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For quality purposes, I'm the sole authorized producer of non-automated letters for a dozen-plus collectors here at Office of Doom. This being one of several hats I wear, they tend to get backed up by a day or three, so urgent requests are coded "Bombay" (as in "Calling Dr. Bombay", so designated by my predecessor). By management fiat, this means they are to be ready to fax out by the end of the day (as opposed to NOWNOWNOW, in which management Does Not Believe.)

Occasionally, one of the collectors will get a little overzealous in "creating urgency" on the phone with a debtor, and wind up needing to fax, say, a settlement agreement OMGRIGHTNOW because they told the debtor it has to be faxed back by the end of the day.

I am known, on these occasions, to be less than impressed. I am also, unfortunately, known to frown and scold and do it anyway.

I finally figured out a better deterrent. From now on, any time someone corners himself into needing a "Super Bombay!", I will give him a sign to wear around his neck at the next collectors' meeting that says "I CUT IN LINE. ASK ME WHY!"

Then I will sit back and see how well the excuses fly with their own. *eg*


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Aug. 17th, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
(as in "Calling Dr. Bombay", so designated by my predecessor)

I'm rather proud to note that I recognized that reference without needing to click on the link. :-D
Aug. 17th, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC)
*chuckle* Having seen and loved your Endora icon on numerous occasions, I am unsurprised. ;-)

I don't actually expect it to be needed by anyone who reads me, but I'm continually blindsided by such things.

I found a hilarious image a couple years ago through a Google search (alas, it appears to have gone the way of all electrons) with a cloud of smoke emblazoned with "Calling Dr. Bombay!" coming from a hookah that he's talking on as if it were a telephone. I printed it out to make a sign for the "Bombay box", and it's really quite depressing how many blank looks it gets.

Fully half of them stayed just as blank when I tried to explain. *headshake* I realize we're talking mostly twentysomething guys here, but still!
Aug. 17th, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC)
Surely it's been done, but it just popped into my head:

Dr. Bombay at Hogwarts. Probably an old friend of Dumbledore's?
Aug. 17th, 2007 05:53 pm (UTC)
Hee! Someone could make that REALLY funny. Just the image is pretty good...
Aug. 28th, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC)
Madam Pomfrey's mentor perhaps?
Aug. 28th, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC)
Or her brother? I don't remember what Madam Pomfrey looks like. (Then again, since when do movie/TV relatives have to look like each other?)
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