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Bittersweet stories from eskilstuna: part two
Sat, 10 Sep 2005 09:26:29

A friend of me and my grrlfrnd went to sign his retirement papers last week. I don't really know the process of signing retirement papers, and i heard this story from grllfrnd but it involves a lot of almost-pensioners to go to the factory where they work and let them sign the papers as one after the other is summoned into the office where the signing is taking place.

For the sake of storytelling I'm gonna make up a setting: Let's say there were a hundred men that were to go and sign their papers. At the beginning they all stand in a big hall as one by one they are beaconed into the office and they eject themselves from the mass. When they are done they go back to their grey buddies and happily wave their papers above their heads while they get a pat on the back from this or that colleague while they are absorbed by the group once again. This routine repeats itself one, ten, fifty times. Sixty, eighty, ninety-eight times.

From here we pick up the facts again, or that is, the sort of fuzzy facts i think i remember, which my conscious and subconscious mind happily edit to give the story a clear direction: Our friend is the second-last one. He looks at the papers and says: "no this isn't right. I should get much more." The company people smile mildly and shake their head. Foolish immigrant, blundering savage. They always want more, the greedy bastards.

"Give me pen and paper," says our former bank employee/political refugee/prison canasta-champion. He calculates what he should get and hands the paper to the people on the other side of the table. They recalculate his pension and the result is an exact match with his pen and paper scribblings; to the penny. Now the funny thing is that they also made this mistake, whatever this mistake might have been, with all of the men waiting in the hall outside. All these men but one have signed faulty contracts. Surely this company won't be so evil as to say: "ha to bad for you!" But can they be sure? I'll keep you posted. But untill then just imagine this imaginary scenario of our friend walking out of the office, back to his work mates and then watch the volcano erupt after he tells them the news.


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on Tue, 04 Oct 2005 16:28:24 muf said:

hey lazy ties! where's the story of your wonderful journey to holland? you're becoming jaded again ;)


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