The usher next to my mom at church Christmas Eve. Ushers are typically supposed to help people find seats until until the Gospel or so at our church. Mainly because sometimes it's easier to find groups of empty seats once people sit down. We came in, couldn't find 3 seats together and my mom wasn't feeling well, so my dad and I saw one seat empty and told her to sit down, we'd stand in the back with a boatload of other people. My mom made the comment to the man sitting next to her "Wow, they need some ushers at this mass..." He said "Oh, I'm an usher tonight.....I just didn't feel like doing it. I deserve MY Christmas too."
Um, no. Being an usher is voluntary. If you sign up, you do it. If you don't want to, no one is forcing you - take your name off the list. But signing up and then not doing it....not an option. Oy.
Wow!! I agree, when one signs up to be an usher they have to understand sometimes they're going to be assigned for a holiday service! Even when we have children serve as ushers they're more responsible than that guy!
I really can't figure out how someone can be entitled enough to think "I'm not going to do thing I voluntarily signed up for because it's my Christmas too."
If it's such an imposition, hows about you just don't sign up?
I guess there's the chance someone else signed him up, but he's an adult, he could have approached the person making the schedule and said "Look, someone volunteered me without checking with me first, could you take my name off the list?"
Actually, there's a pretty good chance that happened. I know someone whose wife volunteers him for EVERYTHING at their church. Door greeter, usher, Sunday morning coffee/donut committee, sound equipment technician, working shifts for special events, working as a server for the women's luncheons, and on and on. She ignores his repeated requests that she stop doing this to him, so he shows up and does the worst, laziest job possible. It's like a super-PA revenge. She wants him to do all of these things so they look like they're "movers and shakers" in the church, but he messes that up for her by being over the top incompetent.
You might ask, why can't SHE do any of these things, instead of volunteering her husband? She says it's because she has to take care of their young children while they're at church. And no, she doesn't volunteer to work in the church nursery. It's "too stressful."