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On February 1, 2009 I posted on this blog that I had lost my job.

At the time I was working for Ace Parking Management Inc as a cashier. And the reason I lost my job was because I placed a validation coupon, which had been given to me by a company detective, in the wrong ticket. In other words, I failed a detective test, and that made me a suspect; they figured I was keeping their money. But did they really think so? Or did my supervisors recent the fact that I wasn’t letting them be rude, and my mistake was a good excuse to fire me?

I knew my only fault was to have misplaced that coupon, so I asked my supervisor to show me the ticket in question so that I could find where the problem was. I knew there was a mistake somewhere. He said he didn’t have the ticket; it was never shown to me. He said to go and see the union. My immediate manager said that “he could say a lot of good things about me” (I had work there over two years) so he would give me good references. How nice of him!

When I called human resources they also refused to listen.

I wanted to clear the matter, so I went to the Union. It took close to six months to get a hearing (I was never paid for that time). During this time Ace Parking showed a totally unprofessional and unethical behavior. After about three months, they send a copy of the ticket (front), which the union returned to them showing that the ticket had been properly validated, and explaining why there had been no money involved in the transaction; the ticket showed clearly a “zero” value, and the time in the ticket also proved the coupon in question was placed there by accident. The Teamsters thought it was enough evidence to drop the charges. But Ace Parking didn’t respond.

They never sent copy of the back of the ticket either, and it had conclusive evidence (proper validation) that there was no money value in that ticket, why were they stalling and withholding evidence? They must have seen the back of that ticket, right?

I wrote a letter to the CEO for help (I had met him personally years before) and I don’t think he ever received it. At human resources they told me later he did, but another letter that they were supposed to send on my behalf (after they were ordered by the mediator to reinstate me) was never received. I know because after I resigned recently I went to see the Irvine Co (the Ace Parking customer I had been working for in La Jolla Gateway at 9191 Centre Dr, La Jolla CA–they didn’t give a hoot either) and they never received the letter that I had written, explaining that the investigation had cleared me.

I am hoping this post gets noticed by Mr. Scott Jones, the owner of the company, or by Mr. John Baumgardner the CEO. I don’t think they know how lacking in integrity their management team is. Isn’t the company supposed to value their employees? It says so in their statement of purpose. Is that how Ace Parking values their employees?

Ace Parking Management Inc needs to start training their managers properly. Most of them don’t seem to know what leadership is; they also lack integrity. This is tantamount to Ace Parking Management Inc lacking integrity; management is the company. And my case is living proof that Ace Parking Management Inc does not value their employees.

Considering that I recently posted about the YMCA’s lack of integrity also ( What Happened to the YMCA? | Integrity, What is It? | Review ), and I have seen it often, should we conclude that this is a common practice in our country? Are we missing something? Many years ago I read a book titled “The Social Contract” by Robert Ardrey. He wrote it in memory of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. He arrives at the conclusion that in developed countries the hungry psyche has replaced the hungry belly. It seems like an accurate conclusion, don’t you think?

Is it any wonder that we have a corrupt government selling our country to the highest bidders?

What Happened to the YMCA? | Integrity, What is It? | Review

I used to be a fan of the YMCA; I was a member for years. Do you remember the 1978 song  by the Village People? “YMCA . . . YMCA . . .”

When I joined the YMCA in Florida around the year 2003, they assured me that the aerobics room was available to members as long as there wasn’t a class, or any other activity, in session. All members were welcomed to practice their stuff there. I used it regularly to dance.

In 2006 I moved to San Diego from Texas, where I also used the aerobics room at the YMCA. I transferred my membership to the Mission Valley YMCA. There I also used the aerobics room until recently; until this lady (director?) came into the room, saw me dancing, and informed the employee in charge that I wasn’t allowed to use the room “unless there was an instructor present;” that was their policy, she said.

To be honest, this happened once before at the La Jolla location, also in San Diego. At that location the woman was so rude and unprofessional when asking me to leave, that I wrote a letter to the director complaining, and explaining that the woman in question could be in need of professional help; she seemed to be psychologically disturbed in her unwarranted threatening behavior. Nothing was done other than the director explaining that it was a policy that they had to reconsider, and (to make it more puzzling) it had nothing to do with their liability because when a member joins the YMCA he signs a form exonerating the organization if an accident happens.

I also spoke to a member of the board of directors about the matter to no avail. But I did not worry about it because I stopped using that location due to losing a job I had in the area. But when the problem resurfaced again at the Mission Valley location, I decided to cancel my membership and go elsewhere. And that’s when I noticed a complete lack of integrity.

Integrity means honesty. But it has a particular connotation. It also refers to parts integrating with each other, as in unity or wholeness. In other words, you don’t say something today and then deny that you said it a couple of days later. That is a lack of integrity. I am explaining this here so that if the YMCA comes in contact with this post they can learn what integrity is. After all, honesty is one of the things that they are supposed to teach their young members.

Anyway, when I went to the office last month to cancel my membership, they offered me a less expensive plan assuming that money was the cause. But I explained that the reason for the cancellation was not money but the fact that I wasn’t allowed to use the aerobics room. They proceeded then to cancel my membership, and I left.

But it occurred to me after I left that it took a month for them to cancel a membership. For they were collecting directly from the bank, and needed to do the paperwork and submit the cancellation. So maybe I could reduce my last month payment by downgrading my membership for that month. I called them, talked to the same person, and he said that there was no problem. I stressed that the cancellation should still be active at the end of the agreed time. They said there was no problem, the process wouldn’t interfere with my retraction, but I had to return and fill another form. I did. And again I stressed that the cancellation was still to be applied on the due date. He agreed.

Are you guessing where this is going? Next month, when I checked my account they had withdrawn the regular fee. I went back to the office and talked to the same person again. He said he would check to see where the mistake was. He did. And with a straight face, he called his boss. They said that the last form I had filled had enrolled me on the lower rate program, but it wouldn’t be active until the following month.

I looked at them in disbelief. They both knew that I had canceled and why. They said again that what I had done was change my membership. I looked at both of them, told them that they weren’t being honest, and to please cancel my membership. There was nothing else to say really; the YMCA lacked integrity. I had to fill another cancellation form.

The names of any of the characters above are irrelevant; they represent the organization. And I ask you, how is the YMCA going to instill integrity in their members when they themselves don’t have any? How are they going to develop strong kids, strong families and strong communities? You know something else, I was a member at the Mission Valley location close to four years, and some staff members I never saw give a smile to anyone.

I should have canceled that membership a long time ago.

Mahatma Gandhi once said referring to Christians . . . “They are so unlike the Christ.” Isn’t that true?

San Diego | Pacific Ocean | Water Shortage

On my last visit to the YMCA gym this past week, I found a note on the shower room refering to the fact that new shower heads had been installed which reduced the flow of water in order to conserve it.

I am trying to figure out why in San Diego, CA , a city famous for its beaches on the Pacific Ocean we are having a water shortage.  We do have  the technology (desalinization) to treat seawater and make it consumable, don’t we? I have asked around but nobody seems to know. Any ideas? Do you know?

Thanks for your input.

“Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement.” ~ Alfred Adler

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