“Last chance, Kevin,” Charles snarled. “The purchase order is in your box. Sign it and let’s get this network upgraded.”
“You know I can’t do that,” Kevin replied. “It’s not in our budget.”
“Sure it is,” Charles shot back. “Just cancel the maintenance contract on the old network. That’ll free up the funds needed to order the upgrade.”
“Sorry, I can’t, I just can’t.” Kevin shook his head. “I’m not authorized to do that.”
Charles was fuming. “Either order the upgrade, or I go bowling.”
Kevin couldn’t believe his ears.
“You heard me. Either you order the network upgrade or I go bowling. Which is it?”
“You know I can’t…”
“ANSWER MY QUESTION! ARE YOU GOING TO ORDER THE UPGRADE OR NOT?” Charles roared.
“I can’t.” Kevin replied tentatively.
“Fine. I’ll bring my bowling ball in the morning.”
With that Charles left Kevin’s office, leaving Kevin confused.
The next morning Charles walked into the office carrying a bowling bag and set it down by his desk. When his co-worker Robert asked about it, Charles only said, “I’m going bowling.”
Then Oscar, one of the administrators, came by to greet the staff and saw the bowling bag by Charles’ desk. When asked about it, Charles only said, “I’m going bowling.”
Then the nursing supervisor came by to complain about the network running slow and saw the bowling bag by Charles’ desk. When asked about it, Charles only said, “I’m going bowling.”
Then Kevin came in. Charles quickly took out his bowling ball and assumed the bowler’s stance before rolling it across the floor to knock Kevin off his feet. Charles raised both fists in the air and let out a thundering belch of triumph.
“I told you I was going bowling,” Charles said to Kevin, who was lying on the floor. “Want me to go for the spare?”
Kevin yelped, jumped up and spent the rest of the day locked in his office.
Nothing else was done that day.