Weird case of being coincidentally stalked by an A-hole
I want to share a story that might amuse you and also be a break from all the crypto and salary posts.
I joined LinkedIn a few years ago and started in the Mountain View HQ office. I live in San Francisco so I had a commute every day and I was using company shuttles like all the folks.
So there's this guy on the same shuttle as me every day. Understand that there are multiple shuttles at different locations and different times. But as it happens, this guy takes the same shuttle as I did. For some reason, I got this bad vibe from the dude. That feeling was intensified as he kept talking loudly on his phone to do early morning meetings on the shuttle. It was quite annoying but I am not a kind of person to confront other people about this stuff if I can avoid it somehow. So I put on my headphones and listen to music or watch TV shows on my laptop or something.
The first thing that started to get me was that he would usually sit close to my row but on the other side. I reasoned to myself only limited tabled seats are available so that's why I have to face this guy every day.
One day I have my headphones on and minding my own business and the guy walks up to my seat and asks me to turn down what I am listening to in this threatening kind of pose. I was shocked because I always check my headphones to make sure they're not blasting. So the guy who is the loudest and annoying everyone is bothered by the lowest kind of hum coming out of my ear pieces? I have seen these assholes who act like they own the place. In this case, I don't even think it was my headphone as I heard music from other people's headphones. I wanted to give it to him straight but didn't want to ruin my morning so just nodded him away and he went back to his seat. Funny that later on the ride he again started talking to someone quite loudly.
After this instance though, his presence and more specifically his voice started to irritate me and I was ready to pick a fight. But as it happened, I moved and had to take another shuttle. Things were good for a while although I kept running into him during the lunch at the Cafe which was strange to me as I didn't seem to run into other people as much.
Bit later, we had an office move and I started to work in another building in MV. I was settled in my new desk and things were good. But guess who's fucking voice I started to hear every day. Apparently, his desk was moved to the same building, same floor, few desks away. Jeez!
I spent some time still irritated until LinkedIn got their new building in SF. So after a while I requested to be moved there and cut my commute. Great!
I again settled into my new shining building. This building has 25 or more floors and I guess around 14 of them are used by employees for the moment. But you guessed what. It wasn't long until I heard a familiar frustrating voice down the hallway. I mean what are the chances? OK let say, he wanted to cut his fucking commute too. There were 14 floors and his role is quite different than mine. Why he would end up on my floor? It's like 7 percent chance, right? Aaaaah! Why can't I get a break from this guy. And why should he yell all the time.
Now he's everywhere. I go to a room to make a call, he's there or shows up later. I find a corner to eat, he has a conference call just in the next room minutes later. Lines at cafeteria? There. Bathroom? There. Stairs? There.
I know that most of these are just coincidences but I have a unshakable feeling of being stalked. I recently decided to move on to another company. I wish this nightmare is over. But I promise you if I start my new job and he's there again, I will consider bloodshed (jk)!