Thomas works with people from all walks of life, and in a company that employs (even after all the layoffs and forced retirements) around 700 individuals, there are bound to be a few walking around who are a few crayons shy of a box. This entry is about one of them. I'm going to call him Doorknob, for obvious reasons.
The most recent of a long line of foolish things this man has done or said happened last week. He was doing a job for which the company requires wearing a hood with the face shield down, but Doorknob has a problem with authority, and so was wearing no shield. He'd been caught and warned about this before, but he continued to ignore the rules, despite the fact that the policy was there for his own safety.
Last Monday he was doing this particular job without a face shield and was seen by the president of the company. This new president of the company is very much a by-the-book person. He went to the manager of Doorknob's area, took him out to where Doorknob was working and pointed him out. Doorknob still didn't have his shield down.
The manager, of course, did a disciplinary write-up on Doorknob and decided to suspend him for three days. Doorknob was brought into Human Resources and had the write-up read to him. Do you know what his defense was? When the HR Manager got to the part about his not having his face shield down, Doorknob interrupted and yelled, "Now see?! That there's where he's wrong! I didn't even have a shield on!"
He didn't even realize what he'd said until the HR Manager asked if he needed to re-write the write-up. (Re-writing it to say that he didn't even have the face shield on would have resulted in his being fired, by the way.)
Just thought this one was too good not to share. I've worked with some strange people, some very young and naive people, and even a few who haven't had a whole lot of common sense, but the stories Thomas comes home with about Doorknob (and few others) top all.