How to deal with strange co-worker?
January 24, 2013 1:58 PM Subscribe
One of my relatives got a strange note from one of her co-workers. She was minding her own business when this guy comes by and gives her a note that says, "I'm sometimes suicidal. My niece makes me feel better, maybe you can make me feel better too." Should she tell HR? Call the cops? What does that crazy note even mean? More details below...
posted by exhilaration to Human Relations (55 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I don't want to get too specific but this firm prepares chemical solutions. She's one of the professionals with an advanced degree and this guy is a lab technician in his early 20's; she doesn't know much about him besides his name. She went to him later and told him she couldn't really help him and gave him the number to a suicide prevention hotline. She hoped that was the end of it but the guy seems to have taken that as a sign of affection and is trying to get more friendly with her.
I told her to talk to HR but she's scared that if they reprimand or fire him he'll blame her and come after her. Sometimes she works late and is alone in the building so she doesn't want to make any enemies. She's really freaked out at this point, what should she do and how can I convince her to do it?