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Thursday, 27 May, 2004

From the Overreaction Files. Apparently Wal-Mart has some pretty strict policies regarding their employees' behavior.

It's a violation of company policy to take any reading material into a restroom.

So three managers confronted an employee in Chandler, AZ and reprimanded him for taking reading material into the bathroom. He, in turn, pulled out a box-cutter and began slicing them up. Just a bit of an overreaction on his part, I would say.

And what was the offending reading material in question, one might ask?

It was a map.

[Yeah, wouldn't want any cartography interferring with our greeting duties or anything.]

And in another case of employers dictating one's every move . . .

MOSCOW - Russian border guards are under new orders to wipe those scowls off their faces and smile more.

Vadim Shibayev, spokesman for the Russian Federal Security Service, said the directive was issued after complaints about surly and rude guards, the Interfax-Military News Agency reported Wednesday.

"As individuals and transport vehicles cross the state border, special attention will be paid to treating passengers very politely and to preventing callous and rude behavior," Shibayev was quoted as saying.

The directive includes an order to smile more, Interfax said.

Shibayev said the order was issued by Col. Gen. Vladimir Pronichev, head of the border guard service. Unit commanders were assigned to directly respond to any complaints.

[I don't think I want to be Col. Gen. Vladimir Pronichev - forcing men with guns to smile.]

Quote du jour:

"I believe in the 'Wal-Mart' school of business. The less people pay, the more they enjoy it."

-- Garth Brooks (1962 - ____) US singer, songwriter

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