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November 2, 1997
Q: I work in an escrow office that I share with three other people. My workstation is closest to the office door. As a result, and the fact that I am a woman, it seems to make people think that I should act as a receptionist for the others. I am very pleasant by nature, but this really makes me mad. My position in the organization is no different from my office mates'.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2013 | By Susan King
Emmy Award-winning actress Marcia Wallace, who voiced the "Simpsons" role of Edna Krabappel and played wisecracking receptionist Carol Kester on the classic sitcom "The Bob Newhart Show," has died at the age of 70. Wallace died at home in Los Angeles Friday night, surrounded by friends and family, said her son, Michael Hawley. She had been in failing health for the last several months and died of complications due to pneumonia, Hawley said. Wallace, who had spoken widely about her battles with breast cancer, had surgery for it in March, after which she was considered clear of the disease, her son said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1985
Sergio Galeotti, co-founder and chairman of the board of the internationally famous design firm of Giorgio Armani, has died of a heart attack at his home in Milan, Italy. He was 40 and had leukemia. "He was the true spirit of this company," designer Giorgio Armani said. Galeotti, a former menswear buyer, was the business head of the Milanese firm that he started with Armani after the designer left Nino Cerruti in 1970.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2010
Dear Amy: I'm in my 20s, and I work as a receptionist. When my mother can't reach me on my cellphone during business hours (I have it turned off), she calls my company's office line. Because I'm the one who answers the phone, she gets through. She starts by saying, "Hi, I love you, this is just a quick thing," but after about two minutes, she usually starts ranting about her co-workers or her sister who says hurtful things to her. These are not topics I want to discuss at the front desk when I'm on the job. I feel put on the spot, sometimes right in front of our clients.
NATIONAL
July 9, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Police say a Stratford, Conn., man has been arrested because he showed up at a dental office naked. Authorities say Christopher Hoff, 41, entered Optimus Dental's office Monday in the altogether. A startled female receptionist screamed, and he ran away. Officers found Hoff at his home and took him to the dental office, where the receptionist identified him. He was charged with disorderly conduct, public indecency and failure to comply with fingerprinting. Police said Hoff was also five days late for his appointment.
NEWS
December 7, 1995
Fearing she may have been a victim of foul play, the family of a 31-year-old woman who disappeared last week asked for the public's help Wednesday in finding the mother of two. Barbara Burchartz, a receptionist who quit her job about a month ago, was last seen Nov. 29 walking out of her home about midday. She had dropped off her children, 8 and 11, at school that morning. "Her children are her whole life," said Betty Barry, Burchartz's mother. "She would never go off like this intentionally."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 1993
Medical treatment, insurance-style. On Feb. 2, I accidentally shot myself where I sit. You're right if you think I've been the butt of many a joke over the incident. When I walked into the Humana West Hills emergency room, the pleasant-looking receptionist asked what I wanted. With blood running down my leg and in a state of shock, I said, "I've just been shot." Her response was, "Oh." Another nurse picked up the phone, and I knew she was calling the West Valley police station to report it (which is mandatory, naturally)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2009 | Associated Press
Sotheby's is auctioning a self-portrait by Andy Warhol that was recently found after being forgotten in a closet in New York City for more than 40 years. The painting belongs to Cathy Naso. She was 17 when she got a part-time job as a receptionist at Warhol's Factory. Two years later, in 1967, Warhol gave her a self-portrait inscribed to her. The Brooklyn resident displayed the painting briefly and then stored it in a closet. It remained there until this year. The auction house estimates it will sell for $1 million or more in a Nov. 11 sale.
SPORTS
November 5, 2005
Guy calls up the Dodgers' front office and asks to speak to Paul DePodesta. Receptionist says, "I'm sorry, sir, Mr. DePodesta doesn't work here anymore." Guy says thanks and hangs up. An hour later, the guy calls again, gets the same receptionist and asks again to speak to DePodesta. Again, the receptionist says, "I'm sorry, Mr. DePodesta doesn't work here anymore" and the guy hangs up. Another hour later, the same guy calls and again asks for DePodesta. The receptionist says "I've told you twice, Mr. DePodesta doesn't work here anymore.
SPORTS
March 1, 1997
The single-entity concept of Major League Soccer is a smart and required approach to encourage both parity and profits in the crawling stages of the league. However, when the league office receptionist is making as much as or more than some of the starting players, it is an indication that, even though the formula might be sound, the numbers being plugged into the formula are not. By the time the goose grows to maturity, most of the U.S. players who were responsible for the growth and success of the league won't be around to claim their fair share of the golden eggs.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2009 | Associated Press
Sotheby's is auctioning a self-portrait by Andy Warhol that was recently found after being forgotten in a closet in New York City for more than 40 years. The painting belongs to Cathy Naso. She was 17 when she got a part-time job as a receptionist at Warhol's Factory. Two years later, in 1967, Warhol gave her a self-portrait inscribed to her. The Brooklyn resident displayed the painting briefly and then stored it in a closet. It remained there until this year. The auction house estimates it will sell for $1 million or more in a Nov. 11 sale.
NATIONAL
July 9, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Police say a Stratford, Conn., man has been arrested because he showed up at a dental office naked. Authorities say Christopher Hoff, 41, entered Optimus Dental's office Monday in the altogether. A startled female receptionist screamed, and he ran away. Officers found Hoff at his home and took him to the dental office, where the receptionist identified him. He was charged with disorderly conduct, public indecency and failure to comply with fingerprinting. Police said Hoff was also five days late for his appointment.
BUSINESS
February 23, 2009 | Cyndia Zwahlen
Professional matchmaker Julie Ferman, chief executive of Cupid's Coach, used to meet with clients in a hotel lobby or one of a dozen restaurants around town to save them the drive to her home-based office in Westlake Village. It wasn't always the best choice for clients expected to share personal information for their dating profiles, but like many start-up founders she was pinching pennies and testing her concept. Ferman spent the time between appointments trying to work in her parked car.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 2006 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
A receptionist at an Irvine health center was shot in the back Friday by a police bullet that pierced the building's wall after wounding a fleeing bank robbery suspect outside, authorities said. The 46-year-old woman, whose name was not released, was in stable condition at a Santa Ana hospital Friday night while the suspect -- Ramin Pirbazari, 24, of Irvine -- was arrested and treated for a gunshot wound to his wrist. "This was certainly a serious event," police spokesman Lt.
SPORTS
November 5, 2005
Guy calls up the Dodgers' front office and asks to speak to Paul DePodesta. Receptionist says, "I'm sorry, sir, Mr. DePodesta doesn't work here anymore." Guy says thanks and hangs up. An hour later, the guy calls again, gets the same receptionist and asks again to speak to DePodesta. Again, the receptionist says, "I'm sorry, Mr. DePodesta doesn't work here anymore" and the guy hangs up. Another hour later, the same guy calls and again asks for DePodesta. The receptionist says "I've told you twice, Mr. DePodesta doesn't work here anymore.
NEWS
December 7, 2003 | Mark Niesse, Associated Press Writer
A man walked into an Atlanta office, made chitchat with two workers and sat down for lunch with them. Nobody noticed when he left with four laptops. In another incident, police stopped a woman who was nearly nine months pregnant as she left an Atlanta-area workplace and found a laptop strapped to her belly. And in yet another case, a thief walked into San Francisco-based Aligo Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2001 | WILLIAM A. GREGORY, William A. Gregory lives in Juniper Hills
While dining at a local restaurant the other night, I ask the waiter for a clean fork. The waiter replied, "No problem," and turned to fetch the utensil. "No problem," I repeated to my wife. I should hope not; after all, we were paying for the meal and the waiter was an employee being paid to serve it. We certainly weren't expecting a problem. Later that evening, my wife asked the waiter for some sugar and, sure enough, the reply was, "No problem." Was this some kind of new "Valley talk"?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 1985 | DANIEL M. WEINTRAUB, Times Staff Writer
John Nienstedt has wanted to be in politics for longer than he can remember. "You'll probably have to ask my mom," he says with a grin when asked to reveal at what age he first pondered a life in public affairs. Now, after years of preparation and and eight semesters studying political science at San Diego State University, Nienstedt, 22, has made it to the real world of politics and government. Finally, he's on the inside.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2002 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A receptionist for the Sacramento County Bar Assn. has been arrested, accused of stealing credit card numbers from more than 50 people, most of them lawyers, officials said. Noelle Malone, 30, processed payments to the association, including membership renewals made by check or credit cards. Malone was arrested last week on charges of identity theft and conspiracy. She allegedly shared the numbers with Tishawna Holeman, 25, a convicted scam artist.
BUSINESS
December 17, 2001
Question: Our company has been in business more than 40 years, and it has been our policy during the December holidays to greet telephone callers with "Happy holidays." Our receptionist informed us that it is against her religion to make such a greeting. Can we insist that she say this greeting, or do we have to adhere to her religious restrictions? Are there rules regarding this dilemma? --P.S.
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