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May 12, 2006 1:29 pm

Seeing all those wonderful comments about the Fantabulous trips that Edward Jones sends their employees on as a reward for all their hard work, dedication, doing what's right- no REALLY right for the client - I found myself missing those trips. I found myself feeling selfish, and GREEEDY for making so much more money when I was happy leaving it on the table before.


So this last weekend, I was lying around my own pool. And just as I was getting really comfortable I got up and took a shower. Got all dressed up and put on my old Green Name badge. I set up a cocktail table and Stood up and announced my name , where I was from and my Can-sell date to the people who could hear me on the golf course.


I then made out a check for $1500 (the tax I would have paid for that trip) and mailed it the Battered Brokers Shelter.


I spent the rest of the evening viewing an old training video- with a smile plastered across my face.


Boy I fee better now.


May 12, 2006 2:36 pm

Ahhh!  That was a nice stroll down memory lane.


Too funny.


May 12, 2006 2:49 pm

EX- No Problem.


Hey, I even have an UNUSED Federated Beach Bag left over from my last trip- I'll send it to you.

May 12, 2006 2:59 pm
munytalks:

Seeing all those wonderful comments about the Fantabulous trips that Edward Jones sends their employees on as a reward for all their hard work, dedication, doing what's right- no REALLY right for the client - I found myself missing those trips. I found myself feeling selfish, and GREEEDY for making so much more money when I was happy leaving it on the table before.


So this last weekend, I was lying around my own pool. And just as I was getting really comfortable I got up and took a shower. Got all dressed up and put on my old Green Name badge. I set up a cocktail table and Stood up and announced my name , where I was from and my Can-sell date to the people who could hear me on the golf course.


I then made out a check for $1500 (the tax I would have paid for that trip) and mailed it the Battered Brokers Shelter.


I spent the rest of the evening viewing an old training video- with a smile plastered across my face.


Boy I fee better now.




You and I are a lot a like.  Just this weekend I had my wife dress up like one of my old girlfriends, she put on a wig and everything.  Then I had her pick a fight with me, lie to me and threaten to cheat on me just like my old girlfriend used to.   Boy living in the past.  Good times.



May 12, 2006 3:03 pm

Muny - We have a "Protective" beach towel that can go with the beach bag.


How about the way you were always reminded before a trip how you were supposed to behave yourself?


Before her trip to St Maarten my rep was notified that the hotel was on a nudist beach, and as such Edward Jones reps are not permited to be nude on the beach. Our comment was, if she's not wearing her name tag how will they know she's with Jones?


(by the way, she says any romantic notion she had about nude beaches was forever changed by the horror she witnessed during the "nude beach volleyball" game)

May 12, 2006 3:07 pm

Devoted- EXACTLY the same thought I had when on a Nude Beach in France- HOWEVER, I did get caught.  I shouldn't have worn than D@#MN Putnam Sunvisor!


Max- (You do that too??!!)


May 12, 2006 3:15 pm

    


So what you are saying is, you have to apologize for Putnam IN "uniform" and OUT of "uniform"?

May 12, 2006 3:23 pm

[quote=Devoted SA]

    


So what you are saying is, you have to apologize for Putnam IN "uniform" and OUT of "uniform"?


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UUHHH, boy- you REALLY do know your way around, don't you!


But hey, I WAS with the BEST D@#$MN  Firm in the entire Free Flippin' Universe!!

May 12, 2006 3:49 pm

Man, I can't tell you all the Putnam crap I have.  My favorite of which is the embroidered shirt that I use when I'm painting.


I will say though, that I do have a very elusive "American Funds" polo.  Most brokers have only heard about them.

May 12, 2006 4:05 pm

Ex - you must have given them about $25 mil for that $20 polo

May 12, 2006 4:10 pm

Seems like a fair trade, doesn't it? 

May 12, 2006 4:12 pm

Can't wait to finish reading this come Mon.  Wife and I are headed out of town for the wkend.  Have a good weekend everyone.

May 12, 2006 5:10 pm

My all time favorite



That's a great question, I am glad you asked.

May 12, 2006 6:42 pm

Before her trip to St Maarten my rep was notified that the hotel was on a nudist beach, and as such Edward Jones reps are not permited to be nude on the beach. Our comment was, if she's not wearing her name tag how will they know she's with Jones?


Obviously your rep was never a true Edward Jones rep at heart otherwise she would have had  E   D   J  tatooed in green on her ass.  No need to wear a name tag.


I have very nice black canvas briefcase tote that had Edward Jones embroidered on it in white.  You can hardly see where I picked out the embroidery.


I use all my EDJ and other promotional T shirts to paint the fence and work in the yard.

May 12, 2006 7:25 pm

Babs-


I put my Ted Jones Blue Blazer up for sale on e-bay. I got $19.95 for it.


I think a guy named... Butkus bought it.

May 13, 2006 2:02 pm

I hope I can sell my Blue Blazer for $19.95.  I recruited 10 people to Jones and I got this crazy clock from some east coast firm.  It was the most ridiculous gift I have ever been given. 


In 8 years at Jones no Diversification trips to Vegas.  It seems as though they don't trust the IR's to behave themselves.  When I was in Monte Carlo and betting $200 per hand a GP pulled me aside later in the week and asked if I had a gambling problem.  I couldn't believe the audacity of some the hosts on those trips. 


When I was in Brazil, one of the single Jones IR's brought a hot little local babe to the cocktail hour.  He was reprimanded by the GP's.  I think he could've been fired for that.  Just crazy!

May 13, 2006 4:06 pm

Spiked...I know i have criticized you in the past for being a crook. I still think that you are...but you have pointed out alot of goofs at Jones that I believe to be true. Here is a question...Are "they" watching over you the entire div trip to make sure you are doing as you are supposed to be doing? I have always wondered that.

May 14, 2006 3:05 pm

Peanut,


I know you didn't ask me, but I can tell you what I have seen on Div trips in my years at Jones.


One broker rented a sailboat while in the Carribean- she and her husband were avid sailors. They skipped around a couple of Islands to make the most of the trip-it was her first win. Each evening at cocktail hour and morning at breakfast people who knew her were being asked about her whereabouts. Problem was- she skipped out on the "Meeting". If you don't attend the meeting, JOnes has trouble writing the trips off to the IRS. She got pulled aside by GP's and 'scolded' for her 'thoughtless' behavior.


The GP's keep tabs on Jones folks during all trips, Div Trips, Due Dilliegence, etc. They make notes and put it in your 'call path'. There are two reasons they keep notes- such a asking Spike if he has a gambling problem- One) they track you at Jones for partnership/leadership- etc. Two) they may need to build a case against you someday if they fire you- or think you may sue Jones for something.


Do they watch over you to make sure you "are doing what you are supposed to be doing"- define that when you are on vacation. For some people, when you are on vacation, you need to feel like you are 'off the clock'. At Jones, you never are.


May 15, 2006 8:09 am

MUNY _



That was a classic!

May 15, 2006 4:12 pm

Yes--"CALLPATHID"  I had that command for awhile.  I used to read stuff about other brokers in the region that was entered.  It's like an electronic file.  RL put most of the stuff on there--but It was interesting to see the kind of crap that was on there.  You could look at product mix, notes, even look at the trades that were placed that day by the IR.


Muny--you reminded me of that!!!  I had forgotten all about it.