Recently, there is one person who called my office a few times but failed to get hold of my boss. Well, my boss is a busy fella, what can I say? Since he had called a few times, I offered to call him back once my boss is in the office or when he’s not busy. This person left his contact number and his company’s name. So, I asked him what does his company do? He mentioned to me, PSC and stuffs. I was confused so I asked again, “May I know what does PSC stands for?” as politely as I could. He gave me a snooty remark – “Pre-stressed concrete lah! Like this also you don’t know??”
Fulamak!!!! I was pissed to the max!
Then he had the cheek to tell me, he and my boss knew each other, blah blah blah..and all the jazz.. well.. if you know him personally, then you should have his handphone number right? I didn’t give his number to him because he’s such a pain in the ass.
So, I cut the conversation short and told him that I would get my boss to call him back as soon as he’s in the office.
Many of you would think – Ah! Secretaries are bitches. You have to work around them and try not to step on their tails, otherwise, you will never get things done. Yes, you are absolutely right.
However, I maintained my professionalism, even if Mr Snooty decides to treat me like I don’t matter, I did informed my boss to return his call. He has no freaking idea who this person is! So meaning, this fella lied lah! In normal circumstances – if he didn’t snap at me like that, I would have bugged my boss to call him on his handphone if he has no time in office to talk. I did – I gave my boss his number on a piece of paper on his way out from office but he waved it aside and said, he will call tomorrow. Tomorrow came and went, and he didn’t. I tried to slot the phone call in between his meetings and signing of documents, but somehow, just didn’t manage (not on purpose!).
Mr Snooty did call a few times after that and somehow, the odds worked towards my favor and he didn’t even get to speak to my boss he was really not around.. and this week, boss is on a week’s leave. Hahahahahah!
Moral of the story is – if you want to ask for favors, please don’t be an asshole.