So there I was, enjoying my artistry and eating some take out when suddenly the lights went out. It was pitch black and I was in a place I didn’t know very well and a generator did not automatically start up and return the power. I got the flashlight app open in my phone and made my way to the light switches, hoping there would be a trip switch nearby; there wasn’t. So I slowly made my way out of the auditorium, hoping I could find a trip switch somewhere, or I would have to lock up and go home. At this point I should explain that the auditorium was a part of a larger building, with a gym and an indoor basketball court.
Just yesterday, I was sitting behind a desk with about 3 feet of space between me and anyone who approached the desk. A woman approached needing to fill out a piece of paperwork for me. I stood up and leaned so I could reach the paper and point out some things she needed to fill out. She left to go finish the paperwork. She came back to the desk placed the paper on the desk and leaned over to write on it. I stood up again to take the paper from her and fill out my portion. She ended up cleaning straight into my personal space. This lady was wearing a mask and way too big latex gloves, By the way.
She leaned over the desk even further to make sure I saw her and yelled right in my face, “ you really should be wearing a mask. I am in a high-risk group“. I was working at a desk on an office as a guard that had seen five people all day. As a sufferer of claustrophobia the wearing of masks is hard for me and I have been strictly following social distancing as my main means of protection as a result. This lady leans into me AGAIN and then tells me what I am doing wrong. She puts her face right up to mine. I cannot back up to get away from her because of the wall behind the desk. I am doing my best. I am a short person, 5’3” and had to stand up to reach the paper.
You do not need to get on your high horse and tell me what I need to do to be safe. I follow the protocols my company set out for me to the t. I find that hypocrisy unnerving. She got the same email with the same social distancing directive as I did, from the company. She chose to ignore it and then yell at me because I wasn’t doing enough for her. Why do people yell at you then ask for your help? The ultimate irony of the whole situation was she was completing the paperwork so she could take equipment home so she could work from home. At least I won’t have to encounter this woman and her bossiness for at least three months.
I know that most of you will argue that people should be working with masks on but companies are more apt to want to have strict social distancing guidelines instead of mask requirements. I work at a front desk for a major company and masks can be a little intimidating in that scenario. I know my company will make masks mandatory when the state states that they are. I know that masks are a hot button topic right now. Please do not put anything in the comments negative about my choices. I am following what my company says to do and the woman knew it. I don’t see many people now and I’m very strict about my social distancing.
I was walking along a corridor with doors on either side. Thanks to the light from my phone, I saw a door that said “Generator” or something like that, can’t remember exactly. Anyway I walked in and saw that a trip switch was there. It was a rainy night, so probably it was tripped by the lightening and the generator simply didn’t work. I walked in, shut the door behind me, and was having a good look at the switch. As I looked at the switch, I heard a noise behind me in the corridor, and I have to say, the hairs stood up at the back of my neck. As far as I knew, I was the only one in the building and it definitely sounded like someone was walking along the corridor. I wasn’t sure whether to go and confront whoever it was or simply stay hidden inside the tiny generator room. I’m not very quick-witted and before I could decide on doing anything, the person seemed to walk past me into the auditorium.