at least I didn't get a spanking this time

One of my mom's favorite stories about me from when I was little was the time that I was "back-talking" in the car. She was so upset, she pulled over to give me a swat. When she finished, she asked me: "Do you know why you got a spanking?" "Yes," I said tearfully, "because I was talking backwards!"

It's one thing to talk back to your mother, but it's another thing to talk back to a security officer.

Like yesterday. I had to go downtown for a training. Unfortunately, each of our district's various buildings are all in really bad parts of town. You know, the part of town where it's not unusual to see shady looking characters drinking out of a paper bag, or the occasional drug deal go down.

Also? Parking is tricky.... especially when you have two GIANT crates of very heavy confidential folders you've been asked by your supervisor to drop by. So I decided to park in the closest lot, the one that I think is reserved for all the supervisors. I laboriously lugged up one crate of folders.

As I was carrying the second load, OBVIOUSLY struggling with each step and with each door, the security officer in the building stops me.

"Where did you park?" she demands. "Because if you parked in that lot over there, you're not supposed to."

And... I kinda snapped at her.

"LOOK! The only reason I parked over there was because I had to lug two huge crates up to the fifth floor. I'll move my car when I'm good and ready!"

In my defense, though, I was in the middle of trying to juggle fifty pounds of paper, navigate around the crazies outside, and open the door without using my hands. I was a little too busy to be polite, uniform or not.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, what was Ms. Security's response to your retort?

Sarah said...

She looked surprised, but I stomped away before she could say anything ;)

Kenzie said...

Good for you! I don't like grouchy people either!

Busy Working Mama said...

Good job on the fast retreat :)

Sharlene T. said...

I hope it's a very long time before you have to go to that building, again… And that the security officer has been given a different assignment… You are forgiven your remark, due to the heavy loads you were carrying and the stress of making it to the upper floor, but you will write "I will not snap at security officers, again" 100 times… (Like you, she was just doing her job)…

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Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Yep, I would have said the exact same thing.

Julie M. said...

I'm glad you set her in her place! What she SHOULD have done was offered to help you!

Bethany @ Organic Enchilada said...

People who are anal about stupid rules irritate me. Pick your battles, people! (Security, not you.)

Sherri said...

Wow, you go!! Maybe she slunk off to drive from her paper bag...

Maranda said...

I was going to ask how the security guard responded but I see your answer. Wow! I'm glad you didn't get a spanking or get in trouble for that! Love the picture!!

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