Exhausted + broke trying to keep my job

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Registered: 04-07-2002
Exhausted + broke trying to keep my job
Tue, 07-24-2012 - 6:22pm

I had a long day today.  And yesterday.  And Friday, I was sick and missed work- nice thing to come back to after being sick.  It seemed that I had to download a new version of the VOIP softphone my company uses to have me do my work.  The new version didn't work.  Called Nerds Onsite.  They couldn't find the problem after more than an hour on the phone and 'puter and numerous emails back and forth.  Then, I called Dell tech support.  They found the problem and fixed it after hours on the phone and 'puter.  What's more, the warranty on my 'puter was expired, so to get Dell to fix the problem, I had to renew the warranty for $270.  So, I'm broke.  The problem is fixed now, but it is not fun to be out of money.  Is this the kind of thing classroom teachers face when they buy their own classroom supplies?


Beth "Petrouchka"

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Registered: 12-04-2000
Wed, 07-25-2012 - 5:02pm

Yes. When you know something is necessary and the employer doesn't provide it you're on the hook. Trying to do what's right is often expensive, plays on your conscience, and results in the old, "Is this worth it?" feeling.  You can always see a reason to buy it, but when you weigh the investment vs to return you will often find that no matter your good intentions the time, money and result were not worth it in the end. Still, most teachers keep doing all they can and learn to rationalize the investment as something better than nothing.

I'm betting that the company you work for set you up to be responsible for the technology on your end. You are probably stuck. You might see if the cost is a tax deduction as a classroom supply. In the US teachers can deduct out of pocket expenses up to a certain limit.

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Registered: 08-23-1997
Wed, 07-25-2012 - 9:17pm
I feel your pain. Last year I was trying out for a job as a search engine evaluator for a very large company whose name I am not allowed to mention and I was doing great until I had all sorts of software problems that made my computer crash. The job had a lot of potential but, I wound up giving up because of technical issues.
Hope your issues are resolved soon.
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Registered: 06-04-2003
Fri, 07-27-2012 - 3:19pm
Yep it is and frankly we're idiots to do so unless it's absolutely necessary. This was necessary but I can understand how exactly you feel. I have been in tears going to work, with barely ten dollars to my name some days and taking care of RICH children. It can be much. The feeling is beyond awful.