Our new part-timer at work is very young…19, I think…and very nice, eager to learn and all, and seems quite bright. But yesterday she offered to take the keyboards for the computers home and run them through the dishwasher. She says she’s heard it’s a great way to get them clean.
We of course refused the offer. And I know why she offered. She’s new, and I know that when you go to a new place to work, it takes a while to adjust to the surroundings. I am also a little dismayed when I go to other stores and their keyboards are utterly filthy…I usually end up cleaning them if there is any free time. It’s one of those things that there just usually isn’t a lot of downtime to do. And the dirt builds up slowly…when you work there everyday you just don’t notice it. But someone new does. Our keyboards are cleaner than those at other stores because we have more slow time, and it’s one of those things I try to keep up with. So I’m slightly put out that she thinks our keyboards are disgusting, It’s time to clean them, but it’s an implied insult that we never clean them. I make sure when I clean a keyboard at another store that I do it when no one else is around, just so they don’t think I’m criticizing their housekeeping abilities.
But the dishwasher? Can she honestly believe that you can run a piece of electronic equipment with a cord and a circuit board through the dishwasher? We were so stunned we didn’t even try to argue with her, just told her they can’t leave the store and we’d clean it the old-fashioned way.
So what bizarre notions do your outwardly normal coworkers come up with?