In a compelling saga of privacy invasion and personal boundaries, a 19-year-old security guard, the Original Poster (OP), finds himself in a predicament when his supervisor uses personal drones for surveillance at their workplace. Despite confronting the supervisor and reporting the issue to HR, the supervisor continues his questionable behavior, leading OP to consider legal action. As tensions escalate and the issue takes a legal turn, we’re left wondering: will OP’s fight for privacy result in victory?
The Arrival of the Drones
OP, a 19-year-old security guard, finds his new supervisor brings personal drones to their workplace, showing them off to the staff. Initially, OP finds this intriguing due to his personal interest in technology.
An Aerial Presence
However, things start to feel off when the drones become regular fixtures at his job, circling him overhead, studying him from afar, and pestering him while he tries to work. The constant buzzing of their propellers gives him a headache.
One day, OP spots something flying overhead, initially mistaking it for an airplane from a nearby airport. His supervisor then confesses that he’s been using his drones to monitor OP’s work behavior, startling him.
Although upset and feeling intruded upon, OP manages to keep his composure and confronts his boss about the inappropriate surveillance. He tells his boss that the constant distraction from the drone interferes with his job performance and makes him uncomfortable.
The Supervisor’s Defense
When confronted, the supervisor offers a feeble excuse for his actions, claiming he has permission and the right to monitor OP. Despite his discomfort, OP lets it go, not entirely convinced but unable to challenge his supervisor’s authority.
The Continuing Breach
Despite OP’s protests, the supervisor disregards his concerns and continues the drone surveillance. Growing increasingly alarmed, OP threatens to involve law enforcement, which his supervisor dismisses, claiming OP lacks proof.
A Temporary Peace
After the latest warning, the supervisor halts his intrusive actions. OP can finally breathe easily without worrying about drones surveying him while he works. He enjoys his job again and takes pride in his triumph.
The Drone Returns
The supervisor reintroduces his drone a month later, sending OP into silent fury, yet he chooses to hold his tongue. Not wanting to confront his boss immediately, he heads home, mulling over the recurring breach of his privacy. Once home, he decides to escalate the matter.
Reporting the Breach
OP contacts HR and higher-ups within the company, reporting his supervisor’s misuse of drones. He also contacts the police, hoping to find a legal solution to his problem. Unfortunately, they tell him they can’t intervene due to the potential permission given to his boss.
Unraveling the False Permission
After speaking with the police, OP checks with his workplace’s higher-ups about his supervisor’s claimed permission. As it turns out, the supervisor did not have the necessary permission, only the approval to sit in a specific location. OP’s frustration grows as he grapples with the unfolding deceit.
Everyone OP discusses the drone issue, agrees it’s creepy, and promises swift action. Despite this, OP finds himself unsure whether these promises will hold true or if his concerns will be brushed off. He spends his few days off anxiously waiting for action.
The Nonchalant Response
The day before returning to work, OP calls his workplace and speaks with an unsupportive manager. He is told that the supervisor isn’t doing anything illegal, that the situation won’t repeat itself, and that no significant punishment will be issued. OP’s worries continue to mount.
The Hypocrisy Exposed
OP reflects on the supervisor’s actions. The thought of his supervisor’s wife or child being subjected to similar surveillance creates a stark juxtaposition in OP’s mind. This fuels OP’s determination to make a stand against this invasion of privacy.
Was The Security Guard’s Behavior Appropriate?
OP posts his story online for feedback. The readers in the community forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses:
One reader said, “That’s creepy and weird. Remember, his life and his poor choices are not your concern. If he, for instance, lost his job and couldn’t support his kids, that’s his fault and his problem.”
Another Commenter Thinks
Another responder wrote, “I can’t believe HR thought this was okay. He’s invading your privacy. I’d go get a different job.”
A Third View on The Story
A different person stated, “He was watching him at work, which is certainly within the purview of a supervisor. The means were odd, but the supervisor could have just as easily had a camera in the guard booth and watched that.”
A Final Perspective on the Matter
Another reader commented, “It sounds like this is only happening at work where you’re a security guard and are most likely being watched by security cameras anyway. What’s the difference between being monitored through a camera or a drone?”
What Do You Think?
What are your thoughts on their actions?
What would you have done in this situation?
This story is inspired by a thread from an online forum.