Buckle up, because this is an amazing tale from a dysfunctional workplace. The original poster (OP) had a crafty plan in the face of outrageous bureaucracy, and it worked like a charm! Funny that his manager doesn’t see things that way, though…
OP recently decided to take on a job as a janitor.
Money was tight, and this job was quick, convenient, and easy to get hired for.
But his employer had a crazy rule.
Their Crazy Rule
Employees were absolutely forbidden from purchasing any work-related items.
Everything had to be requisitioned from the corporation’s purchasing department.
It didn’t matter if it was a five-figure piece of equipment of a $4 bottle of Windex. Rules were rules.
Navigating Corporate Hurdles
Not only that, but OP himself wasn’t even allowed to make any of those requisitions!
All requisitions had to be made by a manager.
Is This Really Necessary?
Of course, he tried asking his manager if all of this was really necessary, but his manager refused to budge, and OP quickly decided not to care anyway.
After all, he got paid no matter what nonsense policies corporate decided to enforce.
The Missing Windex
Some weeks into the job, OP found himself out of Windex.
True to company policy, he notified his manager.
He’d get some new Windex soon, right?
A Waiting Game
But a whole week later, the Windex hadn’t arrived.
OP reminded his manager that he needed that Windex to do his job properly, and the manager simply said that he’d forgotten and would attend to it promptly.
It Still Didn’t Arrive
Another week, still no Windex.
Once again, OP went to his manager, only this time, his manager gave him a lecture about how he didn’t have the time to prioritize a silly little bottle of windex.
He’d Be Fired
Op offered to purchase it himself, but his manager sternly reminded him that he’d be fired if he did.
It was as if he’d suggested corporate treason.
Tiptoeing Around the Rules
Choosing not to argue the absurdity of the situation, OP nodded in agreement, promising patience.
But the windows and mirrors were going uncleaned, and people were starting to complain that OP wasn’t doing his job properly.
The Plot Thickens
Then, an idea sprang to life in OP’s mind. A mischievous yet brilliant idea!
The Windex Heist
OP purchased a bottle of Windex and brought it to work, hidden in his lunchbox.
A couple of hours later, all the facility’s glass was sparkling like never before.
Playing the Innocent
Then, to turn things up a notch, he thanked his manager for ordering the Windex.
You wouldn’t believe the reaction that triggered!
He Was Absolutely Furious
The manager was absolutely furious!
He couldn’t believe that someone had brought Windex into the company without going through the proper channels!
A Confused Culprit
Playing innocent, OP feigned ignorance.
After all, anyone who’d been tired of dirty windows could have been the one to bring it in!
A Man on a Mission
The manager was now on a mission to find the Windex smuggler.
He scoured the security footage with two other managers and a security officer, obsessed with finding the culprit.
The Irony Was Great
In the end, they couldn’t find who had smuggled in the Windex, and OP’s supply remained untouched.
But the irony of the situation was delicious.
It Was a Complete Success
The manager had snarled at OP that he didn’t have time to order a silly bottle of Windex, and yet here he was…completely obsessed with a silly little bottle of Windex.
OP deemed his plan a success.
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