Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Speaking of hot taco meat...

It's a good thing we do not have an HR department in our office. As we did morning prep for today's pot luck, my boss and I stood in the office kitchen discussing the merits of the new Old El Paso hot and spicy taco seasoning. Sometimes the heavens shine down and a blessed moment of rightness is presented to the world. As it happens, our single solitary Hispanic employee chose that moment to make his appearance.

My boss smiled and said, "Speaking of hot taco meat..."

Small offices are the ideal training grounds for those furthering their career path in creating hostile work environments. They are the perfect place to try out pervy lines that in another job would get you fired. Things like,

"There were two Asian meatballs left and I immediately thought of you." (said to me)

Or, "Just slam it in there Marcus." Followed by, "It's not the first time I've heard that today."

It also leads to things like photos...
Face hidden to protect the innocent.
Fortunately, no one in this office is easily offended and we tend to be a fairly well-adjusted (to our environment) group of people. When I asked "HTM" about the comment he laughed and said, "It's not an insult. It's just my spicy Latin blood."


Anonymous said...

I think I love your office. I used to work in a building with probably 90% men, most of them ex-military. We also had wildly interesting and usually teetering on "You could be fired for saying that anywhere else." Oh, I also found my husband there.

In my office now, I'm pretty sure if you pee too loud, somebody will file a grievance.

Linux and Life said...

Office works always scare me too much, just like you said, people have to be less sentimental to survive this kind of work. But I'm a hypersensitive guy, I prefer working alone. Nice blog btw, I follow you now.

Crystal said...

it's always better to have the fun office with no real HR rats than the productive one with no smiles and grey suits!! Guess which one i ran?!?!?

Gorilla Bananas said...

Hot taco meat? If you said that to a Hispanic guy, I think he'd get excited.

Ed Adams said...

If passively sexually-harrassing coworkers is wrong, I don't want to be right.

Angie said...

I've asked to be kept on remotely when I move. I have also requested audio and visual access to the office so I can still be inappropriate from another state. They are a fun group of people. Better yet... they still get their jobs done.

Office work is certainly not for everyone! Welcome to the blog and I look forward to seeing your work!

HR reps are definitely in the hardest position in a company. I would feel pity for the person we hired... it would be brutal. lol

He was flattered!

Amen. AMEN!

Azra said...

I work with a bunch of men and the pervy lines don't cease at any age (even the old dude in his sixties). I must say though, that I haven't worked in a place where there weren't any pervs - and cheaters - but that's a whole other story :D

Linda Medrano said...

Hot Tamale is what I was called. And I really didn't mind. Something about shaking my castanets too, but damn! Things were different back in the day!

Angie said...

I can see that... you being a hot tamale! Shake it girl!

It helps that I am a little twisted as well I suppose. I am rarely offended and never surprised. LOL

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