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If someone in a position of authority rounds up “the team” and says “we're going to lunch” it really isn't optional, you just go. Even if you brought in lunch, you just go.

So today, this happened to me and at the end of lunch, she has the waiter split up the check. This wasn't a cheap place either. She took nearly two hours of my day (my overtime, technically... that's money right out of my pocket) and had the nerve to expect us all to go dutch too?!?

It's rude of me to say “who's paying?” the next time she asks, but my time and money are very important to me. I guess the other options is to politely decline and make some lame-ass excuse about being short on funds.

It sucks because I shouldn't have to make this decision in the first place. If you're in charge of a team and you insist on removing them from the workplace for more than a typical lunch duration (without the apparent option to decline), at least have the decency to cover the bill.

Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2006 7:34 PM General Interest | Back to top

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and um...yeah. Wow.
Left by George on Jul 26, 2006 7:52 PM

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Yeah, just to clarify That was a comment in total agreement. That is just so not cool and totally unexpected. I would have been in shock. Like total cardiac arrest.

Left by George on Jul 26, 2006 8:44 PM

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Turn your receipt into accounting for reimbursement.

If that doesn't work, you can always save the receipt as a business expense on your taxes. were probably looking for great revenge ideas rather than practical business solutions. How about:

Loot the value of your meal in office supplies.

If it was a nice restaurant, loot the value of your meal in computer equipment.

Duck tape her car doors shut.

Using a dry-erase marker (large), mark all of the windows black on their car, or, for a less noticable effect, apply dry erase marker all over the underside of the door handle (this also works with black mice, black leather seats, and black pens.

Replace her photo on the company website or orgchart with a photo of a teletubby. Tinky Winky is good for male bosses, Po for female.

Using your company's internal SMTP relay from a box other than your own, relay a message from the CEO to your boss letting them know they are fired (or demoted, or to praise a particular employee we all know).

Left by OwenG on Jul 26, 2006 8:51 PM

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Actually I wasn't looking for suggestions, so much as venting. But your suggestions were entertaining. :)
Left by Blogus Maximus on Jul 26, 2006 8:55 PM

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