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@  Nevermore : (13 December 2018 - 07:25 PM)

Bonus points if your company has a works council. The employer is required by law to hear the works council prior to giving you your termination. The works council cannot prevent your termination if the employer really insists on going through with it, but if the employer failed to hear the works council, didn't wait for the works council to respond, or failed to tell the works council *all* the relevant details, the termination is legally invalid due to a technicality.

@  Nevermore : (13 December 2018 - 07:23 PM)

The employer has to tell you the reason for your termination if you explicitly ask for it, and if you can prove the reason is factually incorrect, the employer may lose the case.

@  Nevermore : (13 December 2018 - 07:21 PM)

For all its flaws, I really like a lot about our German labor law. Here, if you're under a permanent contract and have been continually employed for over six months, employers can only fire you for reasons that fall into one of three categories defined by law, and the burden of proof is on the employer's side in a potential court case.

@  Paladin : (13 December 2018 - 05:38 PM)

in brightest day or blackest night?

@  Bass X0 : (13 December 2018 - 05:25 PM)

Finally we get a Greenlight toy.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (13 December 2018 - 04:58 PM)

See.. In America they would just fire you for having the wrong color shoes on or some BS reason.

@  Nevermore : (13 December 2018 - 07:13 AM)

And hey, in addition to the clocked extra hours, I earned an additional 50% overtime bonus.

@  Nevermore : (13 December 2018 - 07:12 AM)

This past Saturday, in full expectance of a strike this week, I worked a full extra shift. They assigned me and some of the other volunteers to a totally pointless task, while some ladies were seriously sweeping the floor. When asked how long I was planning to stay, I smiled and said "a full shift!"

@  Nevermore : (13 December 2018 - 07:10 AM)

"You were asking for volunteers, right? I'm staying." - "But we have no more work for you!" - "I don't see how that's *my* problem..."

@  Nevermore : (13 December 2018 - 07:10 AM)

It's possible to use that to troll the employer a little, though... Once they allow voluntary overtime, they cannot backtrack from that. So once you notice you're rapidly running out of work, you just decide to do overtime out of spite.

@  Nevermore : (13 December 2018 - 07:08 AM)

Now if there's *no* strike... people eventually run out of work.

@  Nevermore : (13 December 2018 - 07:07 AM)

Amazon is prepared for strikes... they just hire way too many people for the Christmas season. If there's a strike, they still have enough (albeit inexperienced) workers.

@  Steevy Maximus : (12 December 2018 - 07:49 PM)

Not one bit :p

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (12 December 2018 - 06:46 PM)

@Steevy Did you read TM2's post? "Amazon.de".

@  Paladin : (12 December 2018 - 06:37 PM)

just wait until the European economy collapses up its Brexit-shaped asshole.

@  TM2-Megatron : (12 December 2018 - 06:22 PM)

Probably not a ton of people, no. Although I'd say I order from one European Amazon site once every month or two, myself. Usually UK, but sometimes Germany as well. France and Italy a couple times, too. There are some good Blu-Ray releases that are exclusive to Europe

@  Steevy Maximus : (12 December 2018 - 06:00 PM)

I'm not sure a European strike is going to impact North American customers.

@  TM2-Megatron : (12 December 2018 - 04:13 PM)

Well, somebody must've been working 'cuz I had an order in with Amazon.de that got shipped out the other day

@  Echowarrior : (12 December 2018 - 01:29 PM)

Amazon.

@  Benbot : (12 December 2018 - 01:01 PM)

AOL?

@  Nevermore : (11 December 2018 - 08:22 PM)

Also, strike has been extended. So no working for 50 minutes. Would have been fun, though.

@  Nevermore : (11 December 2018 - 08:21 PM)

I said numerous times already that I work at that big American corporation that begins with "A".

@  Waspinator : (11 December 2018 - 07:21 PM)

Preferably the equivalent of Lara Croft or Indiana Jones a thousand years from now

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (11 December 2018 - 02:26 PM)

The turkeys... The answer is always the Turkeys.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 December 2018 - 02:05 PM)

Who would be the heroes in this situation?

@  Waspinator : (11 December 2018 - 02:03 PM)

When I die, I want my body to be part of a puzzle solution. Like, have my skeleton pointing at the clue the heroes are supposed to find.

@  Rodimus Supreme : (11 December 2018 - 12:38 PM)

Can you say where you work at? Or is that private?

@  Nevermore : (10 December 2018 - 02:49 PM)

It's completely pointless... whch is exactly the point. Hundreds of workers showing up 50 minutes before their shift is over.

@  Nevermore : (10 December 2018 - 02:49 PM)

We're on strike until midnight tomorrow (Tuesday->Wednesday). Which means I will clock in at midnight and work until my shift is over... 50 minutes later.

@  Nevermore : (10 December 2018 - 02:48 PM)

Hahaha, awesome.

@  Cybersnark : (09 December 2018 - 09:36 PM)

But The Pillows prefer to kill you with Poison Rock'N'Roll

@  Rodimus Supreme : (09 December 2018 - 10:23 AM)

Pillows can kill you softly.

@  Pennpenn : (09 December 2018 - 07:26 AM)

His song.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (09 December 2018 - 05:34 AM)

But is anything killing you softly?

@  Pennpenn : (09 December 2018 - 03:03 AM)

Oh don't be ridiculous. Some things are killing us quickly!

@  Rodimus Supreme : (08 December 2018 - 10:46 PM)

Isn't everything just killing us all slowly?...

@  wonko the sane? : (08 December 2018 - 09:23 PM)

Except the planet of junk actually fosters life, as opposed to the garbage patch which is just killing us all slowly.

@  RichardT1977 : (08 December 2018 - 11:11 AM)

I realized the other day that the Planet of Junk/Junkion is the interstellar counterpart to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

@  unluckiness : (08 December 2018 - 08:56 AM)

awards are a joke to begin with. One for video games makes it twice so.

@  TheMightyMol... : (08 December 2018 - 03:21 AM)

Sorry, I had beans.

@  Waspinator : (07 December 2018 - 11:50 PM)

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose in the Mountains of Mist. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (07 December 2018 - 10:33 PM)

Always hopeful yet discontent, he knows changes aren't permanent, but change is!

@  Pennpenn : (07 December 2018 - 07:16 PM)

Nonsense. Everything changes, the cycle is an illusion.

@  Waspinator : (07 December 2018 - 07:03 PM)

Turning, turning, turning through the years. Minutes into hours, and the hours into years. Nothing changes, nothing ever can. Round about the roundabout. Round and round and back where you began!

@  Pennpenn : (07 December 2018 - 06:56 PM)

The change was you got something off your wishlist. Be happy about that if nothing else!

@  wonko the sane? : (07 December 2018 - 02:09 PM)

I finally got something off my steam wishlist! but managed to add another title immediately: so there was no change. Dang it.

@  Dekafox : (07 December 2018 - 01:46 PM)

They're the thieves everyone is talking about though!

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (07 December 2018 - 11:06 AM)

Wrong Phantom thieves!

@  Dekafox : (07 December 2018 - 11:04 AM)

I thought they were just trying to take the Lupin Collection pieces

@  MEDdMI : (07 December 2018 - 09:25 AM)

damn you Phantom Thieves and your "Take Your heart wallet" motto!


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Phil's review of Studio Series Bumblebee (VW Beetle)


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#1 Philister

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 12:40 PM

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Prelude: There is a Bumblebee moving coming out this Christmas, maybe you’ve heard of it. Starring everyone’s favorite kid-appeal, spine-tearing, head-impaling, evil-Arab-killing yellow Autobot hero. And in order to capture the nostalgia crowd, he becomes a Volkswagen Beetle again. Yeah, kids, Bumblebee was originally a Volkswagen Beetle, not a Camaro or some other sports car. But hey, that was 34 years ago, so it’s been a while. But now Bee is back as a Beetle on the big screen and in the Studio Series. Here we go!

Robot Mode: First thing you need to know about this robot is that he is mostly a so-called shell-former. The largest part of the chassis of his car mode is folded together on his back. Only parts of his chest and the back of his legs are actually part of the car. He is actually quite similar in engineering to the first Studio Series Bumblebee, despite being an entirely new mold. So Bumblebee is a shell-former. If that is not your cup of tea, this might not be the figure for you.

Anyway, the figure is highly detailed and very nicely articulated, but a good deal smaller than other Deluxe class figures (such as the aforementioned Camaro Bee). This fits with his appearance in the movie trailers, actually, so no complaints here, just mentioning it. He also comes with a number of accessories. Like Camaro Bee he can switch out his right lower arm for a blaster. He also carries a blade that can attach to either forearm. Finally he has a battle mask, which he can switch out with his regular face. Cue an appearance from Optimus Prime, saying “give me your face!”. Sorry, that’s one of those jokes you just have to make. Anyway, both the battle mask and the blaster can be stored on Bee’s back. Not the blade, though.

Overall I must say that I like this robot mode. He doesn’t look at all like G1 Bumblebee despite the similar vehicle mode, but that isn’t really a requirement. So bottom line, a nice robot mode and looking sufficiently different from the endless parade of Movie Bumblebees we’ve had over the last decade to be interesting.

Alternate Mode: There was never really a question for me about getting this figure, mostly due to its alternate mode. And no, not because it’s the same alternate mode G1 Bumblebee had, but rather because both my father and my mother-in-law used to drive a Beetle themselves (though my dad’s was green). So yeah, Bumblebee transformers into a Volkswagen Beetle. Given that he is a shell former, this is mostly him curling up and unfolding his backpack.

Now I have heard from multiple sources that a lot of Bumblebees have some QC problems here, making it difficult (if not impossible) to properly tab the shell together. Luckily my Bee seems to have been spared these problems (not everything connects perfectly, but well enough), but it’s still not an easy feat to get everything lined up and tabbed in correctly. Once you have done it, though, you get a nice little Volkswagen Beetle. Both of Bee’s weapons and his battle mask can be stored underneath the car and you even get the fully screen-accurate visible robot head there. So bottom line, a very nice car mode.

Remarks: The Bumblebee Movie isn’t out yet, so we only know what we’ve seen in the trailers so far. It’s a prequel to the 2007 movie (or possibly a reboot, we’ll see) and shows Bumblebee hiding out on Earth and making friends with a human girl, all the while being hunted by Decepticons and WWE wrestler John Cena. The fact that this plot summary sounds really mundane when compared with other Transformers movies gives me hope.

As for the figure itself, I like it. It’s not perfect and apparently quite a few of him have quality control problems, but speaking solely for myself, this is my favorite Movie-style Bumblebee so far. The fact that it’s a Volkswagen Beetle plays a big part here, granted, but even disregarding that, I still like him. So if you are tired of Movie-style Bumblebees that all more or less look alike, here is finally something (semi-)new for you. Recommended to everyone who isn’t completely sick of Movie-style Bee yet.

Rating: B

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