Desk bomb remarks from messy coworkers a bit offensive

WHEN we are born into this world our parents teach us right from wrong.

They teach us what to say and what not to say.

They help us in the right direction in many different ways, including how to act in front of others, especially the elderly, so don't get me started on those two girls last week abusing the old fella on the bus.

Yesterday I had not one but two comments from work colleagues and I'm not that happy about it.

I'm that kind of person who likes things quite neat and tidy at home and at work, not like a few that I work with.

I like to have things organised so that everything is easily found and used, and that goes for work and home.

When the comment was made to me that my desk "looks like a bomb has hit it", I was deeply offended.

Let's put this into perspective.

My desk here at Zinc looks nothing like Egypt, nor anything like Ukraine.

It looks like a neat and tidy work desk: pens where they should be, pads in piles, water bottle at the ready and the computer in a position that helps posture and access. There's nothing wrong with that, is there?

To cover my comments and to work out why they would say that, I went around our office to see the desks of those two staff members and I found some disturbing facts.

While I won't name names I will tell you a little about them.

Ashlee (not her real name) has a desk that resembles a VW factory.

There's anything and everything Volkswagen, from coffee cups and pencil sharpeners to key rings and place mats, all with the VW logo on them.

But you wouldn't know it as it was totally covered in paperwork, pens and takeaway wrappers.

The other person who verbally abused me was Tracey (again not her real name) and her desk was even worse, to the point you couldn't see any timber holding it up: coffee cups from a week ago, sandwich wrappers and paperwork spread out as far as the eye can see.

I don't mind people having a go at me for being messy but please don't make the comment if you are worse than me.

By the way, if you want to see something really messy, go up to the council chambers and check out Matt Burnett's desk, full of Star Wars figurines.

Now that's the bomb if you've ever seen one.

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