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    Not Quite Walkie Tall

    | Austin, TX, USA | Bosses & Owners, Extra Stupid, Theme Of The Month

    (We use walkie-talkies to communicate at the store where I work. I’m known for my sarcastic comments, but one of my managers just doesn’t get it.)

    Manager: *over the walkie* “Hey, [My Name], do you have a walkie?”

    Me: *over walkie* “No.”

    (A few seconds later, I hear the store’s PA system come on.)

    Manager: *over PA* “[My Name], please come to customer service. [My Name] to customer service.”

    Email Fail

    | USA | Bosses & Owners, Extra Stupid, Technology

    (I work in the IT department for my company. One day, one of the department managers comes to my desk with a printed document.)

    Manager: “Can you scan this and save it to the intranet?”

    Me: “Sure, but this is an email. You can just save it as a document and put it on the intranet.”

    Manager: “Oh, I can’t do that. I print out all my emails and then delete them. This is from my files.”

    (Incredulous, I follow the manager to her office. Sure enough, she has filing cabinets FILLED with old emails. I don’t know how she expected to find anything!)

    Cheaper Than The Sum Of The Sum

    | KS, USA | Employees, Extra Stupid, Math & Science

    (The local pizza chain in a small college town has a 10% discount for college students and employees. It was one of the places we’d often go to for lunch. Normally we’d each pay for our own meal, but on this day my coworker asks if I could cover for him since he forgot his wallet.)

    Me: “I had the pizza buffet and a drink, and I’m also paying for [Coworker]‘s buffet and drink. We work at the college and should get the 10% discount.”

    Cashier: “Okay, so the it’s two buffets and two drinks, and each of you gets a 10% discount, so that’s 20% total discount. Your total is [amount].”

    Coworker: “Um…”

    Me: “Wait, that’s not how it works. The discount is only 10%.”

    Cashier: “Yes. You each get 10% off, so that’s 20% total. You owe [amount].”

    (Not knowing how to argue with that logic, I paid, and on the way out the door joked with my coworker.)

    Me: “We need to bring the entire department out and maybe some others. If we got 10 people, everyone’s meal would be free! Would they even pay us if we brought 11 or more?”

    A Disturbing Amount Of Disturbance

    | Dallas, TX, USA | Coworkers, Extra Stupid

    (A coworker walks up to my cube. He looks at the large ‘DO NOT DISTURB’ sign I’ve hung up since I’m working on a critical and rather complicated piece of programming. He knocks on my cube wall.)

    Coworker: “Hey, is this ‘do not disturb’ still valid?”

    Me: *taking off headphones* “What?”

    Coworker: “You’ve got a ‘DO NOT DISTURB’ sign here.”

    Me: “… Yes?”

    Coworker: “Can I talk to you or does the sign still mean it?”

    Me: “Yes. The sign still means it.”

    Coworker: “Oh, okay!”

    (He walked away while I put my face in my hands.)

    Politically Incorrect

    | Fort Hood, TX, USA | Coworkers, Extra Stupid, Politics

    (This is a few days after the Fort Hood shooting when the president is in town to give a speech. The intersection where I usually turn when driving to work has been blocked off for security purposes.)

    Me: “I wonder when they’re going to get rid of those cement blocks so I can go home the normal way.”

    Coworker: “Probably after Obama leaves.”

    Me: “I thought he was already gone.”

    Coworker: “I don’t know. I don’t pay attention to politics. I don’t even know Obama’s last name.”

    Me: “That’s a joke, right?”

    Coworker: “No.” *pause* “Why are you guys laughing?” *longer pause* “Don’t tell me: Obama IS his last name!”


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