Saturday, May 29, 2010

Spotted: It's Creepy

I was just in the elevator, heading back to my office. Because I had just been in the Capitol, I had my staff ID badge clipped to my hip (which normally stays in my bag, for good reason). As the doors closed the male intern (wearing his red badge proudly around his neck) proceeds to bend over and stare at my badge. When he noticed the quizzical look I was giving him he perked up and said "oh I was just reading your badge. I'm from Congresswoman Xs office," at which point he beamed and held up his red badge as though I was supposed to be impressed. My sarcastic reply was something along the lines of "yeah, I earned my staff badge about a year ago." To which he got mad and huffed about only having just started two weeks ago, as he stormed out of the elevator.

Here are a few tips: (1) My badge is green, it means I'm staff so I'm really not impressed with your intern status. I have like a dozen interns in my own office with whom to deal. (2) I do not walk around with my badge on to show off that I work here, or for whom I work. I was wearing it to get through security in the Cannon tunnel so I can enter the Capitol to do my job. (3) If you are curious as to who I work for/what I do...just ask. Don't stare down at my hip area, its creepy.

25 comments:

  1. You sound like an ass.

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  2. yer both kinda creepy in your status-conscious ways.

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  3. This post explains so much about why DC interns are the way they are. It doesn't excuse any of their bad behavior, but much of it no doubt is an immature imitation of what they see in the young professionals who work on the Hill full-time and do the smug, needlessly rude, and entitled thing with only a skosh more grace. I'd consider moving back to DC if it weren't for this prevailing attitude.

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  4. I think a recurring theme on here may be that while interns may be a little clueless and impressed with themselves for interning on Capitol Hill, staffers are even more affected by their own sense of self-importance. Seriously, stop complaining so much about dumb shit and get over yourselves.

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  5. Sounds like someone used to be an intern and is a little full of themself now that they're a staff member. This story sucks. Intern was trying to be friendly, and you got elitist.

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  6. Have to agree, you sound like douche. Seems like he was just trying to make conversation, not "impress" you with his shiny red badge. He's been in DC two weeks, man, give him a break...

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  7. Cut an intern some slack. Being friendly isn't an intern mishap worthy of this site. You "earned" your staff badge a year ago? That means you either just started or were an intern recently yourself. Either way, not much worth bragging about. Maybe you'll make it to several years with that green badge if you learn how to be nice to the interns that do the grunt work in the office.

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  8. high horse. you're not that cool. Have fun being the boss phone answerer.

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  9. God forbid someone who is working for free try to strike up a conversation or be excited about.

    You aren't nearly as important as you think you are.

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  10. My, my. Aren't we the bitchy little self important one? The interns you have to "deal with" must soooo love working with you.

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  11. God, you're a bitch. Wow, you've been at your job for ONE WHOLE YEAR? What a big grown-up girl you are! Who's a good girl? You are!

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  12. I have to agree with 2:41, 1:55, and 3:39--as a staffer, this blog is hilarious--but only when it's not "my own" being jerks. It's clear that the pompous interns we meet through this blog grow up to become whiny, self-absorbed staffers.

    I get that what we do makes us stars at home--but seriously. There are THOUSANDS of us. And plenty of people in the exec and judicial branches and private sector who do equally important work. If you want to feel like the big fish and get off on degrading the peons--go back to your home district, please. And stop making the rest of us (who have a healthy view of ourselves) look bad.

    Thanks.

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  13. Gee whiz, "don't look at my hips, don't look at my ass, don't look at my tits" - where is a self-respecting douchbag supposed to stare at people these days, darn it?

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  14. PS. Staffers can have red badges too. Color indicates hours of access to the building. Red badges indicate access during business hours and green badges indicate 24-hour access. So please abstain from judging people bc of the color of their badge bc someday your pompous attitude toward red badge wearers may get you in trouble.

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  15. Jerk.

    Ashamed that with my title and experience I could be lumped in with someone as pompous as you. Get over yourself and grow up.

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  16. You normally keep your hip in your bag? That's nuts!

    Also, since you're clearly a Staff Assistant, I wouldn't get too worked up about how important you and your green badge are. Most hill staff (myself included) are far less important than they would like to think they are and could be easily replaced by most any college educated individual. Actually, most could easily be replaced by a reasonably articulate high school graduate. So let's tone down the self important "I earned my staff badge" talk, huh?

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  17. Know what's worse than a clueless unpaid intern? A self-important, holier-than-thou paid staffer.

    Here are a few tips: a) For the exception of maybe interns, no is impressed with your green staffer badge or one full year you've been working for a paycheck. b) Just because someone is working for free and is enthused to be there does not mean you get to treat them like garbage. c) Stop being smug. This is why the rest of DC hates Hill staffers and not just interns.

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  18. Here's a tip for OP: A person who doesn't know you is liable to look at your badge. If you don't want people to look at your ass, don't wear your badge there.

    You seem rather like a complete douche. Please consider getting out of government work.

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  19. wow full of yourself much. you too were at one point, most likely, an intern.

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  20. When you only make $27,000/year and share a group house in Petworth, you have to get your job satisfaction somehow.

    It's posts like this that make me glad I left DC. Too many self-important people, spawned by a culture of self-importance, trying to assert their primacy over everybody else they have a shred of seniority on or power over. Blech.

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  21. The funniest thing about this story, besides the fact that whoever wrote this is, "a self-important, holier-than-thou paid staffer," is that I am an intern right now and I have a green badge. A red badge does not always mean intern and a green badge does not always mean staffer. Even me, a clueless intern, knows that.

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  22. It's people like this green badge wearing jerk who make interns focus on the much more superficial aspects of Washington DC, and less on educating themselves to not say stupid, misinformed crap. I'd be willing to bet that this self-entitled broad orders the "like 12 interns" in her office to do mindless tasks such as fetching her a Skinny Vanilla Latte from Starbucks, and then micromanages the hell out of them on the envelope stuffing process in her office. *Sigh* I digress.

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  23. The original poster clearly doesn't understand the purpose of this site. It's to mock the 10% of interns who are clearly self-important, petty, egotistical, and clueless. In short, it's dedicated to people like the original poster.

    How pathetic.

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  24. To original poster: BOOM ROASTED

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  25. You? Seem like a giant biatch.

    " I have like a dozen interns in my own office with whom to deal."

    I bet that intern in the elevator used better English than you do. Get over yourself.

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