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    Sub-standard Operating Procedures

    | Mechelen, Belgium | Coworkers, Extra Stupid, Lazy/Unhelpful, Technology

    Me: “Hi, can you please assist us? Our email is not working.”

    Service Desk: “Please send an email, as per standard operating procedure.”

    Me: “But I can’t send an e-mail. Our email is not working.”

    Service Desk: “We cannot act on a phone call. We need an email to start a ticket.”

    Me: “I don’t think you understand: my email is not working, and it is the same for my coworkers.”

    Service Desk: “No, you don’t understand. As per standard operating procedure, without an email, we cannot open a ticket.”

    (This continued for awhile, but neither I nor my coworkers got anywhere. Finally, one of my coworkers was so fed up with it that he went home and sent an email from his personal address!)

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