When you work that one ...we'll just say 'butt' for now.
I've been working in the same lab as this girl for nearly 5 months now (gosh, that time has flown!), and she's had what I can only call micro-aggressions towards me until now. You know, talking behind my back (which really isn't when I can hear it from the other room), making mean gestures, etc. I can deal with most of it- by just ignoring her.
Well, today wasn't where I could ignore it.
She left this chair in one particular area of our lab (where no chairs generally are left, yet are always needed) for 30 minutes to put her stuff in the final water bath for her bench. So, since she already kinda hates me, I just took the seemingly empty chair for my own use (far more focused on my work than asking someone who ignores me when I have a question unless I nearly scream it at her). She comes back over after 10 more minutes as I'm getting my PCR stuff together (which is very sensitive!!!!), and starts getting really (and I mean REALLY) aggressive. So I apologized, and she keeps going. She makes a huge deal out of dragging the chair I'd brought over with me to the side, pulling another in, hitting my chair 3 separate times (and hard).
Well, I ignore it.
Or try to.
And here comes the typical language. 'Disrespectin' me'. Well, she keeps it up for 20 more minutes of alternating between throwing metal baskets around my area, throwing my cart to the side, sending all of my reagents (which average about, I kid you not, $300 a glass bottle for these instant reactions with TB) to the floor. Doesn't pick them up, just keeps reacting.
To me. Taking a seemingly empty chair.
Does anyone else think this is an over reaction?
In case you're wondering, I did report this to my supervisors. They gave a slight reassurance that this was unrelated, but I feel it was a little more personal. She hasn't liked me since I arrived (well, since the words 2 degrees, and a chem minor left my mouth during a conversation about degrees... which she asked what I had. i was really trying to be humble, but I'm not going to lie). She's been talking about me behind my back (and across the room where I can hear you). She thinks I'm stuck up and don't smile enough. Why would I smile at someone so damn mean?