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a new way to define "bad day at work": [Jun. 14th, 2005|07:40 pm]
Just me.

A guy collapsed, and most likely died, today- 15 feet away from me at the reference desk. I'm not 100% certain he died, but watching the paramedics do the defib paddles (and they really do yell "Clear!", just like on TV) to no effect and hearing the office gossip that the guy had no pulse when they brought him out, I'm thinking it doesn't look too good for him. Also, unless the medics arrived in 2 vehicles, after they carried him out on the gurney, there was still an emergency vehicle parked in front of the library; ie, no urgency in getting him to the hospital.

So yeah, that's a pretty new milestone for crappy day at work. I know, I know, dead dude is certainly having a worse day than me. But unless you work in a hospital, alaskan fishing vessel, post office, or crackhouse, how often do you see someone die at your job?

[User Picture]From: puddinhed
2005-06-15 03:41 am (UTC)
people are keeling over in the health food store every other day.
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[User Picture]From: das_prompt
2005-06-15 03:43 am (UTC)
Sounds like they started shopping there a bit too late.
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[User Picture]From: das_prompt
2005-06-15 03:44 am (UTC)
Did this go down right after you told him how much his late fines were?
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[User Picture]From: li_kao
2005-06-15 05:54 am (UTC)
I'm thinking it's basically all Lara's fault.

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[User Picture]From: lara7
2005-06-15 06:10 am (UTC)

ha ha!

teh winner!
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[User Picture]From: repoman
2005-06-15 04:25 am (UTC)
It could have been worse...he could have died ON you.
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[User Picture]From: li_kao
2005-06-15 05:55 am (UTC)

Ahhh! I am dieing!

But unless you work in a hospital, alaskan fishing vessel, post office, or crackhouse, how often do you see someone die at your job?

You forgot comedy club.
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[User Picture]From: ringbark
2005-06-15 08:51 am (UTC)
There was that time that [Unknown LJ tag] and I were at Pizza Hut and the old lady at the next table died. We didn't feel like eating after that, even though there wasn't anything wrong with the food. They poured out a couple of mugs of strong coffee for us and wouldn't let us pay for anything. That was a day to remember.
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[User Picture]From: rjray
2005-06-15 10:26 pm (UTC)
Well, I've had jobs where the answer to that question would have been, "Not often-enough."

But, yeah. Bad day indeed.

For the record, I'd probably be pretty cool with it if my final moments were surrounded on all sides by books. But I should probably keep the feelings of the library (or book store) staff in mind...
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[User Picture]From: rwx
2005-06-15 10:43 pm (UTC)
around here they usually send two ambulances to serious things, one bigger (squared off) than the other. For the most part, EMTs don't pronounce people dead, so if there were two, the other one probably took off for the hospital.

did you see the pattern of lights that it was running as it took off?

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[User Picture]From: mcfnord
2005-07-24 08:38 am (UTC)
my brother had a woman die on his bus. he drives the bus. she just died. ker-thump.
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