Thursday, 3 June 2010

Putting people on pedestals

I learnt a big lesson this past week. I am walking around with a bad aftertaste in my mouth. I need to cleanse myself with this blog post (thanks to the virtual blogosphere that's helping me to get rid of all the ill feelings!)

I loved listening to programmes by a certain controversial person here in South Africa. I religiously archived the programmes as well. I never met the person, but liked his out-of-the-box way of doing and saying things.

Last week he walked into my office. Not with a “hello, pleased to meet you, thanks for helping me...” But with bark, bark, bark: “I need the following things, and quick!” Not even a smile! I had to ask my colleagues to help me to complete the request the same afternoon. I did not even take my lunch break. And I had to put my normal work on the back-burner for the afternoon.

The programme went on air this week, and there was not even a thank you to the archive material that was supplied. It is also very old archive material that had to be recorded real-time from acetate record players. It implies as well that it is not an easy copy and paste process to make the sound available for re-use.

I was really let down in my opinion of this person. He is the most ill-mannered person I have encountered in a very long time! I am thinking of a lot of descriptive words to call him...

The lesson: Never put people on pedestals! It/they might come back to bite you...

9 comments:

  1. Not nice is it ... but eventually Karma get them. Stay safe

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  2. Shew..thats not nice...how ungrateful of him! People forget how far a sincere thank you can go!

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  3. Oh now I want to know who it is - although? 702?

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  4. LOL No, not 702! I will rather not say...

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  5. People we put on pedestals usually lets us down in the end...but what an awful way to find that out. There is no excuse for such bad manners.

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  6. sorry you had such a bad person experience! What is your job though, sounds interesting?

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  7. To know a person really you have to share the same table and bed! Think that is not even a person you want to share a table with.

    It can also be the opposite of judging a book by the cover and the person turn out to be great.

    Working with people you learn a lot.

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  8. Eish - what a very sad lesson to learn. IT could have been so different. Imagine if he had lived up to your expectations and more. You would have been saying - what a nice person. I guess it makes me realise how careful we need to be - we never know if someone else holds us in high esteme - and we may dissappoint them!

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  9. Tasneem: I am a sound archivist working with radio archives. It IS very interesting!

    Yvonne: You're right, it reminded me again to be mindful in my dealings with every-one I encounter!

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