A friend at work is having trouble with her new intern. He doesn't seem to understand that he has committed to work 8 hours a day. My friend gave him a choice of hours. He chose to work from 8:00 - 5:00. Problem is, he doesn't show up until 10:30 some days but always leaves at 5:00. She has had several conversations with him about this. They are currently deciding if this internship is the "right fit" for him. He's beginning to think not. Does he think he'll find a job somewhere else where they won't care when he shows up? Unbelievable. Oh, and by the way, this is not terribly uncommon. Lots of kids out of school don't show any sign of a work ethic... I've experienced it first hand. I read somewhere that the generation coming out of college is the most coddled, spoiled generation to hit the work force ever. I think they may be right.
Ultimately this was the exchange between my friend and I on the issue:
Me: It's like you've adopted a crack baby.
Friend: I know!!
Me: You sort of want to give it back because you didn't know what you were getting into but you can't because you feel so sorry for it.
Friend: How will it survive on it's own?
Friend: ...I'm so screwed.