After years of complaining about her antics, I can now finally announce that Betty is no longer an employee at our pharmacy. I always thought that I'd be overjoyed the day she was finally gone. Trust me, I am happy.... Just not as happy as I thought I'd be.
You see... Betty was possible the most annoying person I've ever met. I couldn't stand her. The sound of her voice was like nails on a chalkboard to me. I used to intentionally avoid all conversation with her just so I wouldn't have to listen to her talk. She was so irritating to me that seeing her name on the schedule on the same day as mine would fill me with anxiety.
I know you're all thinking that you know someone just like that, but I can assure you that most of you have never met someone like Betty. She just rubs everyone the wrong way. It doesn't matter what she's doing or what she's saying, she just pisses you off. She could tell you that you just won the Powerball Jackpot, and you'd want to punch her. Literally everyone she meets says the same sort of things about her. You might not hate her, but you certainly don't want to be around her for longer than you have to be.
However despite how annoying she was, that was never the reason that I wanted her out of our store. My major complaint about her was that I thought she was a horrible pharmacist. She made more mistakes than anyone else on our staff. She provided horrible customer service. She was lazy, so the rest of us had to do more to make up for the weight she didn't pull.
That brings me to the reason I'm not overjoyed. Her deficiencies as a pharmacist had nothing to do with her removal from our store. I don't want to share the whole story, but basically one particular pharmacist and one particular technician decided that they both hated her, and they made it their goal to have her removed. They both went to the district manager threatening that they would quit if they had to work another day with Betty. This was the third time that these complaints reached the DM, and he finally decided it would just be easier for him to move her than have to listen to anymore complaints.
It's not like I'm going to go to the DM and plead Betty's case on this matter. However, I'm really not happy with the way things played out. Betty got kicked out of our store because nobody liked her. It had nothing to do with her performance. She was not reprimanded in any way. Two members of our pharmacy staff basically decided that they hated her so much they had to get rid of her. It was like something we'd see out of a group of middle school students. They talked behind her back, spread gossip, and twisted every word she said trying to make others hate her too. In short, they were doing the exact same things that they complained about her doing.
Like I said, I couldn't stand her, but I got along with her. As much as I hated working with her, I sucked it up every day, and did my best to coexist with her. I knew I didn't have to be best friends with her, but we had to work peacefully together. And we did (her job performance not considered).
I just don't think someone should lose her job (she got transferred, so she technically didn't lose her job, but it was against her will) because she's not liked by her coworkers. We're adults. Childish things like that should not get in the way of work. If you wanted to get rid of her because she sucked at her job, I'd be all for it. That wasn't even a factor in the decision though.
** I must say though... It is pretty nice that I no longer have to dread going to work on certain days of the week anymore. Whether I think the reasoning was right or wrong, the work environment and our performance as a pharmacy is better without her.