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    | Seattle, WA, USA | Coworkers, Extra Stupid, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (At the bank where I work, every Christmas our department collects toys for a charity drive. I’m the one who calls building maintenance to get recycle barrels to decorate for donations.)

    Me: “Hi, we need three recycle barrels to collect toys for our drive.”

    Building Maintenance: “I don’t think we can recycle toys.”

    Me: “No, it’s for the charity drive. We just need the barrels to store the toys in until we can take them to [charity].”

    Building Maintenance: “I understand, but we still can’t recycle toys.”

    Me: “No, it’s a charity drive, to collect for the kids who don’t have much for Christmas.”

    Building Maintenance: “I don’t think we can recycle toys.”

    (I try several time to explain what we need these for and how they’ll be used, but all I get is, “We can’t recycle toys.”)

    Me: “Okay, then… thanks.”

    (I hang up, wait a minute, and dial him back.)

    Me: “Hi! We need three recycle barrels for our floor.”

    Building Maintenance: “All right! What department and what floor?”