It was suggested at my company that the several employees who have "Asst" in their job title to train to be a backup receptionist, so when the receptionist was out, we could split the time at the front desk, so no one person was required to be away from their regular duties for more than an hour. SS Asst. was appalled at the thought, which is fine to have the preference of not wanting to cover, but she told us, "I didn't go to college to answer phones" (remember: she was being asked to cover for an hour
a day, about once a month or two). BTW, about half the Assts in various departments do
have college degrees, but the other two people who have her exact same job do not, so basically she could also say she didn't go to college to do anything that was required of her.
BG: I work for a book publisher, and we accept unsolicited proposals from people who want to get their books published. I have been here a over a year, and of the hundreds of proposals/queries/manuscripts we have been sent, one
book was contracted from an unsolicited proposal. Let's say that one of the the genres of books we publish is peanut butter, to use a made-up example. We get a proposal from a guy who worked for Skippy for 40 years, and wants to publish a book about the history of the Skippy company. The problem was that his cover letter was full of typos & grammatical errors (the biggest one I remember is random Words being capitalized In The letter For no discernable Reason That I could Tell, like The Way I am writing Now), and to top it off he used a display font that you might see on a wedding invitation & think it's nice, but 10 pages of reading it will give you a headache. The actual proposal was text & photos cut & pasted from wikipedia articles about the Skippy company. I put the proposal in one of the Editor's mailboxes, left the building for a 10-minute coffee run, when I come back, the proposal is on my desk chair & the Editor has written REJECT at the top.
So I write the guy an email w/ a standard rejection letter for proposals that probably don't a huge potential in the market - recommend self-publishing. He starts emailing me incessantly telling me I'm wrong, this book will sell millions (yes, he said millions) of copies, the fact that I didn't send his proposal back to him means I personally must have decided to steal the idea & publish it w/o giving him credit, etc., etc.
Obviously none of these emails were answered by me, so Skippy guy somehow got ahold of one of the other Editors who said he'd take a look at the proposal. Skippy guy resent it (even though I
was already hoarding an identical copy
), the 2nd editor personally calls the guy & says no it's just not acceptable for us, & the guy says, "Fine! I'll just publish it myself!"