And To Think, We Were Worried About The Glass Ceiling

, , , | Working | July 27, 2020

I’m a receptionist in a newly-constructed building. Due to it being brand new, there have been technical issues and just general things not working right. This includes the front doors, where instead of opening automatically, a person outside — or I at the desk inside — must push a button to open them. This is important because yesterday the building inspector came and immediately started straight-up screaming at everyone. 

Me: “Good—”

Inspector: “THESE DOORS CANNOT BE LOCKED! FIREMEN WILL BREAK THROUGH THE GLASS! IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT?”

Me: “The doors can be opened by—”

Inspector: “I SAID THEY CAN’T BE LOCKED. THEY ARE LOCKED. DON’T TELL ME THEY AREN’T.”

Security: “Okay, sir—”

Inspector: “DON’T OKAY ME! I SAID THEY CAN’T BE LOCKED! THEY ARE LOCKED AND THAT IS A PROBLEM!”

We went silent waiting for them to stop screaming. We were never able to explain we were trying to get them in touch with the right people, that there had been technical malfunctions, or that the door could be kept open for emergencies so no one would have to break through any glass.

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