Post # 1
so we hired a new assistant in our office, today was her first day. started off nice enough. after about an hour of being there, we had an uncomfortable conversation.
her: so, any plans for the holidays?
me: yea, going by my boyfriend’s family’s for thanksgiving, you?
me: oh, ok…
her: it’s been a really rough year.
me: yea, a lot of people are trying to make it work.
her: not just work stuff, everything. i broke up with my boyfriend of 6 years.
me: that’s rough.
her: yea, he knocked up his cousin.
me: ………. that’s pretty ridiculous.
whhaatt, why are you telling me this? oversharing, tmi, all of it. i don’t know you and certainly don’t want to know you that well. it was so awkward and uncomfortable. please don’t talk to me anymore….
Post # 4
Awkward Turtle! That’s ummm….one way to have a conversation!
Post # 5
There are some people on this earth that act in their very presence as truth serum…my sister is the SAME way, we’ve been checking out at a store and had people tell her they just found out they had herpes…one waiter told her he was thinking he might be gay or at least bi and one time a bartender started talking about his uncle murdering someone in the 50’s…its WEIRD.
Post # 6
@lolaswann: I busted out laughing lol This made my day. That would be WAY awkward!
Post # 7
Yikes! Maybe she just lacks conversational skills
Post # 9
Once I met someone at a new job and on my first day of work, within the first 15 minutes of meeting her, she told me her husband had molested her daughter (his stepdaughter); she found out, called the cops, then he hung himself on their back porch, she found the dead body, and he left her in tons of debt to the IRS because he never had paid their income tax. And that her dog had just died.
I had no. idea. what. to. say.
Post # 10
I had an assistant once that woud literally burst into tears about every second day at work. I used to dread seeing her. I swear I wasn’t making her cry, it was just one sob story after another that she just HAD to tell me. I swear I tried to avoid encouraging her. By the end, I’d say I become somewhat gruff, to try to dissuade her from “opening up”. Didn’t really work.
She was also somewhat unreliable and it tended to relate back to her sob stories. All-in-all her work was adequate but it was so unpleasant to work with her, I still cringe when I remember her. I’m thinking she had some kind of psychological problem. Not depression.
It was more like attention seeking. It seemed that she created the problem herself in about 1/3 of the stories (e.g., she is kinda argumentative and would piss a grocery store clerk off, then it was a “poor me” story about the rudeness of the grocery clerk), took too much self-pity in another third (we all wake up with backaches some days, lady), and the last third were true sad stories but mostly not appropriate for disclosing constantly at work in tears. When she wasn’t crying over something bad that happened to her, she was still talking about herself, praising her appearance, skills, fashion sense, who she had hob-nobbed with, etc. She seemed extremely self-focused. But it was mostly of then “poor me” variety. I seriously hope this is not what’s in store for you.
Post # 11
WHAT!!!!!!!!!!! OH EM GEE!!! ew.
Post # 12
I used to work at a bookstore, and there was this one customer who used to come in on a regular basis whom EVERYONE dreaded. She basically used the employees as therapists because, according to her, “it’s so much easier to talk to total strangers than friends about your problems.” She would ramble on to anyone who would (or wouldn’t) listen about all the issues she was having with her on-again off-again boyfriend. She would follow me around the store while I was reshelving books just spilling her guts. It was insane.
Post # 13
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
OMG! Someone’s looking for somebody to talk to! STAY BACK!
Post # 14
these horror stories are making me laugh and cringe at the same time. i just turned back to my computer and hopefully clearly discouraged any more soul-baring >_>
Post # 15
@lolaswann: Aw well I kinda feel bad for her. Yeah maybe it wasn’t such a great idea to bring it up to you, but imagine how much that would suck if that happened to you. It’s possible she was just venting to anyone who would listen. I’d just be glad it wasn’t me, and try not to judge her for it. She might actually be a really nice person despite the awkward introduction.
Post # 16
@Sunfire: I’m surprised she could even speak after all of that! :O