Wednesday, August 25, 2010

But... But... I'm official!?!? Let's play hindsight...

This has got to be quick... but it's something I need to address.

So my work just came out with this newer... tighter security.

Everybody has to walk around with their badges showing... and visitors can't just walk through the front door any longer, they have to be buzzed in.

I totally am all for tighter security. My safety is always important. What would everyone do if I wasn't able to blog any longer?

 Go on about their lives like nothing ever happened? Like their was never a Shelle Blok?

I don't think so.

I'm thinking the world would end... Armageddon sort of proportions here.

So anyway... back to the story.

 You have to make your badge visible.

Problem is this. It isn't quite a habit for me yet. I have my badge in my purse and I scan my purse to let me in and carry my badge, still in purse, upstairs to my cubbie. If I'm paying attention I'll hold my badge in my hand... but let's be honest, the time I go to work, I'm usually not paying attention.

I had to make a run somewhere and came back in the afternoon. Out of habit, I scan my purse, walk in the door and continue to the stair way.

The WHOLE time, a very pretty older lady (POL) stares me down.

I'm feeling a bit... awkward... unsure if I have a booger hanging out of my nose or something.

It's inevitable that I'm going to have to pass her. She doesn't even move or pretend she isn't staring.

Keep in mind, she saw me swipe my purse (or badge) and walk in.

As I get not 2 feet away from her she says.

Image from HERE
POL: "You can't be in here, you don't have a badge."

ME: Goofy, confused, look on my face.

POL: "Dear, do you have a badge?"

ME: Light bulb goes off. Awkward laughing ensues..."Oh! Of course I do. It's right here." As I pull my badge out to show her that I was indeed official. But some people can't just laugh it off and move on... they always have to get something in.

POL: "You are suppose to wear that so it's visible and people won't have to stop you and ask for it."

ME: I imagined throat punching her as I swung around to drop kick her. Instead I just smiled and said, "I'll be sure to correct that so there won't be a next time."

But just so that I feel better about this whole situation people... I pose a question for you.

Did I learn a lesson? Yes.

Was it necessary? Maybe.

But... am I allowed to give her a stupid sign, throat punch, drop kick to her, in my mind, if she saw me use my card to actually GET IN THE BUILDING??? Wouldn't that signal to your brain somewhere that maybe I'm official?

Let me know what you think.

 Or let's play hindsight and tell me what your response would have been to her!!! That always makes me feel better :)



Barbaloot said...

I can't think of a time when a throat punch isn't appropriate. Next time, don't just think about doing it, just get it done:)

Jack said...

I find a throat punch is kind of passe. I am in favor of defenestrating people.

binks said...

No Shelle Blockthoughts?? I shudder the thought.

I think B-I-T-C-H is a better acromym for the busybody crony and a throat chop sure sounded in order.
Me, being all snarky and spiteful would make sure to leave that badge in my purse until a REAL authority (like the badge police) made an issue with it.
Some people just got too much time on their hands, right??

Garden of Egan said...

OK Shelle,
I'm not sure where you work, but if you tell me it is at a pencil factory and they have that tight of security I'm gonna throat punch her for ya.
Yes, it would be Armegeddon without reading your blog.
No, you probably didn't learn a lesson. Anyone that screams at weird noises in the wee hours of the morning will forget her badge again.
Yes, you can throat punch her. Just be sure to spray paint black paint on the security cameras.
Yes, she was being a pain in the tushy.

Hope you are able to control your anger.
Next time you'll wish you had a booger hanging out of your nose.
Hand it to the raunchy badge nazi.

Que said...

I don't know. She probably only has the ONE job to do all day. So I guess she's making sure she gets it right. But that doesn't excuse her from a well placed throat punch!

T said...

here's the hindsight... only let's play it from POL's perspective -

"sorry to harass you - since I saw you swipe that badge of yours - but they're cracking down and I have to actually SEE the badge. Awesome, thanks... now be sure to wear it if you can remember so we don't have to start throat punching eachother tomorrow"

of course, you could take her.

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

Barb- seriously. I need toughen up and just whip my hand out there.

Jack-okay, ummm can you explain that to me? Defenestrating? Maybe I prefer that?

Binks- you always know just what to say...the shudder was the cherry on top! Totally to much time on their hands! And I am still forgetting to keep my badge out-maybe it's a rebellious subconscious choice?

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

GOE-ummmm an airline? But thanks for humoring me on Armageddon! You are a true friend! :)

It's true... Lesson passed me by, usually does.

Black spray paint! Genius! Do they have that at the dollar store?

Hahahahah@booger! Ha!

Que-you have that right, now if I had the cahonies to actually follow through with the throat punch I'd be golden!

T-i like that scenario. And duh, of course I could take her. Or that is what I'd tell everyone.

The Urban Cowboy said...

I think you deserved the POL gettin on your case. You CLEARLY were not following company SOP (Standards of Policy)...she should have throat punched you!

;) have a great day...

i'm just sayin...

The Urban Cowboy said...

SOP = OR Standard Operating Procedures

whatever your company calls em...

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...


You better watch it.

If you don't take my side you aren't welcome here... Didn't you read the fine print?

I know your old and you feel the need to see eye to eye with your peeps, but not in front of my friends okay?

I realize I should have kept the badge out! Sheesh! :)

The Urban Cowboy said...

Haha...oh Shelle, I apologize. I forgot you are but a baby still. ;)

i'm just sayin...

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

There you go TUC, much better.

I knew if I explained the rules you would understand.

Your my favorite West coast cowboy again :)

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...


The Urban Cowboy said...

West coast? Is that the best ya got? I'm stayin home...sheeez! ;)

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

Hey! West Coast is so much better than just the state of Washington! :)

Just sayin.

Cherie said...

Isn't there always someone on a power trip? SERiouslY!!
My work just cracked down on badges too so I now wear it on a lanyard around my neck - annoying!

Anonymous said...

you should have gone with........
you ready??

you sure???

Alla said I need to badge for Jihad!!!!!!!!!!

Emily said...

I'm not a throat-puncher gal simply because I wouldn't want to break a nail. (Who am I kidding? I have super short nails.) But I am one who would make a comment like, "I believe you saw me swipe my purse, badge included, as I walked in, which would let you know I do have a badge on me and I do work in this building. Then again, perhaps at your age your eyesight isn't as good as it should be. Better get that checked." (Okay, I wouldn't say that out loud but I'd think it for sure!)

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

Cherie-See I COULD do that... but ya know, I'd have to get some energy and time to buy a lanyard. But I must do that... because I don't want to have another encounter with a power trip!

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

Sage--That's just all sorts of wrong.

Like ALL sorts of wrong.

Emily--I am so like that. I have so much running through my head and none of it's nice.

It's not that I'm a pushover or anything, but I was raised to respect my elders and be nice and stuff like that.

Just Jules said...

I have those "Ally McBeal" moments all the time! remember that show? where they showed you what she was imagining? yeah! I do that all the time- particularly when I get mad at hubby while driving I imagine kicking him out the door and running him over (not kidding)

Danielle said...

I work with a guy like this. He always has to point out when you do something wrong. Even little things. He gets off on making people feel small. I have dreamt about throat punching him so many times I can't even tell you. I am pretty blunt, so I have fired back with smart ass comments numerous times. Probabbly not to smart since he is the owners son.

PorkStar said...

lmfao, armageddon indeed, Shell. You happen to have the same name as my best friend, and when I don't hear from her, it's definitely armageddon. Or every time she bites my head off.

As far as showing your thing, at work as long as we scan the ID and the gate opens, we are good. But once at another job, I had my batch visible and the security guy (new that week) was chit chatting away and didn't see I was showing it. He tried to stopped me midway to the elevator and I called him out on his not paying attention. A small war of words ensued in which he insulted me with a few F words and I went upstairs, called his manager and had him fired.

I then called him as he was packing and said Fukc you!

I felt good afterwards.

PorkStar said...

BTW, sorry I didnt mean to cuss in your cute blog : )

The Crash Test Dummy said...

I would have poked her eyes out. ;)

Hey, you look good in those glasses!!!

Jack said...

Defenestrate refers to throwing someone through a window.

Sher said...

My take?
She's insecure and feeling less than special due to the fact that her job is nothing more than a glorified security guard, and her need to feel important and better than people is what spun her need to stop every person not follow exact orders.

I wouldn't worry too much about it. In fact, I might be tempted to put my badge in my purse again the next day, just to bug her.

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

Just Jules-i remember that show. And it's good to know I'm not the only one crazy :)

Danielle-lol@owners son, well at least you do something about it :) making others feel small is exactly it!

Porkstar-it's okay @curse-it just sounded like fingernails scratching on a chalkboard :). What I need is a mini you! You know, that I can keep in my pocket-and when I run into someone like that again I'll say, "hey! Don't make me pull out my mini guy!" But I will anywya, and you'll tell them off. Well mini you will :)

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

Crash-she had glasses on! And thanks, I was surprised they made my nose look smaller :)

Jack-i like it then! Only can I push them instead, not strong enough to throw since the collarbone accident of 2009.

Sher- see you and I think so much alike. Now if I just had your talent and beauty! :)

Meeko Fabulous said...

With the week I've been having at work . . . I'd probably say something really b@#$%y like, "Do you think I'd be here if I didn't belong here?" or "Do you think I'm here because it's fun?"

PorkStar said...

Mini me? lmfao... just tell them, "You dont want me to pull the porkster on your rump, do you?" : )

People should automatically be very afraid. Men in particular, cause they (i exclude myself) suck.

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

Porkstar-bwahahahahaha that's funny right there, I don't care who you are. And yea, some men really do suck. Namely my Freshmen BF ;)

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

Meeks-i totally should have said that, "you thin I WANT to be here? I'm here because I have to be, but if you would like to tell my boss you gave me the kick out the door to explain why I'm not at work then go right ahead." My boss loves me btw!

The Wixom Zoo said...

I hate people who feel like it's their personal mission to make sure that others are following the rules. She's just got nothing better to do than harass you. Drop kick her, for sure.

wendy said...

Where the heck do you work.
I used to work at the courthouse downtown SLC. We had to have badges too.
sometimes a nuisance, but I guess we shouldn't ignore safety eh.

Some people are just toe rags it seems. I'd throat punch her for sure, give security something to come running for and pull their guns.
they like that

Michelle said...

Some people get off on being the hall monitor type. Annoying.

Paul G said...

It's like every office now thinks it's in the business of securing missile launch codes. I hate having to have my stupid badge around my neck all fucking day.

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