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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #5820 on: May 29, 2014, 03:36:56 PM »
New coworker is at it again.  Besides the fact that I've had to explain the same fairly simple problem to him three weeks in a row, he has now decided to describe, in writing in an internal system, a person who dropped off a form for someone else as "unknown hottie."  New coworker will hopefully be former coworker soon.

Please tell me his boss gets to see that entry.
CRUD MONKEYS! that made me laugh and I choked on my cranberry juice.  :P

Our boss is back tomorrow.  I fully intend to draw her attention to it.

Her attention?  I'm not saying that it would be any less bad if the boss was a guy, but that's a double fail right there.

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #5821 on: May 29, 2014, 04:19:06 PM »
New coworker is at it again.  Besides the fact that I've had to explain the same fairly simple problem to him three weeks in a row, he has now decided to describe, in writing in an internal system, a person who dropped off a form for someone else as "unknown hottie."  New coworker will hopefully be former coworker soon.

Please tell me his boss gets to see that entry.
CRUD MONKEYS! that made me laugh and I choked on my cranberry juice.  :P

Our boss is back tomorrow.  I fully intend to draw her attention to it.

Her attention?  I'm not saying that it would be any less bad if the boss was a guy, but that's a double fail right there.

Fortunately, it turned out that someone who had not seen whoever dropped it off entered it after the fact as a joke, because the new guy had failed to make an entry in the field.  Given that the person that made the entry is not generally a horrible person, he got a slap on the wrist and a reminder that doing something like that is borderline sexual harassment.

New coworker has managed plenty of assorted PD in the two months he's been here - even without this incident.  He's just generally incompetent, and he's unpleasant to work with besides.

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #5822 on: May 29, 2014, 05:03:46 PM »
The situation with the janitor being fired for reading medical records was years before HIPAA.  Even so, the hospital computer system I used years ago allowed those of us who worked in the records section to look people up, and we were constantly being reminded that our access was because we worked with the medical records, and anyone caught looking people up for any other reason besides business would be in trouble. 

Here's one for you:  One of my military co-workers, who knew that Mr. Sirius was the one who did pregnancy tests in the lab, wanted me to ask him to move her pregnancy test to the front of the queue.  I refused, and reminded her that he could get into a lot of trouble for doing that.  He told me she should have known that without me having to remind her.

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #5823 on: May 29, 2014, 05:31:40 PM »
Looking at records reminds me of when I worked at a bank. One day, an employee found out a major celebrity was a customer and looked up the file. The employee wasn't up to anything; just got blinded by celebrity. Of course we  all have to look up dozens, even hundreds, of customers a day, but some customers are flagged and you better have a real reason for accessing those account. I'm don't recall if they were fired or just got into major trouble.

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« Reply #5824 on: May 30, 2014, 10:50:50 AM »
Looking at records reminds me of when I worked at a bank. One day, an employee found out a major celebrity was a customer and looked up the file. The employee wasn't up to anything; just got blinded by celebrity. Of course we  all have to look up dozens, even hundreds, of customers a day, but some customers are flagged and you better have a real reason for accessing those account. I'm don't recall if they were fired or just got into major trouble.

Kind of related story: in my former city, several years ago, a woman who worked at a hospital took her teenage daughter to work with her. The DD looked up peoples' information and called them, telling them they'd tested positive for HIV! It was big news, of course. The mom lost her job because of it.

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« Reply #5825 on: May 30, 2014, 11:16:07 AM »
Looking at records reminds me of when I worked at a bank. One day, an employee found out a major celebrity was a customer and looked up the file. The employee wasn't up to anything; just got blinded by celebrity. Of course we  all have to look up dozens, even hundreds, of customers a day, but some customers are flagged and you better have a real reason for accessing those account. I'm don't recall if they were fired or just got into major trouble.

Kind of related story: in my former city, several years ago, a woman who worked at a hospital took her teenage daughter to work with her. The DD looked up peoples' information and called them, telling them they'd tested positive for HIV! It was big news, of course. The mom lost her job because of it.

It wouldn't be this one, would it? http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Teenager-Arrested-in-AIDS-Phone-Hoax-She-told-3043736.php

Reading it makes me want to throw up. How heartless.

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #5826 on: May 30, 2014, 11:26:25 AM »
Looking at records reminds me of when I worked at a bank. One day, an employee found out a major celebrity was a customer and looked up the file. The employee wasn't up to anything; just got blinded by celebrity. Of course we  all have to look up dozens, even hundreds, of customers a day, but some customers are flagged and you better have a real reason for accessing those account. I'm don't recall if they were fired or just got into major trouble.

Kind of related story: in my former city, several years ago, a woman who worked at a hospital took her teenage daughter to work with her. The DD looked up peoples' information and called them, telling them they'd tested positive for HIV! It was big news, of course. The mom lost her job because of it.

It wouldn't be this one, would it? http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Teenager-Arrested-in-AIDS-Phone-Hoax-She-told-3043736.php

Reading it makes me want to throw up. How heartless.

That's the one! I'd forgotten the year - it has been a long time!

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #5827 on: May 30, 2014, 11:41:05 AM »
Interestingly the article doesn't say the mother lost her job.  It says she "may be disciplined" and adds that it's a dismissible offense, but it doesn't indicate that that actually happened.  It should have!  >:(

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #5828 on: May 30, 2014, 11:42:53 AM »
Looking at records reminds me of when I worked at a bank. One day, an employee found out a major celebrity was a customer and looked up the file. The employee wasn't up to anything; just got blinded by celebrity. Of course we  all have to look up dozens, even hundreds, of customers a day, but some customers are flagged and you better have a real reason for accessing those account. I'm don't recall if they were fired or just got into major trouble.

I used to work in deposit operations at a major bank.  I had several high profile accounts cross my desk.  In all but one case, somebody else had to point out to me that I was dealing with a big name.  These things just don't bother me.  At some point, they all become just numbers on a screen.  My job is to figure out what went wrong and fix the problem, not to worry about where Big Name Celebrity spends his/her money.  I guess I get why some people might get star struck, but when you work with thousands of different accounts every week, they all just sort of run together.  At least for me. The fun was following the trail and figuring out the puzzle (since is was always a nice little logic puzzle to figure things out and fix the accounts.)  It's amazing just how many ways a checking account can get screwed up.
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #5829 on: June 03, 2014, 11:53:29 PM »
Looking at records reminds me of when I worked at a bank. One day, an employee found out a major celebrity was a customer and looked up the file. The employee wasn't up to anything; just got blinded by celebrity. Of course we  all have to look up dozens, even hundreds, of customers a day, but some customers are flagged and you better have a real reason for accessing those account. I'm don't recall if they were fired or just got into major trouble.

Many years ago, I worked at a hospital in Kansas City. The Royals were in the World Series and their star player had an unfortunate attack of hemorrhoids, which necessitated his being admitted and treated surgically. (This was all publicly reported in the media at the time). The day of his surgery, scrub suits mysteriously vanished, to the point that people who had legitimate reasons for needing a surgical scrub suit were unable to find one. (Each area that used scrubs had their own color/style, so that someone in OB/GYN scrubs would immediately stand out in the General Surgery area, for example). The only logical explanation was that people had stolen them so they could sneak into the surgical area and peep into the OR.
Not all the suits were returned the day after the surgery, so scrub suits were short for a few weeks until replacements arrived.

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #5830 on: June 04, 2014, 03:09:56 AM »
At the hotel I work at I had to sign a confidentiailty agreement shortly after I started; it is not unknown for us to get celebrities here.

What does surprise people is that the front desk doesn't gossip much about the celebrity as if they are here they want quiet and privacy- we are a hotel where if you want privacy we respect that and are very lowkey all the way around- we tend to gossip about the jerk in 1234 or how adorable the bride and groom checking in were or if you've seen 2345's dog: it's ginormous!
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #5831 on: June 04, 2014, 07:52:53 AM »
A newly hired staff member at the Florida Department of Children and Families has been arrested along with her husband for child neglect and drug possession with intent to distribute.

Link: http://www.wesh.com/news/dcf-investigator-husband-charged-with-child-neglect-possession-of-marijuana/26286162#!UpiZR

A brief synopsis: A search warrant was executed on the property to find the home was filthy, infested with insects and had no working toilet, so the house reeked of waste. They have six children. Her employment has been terminated. The deputies also found drug plants, drugs ready for distribution and a handgun.
ďAll that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost."
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #5832 on: June 04, 2014, 09:20:43 AM »
At the hotel I work at I had to sign a confidentiailty agreement shortly after I started; it is not unknown for us to get celebrities here.

What does surprise people is that the front desk doesn't gossip much about the celebrity as if they are here they want quiet and privacy- we are a hotel where if you want privacy we respect that and are very lowkey all the way around- we tend to gossip about the jerk in 1234 or how adorable the bride and groom checking in were or if you've seen 2345's dog: it's ginormous!

I work for the FEP division of Carefirs of MD, which does government employee insurance, and we still have a dedicated employee, vetted by the government, who handles the People You May Have Heard Of. Once or twice a year we got people like that -- things do slip through -- and if we get them we're pretty much told to take them directly to our managers, who will then take them to the processor in question, and not to discuss it with anyone.

Fortunately, no one I know of's been dumb enough to say, "I got Congressman X! Did you know he has Creeping Crud syndrome?" Which would elicit the response of, in the words of Rupert Giles: "Allow me to answer that question with a firing."

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #5833 on: June 04, 2014, 10:02:47 AM »
At the hotel I work at I had to sign a confidentiailty agreement shortly after I started; it is not unknown for us to get celebrities here.

What does surprise people is that the front desk doesn't gossip much about the celebrity as if they are here they want quiet and privacy- we are a hotel where if you want privacy we respect that and are very lowkey all the way around- we tend to gossip about the jerk in 1234 or how adorable the bride and groom checking in were or if you've seen 2345's dog: it's ginormous!

I work for the FEP division of Carefirs of MD, which does government employee insurance, and we still have a dedicated employee, vetted by the government, who handles the People You May Have Heard Of. Once or twice a year we got people like that -- things do slip through -- and if we get them we're pretty much told to take them directly to our managers, who will then take them to the processor in question, and not to discuss it with anyone.

Fortunately, no one I know of's been dumb enough to say, "I got Congressman X! Did you know he has Creeping Crud syndrome?" Which would elicit the response of, in the words of Rupert Giles: "Allow me to answer that question with a firing."

Rob

I'm the one in room 2345 with the ginormous dog. lol.

As for the gossiping about celebrity accounts, that's one of the reasons why we tended to refer to customers with generic terms like "this customer" or "this account holder" when discussing accounts with colleagues, as sometimes discussion was required to solve a problem.  If you leave out the names, there's no chance that things will dissolve into anything beyond what's required to solve the issue with the account.
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #5834 on: June 04, 2014, 10:39:07 AM »
Many, many years ago, before everything was electronic, I had a friend who worked for a state department of motor vehicles. My friend's unit was the one that actually stuffed drivers licenses in envelopes and mailed them out. They had a couple of "trophy boards." One was copies of celebrities' licenses; the other was licenses with "interesting" photos--people they thought were unusually ugly, funny, or weird.

This had been going on for many years until there was a well-publiczed incident where someone illicitly obtained the home address of a celebrity from the DMV by posing as a cop, and used the info to stalk the celebrity. As part of the process of tightening up access to DMV information, someone had the sense to look at the trophy boards and say "Great Scott! These have to go!" They were very lucky that no employee had done something like sell celebrity addresses and photos to a sleazy tabloid.

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