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I lost the key at work
#1
So after being unemployed for a few months earlier this year (and gaining about 20 pounds from depressed-eating and no motivation to exercise), I finally managed to get a temp contract job at a call center for benefits offered by various companies. This was not only a blessing because it was a job, but one where I didn't need to be on my feet, which tend to hurt unbearably if I stand on them all day (and this is what caused me to have to quit my previous job).

And the job is going quite well. Not sure if I'll be hired on permanently, as it was a 6-8 week contract with possibility for extension (no promise of hiring though) to deal with the increased call volume as their clients had their 2016 open enrollment.

But of course, no silver cloud could possibly come without a gray lining. We each have a key to the room the company is renting for the temps in the office complex, and we have to surrender it upon finishing the contract. There was a key agreement we signed that we'd have to pay to replace the locks if we lost the key.

So I kept it in the pocket of my work pants at all times, and then eventually set it on my dresser for safe keeping, since I live only 10 minutes away and never really needed it (I'm never the first one in). But now it's gone. And I have no fucking idea where.

Now I spend half of my days terrified this'll ruin my standing with the supervisors and rob me of the chance to use them as very positive and recent references for future job applications. And the fee for losing the key was $100, although I for some reason think that it said $100 per key (meaning over $1000 total), so I'm scared of that, too, since either way is more than I can afford.

This just confirms for me that I'll just end up fucking up anything I try to do that goes well. I'm never gonna dare be optimistic or feel good about anything ever again, because clearly I'm not allowed to.
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#2
It doesn't seem like that big of a deal. If you need the new key just tell them you need a new key. If you have to pay $100 then that's not that bad. We all had our own badges when I worked at a call center. $25 to replace. It was no big deal if you needed a new one. Everyone makes mistakes. You're fine.

I don't think it would ruin everything.
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#3
It couldn't have grown legs and walked away. It's somewhere in your home. Try to remember the very last time you had it and what you did with it. Check underneath everything. Check in everything. Did you move it or put it in something else thinking it was a safer keeping? Many times, I've misplaced items because I moved it thinking it would be better here or there, or that I'd remember putting it there better, and I completely forgot I had moved it from the original spot.
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#4
You can still try a trick called retracing your steps. Go to the place you were when you realized the key was missing, then go to the place you were right before then, and so on, working backwards. This trick often works in finding stuff that gets put in a strange place because we get absent-minded. I do it all the time and have learned not to panic when I end up finding my wallet, with my ID in it, sitting in the middle dresser drawer on top of my underwear. Big Grin
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#5
Could you borrow someone else's key and take it to a locksmith so s/he can cut another one?
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#6
A 100 bucks for loosing a key? That is a bit extreme, especially since it seems like they are giving them out like candy. They certainly don't need to give one to every person and especially not new hires. This seems like a scam of sorts to try and make money off of their employees. This is the first time I've heard of a company giving out keys like that and making people sign an expensive contract. That's just insane, it doesn't cost that much to have a key made, and I doubt if they hand them out like they do it can't be any kind of special key.
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#7
Check the washing machine
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#8
Check the bathroom, and places you would never think itcould possibly be.. thats where you will find it.
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(11-19-2015, 11:20 PM)Sci-Fi Wrote: A 100 bucks for loosing a key? That is a bit extreme, especially since it seems like they are giving them out like candy. They certainly don't need to give one to every person and especially not new hires. This seems like a scam of sorts to try and make money off of their employees. This is the first time I've heard of a company giving out keys like that and making people sign an expensive contract. That's just insane, it doesn't cost that much to have a key made, and I doubt if they hand them out like they do it can't be any kind of special key.
It's a security thing. It's not the cost of replacing the key but replacing the entire lock because someone who now has it might be able to get in and do anything they want when they are inside. Buying a new lock and hiring someone to replace it could easily cost $100 or so. It doesn't sound like a scam at all to me. I think it's probably justifiable.

In any case, I agree that looking absolutely everywhere for that key would be a good idea. Move furniture if you have to and look in your car and around where you normally park. Look in all the pockets of your clothes, look in bathrooms, laundry rooms, and absolutely everywhere around where you last saw it (on the dresser). Also look everywhere in any drawers, jars, bowls, or anything else you might have ever put it in. Also check drawers at work, too. Maybe you took it out there for some reason.
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#10
Relax. If you set it in the same place and never picked it up it HAS to be around somewhere. You should just have a good look. It's understandable for this type of thing to bring negativity and unbalance your mind.

(11-19-2015, 11:20 PM)Sci-Fi Wrote: A 100 bucks for loosing a key? That is a bit extreme, especially since it seems like they are giving them out like candy. They certainly don't need to give one to every person and especially not new hires. This seems like a scam of sorts to try and make money off of their employees. This is the first time I've heard of a company giving out keys like that and making people sign an expensive contract. That's just insane, it doesn't cost that much to have a key made, and I doubt if they hand them out like they do it can't be any kind of special key.

My place is similar, but each employee doesn't get a key. It's a secure site so managers and supervisors have a key since no security work after 7pm. They're pretty expensive too at something like £50 for a key., It would be better if they had some sort of code you could use instead of something you can loose.
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