My current supervisor makes my blood boil.
I’m on a temp assignment at the IRS. No big deal, just opening the envelopes and sorting the returns and checks. I’m in my second week, as the supervisor loudly reminds me whenever I ask her anything. What she and the other supervisors don’t seem to bear in mind is that two or three days is sufficient time to learn to process normal returns, but that there are anomalies, like unsigned checks, that only turn up every few days. Hence, it’s easy to forget, from one incident to the next, how to process the oddities.
One of the big demons is the 1040X, whatever that is. (Ours is not to reason why, and I’m not learning much, if anything, from this, because we’re not told the function of any of the various forms; just which pigeonhole we’re to file them in.) We are not to process the 1040x with the regular 1040s, 1040EZs, 1040PCs, or 1040As. Okay, I got that the first day, but I think I’ve had four 1040Xs since I started, and today when I got one, I forgot what I was to do with it.
Me: Okay, what are we to do with the 1040X?
Supervisor: You’re not to process it with the other 1040s!
M: Okay, but–
S: See that chart on the wall?
M: (glottal stop)
S: Do you see 1040X up there?
M: I kn–
S: You process it with Review With Money! Two weeks you’ve been here!
[calming breath]If I thought it was to be processed normally…
I wouldn’t have asked.[/calming breath]
It wasn’t just that one time, and it isn’t just me. Our operator numbers get called out when we’re caught in a mistake, and mine hasn’t been called much–but yesterday was a doozy. I was informed that I’d processed an over-$50,000 payment with the regular payments. I turned back to the cubbyhole, trying to remember how I could have let that happen, and the supervisor says, “What’s this? You don’t care?” I said, “No, I’m just getting back to work.” Anyway, I’m not going to stress about it. It’s only a temporary gig, with no chance of permanence, and if they terminate me, then they just do. What do they expect for seasonal work.
“His eyes are as green as a fresh-pickled toad,
His hair is as dark as a blackboard,
I wish he was mine, he’s really divine,
The hero who conquered the Dark Lord.”