Wednesday, December 30, 2009

In Which I Get A Free Minute

What a whirlwind of a week this has been so far.

My new job, or what I've experienced thus far through training, is going well. I had one day of company orientation on Monday, and yesterday began my job-specific training. I'll be doing classroom training for another week or so, and then I'll begin training on the phones. I should be ready to go on my own in about a month. A month seems like an awful long time to be training, but if I remember right, that's about what it was when I trained for my last call center job. There is a lot of software to learn, not to mention the rules and policies of the company.

In actuality, things have been pretty boring. It's mostly been a bunch of paperwork and corporate blah-blah-blah that everyone has to endure when starting a new job. My classmates are all relatively pleasant to be around, except for this one chick who insists on finishing everyone's sentences, even if she doesn't know what they're talking about.

As far as the other people in my class, there's another woman who has no front teeth and whistles when she says words with an "S" in it. There's also a woman who smells like she bathes in KFC fry grease, and a girl my age who has a black belt in some martial arts or karate. The only other guy in my class is pretty quiet (much like myself), but is a re-hire to the company and won't be with the class for very long.

The only thing I can think of that happened that is at least semi-noteworthy is something that our orientation leader said during the session that I found to be quite humorous.

She was talking about the company's policy on dress code. Even though my office is a call center environment, we still have to dress business casual. Despite how clear it was outlined in our handbooks that she had us following along with, she felt the need to demonstrate.

"Now, for the ladies," she said, "business casual means a blouse or shirt that isn't low cut or revealing. Dress pants or slacks are fine, just nothing that shows your underwear or anything if you bend over. Nobody likes to see tramp stamps at work."

The other people in the class thought this was pretty funny, and as I was taking a moment to chuckle politely, I looked around at the rest of the people in the room. Everyone was laughing, except for the woman sitting next to me. When the laughter died down, the orientation leader looked around the room, too, to make sure that everyone was okay to move on.

"What is it?" she said, seeing the frown creep across my table-mate's face.

"I," she said, her voice indignant, "have a lower back tattoo. Or, as you called them, a 'tramp stamp.'"

The orientation leader's face flushed red. She stammered and tried to recover, but ended up just quickly changing the subject. The offended table-mate sat there and stewed in silence for a while, and never really got over it. I didn't think it was that big of a deal, but then again, I don't have a tramp stamp.

I'm sorry I haven't had the time to visit any of your blogs this week, but I do hope to get a chance to get caught up later tonight, or possibly tomorrow. It's going to be hard to find some free time while I'm going through training, but I promise I'll at least make it around here to keep you all posted.

Thank you all for your support and encouragement. It is all greatly appreciated! It's awesome to know I've got such a great group of people who have my back.


ACE OF BASE said...

Nice.. Maybe its time u get a TRAMP STAMP done :) :)

alntv said...

Glad your new gig is going well, my friend. As for the tramp stamps, let her know that you have one reader who thinks they are really hot!

Happy New Year!

minivan soapbox said...

I don't think I could sit next to someone who smells of chicken....I would be hungry all the time. Also, my mother in law always trys to finsih my sentences even though she CLEARLY has no idea what the hell I'm talking about. I've finally gotten to the point of saying "Oh, I'm sorry! Do you think you can tell the story better!?!?"

Blogging Mama Andrea said...

Your class sounds like fun. I have to admit I am singularly stamped. I think my husband would defintiely take issue with the tramp part though.

Have a great new year!

Jeanine said...

Tramp stamp is just what it's called. Someone who got a tattoo on their lower back will just have to get used to the stigma if they really want one in that location, nothing else to it. If you can't have a sense of humor about a tattoo, then you have no business having them.

I think your work environment is going to offer lots of blogging fodder for you. I personally can't wait. :D

Jennifer said...

That's a ridiculous thing to get offended by, I think. My stepmom has a tattoo on her lower back but she doesn't get offended when someone says "tramp stamp" like that. That girl probably isn't an easy-going type of person, though. She should lighten up a bit. :\

SillyJaime said...

I received zero actual training when I started my last job in a call center (which was also my first job in a call center) and pretty much had to learn everything hands on. I wish I'd gotten training.

Melissa said...

The Tramp Stamp thing is funny. Was she planning on wearing low riders and belly shirts? Thats what they are called.

And SillyJaime - Everyone knows you dont learn shit in training, especially software. The best way to learn anything is jumping in head first. (with supervision of course)

Kim said...
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Kim said...

Sounds like a classy bunch!

Tramp stamp may not technically be "PC" but whatever, it's such a common term that I think it's accepted. Please tell me that it's the woman without front teeth that was offended!

dsmcaron said...

I have experience with people not getting what you mean by "business casual" since I have been in the employment industry. Some people just don't know or the only examples they see are from television shows, which hello? reality?

Also, I just had my umpteenth conversation with my 16 y.o. niece who wants a tattoo and I use tramp stamp as an example of why she should get a tattoo she can hide when she wants to. You don't know what a couple decades will do to you, your skin or the society around you. Nothing against tats, just saying. I love her, what can I say?

Angela said...

Can you at take any of these people seriously?

"...woman who has no front teeth and whistles when she says words with an "S" in it."


Every conversation I ever had with that woman would be full of trickery, in order to elicit s-words.

The tramp-stampee? Awesome. I think you should take a good hard look at the persecution of the stamp-stampee, BAG. I think you should pick up the cause. The "tramp-stamp" mentality is a social disease!

K. Erickson said...

I suppose calling a lower back tattoo a "bumper sticker" wouldn't have made the situation any better.

{Anna} said...

Haha. I think the weirdest lady has to be the one that smells like chicken. How could you deal with that all day?

Feral Female said...

Ahhh the enticing aroma of KFC fry grease....What a mental image THAT makes! =)

onecrazyasiangirl said...

Seriously, why was she offended? Because she had never heard that before?

Otterboyy said...

Training for a new call center position can be a long process. It's been a position I've had to fall back on a few times over the years and it's always been a time consuming ordeal.

I'll take your KFC woman over my Halitosis man /nod

NightAuthor said...

Wow, guy.
Sounds pretty intense, Im looking for a job myself. I dont know about working a call center, though, dont know if I could put up with the people.

Rebecca Knight said...

Geez, all the stamped tramps I know don't have a problem with it :P. Crazy!

The term "bumper sticker" makes me giggle, though :). Have fun in training, and Happy New Year!

Rie Rie said...

I Love this it is too funny some people take themself too seriously who care if she has a tramp stamp as long as it does not show.....But I am new to blogging and I read one of your old ones I am enjoying your sense of humor....So I am a new follower....Have a Happy New Year!

McKenna F. said...

Hey I'm really enjoying reading your blog :) I have several tattoos, including a "tramp stamp". It was my first when I was 19, although not one of your typical tramp stamps that you usually associate with the word....mine is a custom design and isn't the typical, um, tribal "you can see it over my panties and use it as a target" location. Anyway, anyone who is offended by that label needs to lighten up. It is a tramp stamp, it will always be one. lol I like Rebecca's usage of the term "bumper sticker". :)

Nej said...

Today is MY day to get caught up on my blog reading. These last two weeks have been crazy for us as well. Glad to hear the job is going good!!!!!

Tramp stamp...(giggle)

Little Ms Blogger said...

I like your description of the lady who smells like KFC, but doesn't that make you hungry at certain points in the day.

About the lady with the tramp stamp, if that's the only bad thing said about her, well, she's one lucky person.

Coach J said...

Heh.. tramp stamp.

I haven't been by in a while, so belated congrats on the new job! Training blows, but hey, it's all part of the gig, I suppose. Happy New Year!

victoria.renee said...

job training ALWAYS makes for some interesting conversation!

Natalie said...

Did you go through Traditions?

Jenn(ifer) said...

Hey! I happen to like my tramp stamp!

inked gemini said...

I'm not a tramp anymore, but I still have my flaming heart membership stamp, lol. ;) Loving your blog, btw.

carissajaded said...

GLad to hear its goin well!!! I didn't know business casual meant that you couldn't show cleavage!! I just thought business meant business!

Cha Cha said...

Because that training class was the very first time ever the lady with the lower-back tattoo has heard the term "tramp stamp?" She sounds like the sort who takes getting cut off in traffic very, very personally.

Glad work is going well!

HE-CUP said...

I pity the woman with the '‘S’' problem. I wonder how she would tell her husband that she did not like ‘saucepans from the south.’

Aunt Becky said...

Let's face it, Mike, YOU have one, too. YOU were the offended one.

Melanie's Randomness said...

You have such a funny judgement of character. I like your descriptions of the people. I think thats hilarious that the orientation lady basically got her head handed to her. I don't have one of those tattoos but its definitely a sore subject for people. Yikes! I wish you the best of luck with the new job!!! =)

Chibi Jeebs said...

Oh, Tramp Stamp needs to just get over herself already. LOVE "bumper sticker," though!

Mad Woman said...

This leads me to ask...why the hell are you working on my redesign instead of relaxing??

Tramp Stamp Tramp shouldn't be indignant. She should be trying to figure out how many pairs of pants she has that will cover it.

Sandy said...

Hopefully you can sleep through most of this training process.

Don't think there was any reason for her to get offended. Tramp stamp is pretty much a part of the current day vernacular, isn't it? It's not like the coach invented it. If I had a lower back tattoo (which I don't) I might have made a comment to try to make the teacher uncomfortable but I don't think I'd stew over it. Sheesh.

JennyMac said...

See...its only been a short tenure and ALREADY blog fodder. Love it.

Happy New Year Michael!

Jess said...

I work in a call center also. Trust me, my friend.... You will have a lot of fodder for your blog.

On a side note, if that person was offended by it being called a tramp stamp, and she felt the need to advertise she had one, I would call her an attention seeker. No one needed to know, and she could have stayed anonymous. Now the whole call center will know shortly. That kind of person can be ignored!

Badass Geek said...

Ace Of Base: Um... I'm not sure.

Alntv: Good to know!

Minivan Soapbox: The smell of chicken mixes with the scent of cigarette smoke from her latest butt outside. It cancels it all out.

Blogging Mama Andrea: It really isn't a good term, is it?

Jeanine: Me, too. There has GOT to be some material there.

Jennifer: She definitely needs to lighten up.

SillyJaime: Training is good, but it only helps so much. Everything else is done in the real-world.

Melissa: I have no diea.

Kim: Sadly, no.

Dsmcaron: Yeah, one's first tattoo should probably some where discreet.

Angela: I take them all seriously, at least to their face.

K. Erickson: Probably not.

{Anna}: It wasn't easy, at first.

Feral Female: Yeah... not a good one.

Onecrazyasiangirl: Who knows...

Otterboyy: It is a long process, but it's alright. It breaks up the monotony of my old job.

NightAuthor: That does make it challenging, but you learn to deal.

Rebecca Knight: I do enjoy the term "Bumper Sticker".

Rie Rie: Thank you!

McKenna: It does have a stigma, but it's not what it's all about.

Nej: Giggle, indeed. =)

Little Ms Blogger: True enough.

Coach J: Thanks, you too!

Victoria.renee: Indeed it does!

Natalie: I sure did.

Jenn(ifer): I didn't know you had one!

Inked gemini: Thank you very much!

CarissaJaded: I wouldn't mind seeing some cleavage at the office.

Cha Cha: I think so, too.

He-Cup: Yeah, it must be tough.

Aunt Becky: You caught me.

Melanie's Randomness: Thank you very much!

Chibi Jeebs: She sure does.

Mad Woman: Exactly!

Sandy: She proved herself to be an attention seeker throughout the rest of the day.

JennyMac: Thanks, you too!

Jess: I've worked in a call center for many years... I expect to be presented with material.

tale of many cities said...

found you via blog of note.. i'm a bit cheeky and sarcastic myself.. so it's always nice to 'meet' someone of kindred spirit. i'm a new fan! :D
many blessings,

TechnoBabe said...

Glad to hear the new job training is interesting enough to keep you awake during class. Hope the actual job is a bit more stimulating. Hope you have a wonderful New Year's Eve.

Aunt Juicebox said...

Honestly, if women had any idea what men think about women with "tramp stamps", they'd know how they got the name "tramp stamp".

My husband works for a business that has a call center and they all have to wear business casual as well. They sometimes get customers who come on-site. They have a big problem though, with women who think casual day means they can wear anything they want, and then get sent home. You think they wouldn't risk it. And it's always the women.

I'm glad things are going so well for you. =)

lhoucine said...

The Tramp Stamp thing is funny. Was she planning on wearing low riders and belly shirts? Thats what they are called.

Christina said...

Ahaha! I've never even heard the term before.
I've heard of a$$ antlers, but not of tramp stamps.
Well, it was kinda offensive...

I am quite sure that I would be one of the first ones to be send home. I just don't do business or business causal. I just can't.
But I am sure you carry it well and that you'll be the call centre superstar soon!

Moonspun said...

oh my goodness! I thought the tramp stamp must have been thongs that you see hanging out....I guess I learned something new. I am sure once you get into a routine it will go well and of course will have some good stories.

Harley D. Palmer said...

Well I have to say to your table mate there - if things like that were going to offend her, then she shouldn't have gotten a tattoo in the first place. I mean, I have tattoos and people make offensive comments about them all the time. When I got them, I was well prepared to have the redicule. Besides, no matter weather you say "tramp stamp" or "lower back tattoo" you still need to cover it up at work! LOL So yea, that just made me chuckle a bit. I'm glad your job is going well for you and I wish you luck.

Andrea said...

Wow. I felt bad for laughing out loud... until I read some of your other reader's comments! Good luck with the rest of training!

Amy said...

I love that you could experience something as mundane as orientation, and still come up with an over the top hilarious tramp-stamp antidote!

Lady, you must not take yourself so seriously if you're sporting the northern crack ink....just my opinion.

Good luck with the rest of your training!!!

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