So I enter my office this morning and on the door to our reception area, a very well-traveled area, there is a poster taped. It is for Mel Gibson’s upcoming The Passion. It has a representation of Jesus nailed on the cross.
We are an interent provider/computer networking company. So I hope that you can already see the inappropriateness that immediately seized me. I asked our receptionist who put the poster up, she said it was up when she opened the office this morning.
On my way upstairs to my office, I get a few people asking me about the poster. (I am, among other things, the entire HR dept.) Some co-workers explained that they were offended by the poster being displayed so prominently, others were just plain confused.
I sent out an email to All, worded thusly:
“Good Morning Everyone! Whoever taped up the movie poster on the door to reception, can you please take it down? This is a place of business. If you must hang that poster up, you can do so in your own cubicle. We dont want any potential customers possibly being offended or even just confused by the poster being there. Thank You. HR”
Meanwhile, one of our sales reps comes to me and asks if I could just take it down, he had clients coming in.
So I went back downstairs and took the poster down, I had to tear it a bit, it was taped as if a tornado may pass by at any moment.
I get back to my desk and I receive the response from our perpretrator. He is the owner of our sister company that is located in our building:
“I will take it down when I return. As for this being a place of business, you are correct. This is also my place of business and Sister Company, LTD, is a sponsor of this production when it is released locally at This Movie Theatre. As for you not wanting any potential customers being offended or confused, I would hope that the confusion would be solved by them talking with a believer and finding out more about Jesus. Those who may be offended, I will pray for.”
I am really really REALLY upset about this response. Frankly, I don’t care WHAT movie it is, it’s confusing and a customer would likely think they were walking into a teenager’s bedroom seeing a taped-up poster on the door. Not to mention the religious inclination of it.
How does one communicate with a person such as this? Im a fairly cut-and-dry to-the-point person but I’ve been told I can come off sounding “mean” in my emails. I certainly dont want to provoke any more ire in Mr. B. Thumper here, but I do think it warrants a little clarification. And that last bit pissed me off because while I am a “believer”, that doesnt mean I cant be offended by the poster. I most certainly was.
What a nice way to start a Monday.