out to lunch

You can’t make some things up, and this is one of them. One of my brothers told me this story last week, complete with names and locations (his wife recognized the people; I didn’t) but here’s the nitty-gritty:

An individual who works for a very-often publically-criticized organization (which I shall not name) was working at the complaint desk. There was a long line of people. Typical day for this organization.

To reiterate: COMPLAINT DESK. She’s already dealing with unhappy people.

Apparently, after she finished up with one guy, the individual in question put up a sign that said “use next window” then then pulled out another sign that said “On Meal: Back At 1:00.” She put this on her chest and then laid back in her chair, closed her eyes, and went to sleep.

I kid you not. At the complaint desk of a highly-criticized organization.

Apparently there were (imagine this) even more complaints afterward! How strange. And people taking photos of the sleeping employee with their cell phones. And higher-up authority figures becoming involved.

My brother was laughing like crazy over this. And yes, the woman has a right to her lunch hour. Just use some common sense and don’t take it sleeping at your desk in a public place!

PS: No, my brother didn’t say this person got fired or even reprimanded. I wonder why this organization is so highly criticized?


  1. Jason Block

    has to be the dmv…no one would be that bold anywhere else 🙂

  2. philangelus

    Survey says: X! Not the DMV.

  3. Ivy

    Post office? Is it the post office?

  4. philangelus

    Survey says: XX! Not the Post Offal.

  5. Jenni

    I would have to guess the IRS – but it’s the “complaint” lane that has me stumped.

  6. philangelus

    No, not the IRS.

    It occurs to me that if I keep answering these, eventually someone’s going to nail it. 🙂 That wasn’t the point–this organization already has enough PR problems. The point was how stupid someone can be, and fortunately, this time it wasn’t me!