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The Psycho-logist

Hi! I have a "Bad Boss" story I'd love to share with you.

For a short time last summer I worked for a group of psychologists as their office manager. I had three interviews with the owner before I was hired and he was 20 minutes late for each one. "John" came breezing in each time, no apology for keeping me waiting, nothing. I was hired and it didn't take long to find out what I was dealing with.

John was an organizational nightmare and had the biggest ego I've ever seen. He would habitually come in to the office late (never less than 20 or 30 minutes) and keep his appointments waiting while he checked his mail and phone messages (he never answered them), got his coffee, chatted with the girls in the back office and made a few non-business-related phone calls. He often did really inappropriate things; once he took a photocopy of his bare butt (on the office copier!) and sent it in a birthday card to one of the other psychologists (a woman).

The man was difficult to work with and but the final straw came after I'd been there for about a month. One Friday about 3:00 p.m. I got a phone call from a man who said he was a new patient and wanted to see one of the psychologists that day. I told him that there were no openings that late in the day and asked him if he felt this was an emergency. The man said, "I have a gun". My heart started pounding and I could feel my face go white. I was so scared I'd say something that would make this guy go over the edge and shoot himself while he was talking to me. I calmly said, "Sir, you need to call 911 right now," and then the guy started laughing hysterically, which really confused me. I thought I was dealing with a real psycho. Well, it turned out I was. It was my boss -- John -- Mr. Practical joker. I quit shortly after that and at my exit interview I told him exactly how unprofessional I thought he was. Of course, he turned it around and made it about me -- said I wasn't a "team player" and that I really wasn't fitting in with the office that well anyway.

I wonder if he's gotten counseling yet or if he's still out there terrorizing his staff! I'm sure glad to be done with him!

This story is absolutely true! I have witnesses!

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