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Shipping This The Long Way Round

| Working | July 22, 2015

(My boss has a tendency to assume things are more difficult than they are; related, he also tends to do things in the most difficult way possible, almost on instinct. At the moment he’s prepping a return for some in-office-use products.)

Boss: “Well, these headsets have to go back to [vendor] because they don’t work.”

Me: “Okay, leave them there we’ll get to it as soon as we get this batch of orders boxed.”

Boss: *starts taking everything out of the vendor’s shipping carton to put them into one of our boxes*

Me: “Whoa, just, leave them there. That box is fine to ship them.”

Boss: “Oh, okay.” *starts rooting around for the dozens of pieces of packing paper needed to fill the space up*

Me: “Um…” *realizes what we’re in for* “Hey [coworker] can you pass me that box of packing peanuts?”

Coworker: “Yep.”

(He hands it over, I help the boss stack it up, and watch him struggle to do a cross-fold of the flaps before taping it instead of just taping it, stick the paper shipping label down with two layers of clear tape instead of a single one of the waybill envelopes which were right next to him, and then spend three minutes trying to figure out “which pile” it goes into despite us repeatedly pointing out specifically which one to put it on.)

Me: *once he’s finally done and back over into the office area* “So how long would that have taken us?”

Coworker: “Dude, we’d already be at our desks by now.”

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