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Just That Bit of Plastic Please

  1. Mar 22, 2006 #1
    At my work the students are supposed to keep their student IDs on them at all times and show them to whom ever is at the entrance when they come through so we know that they are students. Now my boss doesn't seem to really care whether or not we know they are students, he wants us checking every person's ID every time they enter campus no matter what. I've actually been yelled at for not checking the ID of a student who I'd seen coming onto campus about a dozen times a day. Now he's gone so far even as to make us sign a piece of paper outlining these rules and telling us that if we don't follow these procedures we may be fired. So I do my job and ask for ID always.

    Now I have a good two dozen or so students whom I see several times daily who sneer at me, throw their hands in the air, roll eyes at me, call me names, cuss, and just about any other way you could think that they might protest just because I ask them to show me their IDs. I tell them every time "You NEED to have your ID and you NEED to show me your ID EVERYTIME you come on campus."

    This one girl in particular used to come up here in her car and stop at the gate and just sit there staring forward like I did't exist waiting for the arm to go up. After a few seconds she would sigh dramatically, heft up her purse dramatically, search for a good minute or two for her ID, then practically throw it at the window of her car. The was the routine every single time I saw her. One day after weeks of this she finally realized what a good 95% of the rest of the students here had already realized. If she simply kept her ID handy and showed it to me as she drove up she could drive right through with out even having to come to a complete stop! Ofcourse she also decided that she must never look me in the face and always look annoyed at the fact that she was suffering such an indignity. Another one has decided that it's all out war and goes to what ever length possible to never have to show her ID and has flipped me off and called me an idiot I don't know how many times now.

    So has anyone else ever had a job where people treated you like some insufferable miscreant for the most paltry of reasons?
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  3. Mar 22, 2006 #2


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    Nope, I don't
  4. Mar 22, 2006 #3
    Where's Your ID!!
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    *flips you off and drives through the gate*
  6. Mar 22, 2006 #5
    Damn penguins today just don't have any respect!
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    TSA, it's only 30 cents per bone broken for pengwuino *cracks knuckles*
  8. Mar 22, 2006 #7
    I think, since you didn't make this rule, you have to communicate to the people who did make it how people are reacting. If the person who made the rule had to suffer this treatment they might develop a different way of handling it. Anyone who balks might be handed a leaflet explaining that such and such a number of female students were raped by assailants who could wander freely onto campus prior to these security measures, along with how many laptops were stolen, and all the other reported crimes the ID's are meant to control. Since they have constantly to show their IDs they may have to be constantly reminded of the good reasons for it.
  9. Mar 23, 2006 #8
    Have any of those people that you recognise ever forgotten their ID?
    If so have you let them pass or do you refuse them entry?

    If that's ever happened then you should just tell those students that it's out of your control and that you have to do it.

    If they're being rude even though they always have their IDs on them then they are frickin' retarded. It seriously can't be that hard to whip out an ID once a day without being a *****/bastard.

    I have to say though that this sort of thing does piss me off at the movie theatre. When they've seen you plenty of times and know perfectly well that you're a student, but if you forget your student card they will happily charge you $5 extra. They aren't monitored so I guess they just don't like me haha :)
  10. Mar 23, 2006 #9
    My boss doesn't care. He actually seems to take some odd sort of delight in making people mad at him because they have to do what he says. The people above him don't care how I'm treated unless I can somehow sue them for it.
  11. Mar 23, 2006 #10
    They're mostly the later sort. And I can not refuse any students entry so that isn't an issue.

    This is where my boss has issue. When he or someone else does their job and makes sure to ask for IDs and stop people they complain that others don't stop them and want to know why they are being harassed. If you don't treat everyone the same regardless of how well you know them someone is liable to complain they are being treated unfairly or being harassed.
  12. Mar 23, 2006 #11
    So am I the only one who puts up with this sort of thing at work then?
  13. Mar 23, 2006 #12

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    What a sucky job. Have you ever thought about exotic dancing?
  14. Mar 23, 2006 #13
    I wont dance, dont ask me
    I wont dance, madame with you
    My heart wont let my feet do things that they shoud do...
  15. Mar 23, 2006 #14
    It's a growth industry.
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  16. Mar 23, 2006 #15
    Yeah, I've had to deal with a slight amount of it in a couple different jobs, but it was lack of management foresight and I was allowed to get imput from them on how to handle it better. If I thought my manager was taking some sort of perverse pleasure in the discomfort they put me in I'd quit and get back at them later.
  17. Mar 23, 2006 #16

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    There's a trick for that. It involves a hair-scrunchy. Oh, nevermind. :redface:
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    One of my jobs in college was to sit at the reception desk at the dorm and make sure people signed in their guests as they came and went. Everyone knew this was the rule (I lived in the same dorm and had to follow the same rule myself when someone else was on duty), yet people would go to great lengths to argue and complain and avoid signing in their guests. The thing is, while it was partly for security reasons to know who was in the building and to ensure all visitors were being escorted by a resident, and not just wandering around getting into mischief, the other reason they did it was in the event of a fire, to have a headcount of who was in the building. In the case of a fire alarm, that sign-in sheet was supposed to go with me, or whoever was on duty. It wouldn't be too helpful when they would sign in their guests as "Dick Clark" or "Bugs Bunny" either. :rolleyes:
  20. Mar 23, 2006 #19


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    Going in and out of the base you have to have your ID, otherwise they'd take you down.

    You have you ID ready before you get to the gate, duh. I hate the people who complain about it or give a bad glance at the guards.
  21. Mar 23, 2006 #20
    Yeah, there are lots of military bases around San Diego here, and once I got disoriented and found myself coming up upon one of these guard posts. The guy was nice and gave me directions to the turnoff I'd missed.
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