Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Worker Dead at Desk for Five Days

My Santa-Mom gave me a stocking stuffer at Christmas that is a spiral-bound book of funny desk signs that I display on the corner of my desk to make me smile. Many of them I don't display because I don't want people to know how I am REALLY feeling about them and their work or my office/company in general (e.g., "Tell me again how lucky I am to work here. I keep forgetting." or "I'll try being nicer, if you try being smarter.")

So, this morning in my general need for change and to avoid doing the work that needs to get done, I started flipping through the signs to find a new one to display. This is what I decided to go for: "I don't get even, I get odder." I felt that was pretty apropos for me.

On the backside of each of the signs is a story or something to think about. This is the story that was on today's:

Worker Dead At Desk For 5 Days
Bosses of a publishing firm are trying to work out why no one noticed that one of their employees had been sitting at his desk for FIVE DAYS before anyone asked if he was feeling okay.

George Turklebaum, 51, who had been employed as a proof-reader at a New
York firm for 30 years, had a heart attack in the open-plan office he shared
with 23 other workers. He quietly passed away on Monday, but nobody noticed
until Saturday morning when an office cleaner asked why he was still working
during the weekend.

His boss Elliot Wachiaski said: "George was always the first guy in each
morning and the last to leave at night, so no one found it unusual that he was
in the same position all the time and didn't say anything. He was always
absorbed in his work and kept much to himself."

A post-mortem examination revealed that he had been dead for five days
after suffering a coronary. Ironically, George was proofreading manuscripts of
medical textbooks when he died...You may want to give your co-workers a nudge

Birmingham Sunday Mercury 07/01/2001

I used to just worry about dieing on the weekend and nobody realizing that I was dead until I didn't show up to work on Monday, which is why I've always tried to be very consistent with my work hours. Now I have to worry about dieing at the office and nobody even noticing....although I'm not really certain that it would be possible for nobody to notice that I was sitting at my desk dead for 5 days....I get interrupted often enough to shake me out of the zombie-like comma I fall into.


Paula said...

That is soo sad! Poor George!

and I think some one would notice before Monday morning, Andrea!

Queen B said...

people would notice that their changes weren't getting approved

love the sign

sigh.... poor George.

Jay said...

You are just too funny!!! Have you thought about writing/applying for a Seinfeldish???

Love Ya!

Jane: a female given name of English origin said...

Oh man I dont want to die at work