However, what also happens often, is that I take my bottle to the watercooler to fill it, and I find the watercooler empty. That means that someone emptied the tank and was too lazy to exchange the bottle. Yes, some of my colleagues are like that -- immature pricks. "Someone will take care of it for me".
A mentality like that PISSES ME OFF. Because it doesn't end with housekeeping tasks, it's also a mentality that I see when they're doing work they're actually paid to do. "Someone else will put this code in the repository for me." "Someone else will test this code for me." "Someone else will tell me what to do." "It works on my machine, someone else should test it on the live-server." Just who this "someone else" should be is a question that is seldomly answered -- and I get to pick up the pieces when someone fucks up.
It's symptomatic for all the problems that plague our company. According to the marketing material, we can pride ourselves in the fact that 80% of the personnel have a Master's degree. Unfortunately that doesn't mean the employees have grown up or learned to take charge.
As a result, I get to lug watertanks around, a lot of times. And every time I find the watertank empty, it. pisses. me. off.
This morning, I witnessed one of my colleagues emptying the watertank. When I asked him to put in a new tank, he refused. "I never drink that stuff anyway!" What kind of excuse is that? If you use the last of the toilet paper, you put in a new roll. If you use the last of the water, you put in a new tank. How hard to understand is that!?
He refused, mumbling some excuse. I told him what I thought of that.
He is one of the support staff. He works right across the hall from us. That's not a coincidence, because we (the senior engineers) have to help the support people frequently.
I think I'm through with helping him for anything that doesn't immediately concern my projects. I lost every bit of respect I had for him. Immature asshole.