February 02, 2006

Not so funny anymore.

By now you all know that I have a tiny, little mean streak with my sense of humor. Sometimes I like to play pranks that could be considered unfriendly. I.e. the mouse and monitor incidents. Today over a Tammi’s World, I read her post about people being cruel thinking it’s funny. Personally, I think these people are going way too far. That is saying a lot coming from me. After reading Tammi’s heartfelt post I started feeling a bit of an arse myself, because it hit close to home.

At work, all my peers are doing this “Biggest Loser” competition. They are all trying to see who can lose the most weight over the next three months. All of them are female, and not a one of them is by any shape or form fat or even what I would consider overweight. If one of them is overweight, it can’t be by more then a few pounds.

They started this at the beginning of January. It’s been a month and they are all comparing to see where they where at and what methods they are using. Now insert the big arse factor. It’s been a month with no chocolate for them, and they are all chocolate fanatics. What do I do? Yes, I bought a couple of bags of candy, Reese’s peanut butter cups and Hershey kisses. I put it in a tin that I use to distribute candy and left it on the edge of my desk. It’s not uncommon for me to put candy out for people, I do it when my inventory looks good or when the minions do something exceptional. This time it was different.

My desk is right by the two most used conference rooms in the building. With all the meetings we have, my peers have to walk past my desk at least 3 times a day. They also have to come over when they want something from me or another peer that sits in the next cubicle. If they want to see the manager, they walk right past me. After a month of depriving themselves of chocolate, the pull is too great for them. They have been snagging pieces every time they walk by. I’ve gone through all of my candy.

I was going to buy more to keep it up, but I’m not thinking it’s so funny anymore.

Posted by Contagion in General assholery at February 2, 2006 12:51 PM | TrackBack

At least you are man enough to admit that! I'm willing to bet those working with Tammi are not.


Posted by: oddybobo at February 2, 2006 11:40 AM

The things you do are generally "shenanigans". Shenanagains are funny. What they are doing to Tammi is pretty heartless, and downright cruel.

As for your tin of candy, it's different because you haven't put any of it on THEIR desks, or outright taunted them with it. You know "neener, neener, who has chocolate?!?" kind of thing.

I hate to say it, but you are a gentleman when it comes to crossing lines with people. (Cripes, why did I just write that?!)

Keep up the shenanigans. They are funny.

Posted by: Sarah at February 2, 2006 12:43 PM

I'm with Sarah. Since it's on your desk, it's not active taunting so much as passive tempting.

I don't think you're over the line with that, although the malicious intent IS there :-)

Posted by: Harvey at February 2, 2006 12:57 PM

I agree with the sentiments above.

Where those jerks that Tammi has to work sith crossed the line was the strategic placement of the temptation *just* for Tammi.

Not just putting donuts in the break room -- but all over, and on *her things*. Your dish of candy is in good fun, on your desk.

(And FWIW, it takes balls to admit that you may have made a mistake....)

Posted by: Richmond at February 2, 2006 03:10 PM

I agree with everyone with an added... not only are you not putting on their desks, but you aren't aiming it at one person. You aren't taunting anyone, you're playing with the group. I can so see the guys at work doing what you're doing if a group of us women were doing a biggest loser contest. Absolutely. And it wouldn't piss me off. What would piss me off is if someone was intentionally trying to sabotage me, and me alone, but leaving crap on my desk.

Posted by: Bou at February 2, 2006 07:22 PM

Big difference my friend. You aren't invading their space with it. You aren't teasing them verbally, you aren't judging them.

It's different. You're different. That's why you're my friend and they are NOT. ;-)

Posted by: Tammi at February 3, 2006 09:08 PM