Thursday, April 11, 2013
The office I work at is close-in to downtown and there is only a little parking lot behind our building where we all have assigned spots. They are normally spaced spots - employees (there are about 6-7) have had several different sizes of cars (trucks, SUVs, etc.) parked there throughout the years and there has never been a problem. Some of the employees are even a little overweight, drive trucks, no problem - tons of room to get in & out.
So we have a new employee. She not only drives a truck at least the size of a F-250, but she is severely obese. She has to contact the people that park on either side of her and ask them to move their car so she can get out when it's time for her to leave. When she gets here apparently she calls ahead and has the warehouseman meet her and she hops out and he has to pull her truck in for her.
So like, what is the appropriate sympathy/accomodation level here? I usually try not to judge because I don't know her story - how she got that big, why she remains that big, etc. But a part of me just feels like this is unreasonable and if she can't fit herself or her car in a normal-sized parking spot then she needs to figure out something else - not bother everyone in the office every day to move their cars (she leaves and comes back several times a day - and the lot takes a good 5 minutes to walk to... and this is the Pacific NW - it rains a lot).