Workplace Logic

24 Apr

April 24, 2015

They fixed the vending machine in my office yesterday.

This is a big deal.

Last Friday morning, we all arrived at the Company I Am employed by, (subject to change), and found the glass on the vending machine was smashed. Most of the bottom half was in shards on the floor, and the rest was still hanging there, shattered but still clinging together by whatever little cohesion the glass particles still had. I assumed someone tried to rock the machine to get out a stuck candy and it dropped too fast, but the consensus was the someone put their fist through it, and it did sort of look like that since a lot of the cracks seemed to radiate out from a point that was now laying on the floor.

The interesting thing is that it looked like no one had taken a single thing from the pretty much open machine.

Fast forward to Monday morning and the machine was still broken and wide open, but it had been looted over the weekend. About half the rows were empty, and most of the rest were missing most of their goods.

Untouched: Mandarin orange slices.

Fast forward to Tuesday and the machine was still broken and wide open. It was even emptier, but the orange slices were still untouched.8860e954e9ea8480e8c23238e054b395

And then yesterday, the machine was still broken but the Company had installed  a camera pointed directly at the vending machine and a memo went out that some people had been fired for stealing from the open machine.

People were fired for taking trail mix out of a broken vending machine that had been left neglected for days. OK, I admit that it was wrong to take anything from the machine, but to be fired over it?

In the five days since the glass was broken, here is what did NOT happen:

-No one put cardboard, plastic, or anything over the shattered glass. (Shattered glass is, of course, a big safety hazard.)
-No one turned the vending machine to the wall to prevent theft.

And especially bad:

-No one called the vending machine company to fix it. And believe me, the guy who showed up to restock it yesterday was major league pissed about that.

So rather than call the company to fix the machine, my Company installed a camera to catch candy thieves. There is a logic there, no doubt, but it is the kind of logic that usually only makes sense to the federal government.

 

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5 Responses to “Workplace Logic”

  1. T E Stazyk April 24, 2015 at 12:46 am #

    Just hope they don’t put nothing but mandarin slices in the machine in the future to prevent theft. That would be equally logical!

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    • bmj2k April 24, 2015 at 6:41 am #

      The slices aren’t bad but I stopped eating them once I saw how much sugar they had. I hope this does not make me a suspect.

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  2. Matt Cowan April 24, 2015 at 6:35 am #

    That has to be a hard to explain to any potential new employers why you no longer work at your previous job.

    I also bet they buy spy cameras in bulk there, so they probably had a bunch just sitting around to install.

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    • bmj2k April 24, 2015 at 6:41 am #

      “Why did I leave my last job? Well, there was an incident…”

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  1. Workplace Logic Update: Close The Door! | Mr. Blog's Tepid Ride - April 28, 2015

    […] Last week I told you about the drama, stupidity, and more stupidity surrounding a smashed open vendi… In a nutshell: Instead of fixing a broken candy machine, my company installed a surveillance camera and fired anyone who stole a Kit Kat bar. (Although it didn’t have to be a Kit Kat bar. You could fired for stealing M+M’s too.)This went on for a week. NOTE: They left the jagged glass shards in place as, I can only assume, a theft deterrent. And why not? It isn’t like jagged glass shards pose a safety hazard to the rest of the staff.  […]

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