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(Des Moines Register)   It never looks good if a coworker finds you wrapped up in a blanket and in such a deep slumber, she has to repeatedly say your name before you wake up. It's even worse when you're a 911 operator   (desmoinesregister.com) divider line 28
    More: Dumbass, sleeping on the job, Marianne Lynch, Administrative Law Judge Julie Elder, communications center, Dickinson County, dispatchers  
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2013-12-28 04:21:32 PM
The communications center in Spirit Lake handles calls for police, fire and ambulance service for municipalities in Dickinson County, which is home to the Okoboji lakes and is a popular tourism destination.

How boring is your town that the 911 communications center is a popular tourism destination?
 
2013-12-28 04:24:19 PM

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"I....I just closed my eyes for a second, y'all!"

 
2013-12-28 04:24:25 PM
In testimony in the case, Lynch admitted she had been sleeping on those two occasions. But she argued that her colleagues were no longer "team players" because they had stopped covering for each other when one fell asleep. She claimed she had been unfairly singled out, claiming that other employees had been caught sleeping and were not fired.

Wow.
 
2013-12-28 04:26:40 PM
So this is what administrative law judges do when they're not suing their dry cleaner for $67M

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2013-12-28 04:43:43 PM
I have to wonder how often this happens? Also how deep of a sleeper are you that you can get comfortable enough to sleep through phones ringing and people calling your name in an office?
Someone is a drinker or pill popper......
 
2013-12-28 04:47:04 PM
I could kind of understand nodding off accidentally, but here they had blanket, so they were obviously intending to sleep. When I start to fall asleep in my chair at work, I stand up.
 
GBB
2013-12-28 04:47:19 PM

KimNorth: I have to wonder how often this happens? Also how deep of a sleeper are you that you can get comfortable enough to sleep through phones ringing and people calling your name in an office?
Someone is a drinker or pill popper......


It all becomes background noise at some point.
I don't even hear the phone ring anymore.  At least, not consciously.  I just get this feeling that I need to reach over and hit a button and usually someone is on the line.
 
2013-12-28 04:49:31 PM
I used to work with a technician who would fall asleep at his bench while working, it was not noticeable if you did not pay attention. He would have his soldering iron and solder hovering over a pc board while wearing a magnifying headset. What gave him away most of the time was that he would start snoring.
 
GBB
2013-12-28 04:51:29 PM

lilfry14: I could kind of understand nodding off accidentally, but here they had blanket, so they were obviously intending to sleep. When I start to fall asleep in my chair at work, I stand up.


Unless they keep their comm center cold like ours.  We have dispatchers in blankets during the day all year round.  Building Maintenance figures that it's easier to set the temp low since we can add layers to keep warm.  Some people have gone so far as getting personal space heaters that the Fire Marshall frowns upon.

But, by her own testimony, they (it's not just her) intend to sleep overnight.
 
2013-12-28 04:51:41 PM
I worked as a dispatcher. 10 hour shifts where no one is allowed to be on their cell phone. Officers were told not to come into our room because it would create a distraction. I was told I couldn't stand while working (the keyboards and monitors were attached to things so it could convert into a standing station) because it would cause a distraction. We had to keep the TV on the weather channel, otherwise it would cause a distraction. Our computers weren't hooked up to the internet because.....

You get the point. The only thing you can do is sit and look at your computer screen and do nothing for long stretches of time. Everyone took naps at 4am.

The article also talks about how the other dispatchers weren't "team players" and were throwing her under the bus. I can see that happening. The people I worked with were very high school drama oriented. They were mostly doing officers or jailers and talked about all the gossip.

Being a dispatcher is a crappy low paying job with little recognition or respect.
 
2013-12-28 04:58:25 PM
Lynch could not be reached for comment.

She was probably asleep.
 
2013-12-28 04:59:36 PM
OK, somebody has to say it...WTF is Des Moines Register getting more Fark ink than some 100 larger media outlets? It's in farking Iowa for Christ's sake. Nothing happens in Iowa worth noting.
 
2013-12-28 05:05:52 PM
If she wants to sleep on the job she needs to become a firefighter. Then there is that whole jump up and hit the ground running thing.
 
2013-12-28 05:11:04 PM

GBB: lilfry14: I could kind of understand nodding off accidentally, but here they had blanket, so they were obviously intending to sleep. When I start to fall asleep in my chair at work, I stand up.

Unless they keep their comm center cold like ours.  We have dispatchers in blankets during the day all year round.  Building Maintenance figures that it's easier to set the temp low since we can add layers to keep warm.  Some people have gone so far as getting personal space heaters that the Fire Marshall frowns upon.

But, by her own testimony, they (it's not just her) intend to sleep overnight.


That's great. They spend money on electricity for AC to cool the place off, then they spend money on electricity for individual space heaters. Although I guess if you're in a really cold place, you only need the AC for half the year, but you get the point.

Maybe the other dispatchers didn't like her, so that's why they didn't cover for her when she was asleep. Or all the dispatchers were asleep, so no one was covering for her.
 
2013-12-28 05:21:29 PM

99.998er: OK, somebody has to say it...WTF is Des Moines Register getting more Fark ink than some 100 larger media outlets? It's in farking Iowa for Christ's sake. Nothing happens in Iowa worth noting.


Drew is visiting his in-laws for the holidays. Nothing says I love you like green-lighting their stuff while they are all staring you down...
 
2013-12-28 05:21:45 PM
Years ago I was a dispatcher for a limousine service and worked the graveyard shift. I was really tired, a natural consequence of trying to work graveyard shift and have some semblance of a normal life, but that's a whole other story.

I was on hold with our New York office and remember looking at the clock on the wall before I made the call, and it was just before 2:00 am. The hold music must have lulled me into sleep, because I jolted awake, disoriented, the phone still held to my ear, and I looked up at the clock to discover that it was 4:45 am. Then I noticed the clock hands were moving really damned fast.

Turns out it was the end of daylight savings time and this new clock automatically adjusted. And instead of going back one hour, it would go forward 23 hours.

The New York dispatcher came back on the line. Turns out I'd been asleep for all of about 30 seconds.
 
2013-12-28 05:35:36 PM
People do cover for each other. On midnights it is tough sometimes. We all have spans of time when life sucks and it is taking all our energy to keep our eyes open. I have silently nudged a coworker awake or purposely talked their ear off to keep them awake. The same has been done for me.

But when you know you have a problem staying awake and still wrap yourself up in a blankie and get comfy, I have no sympathy. You're an idiot. I have gotten up and done jumping jacks, walked around, stood outside in the freezing cold with no jacket to keep myself up. I've also done cartwheels which is tough when I'm tethered to a console and there's expensive equipment around. But I've done it.

She sounds dumb enough to probably have turned down the volume of the phones and her headset and radio too.
 
2013-12-28 05:43:32 PM
That's a really nice town / area (Spirit Lake, Ia)

/ it's also a looong way from anywhere...
// Sioux Falls, SD would be the nearest "metropolis"...
 
2013-12-28 06:08:31 PM

talkertopc: I used to work with a technician who would fall asleep at his bench while working, it was not noticeable if you did not pay attention. He would have his soldering iron and solder hovering over a pc board while wearing a magnifying headset. What gave him away most of the time was that he would start snoring.


Did he ever burn himself?

We had a tech that would sleep like a rock when pulling a double, he normally worked 2nd shift. About 2/3 of the way through third shift he would slam his head into his keyboard or monitor just before waking.
 
2013-12-28 06:26:59 PM

Danger Avoid Death: Years ago I was a dispatcher for a limousine service and worked the graveyard shift. I was really tired, a natural consequence of trying to work graveyard shift and have some semblance of a normal life, but that's a whole other story.

I was on hold with our New York office and remember looking at the clock on the wall before I made the call, and it was just before 2:00 am. The hold music must have lulled me into sleep, because I jolted awake, disoriented, the phone still held to my ear, and I looked up at the clock to discover that it was 4:45 am. Then I noticed the clock hands were moving really damned fast.

Turns out it was the end of daylight savings time and this new clock automatically adjusted. And instead of going back one hour, it would go forward 23 hours.

The New York dispatcher came back on the line. Turns out I'd been asleep for all of about 30 seconds.


OK, that  made me laugh.
 
2013-12-28 06:41:16 PM

talkertopc: I used to work with a technician who would fall asleep at his bench while working, it was not noticeable if you did not pay attention. He would have his soldering iron and solder hovering over a pc board while wearing a magnifying headset. What gave him away most of the time was that he would start snoring.


I worked one holiday season as a assembly tech at retail stores putting together whatever they needed, which 99% of the time was bicycles.  A Toys r Us, had us work third shift and I was still working other stores and another 40 hours at an Arby's.  The last shift I worked there, I fell asleep, standing up facing a bike on the rack with an electric impact gun in my hand raised at the ready.  They didn't have to fire me, after I fell asleep later driving home, I had decided to quit.
 
2013-12-28 07:30:47 PM

lilfry14: GBB: lilfry14: I could kind of understand nodding off accidentally, but here they had blanket, so they were obviously intending to sleep. When I start to fall asleep in my chair at work, I stand up.

Unless they keep their comm center cold like ours.  We have dispatchers in blankets during the day all year round.  Building Maintenance figures that it's easier to set the temp low since we can add layers to keep warm.  Some people have gone so far as getting personal space heaters that the Fire Marshall frowns upon.

But, by her own testimony, they (it's not just her) intend to sleep overnight.

That's great. They spend money on electricity for AC to cool the place off, then they spend money on electricity for individual space heaters. Although I guess if you're in a really cold place, you only need the AC for half the year, but you get the point.

Maybe the other dispatchers didn't like her, so that's why they didn't cover for her when she was asleep. Or all the dispatchers were asleep, so no one was covering for her.


Part of the reason they keep it cold is to keep people awake and alert.
 
2013-12-28 09:08:02 PM

FrancoFile: lilfry14: GBB: lilfry14: I could kind of understand nodding off accidentally, but here they had blanket, so they were obviously intending to sleep. When I start to fall asleep in my chair at work, I stand up.

Unless they keep their comm center cold like ours.  We have dispatchers in blankets during the day all year round.  Building Maintenance figures that it's easier to set the temp low since we can add layers to keep warm.  Some people have gone so far as getting personal space heaters that the Fire Marshall frowns upon.

But, by her own testimony, they (it's not just her) intend to sleep overnight.

That's great. They spend money on electricity for AC to cool the place off, then they spend money on electricity for individual space heaters. Although I guess if you're in a really cold place, you only need the AC for half the year, but you get the point.

Maybe the other dispatchers didn't like her, so that's why they didn't cover for her when she was asleep. Or all the dispatchers were asleep, so no one was covering for her.

Part of the reason they keep it cold is to keep people awake and alert.


Except a lot of folks sleep better while cold.  I've lost sleep due to being too warm, but I never lost sleep due to cold.  The time I fell asleep at the wheel while driving, I had the window open on the expressway in December.  I was told the cold would keep me awake, I didn't believe that after that incident.  For me, it took activity to stay awake.
 
2013-12-28 09:33:54 PM
Hm. I once quit a dispatch job because my partner would come in, put his head down on the desk, and sleep for eight hours. After the third time I complained (and one night when I had to handle a pursuit all by myself including a phone link between me and CHP) and the higher-ups did nothing, I figured I'd leave before someone died on my shift, either in the field or in the office.
 
2013-12-28 10:54:06 PM

lack of warmth: FrancoFile: lilfry14: GBB: lilfry14: I could kind of understand nodding off accidentally, but here they had blanket, so they were obviously intending to sleep. When I start to fall asleep in my chair at work, I stand up.

Unless they keep their comm center cold like ours.  We have dispatchers in blankets during the day all year round.  Building Maintenance figures that it's easier to set the temp low since we can add layers to keep warm.  Some people have gone so far as getting personal space heaters that the Fire Marshall frowns upon.

But, by her own testimony, they (it's not just her) intend to sleep overnight.

That's great. They spend money on electricity for AC to cool the place off, then they spend money on electricity for individual space heaters. Although I guess if you're in a really cold place, you only need the AC for half the year, but you get the point.

Maybe the other dispatchers didn't like her, so that's why they didn't cover for her when she was asleep. Or all the dispatchers were asleep, so no one was covering for her.

Part of the reason they keep it cold is to keep people awake and alert.

Except a lot of folks sleep better while cold.  I've lost sleep due to being too warm, but I never lost sleep due to cold.  The time I fell asleep at the wheel while driving, I had the window open on the expressway in December.  I was told the cold would keep me awake, I didn't believe that after that incident.  For me, it took activity to stay awake.


It always seems odd that people will say to keep cold to stay awake... and then the stores sell special pillows and sheets to keep you cool to sleep better.  Once our office turns the AC on, I have to do everything I can to stay awake.
 
2013-12-29 03:40:30 AM
Hmm. I mostly agree that it's not a good sign when everyone has a tendency to do it.

Then again, I've been known to fall asleep in various computer chairs for (usually) short periods of time, but sometimes up to 2-3 hours. I've also 'slept' on the job when I've gotten a migraine and couldn't leave due to inability to drive, but I think every one of those times involved notifying a supervisor first.

Anyone who is able to sleep while cold must be part of some freaky genetic line. I'm far more likely to sleep while warm and toasty, personally.
 
2013-12-29 06:44:18 AM

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: The communications center in Spirit Lake handles calls for police, fire and ambulance service for municipalities in Dickinson County, which is home to the Okoboji lakes and is a popular tourism destination.

How boring is your town that the 911 communications center is a popular tourism destination?


Read that sentence again. It is admittedly ambiguous but I do not believe they are saying that the comm center is the tourism destination.
 
2013-12-29 09:30:37 AM

ErinPac: lack of warmth: FrancoFile: lilfry14: GBB: lilfry14: I could kind of understand nodding off accidentally, but here they had blanket, so they were obviously intending to sleep. When I start to fall asleep in my chair at work, I stand up.

Unless they keep their comm center cold like ours.  We have dispatchers in blankets during the day all year round.  Building Maintenance figures that it's easier to set the temp low since we can add layers to keep warm.  Some people have gone so far as getting personal space heaters that the Fire Marshall frowns upon.

But, by her own testimony, they (it's not just her) intend to sleep overnight.

That's great. They spend money on electricity for AC to cool the place off, then they spend money on electricity for individual space heaters. Although I guess if you're in a really cold place, you only need the AC for half the year, but you get the point.

Maybe the other dispatchers didn't like her, so that's why they didn't cover for her when she was asleep. Or all the dispatchers were asleep, so no one was covering for her.

Part of the reason they keep it cold is to keep people awake and alert.

Except a lot of folks sleep better while cold.  I've lost sleep due to being too warm, but I never lost sleep due to cold.  The time I fell asleep at the wheel while driving, I had the window open on the expressway in December.  I was told the cold would keep me awake, I didn't believe that after that incident.  For me, it took activity to stay awake.

It always seems odd that people will say to keep cold to stay awake... and then the stores sell special pillows and sheets to keep you cool to sleep better.  Once our office turns the AC on, I have to do everything I can to stay awake.


Well (a) your mileage may vary, and (2) it's a U-curve.
 
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