Friday, January 14, 2011

when confronted with a snowbound vehicle

I posit that a great deal can be known about a person based upon his/her reaction to a vehicle buried in snow.

Discuss.

5 comments:

Kristen & Cliff said...

Can I have some parameters for this assignment? How snowbound is the car? Is it 6 a.m. Monday morning and I'm on the way to work, or 10 a.m., I've called in to work and I'm trying to get to Starbucks for a carmel macchiato?

Anonymous said...

Also, was the vehicle snowbound in it's overnight parking location or placed in a particularly nasty snowbank by the person whose reaction we are evaluating?

Ria

Trinka said...

Let's say a group of co-workers is standing about, when a phone call comes that a senior citizen has overshot the corner, and buried his car in the ditch behind the parking lot.

I've experienced similar circumstances 4 times, with different sets of staff, and found the different reactions insightful.

Two staff members jumped in, and helped push, without a second thought. The other (which happened a very long time ago) suggested I push the car by finding an old tire, and putting it between my car (at that time a Chevy Cavalier), and the stuck vehicle.

I was thinking the other day how much my opinions of these various men were shaped by how they'd reacted to the "stuck car" situation! And also just how accurate that assessment proved to be later!

Anonymous said...

Ah yes, I see now and agree.

I'm a "go out and help" type myself. No fancy tricks just elbow grease and shovel work.

Unfortunately I now know too many "helpers" that stay away now. After too many years of dealing with the public the first thought is now will I get sued.

Kristen & Cliff said...

Will my feet get wet? I really dislike having wet feet. Maybe I should just stand back and manage the recovery effort.