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Old 12-08-2012, 03:03 PM   #91
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Old 12-08-2012, 03:06 PM   #92
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Why did you share this boring story about an unfortunate co-worker needing help? I really don't care... Sounds like what you did to your co-worker, doesn't it?
Actually, no. It would only be similar if you went somewhere I didn't know and talked about how an anonymous poster on a message board told a story you didn't really care about. And then why would I care if you did that?
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Old 12-08-2012, 03:33 PM   #93
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Another typical day on the Dis.

A poster starts a thread, finds out most people don't agree with them, then has to argue with every single one of them.
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Old 12-08-2012, 05:36 PM   #94
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Another typical day on the Dis.

A poster starts a thread, finds out most people don't agree with them, then has to argue with every single one of them.
Actually, I didn't. But don't let a little something like facts get in your way. It's ok.
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Old 12-08-2012, 05:55 PM   #95
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It sounds a little cold, but then again... I'm from NY.
. I always think we are looked at as "different"
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:31 PM   #96
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Perhaps what you considered too much information was his way of assuring you convey the message to the intended person. He didn't just need to chat about cabs whenever he had a chance but as soon as possible. Many times if we understand a situation we are more prone to want to help or help sooner. How many messages are forgotten at work sometimes?
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Old 12-08-2012, 07:08 PM   #97
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Seriously? This bothered you? Are you not one who likes to socialize/chat? Even so, it seems strange that it would bug you unless he went into detail.
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:13 PM   #98
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Actually, I didn't. But don't let a little something like facts get in your way. It's ok.
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:57 PM   #99
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OP. Maybe your co - worker should have tried to use as little words as possible. Like......

Man who get cab!
You know?
I look for him.

Would that be better?
I turned red from laughing so much at that.
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Old 12-08-2012, 10:10 PM   #100
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Good theory. What got passed on... "A, B's looking for you."
IMO, the important point was: He had to be at work at 6 am.
In order to impress upon you why he needed to speak to A: He related a couple of minor comments about his health and wife's schedule precluding him from driving or depending on her. It was not just a friendly request to chat with A; he NEEDED the information for work.

If he had missed a large number of days of work because of his health problems, perhaps it was VERY important to have a reliable cab service that got him to work on time. I hope, for his sake, he did not depend on you as the sole source of contact.
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Old 12-08-2012, 10:28 PM   #101
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I get it. I'm from NY ( now nj) and have low tolerance for fluff. Get to the point.


Ok now don't go find all my fluff posts here Internet is different I get my talk out here
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Old 12-08-2012, 10:55 PM   #102
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Sam, you go ahead and vent. I've been in similar, one-sided conversations, and yes, they can be frustrating. Just ask the question and move on. Even after you said, "Can I help?" the co-worker only needed to say "Yeah, tell him I need to talk to him about the cab company he uses." Straight and to the point would do the job, without all the endless, unnecessary detail. I can see how it's annoying, and how on a slow Saturday evening you might have decided to vent a bit. It surely stirred up the masses and made for some interesting reading on the Dis (yeah, it's a slow Saturday night here in Maine, too!).
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:48 PM   #103
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Sam, you go ahead and vent. I've been in similar, one-sided conversations, and yes, they can be frustrating. Just ask the question and move on. Even after you said, "Can I help?" the co-worker only needed to say "Yeah, tell him I need to talk to him about the cab company he uses." Straight and to the point would do the job, without all the endless, unnecessary detail. I can see how it's annoying, and how on a slow Saturday evening you might have decided to vent a bit. It surely stirred up the masses and made for some interesting reading on the Dis (yeah, it's a slow Saturday night here in Maine, too!).
Three sentences are "endless...detail"? I can't imagine not wanting to help another employee get to work on time, especially with the current UE levels.
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Three sentences are "endless...detail"? I can't imagine not wanting to help another employee get to work on time, especially with the current UE levels.
The next time I saw 'A', I told him 'B' was looking for him. Isn't that helping?

Can you please tell me what I should have done? Should I have gone all around the building looking for 'A' myself? Should I have said something over the paging system? Called his cell phone (which 'B' has access to also)?
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The next time I saw 'A', I told him 'B' was looking for him. Isn't that helping?

Can you please tell me what I should have done? Should I have gone all around the building looking for 'A' myself? Should I have said something over the paging system? Called his cell phone (which 'B' has access to also)?
No, I would have added a couple of "endless...details" to "B wants to speak w you": B must be at work at 6 am on Xday, can't drive and needs some cab service info, to put B's request in context.

Knowing how expensive it is to be ill (even with insurance) and, also, how, equally, as imperative to let supervisors know that your illness/condition will not effect your work, the two things he wished information: expense and reliability, speaks to those concerns. JMHO, but I think being concerned about your job is not such a unique and unusual worry in today's economy.
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