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Sep 24, 2020 - 7:01:36 AM
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mander

USA

4403 posts since 10/7/2007

For some time my place of work has been randomly invaded by three men whose positions and purpose of presence I could not make sense of. They dress like bums, yet walk with the airs of Kings. They remind me of football players as they rush through the building, shoulder to shoulder expecting all those in their way to clear out or be mowed over. It has been rather humorous to see their reaction whenever they reached a bottle neck. As each one believes themselves to be the alpha, each one tries to take the lead. They actually push and shove each other out of the way. Eventually, my suspicions as to who really was in charge was validated when he stood back, watched the other two fight for the lead, then waited from them to both realize, he was waiting. He gave them a look that could freeze lava. Both men went back with their tails between their legs and stood behind him. Heads down, they followed him through the bottle neck.

The Alpha Dog does not like little ol' Omega me. I'm impervious to the icy stare. I am my father's daughter. Upon seeing an Alpha, I walk around with the "I can take you with one hand tied behind my back" attitude. It isn't true, but it is the vibe I give off.

I finally found out who they are and why they are there. Any guesses?

I consider the dominance order more of a circle than a top to bottom. Everyone seems to know some one who is an Alpha at work, but a Beta or Omega at home, or visa versa. Any stories?

Sep 24, 2020 - 7:23:14 AM

Owen

Canada

6515 posts since 6/5/2011

Nope...none here.

Edited by - Owen on 09/24/2020 07:23:47

Sep 24, 2020 - 7:30:09 AM
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grandpafive

Canada

2055 posts since 8/30/2014

Or here.........

Sep 24, 2020 - 8:05:25 AM
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118 posts since 9/6/2019

They sound almost like security of some fashion.

I don't know any beta's at home but alphas at work, but my HOA board is full of people who have little to no authority at work who become kings at the monthly HOA meetings.

Sep 24, 2020 - 8:14:12 AM
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J e f f

USA

3358 posts since 12/16/2009

Curly, Larry, and Moe?

Sep 24, 2020 - 8:31:52 AM

Paul R

Canada

13207 posts since 1/28/2010

quote:
Originally posted by mander

... Everyone seems to know some one who is an Alpha at work, but a Beta or Omega at home, or visa versa. Any stories?


My grandfather - Mother's father. He was a tall man and the director of the Montreal Fire Department. He was the absolute boss at work. He also was the absolute boss, in his mind, of the family, with distinct opinions about the mates his six children chose (especially, negatively, of Dad, who came from the wrong side of the tracks). Grandmother (whom I never met) was a tiny lady, but she ruled the roost. Grandfather may have bossed everyone around at work, but he submitted to her rules at home.

Sep 24, 2020 - 8:31:55 AM

phb

Germany

2105 posts since 11/8/2010

At a law firm I once worked at we once received some visiting colleagues from Japan. A group of us went to have lunch with the three of them. They were approximately 30, 45 and 60 years old. They sat in exactly that order, on the left the youngest, on the right the oldest. The entire conversation went like this: the old man sometimes whispered a word or two to the one in the middle who nodded and then turned to the young one and said a few sentences to him. The young guy then would eloquently converse with us and sometimes rather boldly make some inquiries and comments about our mutual business. The other two never said a word of English to any of us including one of our senior partners who was there.

This reminded me of Umberto Eco's amusing musings on how in the late 90s some people considered having a mobile phone a status symbol. He opined that the really important people have someone come into their office, whisper a sentence to their ear and then either nod or shake their head in reply...

Sep 24, 2020 - 8:58:20 AM

rcc56

USA

3174 posts since 2/20/2016

. . . nephews of an owner . . .

Sep 24, 2020 - 9:00:24 AM

chuckv97

Canada

52876 posts since 10/5/2013

Yep, on story. A huge guy at my trucking company who is the recruiter. A former pro wrestler who buddies-up with drivers a bit as part of his job - almost everybody kneels at his altar. A while back the company hired a “trouble-shooter” to streamline the business - a ramrod-spined man with an air of superiority, probably of military background. The big recruiter guy used to trip over himself to please Mr. Troubleshooter, likely worried he’d get the axe.

Sep 24, 2020 - 1:08:52 PM

RonR

USA

1699 posts since 11/29/2012

I hired an old Viet Nam war vet to run my roofing crew. He was tall and skinny and feared no man or task. After demanding a worker preform a tough or dangerous assignment, he would say, "How do you like me now?" He stayed with me for 17 years till he retired at 72. He always had my back and never betrayed me.

Sep 24, 2020 - 1:58:35 PM
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5789 posts since 9/5/2006

larry,, darrell and darrell

about a year before i left to retire the installed "security" / employee surveillance cameras,, thereafter our boss got like that,,,,,  i used to stop under ours and give him the fonz or gestures similar just to break up his boring day.

Edited by - 1935tb-11 on 09/24/2020 14:04:28

Sep 27, 2020 - 2:11:15 PM

mander

USA

4403 posts since 10/7/2007

quote:
Originally posted by Banjonewguy

They sound almost like security of some fashion.

I don't know any beta's at home but alphas at work, but my HOA board is full of people who have little to no authority at work who become kings at the monthly HOA meetings.


That was my first guess, too. They are contractors working on the rebuilding of the building coming up next year.

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