To preface this story: I arrived to work normally, rolled and smoked a cigarette while talking with my colleagues. I had noticed a police van waiting in the car park across from us, not looking but definitely in waiting. A colleague dismissed this by saying there was an incident at the local underground station. I thought nothing more of it…
So I got in, logged in, checked my email, logged into our system, opened the various spreadsheets, logged into recruitment resources and took first orders from my boss. Expecting a standard day of course. As I got the order the police and two alphabet soup agencies came busting through the door with the poor receptionist who didn’t know what to do. It was obviously a raid.
The told us to get off our computers leave everything logged in. We locked our computers and got up. We were rounded into a conference room where someone from the alphabet spaghetti agency told us we had to give a statement. We work with the law, we are not stupid. It was voluntary and therefore I’m not giving them a statement.
Your dealings with the company are nothing to do with me. I asked to go to my desk obviously requiring an escort but I found I had collected my effects beforehand so I then exited the building. Between that the lady from alphabet soup agency was fishing for information. I put and end to that quickly.
I stayed that my colleague, the IT admin had consented to giving them the master logins a few minutes ago in front of my face when she was present so what reason did she have to ask. She then went on to ask about our logins to which I replied I don’t know my log in as its auto filled. I’m not being obtuse, I just don’t have to remember it.
I know what all this is about, I believe it’s in regards to unethical marketing. The service provided is legitimate. We are basically getting fined on violations. It sucks but at least I got the day paid I guess. Saying that it has put me very much behind in my work. Some people are very particular about their appointments.
They really thought they could trick their way into getting statements by masquerading as if we were under arrest or being detained. That’s sad. The police officers looked annoyed, bored and everything in between. I feel for them because it’s a total waste of time. They’re just muscle and as cliche as it is they could be solving real crimes. Not stupid trade violations.
There was no threat of violence, a chance sure but no real or perceived threat from anyone working there. Management or otherwise. I felt sorry for one alphabetty spaghetti agent who had to follow and watch a senior management member have a cigarette. When my job drags I will remember him. It’s funny that they treat us like criminals. I’m the wolf of what street exactly?
They took what they wanted, paper, passwords, servers and whatever else the warrant gave the access to. So now ive had an extra wasted day. I wasted 2 hours the previous day listening to a complicated case we can’t touch. My fuck up. Someone else will get that business and she will get her dues. I hope she does.
You can imagine what today was like. Running a day behind, at a loss. Missing information, a system reset, it’s been crazy. I’m still recruiting and catching up on caseloads, closing cases. Accepting and rejecting case based on liability, legal quantum and other factors.
I had to explain to my colleagues that they’re not after you but rather the company you are employed by. Someone then saw it fit to inform me he had been carrying lots of weed. Close to a pound in fact. Not an issue for the business but a problem for him because of the police presence.
I advised that they couldn’t search his handbag without suspicion. The warrant was unrelated. I came in the next day and a lot of our computers and servers were gone, a day behind and I had to make up my appointments, any face to face meetings I had. Now it’s just a matter of catching up and waiting for the fine to land on our doorstep.
All in all it was an interesting day.