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Saturday, August 20, 2011


At 3:45 yesterday, my boss called me into her office. I had been expecting the call. It was about a case that was a minor problem. The counselor was away. Her brother had died unexpectedly. My boss, I'll call her Laur*e, has been very busy as she is going to be on a TV talk show, the Nate Berkus Show in September to have her fashionable Upper East Side apartment, redesigned. (she is an habitual shopper and has clothing in her closets with tags on them. Clothing that was bought years ago.) I know this because I am allegedly her friend. Or was. But not on Friday afternoon when she is screaming at me about a case that I know little about with her door open so that the whole hallway can hear. And is giving me instructions. By this time it's 15 minutes before I have to leave and this has to be done by Monday-my day off. (Forgive me, but I'm twitching as I write this.)
I managed to follow all of her screamed orders, and even finished not too late, but late enough for someone who started at 7:30 am But I have to see her again at a party for a friend who got married in the first wave of the NYC gay marriages yesterdays.
I am a quiet person. A cooperative person. I do not respond well to screaming. I scares me. It's a response to the trauma of growing up in an Alcoholic household where there was a lot of screaming and yelling and fighting going on. I is hard on my and really stresses me out. I would never ever treat my counselors light that.
Thanks for letting me vent.


Beth said...

Screaming at an employee or co-worker qualifies as abuse in my book. I'm sorry she mistreated you. I'm also glad that you can acknowledge it as inappropriate behavior. Hope she's less angry by next week.

Muthah+ said...

PC,as a screamer myself and am always ashamed when it is pointed out that I am screaming--most likely she was NOT screaming at you but screaming at herself. Hopefully she will apologize. If she doesn't, analyze her, it will drive her nutz!

Terri said...

Oh dear...I hope, but have my doubts, that she will have a moment of self awareness and apologize...