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officepa
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« on: September 08, 2009, 10:39:51 am »

 Undecided Still thinking about this one but still cannot understand it.

Light strip above my desk has stopped working - obviously needs replacing.  Simples.  Call estates department who when told of the problem, said to me "have you tried switching the light on at the switch?"   Roll Eyes

There was silence for a moment while I worked out if he was joking - he was not - tried hard to think of something to say but everything sounded rude.  Said they get a lot of calls saying lights don't work but nobody has thought of switiching it on.  Can't believe they do but he said it happens. Huh

Was initially irritated  Roll Eyes but now making me smile Grin

Have you ever been stuck for words when being asked a question!!??
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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2009, 10:56:53 am »

Morning Cathy.

I have heard some things in my time but not that one.  I just think some people don't want to work. 

Why don't you leave it until all the lights go out and then you can say you can't work in the dark....see what response you get then! Wink
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« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2009, 11:19:00 am »

My silly question of 5 minutes ago:

Electronic Purchase Order for:
  • Flights (zero rated VAT so at full price)
  • Hotel (Standard VAT so price shown ex VAT)

First e-mail was to ask me to change my order because the invoice didn't match - so I pointed out the hotel price including VAT would make it match. 

Finance confirmed that was alright then but could I just change the flight prices to show them as ex VAT?

Why am I explaining VAT rules to the Finance Department? ... perhaps the lights have gone out in Finance here and they cannot get the bulbs replaced.

When they do come to fix it Cathy make sure there is enough room for the ... how many people does it take to change a lightbulb these days?
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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2009, 11:32:41 am »

Yes Gee - think you are right.  Their building is a long way from mine - perhaps they were hoping I would do it to save them the bother. If I wait until it was too dark for me to work they would probably say they cannot work in the dark - health & Safety and all that....... . Ho hum.

Update - they have just rung.  They will be here on Friday - can you believe it - apparently too busy to replace it before then  Shocked

Cathy - like your VAT issue - does make you wonder doesn't it.  At least we are all sane...........  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2009, 11:51:19 am »

Cathy (Stephenson) - your company bean counters have clearly changed their lightbulbs to the new low-energy ones.  They come on far too slowly and give a dim light!

RW

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« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2009, 09:17:50 pm »

Like a former VICE PRESIDENT of INTERNATIONAL sales who couldn't understand why he couldn't get soneone on the phone in Seoul at 3PM.  That's 3PM Eastern Standard Time in the US....

Maybe because it was something like 4AM in Seoul??
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« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2009, 11:42:44 pm »

Reminds me of a press release recently supposed to go out from our Marketing Dept in another state.  Our company received a prestigious award from a customer which my boss flew to another state to accept at a big gala dinner.  Pictures were e-mailed to me the next day of him receiving the award.  I sent them to Marketing and requested the press release.  They are PAID to write these types of announcements.  I get a response to send the article.  HUH?  I sent the overview of the details.  A few weeks went by and my boss asked if I had seen a press release yet?  I realized I never had.  I followed up.  The response I received was "this was so long ago, why announce it now?"  Because this needs to be announced, it is insdustry news was my response.  A couple weeks later I received a draft, asking me who should be quoted in the release.  Does soemthing seem a little off here?  I am the Executive Asst.  They are the Marketing pros paid to do this type of work.  Anyway, I gave them the answer.  Have not see a final release yet.  Crazy huh, or is it me?
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« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2009, 03:03:16 pm »

Silly people as opposed to silly question, but had to share....

I put in a stationery order last Friday to our goods inwards guy, who let's say, is not the most affable person on the planet.

He arrives with my delivery this afternoon and off he goes.  As I unpack it all and tick everything off I see one item has not been sent and another item has had something else sent in it's place.  I mean, is it me, or do lever arch files look nothing like box files. Huh  I swear this person just sends what he can find regardless of whether it's right or not or whether the people in my department need a lever arch file or a box file, and then that reflects badly on me for not ordering the right thing....grr!

How on earth these people get on at their annual appraisal amazes me, and not only that, when the rest of us get a pay rise.......so the flippin' heck do they!!

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« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2009, 03:45:13 pm »

My silly questions recently have come from my husband, who ought to know better.

I told him one morning last week, hmmmm my cell phone battery didn't charge last night, as I came downstairs in the morning. At which point he said, you probably forgot to plug it in. I told him, no I had just taken it off the charger. When it happened a second time during the same week and he AGAIN asked me if I forgot to plug it in, I stopped dead in my tracks.

Seriously? Do you really think I am that stupid that I would TWICE forget to plug in my phone and then on top of it, if I HAD forgotten to plug in my phone, it wouldn't occur to me that it might be the reason why my cell phone battery wasn't charged?  Roll Eyes

He's an IT guy, so granted he does sometimes get some pretty stupid users, but you would think after being married to me for 19 years and knowing my level of technical knowledge, he would know me better than that. He didn't have a good answer for me.

It was a little chilly around our home that morning...  Wink

Today I go to pick up my replacement phone. The old phone's charger port went bad. (Ha! Take that! Hubby of the silly questions!)

 
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« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2009, 03:58:14 pm »

And imagine if the tables were turned Marie and you had said same to him - men!

Where the sayings, man the decks, man the lifeboats, man-hole, man-oeuvre, and so on ever came from, I have no idea.....any wonder we have the men-opause!
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« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2009, 04:21:37 pm »

LOL Gee

Marie - you should probably be grateful he didn't give you the standard IT response - Please turn it off and turn it back on.  If it still doesn't work please log a support call ...
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« Reply #11 on: September 15, 2009, 04:26:35 pm »

LOL Cathy  Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: September 16, 2009, 03:06:42 pm »

My silly question came from me.  The day before the hubby and I had spent the entire day doing yard work, we have almost an acre to maintain with lots of hardwoods.  We came out on our deck the next morning to see a huge limb had fallen.  My husband looked at it and said,  "Where did that come from?"  I (being blonde) of course said - "that tree?"  His look was priceless.
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« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2009, 08:56:36 pm »

There are times you type LOL and actually you maybe only smirking and smiling.  This thread has made me really laugh out loud.  I have done a ton of these, but just can't think of any right now.   Actually there was one time my monitor didnt turn on and I had to call our IT deptartment and it turned out my monitor wasn't plugged in!  In my defense, I didnt un plug it!  It LOOKed plugged in (plug was just a bit loose).  I think it was one of my "duh" moments ahahha.  It was a slap in the head and thought, why didnt I try the plug.  Shh don't tell my IT friends I admited to that..
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« Reply #14 on: September 17, 2009, 09:33:16 am »

I did one at home - well not so much a silly question as just being completely stupid .....  Wink

I have Sky+ in the main living room and a secondary Sky only box in the main bedroom.  Often my hubby will watch football or something and I will veg in bed and watch the Discovery channel.

Hubby was cooking dinner and said there was something we might both want to watch in the living room.  I used the remote to try and change the channel but it just wouldn't work and I was getting really annoyed (had a bad day) as the Sky+ box is a bit on its last legs.  Only when hubby pointed out to me that somehow I had left the other room with the remote to the other box and was trying to use it did I have a 'doh' moment ..... the remotes aren't even the same colour but I was cursing away for a good 5 minutes before he walked in and spotted it straight away.

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