I'm feeling a little better and now I'm willing to talk about what was eating me.
There was a dispute between me and a co-worker of mine at Big Green that I previously thought was my friend. She tried to use my taking the short tax preparation course as an excuse to steal all but the easiest returns.
We were in the office by ourselves the other day and I was taking in a client that had itemized deductions and some other things. My co-worker asked if I could handle it, and I said yes, but she proceeded to eavesdrop on my interview with the client.
I did okay through most of it, and then I ran into a 1099-G for a tax refund the client received last year from the state. I asked my co-worker for help with the one form and she flew into a rage, accusing me of stealing her clients ("taking money out of her pocket" were her exact words) and being insubordinate to my boss.
For the record, my boss said that I was not allowed to do Schedule C or D forms, but everything else was pretty much fair game.
Anyway, I countered to my co-worker that I had no qualms sitting at my desk and doing nothing if that made her happy, but I was here to help people and that's what I intended to do. I also told her that regardless of what she thought our boss had said that I was operating within the boundaries that our boss had told me. She kept whining, bitching and complaining and acting like I was going to get fired if I didn't do things her way.
We had to cut it off when a client came in, but started after each other when they left. She tried to pretend that she wasn't going to tell our boss about what happened, but sure enough, our boss brought it up to me about midway through the day. My co-worker, who I thought was my friend, lied to me! After she acted like she wasn't mad anymore, looked into my eyes with a sad puppy dog expression, begged my pardon and shook my hand!! That bitch!!!
I didn't want to talk about it to my boss, because I didn't think it should go any further and figured she'd take my co-worker's side, but I made my position known to my boss and she actually sided with me. She told me to be more careful around my co-worker, whom other office assoicates had complained about to her, but said as long as I was operating within the parameters of what I was told by her to do, that I would be fine.
My co-worker and I work together this Saturday. Hopefully there won't be any more drama.