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So, I work with my mother and she gets a call this morning from the boss who is out of town. When his family goes out of town they turn my mother into a pet sitter. Well, last night he got a call from the neighbor and apparently his daughter's hamster wasn't in the cage. Lets keep in mind that they also have a cat and two dogs. Yeah.

He called last night at 10:15, but my mom was asleep. So he calls again this morning and pretty much accused my mother with questions that it was her fault. Several times he asked her if she touched the cage, even after she said no. Sooo, this morning we got here, not sure what we'd find.

NOTE: The "office" is actually just a basement, so we work out of his home.

As it turns out, we didn't even have to walk inside the door before we found it. Dead. At the top of the stairs. Yeah. Great.

It actually doesn't appear as if the other animals got a hold of it, there was no blood and it wasn't mangled, thank god.

From what I can guess, it got on top of it's igloo, which is close to it's wheel (a wheel which is stationary for some reason), and then onto it's water bottle where it climbed out. The top is just a netted top that doesn't have any way to clamp it down. It just sits there on top.

My guess is that it went into shock after it broke its leg, which seems to be the only thing ailing it. For some reason the tank was on the kitchen table, so it had to jump to the floor, none of the chairs were out, and then it was halfway down the stairs which it would have had to jump from onto the next one.

So yeah. Now my mother has to go out of town, two or three towns over, to go to the same pet store they did and buy a new hamster. No reimbursement for gas and probably no reimbursement for the hamster. Nice.

Note: You can reach me on InsaneJournal and DreamWidth under the same name. I don't really use either of them (or even know how to use them yet), but with the DDoS attacks, it might save my sanity to indulge them.

Date: 2011-04-06 01:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mijeli.livejournal.com
Apart from the fuckery your mum has to deal with - and I'm very sorry for that - I can't believe the solution your boss would come up with is: "get a new hamster". As in, replace a living creature and all is well. Sounds like a pretty soulless human being, eh? (But then I got this vibe from your past work-related posts already.)

Date: 2011-04-06 01:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] snugglemint.livejournal.com
This is actually the second hamster.

They told her about the first one dying, but they're making us try to find a duplicate of this one because she doesn't know it's dead.

I guess she said something about being worried about it yesterday and now it's dead. So instead of telling her it's dead, we have to try and find another one that's close enough that she won't notice.

-Sighs- Nevermind the work that has to get done today. (I guess that sounds bad since she's just a child, but yeah.)

Date: 2011-04-06 04:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] melusinahp.livejournal.com
Wow, that is complete bullshit. They improperly housed their own pet but your mom has to pay for it? Grr.

Date: 2011-04-06 04:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] snugglemint.livejournal.com
Yeah. It's pretty crap.

I mean, I'm sorry the thing died and I'm sorry it'll upset their child, but it wasn't through fault of my mother.

Date: 2011-04-06 08:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] songquake.livejournal.com
The boss is out of his mind. The child will know. Hasn't the boss ever seen that
episode of The Cosby Show
?

Seriously, kids need to learn that pets die. It's good practice for when people in their lives die. As Caroline says in the episode, "That's how Mother Nature works."

Date: 2011-04-06 08:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] snugglemint.livejournal.com
Well, the bad thing is that that was the second hamster. She was told the first one died. So I guess that's part of the reason they don't want to tell her, but the hamster we ended up getting... yeah, she's going to know.

Date: 2011-04-07 12:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] enchanted-jae.livejournal.com
Good gravy. I wish you and your mom could find other employment. This man is a complete douche bag.

Date: 2011-04-07 12:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] snugglemint.livejournal.com
I would have to agree.

Date: 2011-04-07 05:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] synkkaenkeli.livejournal.com
That's completely stupid.

I'm not going to really leave LJ unless something major happens, but I'm considering jumping on some other blog sites just in case, that way if people need to find me, they can. Because we can't exactly go back and find people later. I'll post this weekend if I make journals on all of them.

Date: 2011-04-07 10:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] snugglemint.livejournal.com
I'm not leaving LJ either, I'm just making an alternative.

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