Aug 8, 2009

I want to thank the person that called my cell phone at 3:52 this morning and woke me up. How I heard it ringing in the kitchen is a mystery to me, but I did. Usually, I can't hear for crap. I have old guy hearing loss. I have real trouble with conversations, I can't make out the spoken word very well, especially when there is other noise. Some might say I don't pay attention, but some would be wrong. My swell HMO won't pay for hearing aids so I'm counting on Obama to come through. Until then I'm suck with, "What was that?" On Saturday I have to be at the store by 6:45am, so I get up at the ungodly hour of 5:30 anyway, but this intrusion robbed me of another hour and a half, since I couldn't fall back asleep. Let me tell you about the Larry/Katie, who left the door unlocked situation. Katie called the manager to let her know that Larry left the door unlocked. I was offended by that on behalf of Larry, I told myself. True be known, it offended me more because I perceive Katie as a sort of sad sack who desperately wants to please the boss. I'm the first to grant you that my perceptions are not always accurate, nor fair. The always reasonable Steve commented that he wouldn't want to be the one who didn't tell the boss, should the facts come out. Perhaps that was her real motive in calling the boss. Or maybe she is really just a self-serving rat. Larry survived the incident unscathed, so all's well that ends well, I suppose. Things in this blog represented to be fact, may or may not actually be true. The writer is frequently wrong, sometimes just full of it, but always judgmental and cranky

9 comments:

Reya Mellicker said...

Real ethics are about situations just like the Larry and lock story.

I bet I wouldn't have said anything. Less is better in situations like this, at least I think so.

tut-tut said...

But the question remains: Who called you on your cell and woke you up?

Barbara said...

I'll bet Larry will never again make that mistake. Chalk it up to "a learning experience that didn't do any damage."

I once had a similar experience when I was playing the pipe organ at my church. I went in to practice on a Saturday and left the thing on overnight, probably shooting the electric bill up for that month. The head organist was considerate enough not to tell me until I had finished the Sunday prelude. I never EVER left it on again. This is how we learn. I always wondered if she told the people who paid the bills...

Kurt said...

Accidents happen. If Larry is always making mistakes, that would be one thing, but an occasional goof is normal.

Megan said...

Wasn't me!

Annie Ha said...

Why would you tell the boss? What a jerk.

Annie Ha said...

Why would you tell the boss? What a jerk.

Steve said...

I think the real answer lies in Katie's motives. If she told the boss because she was genuinely concerned about the store and wanted to prevent it happening again -- and a reminder from the boss is going to be more effective on that count than a reminder from her -- she was in the right. (And as I said, I could also understand why she would do it as a form of self-protection -- it's the journalist in me, wanting to make sure everyone knows all the facts.) But if she were merely trying to ingratiate herself, that's another matter.

Glad Larry survived unscathed. I agree -- all's well that ends well.

Bella Rum said...

I have old gal hearing loss. My husband and I had an argument about it just this morning. I maintain that he's a mumbler and if he would only speak up I could hear more than every other word he mumbles. Background noise is a huge factor too. If I could get Dad, who has old guy hearing loss, to turn down the volume on the television, I'm sure it would help. Not much chance of either one of these things happening.