aloisia t schmid (a-schmi at uiuc.edu) wrote:
: Also, when we were discussing this in the lab yesterday, one of
: the things I mentioned to a post-doc friend is that the janitors we have
: in our building always feel creepy and slightly threatening too. Are you
: being an elitest snob in not wanting to chat? I notice they don't insist
: on chatting with the men, but they do with the women and they are always
: just a little over the top. This is obviously a much smaller point, but
: you know what? It always makes me uncomfortable and I always look forward
: to being in the lab on the week-ends when I know they won't be here.....
When I worked at a national lab over the summer, I had a weird
encounter with a janitor. I was leaving at night and he asked me for a
ride. I had never talked to him before that and don't make it a practice
to let strangers in my car so I said "no, sorry" and kept walking.
He yelled "why" after me, but I didn't respond. The room where
I worked was a very large room divided into cubicles for about 100 people.
It seemed that I was always the only person working at night or on weekends,
but I could never tell since the room was so large and had many barriers.
The encounter with the janitor made me very uncomfortable about being
there by myself. So I switched to working mainly on weekends when he
Looking at it rationally, it seemed as though I over-reacted, but I guess I
felt a bit creepy about working in a large room where I couldn't tell who
was there anyway and his actions didn't make me feel much better. I'm
not sure what else I could do other than switch my overtime hours. He didn't
really do anything that warranted a complaint and I'm not big on direct
confrontation. It's frustrating.