While I have never worked in a
location where someone went postal and started shooting
up the place, I have been around for some pretty
major office temper explosions.
In one place
I worked when still a technician, it was common
place for engineers and managers to scream at each
other at the tops of their lungs. That was a defense
contractor company in Vermont, but I won't mention
its name because it long ago was bought out by a
larger company. Hopefully, the yelling has stopped.
The only other instance of note was a few years
back while working as an engineer for a very well-known
RF test equipment manufacturer. I was sitting in
my cubicle when all of a sudden a guy down the aisle
burst out screaming and uttering profanities. According
to his rant, he was sick of being told how to do
his job and was fed up with his boss. I did not
know the guy real well, but he was a respected design
engineer (30-somethingish). He flung open the door
and stormed out; we never saw him again. By the
end of the next day, all the vultures had picked
his well-stocked cubicle clean of test equipment,
probes, coax cables and adapters, software, and
any other salvageable red meat. It was a skeleton
of a place when the cloud of commotion cleared.
It seemed so much like the desecration of a grave
that I almost felt bad for grabbing his network
analyzer calibration kit.
So, have any of
you ever experienced a similar or worse situation?
Feel free to describe it to us here in a response.
- Kirt Blattenberger
RF Cafe Progenitor & Webmaster