You've all worked with someone who isn't just quite right... you know, the elevator doesn't go all the way to the top floor or whatever cliche you want to use...
And then there was Jan...
Jan interviewed well. She seemed like a hard worker. I thought she had a great sense of humor and humility. She'd worked retail before so I thought she would fit in well. She was pleasant, friendly, and hardworking. She was on time.
But after a few weeks it became obvious that Jan just wasn't quite right. She was paranoid. She was upset that customers would ask for me (after being here for years) when she thought they should be asking for her. She detested when I finished a sale when it didn't matter who finished the sale. Over the course of the next two years, she:
1. Kept telling me she was going to quit
2. Kept faxing me "I quit" from her fax machine at home
3. Quit nine times and then asked for her job back
Other times I would come to work and she wouldn't talk to me. I had no idea what I did to upset her or why she was upset. She would be normal with the customers but acted like I was invisible. I didn't care if she liked me or not because she was good with customers and that was good for business. The next day she would act like nothing odd had happened.
But the final straw was one day she came back from lunch inebriated. She proceeded to get down on the floor and bark like a dog at the customers. That was it.
So for all you folks out there dealing with insane employees at your place of work, I salute you.