Archives for category: Stupid People

Are humans by default optimists?  Why else do we count out the old year and promise ourselves to be a better version of ourselves in the new.  Though such resolutions are often short like tempers in a scorching January day.

Third week in of the new year and do you think that we have some new to complain of?  Insert the mirthless laugh here.  No, filing is still the bane of my existence.

It started last year when admin was asked to create a new file for a client.  Easy right?  The file was labeled but the clip and internal dividers were amiss.  Pulling the file we took it to the PTB and informed them this was unacceptable. They reluctantly agreed and told me it would be ‘sorted’.

Fine, we will humour the PTB in their unrelenting confidence in admin’s ability as I had offered to fix it myself but PTB wanted to demonstrate to me that dumb admin could actually do something.

We picked the file up again.  The complete clip had now been fully assembled (is that even the correct word when all three pieces are interlocked?) but of course the internal contents were still demonstrably absent.

Rinse and repeat the conversation with the PTB.  We pulled the file again today (am I to award points for creativity??).  Yes, there was the internal divider.  Wrong colour and wrong content label replete with spelling mistakes.  We were furious.  How f**king hard is it to make a STANDARD client file up??

Emailed PTB.  Of course it will be ignored and some pathetic excuse will be offered. No, my new year resolutions, such that they were, did not  include to be charitable to the ‘beautiful little fool’.

As many before me, we studied The Great Gatsby in high school as was always horrified by Daisy’s wish for Pamela,  “I hope she’ll be a fool—that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.”

We couldn’t understand why anyone would wish that for their child.  With each passing year, perhaps there was wisdom in Daisy’s hopes, the best thing you can be is ‘beautiful’ and a ‘fool’ for if you were ‘fumpy’ and a ‘fool’ we hardly think you would be indulged as admin is.




Our lips twisted into a sardonic smirk as we arched our eyebrow in disbelief. Was there no limit to the ridiculousness that the PTB would engage in to defend admin?

It started innocuously enough. With some spare time on our hands we were asked to do a particular task, one not relished by anyone in the office. Indeed, almost studious avoided. With the universal dread we accepted it and that is where the trouble began.

Like our colleagues, we noted the procedural flaws. It is something with a bit of time (and admittedly money) could be streamlined far more efficiently. There at heart of the current dispute laid the letter.

The letter, due to legislative reasons needs to conform to particular strictures, but we pointed out that a certain paragraph shouldn’t be formatted in that manner and another needed slight amendment. A two minute job. Yes? No.

“But that is how is it supposed to be. The paragraph is supposed to be like that.”

“No, it is not. We checked (insert relevant website) and it is not supposed to be like that.”

“But that is how is formatted.”

“No, it is not. You can check the (insert relevant website) and you can also check (collaborating source) .”

“It must have been like that. It wouldn’t be like that otherwise.”

“It has never been like that…(until your stupid admin started we added silently)”.

This continued for a while, as PTB drew upon every possible defence that it was not a problem within the remit of admin.

“Fine, we have a look at it.” PTB said exasperated and wanting me out of their office.

A week later, we asked if the template had been fixed. You guessed correctly, of course it hadn’t.

“Is it fixed yet?”

We were greeted with silence.

“Why don’t you tell me where the template it is and we will fixed it.”

Again silence. Otherwise, it would be interpreted as bullying the admin, if it was to be fixed.

“There is nothing wrong with it and that is how the template is (insert relevant website)”. We were amused but not surprised how quickly they were to defend admin vigorously and their *cough* infallibility.

“No, it is not.” At this point we thought, Why are we bothering?, if you want a letter to go out indicating a deficiency in education in the organisation, not my problem.

Reluctantly, PTB looked at the websites and conceded that the template may need to change.

So, a month later, the template has not been changed as to do so would be an admission that admin was wrong. We can’t have that as it is better to appear amateur hour than upset admin.

“You didn’t read my email, did you?”  was my accusatory tone to PTB.

“We did read it!” was the defensive reply.

“Really and what? Didn’t comprehend it?”

We have always been a cynical and bitter person but with every passing year immersed in such unrelenting stupidity it is sometimes hard to bite one’s  tongue.

Admittedly, emails can get overlooked in an inbox but when there is a pattern of emails being ignored and questioning emails demanding information that has been provided days, weeks beforehand is aggravating.  Some days there is no point bothering.




We do not know what is customary in other countries, but the chocolate fundraiser has always been a staple in the part of Australia that we live. Various times of the year you would see school children board a bus with their purple cardboard containers containing Freddo Frogs or Easter Eggs. Of course, there would be the parents that would take the box to work and sell to colleagues but alas that is to be no more if the Canberra Timescadbury-freddo-friends-funpack are to be believed.

We had to giggle that chocolate was considered a “red” food. (There is a whole post that could be dedicated as to why marking in red pen is detrimental. We are just waiting for the colour red to have its own safe space.)

Foods and drinks categorised as red – including cake, confectionery and soft drinks – are no longer permitted at fundraisers or as rewards and gifts.

Directorates and agencies have been given a year to become compliant.

A memo sent to staff on Tuesday explained the health risks of chocolate and confectionery fundraisers.

“Combining these high-energy foods with sedentary lifestyles can lead to unhealthy lifestyle behaviours, which increases the risk of developing long lasting health issues, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer,” the memo said.



Umm, chocolate isn’t a meal replacement. These days, the packaging even comes with its own health warning.  When will the demonising of sugar stop??????  There is a little thing called moderation.

As an alternative, it is suggested:

“If you are organising a fundraiser, try suggesting a novel approach like sporting equipment, fruit trays, movie tickets or store vouchers.

Ah, no.  Fruit Trays!!!!!!!!!  We would love to know how these “healthy” alternatives compare to the humble Freddo.

People need to take responsibility for their own dietary choices and not inflict their stupidity on to others.

Status Update: Angry.

This is not the explosive anger that subsides as quickly as it rises but the anger that simmers for long time.  As an erstwhile colleague noted, it is the anger that seeps in and does not abate.

It would seem that my malcontent festers around the filing.  I am tired of documents being misfiled, documents shoved in plastic sleeves that should have been returned to the client, files duplicated,  documents not fastened in folder, documents left unscanned.

Most think that filing is unimportant but a document that is not filed properly is a document lost.  A document lost is a chink in the audit trail.

This has been repeatedly being brought to management’s attention (and this is the lesson learned never ever underestimate the capacity of the males of the species to be bewitched by one they find attractive) and ignored.  Deemed unimportant, not worth the angst because it might upset admin.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but a fundamental duty of admin’s function is to maintain the files (along with handling correspondence) but instead we are lumbered with someone functionally illiterate and a management enthralled with admin’s sexual potency.

This is not the ingredients of a cheap romance novel but a highly dysfunctional office with low staff morale.


Can’t find a particular file?  No problems.  Just place the document in the folder adjacent.

It is the most logical place a person will go looking for it.

Some days, it is just too hard!


It is too bad that some people cannot connect the function of the hole punch


to the file fastener.