Weird case of being coincidentally stalked by an A-hole

LinkedIn Joy!
Jan 5, 2018 27 Comments

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)!

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TOP 27 Comments
  • Microsoft / Eng newhir3
    In case you didnt know, youre a extremely passive aggressive bitch. Pissed at people who may turn out to be nice guys and totally unaware they are bothering you. Confront your problems or just stfu. 0 right to complain until you talk to him about it.
    Jan 5, 2018 5
    • Microsoft CoolGuy😎
      Triggered A-hole
      Jan 5, 2018
    • LinkedIn Joy!
      OP
      Hahaha! Bitch? You think I am a female? Did you miss the part about the bathroom? And what did I do to be aggressive? I am minding my own business and just shared the story anonymously for amusement. Some girl has turned you down and you're still sore. Probably you're still stalking her.
      Jan 5, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng newhir3
      Wtf you wrote this as a man???
      Jan 5, 2018
    • Akamai Technologies studying
      Lol
      Jan 5, 2018
    • LinkedIn super🥔
      Moron who's not getting laid
      Jan 6, 2018
  • Microsoft TecA10
    I don't want to alarm you but consider that you may be in the very early stages of paranoid schizophrenia.
    Jan 5, 2018 2
    • New / Ops WQJa25
      If he shows up at the new company, maybe this is the most likely answer...
      Jan 6, 2018
    • Twitter / Eng T Rex
      What TecA10 said.
      Jan 8, 2018
  • Juniper / Ops
    Lollolol

    Juniper Ops

    BIO
    Lol
    Lollololmore
    Do you watch “fight club” pretty often
    Jan 5, 2018 1
    • LinkedIn Joy!
      OP
      🤣 no but I have some soaps around that I don't know where they come from.
      Jan 5, 2018
  • StubHub ⚡️⚡️
    Good story! Loved it- you should write a book
    Jan 5, 2018 0
  • Yahoo asjM60
    And sadly you may only have douchebags and bros on this thread to support you. There’s a couple books coming out on valley culture - and you are in the middle of it. All of these comments are investigative in a court of law if they are threatening or dismissive... in a case of violence or act of harm.
    Jan 5, 2018 2
    • Amazon / Eng
      Hooliganss

      Amazon Eng

      BIO
      Engineer at AWS
      Hooliganssmore
      Which comments, exactly, fit what you’re describing?
      Jan 5, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng newhir3
      Yes, report the guy in the story to HR, he basically committed rape. Hang him!
      Jan 5, 2018
  • Apple / Other HHGG
    The best is to ignore, I know it’s difficult but trust me its in your head. As long as he is not directly talking to you in an abusive way that may be the way to go. Its my personal opinion
    Jan 5, 2018 2
    • LinkedIn Joy!
      OP
      I know but it's creepy. Just now I was in the restroom and he walked in. There are at least 100 people on our floor. I don't see others as frequent.
      Jan 5, 2018
    • Microsoft Bytecoin
      Assuming you’re a dude too? If he’s walking into a women’s room there’s a problem.
      Jan 5, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng
    Hooliganss

    Amazon Eng

    BIO
    Engineer at AWS
    Hooliganssmore
    Out of curiosity, I wonder if he sees it the same way you do. Although he does seem to be a dick by his actions on the shuttle.
    Jan 5, 2018 1
    • LinkedIn Joy!
      OP
      I see your point. All I can say is I am not moving around so much as he is. The loudness and disregard for other people is the thing that got to me most.
      Jan 5, 2018
  • T-Mobile / Eng Ak24
    I used to be reserved and try to stay away from trouble makers but not anymore as i got stressed out many times. If he does next time, just warn him you will go to your manager or HR. No exceptions thereafter.
    Sep 5 0
  • LinkedIn Worldmap
    Hi :)
    Jan 6, 2018 0
  • LinkedIn tLnQ54
    Although very unfortunate, I still can't believe this situatuon drove you to literally switch companies.

    As they say: If you see something say something!

    HR can't help you if they know nothing about it. The worst part is by switching companies, you effectively have allowed him to win.
    Jan 6, 2018 0
  • LinkedIn / Eng II-II
    Meh, that sounds really strange. But here's the thing. If this guy is as self-obsessed as he sounds, he probably doesn't give a rat's ass about you and is probably NOT seeking you out. Bro culture disgusts me, although I'm not even sure which comments above correlate to that. Too bad you left the company. You probably won't run into this guy again but the phenomenon of jackasses talking way too loudly in public areas - that's something you'll probably have to live with as long as you work in this area. :(
    Jan 6, 2018 0
  • LinkedIn / Eng
    Day5

    LinkedIn Eng

    PRE
    Amazon
    Day5more
    Update your profile with new company
    Jan 6, 2018 0
  • Yahoo asjM60
    Report it to HR. Protect yourself. Stalkers usually will do anything to get satisfaction... even being caught. Think about the others that he could also harm.
    Jan 5, 2018 0
  • Zillow Group hYtJ18
    Creepy.
    Jan 5, 2018 0

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