Bureaucratic stupidity!!!!

@ElicBxn (60894)
United States
February 22, 2012 6:03pm CST
Talk about bureaucratic stupidity! Maggiepie comes home today, but before she could come home, she needed a hospital bed. The medical supply place told me on the phone, that their guy couldn't move any existing bed because of liability. Fine, except they wanted to deliver it yesterday and the hospital wanted to send Maggie home yesterday, but neither of those were happening because I was informed to late to change my plans. So, this morning, bright and early, I called my supervisor and let them know Maggie was coming home and that I would be working. About 11:15, my supervisor finally called me back. She told me I could go back to work. I told her I was already working because I had to move the old bed to make space for the hospital bed. "You aren't supposed to move things," she told me. ??? "The supply place already told me their guy can't move it, so who else is going to do it?" I asked. Silence. "Okay," she said. What was I supposed to do? recruit transients off the street corner? grrrrrrrr
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19 responses
• United States
23 Feb 12
grrrrrrrr indeed! Some people are just impossible. No good if you do and no good if you don't. All we can do is what we think is the best thing to do, cause see, you were right in the first place to do what you were doing, except I hope you didn't hurt yourself.
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
23 Feb 12
Oh, I was careful, the mattress and the bed board that had been under it were the heaviest things, and I took the board out Saturday, so it was just the mattress today. There was one side rail I couldn't get off, but I'll have some help with that later this week.
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• United States
23 Feb 12
Well that's good. You just need to be careful and try not to hurt your back.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
23 Feb 12
Well yeah, they do good work.. We don't have any up here. We miss that...
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
23 Feb 12
what? the transients? you can have our lot!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
23 Feb 12
Just kidding, but when we were down in So Cal the ex and the father-in-law did often get day laborers that way. The last house was a fixer. Up here, they are not to be found, both a blessing and a curse.
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@bellis716 (4806)
• United States
23 Feb 12
That delima is what could be referred to as "catch 22". Have you any idea how the phrase "catch 22" got started? What was original meaning? I';m curious.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
23 Feb 12
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catch-22_(logic) It was actually made up for the book, but its come to mean that if you have a problem, and to solve the problem, according to the rules, you end up with another problem that all leads back to the original problem...
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• Omagh, Northern Ireland
23 Feb 12
"That's some catch,that Catch 22!" (Good ol' Yossarian...) must keep an eye out for the movie next time it's on again!
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@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
23 Feb 12
So the guy from the supply company who would presumably be fine with delivering and setting up a hospital spec. bed would be unable to get the regular old one out for you? seems they're not fully thinking this sort of thing through..
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
23 Feb 12
tell me about it, I've found most of these rules aren't well thought out!
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• Omagh, Northern Ireland
23 Feb 12
You read these stories about the health and safety administrator's mindset and the rules they impose on workers,and you despair for the businesses that have to work with those rules..
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@cerebellum (3871)
• United States
23 Feb 12
Your supervisor was probably worried about liability also. I wonder why it was okay for the delivery guy to deliver the new bed and set it up, but could not take the old one out. It can be so frustrating sometimes! What would have happened if you could not have moved it. When I got a new mattress, I had to make sure to find a place that would take the old and set up the new, because there was no way I could do it, and like you there was nobody to do it for me.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
23 Feb 12
I have a good idea of what my limitations are, and I knew I could do the bed, in pieces, but if I couldn't have done it, I probably could've recruited maybe one of the guys who work in the complex to help, but ... well, they are busy too!
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
23 Feb 12
Not quite the same thing but at Christmas we bought a chest of srawers in a sale. They were on the first floor of the store. Because they were in the sale (60% off) they aren't allowed to lift them out to the custtomer's car. So the Boss and I did it between us! At work, the carers aren't allowed to lift the residents if they fall - we have to call the paramedics who put an inflatable lift under the resident and then get them onto their feet. As I am not a carer it's OK for me to lift them though! The world's gone crazy.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
23 Feb 12
You were lucky you guys could do it! I've ended up with serious problems because of things like that!
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@GardenGerty (104357)
• United States
23 Feb 12
You can move the bed, they just cannot pay you to do it. I think you were supposed to recruit all the fur balls at your house and leash them to it and say "mush". I do not know how we ever get anything done with all the rules we are supposed to be following.
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
23 Feb 12
I know what you mean... I moved it before I knew... yeah, they aren't really going to stop me from doing what I need to do, just make it a PITA to do them!
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@blue65packer (11835)
• United States
23 Feb 12
What a bunch off crap! MaggiePie will never be able to come home because of the bureauractic stupdity! Maybe you should hire some of those young men that helped you clean your house to put the bed together? If not, you must know some men that could help you to get the bed and have it put together? I don't know if it will help but I hope you'll find a solution to this!
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
23 Feb 12
Oh, I'm going to get the young men to help me move the old bed back to my place Friday or Saturday, but by the time my supervisor told me I wasn't supposed to move it, it was DONE! The supply place guy put the hospital bed together and Maggie is HOME! worked 9 HOURS and that doesn't count the time I came home and changed my cat boxes!
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@burrito88 (2779)
• United States
23 Feb 12
Maybe you could have found a zombie who would work cheap. They seem to be popular lately.
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@bhonti (1247)
• Philippines
23 Feb 12
I feel your frustrations. There are some instances that you do not know your place in the situation. And you end up making the decisions that other do not want to make.
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• Canada
23 Feb 12
I know, that's nuts!!! What about a local moving company? Might they have been able to set a fee to move one smal item, as opposed to moving an entire household full of stuff to a new ocation? You are lucky you were able to move the bed. I would not have been able to, and probably would have had to call a moving company
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
24 Feb 12
Well, by the time I was told not to move anything, it was too late, by several hours to stop me! I will have some young men help me move them to my house however, since I can't get the mattress or box springs in my SUV.
@AmbiePam (50274)
• United States
23 Feb 12
Some things are so ridiculous. Thank goodness you have sense.
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@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
13 Sep 12
That is really strange. The guy that brought in my hospital bed didn't say anything about not moving my bed, but mine is just a twin bed and it only needed to be pushed against the wall. Now I need to figure out how to get them to come and pick up all my equipment (bed and oxygen) because I no longer need them but it was nice to have them when I did need them. The last time I had oxygen, the company would not pick it up until they got a doctor's order to do so and I don't know if it is the same way with this company or not. I guess I should call them up and ask them tomorrow. I hope the bed you had to move was not too heavy. I hope things are going better for both of you now. Have a great week!!!
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
13 Sep 12
There wasn't room for 2 beds in the room, but her bed is also a twin, and it all came apart easily. the only really HEAVY part was the mattress. Now the bed is at my house and she wants it back... ahhhhh, we'll have to talk about that, I'll need those nice young men and the truck again!
@JenInTN (27564)
• United States
24 Feb 12
That certainly doesn't leave alot of choices does it? I guess that expected maggiepie to jump up and move it right on in.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
28 Feb 12
she couldn't even come home until the hospital bed was delivered... so I don't expect that she could "jump up" and do anything!
@BarBaraPrz (21087)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
23 Feb 12
The old Catch-22... ...maybe not transients but what about your shed people? (Hmmm... sounds like a B-movie... Invasion of the shed people)
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
24 Feb 12
Well, the two gals went back to Universities in other states, and 2 of the boys are back in college too, but... one of them and his older brother can help this weekend with a truck so that'll be out of her apartment... that right now looks like it exploded rugs and plastic bags!
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
25 Feb 12
someone has to do it right and loooks like youwas the one
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@flowerchilde (12547)
• United States
24 Feb 12
Because of human error and the human tendency toward it, the more red tape there is, the worse.
@scififan43 (2440)
• United States
23 Feb 12
I hate bureaucratiy too. but the bums on the street cornnor do need to get off there rears and do something. helping you move the bed would be there good deed for today.
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• United States
5 Mar 12
weird..that must be a new thing.we rented beds for my dad and my grandmother,and the guys moved them. i guess they expect you to hire college kids or something..