A number of years ago, the owner of our company hired his daughter to work as our receptionist. She had recently completed an advanced graduate degree, but was having serious second thoughts about entering the field she had studied for. Even though she was way over-educated for the receptionist job, he offered it to her so that she’d have some money coming in and some time to think about her future.
We were located in an industrial park area and had numerous solicitors drop in trying to sell anything from real estate to meat to office supplies. One day a business equipment salesman approached the receptionist desk and demanded to speak with the owner of the company. The owner of our company does not deal with such purchases himself, does not meet with visitors without appointments and was in a closed door meeting at the time. The receptionist advised the salesman that the owner would not be available to him.
The salesman accused her of lying to him because she did not announce his presence to the owner and ask if he would come out to meet him. She told him that she was following protocol and would not be disturbing the owner. The salesman then said, “Listen missy, if you know what’s good for you, you’ll announce my visit. You’re just the receptionist, so who do you think you are, messing with business that doesn’t concern you? I’m here to talk to the owner about a major deal and you have no business shutting me out.”
The receptionist sighed, said she’d call the owner, picked up the phone and said very audibly into it, “Daddy….” 0209-09