Day’?s Verse:
So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified.
Galatians 2:16

Facilities turned off the hot water to the showers at work last Monday. I guess they figured nobody was still using them showers, so why keep the hot water going? Unfortunately for yours truly, even when apprised of their mistake — I firmly, even forcefully, have explained that I still use the showers daily, thank you very much, and a freezing shower in a heavily air-conditioned locker room following a chilly bike ride isn’?t exactly loads of fun, or even healthy — facilities decided to let it slide. The general feeling, echoed by my boss!, is Why fix it for one single person when we’?re leaving this building October 31st?

What really drives me crazy, besides having ice-cube fingers all day, is that if something similar happened that wildly inconvenienced car commuters, they would be all over it. If suddenly the parking lot was closed, and people had to pay to park a half-mile away, I feel confident every effort would be made to rectify that issue. But because I commute by bike, and I am just one person, this horribly uncomfortable situation will remain unchanged. I really feel this is grossly unfair, but my boss agrees with Facilities, and her boss (who at least tried calling Facilities for me) got no returns on her phone calls. A Facilities insider told me she not to expect any miracles, and I don’?t. But still, grr.

For those of you with more working experience than me: Are my expectations unreasonable? Should I really just accept taking icy showers (or no shower) until October 31st because I’?m the only one left showering?

UPDATE: [17 Oct 07] I just got word that the no-hot-water thing is a corporate directive. They intentionally turned the hot water off to save money.

In other step-on-the-little-man news, they have also decided not to run a shuttle from the Grafton train station to the new Shrewsbury facility. The 2.5 mile uphill hike from the station means that anybody who took the train — I know of at least one other woman besides myself — has to find alternative means to work. They won’t be helping out with that, either.

KF quality

4 thoughts on “Freezing Shower Conundrum

  1. i think with large industrial situations like that, they often dont have the ability to turn the hot water on “just a bit.” im sure they just view it as an expensive hassle. and, speaking from personal experience, if only one person is taking a shower a day using water from an industrial system, there will be no other temperature besides “skin blisteringly hot.”

    i think you are welcome to keep at it, but i dont think they are going to do anything about it. they are probably contractually obligated to give hot showers to the animal testing people, but they have no ties to you.

  2. I don’t have more working experience than you, but I definitely think your concerns are valid. It’s a health issue!

    I would think particularly because it’s such a short time period, that they’d put the hot water back on. It’d be one thing if they were like “well we’re going to be here the next 5 years, so…” What’s 2 weeks more of hot water for a large company like that?

    Maybe if you come in sopping wet and shivering with blue fingernails and hand them a law suit for causing hypothermia they’ll listen? hehe

    You should just start putting on more and more layers. An electric blanket maybe…coat your desk in quilts and throws. Maybe they’ll catch the hint.

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