One Door Closes… And That’s It

, , , | Working | August 26, 2017

(I work as a housekeeper at a hospital. On one floor, our janitor closet is located in an area of high traffic, so various other workers tend to congregate in front of the door. I need to pop into the closet for a box of gloves, but there’s several techs leaning against the door chatting.)

Me: “Excuse me.”

Tech: “Oh, sorry!”

(She steps aside and I dash into the closet. It’s a small room, but the door closes fast so it closes behind me before I can grab the gloves and whirl around to leave. Still, this takes just a few seconds. Imagine my shock when I go to carefully open the door (I tend not to open that door with force due to the high traffic of the area), and get resistance. The door snaps back shut, so I try again. And once again, something — and I fear I know what — is blocking my exit. Just when I’m about to contemplate shouting or knocking from the inside to be let out, the door opens and I see the surprised face of the same tech that just let me in a second ago. She’d been leaning against the door again, blocking my escape.)

Tech: “Oh!” *opens the door wider to let me out* “I wondered what was wrong with this door!”

Me: “…”

(We housekeepers are used to being ignored and unappreciated, but that was pretty extreme.)

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