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    Thursday, July 19, 2007

    Unnecessary BS

    There is a sign hanging up on a stall in the mens room that states "Temporarily Out of Order -- Our Staff is Working Hard to Correct the Situation."
     
    An "Out of Order" sign is helpful, as it alerts that not only is there a problem, but that someone (whoever hung up the sign) is aware of it.
     
    The second part -- about our staff working hard to correct the situation -- why is that necessary?  Moreover, is it true? The problem is that the toilet stopped flushing yesterday.  I don't see anyone working hard to fix it. 
     
    Likewise, a few weeks ago, one of the escalators downstairs stopped working.  A similarly worded sign was posted -- that our staff is working hard.  Really?  That escalator was down for over a week before I saw any evidence of anyone working on it.
     
    Granted, someone may be working somewhere, ordering a part, waiting for its arrival, and then they will direct someone to promptly fix the problem.  I realize that won't be evident upon seeing the sign.  But the sign isn't specific either.  Working hard doing what to correct the situation?  Not that I want progress reports, but it should go without saying that they are working hard to correct the situation.  Unless they have a history of not doing so, and now need to reassure us.  In which case, get on the stick and fix the problem. 
     
    Again, the "out of order" part of the sign is helpful.  The rest of it is unncessary BS. 
     

    Comments on "Unnecessary BS"

     

    Blogger Mr. Bebout said ... (1:29 PM, July 19, 2007) : 

    It is a comfort to some to know that work is in progress, even if only in theory.
    A simple out of order signs does not imply the a repair is in the works.

     

    Blogger jessica said ... (1:42 PM, July 19, 2007) : 

    i'm so glad that you took me back to one of my favorite mitch hedberg quotes with your post.

    "I like an escalator, man, 'cause an escalator can never break. It can only become stairs. There would never be an "Escalator Temporarily Out of Order" sign, only "Escalator Temporarily Stairs. Sorry for the Convenience."

     

    Blogger Kristen said ... (4:41 PM, July 19, 2007) : 

    You made me think of how the mother flipping escalators from the trains at Tower City are constantly on the fritz, so much so that it makes one wonder why they don't replace the damn things. Of course the filthy hoardes of overweight people (myself included) that rely on them surely do them no service either.

     

    Anonymous bionurse said ... (8:40 AM, July 20, 2007) : 

    Our local medical clinic has a recorded message when you phone in to make an appointment that says in part "...we're working hard to answer your call...please be patient, we'll get to your call as soon as possible." Wouldn't it be better to say "we're working as efficiently or as quickly as possible" By what stretch of the English language is answering the telephone "hard work"? Tedious, thankless, even stressful all day long, but "HARD"? Of course the best solution would be just to say "we'll answer your call as soon as possible". Additionally, I'm calling because I'm sick or in pain or have scary symptoms and frankly right now I don't care about your problems.

     

    Blogger anne said ... (9:20 AM, July 20, 2007) : 

    Check out http://www.passiveaggressivenotes.com/

    HILARIOUS!!

     

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