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Amorous Badger asks: Tell us tales of people who have a high opinion of themselves. Jumped-up officials, the mad old bloke who runs the Neighbourhood Watch like it's a military operation, Colonel Blimps, pompous bastards and people stuck up their own arse.

(, Thu 24 Jan 2013, 12:22)
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Female police officers of rank.
I have the misfortune of working for the police (for now, until the twunts make me redundant) and can honestly say that I have never met such a bunch of stuck up fisters in any other walk of life.
Don't get me wrong, there are some genuinely lovely people in the organisation whom I would trust my life with. However, there are a disproportionate number of egocentric sociopaths who, sadly, seem to be the ones that flourish in the back-stabbing culture of the ranking system.

Without a doubt, the worst ones are the ambitious women. I hate to betray my sex, but there is something deeply wrong with women of rank (Inspectors and above). Every single one that I have met in the last decade has been an absolute bitch from hell. Smiling assassins with a bizarre need to out-butch their male counterparts and get promoted at all costs. Women who take pride in saying things like 'I'm not here to make friends' and happily kick the weakest dog repeatedly to get what they want. The level of arrogance is impalpable in these career obsessed she-daemons. Seriously, bitches be crazy.

Each weekend, I pray for a lottery win so that I can buy a segway and ride around the station telling all the horrible shrews exactly what I think of them. I know I come across as a tad bitter, but some of these people have on occasion made my life unbearable in their quest to gain more pips and crowns. Although I don’t want to be made redundant, I cant say I’d miss much more than the income if I go.
(, Mon 28 Jan 2013, 0:07, 15 replies)
Yeah but they're all strippergrams really, aren't they?

(, Mon 28 Jan 2013, 0:14, closed)
Dominating women with handcuffs eh, phwooar

(, Mon 28 Jan 2013, 0:18, closed)
Yes they are.

And in our breaks we strip down to our underware and play pillow fights with them :D
(, Mon 28 Jan 2013, 0:21, closed)
Inbetween them making me cry and hate myself.

(, Mon 28 Jan 2013, 0:21, closed)
pillow fights, crying and self-hate...
I just creamed my pants.
(, Mon 28 Jan 2013, 7:25, closed)
pix pls k thx bai xxx

(, Mon 28 Jan 2013, 11:19, closed)
You could replace any reference to coppers with "teacher"
And this could have been my post
(, Mon 28 Jan 2013, 10:36, closed)
Ditto in Further Education
Ambitious female managers accounted for a highly disproportionate amount of union casework when I worked in FE. And it was purely about exerting power, usually over another women.
(, Mon 28 Jan 2013, 21:44, closed)
Isn't it a shame
that the only way to get ahead in the Police Force is to behave remarkably unpleasantly?

Isn't it additionally shameful that this behaviour is more remarkable in high-ranking women than their male counterparts?
(, Mon 28 Jan 2013, 11:47, closed)
Shame indeed.
I have tried to get my head around it for years. I can only think that these women feel the need to out do the men by being a twisted version of ultra masculine - what they perceive masculine to be, rather than the nice thing it can be. I dunno - perhaps someone with a psychology background could explain it.
(, Mon 28 Jan 2013, 12:21, closed)
Not sure you got my points
Behaviour that is deemed normal and even advantageous in men is deemed unsuitable in women because it is 'unfeminine' - how is this fair?

On the one hand, these women are being criticised for behaving a certain way, but it seems to be the only way they can achieve promotion; whilst men who behave the same way and achieve promotion are not being criticised.
(, Mon 28 Jan 2013, 13:59, closed)
Ahhh I see.
A fair point. I'm sorry if I have not explained it well, but it's difficult for me to put it in to words. My problem isn't so much women acting like men to get on, but more so the fact that they go way beyond masculine in their efforts, breaching in to the aggressive and unkind. They also switch from ultra femanine to ultra aggressive and nasty depending on who they are aroundet the moment. One such woman literally delights in trotting to management fluttering her eyelashes and being oh so humble and wonderful... Yet to low ranking civs (like me), behind closed doors the tone changes from sweet to sour very quickly. There is no good reason for it, other than making herself feel powerful. I've come across tons of women in the force who do it - and a few men, but far less so.

I personally don't feel that it is the only way for women to get up the ranks these days. There is buckets of support for women in policing now - tons of development opportunities and processes in place to ensure everyone gets a fair crack of the whip.But, oddly, I find that female career police officers still feel the need to get where they are going by unpleasant means. Yes, there are men that do it too - but personally, I find the women more ruthless. I'm speaking from experiences I have observed over a decade working within the police culture. I'm not the only one who has noticed it - when we hear we are to get a new gaffer (Inspector)everyone goes in to overdrive to find out if its going to be a woman as we know we will have a harder time of it under female supervision. Female PCs offen feel it worst and dread working for a women. It's weird, I can't explain it and I don't know if its perculiar to the police or a common thread in work places.I can only assume that it's an occupation that appeals to a certain personality type that I personally don't like.

To be fair and to meet your opinions halfway, the organisation does little to tackle the bullying culture - I suppose it suits them to some degree.

No offence meant, just my personal findings and I very much wish it was different :)
(, Mon 28 Jan 2013, 15:17, closed)
I remember the good old days when all a woman had to do to get ahead was sleep with the boss.
A simpler time; a happier time.
(, Mon 28 Jan 2013, 16:55, closed)
Female senior officers
I have had both good and bad experiences with female sergeants, inspectors etc but the one species I try to avoid at all costs is the female communications supervisor. Most of them seem to suffer from permanent PMS. They don't realize that their role is to support the officer on the road, not order him/her around. And God forbid you should ask them to do something - you would think that a highly indecent suggestion was made. To be fair they aren't all like that, but too many are. Maybe it is the result of having to work at a high stress job in a mostly female environment. By the way, my patrol sergeant is female and is one of the best supervisors I have ever had the pleasure to work for.
(, Mon 28 Jan 2013, 20:53, closed)

Haha I hear that about the comms lot, but have no personal experience of them. We have a woman in our front office who is inexplicably rude - heaven knows how she keeps a customer service role.

Sergeants I find are not as effected by the phenomena. Seems to be the Inspectors and above. Hey ho, perhaps I have been unlucky :)
(, Mon 28 Jan 2013, 21:56, closed)

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