This is not positive communication

February 6th, 2008 · 78 comments

This series comes to us from an anonymous office worker in Sydney, Australia, who explains: “Despite our multi-million dollar profits, some people in our office are really attached to our company’s bottom line.”

DID YOU REALLY NEED TO PRINT THIS IN COLOUR??

UPDATE: the saga continues!

GET BACK TO WORK. WRITING POST-ITS FOR THIS WALL IS A WASTE OF COMPANY TIME. SHAME ON YOU ALL.

related: Excuse me, I believe you have my stapler

FILED UNDER: money · office supplies · saga · Sydney


78 responses so far ↓

  • #1   The Fresh Cracker

    Dude. It’s a dollar.

    CALM DOWN

    Feb 6, 2008 at 8:53 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Diane

      IN THIS CASE $2!

      Feb 6, 2008 at 12:32 pm   rating: 22  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   Canthz_B bang

    I’ll bet they have K-Mart furniture at home too!
    Cheapskate!

    Feb 6, 2008 at 8:54 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #3   park rose bang

    If comment one and comment 3 are written by the same person, then s/he did heed the request in note 2. And what are HR going to do about it, anyway?

    Feb 6, 2008 at 8:58 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #4   GhostWriter bang

    Let’s not forget that they are talking about an Australian dollar, which is worth US.07

    Seems a bit of an over-reaction, since I routinely find nickels and dimes behind our copier.

    Feb 6, 2008 at 9:00 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   Niccole

      Oh for the love of all that is holy, can we please get a mailing address for this poor, distraught, color-printing-phobic person?

      I’m sure I’ve got some loose change floating around in the depths of my purse to send as a token of hope that the use of the color ink cartridge won’t put them in the red!

      Feb 6, 2008 at 10:03 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.2   cre8tivewmn bang

      Thanks for the explanation. I couldn’t imagine how a color inkjet print-out could cost $1 US. Especially not with a tiny photo like that. $.07 I can believe.

      Feb 6, 2008 at 1:16 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.3   Dave T

      I assume you are being sarcastic, but by my calculation, 1 AUD is 0.90 USD… which seems unreasonably high for 1 colour printout.

      Feb 6, 2008 at 2:15 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   park rose bang

    At least note writer number one made sure that anyone who wanted to read the article could do so. The placement of the second note shows how little interest there probably is in the actual content.

    A good reason for it to be in b&w, perhaps?

    Feb 6, 2008 at 9:01 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #6   Canthz_B bang

    Adoption of American spelling practices could save money as well. “Color” instead of “Colour” saves ink, time and key/penstrokes. Every little bit counts people!

    Feb 6, 2008 at 9:02 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   Yertle the Turtle

      Also, think how much money they could save by writing their PA notes on yellow post-its…those colo(u)r post-its are expensive!

      Oct 31, 2009 at 1:04 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #7   anglophile bang

    Those post-it notes aren’t exactly cheap, either. And they are the premium blue ones, too, not the generic yellow. What a waste of company resources!

    Feb 6, 2008 at 9:05 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #8   park rose bang

    no way I’m giving up my ‘u’, CB, it’s the favourite part of my very colourful language – oh, honourable global neighbour.
    ;)

    Feb 6, 2008 at 9:07 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   Nancy

      don’t you mean “gloubal”?

      Feb 6, 2008 at 6:59 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.2   park rose bang

      Seems we only place ‘u’ after ‘o’ before ‘r’ – but don’t quote me on it, in fact, I am waiting to be contradicted. :)

      Feb 6, 2008 at 8:11 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #9   GhostWriter bang

    The colour copy may have been a bit pricey, but using our last bandaid to attach your note to the wall is selfish.

    Feb 6, 2008 at 9:08 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   park rose bang

      C’mon, you told us we couldn’t get any more tape until we’d used up all the first-aid supplies. Why do you think you made a multi-million dollar profit? Sheeesh.

      Feb 6, 2008 at 9:22 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #10   GhostWriter bang

    Colour lettering is a waste of time (and money). We’re not in grade school, folks!

    Feb 6, 2008 at 9:10 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   park rose bang

      That’s why they only wrote half the ‘u’. To save costs and time. Actually, they probably just weren’t sure if they should write it the American way or the British.

      :)

      Feb 6, 2008 at 9:15 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #11   Canthz_B bang

    I give extra points for coloring within the lines. :mrgreen:

    Feb 6, 2008 at 9:16 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   Kreeves

      except think of the money they wasted by using a HIGHLIGHTER!!!!

      Nov 19, 2009 at 10:55 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #12   Kristi

    In my mind I know it’s only a dollar but my heart is siding with the cheapskate. I work for a very small company (6 employees) and the printing of unnecessary color copies is a BIG pet peeve of mine. I finally had to put my foot down when another employee was averaging 50+ copies a day. A company our size can’t afford that much waste. Besides, I waste enough time on this site as it is!

    Feb 6, 2008 at 9:19 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   Canthz_B bang

      To my mind this contains a person’s picture…color was appropriate. If it were just text then color would be a waste.

      Feb 6, 2008 at 9:28 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.2   secondsout bang

      Wait, why couldn’t a black and white picture of the person suffice?

      Feb 6, 2008 at 5:14 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.3   GhostWriter bang

      Can you imagine how creepy that guy would look in black and white? Like Peter Cushing, that’s how creepy!

      Team Full-Colour Vampires

      Feb 6, 2008 at 5:22 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.4   EvilTwin

      Whoa!!! TOTALLY unnecessary slam on Peter Cushing! He is the freakin’ MAN! I demand you watch any Hammer horror film starring him and then take back your comment!

      Feb 6, 2008 at 5:51 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.5   Canthz_B bang

      To be fair, no one’s pic looks good in B&W.

      Feb 6, 2008 at 7:48 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.6   Team Cassandra bang

      I don’t mean to be always differing with you but… I beg to differ.

      This man would, most assuredly, look better in B&W. Trust.

      Feb 6, 2008 at 8:02 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.7   GhostWriter bang

      ET: Thanks for your input, Vader- but your sad devotion to that ancient religion has not helped you conjure up the stolen data tapes.

      TC: According to Paul Simon, everything looks worse in black and white, which is what CB (I think) was getting at. For example, compare the color Bowie unitard to the black and white version. BTW, you deserve grand accolades for your Fuckingette City parody.

      Feb 7, 2008 at 9:50 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.8   manti

      yeah I agree, I’m kind of pyscho myself when I see people making color printouts of things that they really woudlnt even need to have printed in black and white. When I coming up in a the office workfoce 12 years ago color printers were even more expensive, and we were hounded constantly ifwe used it. at later jobs you had to have a code # to use the color printer so they could track who was making copies.
      now when i see people printing stupid stuff out w/ color it aggravates me

      then again, so does scribbing on a announcement posted on a wall.

      Feb 10, 2008 at 7:40 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #13   Canthz_B bang

    Lemme get this straight.
    You’re worried about the cost of ink but not the cost of the use of your valuable time taken to write a note on a note?

    Feb 6, 2008 at 9:24 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #14   amy d bang

    If note writer #1 was really concerned about the costs of printing the article in colour, then he/she would not have written directly on the article.

    Making the colour copy unusable by defacement is a bigger crime than printing said article in colour.

    Feb 6, 2008 at 9:24 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   park rose bang

      Is note write number 1 concerned about cost? That’s what I want to know.
      (Are note writer 1 & 3 the same?).

      Feb 6, 2008 at 9:27 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #15   unholyghost2003 bang

    Color (or colour) COPIES may cost a dollar but the articles was clearly printed on an inkjet printer. The article is from a newspaper. If it was a photocopy of the newspaper article the layout would be totally different. The cost of 2 square inches of color from a printer is going to be a LOT less than a dollar.

    My own innate PAness would cause me to tape a quarter to the page and say “There, paid the company back.”

    Feb 6, 2008 at 9:41 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #16   anglophile bang

    I think the confusion over the cost lies in the fact that, while COLOUR printing is somewhat expensive, COLOJR printing is through the roof!

    Feb 6, 2008 at 9:47 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   bamBAM!! bang

      don’t dis them, they’re austrailian. it’s normal there. I just got a paper cut.

      Feb 6, 2008 at 4:15 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.2   park rose bang

      and ‘railing’ against you, bamBAM!!

      glad you got the phonetic spelling right there – not that I’m dissing you, or anything.

      Feb 6, 2008 at 6:28 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.3   Jane

      Hang on, It’s spelt COLOUR to us.
      “Wow, there is a country outside America?”

      Feb 6, 2008 at 9:30 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.4   Canthz_B bang

      I do believe PR was referring to “austrailian”, not “colour”, Jane. That is the misspelled word.
      What’s that thing on your shoulder?

      Feb 6, 2008 at 9:44 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.5   Wade bang

      i hope none take offence when i ask, what colour is spelt? i understand bread made from it has a wonderful flavour.

      Feb 6, 2008 at 9:52 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.6   Canthz_B bang

      If the US were outside of the US, where would we be?

      Feb 6, 2008 at 9:58 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.7   park rose bang

      hee-hee, you guyz are tha best -? Jane, I spell ‘spelled’ spelt, too , but change it all the time – just something I’ve ‘learnt’ along the way.

      Now, CB is correct @ 16.4, and it’s ‘colour’ to me too, 99% of the time. Peace, doll, I probably am ‘us’ (not an abbreviation) to you. ;)

      Feb 7, 2008 at 9:47 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #17   Ricehead

    I may have missed it in the previous responses, but I dont think the bottom line should be an issue when the post-it writer is having trouble spelling case. And even then, if that person wasn’t concerned about the bottom line I believe that that person would have written out a new post-it.

    Feb 6, 2008 at 9:50 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   GhostWriter bang

      Oh, but the post-it writer is concerned with the bottom line- that’s why (s)he reused an old post-it from the self-addressed, stamped envelope filing room trash can. Clever!

      Feb 6, 2008 at 12:24 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #18   bellabeastie

    Penalty for excessive use of underlining and question marks. Extra five colojr copies will be charged to your account. Three more for the masking tape that will pull the paint off the walls when removed. And HR cannot help you, they are too busy making more colojr copies of your Personal File.

    Altho — yellow is my favorite colojr…

    Feb 6, 2008 at 10:16 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #19   Team Cassandra bang

    O yeah? So how much was that highlighter?
    And how many minutes did it take you to COLOUR that in and tape it up there? Do you get paid by the hour? Because I think you just cost us ANOTHER DOLLAR!

    Seriously – It’s a little tiny pic from a printer. Inkjet printer cartridges ARE expensive, tho. But sometimes you pay out a little for, you know, professionalism (she did say multi-million dollar company!) which was completely lost at the first use of masking tape.

    PS. Holy PA note aneurysm, Bat Man! I hope they get that note writer some medical assistance STAT!

    Feb 6, 2008 at 10:39 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #20   Wade bang

    I think they should get a new copier vendor. Looks like Colo Jr is ripping them off.

    Feb 6, 2008 at 10:46 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   Wade bang

      gah! this was intended to appear under comment #16

      all props to anglophile :mrgreen:

      Feb 6, 2008 at 10:48 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #21   Lurker

    And don’t forget to re-use those staples you pulled out of the TPS reports! All it takes is a few man-hours to bend tham back into shape. While you’re doing that, I’ll reserve the Plaza Ballroom for the Directors’ meeting.

    Feb 6, 2008 at 10:51 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #22   WanderingPenguin bang

    I want to know who “Colorado Junior” is. Is it the guy in the picture? Why are they printing out pictures of famous pool players and posting them at work? Unless, say, this company makes expensive pool tables and their new endorsement star is Colorado Junior. I guess it would be ok then. But don’t you think they could have found an Aussie pool “star” to promote their product? I’ll bet that would have been cheaper, too. Which was kind of the whole point, no? ;)

    Feb 6, 2008 at 11:42 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #23   GhostWriter bang

    Wanna hear what Joe Jackson has to say about all this?

    Printing woman’s not talking with her bosses ‘bout copies
    For my printouts, I’ll start’em when the office doors close
    Look over there! (Where?)
    There’s a paper that was used, you know,
    to carry out horrid waste, for something so monochrome

    Did you really need to colour-print?
    Did you really need to waste that ink supply?
    Did you really need to colour-print?
    ‘Cuz from the high color printing,
    the profit’s going down around here

    You’ll like the note that I post to all the parties indiscreet.
    I wash my hair in the sink, myself; I look real smooth
    Look over there! (Where?)
    Here comes jeering from a new Post-it
    It says my notes don’t count for much-
    H-R, here comes my proof!

    Did you really need to colour-print?
    Did you really need to waste that ink supply?
    Did you really need to colour-print?
    ‘Cuz from the high color printing,
    the profit’s going down around here

    Buddy, look at you!
    There’s a mandate to cut down wastage.
    Cousin, half the fun’s
    seeing you freak out, you’re off your meds!
    You’d put a meter on this thing.

    Did you really need to colour-print?
    Did you really need to waste that ink supply?
    Did you really need to colour-print?
    ‘Cuz from the high color printing,
    the profit’s going down around here
    …profit’s going down around here.

    Feb 6, 2008 at 12:10 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   WanderingPenguin bang

      *sniff*

      Work of art. :)

      Feb 6, 2008 at 12:31 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.2   Bellabeastie

      Truly inspired, indeed. But now I have an ear worm with that damn song in my head…..urgh

      Feb 6, 2008 at 4:57 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #24   JaiJai

    Oh dear, that was only page one of two…

    Feb 6, 2008 at 12:28 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #25   Detective Julie

    Very few of the P.A. notes get under my skin, but this one makes me want to punch the colourphobic employer in the face.

    Feb 6, 2008 at 12:52 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #26   Detective Julie

    Oh, maybe they’re employed by Murky Dismal from Rainbow Brite, and that’s why he hates color!

    Feb 6, 2008 at 12:55 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #27   The Senior Senior

    I suspect that the anti-colorist (or anti-colourist, if you prefer) is not management at all (since management, in my opinion, loves to spend money on corporate puffery). Our disgruntled friend is likely an employee who believes that if only management would stop spending money on color (or colour, if you must) copies, they would finally get that raise they’ve been whining for.

    Just a theory.

    Feb 6, 2008 at 1:19 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #27.1   WanderingPenguin bang

      I was about to post exactly the same thing. Good thing I read ahead. :)

      Well…. maybe not exactly. I would have spelled colour with a “u” first and without second. ;)

      Feb 6, 2008 at 4:43 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #28   GhostWriter bang

    Nobody understands.

    First, I go through the effort to put up a Positive Communication Bulletin Board, then I post a note that highlights our company’s growth…

    …and don’t you know, Vinnie has to start with his “color-copy” issue. That guy is a veritable font of non-positive communication!

    Feb 6, 2008 at 1:55 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #29   ggggggsdsdg

    Maybe the poster printed it at home and brought it to the office.
    The 2nd post it person tried really hard to spell ‘case.’
    The 2nd post it person stole the blue post it from the other post it person’s desk. Yes, those are expensive post its.
    Maybe the printer with color capability is the only printer the poster had access to.

    Feb 6, 2008 at 2:25 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #30   Nekomimi bang

    Wah wah wah! It’s just a tiny little picture! I love seeing how worked up people can get over these small things!

    Feb 6, 2008 at 3:26 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #31   bamBAM!! bang

    Oh my God!! The CEO’s huge head used so much colour, it cost a fucking dollar!!

    Feb 6, 2008 at 4:16 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #31.1   GhostWriter bang

      Hey -maybe it was the CEO’s writing all along! After he tried some knock-off tanning cream, he was sick and tired of everybody calling him “Pumpkin-Head”. The last thing he wanted was a reminder in the break room of his huge orange melon.

      So, the big joke was the title of the article, and the fact that the employees had nicknamed his head “Optus”.

      Feb 6, 2008 at 4:58 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #32   Naomi

    Do we really have to make a joke about that dollar being f-ing delicious?

    Feb 6, 2008 at 4:46 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #32.1   amy d bang

      Well it is!

      Feb 6, 2008 at 5:31 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #33   bigtime loser

    I’m with the cheapskate, but not for cost amount per se. Its because color toner gets depleted easily, especially with black (all colors in equal amounts). You may have to replace the color toner more often, not cheap at all anyway. So then you ask if those color printouts of newspaper articles were really necessary. Its just seems like a waste to use color when its not necessary.

    Feb 6, 2008 at 5:45 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #33.1   Suhayla

      Don’t they use “black” for black? I know that when I’m out of black, my colour printouts never look right. And my black cartridge is the same price as the other colours, but it gets used up WAY faster.

      Feb 6, 2008 at 5:56 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #33.2   bigtime loser

      Not all have a black color cartridge, they are just Red-Green-Blue. On my deskjet at home, I swap out color for b/w when I need it. But I think you are basically saying the same thing, that black used on a color printout is a waste, and harms the effect of the actual color when it gets depleted.

      Feb 6, 2008 at 6:27 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #34   NAH

    Not only has the original note leaver waseted his/her time leaving the two notes but also the other employees time replying, taking photos and posting this on the internet and now the time of all the commenters above. Think of the money people THE MONEY.

    Feb 6, 2008 at 7:44 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #35   Canthz_B bang

    I’M MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO COPY ANYMORE!!

    Feb 6, 2008 at 7:58 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #36   Jim

    This boss is awful! He should leave a note that says, “Did you really need to complain over $2 dollars?”

    Feb 6, 2008 at 9:34 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #37   Jeannie

    My question is this: was this in the waste paper bin, perhaps to be shredded or recycled? Or did this person snatch it off someone’s desk, who was presumably going to use it for some work-related purpose?

    In the waste bin: the PAN is totally understood. Go Team Cheapass.

    On someone’s desk: the cheapass is just an ass. Go Team Colourcopy!

    Feb 7, 2008 at 7:28 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #37.1   Karin

      My guess is that it was on the printer tray, mixed in with NW#1′s 20 page all b/w-but-printed-using-the-color-printer document. Second choice would be it’s a printer-copier and got left on the scan bed of the copier.

      Feb 10, 2008 at 10:34 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #38   Green Eilleen

    ‘Cause you know those blue Post-it Notes cost more than plain white……fuel for further fire.

    GE

    Feb 7, 2008 at 10:11 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #39   Concerned Observer

    The real issue is… why is colour more expensive than black??

    I mean at pre-school I used to get black by mixing all the other colours together!!

    Doesn’t that mean blue, green and yellow should be cheaper considering you need all of them to make black??

    Feb 10, 2008 at 11:52 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #40   sven tamahgotchi

    This stuff is great – we have the same thing but for environmental reasons whereas I don’t care either way

    Mar 31, 2008 at 3:26 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
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