Because they are, aren’t they? Except for me of course, in my all knowing perfection. Yeh…
I’m sure there are thousands of blog posts out there ruminating on this very subject, and perhaps I should wait until I have more of an ‘online presence’ before I talk about it… but I fancy writing about it now.
I work in a hotel (as a stop gap…. and I tell myself that everyday) and it is, without an iota of exaggeration, a terrible job.
I’m a Room Attendant (which, as the name would suggest, means I prepare and clean the rooms) and I encounter all sorts of interesting examples of human stupidity on a daily – no, hourly – basis. This can come from many sources; my work colleagues, the guests… but, most commonly, the management.
Dear Lord above, the Management. Now there’s a blogpost all on it’s own!
Now, I don’t consider myself to be a genius by any stretch of the imagination. I am, at best, of average intelligence. I would probably be described in the modern world as ‘bright’, but not especially academic – my talents have always inclined towards English, and I struggle heroically with maths and science.
BUT, either I have astonishing levels of practical sense, or the majority of people are incredibly dimwitted.
Now, I tend to view life in pretty simplistic terms, which is not to say I see everything in black and white – in fact, I’d say that most of life is in varying shades of technicolour. But that’s not to say that we have to complicate life. And yet, the management (certianly at my place of work) seem to actively strive to complicate matters. If there is a simple and efficient method for something, I can predict with unfailing accuracy that that method will be scrapped and a new, mindblowing system will take it’s place.
But why? I mean, not to sound like a whingy child, but I just don’t get it! Have these people never heard of, ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’? Or even, ‘less is more’?
I’m not lazy (it’s one of my few virtues!) but I also don’t see the point of making pointless work for yourself. Or, even worse, for other people!
So, that’s the management. Then you have the guests…
Guest: “Excuse me, cleaner lady?”
Me: (Resisting the urge to squirt chemical cleaner in her face) Yes Ma’am? How can I help you?
G: There’s no hairdryer in my room, I’ve checked everywhere. You must have forgotten to put one in.
Me: (trying to maintain a pleasant smile) I’d be very happy to check for you, I definitely made sure there was one in there when I serviced the room prior to your arrival.
G: I’ve told you, I’ve looked everywhere. I want one as soon as possible, this just won’t do.
And so, gritting my teeth, off I went and got her one. And, sure enough, when she departed the next day and I serviced the room… there was the original hairdryer, in the wardrobe, where I knew I had put it.
My absolute favourite, was a woman who said “You must be working the summer between semesters as University, are you?”following our brief discussion on the events occurring in Syria, and when I explained that no, I wasn’t at uni, nor had I been, she looked dissapointed and muttered ‘the youth of today, such waste!’.
I wasn’t offended, per se, but annoyed by her judgemental attitude. Unbeknown to her, I’m waiting to pass my Medical for the Army, so I’m hardly wasting my life… but so what if I was happy to work in a hotel for the rest of my life? Would it matter? Somebody has to do it after all.
Anyway, this turned into a bit of a rant, and it wasn’t really supposed to, but now that I’ve expended all that effort typing it, I’m not going to delete it! I hope that somebody reads this, and feels that wonderful momentary relief of “Yes, it’s not just me this crap happens to!”
Until my next blog, bloggers. And remember… people are just plain silly. 🙂