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What sexual harassment?

In Entertainment, Humor, Television, The Office, Work on March 30, 2009 at 8:00 am
What you looking at, Jim? Maybe YOU should be the one to take the sexual harassment training! Huh? HUH? 

 

What you looking at, Jim? Maybe YOU should be the one to take the sexual harassment training! Huh? HUH?

 

I can’t believe I haven’t shared this yet.

So Michael hasn’t taken our company’s sexual harassment training. Not that it offers anything that’s earth-shattering, but still it’s kind of, well, mandatory.

Anyway, the issue isn’t really that he hasn’t taken it. It’s that he brags about not taking it.

Every time the subject comes up.

Like when I had to take the training when I became a new employee at Dunder Mifflin.

“You know I never did have to take that stupid sexual harassment course,” he said. “I don’t know how I got so lucky, but they must have overlooked me somehow.”

I’ve heard this three or four times now. And every time, it’s followed up with him and Andy or Todd Packer or whatever miscreant is nearby having an inappropriate conversation.

Like about the movie Showgirls. Or a TV show that has topless women. Nothing too graphic … but still asking for trouble.

Jim says that’s nothing. He told me before I started here, Michael used to get Playboys delivered here to hide them from Jan. Oh good lord.

Now I’m not a prude. Part of the reason I get along well with my guy friends is they know they can talk around me without censoring themselves or worrying about me getting offended. Heck I even join my in-laws in looking for the bunny hidden on the cover of my father-in-law’s Playboys.

But my boss? After BRAGGING about not getting sexual harrassment training?

I don’t think so.

So I did something about it…

(to be continued)

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Pam’s good deed for the day

In Entertainment, Humor, Television, The Office, Work on October 22, 2008 at 2:50 am
Your most reliable source for Election 2008.

Your most reliable source for Election 2008.

As I mentioned earlier, Michael likes to spout off about his political views. Only one person will really fight him on them: Todd Packer.

Todd and Michael don’t work together often. Usually Todd just stops by the office when he’s in town, causes a lot of problems and talks obnoxiously loud.

Today was no different. Though they are friends, Todd and Michael have drastically different political views. Usually their banter is jovial, but today Todd came in with guns blazing ready to pummel Michael with his latest political ammunition, trying to stump him. As if stumping MICHAEL would somehow be a victory for his entire political party.

As Todd started throwing partisan punches, using half-truths and manipulated facts mixed with a little reality, Michael started getting really defensive. But he couldn’t keep Todd at bay long enough to take control of the conversation. And the more Michael tried to contradict Todd, the louder Todd got.

I thought about walking over and shutting Michael’s door to spare the rest of us from this ridiculous display. But I knew that that would only draw Todd’s attention to myself. Plus, even though Michael invites this kind of trouble on himself, it seemed too mean to leave him hanging.

So I called Michael on the phone instead.

Todd huffed.

“Oh sure! Saved by the phone!” he bellowed. “I gotta go anyway.” He stormed off and I turned so he wouldn’t see the phone to my ear.

Michael saw my name on the caller ID as he answered.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you,” he said once Todd was clear. Then he yelled out into the main office, “Will someone give this girl a raise!”

Jim teased me about being a brown-noser. Eh. I got Todd out of the office. Sometimes self-preservation can help others, too. Plus, it’s exhausting being angry at Michael ALL the time.