Two days a week I work the middle-of-the-day shift at the mall Customer Service desk. When I arrive the boss (who opens) leaves to take his lunch, then spends a good chunk of the rest of his day doing boss stuff like meetings and paperwork. Today he took the day off. He asked me to open the desk, and scheduled a coworker to do my usual shift.
We had the normal employee afternoon overlap, and since the mall has been pretty slow since school has started, not really enough work for two people. I decided to use the time to clean out a pile of empty boxes that had accumulated in the storeroom. However, there was just one problem--I didn't know where to take them. In the two years I've worked at the mall, someone else has always done it.
There's a large network of halls, elevators, and docks behind the scenes at the mall, but I didn't know which ones to use. I asked a security guard where to find the trash and box receptacles. Turns out there's more than one; he gave me directions me to the closest. I could see the door leading to the area from my desk. When my coworker arrived I told her what I was going to do. She really got into the cleaning idea, and started breaking down the boxes that were stacked in the corner of the desk office. At my request she saved one box for me to stack others into. After cramming in as many boxes as I could I was off on my adventure.
Once I went through the doors to leave the public area of the mall the atmosphere changed. Instead of ceramic tile the floors were cement, and the farther back I went the dingier they became. It was interesting to pass by the back doors of the stores I'm used to seeing from the front. My directions were spot on, with one exception. The dock I was directed to didn't have trash and box compactors, but I saw someone who directed me a short distance to the next dock that did.
I ended up making five trips. When I was done I was sweaty and my white shirt had patches of dirt on the front and sleeves, but my shift was over so it didn't really matter. While I was busy my coworker had borrowed a broom from one of the maintenance people and swept the office. It looked much nicer.
Five years ago today: New Thing #236--Towering