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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4605 on: September 28, 2013, 04:34:15 PM »
I had posted awhile before about a group of women at DH's workplace who were ganging up on a new hire, including such junior high tricks as leaving a stuffed hippo at her workstation  ::).  One of the ringleaders was fired this week.  Seems she was written up twice last year for the same thing, and warned that one more incident would result in her termination.  She got a new manager this year and five or six more warnings, but the ax finally fell this week and she was escorted out, with much drama and hysteria on her part.  Her sister, who also works there, is stomping around with a black look griping about how unfair it all is.

I am soooo glad she is gone - some people just never grow up, do they?

It took me a minute to figure out what was wrong with that - after all, I gave one of my good friends a stuffed hippo as a present once.   

I was going to forward an email to a co-worker from a bargain-of-the-day website, because the featured product of the day was a brand of shoes she adores. Then I realized that the other product of the day was Spanx.  >:D

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4606 on: September 28, 2013, 05:28:52 PM »
I work for the state government. We are very limited as to what can be bought out of our limited budget, and comfort items are included. No coffee, coffee makers, water coolers, refrigerators, etc.

In our kitchen, we have: refrigerator, two coffee makers, a Keurig single cup brewer, a Water cooler, a microwave, a toaster, and a movie theater style popcorn maker.

All of the items were brought in by people that work here, or everyone chipped in to buy the refrigerator. Therefore, they do not belong to the department.

Employee C (another department and location) decided that she needed the department's popcorn machine for an event. Sent an email asking when she could pick it up and where the free oil and popcorn for it was. I sent her a private reply that the machine and supplies do not belong to the department, and this machine is not the table top variety, it is 6' tall and not easily portable.

Employee C is throwing a world class tantrum over it.

Your department has a POPCORN MACHINE?  Err, do you have any job openings?   8)

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4607 on: September 28, 2013, 06:13:11 PM »
Never mind popcorn, I want to know where to get my own Bert the hippoTM!!
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4609 on: September 29, 2013, 12:10:46 PM »
Yes, we have a popcorn machine! We also have an employee appreciation barbecue once a year where the bosses bring in a grill and cook veggie and regular burgers and hot dogs and bring in an entire meal. We also have pizza Fridays during the summer, so the perks are pretty good!

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4610 on: September 29, 2013, 07:08:37 PM »
Driving past a new eye glass store, I saw a very short elderly man (in a white lab coat) trying to climb on a long ladder stacked on two shorter ladders. It looked like he wanted to reach the light up sign way above his store. I'd guess the shorter ladders were about 3 or 4 feet tall. And it was not one of those painter's ladders you can extend to walk across.

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4611 on: September 29, 2013, 07:45:47 PM »
I had posted awhile before about a group of women at DH's workplace who were ganging up on a new hire, including such junior high tricks as leaving a stuffed hippo at her workstation  ::).  One of the ringleaders was fired this week.  Seems she was written up twice last year for the same thing, and warned that one more incident would result in her termination.  She got a new manager this year and five or six more warnings, but the ax finally fell this week and she was escorted out, with much drama and hysteria on her part.  Her sister, who also works there, is stomping around with a black look griping about how unfair it all is.

I am soooo glad she is gone - some people just never grow up, do they?

It took me a minute to figure out what was wrong with that - after all, I gave one of my good friends a stuffed hippo as a present once.  But then I realized: hippos were my friend's favorite animal (which I knew) and not some commentary on her weight/appearance.   :P  Yeah, that's just mean.

My first thought was, "IDGI. Stuffed hippos are cool. My friend Craig would have loved another- oh. Wait."


My first thought was of Bert the NCIS hippo (TM).  The one with sound effects.  (you can buy one)

Not knowing that there had been a history of harassment was my problem.

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CRUD MONKEYS! really?!? FIL loves that show & the hippo! I may have to get it for him for Christmas!

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4612 on: September 29, 2013, 07:59:54 PM »
Driving past a new eye glass store, I saw a very short elderly man (in a white lab coat) trying to climb on a long ladder stacked on two shorter ladders. It looked like he wanted to reach the light up sign way above his store. I'd guess the shorter ladders were about 3 or 4 feet tall. And it was not one of those painter's ladders you can extend to walk across.

Yikes! That sounds like actual Darwinism!
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4613 on: September 29, 2013, 09:03:02 PM »
Driving past a new eye glass store, I saw a very short elderly man (in a white lab coat) trying to climb on a long ladder stacked on two shorter ladders. It looked like he wanted to reach the light up sign way above his store. I'd guess the shorter ladders were about 3 or 4 feet tall. And it was not one of those painter's ladders you can extend to walk across.

Yikes! That sounds like actual Darwinism!

Well, it sounds to me like one of those super-duper realistic murels that just take us all aghast!.

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4614 on: September 29, 2013, 09:38:09 PM »
I had posted awhile before about a group of women at DH's workplace who were ganging up on a new hire, including such junior high tricks as leaving a stuffed hippo at her workstation  ::).  One of the ringleaders was fired this week.  Seems she was written up twice last year for the same thing, and warned that one more incident would result in her termination.  She got a new manager this year and five or six more warnings, but the ax finally fell this week and she was escorted out, with much drama and hysteria on her part.  Her sister, who also works there, is stomping around with a black look griping about how unfair it all is.

I am soooo glad she is gone - some people just never grow up, do they?

It took me a minute to figure out what was wrong with that - after all, I gave one of my good friends a stuffed hippo as a present once.  But then I realized: hippos were my friend's favorite animal (which I knew) and not some commentary on her weight/appearance.   :P  Yeah, that's just mean.

My first thought was, "IDGI. Stuffed hippos are cool. My friend Craig would have loved another- oh. Wait."


My first thought was of Bert the NCIS hippo (TM).  The one with sound effects.  (you can buy one)

Not knowing that there had been a history of harassment was my problem.

Edited for format

CRUD MONKEYS! really?!? FIL loves that show & the hippo! I may have to get it for him for Christmas!

There is a disclaimer that the one that is available for sale doesn't sound quite like the one on TV.  No doubt the "real" Bert has some sound enhancement.   
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4615 on: September 29, 2013, 09:41:54 PM »
Driving past a new eye glass store, I saw a very short elderly man (in a white lab coat) trying to climb on a long ladder stacked on two shorter ladders. It looked like he wanted to reach the light up sign way above his store. I'd guess the shorter ladders were about 3 or 4 feet tall. And it was not one of those painter's ladders you can extend to walk across.

Yikes! That sounds like actual Darwinism!

That would get you fired immediately at my store - we take ladder safety very serious hand still have people fall or get hurt

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4616 on: September 30, 2013, 06:34:25 AM »
I work for the state government. We are very limited as to what can be bought out of our limited budget, and comfort items are included. No coffee, coffee makers, water coolers, refrigerators, etc.

In our kitchen, we have: refrigerator, two coffee makers, a Keurig single cup brewer, a Water cooler, a microwave, a toaster, and a movie theater style popcorn maker.

All of the items were brought in by people that work here, or everyone chipped in to buy the refrigerator. Therefore, they do not belong to the department.

Employee C (another department and location) decided that she needed the department's popcorn machine for an event. Sent an email asking when she could pick it up and where the free oil and popcorn for it was. I sent her a private reply that the machine and supplies do not belong to the department, and this machine is not the table top variety, it is 6' tall and not easily portable.

Employee C is throwing a world class tantrum over it.

That reminds me of a recent scandal in our press.

A government department's accounts showed that they spent an enormous amount on coffee machines. Each coffee machine was very expensive and they bought a lot of them. The press went crazy. But there was one problem, although the coffee machines were bought by the department, they were paid for by the employees. All equipment put into their buildings was required by law to be owned by the department, so the employees got together to buy expensive coffee makers (to stop them having to go out to get coffee) and gave the money to the department to buy them. And there were a lot of them because the department has 37,000 employees.

So the department go increased productivity, increased moral and a better workplace community, for no cost to them, but because of the press they will not do this again and in the future staff will just have to go back to taking coffee breaks out of the office.

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4617 on: September 30, 2013, 08:24:32 AM »
The budget rules apply to all locations, but some locations have gotten away with expenditures on comfort items, at least until they get audited.  ::)

We are very careful in making those decisions as none of us want to lose our positions.

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4618 on: September 30, 2013, 10:11:22 AM »
I work for the state government. We are very limited as to what can be bought out of our limited budget, and comfort items are included. No coffee, coffee makers, water coolers, refrigerators, etc.

In our kitchen, we have: refrigerator, two coffee makers, a Keurig single cup brewer, a Water cooler, a microwave, a toaster, and a movie theater style popcorn maker.

All of the items were brought in by people that work here, or everyone chipped in to buy the refrigerator. Therefore, they do not belong to the department.

Employee C (another department and location) decided that she needed the department's popcorn machine for an event. Sent an email asking when she could pick it up and where the free oil and popcorn for it was. I sent her a private reply that the machine and supplies do not belong to the department, and this machine is not the table top variety, it is 6' tall and not easily portable.

Employee C is throwing a world class tantrum over it.

That reminds me of a recent scandal in our press.

A government department's accounts showed that they spent an enormous amount on coffee machines. Each coffee machine was very expensive and they bought a lot of them. The press went crazy. But there was one problem, although the coffee machines were bought by the department, they were paid for by the employees. All equipment put into their buildings was required by law to be owned by the department, so the employees got together to buy expensive coffee makers (to stop them having to go out to get coffee) and gave the money to the department to buy them. And there were a lot of them because the department has 37,000 employees.

So the department go increased productivity, increased moral and a better workplace community, for no cost to them, but because of the press they will not do this again and in the future staff will just have to go back to taking coffee breaks out of the office.

I always feel sorry for goverment employees (I know several, and am sort of one myself indirectly) for the amount of scrutiny they have to be under at all times. Yes, I know people don't like it if they feel their taxes are being wasted, but at the same time, I'm pretty sure some (extreme) people wouldn't be happy until they were all working in tin sheds wearing rags!

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4619 on: September 30, 2013, 10:21:17 AM »
I know the feeling.  Mr. Thipu was a government employee.  Although the service for which he worked generated a substantial profit for the state, it was always under great pressure to cut back.  The annual picnic had to go.   

It didn't help that the directors of the service were appointed by the Governor so top management changed every four years.