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Old 02-08-2010, 10:43 PM
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I have a question to pose and would like to get your point of view. In my job, there are a lot of guys who act like they should have been comedians instead of firefighters/paramedics. There's a common phrase that states "if they don't f$(* with you, then they don't like you." So here's a few examples of what I'm talking about.

- You are in your uniform and all of a sudden your coworker smashes a piece of apple pie on your shirt and rubs it in.

- You are eating some fruit salad and get a phone call. While you are not looking, your coworker sticks a grape up his nostril and places it back in your plate. You come back and eat it.

- While taking a shower, you get a bucket of cold water and ice dumped on you.

- While taking a shower, you get a bucket of cold water, ice, pancake syrup, cinnamon, and palmolive soap dumped on you.

- You get your breakfast and while not looking, your food is dosed with insanity hot sauce.

- It's midnight and you finally make it into your room to lay down after a busy day of emergency runs. As you lay down you hear a hissing sound from the ceiling. You look up and see a balloon expand, which pops and releases baby powder and gets everywhere in your room.

- While washing dishes at the sink, you get attacked with 10 water balloons of cold water.

You know what, I like a good joke but some of this crap is just over the top. What pisses me off the most is that these guys don't have time to help clean the station but they have time to screw around. Also, they don't care what the consequences are as long as they get a good laugh at someone's expense. I want to go to work, check out my truck, clean the station, go on my emergency runs, study, and be left alone. So when they screw with me and I say something then I'm the bad one. I'm the one that's being inconsiderate, rude, not one of the guys. If you try to tell them why what they did is screwed up (letting the guy eat the grape), then they make you the ass(*$(.

So when does the joke go too far?
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Old 02-08-2010, 10:48 PM
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Is this like an everyday ordeal, or just something they do to the newbie's, kinda like hazing? You'd think after awhile, they would grow tired of the pranks and move on, but maybe it's time to give them a dose of their own medicine?

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Old 02-08-2010, 10:57 PM
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This is a daily thing and it's not only on the newbies. The two biggest players and these two guys who love to hit everyone with their little pranks. One day they even put salt and pepper in the capt's water bottle. No one screws with the capt's, never seen it before. And the thing is Cajun, that if you strike back, it just gets worse because it's 2 against 1.
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I hear ya', doesn't reflect very well on some people's maturity level does it? In answer to your question though, and I will admit, I enjoy a good joke/prank, but when something is done deliberately with the intent of being mean spirited, the joke stops being a joke, especially if it is damaging to the person or their property, but basically, when the person being picked on is not laughing anymore, then obviously the joke/prank is no longer funny, IMO.

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I completely agree with you.
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- While taking a shower, you get a bucket of cold water and ice dumped on you.

- While taking a shower, you get a bucket of cold water, ice, pancake syrup, cinnamon, and palmolive soap dumped on you.

- While washing dishes at the sink, you get attacked with 10 water balloons of cold water
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- You are in your uniform and all of a sudden your coworker smashes a piece of apple pie on your shirt and rubs it in.

- You are eating some fruit salad and get a phone call. While you are not looking, your coworker sticks a grape up his nostril and places it back in your plate. You come back and eat it.

- You get your breakfast and while not looking, your food is dosed with insanity hot sauce.

- It's midnight and you finally make it into your room to lay down after a busy day of emergency runs. As you lay down you hear a hissing sound from the ceiling. You look up and see a balloon expand, which pops and releases baby powder and gets everywhere in your room.
TOO FAR

When it damages property or hygene then it goes too far. The stuff in the shower... well you're already getting clean, just takes a little longer.
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But it gets old and it isn't funny any more. If you complain then you are the stick in the mud and an even bigger target. If you rat them out then your life is a living hell. It is more like a terrorist attack! This is no way to live at the station. I am really saddened to hear all this. You are in a rock and a hard place. Having grown up being bullied around I know what it is like to stand up for yourself and be crucified for it.
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But it gets old and it isn't funny any more. If you complain then you are the stick in the mud and an even bigger target. If you rat them out then your life is a living hell. It is more like a terrorist attack! This is no way to live at the station. I am really saddened to hear all this. You are in a rock and a hard place. Having grown up being bullied around I know what it is like to stand up for yourself and be crucified for it.
I know exactly what you mean. Because I opened my mouth and said that they went too far letting that guy eat the grape and because of the powder in the balloon made me sneeze for 2 hours straight now I'm the ass$&#. The best part is that they go by the logic that if they piss you off with their jokes, then they screw with you even more. I'm just getting tired of it.
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How long have you been on the floor? You said you just want to do your job and go home. Then I think you missed the part in training where they told you that you were going to apart of a team. You are a adult, deal with them like adults. If you don't want to play as apart of the team tell them. But don't expect to be aprt of that team anymore. You are just a guy who works in the same building as the rest of the crew...and goes home.

I am guessing you aren't new to the firefighter culture. Nothing has changed in 50 years. So if the job is the same and the guys are the same...what has changed?

I am sure that my response is unlikey to be popular. And many people who do not do what we do will not understand. But I am guessing you do and this is not the first time you have heard this speach.
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I'd move on. Money is money and it can always be earned. A career is a career and you can always move on. Pride can not be replaced and you can not be treated subhuman.
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