Those of you who have subbed long enough have probably lost out on some jobs do to poor timing. We have all likely been in the wrong place at the right time. However, there are some bizarre ways to lose jobs and money, and when it comes to lost opportunity of the strangest kind, I am probably in a unique class. However, I would like to know if I have some competition. In my 13 years of subbing, here are eight weird ways I have lost money. And these are only the ones I remember. 1. On three consecutive mornings, I picked up my telephone to accept work. However, the phone kept on ringing. I felt as though I had entered the twilight zone. I could answer all other calls, but for some reason, the calls from the subfinder would not pick up. I came to realize that the phone button on the phone body was stuck. So in effect, the reciever did not pick up, and I could not get the calls. Total losses: $300 2. I turned in my "return to work sheet" for the following school year to the district office receptionist a few years ago. Coincidently, I was stopping by the district office a few months later in August, only to discover that there was a mandatory sub meeting taking place at that very moment. I assumed it must have been for new subs only since I was not invited. I later learned it was a mandatory meeting for all subs that paid 100 dollars. I also learned I was not invited because my " return to work sheet" got lost, and the district thought I was not returning. Loss:$100 3. I was walking out the door to work, only to discover that a stray cat I had been feeding for years, was drenched in motor oil. I decided on my way to work that I could not leave the cat suffering in that condition. I pleaded with the office manager to get a sub for me, but I had to remain in the class for an hour of free work until the sub arrived and I could leave. Loss: $140 4. A Special Ed teacher requested me for her class, but I sat home while another sub got my job because the teacher did not know she had to dial a "1" in front of my area code, and could not therefore enter my name. Loss: $135 5. Just this year, another Spec Ed teacher requested me and had the district office put my name in the system. The district never put my name in, so I was sent home while the other sub in the system remained. I got a 40% day for showing up, This job paid 120%. Loss:$100. 6. I worked when all full day subs got out at 11:55 for a full day of pay. Yet regardless of the hours scheduled for a full day, if your day ends at 11:30, you get a half day's pay. Since the teacher I was working for was on campus, they had him bring the class to lunch so I could be off at 11:30 only 25 minutes short of a full day. Loss: $70 7. I am still working on this one. Last year I worked four days in a Special Ed class that I recently learned pays 120%. I only recieved 100% from the secretary. Loss: $108 8. I goofed on this one. I was offered a full day of elementary school PE, but I need a hat outdoors. Both of my hats has sports team logos, which were forbidden at this school. Since I did not want to chance working without as hat, I foolishly turned down the job. Loss: $100 All totaled, I lost $1052 due to these strange happenings, and these do not even include all the normal ways we lose work. Does anyone have equally strange losses?