(Previously on The Story of New Guy:
New Guy: "Nice Shoes. Do you know what that means?"
New Guy: "Oh, I got walked out of my last job for sexual harassment.")
New guy again starts the day with "Nice shoes." In addition, he tells our co-worker, Hot Mom, that the buttons on the back of her pants are really cute. I hear these stories and think, "Am I just being influenced because he shared with me that he'd been fired for harassment? And, what the hell was he thinking, sharing that with me?"
New guy begins relying a little too heavily on baby talk. He also whines that some of the work is too hard. New Guy is working my last nerve. New guy has figured out I am not his best friend. This may have been when I barked at him, "Look at me! I am talking to you. Make eye contact!" and pointed to my eyes.
However, my ballsiness pales in comparison to that of Hot Young Co-worker. H.Y.C. has not been harassed yet by New Guy. Ironically, she instead embarrasses another male co-worker for staring at her boobs. He is so embarrassed that New Guy feels for him. Staring Man had previously held the unspoken office title of "Creepy Guy." New Guy has usurped him.
I wasn't there. No idea what he was up to.
Discussion Questions: Are we obligated to confront creepy guys? Does this ever work? The Artist Formerly Known as Staring Man was quite shaken and surprised by his reputation, once it was revealed to him. Also: Could New Guy just be trying to fit in with the frank talk? Have we given him permission?