Matt Kruczek
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I've just finished a couple of weeks in spice factory (all Dune jokes and references welcome - nobody there had even heard of it), and there's a couple of radios in the production areas to provide a bit of distraction during the shifts.

Most of the workforce are 30+ and usually have it tuned to a local station that plays a variety of music, and has a daytime no-repeat guarantee.

Except when "B" is in.

"B" likes a station that specialises in R&B, Urban and Dance music, and has a playlist of about 12 songs. Now I like to think I have a reasonably broad and eclectic taste in music, but this stuff is just dire, and most of the rest of the staff just tolerated it.

My problem was that for most of the time I was stood next to the radio, and I had the same twelve crap songs pumped into my ear at full volume from less than a yard away, for up to seven hours a day. I would turn it down to a level where it wasn't physically painful (25 out of 30), explaining why, and getting the agreement of all concerned. But as soon as I went anywhere he would stop what he was doing and turn it right up again. He would also complain at length and demand that the station be changed if anyone put it on anything different.

Apparently he "needs" that particular station at that high volume to be able to function, as "I can't work properly without my music, man."

Never mind that everyone else is bored stiff.
Never mind that most communication on the factory floor is next to impossible.
Never mind that it's probably exceeding safe levels of sound.
Never mind that production levels were noticeably worse when he was around.
Never mind that I was in actual pain.

The youngest and least competent member of staff was unable to function without his music.

I'm VERY glad to have headed to pastures new.
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To Buy:
Cheap iPod
FM modulator

To do ahead of time:
Download Audacity
Record 5 minutes of static noise
Set up your ipod to autorepeat play the static mp3
Set FM Modulator to the problem station


Not sure of your setup at work, but you'll need to have the ipod somewhat close to the radio so that your broadcast swamps the radio signal and so that you either a) don't hear the R&B station at all or b) you hear it but it's so static-y that no one wants to listen to it.

Problem solved.
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Actually he kind solved the problem for everyone by getting himself fired last week for persistent lateness. Unfortunately knowing that he was on his way out just made him worse. No idea of the consequences or impact of his actions AT ALL.
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Yeah, this is definitely a millennial problem.



I do feel your pain. However, I think any music is better than talk radio.

4. NPR talk: gag
3. Rush Limbaugh: hrrrmph...
2. Howard Stern: gulpgulpgulpgulp
1. Any sports talk radio of any kind: wheatwheatHURLwheatwheat
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I worked part-time at a clothing store when I was going to college.
The day manager had a mix cassette tape for the sound system, and not only did I grow tired of it after a few hours, I came to dread it.
The same 16 songs, same order, on a continuous loop-- it was the only cassette at the store, and we were instructed to flip the tape over once it ran out on one side.
There was one song in particular that I absolutely detested, and I often made an excuse to leave the store for 4 minutes while it was on.

Eventually, one Saturday night, I cracked.
The tape ended on the one side, I volunteered to go back and flip it over, and came back out to the sales floor holding a cassette with about 4 feet of mangled tape hanging out of it. I told the guy in charge (weekend nights) that it must have been coming unspooled in the player (it was not a high quality unit...) and got crushed up.
Fact is, I pulled the tape out and crushed it in my hands until it was all kinked up for the last three to four feet. whistle

After that, several new mix cassette tapes showed up to replace it, and we got to alternate between them.
Bliss!!
I never heard one other staff member complain that they missed the old tape, either. laugh
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matt_k wrote:
I've just finished a couple of weeks in spice factory


Is that where the Spice Girls came from?

*rimshot*
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I listen to old time mysteries on Internet Archive at home. Anything from the 40's and 50's is in my wheelhouse.

In the car, I prefer 60's - makes me feel young again. whistle
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a station that specialises in R&B, Urban and Dance music, and has a playlist of about 12 songs.


That is quite specialised.
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While I object to you claiming it's about generation, he still sounds like a jerk.
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galad2003 wrote:
I would have told the kid tough shit we're not listening to that station. If he was the only one who liked it how could the rest of you just acquiesce to his demands? If it came to a head then demand to have management or HR settle it. I would rather listen to no music then listen to that.


You do realise he is in Britain? What actually happens is everyone bitches and moans about it behind his back but not wanting "a scene" no one says anything about it to his face.
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shumyum wrote:






"Lord I was born a ramblin' ma-ann..."
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Jon_1066 wrote:
galad2003 wrote:
I would have told the kid tough shit we're not listening to that station. If he was the only one who liked it how could the rest of you just acquiesce to his demands? If it came to a head then demand to have management or HR settle it. I would rather listen to no music then listen to that.


You do realise he is in Britain? What actually happens is everyone bitches and moans about it behind his back but not wanting "a scene" no one says anything about it to his face.


Or he might be a little crazy.



People think the English are all reserved, crumpets and tea.

Bull Shit! My ex was from Stoke on Trent, and people there are low rent crazy.

 
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The R&B must flow...
 
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