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Those incompetent idiots on the job

Observations Commentary A friend of mine is in the process of moving into a new home here in the Rio Grande Valley, and she posted this via social media last week: “The one thing I can’t tolerate is incompetence.............If you do a job, damn it do the best u possibly can. We are at the mercy of utility companies who have some, not all, incompetent idiots who can’t think and don’t give a damn if the job is done or not........I happened to get that one ................ lol...............I AM TRULY &%$@#**.....: So here’s the question: Are you running into many incompetent people lately? At the store? At the restaurant? In the doctor’s office? At the auto repair shop? It sure seems that way, or maybe the older we get, the less gladly we can tolerate incompetent fools in the workplace, and we just happen to notice them more. My neighbor says he’s gonna fire his yard guy and start to cut the grass himself. Why? “I’ve told him at least 20 times, cut the bushes in front of the front door when they start to grow across the sidewalk,” he tells me. “Twenty times. You think that made an impression on him? I still have to tell him, almost once a month, cut the bush branches when they start to cover the sidewalk. I give up. So I’m going to go back to doing it myself. I tell him don’t use the blower out back because it scares the dogs. That lasts for about two weeks, then he goes right back to using the blower.” I know a service manager at a local auto dealership. “I currently have three jobs open that all pay pretty well. Service writers, service supervisor. You think I can find anyone good to fill the job?” What’s wrong with the prospects who show up? “Some of them have had seven jobs over the past two years, or they show up looking like a bum. Or the first thing they want to know is how much are they gonna get paid.” Well, something is clearly wrong, isn’t it? We have relatively high unemployment, both here and across the U.S., and yet employers still struggle to find qualified workers who act as if they can do a competent job. Don’t even get me started on the fast-food joints. Go through the drive-thru, order a hamburger, no onions, fries and an unsweetened ice tea, and when you get home and open up the ...

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