This morning, I came to work and said hey to my boss. We chatted a bit about the election returns (I didn’t see her yesterday) and everything seemed normal.
She got a phone call from her mother-in-law who is a staunch Republican. I said, “Oh no, is she upset about the election?” Boss says MIL didn’t say anything about the election. Here is the rest of the conversation:
Boss: She said she got an email that Obama doesn’t have a birth certificate. laugh I told her to check it out online, to go to factcheck.org or someplace.
Me: Snopes covered that one.
Me: That rumor.
Boss: Well, obviously you listen to the same sources she does.
Me: People were saying it to my face…
Boss: I don’t care. Do you hear me? I don’t care! You go bringing that stuff in here and I don’t care to hear it. All of you are so fascinated by all of these rumors and spreading them around, well if you weren’t listening to Rush Limbaugh in the first place you wouldn’t have heard them. I didn’t hear them.
Me: I heard them when I was volunteering for the Obama campaign.
Boss: I don’t care! Do you hear me! I don’t care to hear about it at all! I don’t want to hear another thing about the election. It’s OVER.
Me: slinks away with no idea what the fuck just happened
I get to my office where coworker E in personnel was waiting. He said he had some paperwork and Boss yells out for coworker E to come to her office where she harangues him about an attendance bonus given to coworker T.
He explains his policy and that he’s been following it for five years and T qualifies. She yells at him and overrules him. Coworker T loses her bonus and coworker E gets reprimanded.
I have NO idea what the hell is going on other than she was in a good mood when I started talking to her and was violently angry when I left, and she seemed to be taking it out on coworkers E and T.
I have zero idea what in the hell to do now. I feel responsible for T losing her bonus and E getting yelled at but since I don’t know what caused it in the first place I don’t know if there’s a way to fix it. Obviously, whatever I was saying was the Wrong Thing.
The suckiest thing is that T needs the money and didn’t do anything wrong.
This is NOT normal for this office. Boss can be touchy and irrational, but this is weird.