Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Bureaucracy and such...

Why do you suppose that they call 'it'...
RED TAPE ??  
or they say...."Sorry, Miss, but my hands are TIED"...
Here' my suggestion as to the coining of these terms for BUREAUCRACY......
When you are stuck in the bureaucratic maze....
you feel as though you are being BOUND and GAGGED by such
THICK and COARSE ropes....
that you are LITERALLY BLEEDING from the abrasion !
(Hence the RED!)

Example....
You deposit a check into your ATM.....
Day after day...as you 'check' to see whether its been cleared yet....
you encounter a HOLD on the check...
AN INEXPLICABLE HOLD....
You then call the 800 number that they've suggested to you for 'help'....
and they put you through from ONE BUREAUCRATIC STATION to another...
You finally hang up...
out of sheer exhaustion...
and realize, to your HORROR....
that you've been on the phone for OVER TWO HOURS !!!
and the check is STILL ON HOLD !!!

Another example....
You order cable TV for your AGED MOTHER....
They give you a date for installation of 3 WEEKS from NOW....
You tell them that this is an IMPOSSIBLE amount of time
 for an old woman not to have her TV working...
They tell you that it's the EARLIEST available appointment....
and as you shrug your shoulders in defeat, you take the appointment...
The 3 weeks pass in slow motion...
and finally the day comes for installation....
Your mom waits inside her room ALL DAY LONG...
but they never show up!
You are INCENCED....
You call the cable company, and the robotic announcement tells you
that the wait time to speak to an operator is 40 minutes !!!
YOU WAIT...
ggggrrrrr......
FINALLY, a very young person comes on the phone....
You tell them, with a great deal of agitation,
that the cable people never came...
and your "poor mom" waited all day....
They look up your order....
and tell you that it was INDEED "CANCELLED" !!!
you tell them that YOU NEVER CANCELLED IT...
that your mom's been waiting for almost a month !!
and they tell you that the NEXT AVAILABLE APPOINTMENT is...
ya ready ??
DECEMBER, 2012 !!!!!!!!
You start to yell at the VERY YOUNG person....
and they HANG UP !!!

Did you ever see the Michael Douglas movie, "The Game" ??
where he is sent on one futile mission after another....
and he finally cannot take any more....
As he stands in line at McDonalds, he is told that they are all out of CHEESE
for his CHEESE BURGER order...
He pulls a gun out and shoots the McDonalds clerk !!

ahhhhh....RED TAPE....