47. Needless To Say, He Learned His Lesson
I work with a guy who shows no respect for a closed door. Doesn’t matter if I’m in a meeting with a client or colleague, having a personal conversation on the phone, or just trying to focus on getting something done.
Every time he wants to talk, he will just fling the door open and start yabbering. I’m sure he knows that and probably gets off on it. There are numerous other issues with this guy, but the door is what really gets to me.
I could have dealt with this a few ways, like politely asking him to stop, putting a sign on my door, or even locking myself in my office, but he isn’t deserving of most of them.
So rather than stopping him from coming into my office unannounced, I decided it would be much more fun to stop him from going into his own office. All the doors in my building lock from the inside with a simple push button, but only the cleaner and the office manager have a key.
So one day, I figured it would be fun to quietly lock his door when he was out so that the next time he arrived, he’d be inconvenienced for 5 minutes or so until he got hold of a key.
The first time I did this, it was satisfying but definitely needed more work. So over the next few months, I would pick random times to lock the door.
Sometimes before he arrived in the morning, sometimes during the day when he stepped out for a break. It was enough to be annoying but not so much as to arouse suspicion.
Needless to say, he is still a pain in everyone’s butt, but at least I know he doesn’t get to rudely barge into every office he wants to enter.