Thursday, March 5, 2009

Utter Disbelief...

John works as the State Director for a large (well-known and respected) organisation that provides services & accommodation for people with a disability. On Tuesday evening he came home looking somewhat bemused and recounted the following reported to him by one of his Managers.

Person A is his Manager, Person B is a contact that works for a State Government Department. A has been in daily contact with B regarding finding a service for one of their clients, I'll call the client C. This situation has been going on for some time.

A: Is anything happening with our request for C ??

B: No, not as yet, in fact I will not be handling C's case file any more, I have referred it to my supervisor for her attention...

A: Oh, would she be in please, I would like to speak with her ??

B. No, she is not in at the moment...

A. When would be a good time to speak with her ??

B: Actually there isn't a good time to speak with her, she is on leave at present...

A: Okay...

B: As a matter of fact I am acting in her position while she is absent...

WTF ???

At this point in time I am incredulous.

Does B actually realise the utter stupidity of what he was saying..?? I doubt it. Keep in mind that B is a Manager in a State managed government department, almost certainly with a university qualification, a number of years experience and a commensurate salary.

People like this give the Public Service it's much maligned reputation. Days later I am still gobsmacked.

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8 comments:

Lynda said...

This is hilarious!

buddha_girl said...

The dense nature of some people confounds me on daily basis.

Yenny said...

Love it! That guy should be doing stand up comedy. Oh and yes it's me Kerrie!

Jen said...

Classic buck-passing

Pearl said...

HA!
Sounds like a Monty Python sketch. Next B will be taking messages that he himself will be returning within moments of having hung up...
Pearl

Lissy said...

LOL...
Yes, it's a Monty Python Sketch isn't it??

Watercolor said...

hahahahaaaa!
So you have the same folks working in government there that we do here. Nice. lol!

Kori said...

Snicker snicker...John must need a very large drink when he gets home at night.