Horseman #4 rounding the turn

Is it time to throw some dirt on top of Western Civilization? Because it certainly looks dead to me:

Intern: “You’ve made no overt action. She feels intimidated by you, however, and wished to make an official complaint. We felt it was better to discuss the matter with you before taking any action, if necessary.”

Me: “Exactly what did I do?”

Intern: “Er … nothing, really … she said she’s intimidated by you, because you talk about people and events that she knows nothing about, and she said it makes her feel stupid.”

Me: “You’re kidding, right?”

Intern: “We have to take it seriously, it’s in the manual.”

Everything that’s wrong with the world is right there in that passage.

Hint: If you feel stupid, there’s usually a damn good reason for it. Every last one of us is capable of spectacular levels of boneheadedness from time to time; not one of us is entitled to compensation for it. Keep spitting in Darwin’s face, and you’ll wonder why subsequent generations drool so much.


  1. McGehee »

    5 April 2011 · 7:03 pm

    I’d be tempted to file a counter-complaint, since the first complainant is asking the employer to blame the subject of said complaint for her own ignorance. My complaint would be, “She’s trying to have me punished for her own shortcomings and that is creating a hostile working environment for me and for anyone else who isn’t dumber than a box of soggy matchbooks.”

  2. LeeAnn »

    5 April 2011 · 8:31 pm

    Man, I truly love a Dustburylanche. :) Thanks.

  3. Dan »

    5 April 2011 · 10:12 pm

    So, this is a Dilbert cartoon, right?

  4. hatless in hattiesburg »

    5 April 2011 · 11:35 pm

    seems like i heard a similar story that did conclude with a counter-complaint – as mcgehee suggested

  5. Dan B »

    6 April 2011 · 2:53 am

    Seriously, McGehee is correct. You really should file a counter-complaint, and include her complaint as evidence of HER harassment of you based on your age and the sum of your life experience.

  6. fillyjonk »

    6 April 2011 · 7:33 am

    I have actually received similar complaints (though not taken to HR and not used as veiled threats) from students on evaluations. Um, if I didn’t know more than you do, there’d be a serious problem here. I would hope if someone actually went to the dean over that that they’d be laughed out of the dean’s office…

    I don’t know; I think this kind of thing has happened for a long time. My father tells me when he was a temporary worker for the Post Office waaaaaay back in the late 50s when he was in college, he got called on the carpet for being “too efficient” and “making the other (lifer) employees look bad.”

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