I picked this little gem up over at Mountaineer Musings and it made me LOL, it surely did.
Seems that Jim Mcdermott’s scheduler/office manager has a very, very thin skin over her name. Apparently Liz doesn’t like it when anyone calls her by anything but her full name – Elizabeth.
An executive assistant at McBee Strategic recently learned this the hard way. A few weeks ago, the assistant e-mailed Becton seeking a meeting with McDermott and a client, JPMorgan Chase. Days later, the assistant checked back in and unfortunately began the e-mail with “Hi Liz.”
Becton curtly replied, “Who is Liz?”
When the assistant wrote back with an apology, Becton turned up the heat. “I do not go by Liz. Where did you get your information?” she asked.
The back-and-forth went on for 19 e-mails, with the assistant apologizing six times if she had “offended” Becton, while Becton lectured about name-calling.
19 emails because someone didn’t call Lizzy by the name she prefers? Instead of just saying “I prefer not to be called that” or “I would appreciate if you just call me Elizabeth because I don’t like nicknames…” she instead turns it into a verbal assault and the only reason she can get away with it is because of who her boss is.
Betsy is a bright, shining example of our current government in action – a small minded bureaucrat who would rather spend her day in a pissing contest over NOTHING than actually doing any work. And she goes on with it because the implication is that she will stop the offender from getting his meeting unless she is happy. She’s the kind of person that you just love to think of variations on her name like Liza, Bettie, Betsy, and sometimes Zibba or Zibby, as well as the German variations Elzina and Elsa (Elzy, Alzy, Aisley) JUST because you know it will piss her off.
All I can hope is that one day her email address slips out into the world and I will send her a e-greeting every day saying “Dearest, Liz, have a happy day!”
Hey, I can dream can’t I?