Thursday, December 24, 2009

Redefining "Going Postal"

I was out running errands today and my first stop was the post office. There was one Hispanic woman in there mopping the floor, and two workers behind the counter. I was the only customer. As I approached the counter I heard one of them commenting to the other about how they had gotten rid of a "crazy woman" by hitting her with a broom.

I said to the woman who made that comment, "And what if I was a crazy woman? Would you hit me? I was half teasing. She looked me dead in the eye and said, "I'd hit you." Then she said, "Lavita (not her real name.) Get that broom out of the closet. This woman doesn't think we wouldn't hit her for being crazy."

I knew her co-worker realized this could get them into trouble, and she was quickly back pedaling saying, "Oh. We don't really hit crazy people with a broom. She was just joking (I knew otherwise.) I shifted the topic to two little girls who had come in with elves hats on, and how the post office had closed early the day we had snow, but...that whole exhange really gave me pause about what's going on in there.

Later, I went into a Staples. There was a line. I was talking to the man behind me about calendars and other things, and I told him the above story. Somehow during the telling of the story the whole crowd went silent: the clerks, the people in line. I looked around at them and said, "Listen. You can't make this stuff up," but I could see their jaws had dropped. The man I had been talking with said, "Well, I guess this redefines "going postal." I said, "Usually don't they have a gun in the back and just go crazy themselves?"

I can't joke this off, I'm afraid. I know in my heart those women hit a person. I could hear it in their voices. It's been bothering me all day.

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Blogger Cyndy said...

That's horrible. I think I would try and try and try to imagine that they were joking, or that maybe they shooed her out with a broom, or threatened her, and then exxagerated it for their story because they were bored or something. People can go pretty far with evil jokes sometimes. But if you know they weren't kidding, they should be reported. Actually they should be reported for even saying all of that to another customer. It's highly inappropriate and unprofessional, not to mention cruel.

I hope you have a peaceful and happy day today!

10:45 AM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

Cyndy: Knowing these two and how I've seen them speak to customers in the past, it wouldn't surprise me they did it. As you said, to even speak to me that way was out of line. Last week, I saw the worst of them tormenting some Spanish woman because she couldn't understand to sign their machine. Sarcasm and loud and rude. Another Spanish speaking lady came out of the line to help the woman.

One thing that disturbs me, strictly from a personal standpoint is that I keep walking into these situations, and I want "peace and tranquilty and let's respect each other while we are here on earth cause any of us can walk off at any time." I'm thinking I need to move. But for now, some Chet Baker Silent Night Christmas music. I hope you have a good day as well.

11:06 AM  

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