OP had always been averse to taking trouble from anyone and had no intention of passing it on to others. So, it was no surprise when they joined the military at a young age, where such audacity was both admired and frowned upon.
Rising Through the Ranks
Miraculously, they survived the military with their “go-getter” attitude intact and even rose to become the leader of their division, defying the odds stacked against them.
Chaos Amidst Responsibility
Leading the department responsible for their unit’s major equipment, OP encountered a mountain of administrative tasks.
Every division had its own equipment, and maintaining records of run hours, maintenance logs, and readings for each gauge and meter meant drowning in paper.
Yellow Highlights and Pre-Made Forms
However, OP’s team had devised a clever system – pre-made forms, marked with yellow highlighter, ready to be copied for the next day.
This simple trick streamlined the process, saving time and effort in the face of overwhelming paperwork.
Broken Feeder, Ticking Clock
On that fateful day, disaster struck – the auto document feeder of the copier malfunctioned.
The responsibility of creating forms for the next day’s use fell upon OP’s division, and there was no luxury of fixed working hours or picking up where they left off the next day.
No Rest for the Brave
In the military, the mission had to be completed regardless of the hour – be it noon or midnight.
The Copier’s Last Stand
Examining the ailing copier, OP realized its fate was sealed. The plastic casing was shattered, revealing multiple attempts at patching it up. No amount of ingenuity could save it now.
A Bold Move for Justice
Undeterred, OP declared a “do not resuscitate” order and sent someone to request a replacement.
But their hopes were dashed when the supply officer denied the request, claiming that manual copies could still be made, one painstaking document at a time.
Taking Matters Into Their Own Hands
Unwilling to accept defeat, OP took matters into their own hands.
Armed with a copier and a sledgehammer, they stormed into the supply officer’s quarters, ready to make a statement and fight for what was right.
An Unexpected Solution
In a shocking turn of events, the supply officer witnessed the copier’s broken state firsthand—the shattered plastic and scattered innards on the floor.
Convinced of the need for a replacement, they not only approved the request, but also arranged for a rarely used copier to be delivered from another department.
OP’s Last Laugh
Though OP faced reprimand later on, it was a small price to pay for the victory they had achieved.
Their unwavering determination showed that standing up against the odds and fighting for what’s right, even in the face of challenges and consequences, could bring about significant change.
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