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Comment by Yvette LaRochelle on December 21, 2008 at 9:43
Hi Jeanese, I can relate to your problem. I had neighbor's that did the same thing. Just buy one of those open disk bird feeders and put a sign that say's "Feed the Tray." It will make them laugh and they will comply when you explain about the butts. Just let them know that although tobacco will help with the compost the filter's will just stay and destroy the plants. That way you can remain friends and they will not be offended. Well that was my best advice. Good luck! P.S. The butt sign will be cute!
Comment by Chris Renegar on December 20, 2008 at 18:01
Yvette, a scopist/reporter relationship like any other relationship must work for both people. As a proofreader I have encountered the same sort of thing you're referring to. Still, though, you must remember that it's the reporter's name going on the transcript, not yours. So I guess in the final analysis it's YOUR job to adapt to her rather than her adapt to you. But that being said, if her way of doing things is just too far removed from the way you do things, then rather than argue about it, I think you did the right thing to just walk away. I have had to sever my ties with a client or two on occasion for the same reason. When it's not a good fit, it's best to just accept that and let them find someone who is.
Comment by Yvette LaRochelle on December 20, 2008 at 17:51
To Cecy and Chris...Thank you so much for your advice. I will keep what you said in the frontal part of my brain! It is just so exhausting to come across these people, especially if one is a reporter who wants punctuation her way even though it is pretty messed up. Oh well, I am just going to write her off my list. There are other reporters that are great people and are human. Funny though, this reporter is upset that I don't want to scope for her anymore. LOL I wonder why?? LOL Thanks again you two. I really appreciate it. You helped me make my decision to quit and I did it.
Comment by Chris Renegar on December 20, 2008 at 12:45
Thanks for joining, Cecy and Yvette. :-) I agree with what Cecy had to say. We all have people like that in our lives. I would just add that people who are truly secure in their "talents" don't feel the need to make these sorts of self-aggrandizing statements or to put down others to make themselves feel better. When you see these types of people for what they truly are...insecure and unsure of makes it easier to understand their behavior and what motivates them. Someone who is truly the best at something and honestly believes that would NEVER feel the need to shout it from the rooftops. Just ignore it and don't buy into it. As far as the negative comments, here's what Eleanor Roosevelt had to say: "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
Comment by Yvette LaRochelle on December 20, 2008 at 10:25
LOL I love this idea for a "Dear Abby" column!! :) OK... let's get started on dealing with people who enjoy putting everyone around them down. An example would be; "I am the best at what I do and nobody can even begin to comprehend my talents." LOL I have to deal with this person on a weekly basis and I am begining to understand why people actually kill other people!!!
Comment by Chris Renegar on December 20, 2008 at 8:26
YAY! I'm not alone anymore! :-)

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