When Coworking Is Not Working

, | Working | June 2, 2014

(Our manager is in a fit because a coworker who is known to try to get out of working just called in to say that he needed a ride from the hospital. Both coworkers who can get him there can’t; one just clocked on and the other can’t clock off until he is at the store. My coworker who can’t clock off is panicking and crying because she needs to go to an event right at the time she is supposed to clock off.)

Coworker: “I am so angry! Why did [Other Coworker] not get a ride from his friend?”

Me: “He’s just stupid.”

Coworker: “I know, but he makes me so mad!” *starts pacing* “I want to rip out my hair!”

Me: *walks over to drink station* “[Beverage]?”

Coworker: “I just— What?”

Me: “Do you drink [Beverage]?”

Coworker: “Yes.”

Me: *fills up a kids cup with [Beverage] and hands it to coworker* “There, there, now, [Coworker]. Drink. Don’t pull your hair out. Drink and imagine pulling [Other Coworker]’s hair out.”

Coworker: *drinks slowly*

Me: “Better?”

Coworker: *throws cup away* “Much. Although, I’m scared now about how you knew that would work.”

Me: “I’ve worked here six months longer than you. That’s six more months of [Other Coworker] than you…”

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