Wednesday, November 17, 2004

He's so lovely...

The boy left for New York this afternoon. We talked briefly on the phone at midday, but I won't hear from him again probably until tomorrow sometime. What a pleasant surprise to find, on coming home, that he had already put out the rubbish and recycling before he left. He's so lovely (sigh).

Meanwhile, The Little Shit Incident continues to haunt me as my manager asks whether it's okay for him to bring it up at the Council-wide meeting tomorrow. Apparently this kind of thing has never happened here before (though it's a different story at the Winz offices where the benefits get handed out - or not). My manager wants to be sure to confirm what one is supposed to do in such a situation. For example, if I had retaliated by throwing a heavy book in The Little Shit's face, would I have gotten into trouble? How much force is an employee allowed to use to protect herself when threatened by violence, or attacked? How does one call on the Library Avenger for help - by taping an "A" to one's window at night?

3 comments:

Make Tea Not War said...

You could always RUN the little shit over with the mobile library. No jury would convict you... or at least If I were on the jury I'd certainly view it as an understandable response.

Violet said...

YOU wouldn't convict me, but many more liberal-minded bleeding-heart softies, who've never been punched in the face by a little shit, would...

But I've asked permission to bring a weapon with me on Friday and the manager gave me his blessing.

Ista said...

We had lots of discussion in my library about this kind of thing, mainly because - as a central City library - we didn't see too much violence but knew that a lot of the smaller community libraries had problems. And it was never really that clear about just how far you could take 'self-defence'.

I mean, they said you could use 'reasonable force' but exactly what that would entail in practice was very unclear. If someone grabs you by the arm and won't let go, is it reasonable force for someone else (or yourself) to do /anything/ to get him/her off you? I think your natural instinct is definitely that (after the surprise wears off). It /isn't/ like in just normal life because I think the actions you take aren't supposed to be knee-jerk - to reflect the fact that you are being attacked 'on duty'. Sort of like a police officer or something. Except, unlike the police, we have no training at all in what to do. I think it's something we really should be looked into - EVERYONE who works in a public-service position should know exactly what their right are in this sort of situation.

I rant. But it's an important point you raised.