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I've worked for MQ over 4 years now and

Posted By: Busy MT'ing on 2005-09-14
In Reply to: anything to keep from paying for a space - no name

I have never been told how many spaces to put or not put after a sentence; I have never been paid for spaces, by my count at least. I occasionally check my reports. I do not get spaces.

I'm not sure why, or actually by the anonymous stature of posters on this board, IF anyone has really been told to limit spaces to one after a sentence.

If MQ really isn't paying for spaces, it wouldn't make any difference monetarily so I cannot see that they would make a stipulation like that.

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An employee who has worked somewhere 15 years..

even upon leaving. At least an acknowledgement to let you know they realize you are a person with a life, not a machine plugged into a machine! I know how you feel.

Worked in Beckley for years....
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I sort of worked like that for 12 years but now

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