01 December 2009

Don't Let Me Put You Out

The other day at work, I heard a coworker nearly refuse to sharpen a pencil for a student who needed it for a test she was taking across the hall. (The pencil sharpener in the classroom is broken; we have an electric pencil sharpener behind the front desk.)

The student was polite. She said please. She said thank you.

After a noticeable hesitation, my coworker sharpened the student's pencil and proceeded to explain that we really can't sharpen any pencils in the future.

What?! Aren't the students kind of why we have jobs? We may not be in the teaching end of the business, but we most certainly wouldn't be needed if the students all disappeared.

I said something to this effect to said coworker who replied that all they do is ask for stuff. For example, the other day, a student asked for a piece of (GASP!) tape.

Granted, I don't know how many students have the audacity to bother us for tape on a daily basis, but I can't imagine it's very many. Even if it was, a 2-inch piece of tape literally costs .0018 cents (I did the math), surely we can spare that and the 3 seconds it takes to rip it off the dispenser (I timed myself) to make a student happy?


B. said...

You are cracking me up!

Anonymous said...

First tape!! prolly the Scotch name brand! Then dulling the blades of the college's pencil sharpener?! How much can one employee hired to work at a front desk and interact with people take!?!!? WHERE WILL IT END!!!

Oh my.


Anonymous said...

P.S. I absolutely love the fact that you took the time to actually do the math (prolly had help) just to make a point. that rocks.


SassyTimes said...

Ooooh...this kind of stuff irritates me to no end in the teaching world. I do teach, and try my best to avoid the teacher's lounge because that's all they do is sit and complain about each and every student (even the good ones). It amazes me. If the students weren't here, you wouldn't have a job! Grrr.... then, you'd realllly be complaining.

Ky (Two Pretzels) said...

This is so funny. I think it's in every industry. I do marketing for a real estate company. I have to constantly remind myself that the agents, who have so many weird [and at times annoying] requests, are the people who are in essence paying my salary...