(Too mild for the Pit, really…)
Am I alone in finding this phrase to be the ultimate cop-out? The most annoying thing a coworker can say, without resorting to direct attacks on others?
I find this being used fairly often by people who are actually well-paid to begin with, in response to questions about why they don’t do something that’s inarguably part of their job. I will use today’s episode as an example:
Me: “Hey, where were you this morning? I called your cell like five times; we had an outage going on.”
Them: “Oh yeah? When?”
Me: “Starting about 4:30.”
Them: “Oh, I was sleeping, ha ha!”
Me: “But you’re on call this week…”
Them: “Yeah, but they don’t pay me enough for that. I don’t start until 7:00.”
I mean, what the hell is the thought process here? If you disagree with part of your job duties or are incapable of doing them, find another damn job already!
What really pisses me off about it, I suppose, is that invariably these folks don’t have the balls to admit to management the same thing they’ll admit to their coworkers (like me). If management were asking the questions, it’d be “The phone must’ve been out of service” or “I never got the call” or other BS like that.
Is this considered a ‘legitimate’ reason for not doing things you’re supposed to? To me it seems like saying, “I don’t like it so I just won’t do it, neener neener neener!”