You Ain’t THAT Sick!

Truly, the phase of sleep deprivation I am in right now sucks. Not just for me, but for everyone around me. It amplifies everyone’s bad moods around me, and in turn, I amplify their bad moods. And so it escalates, until finally I snap.

I’d like to talk about something that really bothers me. “Why the heck do people wait until it’s really busy at work, and then pretend to be sick for two weeks so the rest of their coworkers have to pick up their slack?”

I know it isn’t just at where I work. I’m sure it’s true in every company. And to the people that would do that, I have this message:

Stop being lazy morons before I slap you silly!

Yes, I really hate that. And you just KNOW that they are faking it. Nobody gets a frickin cold so bad they need to miss two weeks of work. No Way. I can see missing a day or two. Everybody gets sick sometimes. But if you miss five days or more, you’d darn well better have Ebola or the Bubonic Plague. Otherwise, get your lazy, no good keister in to work.

The other thing that’s interesting about it, is that it’s always the same people, year after year. All of their coworkers know who they are. It’s almost expected. And of course their coworkers resent them for it, but they pretend to be concerned for them. I don’t get that either. If I think one of my friends or coworkers is being a lazy moron, I’m gonna say something to them. That’s just the way I am.

I’m not saying I’m perfect, but I try to always be at work. I’ve missed maybe 5 or 6 days since I started at this company 8 years ago. I think that’s pretty good. Of course, it doesn’t compare to my boss… he’s took a half day when his kid was born, and that’s it. He’s been here for 20 years. So yes, he has more of a right to be angry with the lazy morons than I do. But come on, if you consistently miss a week or more every year, you should probably get a PET scan or something. You have got a major immune system deficiency.

A pet peeve of mine is when people use the “sick voice” when they call in. You know what, I am MORE suspicious when you use a “sick voice” than I would be if you just called and said “Incredipete, I won’t be in.” That’s all I need. I can figure it out. And if you want to skip a day and tell me you’re sick, more power to you. But don’t take advantage of the system at the expense of your coworkers. Is that too much to ask?

I think not.


PS – Karma dictates that now I will be sick for two weeks. I’m knocking on wood right now…