I am in USA and I work for a big global company. I recently moved to a new team which is in a different time zone in USA. I worked with them in their office for a few days and then began working 100% remotely from my time zone. My company has flexible work policies and many teams or people work remotely. A lot of people are leaving the company and very few are coming in, mostly due to problems in the management.
My new team does some things differently than the old one. In my role, we have to use a tool which can do, say 10 things. I am not sure, but I think that all people of my role were given some documentation a few years ago to learn how to do all those things.
In the old team, a person in my role was required to do only 2/10 things, say A & B. The rest were done by our team lead. It so happened that someone showed me how to do A & B. So, I there was never any need to read that document or learn any of the other tasks. But, in the new team there is no lead as such and I have to do other things besides A & B, say C & D.
I asked my new teammate if he could show me how to do the C & D. He said that all people in our role in the company were given some documentation on how to do those things a few years ago and he expects me to know all that. I asked him if it does not take too long, then could he show me how to do the other things. I told him that if it will be too long to explain, then I could find the (years old) documentation and go through it first. But, he did not answer my question and told me to mention this to the manager. This discussion happened in an online call with my teammate. He hung up the call abruptly without saying bye or such which he does not do generally.
I tend to read documentation first before asking others to explain things to me. So, I don't think I might have done anything to deserve the kind of reaction I got.
How do I deal with a coworker who seems to be curt and avoids helping me ? I wonder if I should ask my manager upfront if the new teammate wants me in the team or not. I don't want to work in a team or company where people behave like this.
UPDATE - I appreciate all the answers, but it seems like some of them are missing the point that my teammate's reply was curt and uncalled for. I believe that the teammate could have simply replied "Learning C & D will take a lot of time, and I don't have the time. Please read the docs." instead of "read the docs" and "talk to the manager". The latter is rude and seems passive aggressive. I want to call out such behavior before it becomes a problem for the team.
Anyway, I found someone else "James" to help me. It took well under an hour to get the knowledge and I even documented it for others to use. After talking to James I discovered that our team does not do C & D exactly according to standard procedure. Our technique differs significantly and only 3 people (including James) know that difference.