They only employ idiots now

Manager at the shop was speaking of her eldest who had to fill in some form for university funding and had done so long ago.   Being a careful person, she put a copy away.

He got a letter saying his funding was rescinded because he’d failed to submit the form signed by this person and that.   She rang the university and they told her that as he had failed to comply …..

She put the woman straight but the woman asked how she could know it was her without ID.   Manager reads the form out verbatim.   “Well that could be anyone saying that,” she was told.

As if there wasn’t enough to do and she’s a nervous type person anyway, she had to go to the university with the copy and this time it was a different woman who accepted it but the funding was still rescinded because there’d been a certain allocation and it had all been disbursed.

She went a little bit irate and said that she and he had done the right thing, that the error was the university’s and now they were being penalized for that error.   Sorry – funding’s all been allocated.

Manager asked me why people were like that these days – it wasn’t the only thing these past few weeks.

“Because they only employ idiots now,” I promptly replied.   “Especially in the public sector but also in the private – if you have talent, initiative and a brain, you are not wanted.    You are a threat to the narrative.    You are a threat to the peace of an office because you can think for yourself and you can see things being done wrongly.   No one wishes to be told that all the time.”

“Yes but why are they so stupid?”

“Education system, illiterate, not taught to think, taught not to think, sex, drugs and gaming rather than actually learning – many factors mediocritizing today’s employed.   People who should be in charge of these things are kept out of them.

And it’s more than that – the type of work available is tickboxing and keyboard data entering.    It’s becoming universal.   So when you have to deal with someone at a utilities company or the Post Office or at the passport office, unless it’s one of the remaining old guard – and not even then – then the odds are that you’re dealing with an idiot.   Yelling won’t help.

That’s why there are notices everywhere saying that they will not put up with abuse of employees.   My question is – why would anyone abuse an employee?   Because the idiot did something to you and now needs protection from you.   This is the new workplace – UK 2012.”

She looked at me for a few moments, grinned and concluded: “That’s depressing.”

“Cup of coffee?”

………..

Meanwhile.

8 Responses to “They only employ idiots now”

  1. Moggsy September 25, 2012 at 11:27 Permalink

    You say, “if you have talent, initiative and a brain, you are not wanted. You are a threat to the narrative…. you can think for yourself and you can see things being done wrongly.” I figure you do have a point there.

    I half agree with your other comment about abuse of employees, where you say, “My question is – why would anyone abuse an employee? Because the idiot did something to you and now needs protection from you.” I guess there is surely _some_ truth in that…

    But while most people are ok, there are so many of them that the ones who have no self control, who feel it is ok to loose their temper, just because the day hasn’t gone perfectly.

    The ones who think it is ok to intimidate and hurt or just can’t get a handle on themselves.

    Those ones do need those signs, but maybe won’t pay attention to them…

    I am thinking that, the real reason those signs are there is like the ones theat warn about packets of peanuts cotaining peanuts. Not about the employees at all…

    Because of ambulance chasers and H&S.

  2. James Higham September 25, 2012 at 11:56 Permalink

    I agree, Moggsy, good to see you again.

  3. Amfortas September 25, 2012 at 15:05 Permalink

    But how else is a nation to find the employment opportunities that match the rhetoric of affirmative action? Most of these clerical and services jobs, in universities and elsewhere, are jobs for the girls. Often ‘old’ girls who have little or no real skills nor experience. They have had a cushy ride at home until they divorced their tame breadwinner and now they need jobs.

    In the American article the ‘blame’ is placed at the schooling system. Who runs that do you think? Who are the English teachers who turn out illiterate kids who can only ‘express their angst’ and be proud, even if unintelligible? One cannot avoid the facts. WOMEN. Their self esteem while incompetent is matched only by the same false self esteem and real incompetence of the children they teach.

    Bemoan dumbing down all you like but the necessary striving that comes with competition has been eradicated in favour of ‘feelings’.

    Is it only ‘women’s fault’? No, of course not. There are legions of manginas who have ‘supported’ the feminist destruction. They will be followed by a new generation of incompetent boys whose self esteem is no-one’s business. The lad who didn’t get the place at Uni through the incompetence of the clerical staff there would have found himself in a minority anyway, pushed to the back of the queue and a non-beneficiary of all the ‘special’ programs for those with a sacred vajajay.

  4. Moggsy September 25, 2012 at 15:22 Permalink

    Oh Amfortas…

    Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. ^_^

    To take a leaf out of James’ book, not my words. A guy’s… The author R.A. Heinlein.

  5. Amfortas September 25, 2012 at 16:56 Permalink

    A ‘Moggsy’ style reply. A cat will shit in your bed if you let it. I would happily set the dog at it. As Camille Paglia said, “If women had had their way, we would all still be living in caves”. We may well be on our way back there.

  6. Moggsy September 26, 2012 at 07:27 Permalink

    Amfortas, How pleasant, whatever floats your boat.

    But back to the real word for a moment… if women actually had their way someone would have invented electrical lighting, central heating and a washing/ironing/folding appliance some time before the birth of Christ. I guess a cave could be made ok, maybe even nice… if a person absolutely had to…

  7. Amfortas September 26, 2012 at 07:55 Permalink

    That is your real world, Moggsy? Er…. it wasn’t how it panned out, was it (how real is the past?) and no woman got around to demanding a man invent electricity. Sure as heck a woman wasn’t about to do it anytime. Women didn’t even get around to floating boats.

    :)

  8. Moggsy September 26, 2012 at 08:48 Permalink

    No Amfotas. Women were not. Not while being the “property” of husbands and fathers and without education and with wars gettin in the way.

    The real world comment you maybe deliberately misinterpret was to do with your bs “still living in caves” comment/quote.

    Like I said and you don’t seem to parse/get is that in the real world if women actually had their way they would not be living in caves, and so on.

    Lets leave it. I have better things to be doing. x

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