Thursday, June 22, 2006

This happened...

I worked with a guy named Mike, nice guy, ex-cop. He worked for a woman named Julie who was insecure and controlling and often rude.
One day he asked her if they could get a water-cooler contract -- you know, the water company delivers 5-gallon clear plastic jugs that you tip upside down onto the cooler and if you do it wrong the water sprays all over your pants, etc.
Anyway, Julie told him to get three bids so they would get the best deal. He thought that meant she was approving the idea, but when the chosen low-bid guy arrived, Julie stormed in and demanded to know what was going on, etc. She informed him he was supposed to get three bids, then show them to her, and she would decide if it was okay. So she's ragging on him in front of the water guy, who's standing there with 5 gallons (ie, 40 lbs) of water over his shoulder, and Mike turns to the guy and apologizes and explains that he messed up and he didn't actually have the approval to authorize the contract yet, etc.
The water guy looks at them both, smiles, and says, "Don't worry about it. My boss is a bitch, too" and walks out...

8 Comments:

At Thu Jun 22, 08:15:00 AM PDT, Blogger unca said...

So did Julie hear the water guy's parting remark?

 
At Thu Jun 22, 09:18:00 AM PDT, Blogger jay are said...

YES!!! FACE!!!! What a brilliant parting shot.

 
At Thu Jun 22, 09:19:00 AM PDT, Blogger jay are said...

P.S. Not that I think swearing is necessary or even okay, but sometimes the right word is just the right word.

 
At Thu Jun 22, 11:59:00 AM PDT, Blogger anya ransuns aka Roxy said...

I have to admit that that is awesome. Um, I noticed you forgot to keep calling her "Julie" half-way through. ;)

 
At Thu Jun 22, 12:31:00 PM PDT, Blogger blogball said...

Wow can I relate to this guy!

Now before everybody thinks to themselves. “Hey Blogball, that’s not a very nice thing to say about your wife”. I am referring to the water man delivering water to people like this. I actually did this job for about a year when I worked for Arrowhead 18 years ago. (I wasn’t married during this time so I didn’t have a boss yet) Anyway this was the hardest job I ever had. Not only did you have to deal with hundreds of customers but we were responsible for collection of payment and run 10 different routes (2 week cycle) with about 100 delivery stops on each route. Not to mention doing this job despite being born with no sense of direction and driving a huge truck with manual transmission. What was I thinking? I did get really good at putting a bottle up on the cooler. Didn’t spill a drop.

 
At Thu Jun 22, 01:15:00 PM PDT, Anonymous si said...

shoot, anya beat me to it! "julie" vs "judy" (maybe using *preview* is not such a bad idea!!) ;). i know -- she's really such a power-hungry megalomaniac that she had become a split personality... loved this post.

bryan/blogball = no sense of direction. runs in the family?

this actually reminded me of something that happened in our office: we have a water dispenser. an employee (female) thought that she would try to change the bottle herself (declining help from 2 male co-workers -- just because she's female didn't mean that she shouldn't change the bottle). she ended up not getting the bottle set up exactly right in the dispenser (at the time, the bottle was the type that you had to remove the cap first). the bottle started to tip and as she's frantically trying to right it, the whole dispenser tips over. the bottle flies out, soaking her, the carpet, the cubicle wall behind the dispenser... the bottle actually cracked upon impact. she was "all wet" in more ways than one (especially disdaining any assistance from the guys).

[sorry for the on-and-on comment.]

 
At Thu Jun 22, 01:54:00 PM PDT, Blogger bryan torre said...

Okay, I fixed the Julie/Judy thing in an attempt to make *you* guys look like the silly ones (Judy? what Judy?).
The reason I changed it from Judy to Julie originally (forgetting one instance, obviously) was I remembered that I actually DID have a boss named Judy, who was really really nice and I didn't want anyone to think I was talking about her.
Also, to clarify for unca, I changed the last sentence so it's clear that Judy/Julie/Matilda was standing right there when the guy said it.
Also, it's very interesting what resonates with people (boss stories clearly do). Some posts I think are interesting nobody comments on. This one I almost didn't post, thinking it might not be interesting, or afraid that maybe people would think it's about putting women in their place or something, and then there are 6 comments in 4 hours. Hmm.

 
At Thu Jun 22, 05:37:00 PM PDT, Anonymous si said...

i finally read your comment all of the way through (without being distracted by a conversation with you...).

i was originally going to say something about women bosses (as i am one) -- wondered if *i* have come across this way to an employee (but i thought that you would say that thing about me worrying too much or something...) there's been times of miscommunications, for sure, but i hope that i have restrained from coming across as too bitchy -- it is hard to look at these things objectively, tho.

 

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