Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Going Postal

Does anybody know where the phrase 'going postal' came from?

I'm sure it has something to do with someone going insane at a post office ... like I almost went today.

I don't understand people that work in some of these government offices. Why are they so sullen, bitter, moody, and angry? They've got one of the easiest jobs in the world and yet they act as if asking for a stamp means that they have to move heaven and earth for you.

Take today, for example. I went to the post office and got a package slip. So I went to the counter where I'm supposed to claim my package. When I went the counter and placed the slip in the tiny window, the guy who was just sitting there staring off into space, gave me the look of death. I swear, his look clearly said - could you not see that I was busy doing nothing? Did you have to make me actually do some work today? I was so angry.

This is their job. If they hate it, why can't they find something more motivating, challenging, or exciting? And it's not like it takes great skill or energy to do what they're doing.

He grabbed the paper out of my hand and said 'shenoo hatha'? Thank god there was that glass barrier between us because I swear I wanted to reach out and slap him. I just ignored his comment and finally he snapped 'bataka' - I calmly handed him my id card - silently thinking to myself -- if he had simply done his job without an attitude, then both his day and mine would have gone so smoothly. Finally my white package slipped transformed into a pink one which he shoved in my direction as he barked 'rooh Keifan.'

I knew this was going to happen as all personal packages go to Keifan, so I quickly rushed there.

I was pretty excited as I knew this was my birthday package from D and I really wanted to get it so that I could open it tomorrow. It was already 12:25 and I knew that the post office was closing at 1 so I just hoped I'd make it there on time.

Thank goodness, I did. I went to the express package counter and they got my package in a minute ... now came the time when they were going to go through my stuff.

I was really hoping that they wouldn't ... I mean, it's my birthday present. It's wrapped. I wanted to open it ... and of course, above all, I didn't want to see what was in it, I wanted to wait.

So, I took a chance and told the guy - I know you have to open it, but I don't want to see what's inside. He was a little suprised at my statement. So I explained, tomorrow's my birthday and I want it to be a surprise. He just said ok, have a seat.

I heard him open the box and cut through some paper and then move things around. I didn't want to look - I didn't have the heart to see all the wrapping paper all over the place.

Finally I heard him say he was finished. I went to get my box and saw that he hadn't ripped any of the paper. He had just slit the top to look inside. I was so relieved. So he handed back the box and said Happy Birthday ... then paused and had a slight smile on his face and said (with his hand still on the box) do you want to know what's inside? And we both just laughed as a exclaimed 'No!'

See -- is it so difficult to have a bit of a sense of humor and be nice? I mean, he was polite so I was polite to him. He worked quickly and efficiently, and I appreciated it.

Why can't it always be like that?

8 comments:

MiYaFuSHi said...

Awww the 2nd guy is sweet.

So what was in the box?

Kleio said...

Why can't it always be like that? Because most people are unmotivated, frustrated, anal-retentive pricks! Excuse the expletives. But once in a while, when you meet that really nice, sincere, helpful one, you almost want to hug them, don't you? I swear, if they just smiled once in a while and spoke nicely, I'm sure they would feel better about themselves.

Anyway, more important, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! :) Hope you had a wonderful day, filled with lots of fun presents and yummy cake.

PlumPetals said...

You know, ever since I've realized these few nice people, I've told myself that no matter how irritated I become, I should always keep my cool and smile. Who knows, maybe it'll rub off on them. And sometimes it does - I've seen it. I say hello to people. I smile at them. When I see an antsy driver, I let him go ... better to get him out of my way than up my *ss - it keeps me calmer ... and it does work.

And yes, when you do have someone help you out (even when it is part of their job) it is so rare here that you do want to just jump up and hug them!

As for the birthday - thanks :D it was nice. The box had fun presents - earrings and other accessories and well as a brand new file-o-fax!!!!! :D It's gorgeous. Can't wait to start using it.

Thanks for the wishes!

j said...

ya. going postal started at the post office but in kuwait you can go postal in any government office

Anonymous said...

"Going postal" is an expression that originated in th US after a disguntled postal employee came into his place of employment and shot 14 employees. The term implies extreme rage in a workplace environment.

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