managers who apply red ink

Subject: managers who apply red ink
From: Terry Freedman <etfreedman -at- EASYNET -dot- CO -dot- UK>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 1997 18:47:38 -0500

Although this is a different context, in a school I once worked in every
single one of my student reports was returned with red ink. Even where there
was nothing wrong, I was told to make my signature more legible!

As at that time I had been teaching for about 15 years, with only one or two
reports ever returned, I was quite affronted at this. However, like Mulla
Nasrudin I decided to bide my time.

At the next reporting date, I did all the reports as usual. Then, as I was
handing them over to this person (my line manager) for checking, I said:

"Christine, I've completed all these reports, but to save you a little bit
of time would it be helpful if, instead of handing them over to you now, I
threw them away and rewrote them immediately?"

She looked most annoyed, and to my surprise she took the reports and
returned none.

Terry Freedman
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