Wednesday, November 28, 2012

You're Welcome, Asshole.

My co-worker's standing on the 2nd to last step of a twelve foot ladder, and to top it off, he's leaned so far over to the side that one of his feet is hanging in the air. And did I mention that he was in such a hurry to adjust the light that he failed to make sure all four legs of the ladder was touching the ground?

As I watched in fear of my co-worker precariously dangling off the unsafe step of a wobbly ladder, I decided to at least make this dangerous situation somewhat safer and stood on the bottom rung; my craft service burdened weight steadying my co-worker's perch.

Finally, he was done and without even looking, started to climb back down at a speed that was only 2nd to falling off the damn thing. It's a good thing I was paying attention or else I would've experienced a swift kick to the head.

As I dodged his Nikes and hurriedly hopped off the ladder to get the hell out of his way, he must've noticed my wide-eyed look as I stood back up because he said, rather sternly as if he was scolding a child, "Don't ever stand behind someone who's on a ladder."

And with that, he scurried away somewhere. Probably a dark corner where he can sit and stare at his cell phone all day until summoned.

Um... Hey oblivious asshole. I think the words you meant to say were, "Thank you."

*Yes, I'm aware that the ladder has another side I could've stood on to steady it. However, it wasn't accessible due to a poorly paced wall and various pieces of set dressing.


Niall said...

Yeah I give people one chance with shit like that. Next time let em fall and learn a lesson from good old Darwin.

Ed (sloweddi) said...

No good deed goes unpunished.

And if you had just sat there someone would say why didn't you do a safety backup for him. You just have to hope he does this again in front of someone up the food chain.

Otherwise... I hope you had a nice turkey day and I wish you and your family a very happy (insert proper holiday)

A.J. said...

Niall - As much as I'd like to think an accident would teach him a much needed lesson on ladder usage, I'd rather rip him a new one in front of everyone about how he kicked me in the head by being oblivious to the one person concerned about his safety despite him being a total asshole. No one deserves a tall fall off the ladder like that. Think of the paperwork involved!

Ed - No good deed goes unpunished, indeed!

Happy Festivus!

JD said...

However...the "backside" of most step ladders is not meant to be stood on.

A.J. said...

JD - That's very true in the real world. However, on most sets I'm on, the ladders we use are double sided where both sides are usable. I much prefer these over "regular" ladders and find myself cursing more when I'm on a job that doesn't have them.

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