[Blippet] The Case of the Changed Chairs

I work in a small office with three other Googlers.  That’s pretty typical around here; I don’t know of a single person that has their own office, though we’re always free to roam to a quieter place with our laptops and ubiquitous wireless access.

It’s also a delightfully multicultural office:
– One Croatian fellow.
– One Chinese guy.
– A Bulgarian guy.
– And me, the boring American.

We often will break up the day with little chats about cultural issues… food, linguistic confusion, traditions, etc.  Today, though, our heads-down work was interrupted when P came in, sat down, and looked a bit concerned.

P:  Something is wrong with my chair.
P:  Did someone change it?  Something’s off.
Y: [taking notice]  Hmm… my chair’s kind of funny today, too.  Maybe someone took both our chairs?
P:  It’s too low.  This is strange. [pauses, looks out the door of the office, as if to catch the chair thief / chair transmogrifier]
Y:  Mine’s kinda high.  Doesn’t feel right.
Me: [finally paying attention] Um, guys.  Maybe you just got each other’s chair?
[P looks at Y.  Y looks at P.  They swap chairs.]
[contented brief silence]
Y: Ah, mine’s the black one.  That’s right!
P: Yeah, that’s better!
[shaking head]


  1. You could be the supportive co-worker type and label their chairs with a large note, taped on really good so it doesn’t fall off.

  2. Heh, Simon!  And Zack… either that, or just bungee-cord each chair to a leg on its corresponding desk. 😀

  3. I’d go with the labels lol. That’s still pretty funny though.

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  4. Similar things happen to Meg in her lab.  People don’t usually mistakenly take her chair.  It’s claimed by her sweatshirt and lots of my fur, even when she isn’t there.  However, the goofy German (not to be confused with the cute German) and his daughter like to threaten Meg’s chair with practical jokes.  They’ve already changed the height and angle a few times and are currently plotting to either shellac it or glue the casters in place.

What do you think?

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