Once upon a time, in a land far away, I worked for a recruiter. They were based in another city so I didn’t work with them directly, but they paid my salary while I worked for someone else.

I didn’t really like the job. It was a pretty standard ESL teaching gig, the sort of thing you tolerate for a year or two before finding something better. And the recruiter paid on time, but that was the best you could say about them. They offered no career path, no bonuses or rewards for performance, no raises, no incentives of any kind. Not even adjustments for inflation! And aside from that, they could be very difficult to get in touch with. If you ever needed something from them, good luck! They sat on their hands or ignored you.

One day I get an e-mail from the recruiter. They need me to supply them with Document X. I decide to ignore the request. After all, they don’t respond to me when I need stuff, so why should I help them out?

Weeks go by and I get more e-mails, each sounding more desperate than the last. Recruiter needs Document X urgently, and would I please comply by scanning a copy of it to them straight away? Yeah, no, sorry. Couldn’t give a fuck. Ignore, delete, repeat.

Another few weeks of e-mails go unacknowledged by me. Eventually, I get a phone call. The recruiter really, really needs Document X. I pretend it’s the first time I’ve even heard about the matter, and make the person on the other end of the line explain, in excruciating detail, exactly what Document X is and why the company needs it. I promise I will take care of everything immediately.

A week or so later, I finally get around to reaching into my desk drawer for Document X. Instead of scanning it as requested, I take a blurry but mostly readable photo of it and attach it to an e-mail. It’s a big file, upwards of 8 MB. I include a message that apologises for the size, and offers to send an even bigger one if necessary.

I don’t hear from them again. Fools! I hope Document X clogged up their e-mail inbox, took ages to download and was generally a pain in the arse to deal with!

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