December 15, 2005

Stupid People

As I mentioned in a previous post, in my office we are involved with a government contract where we take people who want to work for the government into our office and administer computer-based screening tests to them.

On occasion, people decide that they really don't want a job that badly and either don't show up or else come in late.

Today was an inclement weather day in some surrounding counties. Durham County was not one of those. Schools were opening on time, so there was really no excuse people could give for not showing up.

This morning, one idiot called in at 9:05 to say they couldn't find us and wondered if she could reschedule. She was supposed to have been here to test at 8 and to check in at 7:45. I told her that she had to do all scheduling through the recruitment center - we don't have access to any information about them.

So, apparently she called them and an hour later she calls us back, irate, demanding to know why she couldn't sign the late waiver form if she was more than an hour late. She gave every excuse in the book of why she couldn't be here on time, and I told her, quite tactly, that these tests take AT LEAST an hour and a half to take. She was already TWO hours late. If she showed up at 10:30, I would have to stop her in an hour, and manually upload any answers she'd submitted. Besides that fact, we log into the testing service's database, and they have it programmed to NOT allow people to sign into the test if they're more than an hour late. These are government policies - we don't make them, we just enforce them.

We're just messengers.

She goes on and on on a rant talking about how the testing people should have told them that they wouldn't be allowed to come late and blah blah blah.

Let me ask you this - do you think if you showed up for the SATs an hour late they'd let you into the room? No. They regulate who they let in and out and you have to beg to go to the bathroom between breaks.

Just like in any college exam, if someone in the room has already completed it, you can't go in - they could have given you the answers in passing.

People just don't want to work. What probably happened was she got up late and needed an excuse.

Pissed me off royally. I had to bite my tongue to prevent myself from cursing her out. If she had called at 8:55 and said she was lost, I would have cut her some slack and get her logged in just in time, but evidently she didn't have the smarts to either use her cell phone or drive to the nearest pay phone to make the call.

Posted by Tiffany at December 15, 2005 10:52 AM | TrackBack

that is hilarious. people are mostly idiots, and that person probably never took the SAT so wouldn't understand the concept. don't get upset, think of it as your own personal interactive sitcom.....rock on....

Posted by: guerillablogger at December 15, 2005 01:08 PM

People like that probably would expect special treatment if they were taking the SATs. I hate when people think they're special and that rules don't apply to them.

Posted by: Fraulein N at December 15, 2005 01:32 PM

No one is ever responsible. It's always someone else's fault. I get that all the time.

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