I was at the datacenter today, my Boss knew that and he was out of office too today. I needed to know something from the office, so I called this morning, but I got a weird signal. I logged into the asterisk server, did several tests, but incoming calls never seemed to arrive.
To be sure, I decided to call a coworker on their personal cellphone, to do some extra tests. I went from coworkers I like to, coworkers I like "less", and the quotes are there with good reason. Alas, the only one I could reach was in the "less" catergory. I explained the situation, and asked him to try to call me on my cell from an office phone and if that didn't work send me an SMS. I also told him what I would do in case it didn't work: call the disturbance line. As expected, he sent me an SMS... Thus, I called the disturbance line and for me the job was done. Nothing more I could do.
This afternoon, message from my boss in "annoyed" tone that the people at the office have had no phone the whole afternoon and that I should look after it when I was done at the datacenter.
So, I'm the guy who noticed the problem, notified my coworkers, took care of the problem as far as I could... First thing in the morning, not just "whenever I have time", but I'm all at fault.
That certain coworker most certainly didn't tell my boss that I did call him and did explain the situation and was taking care of it. He's a bitching piece of whining little ass, I tell you. Same guy who complained about having a desktop (with two nice 21" monitors) and not a laptop (never mind he really doesn't need one.)... finally getting a laptop and wanting to keep the two 21" monitors additionally to the laptop screen. When I wanted to take back one monitor he bitched and moaned and told me the boss said he could. Turned out, the bossman didn't say that. He still got a nice deal, as he got a 23" monitor now for his laptop.
Apparently, with abroad developers he told them (on his first day, never mind): "Show me the datamodel of your database, and I'll improve performance before the afternoon". Ehm, even if that were true (and from what I heard, it wasn't), that's not something you say to your cowokers on your first day.
In my whole career, I have only met one other coworker that could annoy me just by his presence.... That's in over 12 years of active service.
Sorry for the rant, had to let it out.