One of my stores is a gas station convenience store. The first time I visited, my trainer and I were approached by a pump jockey, a middle-aged woman who told us that we weren't being safe. The set-up: pumps, cars, space, shrubs, sidewalk, highway. We were standing in the space between the cars and the shrubs, collecting our info. Pump Jockey told us that we couldn't stand there, nor could we stand on the curb in front of the shrubs. We had to stand on the sidewalk on the other side of the shrub. We obliged. We collected our info and moved to the front windows of the store. When Pump Jockey went on break, she came back to us, and told us that we couldn't stand next to the cars, that the gas station was dangerous, that she was concerned about us, that we needed safety training. We get paid by the minute, and couldn't stand there gabbing all day, so we agreed and went on with our training. Not convinced, she went inside and told the manager on duty that we needed training. I think the manager waved it off.
I had to work that store again yesterday, and of course Pump Jockey was there. I made a show of walking very carefully around the perimeter of the station, and trying not to cross the driveway too often. And I stood on the sidewalk, even though standing there with my back to the very heavy traffic of rushing cars felt a thousand times more dangerous than standing next to the cars on the other side of the shrubs. I had to get closer to the pump to collect the last bit of info, so I stepped between the parked cars and up to the pump. Unfortunately, this put me in her way, and she tried to shoo me. So I tried to move out of her way, and I stepped over the hose. Nope. Wrong.
"What are you doing? That's so dangerous! Never step over a hose!"
Wasn't expecting that. Is that a thing, not stepping over a hose? I've never heard of that before, but she acted as though it were common knowledge, like "Don't light up a cigarette near the gas station, or you'll blow everything the fuck up!" I dunno. I spend so little time at gas stations. I apologized, but now I was kind of annoyed.
I had gone out of my way to ensure that this quasi-coworker had nothing to complain about, and now she had something else. I'm pretty safety-conscious, but I'm kind of feeling like I can't win with her. You know how even if you're the most careful person on earth, you seem to do something uncharacteristically klutzy around the same person every time, and they assume that you're a klutz? Yeah, it feels like that here.
The most annoying part is knowing that I'm FUCKING WRONG. I know that I'm wrong because this issue fails the Dear Abbey Test (ie, if I write with this problem to Dear Abbey, would she take my side? Hell no). I'm annoyed with Pump Jockey, but I have no reason to be. She's just trying to look out for me, and being that it's on a really busy street, I'm sure that gas station is kind of dangerous.
No, I'm sure that I won't be receiving safety training on collecting info at this store, as that would have been required during new hire training, and I won't be at this store very often. I'm sure safety training isn't offered for this kind of store because in most cases, this kind of info collecting isn't dangerous. It just requires being aware of your surroundings and taking care when you're outside collecting info for 10 minutes.
And that's the thing that gets me: I'm annoyed that she's gotten on my case, but I'm more irritated by the fact that I've got no right to be annoyed with her.
Howzabout this: if you're a Pump Jockey, tell me what safety stuff to look out for, so I can do that the next time I work there.