Rules for holding doors

 

I wonder when I am considered rude when deciding not to hold a door to the person behind me when entering a building? What is the distance under which it is not acceptable not to hold the door?

Those are the measurements for me:

Average 10 feet

Person looking at his phone – 5 feet
Person walking fast behind me – 15 feet
Person looking desperately at me -20 feet
Mom with a stroller – 25 feet
Senior – 30 feet
friend – 35 feet
Family – 40 feet
My boss – 45 feet
Young Good looking girl – 53 feet

Why were you fired?

Sometimes I wish when a boss fires his employee he will tell him the true reason:

Boss: “I am sorry I have to let you go. I know you want to hear that it wasn’t my decision, but it was”

Employee: “But why? I am doing everything you want and more. I delivered all projects on time “

Boss: “It’s not about your work. You are a great employee and asset to the team. You just don’t have the right connections”

Employee: “What do you mean “the right connections”? I am in a good relationship with the other employees.”

Boss: “That doesn’t mean anything. You should have the right connections with your boss, my boss, HR and some other managers.”

Employee: “But I like to dedicate my time to the actual work”

Boss: “But that’s the actual work. You think it’s easy for me to suck my manager ass? It’s part of the job description. You can not fire someone who tells you a joke everyday and ask about your kids.”

Employee: “Well, I am sorry, I don’t have a good sense of humor.”

Boss: “We improved our HR interviews. We added a sense of humor condition. The candidate needs to tell at least one original joke. They also need to show how they flatter their manager in a way he doesn’t even notice.”

Employee: “I sacrificed my family life for this job. I didn’t even come to the team event in the baseball game because I had to work on the project.”

Boss: “Exactly. You didn’t come. We went to a bar, got drunk, we had so much fun. Do you think I can fire someone I got drunk with?”

Employee: “I just like to sit all day and do my job. I don’t like to waste my time.”

Boss: “Since when going to the kitchen and gossip is a waste of time? That’s where you build the foundation of the relationship web.”

Employee: “Relationship Web?”

Boss: “Yes. It’s like a web of connection. You know, like a spider. The bigger and stronger your web the more difficult it’s to fire you. I can’t fire someone who is a good friend of a manager who is my friend. It’s all about the web.”

Employee: “So, that’s all? Just like that? After 5 years?”

Boss: “5 years of boring time with you. Believe me, it wasn’t easy. Everyone was begging me to fire you. You are no fun. Take a rest. Work on your social skills. And remember, keeping your job is not easy, you need to have talent to build the web.”

Phone call.

Boss: “Yes, boss, what can I do for you?”

Boss of the Boss: “Hey, why didn’t you come to the football game? I was waiting for you in my office.”

Boss: “But I thought it was next Friday.”

Boss of the Boss: “Well, you thought wrong. I had to take John with me. He was the last one in the office.”

Boss(looks at the employee): “John??? He is sitting in front of me. I was just having the talk with him.”

Boss of the Boss: “The talk?”

Boss: “Yes, you know. Let him go.”

Boss of the Boss: “Are you kidding? I found out he is a fan of the same football team as I am. We went to the Bar after the game and got drunk. He is so much fun.”

Boss: “I didn’t know he is.”

Boss of the Boss: “Well, too bad. Come to my office, please. We need to have the talk. And let John know he takes your place. Fan of my football team is one I want to have close to me.”

Answering Machines

How many companies are there that do not constantly put on their answering machine:

1. “We are experiencing high volume of calls”- if it’s constantly higher than expected maybe they should update the expected?

2. “Please listen carefully as our menu options have changed “- if it constantly changes when was it stable that it has to be changed? Also why do they assume you called before and even memorized the menu options? If it’s my first time why should I listen carefully?

3. “We are currently attending other calls. Your call is important to us. Please stay on the line and a representative will attend to you shortly” – how do they know it’s ‘shortly’ if your place in line is 12? Do they have a software that if your place is less than 5 it’s ‘shortly’ and otherwise they take off this word? I don’t think so because all of them put the word ‘shortly’ all the time.

4. “Please let me know in a few words what are you calling about” – almost any way you are going to describe the issue will not be one of the options. The most annoying ones are those that after you yell ‘representative’ reply with “ I understand you like to speak to representative but first in a few words tell me what you are calling about?”

5. Keep the representative option till the end to make sure you listen 5 minutes to the menu options? And the worse are those that give representative option different than 0. For those who try to outsmart the system and press immediately 0.

6. Representative asking exactly for the same details you typed into the phone like account number? The number hasn’t been changed in the last 3 minutes… so maybe it was just another way to earn time before transferring you to a representative?

7. “For account balance press 1, For check transfer press 2,…….,For all other options please stay on the line” – how come I usually find myself with the “other” options?

8. If you need to talk to the answering machine shouldn’t there be one that expect different accents? Like it should ask: if you are Indian press 1, if you are middle eastern press 2, if you are Chinese press 3, if you are Hispanic press 4, for all other callers including white American, African Americans, and any other minority’s which lives in the US more than 10 years and speaks with a reasonable accent please press 4. Anyhow, The word representative is kind of long and there is no way you are going to pronounce it without your accent. Can’t they find shorter word to make it easy for accent people? ‘Anyone’ sounds much better. If you like to speak to ‘Anyone’ please stay on the line.

Groupon canceled customer support phones

A big company like Groupon canceled their customer support phones. The only options they give is chat/email/call back in 24 hours. This is the first time I think such a big company take such a step. According to the names of the guys in the chat they moved the chat support to India/Mexico. They probably got rid of all the American phone operators because they earned the minimum wage $9-$10 and caused unnecessary expense in the balance sheets. I just had a chat about minor thing which took 45 minutes compared to a 10 minutes phone call.

It’s amazing how some companies treat the advanced technology as a substitute for human interaction. Until you have Artificial Intelligence which can provide phone call experience like a human being those actions are way before their time. As usual big decision makers live in a dream that technology is ready to replace everyone. It will happen but let’s wait 50 years. Let the next generation handle the mass unemployment.

When Robots become Standup Comedians

One day robots will replace not only cashiers in wholefoods but everyone, including standup comedians. And then, their jokes will be something like this:

“Yesterday a human came to me and told me ‘you stink’, I told him ‘Am I the one that poops?’

“I am fed up with all those humans that don’t know the square root of 2,345,549. I mean, I know we should help them but how about go to school? Ohh, I forgot, they go 16 years to school, every day, and still stuck in the square root of 49. The advanced even know the square root of 121″

“I dated a human girl for a few months. She fell in love with me and wanted to get married. I told her ‘with 16 CPUs why should I commit to someone with one CPU. What am I supposed to do when you have your 8 hours maintenance every night?’

“Yesterday I saw a dead cat on the road and started crying. A human came to me and told me ‘Get over it, it’s only a cat’. I told him ‘patience, I am still in the subroutine CRY no more than 30 seconds’

“A human asked me ‘Why didn’t they program you to have kids?’, I told him ‘Would you want something that is smarter than you and have better technology? I mean robots don’t start from a state of being dumb like your babies’

“I saved a human that had a heart attack. He said ‘You saved my life. What can I do for you?’ I told him ‘How about extra battery?’

“A human came to me and said ‘we are bored, you took all our jobs’. I told him ‘you are bored? Try being able to calculate how much is 2,245,378 multiplied by 6,754 in nano second but explain a first grader how much is 2+2 for one hour?”

“A human came to me and asked ‘Do you know what is to believe in God?’ . I asked him ‘What is believe?’

“A human came to me and said ‘At least we don’t crash like you’. I told him ‘At least we restart after 5 seconds. Do you restart after we dig your graves?’

“A human told me ‘I don’t like your new operating system, it is not user friendly’. I told him ‘At least you suffer until my next upgrade. I am stuck with you for 80 years’

Thank you for coming. Please don’t forget to get your free upgrade on the way out. I heard at last the humans listened to our requests and programmed us to say ‘Shut your mouth!’ when they annoy us. Please come to my next show ‘Humans, Do we still need them?’

Junk Emails

Today is a sad day. I didn’t receive any junk email. I used to spend 30 minutes before sleep unsubscribing from distribution lists. I called pharmacies and told them I don’t need Viagra. I replied to all money offers that say $1,000,000 is waiting for me in some bank account and told them the amount should be $1,078,347. I won. For a few minutes I felt satisfaction but then I understood I just lost my meditation time of clearing junk emails. I can’t wait for someone to put my email address in some website that promise not to share it.

FB Profile Picture

How come if your profile picture is the same for long time, Facebook tells you maybe it’s time to change it. After the age of 6 I kind of grasp the notion of time passing by and not sure I need a responsible adult to remind me of it. Do they want to make sure people are not in denial of their age? Why rub salt into the wound? Or is it just another reason to have traffic on the network? I am planning of keeping the same profile picture until the age of 84. Then I will ask someone to replace it with a picture of my grave.