Thursday, August 12, 2010
Kindergarteners are more mature than this
Good news: we have just gotten the approval to hire another person at work! Yippee!!
Until that happens, however, my boss and I (the only two full-time staff) are still juggling 1) administrative shit and 2) program delivery, which unfortunately includes doing trainings.
Now, we have many great volunteers who deliver our programs, enabling us to provide them for free.
But there are a few people who have been such A PAIN IN THE ASS this week that my boss and I both wanted to say, "Don't come to the training! Go back home!" and a few other choice words.
So here's the deal - we pay for the entire training costs of people who want to do our classes and support groups. Meals, materials, hotel, etc. All they have to do is get here.
Keep in mind, we are a grassroots (read: low budget) nonprofit.
But this week, I have had complaints including:
"But I want MY OWN hotel room!"
"I'm not staying there. Have you seen the ratings? It ain't happening. I have to have a hotel with a hot tub!"
"Dare I suggest we have this catered at a retreat center?"
And my favorite...
Man X, who is married, requested sharing a room with Woman X, who is also married. We had two men, two women, and put the women together as roommates and the men together as roommates. Man X: "WHY DID YOU SEPARATE US? I SAID A MONTH AGO I WANTED TO SHARE WITH HER!"
Man X was, in fact, so upset that he called our trainer and threatened that both of them would refuse to show up (after we have paid for hotels and other materials) if he did not get to share with Woman X. My boss said, "Fine! I don't think I want them here anyway!" Then they booked their own hotel room at another hotel, after we had already paid for their rooms. Apparently Man X couldn't keep it in his pants for 48 hours.
If you didn't know better, wouldn't you think this was a kindergarten? No, wait...kindergardeners are more mature than this.
I think I need a cookie.