I get so sick of Tom Graban failing to do his job. I hate to complain on social media about an employee, but how else do we get a message to someone we don’t see that often.
I felt Tom should be berated on our public forum for his lack of vigor in completing his own assigned daily tasks.
After each snowstorm, big or small, Tom grabs a snowbrush from an area where he doesn’t need to be spending his time, walks out into our back parking lot, and does things no one has asked him to do.
Tom clears wet heavy snow off 25 cars that we are perfectly able to clear off ourselves.
Of course our parking situation isn’t the best. Narrow spaces don’t leave much room for us to get into our patrol and detective cars.
Sometimes Tom even skips his other jobs to grab the snowblower (not his job) to clear the narrow spaces between the cars.
Tom should be getting in his old truck to run the mail to city hall, pick up the deliveries, or rearranging the heavy cones and barricades in the back garage-bay.
Sometimes it’s hard for us to walk through there because of the clutter.
One time I brushed up against a dirty barricade which Tom hadn’t moved yet. I had to send my pants to the cleaners. Ridiculous.
While there has been some talk, over coffee, of how Tom is shirking his duties, we have not written him up. I have found it’s easier just to complain about it publicly.
On Thursday morning, Sgt. Betters and I were in his office focused on complaining about something else when we both ended up at the window to see Tom not doing his job again.
Betters is Tom’s supervisor and I brought up the fact the he needed to do a better job in his oversight. Right about then we watched Tom take a pretty good tumble on the ice which must have snuck up behind him.
Tom dropped the snow brush (I hope it wasn’t damaged because those aren’t cheap) and recovered quickly.
He bounced up and threw his arms into the air like he just dismounted from a tough parallel bar routine at the Summer Olympics.
He then bowed once to the east, once to the west, and once directly north before waving, at no one in particular, like the Queen of England might wave to her subjects.
Tom then took a royal bow as the wind and snow slapped his face, picked up the snow brush and continued not doing his job.
Tom doesn’t think we saw him. He knew we were probably busy complaining about someone else.
We both laughed at Tom’s sense of humor as we sipped our warm coffee.
The best vehicle for any complaint against another human is social media. It has become a science and I am not going to miss out on my opportunity to point out Tom’s flaws.
Thanks Tom Graban. Thanks for not doing YOUR job.
Keep your hands to yourself, leave other people’s things alone, and be kind to one another.
Have a great weekend. Call us if you need us. Our cars are clear of ice and snow.
We will be here.
BPD Duck of Justice is published occasionally in BDN Maine Weekly on Thursdays. This installment is for Feb. 28.