Our expert says:
Hi Help --- and a good new year to you, too.
ISn't it amazing how some people get into such a tizz over such a petty thing ! And sadly, at his age, he's not likely to change his apparently prickly personality. ISn't there an HR person or dept that should deal with such staff problems ? COuld you discuss it with your own boss or supervisor ? From what you say of his prior history, it sounds as if he feels bitter and resentful about other people and other aspects of his work, too. Some people seem to make bearing a grudge a hobby --- instead of trying to sort out and solve problems, they nurse them, feed and water them like a special plant --- they may find a sense of meaning and power in their grudges, which in a very real sense are about them, rather than about you.
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