueless out there and refuses to apply common sense to the covid shit.

Whatever the outcome you're better off without that job. Hive is here to provide income for you and am absolutely sure you know that.

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12 mo

It feels good to puff that chest and do what you think is right. I hope you do write that post, tag me if you do so that I don't miss it. I hope all is well Joe, haven't seen you around in a while. Glad you are still here dude.

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Hahaha this is how Dalton, am going no where 😃.

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Bro here in Venezuela, they Will going to put the vacum in obligatory mode, for all the stuffs (Buy food etc). Sadly for me I have to put that vacum and is the china or russian vacum... Sucks a Lot but I had to obey ir I don't wanna have troubles around here, the dictatorial goverment régimen sucks
Where is the real Freedom? Of course not here... :(

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12 mo

I know it is far worse elsewhere, such as Venezuela. I feel for you down there. Despite being in such a beautiful part of the world, the totalitarians wish to make locals and the like suffer. It is a terrible thing. Why can't we all just spread love and abundance?

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Thanks a Lot for your words
Will be awesome live in an entire world with love and abundance. I agree with that @daltono - The goverments ppl sometimes sucks.
But well, I'm glad that Hive can get You (and me an others off course) the first steps to a real longtime económic independence for break that old systems, like cyberpunks techa against the rules lml

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12 mo

We at least have a chance now. There is hope brother.

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Yeahhh and for me Is the only thing that I neeed: hope
And being strong lml and resist and being smart too for invest. Hive is a strong long time project, and we hope that gets a Lot of joy Moments around here

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I live in Hungary, and I heard from a worker in San Marzano Pizza on Friday that there will be stricter checkings on the mandatory mask wearing for workers. It is not mandatory for customers to wear masks, just/only recommended. But it is mandatory for the workers to wear masks. If the authorities will notice that the workers are not wearing masks, then they could close the restaurant for half a year, or even for one year, and in addition to this the workers could also get a fine.

This is hilarious, but nowadays this is our reality.

Have a nice day and have a nice weekend.
All the best. Greetings from Hungary.

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12 mo

I can't honestly think of one reason for anybody to ever want to get that as a job. I'd feel like such a cuck if my duties were to go around and make sure people are wearing masks. Such a lame way to make money.

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12 mo

I get you. I live on the other side of the world and too, this stupid things happen. You must use face masks almost everywhere, but then government allows football stadiums at almost full capacity. There’s no single clever desition being made and all this new variety is making everyone freak out. Ugh, it’s just as if 2020 was starting over again.

On the bright side, this misunderstanding might be your way to getting your freedom back… the universe works in mysterious ways, so it might be time for you to really focus on something you enjoy! Hope you allow yourself to do so! :-)

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12 mo

There is a major inconsistency. Even if it were done in a way that made more sense, I still don't like the simple fact of not having a choice. Many countries never gave a choice for anything, but the USA was said to be a place where you could truly live freely. That is changing more and more every day. It sucks so much to lose something so valuable.

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Brother, I perfectly understand your point. For more than 20 years I have been a freelancer who stopped obeying orders and policies of bosses that many times make no sense, but that makes your life out of squares and you cannot bear. The feeling of freedom is something that is priceless because that also allows you greater capacity for action and control of what is really important, your life and your family.

I imagine your satisfaction in facing your superiors for the imposed rules, perhaps now some of your co-workers see you as crazy, but they will probably admire you for having the courage to do something that they want to do, but cannot.

I'm not trying to push you out of your job, but I congratulate you and admire your passion for the pursuit of your financial freedom.

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It is so awesome to see someone else who has had success with this type of freedom for so long.

Don’t have to push me out, I’ve been wanting to escape for years. I wish I had the financial means and courage to do so sooner. Now seems to be the time more than ever. It feels like I’ve cocked into an even greater stage.

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Shortly we will all have to make far more difficult decisions with more existential consequences, because the global financial system will be shortly replaced with Central Bank Digital Currency that will completely enslave all that are incapable of providing the goods and services necessary to their survival by other means. Centrally controlled digital currency will prevent individuals from transacting in any way absent approval.

You are staying ahead of the wave, but now is not the time to arrest your progress towards the goal of independent means. I bid you complete success.

Thanks!

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