We’re in the middle of doing inventory. It’s a giant clusterf*. I completed mine on Monday, then come in Tuesday to find three reports in my office. A “Changes Report”, an “Exceptions Report”, and a “Differences Report”. Wonderful. One of these stupid things is blank.
I read over them and they look correct. When I’m done reading, I do what all good support techs do when things look correct; absolutely nothing. I mean, if it looks fine, then I leave it alone. Unfortunately, that’s not what I’m supposed to do. What I’m supposed to do, according to our Inventory Manager is validate the reports. Yep, they must be validated. Even the blank one.
My first question to him is “How do I validate a blank report?”. He starts to give me the “10 minute ohmygodsomebodykillmealaready answer.” Before he gets too far into it, I hold up my hand and say, “Wait. This is simple. Just tell me how I validate it? Do I sign it? Check something? Put my initials on it? What? I just want to know what needs to be done for this to pass the It’s been validated test.” He gets cranked up again. I again stop him and ask the same question; what does he consider as a valid indicator that the report’s been “validated”. Fortunately, he seems to be listening and gives me a rather snide, “I don’t care. You can put a check mark on it if you want.” So I put a check mark on it and hand it back. Apparently, a checkmark is not a valid validation indicator.
So you know what? I’m having them notarized. I’m going to put a check mark next to each friggin’ entry, I’m going to sign the last page of each report with my entire 22 character given name, and then have the damn things notarized. Even the blank one.
Now, when I get canned for being a smartass, which one of you is going to give me a job?