One of the FOH’s main responsibilities is keeping track of all the garbage in our office. She’ll walk around the office several times a day, looking for new piles of anything, checking the bins, and then asking me where each of the items came from, and if it is trash, and if I’ll mark it with a ‘Basura’ tag so the cleaning people know it’s trash.
Since there are so many people here and none of them tell me when they are going to throw something away, I usually don’t know, and this displeases her because she thinks I don’t care, even though I really don’t.
Well, she got an ultimate disappointment this morning. It turns out that her obsession with the trash bins extends out to the dumpster way over on the other side of the building. Every day when she drives in, she drives past the dumpster to see how it is.
She was worried that unauthorized persons might throw stuff in our dumpster, so a few months back she bought a chain and padlock for it. So if the interlopers would have to throw their garbage over the fence, instead of opening the gate and tossing it in.
Well, the cleaners don’t have a key or the combo for the lock, so she’d leave it unlocked on trash day. Then one day, the lock and cable disappeared, so she bought a new lock, and has been closing and locking it every time.
Well, apparently a someone or something hit the gate and bent it a bit, and she’s been struggling with all her might to close the gate so she could lock it, every morning since then. So today, she came to my cube for counsel, wondering what to do. She thinks it was the garbage guys, and is mad that they didn’t say anything, but she can’t call and complain because she can’t prove it.
I think she picked up on my utter apathy, because she eventually threw her arms up and said, “eh, who cares?” and chuckled and walked away. But she can’t fool me, I know she’ll still drive past the dumpster every morning to see how it is.