The recent thread started by a CNA who left work after clocking in because she was "disrespected" has left me curious about what could possibly be disrespectful enough to have someone shoot themselves in the foot by just leaving work. I've been wracking my brain, trying to come up with something and have no answers. But I do remember a few times when I've been disrespected at work, and it's far enough in the past now that I find myself laughing about the incidents in question. So I'm wondering -- what is the most outrageous, disrespectful and funny thing a colleague has said or done to you?
I met my husband at work, and for four years watched him date every travel nurse, RT or nursing colleague who crossed his path. We were friends, belonged to the same group of friends, and I liked him, but I had a boyfriend. Then I watched him date this woman I'll call Elsa, a charge nurse on our unit who was in her late 20s and twice divorced. Elsa wanted to marry every man she ever dated, and shortly after she came to work and told everyone she was marrying Matt, he dumped her. Shortly thereafter, she started dating Willy, one of Matt's close friends and a member of our group. Willy was also divorced twice at 28 and wanted to marry every woman he ever dated. The two were married within six months. Meanwhile, I broke up with my boyfriend and went out with Matt just for kicks.
Matt and I dated for four years, which surprised the heck out of me, because I wasn't really looking for a relationship and didn't think he was either. At the five year mark, we got married.
I was standing at the Pyxis one day shortly after Matt and I got married, and Elsa walked up to me and said "I could have Matt any time I wanted. The only reason he married YOU is because he couldn't have ME."
"That's not how I heard it," I replied.
"Oh, you can't trust your husband to tell you the truth about old girlfriends," she said.
"I heard it from YOUR husband," I said. And walked away. It wasn't until hours later that I realized that I had inadvertently come up with the perfect response. And it was the absolute truth!
So what's the most outrageous thing a coworker has said to you?