Monday, August 13, 2007

Politically Incorrect

I always feel bad when I see those "missing pet" posters hanging around the neighborhood. Except for this one.

Don't mind if I hope your cat STAYS gone, dude. Although, this might explain the sudden rash of new posters. Hm.

Daily Hoop Conversation:
Tink: You know we live in the south when the waiter asks the customers if they're Christian or not.
Hoop: When did that happen?
Tink: Just now. Our waiter asked the couple behind us if they were Christian, then he started promoting his Christian rock band to them.
Hoop: That's crazy.
Tink: I know, right? When did that become OK?
Hoop: No, I mean, I could have sworn our waiter was gay.
Tink: *Blink*

August Search Terms:
(What people put into search engines that bring them here)
1. if i knew it was that kind of party i'd stick my dick in the mashed potatoes I bet you don't get too many Thanksgiving invitations.
2. picture of very old man in speedo No! Now leave this blog immediately.
3. what goes with white trim?
4. stick your finger in your navel and smell it Mmm. Linty goodness.
5. funny sayings for 65th birthday roast You're so old, when you were born the dead sea was still sick.

Daily Hoop Conversation 2:
Tink: Pamer said it be awesome if we opened one of the bananas and a bunch of baby spiders crawled out.
Hoop: Ew!
Tink: Right? Blech. But I don't think we have anything to worry about.
Hoop: ...
Tink: ...
Hoop: So, are we moving the bananas?
Tink: You bet-cher-ass we are!

Deep Thought Of The Day: What would you do if your boss asked you to do something you felt was morally wrong? What if it could potentially get you in trouble? At what point do you choose your standards over your job and visa versa? Discuss.

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At 14 August, 2007, Blogger Jen said...

Re: the saber tooth. Are you sure that wasn't your great wit of the world funny? That's too great to pass up. For sure.

Re: the waiter. That was so funny that I actually spat at the screen with laughter.

Re: the bananas. I thought the same thing, but I'm terrified of spiders and didn't want to scare you too, so I said nothing. Now, I'm ashamed. Sorry.

Re: Deep thought of the day. Don't do it. I've been in the situation before and ultimately I did lose my jobbie-job over it, but by then it wasn't worth it anyway. Choose your standards over your job I say. Always. A better one usually comes of it. But again, I'm all ethical; probably too much so for my own good. Thus, I may not be the best to ask.

At 14 August, 2007, Blogger Chris said...

Hee hee - brilliant sign! And get those damned bananas out of there! Eeep! Eeep!

At 14 August, 2007, Anonymous Michelle said...

That is the weirdest LOST poster ever.

I am SHOCKED the waiter asked if those folks were Christian. Mostly, my answer to that question is thus, "Heh heh! Well, I don't think the other members of my coven would take too kindly to that sort of question".

Very intriguing deep thought. I have a leetle experience with my boss asking me to do something morally wrong and illegal (warranty fraud...looooong story). Anyway, I chose NOT to do it and then turned around and turned my boss and his co-horts over to the authorities. Yes, it put me out of a job my at least I sleep at night. My moral compass was too strong for such ridiculousness.

And when you ask, "could get you into trouble"... in trouble with whom? Head office? The law? The FBI?

At 14 August, 2007, Anonymous Michelle said...

D'oh! It's supposed to read, "BUT at least I sleep at night". Sheesh.

Further to all of that, I think Jen is on the right track. Don't do it.

At what point is it okay to sell yourself out?

At 14 August, 2007, Blogger captain corky said...

"At what point do you choose your standards over your job and visa versa?"

If I'm you or me I stab him with a spork. But if I'm a normal person I really have to think about the specific situation, because I have bills to pay and my wife isn't working right now.

PS. I love sticking my finger in my belly button and smelling it. Yum!!!

At 14 August, 2007, Blogger Newt said...

Both Hoop conversations cracked me up. You guys are too cute.

Deep thought: I cope with ethically wrong daily. And I still don't know what to do about it. I'm outnumbered, out ranked,out monied, out everything. Grrrr. Morally wrong though: Try "I'm not comfortable with your request. Is there someone else that can assist you?" If they keep at it, ask for it in writing. That sometimes will stop it immediately.

At 14 August, 2007, Blogger fiwa said...

I may never eat another banana. I hate to be naive and ask, but DO SPIDERS REALLY LIVE IN BANANAS?!

Re your question. If I was outright asked to do something morally wrong, I would like to think I wouldn't do it, even if it would mean losing my job. However, I think a lot of grey area stuff goes on around most of us (for some reason speaking in generalities makes me feel safer), and sadly I think you get to the point where you just turn your head in disgust.

At 14 August, 2007, Blogger Jay said...

I wonder if those people at the other table were wearing Jesus stuff or said something that prompted the waiter to ask them that question.

Oh and some of the original Christian Rock bands had gay members. Shocking. I know.

Deep thought: The only time I've been confronted with such a situation I simply told my boss "I'm not comfortable with that and I believe it violates the company's ethics policy." And that was the end of it. Never heard another thing.

I think he saw the reference to the company's ethics policy as some kind of a veiled threat I would use that against him if he didn't drop it. Luckily I neither of us had to find out if I really would have.

At 14 August, 2007, Blogger Mamalujo said...


At 14 August, 2007, Blogger Samantha said...

I wouldn't want that cat rubbing up against my legs in the morning!

At 14 August, 2007, Blogger Kell said...

Ew. Spider nightmares tonight.

As to the deep thought--always, always choose your standards. Easy to say, hard to do sometimes, but you'll sleep better and feel stronger. And superior--it's always good to feel morally superior.

At 14 August, 2007, Blogger Tink said...

Jen: I wish I COULD claim that poster. I think it's hilarious! Thanks for the advice. That's pretty much what I was feeling too.

Chris: The real question is, where do I put them now??

Michelle: Most likely the head office, if caught. Small chance of being in trouble with the law as well. No one should have to be in this position.

Corky: That's the problem. Losing my job isn't an option. Finding another one may come too late. So... What's your belly button smell like?

Newt + Fiwa + Kell: Good advice! Thank you.

Jay: I have NO idea why he thought that. *Snort* What can you say though? It's Hoop! Thank you for the advice. The problem with the ethics policy is that there isn't one. Crazy, huh? That's what you get with a family operated business.

Samantha: It would probably mean he was marking you as food. :)

Mamalujo: I wish I could elaborate more...

At 14 August, 2007, Blogger Scottsdale Girl said...

Sometimes morally wrong things feel good.

I'm jes sayin

At 14 August, 2007, Blogger DebbieDoesLife said...

We had some in our neighborhood for a while that said "For Sale - My" I think the sabertooth tiger one rocks!

I don't think you should ever do something that you know is wrong. Its a tough situation though.

At 14 August, 2007, Blogger fiwa said...

Now wait, I thought this was hypothetical. Hmm... I guess my answer wouldn't really change, but I hope you aren't having to seriously consider that.

At 14 August, 2007, Blogger Sleepynita said...

I am SO jealous of the banana growing down there. SO not fair :(

Love the search engine hits, they crack me up whenever I see them on someones site.

At 14 August, 2007, Blogger tammy said...

You should go back to the resturant, ask for the same waiter, then randomly ask if he's a santanist & tell him about your santanic band.

As for yur deep thought - I have tenure, my boss could kiss my ass!

At 14 August, 2007, Anonymous gawilli said...

May daughter had a job interview once where she was asked if she loved Jesus. Can you believe that?

As for the deep thought, I personally would take the moral high ground. It has only come up one time, and so far I still have my job. So far.

At 14 August, 2007, Blogger Pamer said...

I would pick the morals over the job any day. Jobs come and go but you have to live with yourself 24 hours a day.

I feel I must apologise for the banana spider nightmares. I just remember the stories of spiders in banana shipments and people getting bit when they reach for them in the grocery stores.

I really don't think a spider would lay eggs inside a's a cool image though, ya?

All you have to do is type Banana Spider into google and you'll see some crazy big spiders...HUGE ...creeeepy

At 15 August, 2007, Anonymous Michelle said...

Head office and/or the law, huh? Nope, not worth it. I loved Newt's idea of asking for the request in writing. That way, you've got a papertrail. Just a simple, "Sure! I'll get right on that but, being busy and all, please send me a reminder by email, okay? Thaaaanks."

And I know that you think losing your job isn't an option but don't let fear stand in your way. I used to think EXACTLY the same way and somehow we've managed to survive my lack of a full-time and steady job for over a year! All things are possible to those who believe.

At 19 August, 2007, Blogger Edge said...

On the ethics and the boss. I find a way to report it to HR and make sure my boss has no friends in HR, the ask them if I should do it.

I have no sympathy for truly unethical bosses.



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