I get informed that as part of the Marketing department I get to sit in on the honorary lunch we're having. Essentially, my company had clients, who had clients...and had offered a scholarship to the clients' clients as a sort of incentive.
Basically we gave our clients money to do a scholarship, they felt happy with us, their clients were happy, everyone wins. Then every year we had the winner and her family come in for a lunch, took a picture, blah blah marketing blah.
So, lucky scholarship girl comes in. We chat with her, and realize that she's one dim, dim bulb. Who won the college scholarship.
Don't get me wrong, it was only a small one, maybe $1,000, but still...this kid was dumb. As in, when filling in the application she listed an email and phone number as contact info, but the phone was disconnected and she never checked her email.
Only by luck of someone knowing her mother did we manage to tell her she won! Her response was "oh yeah, we only use cell phones now. Did you need that number too?"
Did I mention our clients were all phone companies? Yeah, apply for a scholarship through a phone company, and immediately have your phone service disconnected, that's smart. Still don't know why they picked her.
But whatever, my job is to smile and make nice and chit chat with her. It comes out that I just finished college, so dim bulb's dad asked me for advice for her.
I gave her what tidbits I had, though the dad was a jerk. He kept bragging about his daughter, based on the fact that she...won this award.
Yeah...and he made it personal. Kept asking us if we ever won anything like that. Kept saying how smart she was, she'd never get stuck in a small town company (looks at me.) His daughter was going places, wasn't going to be as secretary (looks at me.)
Now, I wasn't a secretary, but some of my duties were admin. So I was annoyed at the implication not that I was a secretary, but that there was something lowly about being one!
But I can't say anything without getting reamed.
So we go to escort them out and I made the mistake of holding the door for him and dim bulb to walk out.
It's just a reflex of mine to hold doors for people.
But daddy had to turn to me and say:
"Ha, you went to college and now you're holding doors for people. Hope my girl does better than you!"
How the hell does someone opening a door for you translate into a superiority complex?
I live in awe of the fact that this guy thinks that if someone is polite to you, they must be a loser.