Channeling Pam Beesly…yesterday, I went to one of the coffee stations at work and found a plate and knife with remnants of chocolate cake. The plate, of course, was empty. The offending party who snagged the last slice was too lazy to a) put the knife in the sink, which is mere inches from the scene of the crime; b) dispose of the cardboard plate on which the cake sat; and c) make any attempt to clean the area, which was littered with crumbs.
So how did I channel Pam Beesly of “The Office”? I snapped a picture of the crime scene and briefly considered sending it to the staff with a plea for people to clean up after themselves. Alas, I lost my nerve and decided against it.
The incident reminded me of an “Office” episode that shows Pam dealing with a filthy microwave oven. She posts an anonymous note requesting the culprit to be mindful of his or her actions and show consideration for others. Her actions are not well received as most of the staff resents being reprimanded for one person’s laziness.
Rather than being treated as children who are scolded for misdeeds, people should take responsibility for their actions. I suppose this is too much to ask of people who figure the office isn’t their home and therefore don’t care about its upkeep. I’m more bothered by the sheer laziness. Thinking “someone else will take care of it” is such a superior, obnoxious attitude. The lowly administrative types such as Pam Beesly and me are the ones who are stuck with the mess.