The copy machine is right by my desk, and beside that is a drawer with supplies like paper, a stapler, etc. One day someone tried to use the stapler, found out it wasn't working, and then loudly proclaimed "I hate it when people jam the stapler and then walk away without fixing it!"
I slouched in my chair, trying to make myself as small as possible. I knew what was coming. Sure enough, a few seconds later she called my name and asked "Could you fix this for me?"
"I probably could", I responded, "but so could you. And since you're the one who actually needs to use it I think you should go ahead and handle that"
She picked up the stapler, walked over and offered it to me. I crossed my arms. She then smiled, placed the stapler on my desk, said "thanks!", and walked away.
So it's not okay to jam the stapler and then walk away, but it's perfectly acceptable to find the stapler jammed, pass it off on someone else to fix, and then walk away. Good to know.
Hey Dan. Longtime but I have a good reason. I got a divorce. Well, I'm right in the middle of it. I fully support your hatred of people and think we should form a group of two. We can take turns hating the whole entire world.
Next time I hope you're the one who jams the stapler. Or jam the copier, that would be a good punchline too.
This is what I call selective hearing. She only heard the "I probably could" part and proceeded to ignore the rest of your reply.
People hear what they want to hear.
Speaking of things needing fixing. There is a candy machine in the waiting are of the place I work at and even though it says quarters only there is always that someone who thinks they are going to stick a pennie in there and get a piece of candy. However what they succeed in doing is jamming the machine. I wish there was a sensor so that whenever someone tried to put anything other than a quarter in the machine it would just slap them. :)
Does she have a nice rack? Its a personality defect I have. I can't help myself. I really hot girl once asked me for some money so that she could make a phone call. I gave it to her. If it was a dude, or some female I wasn't sexually attracted to, i'd probably of said no.
In her mind the maintenance of the stapler and the other tools inside that drawer is in a way part of your tasks since your desk is right by the copy machine. You are not really responsible for these, but out of all employees in the floor, she thinks that you are slightly more related, for reasons of adjacency... Expect similar behaviours if the copy machine breaks, or is out of ink, paper. lol
Please tell me you just put it right back where she found it, unfixed. <br></br>
On an unrelated note, I replied to your comment on my own recent post. Just letting you know in case the commenting system didn't already notify you.
@drummer131 I wish I could tell you that.... but I guess I'm too big a pushover.
Thanks for the warning about your reply. I did actually get an email about it. Gamespot's system did work that time!
Lol. I think you're a good guy, and people at work actually really like you. Only way to describe that situation. If I did that, there's no way she'd leave that stapler.. guarantee it.
We have some waitresses at my workplace who don't take the time to clean off dirty dishes or stack them into organized piles. Usually, they'll do this on really busy days. If I'm the dishwasher, or someone else is, it's not fun trying to play catch-up with the dishes, while simultaneously trying to re-organize the train-wreck of dishes so the waitresses have more room on which to place more dishes for washing.
Of course the waitresses are hardly the only people who pass stuff onto others. A lot of the cooks like to half-ass stuff when they re-stock food and clean up at the end of the day, since they're in a hurry to leave.
I guess maybe it's possible that, from their perspectives, they are just really busy and don't have the time to clean off dishes because they have customers waiting on them, and they just really want to get done and go home because unlike me, they actually drive to and from work. So idk, maybe it's possible that these workers have other things they need to be doing, such as finishing up those damn TPS reports before the end of the week, and they can't be bothered to mess around with a stapler yet.
It's not always fair, but I guess sometimes with work you just need to realize your co-workers' strengths and work alongside them to get the job done, no matter how shitty the whole process is.
Women cannot fix things. Sadly as a man it is your job to pick up their slack. Have you considered a sex change?
Write Office Space 2. Or hell, you could even write a season of The Office. Seriously, quit ranting and make something productive out of this.
@johnsteed7 That's what I get for talking and typing. Sorry.
Clarification: I could be wrong here (you know all to well the ineptitude displayed by both sexes), but when you made it clear the assailant was female, the loud, dramatic proclamation & unwillingness/inability to clear a simple staple jam made more sense to me.
Further clarification: I'd throw the stapler in the trash before I'd fix it after that kind of behavior.
Sounds like you have been at my work... that is a daily, ummm I mean almost every half hour happening at my desk. Take it to Sharon... she can fix anything, that is what they say. So one day I asked them who I turn to when something gets broken or my life just plain sucks... and they just stood there, you know, with that look, the way a cow looks at an oncoming train! :)