Does this character qualify as a snowflake or am I a snowflake for "not doing my job?"
Bean is one of our regulars and has decided recently that he is going to become a llibrarian. I admit that most of us find this hilarious as Bean doesn't even LOOK at books, used to spend most of his time on farmville and the rest of his time asking us to buy movies that, well, I just WON'T buy (Ilsa, The Nazi She Wolf and Bad Girls Go to Hell, I am looking at you). In fact, my coworkers claim he is getting a degree so he can take over film acquisitions from me and buy whatever he wants.
Now, I give this guy credit. Since he made up his mind to get in all the classes he needs to go on to get and MLS, he has been working his behind off. Props for that. On the other hand....I think he is way over the top in what he expects in terms of "help."
One of his background requirements is Philosophy. Every time he has an assignment in the class, he is at our desk asking us what the answers are. This is one of those assignments where there are five questions at the end of a chapter that must be answered...and if you read the chapter you would KNOW.
(Example: Name and describe the (x number) theories of philosophy. Bean carts his book over to me, shows me the question which is, you know, at the end of the chapter, and says "Where in the library can I find this answer?" and I said "My guess is that it's in the chapter preceding these questions." "No, i don't see it there." So, I was just slightly rude and flipped back and, what do you know? There's an entire section called "The theories of Philosophy" followed by the numbered theories and their descriptions.
"You mean I should read the chapter and that would help me answer the questions?"
Yesterday he sent us all around the edge with work for his computer classes. DUDE, I can help you manipulate word or point out where the turn off button is for the red and green lines (actually, I don't know how to do that, but one of my coworkers does), I will answer your research questions with the right materials you need for the search. I will even tell you if you misspelled a word or (because I am one of the grammar police) if the subject agrees with the verb...but sweetie, *I* have been through three excel spreadsheet classes and I *still* can't do much more beyond filling in the squares. I don't know WHY the computer isn't doing what you want it to, though my guess is because it says in the VERY DETAILED WORK BOOK YOU ARE USING that the item you have logged into on screen is a practice site and you can't REALLT make it change, you can only practice what the book wants you to practice.
He had my colleagues and me at his computer half a dozen times each within an hour. My coworkers are all men and they will all complain about him, but none of them will say "For crying out loud, Bean, read the book! It tells you RIGHT HERE."
Well, he'd had me at his desk for ten minutes, there werre half a dozen people piled up at MY desk and I finally said "Bean, I do NOT know why this particular item won't let you save it but I think it has something to do with the fact that it's a practice page and isn't actually something you can edit. AND I have six people piled up at the desk." "Ok, well come back when you're done."
And I lost it and said "Hon, if you are going to be a librarian, you have to start making decisions and taking responsibility for your work."
His response "Well, I WILL be a librarian if you guys will just HELP ME DO MY HOMEWORK."
I'm afraid I walked away at that point and he avoided me all evening.