Friday, November 6, 2015
"What's The Problem?"
Does anyone else think it's fucked up when at the end of the night, there's about a half dozen guys milling around the truck, backpacks on, just itching to go home while there's still one person on set wrapping?
I've had that happen to me too many times. All too often, I'll return to the truck at the end of the night, discovering that everyone else was gathering their stuff or even taking off for home while I was still cleaning up the mess of cable or lights that was left behind, leaving me to scramble for my things so we can lock up for the night.
All too often, I wonder how I ended up loading the last of the carts on to the truck by myself at the end of the day while everyone else is already headed for their cars. We're still all on the clock, so why am I the only one still working?
I got super frustrated with this the other night when I was filling in as the Best Boy. One by one, six guys came up to me at the truck some time after they called wrap, asking me what else needed to be done before we can all finally go home. And to each one, I asked, "Is everything all cleaned up and left as we found it?" Six yeses were my answer.
So some minutes later, everyone gathered around the truck, backpacks on and the next day's callsheet in hand. I did a head count before dismissing them all for the night just to make sure I wasn't forgetting anyone. No man gets left behind, right?
"One, two, three, for, five, six... Wait, where's Juicer 7?" I asked.
"Oh, he's still wrapping cable inside."
Since when does having unwrapped cable left count as being "cleaned up"?
And when did it become okay for SIX guys to be standing around the truck, begging to leave for the night when one was still working?!
That's when I started to get pissed off and sent a few guys back in to help him.
Meanwhile, one of the other guys looked at me and said, "What's the problem?"
What's the problem?
WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?!?
The problem is that apparently, everyone thinks it's okay for one of their fellow colleagues to continue working on their own while everyone else got to go home and collect the same pay.
The problem is that while I'm thinking or camaraderie and teamwork, everyone else is apparently thinking it's every man for himself.
The problem is that when I ask SIX PEOPLE if every thing's cleaned up and in order, and get SIX YESES, I find that those SIX YESES ARE LIES.
"What's the problem?"
That's the problem.