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    Not Ever Working, Part 10

    | Edmonton, Alberta, Canada | Bosses & Owners, Coworkers, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (My station decides to take on a work experience student from the local high school, and I am put in charge of him. One of the tasks I give him is to go through all the posters and flyers we’re given for upcoming events, and type them up into a comprehensive community calendar for the announcers. I give him an old copy of the community calendar to use as a style guide. Not more than two minutes after I gives him this job, he comes to me in a huff, and drops the old copy of the community calendar on my desk.)

    Student: “I don’t need to do this. It’s already done.”

    Me: “No, it’s not. That’s an old version. You need to take off the old events and add the new ones.”

    Student: “I said I don’t need to do this. It’s obviously already done.”

    Me: “Okay then. If it’s done, email it to all the announcers.”

    Student: “I can’t do that. I don’t have a copy on the computer.”

    Me: “How do you think you’ll get a copy on the computer?”

    Student: “Uhh… type it up?”

    Me: “There you go. Now, go type it up, take the old events off the calendar, and add the new ones while you type.”

    (The student sighs and walks away. Rather than go back to his computer, he goes into my boss’s office and closes the door. After a few minutes, the boss comes storming out of her office and over to me.)

    Boss: “How DARE you put him to work doing such a menial task! We didn’t hire that student to type things up! We hired him so he could do fun stuff! Only put him to work doing fun stuff!”

    (The boss and the student’s idea of ‘fun stuff’ was to put him in charge of the station’s Facebook page. He did nothing but play FarmVille until he flunked out of the work experience program.)

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