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Join Date: May 2013
County: Phnom Penh
Lateness and manners
Before we start I'll point out that I despise lateness. If you say you're going to be somewhere at a set time, you ****ing well should be there. Only excuses involving severed limbs, extreme bloodloss or death are acceptable to me.
I have been on a course today at an office 5 minutes' walk away from my usual Manchester office. This is great for me because it meant I could go to my office first and get a couple of hours in before the 10.00am start. We were asked to aim to be 15 minutes early to get through security, get a drink, have a **** etc ready for a prompt 10 o'clock start. The start time is important for reasons I will explain shortly.
The course was for staff based throughout the north west meaning people came from as far afield as Blackburn, Liverpool and Warrington. OK, it's further than they usually travel but it's not the Shetland Isles is it? There is, therefore, no excuse for arriving at ten past ten. If you are the sort of feckless **** who is routinely late, when you arrive you should, in my view, come into the room, apologise, sit on the nearest chair you can see, and SHUT THE **** UP. What you shouldn't do is stand in the doorway, scan the room for your mates who could be arsed to get out of bed, then expect everyone to move whilst you battle through a packed room then rearrange the chairs to sit with them. What you also shouldn't do is start talking to them about the weather, the train journey, parking, football or anything else when some poor sod is stood at the front trying to explain complicated issues to thickos like me.
I'd like to say that this is the end of the rant but, sadly, I can't. Remember I said the start time was important? The course was scheduled to finish at 4pm according to the invite. There is some flexibility in this so if it starts on time and people are happy to only have 30 minutes for lunch, be quick about comfort breaks etc then, provided there are no IT disasters, fire alarms etc, you can usually be away for 3.30pm on these things.
At the morning coffee break, the same feckless ****s who were late go and see the facilitator to report that, as they have to travel all the way back to Liverpool/Blackburn/Warrington, they are booked on a 3.30pm train (to get home from a course that they were told would finish at 4pm weeks ago) so they really need to be away not long after 3pm. The facilitator should tell them to go and get shagged then report them to their manager for being feckless ****s, but he doesn't. He explains that there is some flexibility in this so if it starts on time and people are happy to only have 30 minutes for lunch, be quick about comfort breaks etc then, provided there are no IT disasters, fire alarms etc, he should be able to be done by then.
Coffee breaks are now limited to ten minutes, in which time you need to use the facilities, go to the coffee machine, and get back to your seat. For ten points, guess which class members go to the bog, use the coffee machine, then go and sits in a break out area with their mates and return to the classroom nearly 20 minutes later? Guess who was also late back from lunch? We lost over half an hour of the day because of the same ****s who wanted to get away early.
End of rant. Thanks for listening.
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