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.


Senorita said...

Seriously, what the hell ? Sounds like a pretty nice organization you work for.

The place I volunteered for, we were lucky to have room at the table to talk to our clients, and cheap office snacks were a bonus.

What total twats those people are. Good riddance.

Ily said...

Sounds like your organization is doing MORE THAN ENOUGH for these people and that's the thanks you get?? I agree w/ you and your boss...send them home!!

Fireblossom said...

Well, HAVE you seen the ratings? I wouldn't let Bitsy Henderson stay at THAT hotel!

G said...

Would that be a chocolate chip or a sugar cookie?

And would that cookie be chemically enhanced naturally, or homegrown chemically enhanced?

Seriously though, it says something about a person if they have to use a training get together in order to get a little nookie on the side (or on the back, or on the stomach)

Anonymous said...

I have a feeling that maybe these volunteers are just doing it because of a court-order of some kind.
All of the people I've ever met who've done their part for the betterment of society (I'm assuming your organization's goals are at least posing as a betterment to society) are smart enough and caring enough to know that non-profits/charities don't have money to piss away on four star hotels.

Riot Kitty said...

S: We are pretty nice, so I was pretty shocked.
Ily: I know, right?
F: LOL! Babs does not approve!
G: I'm up for any kind of cookie at this point. I'd love to call these two and say, "We are not providers of nooky!"
WIGSF: That would explain it, but believe it or not, they're not! We do want to better society...these people apparently want to screw us and each other.

JLee said...

Are you kidding me?? What is wrong with people? lol

Darth Weasel said...

Cookies are a sometimes thing...but there, it sounds like sometimes should be all the time!

Riot Kitty said...

JLee: I ask myself that question at least once a day...
Darth: I agree!

Lynn said...

I hope you got your cookie and that those crazy people didn't ruin your day.