I cop all the flack when others mess up, they play the 'I asked Kayty to do it last week' card.
Sounds like my last job. I worked as a receptionist at a vet office. I was the low man on the totem pole and everyone else there were friends, and hung out outside of work. I didn't hang out because I once overheard one of the vets "joking" that they don't like new people and they only like you if you've been there for a certain amount of time. I also heard plenty of things said about me. There was a lot of immaturity there. I worked there for 2 years. I had plenty of clients who appreciated me as a receptionist and said they never met someone so nice and caring. I had one lady be completely rude to me when I was trying to help then she later WROTE ME an apology letter which my boss read.
Anyway, obviously, I love animals. But at a review at that job, my boss completely blindsided me with a terrible job performance review. She told me she had "some people" complain that they didn't feel I didn't care about their animals because I couldn't get them in for a vaccine the day they called. Those clients were also the bosses friends...hmm. She said if I didn't get my act together then it would be grounds for termination. I couldn't help it I just broke down and cried. I was in shock I couldn't even think of anything to defend myself even though I knew it wasn't true. I went back down to try to do my job but was still in tears. The other receptionist was shocked as well. She told me she has never seen me be rude to other people. I tried going about my job the same way I always did. I was starting to get blamed for a lot of things that was beyond my control. But I didn't change one thing about the way I worked and at my next review my boss told me she thinks I improved "a little bit". I was just shaking my head at that point because it was so ridiculous.
I believe they were looking for reasons to fire me because of the bosses' yuppie friends and because I didn't fit in to their social class. (It was a vet in an upper class suburb) Anyway, I beat them to the punch and found a new job. I put in my 2 weeks but ended up leaving the day I put my notice in. I left my boss a note at the end of my shift saying I was done. (Probably not the best way to go about it but I was just sick of it). I never got a raise even though they increased my responsibility there and I was being blamed for not caring about animals (I think that was the biggest hit).
Anyway, I am now appreciated at my new job and making almost double what I was at that last job. I'm still at a soul sucking desk job (which I complained about earlier) but I have better co-workers and better pay. I was a very caring person but now I am somewhat bitter from that experience there.
No one should be blamed for anyone elses mistakes. Everyone should own up to their mistakes and have a sense of self responsibility, although in an office setting, unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be common. Like you said, it pays the bills but it is NOT my personality to be in a desk job:(