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Why You Never Ask the Designers For a Favor

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the no-reward dept.

Idle 238

Usually there is nothing funny about a missing pet, but the tale of Missy the lost cat is hilarious. It serves as an example of just how clueless your fellow employees can be, and why you should never ask the designers to drop what they're doing, and help with a personal matter.

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Link to the original (4, Informative)

Petersko (564140) | more than 4 years ago | (#33032558)

I think this might be the original - why not start there? There are some other articles that are funny as well.

http://www.27bslash6.com/missy.html [27bslash6.com]

Re:Link to the original (1)

shogun (657) | more than 4 years ago | (#33032636)

I just came here to correct the link too. Which it looks like its been done already... /redundant

Re:Link to the original (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33032676)

Yup, it is. David's blog has been reposted on many other places.

Shame on you for joining in /.

Re:Link to the original (0, Offtopic)

jslater25 (1005503) | more than 4 years ago | (#33034052)

As soon as I read the article summary, I knew this would be a stupid David Thorne clip. How is it that I'm the only one who can't stand the dude? And why is /. now partaking in this?

Re:Link to the original (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33032678)

It is. Some jerkface stole it for a 'funny pictures lol' e-mail. This is clearly the problem with anonymity on the internet: it doesn't let us persecute casual copyright infringement of low-visibility organisations and individuals.

Re:Link to the original (1)

Hylandr (813770) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033878)

The same could be said for astro-turfers, get over it CNN.

- Dan.

Re:Link to the original (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33032798)

it's David Thorne. If anyone actually believes that there was really a missing cat, i have a few bridges to sell you and an igloo with an awesome Sub Zero freezer in it.

Re:Link to the original (4, Informative)

Soulskill (1459) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033036)

Updated with the proper link. Thanks.

Re:Link to the original (1)

Jerome H (990344) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033108)

Great now it takes over a minute to respond

Re:Link to the original (4, Funny)

Soulskill (1459) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033184)

Would you accept a picture of a spider as restitution?

Re:Link to the original (1)

Jerome H (990344) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033200)

Only if it's hand drawn !

Re:Link to the original (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33033656)

Perhaps you could also fix the summary as well.

Linking to a satirical site and claiming that the person behind the satire is a "clueless [..] fellow employee" makes you look, erm, clueless.

Re:Link to the original (1)

jeffmeden (135043) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033454)

I think this might be the original - why not start there? There are some other articles that are funny as well.

http://www.27bslash6.com/missy.html [27bslash6.com]

Because, perhaps, his web host is about as friendly about bandwidth as he is friendly about cat owners? Slashdotting, ftl. Now I can't see what else that raging asshole has to say about people that annoy him but apparently hold enough consequence for him to prepare some VERY lengthy responses, AND keep them all catalogged on a web site.

Golf clap. Us un-creative peons would just *ignore* the annoying people.

Stolen content? (4, Informative)

GoNINzo (32266) | more than 4 years ago | (#33032574)

Why did you post this link to a bunch of stolen content?

The original source is 27bslash6.com, which is David Thorne's website. Which is awesome.

Re:Stolen content? (4, Funny)

spintriae (958955) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033322)

27bslash6.com? More like 27bslashdotted.com.

What a dick (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33032634)

While that is decidedly fake, it's also an excellent example of someone being a complete fucking dick.

Captcha: ethical.

Re:What a dick (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33033868)

before you tag someone "fucking dick" pehaps you've checked earlier that the cat owner was not an annoying asshole asking him for 10 easly-done-by-self tasks every day/

The guy is a nasty, vicious idiot. (2, Insightful)

Gordonjcp (186804) | more than 4 years ago | (#33032640)

Look at his first reply, about the cat possibly being lying injured somewhere - what a pointlessy cruel and horrible thing to say. The owner of the cat is most likely upset enough without this moron winding her up with a comment along the lines of "oh hahaha isn't it funny, your cat is probably lying hurt and needing help lol". No, it's not funny.
I get the idea that he's trying to hit back at people trying to "waste his time" by asking him to do freebies. So, why did he waste over a day tormenting the owner of the missing cat?

What a noxious little prick.

Re:The guy is a nasty, vicious idiot. (0)

nomadic (141991) | more than 4 years ago | (#33032722)

Yep I never understood the point of this other than pointless cruelty. Making a legitimate missing poster with a picture and a simple caption would take him what, 3 minutes at the most?

Re:The guy is a nasty, vicious idiot. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33032812)

yeah because it's probably totally legitimate, this email exchange probably literally happened, for real. in real life.

Re:The guy is a nasty, vicious idiot. (4, Insightful)

epp_b (944299) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033056)

Yep I never understood the point of this other than pointless cruelty.

Because it's not pointless cruelty, it's a rather... extended manner of telling people that his skills aren't worthless. People (particularly businesspeople) are to quick to assume that artistic work is simple and worthless (fun fact: simplicity and minimalism are more difficult than complexity).

You're paying for the talent and skill I've been developing since birth, not necessarily just my time. Just like I pay you a cut for the talent and skill for business and networking that you've been developing since birth, regardless of whether the sale took a minute or a week. By the way, do mind you selling my livingroom furniture for me? Oh, yeah, can do it for free? You're a businessperson, so it'll be be easy for you!

I love this guy's site. It's comedy gold.

Re:The guy is a nasty, vicious idiot. (1)

Gordonjcp (186804) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033284)

Because it's not pointless cruelty

Oh right, so saying "your cat is lying with its legs mangled, crying out for you to help" is supposed to make the owner feel better, or something? That's not just being nasty for its own sake?

Re:The guy is a nasty, vicious idiot. (4, Insightful)

soliptic (665417) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033924)

No, really it's not being nasty for its own sake. It's being nasty for the sake of humour. This is FICTION. Satire, comedy, sketch, vignette, etc.

You might not find it funny, which is fair enough, but at least file the author under "bad comic" instead of "cruel sociopath".

more than bad comedy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33034154)

Isn't there some sociopathy in finding this sociopathic humor funny?

Re:The guy is a nasty, vicious idiot. (1)

polar red (215081) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033340)

or: You are in IT right ? can you fix my computer for me please ?

Re:The guy is a nasty, vicious idiot. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33033816)

If it took three minutes, and would help you find a lost pet, then yes.

Re:The guy is a nasty, vicious idiot. (3, Insightful)

Nursie (632944) | more than 4 years ago | (#33034042)

I get that all the time. I either explain I'm a programmer and don't really deal with that sort of stuff, or I give them a hand if it's something simple and I have the time.

There's no need to be a dick about it.

Re:The guy is a nasty, vicious idiot. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33033904)

Because it's not pointless cruelty, it's a rather... extended manner of telling people that his skills aren't worthless.

Nope, it's still pointless cruelty. Your artistic talent that you've been nurturing since birth is no more valuable than anyone else's talent simply because it's in graphic design.

For the longest time when people asked me for help with their computers because I work in IT I would get all indignant telling them stuff like "I don't even use Windows, I can't help you." And I refused to help people with their PC problems. Then one day I realized I was just being a jerk. Now I happily share my talents with others and gladly welcome their help with things I'm not as familiar with, just recently my uncle the mechanic helped me work on my car and another friend who's knowledgeable about boats looked at a couple used ones with me.

Are you obligated to share your talents with others? Of course not. Does it make you a jerk to deny it in the way this guy did? Yep.

Re:The guy is a nasty, vicious idiot. (1)

nomadic (141991) | more than 4 years ago | (#33034100)

Because it's not pointless cruelty, it's a rather... extended manner of telling people that his skills aren't worthless. People (particularly businesspeople) are to quick to assume that artistic work is simple and worthless (fun fact: simplicity and minimalism are more difficult than complexity).

If his skills were worthless she wouldn't have asked him to help. And she wasn't asking for anything that requires a degree of incredible artistic talent, just a picture of a cat, and LOST CAT down at the bottom with a phone number. He should lose his perception of himself as a precious jewel considering how precarious his career is. What if the secretary is well-liked by his superiors? It's just a little dumb to make enemies when you could be replaced anytime by someone equally talented from the huge number of graphics designers living in their parents basement and working at starbucks.

Re:The guy is a nasty, vicious idiot. (1, Insightful)

Surt (22457) | more than 4 years ago | (#33032784)

Yeah, definite asshat of the year nominee. Here's how a human being responds:

Option 1:
I'm sorry, I don't have time today, there is a client presentation due. I hope you find your cat.

Option 2:
Creates appropriate poster to help fellow human being.

Asshat response:
Spends time more than sufficient to help fellow human being instead acting like an asshat.

Re:The guy is a nasty, vicious idiot. (5, Informative)

LearnToSpell (694184) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033130)

Option 3:
Make the whole thing up (or generous parts) to tell a funny little story, in a similar vein as his other, oh... 50 or so tales [27bslash6.com] , and watch the outrage and moral anguish fly.

Re:The guy is a nasty, vicious idiot. (2, Insightful)

JakiChan (141719) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033226)

Can I make up a funny story about the owner of that website getting cancer and slowly dying in agony? I think that would be very funny.

Re:The guy is a nasty, vicious idiot. (4, Insightful)

LearnToSpell (694184) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033248)

Sure, that's the beauty of both the internet and humour. If you think it would be very funny, some other people might too.

Re:The guy is a nasty, vicious idiot. (1)

spintriae (958955) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033680)

I thought it was funny, and I love the owner of that website.

judging by your reply, (-1, Troll)

pastafazou (648001) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033456)

no, you can't make up a funny story. Your writing style indicates your personality to be completely devoid of a sense of humor, without which, you will be incapable of the task. You would, however, be permitted to make the attempt, and I look forward to reading it and laughing out loud at your epic fail.

Re:The guy is a nasty, vicious idiot. (2, Insightful)

jeffmeden (135043) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033742)

Can I make up a funny story about the owner of that website getting cancer and slowly dying in agony? I think that would be very funny.

Post a link! I will read it. But it better be funny, or tomorrow you just might find a satirical blog post about a certain jerk who criticized another jerk and then couldn't back his claims up.

Re:The guy is a nasty, vicious idiot. (1)

Surt (22457) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033912)

I've seen his site before ... I don't see where he indicates that it's a joke, though I suppose it is somewhat preposterous to imagine that everyone overreacts to him in reality.

Re:The guy is a nasty, vicious idiot. (1)

ph0rk (118461) | more than 4 years ago | (#33034094)

If he can go to the lengths he did and she can't realize he's screwing with her, then what is the harm?

She was wasting resources and deserves nothing. I'd have bumped it to my superiors, but then I'm really an ass and enjoy getting dead weight fired.

Re:The guy is a nasty, vicious idiot. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33032810)

I get the idea that he's trying to hit back at people trying to "waste his time" by asking him to do freebies. So, why did he waste over a day tormenting the owner of the missing cat?

What a noxious little prick

So, don't ask!

You must be one of those cat lovers.

Re:The guy is a nasty, vicious idiot. (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33032950)

So, why did he waste over a day tormenting the owner of the missing cat?

Its a fucking cat.

She could have easily made her own poster at the copy shop/photocopier she was going to use anyway.

He should have done a poster showing how Missy might look now after being run over, made into chineese food, mangled by a stray dog etc.

Re:The guy is a nasty, vicious idiot. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33032978)

I get the idea that he's trying to hit back at people trying to "waste his time" by asking him to do freebies. So, why did he waste over a day tormenting the owner of the missing cat?

For every minute of my time you waste, I'll waste 3 times that amount of yours. People will fuck off and leave you alone in short order once they realize you are wasting their time. Problem here is that the woman was too daft to realize it. In his shoes, would you have done anything different? No, you wouldn't have. Its human nature to push a joke if the other person is too daft to realize its a joke in the first place.

This is likely a case of some woman who does nothing but text, check Facebook and stare blankly at a screen all day asking someone who is actually trying to do work to do something she should have been able to bang together in 5 minutes with MS Word. She deserved to have her time wasted, missing cat or otherwise.

This man is a hero, and I hope he continues his good work. Someday, idiots will learn to do things for themselves... someday...

Re:The guy is a nasty, vicious idiot. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33033236)

For every minute of my time you waste, I'll waste 3 times that amount of yours.
... and for every three minutes of my time you waste, I'll take £30 off your paycheque. Welcome to the real world.

Re:The guy is a nasty, vicious idiot. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33033430)

Swing and a miss, but thanks for playing. That's not even close to how it works in the real world.

In the real world, I'd have gotten that request for a poster, forwarded it to my manager as a grievous waste of company time, and whoever lost their cat would also loose their job. Meanwhile, I get to continue doing actual, productive work.

Failing that, I'd have just hacked that employees inbox and sent a few not-so-nice e-mails to the CEO & Board. I'm not a designer, I'm a BOFH. We have slightly different approaches...

Re:The guy is a nasty, vicious idiot. (1)

Gordonjcp (186804) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033510)

Failing that, I'd have just hacked that employees inbox and sent a few not-so-nice e-mails to the CEO & Board. I'm not a designer, I'm a BOFH. We have slightly different approaches...

That's cute ;-) You probably think you have the only computer in the office that isn't monitored, too...

Re:The guy is a nasty, vicious idiot. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33034062)

That's cute ;-) You probably think you have the only computer in the office that isn't monitored, too...

Another swing, another miss! Thanks for trying though, your helping my day end faster :)

Since I'm the only one who uses the monitoring system (Since I set it up and configured it myself) I'm actually entirely sure that my machine is one of the few not being monitored. You see I have the glorious bonus (and curse) of being the sole IT guy in the office. There are a few others who know some tech (Web Admin as an example) but no one knows the network other than me. Then again, it also helps that the monitoring system is only monitoring windows machines at the moment, and my desktop is Linux.

Re:The guy is a nasty, vicious idiot. (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033646)

What a noxious little prick.

This should not have been modded as troll.

There's a difference between "I want something for free" and "HELP a beloved pet is missing!!"

Didn't Seem Like Any Designer I've Worked With (1)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 4 years ago | (#33034046)

The idiot in the exchange is more likely a smug IT sociopath who fancies himself a "designer" because he's the only wonk in his small dysfunctional company with the cracked copy of Photoshop and the free time on endless weekends home alone to spend learning enough about it not to electrocute himself when scaling a photograph.

He's a mechanic, at best. He clearly lacks the grace to be a legit professional designer.

Dupe Dupe Dupe (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33032668)

Dupe Dupe Dupe Dupe Dupe Dupe Dupe Dot Dot Dot

A new thing on the internet! (3, Funny)

by (1706743) (1706744) | more than 4 years ago | (#33032742)

Speaking of which, check out this awesome All Your Base Flash video! [scene.org]

Things they have in common: I've seen them both before Slashdot enlightened me...

Why you never ask assholes for favors (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33032788)

This has nothing to do with designers. The guy could have just replied "Sorry, I have two clients waiting on work and don't have time."

Re:Why you never ask assholes for favors (2, Funny)

Steauengeglase (512315) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033976)

But it is a great example of most graphic designers I know. They have far more free time than they will ever admit. Far, far too much free time. "Meeting a client." is almost always a code phrase for "I'm sorry, but I'm already drunk.".

Obviously fake (1)

Volante3192 (953645) | more than 4 years ago | (#33032794)

"This is the only photo of her I have she answers to the name Missy and is black and white and about 8 months old."

Cats don't answer to names.

Re:Obviously fake (1)

Gort's Cranium (1129421) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033068)

Maybe yours don't.

Re:Obviously fake (2, Interesting)

ronocdh (906309) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033074)

"This is the only photo of her I have she answers to the name Missy and is black and white and about 8 months old."

Cats don't answer to names.

While I'm sure you're joking, cats actually do tend to respond well to sibilant names. So in this case, "Missy" is a name a cat is likely to respond to.

Googling around at work didn't yield any articles that were both in support of my claim and cited other sources, so you'll have to perform the research yourself. I've had many cats over the years, and this seems like a reasonable observation to me. A good relationship with your cat and reasonable training usually means the cat will respond to whatever its name is, but a lot of this has to do with the cat recognizing the owner's voice, more than the actual sound the human voice is making. Much of human-range languaging phonetics are sophisticated enough that both cats and dogs are largely in the dark about them. (See Levin, 2007 [amazon.com] for more on that.)

Re:Obviously fake (2, Interesting)

GooberToo (74388) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033566)

Actually, both dogs and cats have shown to respond to rather large human vocabularies. The average dog, on average, is smarter than the average cat. Just the same there are plentiful examples of the smarter than average dog or cat be considerably more so. Furthermore, recent research indicates the average dog is smarter than a three year old human and cats somewhere around a two year old.

Even a visit to YouTube can show you that not only do cats hear phonetics, its possible for them to push their vocal range to the limits in an attempt to mimic the phonetic range possible by the human voice. In short, dogs, cats, and many species of birds have all shown a high aptitude for both learning and comprehending human speech. As like many young humans, they often lack clarity of context. Regardless, recognition and comprehension of their name is a skill which is exceedingly common amongst these animals. In fact, all of these animals can have human vocabularies ranging up to the thousands.

Generally when people have dumb pets its because the pet has dumb owners who in turn treat their pet as a dumb pet. Not hardly surprising. Oddly enough, the results are much the same for human children. Again, not surprising.

One of the common mistakes people have about cats is that unlike dogs, they process a large amount of communication non-verbally. A competent combination of verbal and non-verbal communication with cats goes a great distance further than does the same combination with dogs. This in turn tends to cause additional confusion with humans because they often send mixed and confusing signals; those being both verbal and non-verbal.

Re:Obviously fake (4, Funny)

Volante3192 (953645) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033758)

Actually, both dogs and cats have shown to respond to rather large human vocabularies. The average dog, on average, is smarter than the average cat.

See, that's just what cats want you to think. All that time NOT spent fetching balls and sticks is spent contemplating the inevitable rise to power.

Re:Obviously fake (1)

HungryHobo (1314109) | more than 4 years ago | (#33034138)

"The average dog, on average, is smarter than the average cat"

ever seen a team of cats pull a sled through snow?

Re:Obviously fake (1)

yoyhed (651244) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033168)

You've obviously never owned a cat. I can sit there talking at my cat loudly while he's sleeping (I know, I know - what the hell is wrong with me?), and he won't move or open his eyes at all. The second I say "Norman", even quietly, his head perks up and he looks at me. I know it's just the combination of sounds that he's used to hearing, being associated with me petting or feeding him - but he definitely answers to it, sometimes with a MOW.

Re:Obviously fake (1)

Volante3192 (953645) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033908)

Actually, in my life, I've lived with a good 12-15 cats, and it really does boil down to the cat and the owner.

The two that are entrusted to me now couldn't be more different. One is unbelievably affectionate, actually will come when called (and very often when NOT called...), a talker.

The other's a loner, very quiet, never comes when called (in fact, seems to take a delite in ignoring me) but will, on occassion, saunter over for attention (but only when SHE wants it.)

(I was, for the record, just trying for the cheap joke)

Re:Obviously fake (1)

Chysn (898420) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033202)

I figured it was a fake based on the content, but the subject lines recursively adding "Re:", like "Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster" clinched it. My cat does look at me with utter disinterest when I call her name.

Re:Obviously fake (1)

jeffmeden (135043) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033362)

If someone walked up to you at work and called out "marvin!" despite that not being your name, would you give it more than a passing glance? No? Ok, let's move on. Try this next time you see your cat: say name, offer treat. Wait 5 minutes and repeat, alternate between treat and petting or playing with a toy. Any animal with ears and an attention span can learn a "name" if provided with the right motivation. Did you expect your cat to be attached to you for the scintillating conversations the two of you share?

Re:Obviously fake (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033214)

Cats don't answer to names.

Some definitely react when you say their name, some cats come trotting over when you call them.

Whether it's that they identify with the word and know you're talking about them, or they merely associate you saying that word with you giving them food or attention and as a consequence of that become more alert, or they just notice the tone of voice and you looking at them, I don't know. Animal behavior is often difficult to understand. Most cats don't seem to do that in my experience.

I'm not skeptical that such a cat exists and reacts when it's owner says "Missy." At the very least, it's entirely believable that this one owner -believes- the cat knows it's name.

Re:Obviously fake (1)

Tridus (79566) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033306)

I have two cats. One of them doesn't respond to her name (she went through multiple owners before we got her and I think each one called her something else).

The other one we've had most of his life, and he'll come running down the stairs from the top floor if you say his name.

So, it seems to depend on the cat, and most likely how strong their association is between the name and something good (feeding).

Re:Obviously fake (1)

future assassin (639396) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033786)

Really?

I have 7 cats

Ruby
Jake
Fuzz
Alice
Bug
Patches
JJ
and they all answer to their name. Now 50% of the time they could care less about interacting with you if they are in some king of search/investigative/attack mode. But if they are not in those modes they do react to their names and only to their names, other cats will not respond to a different cats name. DO they actually think its their name? Well probably not but I'm sure the sound of each name could be a meow sound specific to their own ears.

Re:Obviously fake (1)

RebootKid (712142) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033996)

Um, all three of my cats answer to their names.

tech support (0, Offtopic)

Johnny Mnemonic (176043) | more than 4 years ago | (#33032856)

I read this when http://www.27bslash6.com/ [27bslash6.com] was linked to in a comment.

The dude has some funny stuff up at his site, but only because he's an unregenerate asshole. I suspect he's quick to ask for free tech support 'cause he's too important and too busy to have the time to figure it out himself--but regardless of how busy he is, he's still to cheap to want to pay for it.

I actually had an anesthesiologist ask me for tech support on his XP install while he was sedating my wife as she was delivering my second child. I asked him if I would get free anesthesiology if I gave him free tech support, and he got the hint.

Re:tech support (1)

pz (113803) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033536)

I actually had an anesthesiologist ask me for tech support on his XP install while he was sedating my wife as she was delivering my second child. I asked him if I would get free anesthesiology if I gave him free tech support, and he got the hint.

A more professional approach (and one that I have used many times) would be, "here's my business card; why don't you call to set up an appointment?" Or, far more germane to your story (I'm not sure why you allowed this anesthesiologist to continue working on your wife if he had the poor judgement to ask about anything -- ANYTHING -- not medically-related while he was providing acute health care), "right now we're busy taking care of something else, why don't we discuss it at a more appropriate time?"

Either one gets the important message across: I have hired you as a professional, please act accordingly and do your job to the expected standards.

Relax (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33032890)

This is clearly not a real email chain. It is what is known as a 'joke'. Why do all of the commenters take everything so seriously?

what a fucking douche (-1, Troll)

nfms (224503) | more than 4 years ago | (#33032914)

What a fucking douchebag, really. Is this supposed to be funny, or humorous in any way? The way I see it, it's just plain cruel and mean. Instead of wasting 4 hours mocking the woman he could have wasted all of 30 seconds putting together a damn pdf with the picture of the cat centered in the middle, a big MISSING in red at the top and the phone number and location at the bottom. Would that be so hard? I guess just humilliating someone that is in a fragile emotional state over the loss of a pet (yes, people actually get attached to their animals and get distressed when they pass away or run away) is much more manly, he can brag about it later to his buddies how he "made that bitch totally cry" and "showed her whos the boss".

What a fucking lame excuse for a human being. What is wrong with the world today? Are we so fucking self centered that we cant take all of 2 minutes to do a favour for someone who works with us? Why the need to belittle, humilliate or mock someone?

As the owner of a cat that ran away two months ago, this one hit very close to home, sorry. If it was me I probably wouldn't be so civil, next time I saw him I'd probably punch him.

Re:what a fucking douche (2, Insightful)

TheKidWho (705796) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033088)

Sorry but his replies were priceless.

um, yeah, not really priceless... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33033570)

At least they won't be to him once everyone in the office realizes he is a d*ck and his manager realizes keeping him around is of no value. Certainly there will be a price for him then. Even if it is not a true story and fabricated, I'm sure future employers would readily consider this type of humor funny...unless I guess he is in the entertainment industry.

Re:um, yeah, not really priceless... (1)

TheKidWho (705796) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033664)

Dont badger people to do your meneal tasks, lesson learned for silly lady.

Re:um, yeah, not really priceless... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33033782)

>50% of your value is how well you interact with other people. Acting like a clown and humiliating people to "teach them a lesson" will get you a swift kick in the a$$ out the door while "cat lady" keeps her job.

Lesson learned from self-important designer who can be replaced by 99designs.com.

Re:um, yeah, not really priceless... (1)

vlueboy (1799360) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033884)

I'm sure this lady had lots of others at her e-mail ready company that gladly would have done it in Word.

A simple "NO" would have saved everyone a lot of grief, and time.

This lady's name and location are online now. Kudos! Now we know what designer not to contract work to. There is a high posibility of "David Thorne" losing job/project offers over employers learning how this designer wastes everyone's time and can be a cynic to people he works with given the chances.

Re:what a fucking douche (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33033188)

Three words:

Made in England.

Re:what a fucking douche (1)

kaini (1435765) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033278)

Except David Thorne is Australian.

Re:what a fucking douche (2, Insightful)

EdZ (755139) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033332)

Or if the loss of your pet is that important, and making a poster is so simple, you could do it yourself, perhaps?

Re:what a fucking douche (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33033512)

Are you so fucking self centered that you can't understand how not everyone give a shit about the same thing as you and don't want to do flyer for someone who could have done it himself ? (shit, your description even show that YOU could do it.)

Re:what a fucking douche (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33033760)

What a fucking douchebag,

I couldn't agree more. The only thing I find funny about him is knowing people would likely stand in line, in the cold rain, for a chance to punch that idiot in the face.

Now that's funny!

Holy crap, two people that are perfect together (3, Informative)

jeffmeden (135043) | more than 4 years ago | (#33032916)

Despite being incredibly funny (to the point of an uncomfortably loud outburst in an otherwise quiet office) I have to think that those two would make quite the couple. She didn't seem to badger the designer about the poster, she sent just one brief email that he could have ignored as easily as he no doubt ignores all the others. Although it was a project that would take a complete amateur no more than 5 minutes to perfect in MS Word, and a "pro" probably 10 minutes out of insistence on plodding through Frame Maker or Illustrator to achieve the same thing, the designer is understandably upset that his workload is going up. Good thing he decided to carry out 5 design projects, all off-spec, in order to spite her for asking for one very simple thing.

Those two should hook up already.

Re:Holy crap, two people that are perfect together (1)

Sosetta (702368) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033798)

"Although it was a project that would take a complete amateur no more than 5 minutes to perfect in MS Word..."

If that was the case, don't you think the woman with the lost cat would have done this?

Meh (1)

jythie (914043) | more than 4 years ago | (#33032928)

While I am guessing that this exchange is made up... it is a good illustration of why I someday hope to get out of the computer industry. While I love the work, I have encountered way to many people like this fictional designer that relish the fact that they are in a sufficient position of power to be asshats to those around them. I know the basic behavior is pretty universal, but it seems to be worst in technical fields..

Re:Meh (2)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033334)

If you have an aversion to assholes, what are you doing reading slashdot?!?

Re:Meh (2, Funny)

jd (1658) | more than 4 years ago | (#33034156)

Because there are at least five highly intelligent people here, and the several hundred who have listed me as friend must have some willingness to listen to unorthodox opinions that almost certainly differ from their own.

Now, admittedly, the readership of Slashdot is closer to 100,000, making the percentage of potentially civilized people rather small in comparison.

However, given that you could only half-fill a remote Alpine village with all the truly civilized, courteous yet self-respecting, intelligent people on the planet, in absolute terms roughly 10% of them must be regulars on Slashdot.

Re:Meh (1)

Talderas (1212466) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033688)

It's not really asshats as much as the people around them feel as though they're entitled to free tech support for their computer woes just because they know someone who can do it.

Re:Meh (2, Insightful)

Darinbob (1142669) | more than 4 years ago | (#33034152)

No, in this fictional story, the asshat is clearly the villain of the piece.

When I first read it awhile back, that's what I thought was the intent. The "haha, let's make fun of the idiot graphical designer" story sort of fell apart when I read his other stories, which seemed to be more about "I'll prove how cool I am by pranking other people."

Re:Meh (1)

cowscows (103644) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033738)

To be fair, I think that computer-centric people tend to get asked for free work more often that most other professions. Probably for two reasons:
1. It usually involves minimal physical labor, which people are less likely to expect for free.
2. Many people apparently think doing anything on the computer requires but a few mouse clicks before the machine does all the work for you.

The correct response to this is not being an asshole, but still, I can understand the urge to be impolite.

Re:Meh (1)

paeanblack (191171) | more than 4 years ago | (#33034148)

To be fair, I think that computer-centric people tend to get asked for free work more often that most other professions

Apparently you have never owned a truck.

She could have fixed the last 4 with a photocopier (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33033050)

Presumably she's making more than one copy anyway. They deserve each other.

Re:She could have fixed the last 4 with a photocop (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033114)

Or a magic marker, whiteout, or a strip of clean white paper. But hey, some people are really that dumb.

It's a joke! (4, Insightful)

91degrees (207121) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033094)

People who are taking this seriously - Do you really believe that someone snowed under with work would spend so long composing email responses, or spend so much of his time putting together silly posters?

Do you really think that the woman asking wouldn't have got the hint and done it herself? Or even if she didn't, she might have talked to someone else who would have explained things?

And thus why... (1)

smooth wombat (796938) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033358)

you should always follow these three rules of business:

1) Never let a web designer design your web page (or in this case, a designer design your missing cat poster)

2) Never let a developer develop your software

3) Never hire an MBA to run your company

Re:And thus why... (4, Funny)

Fnkmaster (89084) | more than 4 years ago | (#33034056)

Clearly, you should hire an MBA to write your software, a developer to design your web page, and a designer to run your company. Then all will be right in the world.

You insensitive cLod! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33033482)

Last month wants its meme back (1)

kriston (7886) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033824)

Sorry, but last month called. It wants its old meme back.

Fiction? (2, Insightful)

oldmac31310 (1845668) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033846)

I assumed that this was fiction based on the kind of things that do happen in real life and then exaggerated to humourous effect. Are we supposed to think this really happened and that the Thorne guy really delights in being so nasty to stupid people? Who in reality would waste so much time on something like this?

mmmmm.... DOH! (1)

flahwho (1243110) | more than 4 years ago | (#33033956)

Most are just as easily distracted by donuts.

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Ozzy should of bitten the head off that other bat, Sharon.
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