Stress headachesI thought my head would explode yesterday when I found out that one of my colleagues is lying to my face on a regular basis. It doesn't appear to be a malicious, but he was supposed to do something (under my direction) and he hasn't, and he's lied to me three times about it. (He was supposed to fire or demote someone, and hasn't. I thought the employee in question seemed a little too cheerful to have just been demoted and did some investigation.) There's a really strong conflict-avoidance aspect to the culture here, and it appears he just didn't want to have the 'demotion conversation'. What the hell was he going to do when the employee's replacement shows up next Monday?
Also, I ordered some stuff from two printers in Dubai and India, and couldn't figure out what the delay was, and it turns out the account department hadn't wired the money to the suppliers, even though they'd lied to me that the money had been sent, just to avoid having to tell me that they hadn't gotten their fucking asses in gear to send it. So I'm sitting here harassing these suppliers for no good reason. I love how I spend significant chunks of my time wasting my time.
On an unrelated note, I recently found out that when a car hits a pedestrian in Uganda, it's the pedestrian who gets taken to court. That explains why I've never ever seen a car slow down when approaching a street-crossing pedestrian, the driver letting the pedestrian break into a run rather than slowing the car down.