Wednesday, March 23, 2011

If You Aren't Already A Libertarian...

Check out this transcript from the Ohio Supreme Court, in which it takes 10 pages of questions and answers for a clerk making 64k a year to admit if his office has a photocopier or not:

Marburger: During your tenure in the computer department at the Recorder's office, has the Recorder's office had photocopying machines?

Cavanagh: Objection.

Marburger: Any photocopying machine?

Patterson: When you say "photocopying machine," what do you mean?

Marburger: Let me be -- let me make sure I understand your question. You don't have an understanding of what a photocopying machine is?

Patterson: No. I want to make sure that I answer your question correctly.

Cavanagh: Dave, I'll object to the tone of the question. You make it sound like it's unbelievable to you that he wouldn't know what the definition of a photocopy machine is.

Marburger: I didn't ask him to define it. I asked him if he had any.

Patterson: When you say "photocopying machine," what do you mean?

Marburger: Let me be clear. The term "photocopying machine" is so ambiguous that you can't picture in your mind what a photocopying machine is in an office setting?

Patterson: I just want to make sure I answer your question correctly.

Marburger: Well, we'll find out. If you can say yes or no, I can do follow-ups, but it seems -- if you really don't know in an office setting what a photocopying machine is, I'd like the Ohio Supreme Court to hear you say so.
 Go read the whole thing. It gets better.


Julie said...

Good grief.

Reminds me of when i was working in a company where no one wanted to make decisions - i was implementing a new ERP system .. not a good mix.

There was this one time where it took 17 emails to get either a "yes" or "no" on one important decision!

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