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25th-Apr-2006 12:31 am
There's this girl in the office that I'm actually quite nice to, most of the time, basically because she makes me laugh. Like today.

Apparently, their department secretary was out sick, and her boss asked her to fax some important contract to Hong kong. I went to get a drink of water and found her angry almost to tears at the fax machine, because it was a really, really, really important contract and the boss is going to be mad if it doesn't get done, but the fax machine is broken!"

Having just used the fax machine twice today, I knew it wasn't broken, so I figured she just might have been doing something wrong. So I decided to stand by and watch her follow the prescribed steps as taped right above the fax machine. I even checked to see if she might have been faxing the document wrong side down, which is quite understandable.

She was following the steps perfectly. The fax transmitted, we even have proof, that little piece of paper that records the transmittal. I thought it was fine, and was about to go back to my office when she stamps her foot angrily.

"See? See? I've done that six times already and the document keeps coming back!"

Sigh. She is quite pretty, but I'm not sure if that makes up for it.
25th-Apr-2006 01:37 am (UTC)
at least the hong kong office is now fully aware that this contract is SERIAS BIDNESS.
25th-Apr-2006 04:56 am (UTC)
Yes. Seven copies should have convinced them. :-P
25th-Apr-2006 01:43 am (UTC)

25th-Apr-2006 01:43 am (UTC)
Somehow, when she said the machine wasn't working, I just knew what was coming.
25th-Apr-2006 03:37 pm (UTC)
Same here. I've been going through some old entries in this community, and unfortunately, this seems to be a common issue. @_@
25th-Apr-2006 02:19 am (UTC)
*facepalm* I share a species with these people?
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25th-Apr-2006 02:24 am (UTC)
Aw. Fax machines really are nasty things. It took me ages to get the hang of them, and I'm still afraid of them. :)
25th-Apr-2006 05:42 am (UTC)
Who's roaring in your icon?

Fax machines are scary! I had to fax out something yesterday because the copy center lady wouldn't just fax it and then throw it my teacher's mail box for some reason, and it kept stopping and I was SURE I'd broken it.
25th-Apr-2006 02:32 am (UTC) - heheh
A girl at work asked someone where you put the paper in the scanners.
25th-Apr-2006 03:08 am (UTC)
Imagine, though, a magical machine that could actually transport a piece of paper all the way from your office to an office in Hong Kong.
25th-Apr-2006 03:57 am (UTC)
"Hey, the transporter is broken again!"
25th-Apr-2006 03:22 am (UTC)
Wow, just wow!
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26th-Apr-2006 11:44 am (UTC)
Hehehe.. Or people photocopying a blank piece of paper to get more blank paper. :P
25th-Apr-2006 04:17 am (UTC)
At least she did not use the shredder to fax the document.
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25th-Apr-2006 04:27 am (UTC)
This just begs the question - what exactly is this girl's job description if she's incapable of understanding how a fax machine works?

*hopes it's nothing more demanding than coffee-making*
25th-Apr-2006 04:53 am (UTC)
Account manager. Junior, but account manager nonetheless. I'm a copywriter, and my worst fear is that one day, if I am very, very bad, I shall have to report to her.
25th-Apr-2006 05:23 am (UTC)
HAHAHA. Jesus. I wonder if the Hong Kong office started getting pissed that they were getting the same fax over and over again.
25th-Apr-2006 05:40 am (UTC)
I don't know, but somebody isn't going to be happy about the extra long distance charges.
25th-Apr-2006 10:12 am (UTC)
Djeeez...I can't stop laughing, and now my boss is looking at me funny. Great! XD
25th-Apr-2006 12:22 pm (UTC)
That was great!!!!!!!!

Thank you!!!!
25th-Apr-2006 02:29 pm (UTC)
Reminds me of a Dilbert comic where the boss is mad at him for sending a personal fax, and Dilbert keeps explaining why the boss's criticisms are unfounded. But the boss never wants to admit a mistake, so he keeps coming up with other explanations for why Dilbert shouldn't have sent a fax. One part went something like this:

Boss: Well, you're wasting company paper.
Dilbert: No, I sent a fax. The paper doesn't travel through the phone lines.
Boss (thought balloon): Really?

Once again, life imitates art. It's always disheartening to see real-life instances of what are supposed to be humourous exaggerations of stupidity.
25th-Apr-2006 05:16 pm (UTC)
I've seen that one! My dad has a copy of The Dilbert Principle. I think that's what convinced me to starve before I take an office job ;)
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