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miss maggie ([personal profile] bossymarmalade) wrote2010-12-02 11:15 am
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baby could order poison!!

So I was wondering, y'all -- what's your most peculiar "occupational hazard" (in which I include those not at formal paid work)?

For example, this post is brought to you by the fact that no less than TWO babies have already telephoned me for the morning.

(I'm the receptionist at an infant development programme, and although the consultants mostly do home visits, families call the switchboard a lot and I guess there are a bunch of 0-3 year-olds out there who like to hit redial on the family phone. Meaning BABIES KEEP TELEPHONING ME.)

ETA: omg, now I am torn between asking people in the comments for further explanation and just leaving the comments there, unexplained, in all their bizarre glory!!
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[personal profile] traveller 2010-12-02 07:30 pm (UTC)(link)
Domestic terrorism, I guess?
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[personal profile] traveller 2010-12-02 08:02 pm (UTC)(link)
also: arrest, assault, police retaliation, death threats, and having to lie about what I do to people I don't trust.
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[personal profile] crossedwires 2010-12-02 07:31 pm (UTC)(link)
Falling off a ladder. Only 3 steps high, granted, but still.
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[personal profile] inkstone 2010-12-02 07:36 pm (UTC)(link)
Getting run over by runaway, panicking mini-pigs.
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[personal profile] facetofcathy 2010-12-02 07:42 pm (UTC)(link)
Finding things!

The weird hazards of renovation.

One was a can of beans--opened by a jack knife and eaten out of the can. It looked like a cartoon can with a jagged opening propped up. The label had rotted away, so we're guessing it was beans, and it was behind the lath, so it was ~1920.

One was a half-full box of bullets for a .303 British-style rifle, with the package dated to about 1941. It was up on a shelf that had been closed in by a new ceiling, so I imagine it sat there unmoved since its former owner came home from the war and set them up high out of reach.

Okay, not all that hazardous, but the 20 lbs of plaster that fell on my head counts.
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[personal profile] melannen 2010-12-02 08:37 pm (UTC)(link)
Oooh, do you ever find shoes?

(...hidden shoes are a thing of mine.)

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[personal profile] recessional 2010-12-02 07:44 pm (UTC)(link)
Wandering in from network: suddenly providing amateur therapy for anyone between the ages of 4 to adult.

(Voice teacher. Somedays your students walk in the door, get halfway through the warmup, and burst into tears.)
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[personal profile] vass 2010-12-03 03:45 pm (UTC)(link)
My apologies on behalf of voice students everywhere. It took me a while to realise that I was too mentally unwell to be an opera singer.

I'm sure you already know this, but for other people reading this, it's a relaxation thing. The warmup lowers your larynx and loosens the abdominal muscles nearest your diaphragm, and suddenly everything you were holding in comes crashing down.

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[personal profile] beachlass 2010-12-02 07:47 pm (UTC)(link)
Someone called and asked me to do a "house blessing" this week. By which they meant "exorcism".
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[personal profile] beachlass 2010-12-02 07:49 pm (UTC)(link)
I also had to reach out and grab a colleague by the arm as he stumbled and almost fell into an open grave.

I'm now very careful about feeling out the boarding under the astroturf at graves.

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[personal profile] glass_icarus 2010-12-02 07:48 pm (UTC)(link)
SURPRISE MOUSE EMERGENCY!!! (Not to be confused with mouse infestations.) Also, accidents involving liquid nitrogen, chemical burns, chemical spills, hazardous and radioactive waste, death by administrivia caused by surprise!workplace flooding during Christmas...

Also also, coworker-induced musical whiplash.
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[personal profile] inkstone 2010-12-02 08:54 pm (UTC)(link)
Hello, do you work where I do?

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[personal profile] duraflame 2010-12-02 07:51 pm (UTC)(link)
I guess the only dangers I face are inhalation of toxic materials and burning my face off with 2200 degree temperatures. :3
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[personal profile] rhivolution 2010-12-02 07:57 pm (UTC)(link)
Ex-occupational hazard: executives calling to ask if I (at corporate office) could fudge employee vacation hours.

Executives in HR. In a Fortune 500 company.

The answer was no.
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[personal profile] rhivolution 2010-12-02 08:21 pm (UTC)(link)
In another former occupation: dealing with perverts who liked to lie down amongst the shelves and look up skirts.

And the guy who drank a quart of vodka and passed out in the lobby.
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[personal profile] northern 2010-12-02 07:58 pm (UTC)(link)
I guess my occupational hazard is getting too involved in my customers. A lot of them just want contact.
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[personal profile] zanzando 2010-12-02 08:06 pm (UTC)(link)
Getting lost underground.
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[personal profile] zanzando 2010-12-03 10:57 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, former occupations:

Falling into a mudhole and never being seen again.
Being attacked by drunken Swedes for *not* selling alcohol.
Being held at gunpoint by a person demanding a stapler (this actually happened).
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[personal profile] bunners 2010-12-02 08:07 pm (UTC)(link)
i have no occupation! but until three weeks ago - getting my tips lifted by prostitutes.
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[personal profile] rural_juror 2010-12-02 08:11 pm (UTC)(link)
Surprise!masturbation in the stacks.

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[personal profile] devilc 2010-12-02 09:08 pm (UTC)(link)
This thread has my office in stitches.

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[personal profile] impertinence 2010-12-02 08:28 pm (UTC)(link)
Electric shocks.
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[personal profile] petslife 2010-12-02 08:29 pm (UTC)(link)
Hm. I suppose, death by enraged, bee-stung 1500-lb horse. Yep, that's probably my most peculiar occupational hazard. :D
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[personal profile] kitchendinah 2010-12-02 08:30 pm (UTC)(link)
Wearing skirts on certain tours, getting censured for forgetting to use the buddy system, visiting mental facilities with unsavory pasts, and getting caught up in the odd legal matter.
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[personal profile] newredshoes 2010-12-02 08:30 pm (UTC)(link)
Being asked to give medical consultations on genetic issues over the phone! (I am, for the record, ridiculously far from having any kind of medical expertise that isn't "Hey, I wrote the copy on the brochure!")
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[personal profile] yeloson 2010-12-02 08:34 pm (UTC)(link)
New-agey women trying to impress me by telling me magical dragons came to them to tell them that they've "always had this gift", etc.

I work at a chinese bodywork school in Berkeley.
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[personal profile] ciderpress 2010-12-02 08:41 pm (UTC)(link)
Personally aiding and abetting the EU/Vatican conspiracy to rule Britons. And Britonia. :D
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[personal profile] thoracopagus 2010-12-02 08:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Someone mistaking the name of our store for a sex hotline and calling me to order a male escort.
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[personal profile] halo 2010-12-02 08:50 pm (UTC)(link)
my ex-job(s):
- gang members raiding the alcohol-filled fridge in the office. (I had to wrestle a cask of wine from one guy, once. neither of us would let go. in the end, he bit me. :X)
- directing sweet old nuns wanting rosaries & first holy communion gifts towards exactly those & away from the gay porn.
- watching the aforementioned gay porn with the (at the time) chief film censor of New Zealand. (him: "hmmm, didn't I ban this one?")
- chasing down roller-skating circus employees through a crowded mall (and succeeding!)

sometimes I miss paid employment. :D
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[personal profile] matt_doyle 2010-12-02 08:58 pm (UTC)(link)
One of my co-workers was once threatened with a shotgun, so I guess that counts -- and this was after he'd said he supported the Second Amendment, too.

I wonder if saying he didn't support it meant he would only have been threatened with a knife, or if it would have gotten him shot?
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[personal profile] glinda 2010-12-02 09:03 pm (UTC)(link)
Scissor lifts, hydraulic lifts of other kinds slowly lowering above my head as I work (I knew you were there, I wouldn't have hit you...hey why you running away?), electricians, providing unscheduled translation services (both between Designers and Curators and also from German to English and English to Gaelic), falling off ladders while writing on chalk boards, lying liars who lie.

Babies never telephoned me when I worked in a callcentre but financial advisers having tantrums was a regular occupational hazard in a previous employment.
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[personal profile] ultranos 2010-12-02 09:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Wandering in from Network:

Flesh-and-bone-eating acid, possibly. Other chemical spills. Losing a limb in machinery (hello, waterjet). Biologists trying to use machinery. The robot apocalpyse. Thesising grad students.
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[personal profile] abyssinia 2010-12-03 06:39 pm (UTC)(link)
Hey, I resemble that remark! though I both share your risks and am one of your risks...

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