Hey, I KNOW that idiot. Don’t you?

A friend forwarded to me one of those things that make their rounds on the Internet, a serious of anecdotes labeled “Idiot sightings.” They were funny, but they made me feel bad because, well, they were mostly aimed a working-class people who may NOT be as smart as the average person, and it felt creepy to me to see them made fun of… even if their existence is apocryphal (for some reason, a lot of them were in Kanas — maybe that’s where the e-mail originated).

But I will share this one, since it was about an empowered management type, presumably a college graduate. Since I spent most of my worklife in management (until being laid off), I figured it was OK to laugh — you know, like black rappers being allowed to use the N word. Sort of. Anyway, it went like this:

At a good-bye luncheon for an old and dear coworker. She was leaving the company due to ‘downsizing.’
Our manager commented cheerfully, ‘This is fun. We  should do this more often.’
Not another word was spoken. We all just looked at each other with that deer-in-the-headlights stare.

The thing that got me about this story is, I KNOW that guy.

Don’t you?

One thought on “Hey, I KNOW that idiot. Don’t you?

  1. Kathryn Fenner

    Steve Carell, of The Office, says that if you don’t know a Michael Scott, you *are* Michael Scott…

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