Vehicular Mansplainer

, , | Right | May 25, 2019

(I work as a contractor for the U.S. Military in the Middle East. One of the positions I hold in the division is called the Motor Pool. Several times a day we will have military personnel come in and try and get a vehicle even though they do not have orders allowing them to get one. This is what happens one time after I explain the policy to one soldier:)

Sergeant: “What do you mean, I can’t have a vehicle? Do you know who I am?”

Me: “Yes, sir. Your name and rank are very visible on your uniform.”

Sergeant: “Well?”

Me: “Well, what, Sergeant? I’ve already explained the procedure to you.”

Sergeant: “Give me a d*** vehicle!”

Me: “Sergeant. I have already explained the procedure to you. You have not been authorized to have a vehicle, but since you feel so vehemently that you should have one outside of the military rules and regulations, I would be happy to call the General’s office and let them know that you, by name and rank, feel that they do not know what they are doing and that you feel that the rules should not apply to you.”

Sergeant: *storms out*

(I go about helping the other soldiers in line who have all been, and continue to be, respectful and follow the regulations. The door opens and the sergeant walks back in looking like he just had his butt chewed out. He is escorted by a colonel that I have dealt with many times before.)

Colonel: “Ma’am, this soldier has something he would like to say to you.”

Sergeant: “Ma’am, I was out of line. I should not have spoken to you in that way, especially since you never raised your voice and politely explained the rules and regulations to me.”

Me: *a little stunned* “Thank you, Sergeant.”

Sargent: *turns and walks quietly out of the office*

Me: “Colonel? Were you in here when this happened?”

Colonel: “Yes, ma’am. I saw the whole thing. He had no reason to take his anger out on you.”

Me: “Sir, he was mad at the situation, not at me, but thank you for doing that.”

(Colonel, if you are reading this, once again I would like to say thank you. You made that day brighter.)

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Unfiltered Story #109659

| Unfiltered | May 1, 2018

I worked as a contractor for the U.S. military in the Middle East. One of the positions I held was in the division that used to be called the Motor Pool. Several times a day we would have military personnel come in and try and get a vehicle even though they did not have orders allowing them to get one. This is what happened one time after I explained the policy to one soldier:

Sargent:        What do you mean I can’t have a vehicle? Do you know who I am?
Me:             Yes sir. Your name and rank are very visible on your uniform.
Sargent:        Well…
Me:             Well what Sargent? I’ve already explained the procedure to you.
Sargent :       Give me a damn vehicle!
Me:             Sargent. I have already explained the procedure to you. You have not been authorized to have a vehicle but since you feel so vehemently that you should have one outside of the military rules and regulations I would be happy to call the General’s office and let them know that you, by name and rank, feel that they do not know what they are doing and that you feel you the rules should not apply to you.
Sargent:        *storms out*

At this point I go about helping the other soldiers in line who have all been, and continue to be, respectful and follow the regulations.

Door opens and the Sargent walks back in looking like he just had his butt chewed out. He is escorted by a Colonel that I have dealt with many times before.

Colonel:        Ma’am. This soldier has something he would like to say to you.
Sargent:        Ma’am. I was out of line. I should not have spoken to you in that way especially since you never raised your voice and politely explained the rules and regulations to me.
Me:             (a little stunned) Thank you Sargent.
Sargent:        Turns and walks quietly out of the office.
Me:             Colonel? Were you in here when this happened?
Colonel:        Yes Ma’am.  I saw the whole thing. He had no reason to take his anger out on you.
Me:             Sir, he was mad at the situation not at me but thank you for doing that.

Colonel, if you are reading this, once again I would like to say thank you. You made that day brighter.

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Not So Absent Minded

, , , | Learning | March 6, 2018

(As an English as a Second Language teacher, sometimes I run into differences in academic culture, not just in language. This is a composite of conversations my fellow teachers and I have had time and time again:)

Student: “Miss, why do I have so many absences?”

Teacher: “You missed the first week of class, which gave you five absences.”

Student: “But, Miss, I was with my family in Dubai.”

Teacher: “That means you’re absent; you weren’t in school.”

Student: “How can I be absent? I wasn’t even in the country.”

Teacher: “You were absent because you weren’t in my class.”

Student: “But I don’t want to be absent.”

Teacher: *bangs head on desk*

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No Power For That Light-Bulb Moment

, , | Working | June 19, 2015

(I work overseas for the U.S. military. There is a periodic inspection of our living facilities and an inventory of all the items in our places. On the day my inspection is scheduled there is an explosion at the main power plant and half the country is without power for several hours. My inspection is done by candle light and with flashlights.)

Chief Inspector: “Okay. Everything seems to be in order but I want to go over the paperwork with you. Would you please turn on the lights so we can do this?”

Me: “Uhm… no.”

Chief Inspector: “Why not?”

Me: “Really? You just got done doing an inspection by candle light. What makes you think I can magically turn on the lights now that you are done?”

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