Word Count
May 16, 2007
“How do you respond to 1200 track and maintenance workers walking off the job?”

“Let them eat cake.”

“How Victorian. Is that to say you are unconcerned?”

“We have over 1300 managers set aside trained to take over in such a situation. They can handle it.”

“1300? That’s a lot of managers. Will your management operations suffer as a result of that many being away from their regular duties?”

“Hardly. I doubt their absence will even be noticed.”

“So, you’re confident that this management team will be able to perform the work needed?”

“Of course. We predicted this long ago and prepared for it.”

“How did you predict this?”

“You can only keep riff-raff like this down for so long before they start squawking. The way we’ve been treating them for the past few years, we’re only surprised that it took them this long to call us on it.”

“Can you guarantee safety will not be an issue what with managers performing these duties instead of the rank and file?”

“I find words like guarantee and safety to be ugly in a situation such as this. Next question?”

“You mentioned training. Would you care to elaborate on what kind of training these managers received in order to prepare them for this?”

“Well, if you insist.”

“I do.”

“Very well then, at a great expense, we bought the best model train sets we could find. Every manager has spent countless hours in his or her basements preparing for this. They’re ready.”

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