Dealing with people who don't social distance and/or wear a mask (Main Board)

by IT guy, Thursday, July 30, 2020, 10:59 (15 days ago)

I was at work a couple weeks ago and we have this machine that I sometimes have to configure and give people access to. So I'm standing there and doing my thing....and this guy that I'm supposed to give access to is so close that he's almost literally breathing down my neck. If what I was doing lasted longer than it did (30 seconds or so), I would have had to ask the guy to back off. He seems like a bit of a douche and I suspect that he may not have taken it too well.

Had an incident yesterday where a guy walked into the office asking for a password reset. As soon as he walks into the office, he takes his mask off. WTF? It's like he figured that nobody would be watching him since we were the only ones there at the time. Then while I'm at the computer, he's standing over my shoulder and talking (WITHOUT the mask). So I turn around and he's still talking and I ask "what happened to your mask?". He didn't get shitty or anything and put it back on. He still wasn't six feet away as we were talking. The conversation didn't last long so I just let it go.

I have had instances where I'm at the store and some idiot (without a mask) will get too close. I just step away. Someone I know had this happen to him at the store. He was standing in line and some redneck shithead was like inches behind him. He politely asked a guy to back off, and the guy got offended, and said something like "you think you're special?" or something like that.

Have any of you had similar instances (at work or anywhere in public)? If so, what did you say and how did people react?

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Nicely Ask Them To Step Back

by Hillarys Colon, Thursday, July 30, 2020, 11:02 (15 days ago) @ IT guy

I step back from them when I can. If I cant I will ask them to step back.

I dont make a big deal about the mask but I dont want to be close to anyone.

Nicely Ask Them To Step Back

by IT guy, Thursday, July 30, 2020, 11:35 (15 days ago) @ Hillarys Colon

There's no need to be so close. I wonder if some people do it passive aggressively because they know it bothers others.

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Dealing with people who don't social distance and/or wear a mask

by Pepe the Programmer @, Süm Fäggöt and Disloyal Actual Retard, Thursday, July 30, 2020, 11:18 (15 days ago) @ IT guy

Google "ew people covid cat shirt". It's cathartic to wear in public.

Ew, people!

I'm of a bipartite mind on this issue.

On one hand it makes you look like the proverbial "Karen" to get aggressive about mask wearing and social distancing. My own thought is that inhaling vapors from one person is much less risky than being subjected to the prole farm of Walmart or grocery shopping.

On the other hand you have no idea where these individuals have been or whom they have been in contact with.

I'd push it as far as I could with an individual. But HR should be involved to make a clarifying statement on the subject such as "even 2 person encounters in cubicles on company property have to be socially whatevered."

Also keep in mind that it doesn't seem to take much to make people snap these days.

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Dealing with people who don't social distance and/or wear a mask

by IT guy, Thursday, July 30, 2020, 11:34 (15 days ago) @ Pepe the Programmer

On one hand it makes you look like the proverbial "Karen" to get aggressive about mask wearing and social distancing.

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I don't want to come across like this at work. Out in public, at the grocery store or whatever, I don't give a fuck what people think.

My own thought is that inhaling vapors from one person is much less risky than being subjected to the prole farm of Walmart or grocery shopping.

True.

On the other hand you have no idea where these individuals have been or whom they have been in contact with.

That is exactly what I was thinking. These two co-worker have dealings with the public. A co-worker in my department had to quarantine for two weeks because his wife had it. Fortunately he tested negative.

I'd push it as far as I could with an individual. But HR should be involved to make a clarifying statement on the subject such as "even 2 person encounters in cubicles on company property have to be socially whatevered."

HR has released statements about masks and being six feet apart. Of course a lot of people don't follow it. Just about everyone is good with masks, but as far as social distancing goes, they think that wearing a mask means that there is no need to social distance and people get closer than six feet apart (even the staunch liberals lol).

Also keep in mind that it doesn't seem to take much to make people snap these days.

That is true!

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Dealing with people who don't social distance and/or wear a mask

by Pepe the Programmer @, Süm Fäggöt and Disloyal Actual Retard, Thursday, July 30, 2020, 11:54 (15 days ago) @ IT guy

I have no idea what is going on with "THE RONA".

Herman Cain just croaked from Covid. He seemed pretty healthy to me. They're saying he contracted it after attending Trump's Tulsa Rally.

OTOH it all feels very bogus and pre-engineered.

I wonder if George Soros owns a fleet of remote controlled flying nanorobots that implant lethal Covid like doses of infection in targets on command?

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by IT guy, Thursday, July 30, 2020, 12:10 (15 days ago) @ Pepe the Programmer

I have no idea what is going on with "THE RONA".

Nobody seem to. Not even the so-called "experts". Fauci has contradicted himself numerous times.

Herman Cain just croaked from Covid.

Wow, first I've heard of this!

He seemed pretty healthy to me. They're saying he contracted it after attending Trump's Tulsa Rally.

The media is going to be all over this.

OTOH it all feels very bogus and pre-engineered.

I wonder if George Soros owns a fleet of remote controlled flying nanorobots that implant lethal Covid like doses of infection in targets on command?

I wonder.... strange how it suddenly picked up in the south when it wasn't much of an issue there.

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Covid in the Sunbelt

by Pepe the Programmer @, Süm Fäggöt and Disloyal Actual Retard, Thursday, July 30, 2020, 12:17 (15 days ago) @ IT guy

"Hey, let's punish the ever loving fuck out of those deplorable Confederate redneck asshole racist pieces of shit who say they're oh so patriotic and traditional! Ha ha, death! Misery! The right deserves pain!"

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Covid in the Sunbelt

by IT guy, Friday, July 31, 2020, 13:41 (14 days ago) @ Pepe the Programmer

I wouldn't put it past them! As that dirtbag Shylock demonstrated, they celebrate the death of those that disagree with them.

Dealing with people who don't social distance and/or wear a mask

by JoFrance, Thursday, July 30, 2020, 20:27 (15 days ago) @ IT guy

I think you have to lay this in the lap of your HR department. They didn't make the policy clear enough.

I did tech support for 25 years and got sick many times from the "users" and that was before Covid. It must be really tough now. I would try to do whatever I could to keep all things done with remote desktop.

I just move away from people that get too close. Everyone has to wear a mask in NJ now so I haven't run into the problem lately.

Dealing with people who don't social distance and/or wear a mask

by IT guy, Friday, July 31, 2020, 13:49 (14 days ago) @ JoFrance

It seems pretty clear to me as a memo was posted and there is signage everywhere, but some people don't bother to pay attention.

I did tech support for 25 years and got sick many times from the "users" and that was before Covid. It must be really tough now. I would try to do whatever I could to keep all things done with remote desktop.

I was a germaphobe before this and even moreso now! I try to use remote desktop as much as possible.

I just move away from people that get too close. Everyone has to wear a mask in NJ now so I haven't run into the problem lately.

That's what I do, unless I am cornered or literally backed against the wall lol.

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by Pepe the Programmer @, Süm Fäggöt and Disloyal Actual Retard, Friday, July 31, 2020, 14:00 (14 days ago) @ IT guy

I believe some studies have shown that average pc keyboards in the workplace are germier than most public toilets.

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by IT guy, Friday, July 31, 2020, 14:14 (14 days ago) @ Pepe the Programmer

I have seen those studies. I scrub my hands or use sanitizer after touching a keyboard someone else may have used. Someone posted here awhile back about taking a wireless keyboard/mouse to the location that needs troubleshooting. Not a bad idea!

Dealing with people who don't social distance and/or wear a mask

by JoFrance, Friday, July 31, 2020, 20:59 (14 days ago) @ IT guy

Wireless mouse and keyboard is good idea, but if you have to touch anything else at the workstation or desktop area you need to disinfect it. I got sick a lot doing desktop installations. Back then, I didn't wear a mask and I should have.

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Interesting how infection control has crept into society

by Pepe the Programmer @, Süm Fäggöt and Disloyal Actual Retard, Saturday, August 01, 2020, 00:22 (14 days ago) @ JoFrance

Before the pandemic, you'd see increasing numbers of "disinfectant stations" in some public places like some stores, almost all doctor's offices, etc.

5+ years ago, this generally wasn't a thing in most retail.

I did used to see sanitizer dispensers at some local county fairgrounds for things like petting zoos and that had been a practice for many years here.

I remember years ago seeing pictures from Asian cities and many of the people on the street wearing masks. Seemed silly and overreactive at the time but then Asia had the SARS outbreak so I guess masks became part of their culture.

My point is - absolutely nobody thought about infection control around personal computer servicing in the past.

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Interesting how infection control has crept into society

by IT guy, Saturday, August 01, 2020, 21:39 (13 days ago) @ Pepe the Programmer

If anything good is to come out of this, perhaps people will be a little more sanitary.

Before the pandemic, management at work would sometimes order out. Seems like nobody in the office would bother to wash their hands before eating. They're touching their germ-infested phones and other people's filthy keyboards (which we know is filthier than a toilet seat :)). Yet they don't bother to wash their hands before eating.

Interesting how infection control has crept into society

by JoFrance, Sunday, August 02, 2020, 18:17 (12 days ago) @ IT guy

You're right, Pepe. No one used to care about the infection control aspect of personal computing. They absolutely would've laughed at me if I wore a mask or gloves back then. They thought it was funny that I wiped keyboards off before I'd touch them.

Worse than PCs were phones. They were so gross and I couldn't use wipes on them. I just used hand sanitizer before I touched it and when I was finished with it I'd wash my hands. Despite all my best efforts, I still got sick if something was going around the office.

I don't know how people are working in some of these offices. The cleaning crews don't clean properly and the ventilation systems are filled with dust and germs unless a company really had it cleaned out. Maybe they change the filters but many times the ceiling vents themselves are dirty.

If you've ever installed computer equipment, you know just how dirty everything is in an office.

"If anything good is to come out of this, perhaps people will be a little more sanitary."

I think they would have to clean up their act somewhat, but I wouldn't expect too much.

Dealing with people who don't social distance and/or wear a mask

by IT guy, Saturday, August 01, 2020, 21:35 (13 days ago) @ JoFrance

I got sick a lot doing desktop installations. Back then, I didn't wear a mask and I should have.

People would have given you a lot of shit tho, I'm sure. :)

Now it's cool to be a germaphobe.

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