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in thinking this could have been solved in 5 seconds if they used cop on*lighthearted*

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RuggerHug Fri 06-May-16 11:12:25

In work with no one near me to make confused WTF faces at over this. 2 colleagues, we’ll call them A and B. A has been here about a year now, B started 2 weeks ago (office based job). A answers a call on his phone and says “B there’s someone on the phone for you, will I put them through?”. This is what followed:

B: well I don’t have a phone yet.

A: Oh…well would you like to talk to them?

B: But I don’t have a phone here.

A:…well…will I take a message and you can ring them back later?

B: well I still won’t have a phone later

A: eh…I’m not sure what we should do…do you know when you’ll have one?

B: I don’t…eh…

panic faces

Through gritted teeth I suggested maybe B take the call on As phone.

Look at each other, then to me, then back at each other.

A: I suppose we could try that, do you want to take the call here B?

B: oh ok, that could work.

THEY WERE 5 FEET AWAY FROM EACH OTHER FOR ALL OF THIS!!! Please someone tell me this isn’t usual now and it was just a blip in the normal way of cop on and using your head works. Or has anyone a worse work story of co-irkers causing head scratcher moments….

ThisWasCrownjewel Fri 06-May-16 11:14:48


Sounds very similar to the various situations that occur in our office on a day-to-day basis...

Loving the phrase "co-irkers" grin

OliveBranchCollins Fri 06-May-16 11:16:20


Tiggeryoubastard Fri 06-May-16 11:16:23

Is cop on a telephone headpiece? Maybe they don't want to share. Does seem bloody stupid though.

Zaphodsotherhead Fri 06-May-16 11:18:27

I have a similar WTF co-worker moment - a co-worker was working late to finish a piece of college course work, but our computer system shut down at 5 when the IT techs went home. She told me the next day that she wasn't able to finish her course work because she needed to Google something and the network had been shut down.

I said 'why didn't you go to the library?' (also on work premises).

Her: Well, they would have shut down the computer network there too!

Me: Er, you could have used a book to look it up?

Her: Oh, yes.

RuggerHug Fri 06-May-16 11:19:00

It was the long pauses between each sentence as they clearly thought it over that baffled me! I think I normally just tune everyone out but fuck me...grinconfused

NoCakeLeft Fri 06-May-16 11:19:38


RuggerHug Fri 06-May-16 11:21:51

Sorry tigger cop on is an expression here similar to 'use your head'! Zaphodsotherhead that's brilliant!

WorraLiberty Fri 06-May-16 11:25:14

I bet they work for my local council grin

RiverTam Fri 06-May-16 11:27:41

It sounds exactly like the kind if convos I imagine council workers to have! Jesus, talk about leaving your brains at the door.

Tiggeryoubastard Fri 06-May-16 11:31:40

Ah 'cop on'. Good saying. Not sure about the headphones grin
They sound bloody thick. I commend your patience.

Cel982 Fri 06-May-16 11:44:44

Love this! Was there anyone else in the office you could share eyerolls with?

'Cop on' is a great phrase (are you Irish, OP?). Can also be used as a verb, as in 'Cop yourself on, would you?' and, in extremis, 'Cop the fuck on'.

RuggerHug Fri 06-May-16 12:13:32

Cel982 I am indeed. I can confirm to concerned posters that I don't work for a council so you may well be safewink

CigarsofthePharoahs Fri 06-May-16 12:22:35

Oh goodness, there's one in every office!
Reminds me of my idiot of a supervisor when I worked in a supermarket.
Me - I'm out of change.
Him - There isn't any today, you'll have to manage.
Me - I'm out of change in that all I have in my till is three five pence pieces, the rest is notes.
Him - You'll have to manage.
Me - Can I move to a different till? (all the tills are stocked up with cash at the start of the day, even if only a few actually get used)
Him - No, you're rota'd on till 6 and you have to stay there as you're not allowed to move.
Me - BUT I HAVE NO CHANGE!!!! Can I have some out of another till?
Him - No, the figures wont balance.
Me - Well how about I give you two of the many many £20 notes in my till and you swap it for some change out of another till so the figures DO balance!
Him - Errr... I'll have to go check if I can do that....
I had to tell every customer who came for the next hour that unless they had exact money or credit card I'd be a bit stuck. He did eventually do what I suggested, but not before I had managed to piss off a whole load of customers through no fault of my own. When customers complained I just pointed them in his direction.

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