Thursday, May 26, 2005

Weird

So we have this guy at work who in his e-mails identifies himself as FIRST NAME "the lemming" MIDDLE NAME LAST NAME. When asked why he does this, his reply is "to be silly." Instead of calling us by our names he calls us all ma'am. The guy is like 40 years old, not married, lives in the boonies with his 4 poodles. The guy comes to work every day in camouflage pants and sneakers. Very professional. Anyhow, everyday the guy comes up behind me and like 20 other people and goes Psst Psst until we turn and look at him. Then he holds out his shaking hand with every kind of Extra gum for us to take a piece. At first, he would just leave it on our desk, but now he stands there clenching it waiting for us to take a piece. One day he had the packs of gum in a Tupperware container and a paper plate with several stray pieces and a sign that said "Special today, Mystery Flavor, take two". A few days ago, he sent an e-mail out to the 20 of us and said "it's taffy time, stop by my desk for a piece". Now, every time I walk by his desk, he holds out the bag and says "taffy?" I politely said “no, I don't care for taffy.” Then yesterday, he stood in the cube in front of mine, reached over the wall, knocked all of my pictures down and threw four pieces of taffy on my desk. While I was on vacation, one of my reps said he brought in a pan of fried chicken and walked around with it trying to give it away. Another one of the reps said that she will not take the gum from him ever. She always says no, but he still comes to her desk everyday. She is getting married this weekend and today was her last day. When she came in, she had a pack of gum with a post it that said "Happy Wedding."

What does all this mean? Is he just a lonely guy looking to buy friends with gum? Is something wrong with him? He doesn’t even care that we call him Gumby. I feel bad making this post. I mean I like him, but he is a bit creepy, plus I need to share this story. Chris is afraid that I will go to work tomorrow and instead of giving me gum, he will shoot me or something, but I have decided to take my chances.

10 comments:

Jeff said...

There are people in this world who lack social graces, for one reason or another... and then there are people in this world who are just nice.

Fire Angel said...

Wow. I'm not quite sure what to say here. I wanna laugh, but then I feel bad for him.
Sounds like a really lonely person...

Le laquet said...

Sounds a little bizarre - but I suppose he's not harming anyone .... yet!

Heidi said...

his behavior is definitely a bit strange... and oddly funny. yet I feel sad for him that he is seemingly so lonely and has odd ways of expressing his friendliness.

with that said... if I didn't want any gum or taffy and he kept trying to give it to me, I would eventually be frustrated to the point of telling him to please stop offering me sh!t. A note, a card, an email... Fine. But no more edible stuff. No thank you! :(

Thao said...

Odd behavior, very odd. Is he really nice? Or is he just making his, "To Shoot" or "Not to Shoot" list. There are those that are just odd kooky, but then there are others that are just off their rocker. Smile and gracefully decline his offerings. I'm sure he's just being friendly...

Jack Burden said...

The guy obviously has some issues. Most of what you described I would write off as just eccentricities, but knocking pictures of your cube wall... that's a little aggressive. Has anyone gone to HR about this?

dragon said...

OHG!! What a Freek! I love it, i'm laughing so hard! I with i had a crazy person in my office to get odd stories from and about.

Bloghead said...

My country ban gums. I'll be more then happy to accept his gum gift. Maybe, I can sell it on the black market here. Ehehe..

Patch said...

In order to answer your questions, I wonder about his work role as indication, to me, of his overall level intelectual functioning. I would suspect no more than below average IQ, but somehow I got the feeling from your post that he performs job duties requiring higher. Strange. My impression from your words is that he certainly sounds socially inappropriate in his attention-seeking search for validation through interpersonal connection. His obstacle to success seems to be immaturity, yet you state he is 40y.o. and this leads me to believe there has been a failure to capitalize on social experience (i.e., learning), hence my suspicions regarding neuropsychological implications for his ecentiric behavior. Just my thinking out loud to generate hypotheses. Found you via BlogXchng, glad I did. Be well.

Jen said...

Be careful; it is always the ones in the camoflage pants that come in one day and shoot up the place!