No good deed goes unpunished

3 Dec

I swear, if I wasn’t such a good-natured and well-adjusted human being, I would start slaughtering people.

We are having trouble at the office. With one colleague whose performance just…. isn’t. The head of our department and I (as “boss” of our sub-department) finally decided to let her go. And this nice (read: Stupid) German witch does her best, discussing for hours, to give the colleague in question a reasonable period of notice (i.e. more than “You don’t have to come in next Monday, by the way.”). I mean, the fact that her work does not meet our standards does not mean I wish her ill. Just that I need someone who is more suited to the task at hand.

Be that as it may, this colleague has converted to islam since she started working here, and this is where the troubles start.

First, our boss decided to suspend her layoff and “give her one last chance”. Because she is trying to become a better person and because he is trying to do the right thing or… honestly, I don’t care. One day the colleague received her termination, the next everything is “taken back”. All the while we have started hiring replacement for her. Talk about an uncomfortable situation.

Next, rumors start appearing how we (another colleague and I) tried to mob the converted colleague out of our department because of her newfound faith and how we just want to hire a friend of ours in her place.

You know, our office is like a giant beehive. Rumors are The Currency around here. Maybe even more so than in other offices. And I gladly support everything that leads people to suspect I might be crazy or mean or even a tiny bit dangerous. I love hearing rumors about colleagues, even though (or because?) I know not even half of them come close to being true. And when I hear something that might truly damage a reputation, I do my best to dispel it.

Anyway, I have an inkling I know where the story in question comes from, and I am really tempted to go and get a new axe. So far I have confronted the first two people who passed it around (to my knowledge) and set them straight, giving them my side of the story and demanding an apology (which I got). But once they are hatched, you have a hard time trying to catch those pesky words. I guess I will just have to wait for the next Big Thing to devour this one.

Yes, I really do feel stupid for trying to be nice and help said colleague get a good period of notice so she won’t be out of work for too long. If only I had kept my mouth shut and let them let her go when they wanted to, I could simply do my job.

Rats and toads and bat wing powder…

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4 Responses to “No good deed goes unpunished”

  1. Liathano December 3, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

    Oh je, das ist wirklich keine nette Quittung, aber man bekommt halt wirklich nicht immer was Nettes zurück, wenn man was Nettes tut. Eine alte Hexe, die ich kenne, verwendet für solche Gerüchtegeschichten immer einen wohl hochwirksamen Zauber, der eine Rinderzunge involviert … 😉

    • diandralinnemann December 4, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

      Na ja, unter solchen Umständen denke ich mir immer: Ich handle nicht so, wie die anderen es verdienen, sondern so, wie ich es für richtig halte. :-/

  2. peppylady (Dora) December 4, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

    I’ve taken care of those “heavy duty Christians” I try to avoid them like the plaque. The thing with them they believe your blessing from God…And your there slave and very demanding…Coffee is on

    • diandralinnemann December 4, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

      Interspiritual environments are always tough, especially when they are as diverse as ours (different brands of Muslims, different brands of Christians, at least one atheist and me ^^ ). But this is a good example of how a “proper religion” not always makes for “proper behavior”… by the way, I found the source of the rumors and forced her to give a correcting statement. And made sure that one spread as well. Seems I can still be scary if I want to. ^^

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