The refugees come from many different countries, speak many different languages and come from a variety of social and economic backgrounds and have anywhere from no education to masters and doctorate degrees. So to say the least, every person that comes seeking refuge is very unique.
Now, working with people that do not speak English and who come from cultures much different than ours, makes for some interesting encounters. At this point, so much unbelievable stuff happens on a daily basis, that the un-ordinary or unusual, has become to me, ordinary and unsurprising and often times, terribly amusing.
Here are a couple of stories my co-workers and I find highly amusing but at the same time slightly disheartening...
- A guy who works an hour south of here got so lost on his way home that he ended up in Chicago and slept in his car parked in a gas station.
- A lady didn't understand what the "do not disturb" sign on the door meant at her new hotel cleaning job and subsequently walked in on an "intimate" situation. She was mortified and I think quit the job.
- A while back we received a call from a landlord stating a concern that people were cooking up roadkill and that a resident had reported their dog missing.
|yes, we do have these posted in the restrooms at our office|