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The new rule in the computer lab where I work states that you must show the monitor your ID when you enter the lab.  No exceptions.  Previous rules required you to have it, but we would never  check it.  Now we have to ask every single person who comes in.  Up until now my job here has been relatively uneventful.  That has changed.  First a note to the people who come in here:

Yes, I am serious.  No, I can't make an exception.  No, your driver's license, syllabus, or receipt for classes will not suffice.  I need your ID (though if you bring in  your teacher, who just happens to be one of my favorite teachers, and she vouches for you, I'll let you in.  Because she is awesome).  It is free, and you need it to use many of our other facilities.  It will take you five  minutes to get one if you didn't get one at the beginning of the semester when you were supposed to.  Raising your voice makes me less inclined to help you.  Implying that I can't think for myself defiantly makes me not want to help you.  Everyone else can follow the rules.  Get a clue.  It wasn't my decision, and I wouldn't do it if I didn't have to.  Oh, and just because I say, "Can I see your ID?" does not mean you can say "No."  I'm asking to be polite, but I have to see it.  Also I don't have some "system" that I can look you up in.  It doesn't work that way.  I'm sorry.

The story I cannot stop telling in relation to this new rule is the girl who told me that If she couldn't use the lab, she was going to go home and kill herself.  Oh. My. God.  How do you respond to that?  I just squeaked out something along the lines of, "uhhh... just sign in...ohmygod."  A few minutes later after I had quit freaking out, I went online and printed out my therapist's information, then folded it up and slipped it to her.  She needs to talk to someone who is obviously not me. 

This rule has been in effect for about a week and a half, and I hate it with a passion.  There were minor annoyances previously, such as people invading my personal space, people who don't understand basic computer operations, such as turning it on, and people who ask the same questions every day.  And people who want me to do their homework for them.  No, I have my own.  Speaking of, I need to get back to that.
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— On November 7th, 2007 04:36 am (UTC), beckimudd posted a reply · Expand
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On November 7th, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Isn't you authenticating their identity as a student redundant to them having to log in to the computers?

-Ben
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On November 8th, 2007 01:28 pm (UTC), bonnysweetrobin replied:
There acctually is no login process. You just sit down at the computers. Previously we have had a woman running a non-profit from our computers, and just recently, we had a runaway using them. So I understand why they implemented the rule. It sounds nice in theory, but I think if they had to spend an hour down here acctually doing it, they would hate it as much as I do.
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